• Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Enjoy insider access to St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London on this unforgettable Viator VIP tour. Gain exclusive entry to the Tower before the doors open, and be introduced to the highlights of this 11th-century fortress-palace by one of its iconic Beefeater guards. Visit the White Tower and East Wall Walk, see the dazzling Crown Jewels and watch the tower’s traditional opening ceremony. Then, head to St Paul’s Cathedral and go behind locked doors to explore the Triforium area, as well as the Crypt and Whispering Gallery.

Highlights

  • Viator VIP tour including the Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Gain exclusive, insider access to two of the city's most iconic attractions with this Viator VIP
  • Enter the Tower of London before the general public and watch the historic opening ceremony
  • Explore the tower with a Beefeater guide and see, too, the Crown Jewels and the famous White Tower
  • Visit the Triforium in St Paul’s Cathedral and see the staircase featured in a hit Harry Potter movie
  • Head up to the Whispering Gallery and inside the Crypt

What You Can Expect

Viator VIP: Exclusive Access to Tower of London and St Paul's Cathedral

Explore St Paul's Cathedral on a VIP tour!

Make your own way to the Tower of London and meet your guide. Then, start your Viator VIP London tour by heading inside this historical fortress-palace before the doors open to the general public.

Once inside, accompany your guide to meet up with one of the tower’s famous Beefeater guards. Your Beefeater will then take you on a guided tour of the complex, showcasing the highlights of this 11th-century building and its grounds.

As you explore, hear how the tower has served as a royal palace, fortress, prison and execution site, and be treated to the spectacle of the opening ceremony, where members of a military escort march around the tower with the Beefeaters to open the gates.

Stroll along the East Wall Walk for views down over London’s streets, head inside the haunting White Tower and look for the jet-black ravens that have strutted around the complex since the time of Charles II. The king believed that the tower would fall if the birds ever flew from the grounds. In addition, enter the Jewels House to ogle the Crown Jewels — the priceless symbols of Britain’s monarchy.

Having explored here, stroll to nearby St Paul’s Cathedral, the magnificent domed church designed by Sir Christopher Wren and completed in 1708. Head into the hushed Triforium, an area typically closed to the public but open to you.

Wander around to see high points, including the St Paul’s library or Geometric Staircase, familiar to movie fans from its starring role in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Take in the wonderful views toward the nave, and then visit the Crypt and famous Whispering Gallery. 

Your tour concludes at St Paul’s when you say goodbye to your guide.

Please note: The visit to Jewel House to see the Crown Jewels is self-guided.

Customer Reviews

Gregory G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great guide, amazing history! We took the taxi to St. Paul's and were glad we had saved energy for all the steps to the upper levels. What a view!

Rog Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Loved this trip!! It was amazing and offered real unique insights into the Tower and St Paul's. You also get to skip queues and go into areas that are not visited by the general public. A real must-do if you have a few days in London.
We loved the walk, but some may find it a little long

Sandy S United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Worth every penny. Guide was amazing.

Sheila h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

You must book this tour. Our guide was Debra and she was everything you'd want! So knowledgable and funny. You do walk a LOT on this tour, so wear comfortable shoes. It was nice that we all had headphones, so if she was ahead of us, or we were a little separated, you could still hear her. The early entrance to the Tower was very cool. After some history of the Tower, you were free to explore on your own. Then we walked to St. Paul's - which was truly a wonderful experience. We were able to go up to the triforium where few tourists go, or even know about. My daughter called it St. Paul's attic, it's where the church stores items that they don't have room for, or just grow tired of. Special interest were the stones from different centuries, that were from previous excavations. The two-story library was amazing. Highly recommend this tour!

Frederick Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Our tour guide Norma was outstanding. Lots of history and medieval sites. St Paul's was great and the exclusive tour of the library and model worth the time.

carol p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Was at the opening of the gates at the Tower and saw the Beefeaters in action. Very special. St. Paul's is beautiful.

Jann P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

What a wonderful tour this was...starting early meant we were ahead of the crowds..the private visit to the Triforium at St Pauls was something not to be missed
Our guide Debbie was a fountain of information..her knowledge of history was impressive...she made our tour fun and enjoyable
One of the best tours I've been on

Dale F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This VIP Tour is the best experience we had when visiting and touring London. You start with the Beefeaters opening the doors ceremony to the tower all before the rest of the public has access. The Beefeater who greeted us, was informative and entertaining. Our tour guide, Debra, was truly exceptional and extremely knowledgeable. She was our guide through the White Tower and narrated the tour of the Crown Jewels. What a treat. Following the tower was a nice walk to St. Paul's Cathedral, where our guide shared the history and stories of London's financial district, before arriving at St. Paul's. The tour through the Triforium was very special and unique to this tour. The day ended with our guide narrating a walk through the narthex, nave, choir, altar area, and the crypt. What a great day this was!

midwaytoheaven

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

This tour was amazing. We got into the Tower of London about 30 minutes before the official opening of the front gates and got to talk with one of the senior Beefeaters. He was very informative and humorous. We got to see the changing of the guard and the transfer of the keys. After seeing the doors open and the crows start coming in, we got to jump in from of them to see the Crown Jewels. The Tower complex was smaller than I though it would be inside, but definitely not something to miss while visiting London. We had plenty of time to see the rest of the site and could have seen the jewels a second time if we wanted. Plenty of time also for a rest stop and snacks here.

After about 2.5 hours there, it is off on a walk through the streets to get to St Paul's Cathedral. This is a bit of a hike and you should be in good condition. Our lovely senior woman guide was a fast walker either that or I'm slowing down. She was excellent for filling us in on hundreds of years of history of both sites.

The Cathedral was awe-inspiring! The VIP access to the upper gallery was definitely worth it! Our official Cathedral guide was great and answered all our questions. We got to see some of the inner sites that normal tourist do not get to see in the lofts. We lucked out being able to see a group of seamstresses who were repairing one of the Cathedrals cloth banners. The detail was amazing to see. They had been working on this for 2 years! Wow. They talked to us about their volunteer job doing these repairs and how they loved it. We got to see the organ pipes up close and also the Harry Potter huge spiral staircase that is breath-taking to see from the top looking down. Not for the faint of heart!

Bottomline, this tour was worth every cent we paid, er, pounds! We love the whole day seeing these tow sites. This really is a VIP experience and well worth your time to see.

This whole tour lasts until about 3pm so expect to spend 6.5 to 7 hours altogether since this is not clear on the Viator site.

Ashton H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Great early access to the Tower and the Jewels, informative walking tour, access to St Paul's was awesome

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