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See the English capital’s top landmarks on this most comprehensive of London magical tours. After an early-access visit to the Tower of London to witness highlights including the Crown Jewels, watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, enjoy a Thames River sightseeing cruise, and view Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Kate Middleton married in 2011. Then, take a tour of beautiful St Paul’s Cathedral, including the Whispering Gallery. Upgrade to cap everything with a London Eye flight or afternoon tea with Champagne at the Westminster Park Plaza.

Highlights

  • London full-day tour including Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral
  • See top city attractions like Westminster Abbey on a full-day city tour of London
  • Tour the UNESCO-listed Tower of London with a Beefeater, before the doors open to the public
  • Watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace
  • Relax on a River Thames sightseeing cruise and then explore St Paul's Cathedral with a guide
  • Upgrade to include an afternoon tea or a London Eye flight

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is a great tour to take if you've just arrived in London! Begin the day with a private tour of the Tower of London and end it with an elegant afternoon tea at the Westminster Park Plaza overlooking Big Ben, or take a breathtaking ride on the London Eye.

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What You Can Expect

London Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

See the Changing of the Guard outside Buckingham Palace

Select your tour option on booking. Then, after pickup from your central London hotel or meeting point, settle into your air-conditioned coach and head for the Tower of London, the 11th-century fortress that looms over the Thames River.
Gaze up at this forbidding UNESCO World Heritage Site, and then head inside for a tour guided by a Yeoman Warder – one of the colorfully dressed ‘Beefeater’ guards. Enjoy early access before the crowds, and stroll around history-steeped sites such as Traitor’s Gate. Inspect the gruesome torture exhibits at the Wakefield Tower, and ogle the Crown Jewels – the magnificent symbols of royal power that are still used by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Continue to Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s official London residence, to see the Changing of the Guard. Watch this centuries-old ceremony as the soldiers of The Queen’s Guard, dressed in red tunics and bearskin hats, exchange places with the new guard to military music.
After a short sightseeing cruise on the Thames, passing top London attractions such as Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and St Paul’s Cathedral; break for a traditional English pub lunch, and then stop to see Westminster Abbey.
Admire this outside of this 13th-century Gothic church, the site of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s marriage in 2011, and then drive to St Paul’s Cathedral, the Baroque church designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1673. Enjoy a tour of the awe-inspiring interior, and visit the famous walkway inside the dome, and the Crypt, home to the tombs of Lord Nelson and Wren.
Then, depending on your selected option, end your tour at the start point or drive to the location of your chosen activity — afternoon tea with a glass of Champagne at the Westminster Park Plaza hotel, or a flight on the London Eye for incredible views of London’s skyline. Your day trip then comes to a close after your activity at the location in question. See the Itinerary for a sample afternoon tea menu.
Please note: On days when the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace does not take place, you will simply enjoy a photo stop at the palace.

Itinerary

Westminster Park Plaza Afternoon Tea:
  • Selection of finger sandwiches and cakes
  • English scones with clotted cream and preserves
  • Glass of chilled Champagne and a pot of tea

Customer Reviews

Irwan T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Highly recommended. John, our tour guide was very patient and informative. I recommend this tour.

Barbara B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our guide was awesome! He knew so much about everything we saw. My one issue was the company itself. We were told to arrive at a certain time and place, but no one was there to help until the time to leave, which caused a late start. We got to see the Crown Jewels, missing long lines of individuals

Lynette M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

From pick up to the end of the day this was a resounding success. Tour guide Steve was a fount of information keeping us entertained and amused all day. Would thoroughly recommend this tour to anyone on a first visit to London. Thanks for a great day

esoupy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour is long! You get to see a lot! Our tour guide Jesse did a great job of showing and explaining the sites while wrangling up the group.

Richard R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Out tour guide, Julie, was great. We never could have done this much on our own.

Marsha A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

You will see tons of stuff on this tour, be prepared to rush though because there isn't any time to relax on this jampacked full day tour! We walked over 4.5 miles this day but there is no way we could have seen everything in one day on our own. Our guide was excellent!!! They picked us up at the hotel and that made things even better and at the end of the day, he mad sure we all knew how to get to the nearest Underground Station and Bus Stops to make our own way back. Definitely recommend this tour!

Lori P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent tour, excellent guide. We saw Westminister Abbey and Tower of London before any crowds, easlily went in to view the Crown Jewels. River cruise was fun, saw part of the changing of the gaurd, and enjoyed St. Paul's. Always had time to explore and our guide pointed out many places of interest as we rode on the bus. We never had to stand around and wait because our bus driver was always ready.

Kelly D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our tour guide had lots of information. He recommended other spots to check out on our own. He made sure we were where we needed to be in order to get great pictures before the crowds showed up.

Linda G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Wonderful tour. Guide Karen was outstanding.

michael s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great for the first full day in London.

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