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London: Westminster and Changing of the Guard Tour

1. London: Westminster and Changing of the Guard Tour

The Royal Westminster and Changing of the Guard guided walking tour offers you the ability to get up close and personal with London’s most famous and impressive sights. Beginning with Buckingham Palace, the most famous residence of the Queen, we will explore the iconic buildings, parks, and monuments of Royal London. We will witness parades by the world-famous Queen's Guards before continuing along the corridor of power which includes Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and 10 Downing Street. Along the way, you will be entertained and enthralled by your tour guide’s in-depth knowledge, memorable anecdotes, and unique look on the history of London. What truly makes our tour so impressive is the quality of our tour guides. With years of professional experience in the touring industry, you will be led by an expert in London’s political, royal, and cultural history. In addition, the experience of our guides means they know the best places to witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony, allowing you the best views and photo opportunities away from the crowds. Suitable for all ages and encompassing multiple different experiences in a single two-and-a-quarter-hour period, our Westminster and Changing of the Guard Walking Tour is the best way to experience Royal Westminster all in one day. Discover the Kings, Queens, rogues and villains behind this incredible city, and witness iconic buildings and mesmerising parades along the way.

London: Tootbus Must-See Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Cruise

2. London: Tootbus Must-See Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Cruise

Hop on board the Must See London tour, sit back, relax, and (re)discover the city from a whole new perspective. See the best bits of London on this tour designed to see the most famous sights and incredible views of the city. Enjoy a tour past London's top attractions and landmarks including; Tower Bridge, Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, National Gallery, and Downing Street. Start the tour at any of the bus stops. Be welcome on board whether you are a first-time visitor with just a few hours in town and want to get a taste of London or a Londoner who wants to experience the city differently. Download the Tootbus app to easily find your way around, follow the buses in real-time, and enjoy self-guided walking tours to help you explore more of London.

March with the Guards: Changing of the Guard Ceremony

3. March with the Guards: Changing of the Guard Ceremony

As the people begin to jostle in front of Buckingham Palace to watch the Changing of the Guard, this tour takes you away from the crowds and over to St. James Palace to witness the guards preparing to make their famous march. Believe it or not, it’s not all for show; these are real soldiers with real weapons carrying out their daily duty of protecting the Palace. Hear about what their duties include and the significance of their highly-symbolic uniforms. As the soldiers leave, you will be able to march alongside them (no, you don’t get to wear a hat), then head over to a special vantage point near the Wellington Barracks, home to all the Foot Guard’s Bands, that lets you get as close as possible to the action. Next, stroll across St. James’s Park and learn about the history of this royal green space which is among the most famous of the green spaces that cover nearly 47% of greater London. Arriving at the Horse Guards Parade, watch the equally-impressive, but often overlooked Changing of the Queen’s Life Guard, which features mounted, armor-clad soldiers and their immaculately groomed steeds.

London: "The Crown" Exploration Game

4. London: "The Crown" Exploration Game

Discover London’s impressive palaces, landmarks, and the hidden secrets behind them. Solve challenges as the story unfolds with the exact directions on your phone guiding you to the next location. Explore famous places in London such as the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey, St James's Palace, and lesser-known places. Head to Westminster, where the game will start. It will take you between 1.5 to 2 hours to complete the game, but there’s no time limit so feel free to explore and finish it at your own pace. Pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. Finish the game at the famous Buckingham Palace.

London: Royal Westminster Guided Walking Tour

5. London: Royal Westminster Guided Walking Tour

When most people are asked to think of the most iconic landmarks in London, the answers come thick and fast- Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square but as a tale of two cities, all of these actually lay in the regal city of Westminster. Come along on a small-group adventure, guided by a local expert, through over 1000 years of history and hear the stories of Saxon Kings, Civil War, religious Reformation, important cats, the truth behind our Fireworks Night, Blitz, Crusades, heroes, villains and even how to tell when you’re on land owned by the royals. Walk in the footsteps of Winston Churchill, Henry VIII, Queen Victoria, Lord Admiral Nelson, Richard the Lionheart, Guy Fawkes and the Suffragettes. Capture the ultimate Westminster snapshots as you visit the most iconic telephone box in the city and the Queen’s Lifeguards who, on horseback, guard the entrances to the royal residences. Saunter right to the heart of British democracy with us.

London Westminster: Mob Revenge Exploration Game

6. London Westminster: Mob Revenge Exploration Game

The city game starts at Westminster Abbey. It will take you between 1,5 to 2 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at Trafalgar Square. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. So, are you up for an exciting city game? After your booking you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game.

