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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.


  • 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

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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

Chris J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great tour but long. Really good guide gave interesting history and details.

Mark L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Guide Norma was great. Informative, easy going and helpful. Getting into tower early and seeing Key Ceremony were the way to go. As we were leaving, the crowds had already beset the place. Crown Jewels at your own pace is worth the ticket alone. The walk through the City was pleasant and, thanks to Norma, educational and interesting. It is a bit of a hike though, and while Norma couldn't have been more patient, some of our less mobile tour mates struggled some. St. Pauls was unbelievable. If you can make it, the climb to the top is well worth the considerable effort. The views were the best. Norma, as always, was there to give the crypt tour and American Chapel extra depth.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our absolute favorite tour! The Beefeater tour before opening hours was incredible. We witnessed the opening ceremony of the keys.... Brilliant! So much gory history and the Line of Kings Exhibition took our breath away. A slow stroll to St. Paul's Cathedral was led by our tour guide who shared her knowledge of the history the London streets, businesses and time periods. At St. Paul's, we were truly treated like VIPs. We were granted private access to the library and model room which are closed to the general public. Both were exquisite and jaw dropping experiences.

Shelley United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We enjoyed this tour very much. Our guide, Sheila, was wonderful. Very informative and entertaining. Opening ceremony was interesting and it was great to get into see the crown jewels without having to wait in line.
The walk to St Paul's was at a good pace and the use of headsets really enhanced the experience as you could listen to her without having to stop and gather round.
After the tour to the gallery and library of the cathedral there was a break for lunch. If you wanted to come back Sheila was there to finish the tour on the main floor. Wonderful tour.

Mark J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Fabulous guide - highly recommend him! His insight and history made the excursion wonderful.

Lorraine H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour is worth every penny. The early access to the Tower of London is a wonderful experience minus the crowds. Our tour guide, Deborah, was probably one of the finest guides we have ever encountered. The tour of St. Paul's is amazing. We also had a guide from the Cathederal. She ushered us into areas not open to the general public. The library was very beautiful. This was one of our most memorable Lobdon experiences.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Really fun tour! We were lucky to be there the day of a change of leadership at the Tower. Extra bonus for us. In addition, I would pay for the tour of the Library at St. Paul's alone! The smell of those old books and seeing that history, as well as the model of the Cathedral, was simply amazing. One of my favorite pictures was of the library.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our guide was very knowledgeable and passionate. Make sure you take the time at St. Paul's to climb to the top, the view is amazing.

Katherine d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This is a special tour and we highly recommend it. Even our teen was 100 impressed.

Shivanee R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

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