• Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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Get to know London in one day on this sight-packed, full-day tour with a guide. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, see top London attractions such as Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, and enjoy fast-track entry and a guided tour of St Paul's Cathedral. Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, and then visit the Tower of London. Break for a pub lunch, and receive a ticket for a Thames River sightseeing cruise to use after your tour or another day. For a bird's-eye view of the city, upgrade to include an open-date ticket for the London Eye.

Highlights

  • Full-day London tour including Tower of London visit
  • See top London attractions like Westminster Abbey and Big Ben
  • Enjoy fast-track entry and a guided tour of St Paul's Cathedral
  • Watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace
  • Explore the Tower of London independently or choose to join a complimentary tour (dependent on timing) led by a Beefeater
  • Make use of a ticket for a River Thames cruise from the Tower of London
  • Upgrade to include a flexible date ticket for the London Eye

What You Can Expect

London in One Day Sightseeing Tour Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard with Optional London Eye Upgrade

Take a tour of the Tower of London with a Beefeater guide

Begin in central London when you hop inside your comfortable, air-conditioned coach. Meet your friendly, local guide, and then sit back and enjoy the sights on a panoramic drive around the heart of this historical city.

See the iconic Big Ben and Houses of Parliament in Parliament Square, and snap pictures of Westminster Abbey where Prince William and Kate Middleton were married in a grand ceremony in April 2011.

See the handsome government buildings along Whitehall and pass Downing Street, the London base of the British Prime Minister. Then, gaze up at Nelson’s Column in buzzing Trafalgar Square, and drive to Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Walk to the palace gates to watch the Changing of the Guard. Look on in delight as the soldiers of the Queen’s Foot Guard, clothed in red tunics and bearskin hats, exchange duties to the regal music of a military band, and learn about this centuries-old ceremony from your guide.

Next, continue by coach to a cozy London pub in Trafalgar Square. Sit down to a tasty lunch (own expense) and then pick up your tour again in the City of London. Located east of the West End, and famous for its financial institutions, this history-steeped district is home to the Bank of England and St Paul’s Cathedral. Hop out for fast-track entry and a guided tour of St Paul's Cathedral.

Afterward, pay a visit to the Tower of London, the medieval prison-fortress that stands on the north banks of the Thames River. Head inside to explore independently, and learn about the tower’s blood-soaked history. Founded in the 1080s by William the Conqueror, this imposing complex has served as a palace, armoury, prison and execution site, and is known for its ravens and colorful Beefeater guides.

If you wish, join one of the complimentary Beefeater tours that run every 30 minutes from inside the gates. Learn about the famous events that took place here, and hear some of the mysteries that still haunt the complex.

Before your tour ends, receive a complimentary ticket for a sightseeing cruise on the River Thames, from the Tower of London to Westminster Pier. Upgrade to include a flexible ticket for the London Eye to be used any time.

Customer Reviews

Lynn F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Took the day long tour on 17 Jan 2018. Absolutely fantastic. Our tour guide was exceptional and very knowledgeable one of her first jobs as a young lady was to clean the crown jewels. We always go Viator.

Jason G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Everything we needed and nothing we didn't!

Deddy L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

It was experience-rich one day tour with our very knowledgeable tour leader. It was a Saturday tour the traffic was light . therefore we could see more than weekdays tours :- . This was my first visit to London for 2 days only. Highly recommended!.

Sherrie Buzby M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Our tour guide Sheila was exceptional.. Made the experiences come alive with a light and humorous presentation.

Cynthia B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Amazing - loved our tour guide and driver!

Deborah United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Great tour! This tour included the must see places. Great tour guide. Would definitely recommend!

Susan K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

James our Tour Guide did an amazing job. His knowledge of the entire tour was amazing. He did not miss a beat the entire day. James did an excellent job in keeping us on schedule. He had an answer for every question that was asked.

JOSEPH S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Great way to start a vacation to London! We've used Viator.com more than a dozen times and continue to be impressed with the diversity of tours offered and quality of guides provided. This tour started at 9 am at the Victoria Coach Station. That's not a great location, as it's a bit dirty and crowded, but that's not any reflection on the tour or Viator.com. The tour was actually by Evan Evans, and was done professionally. Our bus was not completely full so we didn't feel cramped driving around the city or when we got off and walked around. We purchased the optional London Eye tour also, which fit well into the day. We saw the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace toured St. Paul's Cathedral, walked near but not in Westminster Cathedral saw Big Ben which is under construction, walked through the Tower of London and saw the Crown Jewels which were awesome!. Got to see the Tower Bridge too, which many of us Americans think is the London Bridge, which it isn't! Had a boat ride at the end of the tour, which took us near the London Eye...The boat ride is well worth it, as they point out many sights as well. Overall a wonderful day, which ended up around 7 pm. We went in mid-November, so the crowds were low, and we had to wait only 10 minutes to get on the London Eye. I highly recommend this tour for those wishing to familiarize themselves with the beautiful city of London.

Robert B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Really Wonderful tour guide!! Great way of seeing and getting some of the History of London. Very well paced and free time was appreciated. One drawback was that we were not able to ride the London Eye due to the late arrival of the river cruise.

Melody G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Our tour guide was amazing very energetic had lots of information to share great tour.

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