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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

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What You Can Expect

London in One Day Sightseeing Tour Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard and 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

Keri Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We really enjoyed this tour! Our tour guide was excellent with a wealth of information about London and Londoners. It was obvious that she loved her city and country and I loved listening to her talk about how British people feel about things like the royal family. I really liked the little speakers this tour provided so we could always hear our tour guide. I had no idea how handy that was until I went on other tours that did not have them and I could barely hear the tour guide. If you are short on time - this is the tour for you! A lot is packed in for one day.

Kevin H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our guide was terrific and the tour hit all of the major locations/sites you could possibly want. If you are spending a short time in London, this is the tour to take...

Chanda

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The weather was beautiful. Perfect spot to see the guard changing. Needed more time for lunch. River cruise dropped us off right at the London Eye for our flight. Would do it all over again. Great time for all of us.

Rex R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great tour for a good overview of top London attractions - our guide was very informative and we thoroughly enjoyed the whole day - definitely recommend this tour

DONNA L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Loved this tour! Our tour guide knew just where to place us for the best viewing for each stop. It was such an organized tour from the moment we began to the end of the tour. Another Viator win!

roger w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We really had a great experience. We like how much was packed into a 1 day. Our guide, I think his name was Rodney, was excellent.

Nina B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Tour guide was friendly and helpful. gave us the best opportunity to see things. Definitely worth doing.

Margaret B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and appreciated the VOX ear pieces. That made it so much easier to hear and stay organized. Norma is a wealth of knowledge. Thanks for rescheduling when we missed our original date too. That was much appreciated.

Bernice S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Thank you for making sure we didn't miss the hot spots of London. Wonderful view of the Changing of the Guard, explanation of the two cities of London and checking out St. Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London. Icing on the cake was the boat ride down the Thames from the Tower to Big Ben!!!! So glad we did this on our first day!

David W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We had a great time the tour. We fit a lot into the day and really enjoyed the wit of the guide. We were rescheduled to this tour the day before because not enough signed up for the tour we scheduled originally. The rescheduling worked out well and we also got refunded some money. I recommend Viator to everyone.

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