London: Royal Parks Walking Tour with optional Afternoon Tea

7. London: Royal Parks Walking Tour with optional Afternoon Tea

The British Monarchy in London Get close to some of the most iconic sites in London including Buckingham Palace, the Mall, Horse Guards Parade, and the Victoria Memorial. Stand in the spot opposite the Palace where thousands have previously gathered for historic events such as the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Trooping of the Colour, the Queen Mother’s 100th Birthday celebrations, and numerous Royal weddings including Princess Diana and Prince Charles, Katherine Middleton and Prince William and many more. Your Blue Badge Guide will explain the central role the British Monarchy has played in the history of the capital during the lifetime of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, from the Blitz to the modern-day. Visit important statues and monuments to key figures that have shaped this amazing story and learn of the work that goes into delivering State visits, investitures, Garden Parties, commemorative events, and much more. The beauty of the Royal Parks Discover a peaceful triangle of mature trees and grasslands offering a quiet retreat from the city at Green Park. See Britain’s rarest native timber tree: the black poplar as well as native oaks and hawthorn: a tree that supports a lot of wildlife. Visit St James’s Park, the first of The Royal Parks to be opened to the public providing habitats for a variety of different species of birdlife, and most famous for its Pelicans who have resided in the park for nearly 400 years. Enjoy impressive views of the lake, a key habitat in the park and home to over 15 different species of waterfowl. The park’s famous flower beds at the front of Buckingham Palace are a familiar backdrop to pageants including Trooping the Colour, as well as state visits and other ceremonial occasions.

London: Self-Guided Politics and Culture Discovery Game

8. London: Self-Guided Politics and Culture Discovery Game

An interactive city discovery experience across London’s Piccadilly Circus and Whitehall. You’ll solve riddles via a web app in your phone’s browser, with all the information you need for your adventure sent beforehand via email. You'll be required to solve 9 riddles, with your challenge starting at the Criterion Theatre, Piccadilly Circus. Each riddle takes you from one hidden location to the next, and will see you unlocking local recommendations and fun facts, as well as the history of the city. Discover spots in London’s Piccadilly Circus and Whitehall that most locals don’t even know. You'll discover popular sights from a different angle, as you enter a world of extravagance and explore the iconic political and historical heart of London. The highlights you discover on this game include the bustling Piccadilly Circus, the Houses of Parliament, the fascinating Trafalgar Square, the Horse Guards Parade, and the Prime Minister’s very own house. The game is suitable for friends, couples, families with kids and team buildings. Enjoy being together while exploring a city, be creative, and use your imagination to find the city’s secrets.

London: Winston Churchill Walking Tour with War Rooms Ticket

9. London: Winston Churchill Walking Tour with War Rooms Ticket

This tour will be for all fans of the man voted the greatest figure in British history, wartime prime minister, Sir Winston Churchill. On this walking tour, you will explore the streets of Piccadilly, St. James and Westminster and visit places that played important roles in his life. Have a chance to sit on a bench with Churchill and his wartime ally, President Roosevelt. Everyone knows that Sir Winston Churchill loved his cigars, as well as various other vices. Visit the store which used to supply his cigars. Inside, there will be a hidden treasure of London which was used by the great man himself. Visit the home where Churchill lived as a young boy as well as Downing Street, where he lived as prime minister and see the church where he and Clementine were married in 1908. Nearby, you will see the most famous statue of Churchill and learn about the story of why it is there and what it represents, handily it is rather close to one of the pubs he used to visit and a good place to visit afterwards. The tour will end outside the Churchill War Rooms which are perfectly preserved from the Second World War and from which Churchill ran the war whilst the streets through which you walked were regularly bombed by the Luftwaffe. Tickets for the War Rooms will be included along with an excellent audio guide.

London: Best of London Day Tour with Pub Lunch

10. London: Best of London Day Tour with Pub Lunch

Your tour begins at the front steps of St Martin-in-the-Fields Church. From there you will stroll through London’s most famous piazza, Trafalgar Square, admiring Nelson’s Column. You will then walk down the dramatic mall which leads to Buckingham Palace, and on which many royal processions take place. You will stop briefly at Henry VII’s St James’s Palace, before watching the Changing of The Guard near Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s official residence in London. Afterwards, you will make your way to Horse Guards Parade where the Queen’s Life Guards are on duty 24/7 protecting the royal palaces. You will walk down Whitehall, passing #10 Downing Street (the Prime Minister’s residence), the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey. You will then jump into an iconic "Black Cab", which will take you to a well-deserved traditional English pub for a lovely lunch. Following lunch you will arrive to the magnificent St. Paul’s Cathedral, which was built by Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London in 1666. Here you will be able to spend some time inside the magical Whispering Gallery, where you can see the amazing painted dome up close. Leaving St. Paul's you will begin to explore the City of London, which dates back 2000 years to when the Romans called it "Londinium". You will visit London’s only Roman amphitheater as well as the historic Guildhall, before then passing the historic Bank of England. It will be here that you will be able to best experience how the city's skyline is changing, as you observe new buildings such as the Gherkin, the Cheesegrater, and the Walkie-Talkie. Towards the end of your tour you will visit Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley, where you can visit the monument which marks where the Great Fire of London began. Finally, you will arrive at the Tower of London, the famous royal fortress where the Queen keeps her Crown Jewels. Your tour ends here, from where you can easily take a taxi, bus, the tube, or a river boat to anywhere in London.

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What people are saying about Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 3,061 reviews

We had a wonderful time and Alan , our guide was amazing . He gave us lots of information , took us to the right spots at the right time . Totally recommended

If your visiting London it's well worth doing this tour first. It's not for the faint hearted though, be prepared to walk for miles.

I lived in London, have been visiting London since I was little but a walking tour is definitely a fantastic way to see London!!!

Had a blast! Learned some interesting stuff about the royal family and the locations were well-chosen to boot. Recommended

The information about the most interesting spots was very good.