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London: Westminster and Changing of the Guard Tour

London: Westminster and Changing of the Guard Tour

The Royal Westminster and Changing of the Guard (English) 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 King, we will explore the iconic buildings, parks and monuments of Royal London.  Witness parades by the world-famous King's Guards before continuing along the corridor of power which includes Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and 10 Downing Street.  You'll be led by an expert in London’s political, royal, and cultural history, who knows the best places to witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony, allowing you the best views and photo opportunities away from the crowds. Along the way, be entertained and enthralled by your tour guide’s in-depth knowledge, memorable anecdotes, and unique take on London's history, as you discover the Kings, Queens, rogues, and villains behind this incredible city, and witness iconic buildings and mesmerizing parades along the way. Suitable for all ages and encompassing multiple different experiences in a single two-and-a-quarter-hour period, this Westminster and Changing of the Guard Walking Tour is the best way to experience Royal Westminster all in one day. 

London: London in WW2 and Churchill War Rooms Entrance

London: London in WW2 and Churchill War Rooms Entrance

It’s time to go back to the 1940s. Big Ben no longer sounds. Air raid sirens are the norm. German bombing raids come under cover of darkness. The population lives with rations and restrictions. Many Brits lay down their lives in Europe and beyond. With your local expert guide, you will keep calm and carry on, learning about the British resolve and getting the inside scoop on the truth behind Westminster in wartime on this walking tour past important monuments like the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the Cenotaph, Ministry of War, 10 Downing Street and Whitehall. After your Westminster small group experience, bid your new-found friend and guide a fond farewell to descend into the War Rooms. At your own pace, discover the miles of strategic bunkers where Winston Churchill and his cabinet were to conduct their part in WW2. This unforgettable location is frozen in time and ready to be discovered once again.

London: Nighttime Open-Top Bus Sightseeing Tour

London: Nighttime Open-Top Bus Sightseeing Tour

Experience London at night on an open-top bus tour and see the city lit up. Enjoy panoramic views and audio commentary of the most iconic and lively areas in the capital, including Parliament Square, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, and the financial district of the City. Enjoy commentary from an English-speaking guide as you drive, with audio guides available in 11 languages including English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese, Hindi, Japanese and Arabic. Glide past eminent and elegant attractions, such as the renowned London Eye, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, the formidable Tower of London, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament, giving you an enchanting illuminated view of one of the world’s greatest cities.

London: Westminster Abbey & Changing of the Guard Tour

London: Westminster Abbey & Changing of the Guard Tour

Get ready to discover the iconic landmarks and historical treasures that make up the heart of London's royal culture. First, explore one of the world’s great churches, the site of royal coronations, and one of the most significant structures in British history in Westminster Abbey. This incredible 700-year-old building is a must-see for any visitor to London. It has welcomed Kings, Queens and statesmen, royal weddings, and state funerals. You will feel like British royalty as you enjoy a tour led by our expert local guide who will shed light on the most important and fascinating aspects of this great monument such as the Coronation Chair, the burial place of 17 British monarchs, and many of Britain’s greatest poets who lie in Poet’s Corner. After your visit to the Abbey, your guide will lead you to the Changing of the Guards. This world-famous ceremony takes place either at Buckingham Palace or at Horse Guards Parade, depending on the day. Your guide will make sure you are in a prime position to enjoy the best views at this crowded event. Enjoy commentary regarding the history and pageantry behind the ceremony. See the Queen’s Foot Guards drenched in their red tunics and unmistakable bearskin hats, march to Buckingham Palace together with the military band or the Household Cavalry. (Please be aware that the guard’s parade will not take place in the event of heavy rain).

London: Buckingham Palace & Westminster Guided Walking Tour

London: Buckingham Palace & Westminster Guided Walking Tour

Get ready to embark on a captivating walking tour of London's historic landmarks. Learn about the sights with your guide, and marvel at the royal splendor of Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace, Westminster Abbey, and more. Meet your guide in London's famous Green Park, then head to Buckingham Palace. Admire the grandeur of its architecture, then continue to St James's Palace, another regal gem that has served as a residence for the royal family for centuries. As you stroll along the Mall on the royal processional route, you'll feel the palpable sense of history and prestige in the air. Then, soak up at the atmosphere at Trafalgar Square, a vibrant hub adorned with Nelson's Column and surrounded by impressive architecture. Continuing your journey along Whitehall, a street lined with government buildings and statues. Keep your eyes peeled for the iconic Horseguards, as you might catch a glimpse of the mounted guards in their distinctive uniforms. Next, arrive at Parliament Square, home to the magnificent Westminster Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take in the breathtaking Gothic architecture and learn about the abbey's rich history. Just across the square, you'll find the Palace of Westminster, housing the iconic Big Ben clock tower. Throughout the tour, your guide will share fascinating stories and historical anecdotes, bringing London's landmarks to life. So lace up your walking shoes and enjoy a journey through the heart of London's royal and political heritage.

London: Palaces and Parliament Walking Tour

London: Palaces and Parliament Walking Tour

See more than 20 of London's most iconic sights on a 3-hour walking tour. Explore the City of Westminster, one of the most popular tourist locations in London. Learn fun facts about the history of the area and how it developed, as you pass by many of its iconic monuments. Head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace where on selected days you can watch the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony. Walk down The Mall, a tree-lined, royal road, adorned with Royal Parks and Royal Palaces.  Travel to Parliament Square where you will see Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. View some of the most famous sights in London, including: Buckingham Palace, the Victoria Memorial, St James's Park, Green Park, St James's Palace, Big Ben, Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and Trafalgar Square.

London: Parks and Palaces Guided Morning Bike Tour

London: Parks and Palaces Guided Morning Bike Tour

Glide through the bustling morning streets of London and admire its top attractions on a guided bike tour. Climb aboard a bike and pedal your way through the historic capital, passing highlights from Big Ben to Buckingham Palace. Kick off from Kensington Garden in the morning, cycling through this beautiful park to see where Queen Victoria grew up and where Princess Diana lived. See the Royal Albert Hall, follow Hyde Park's "rotten row," and admire the statue of one of England's greatest heroes, the Duke of Wellington. Glide through Green Park towards the official residence of the Royal family, Buckingham Palace. Hear stories about this iconic British landmark before setting off for Trafalgar Square. Gaze up at the immense 169-foot Nelson's Column. Next, marvel at Westminster Abbey, the location of lavish coronations and royal weddings. Pass by the Houses of Parliament and stop for a selfie at Big Ben. Then, circle back through the Royal Parks to the meeting point. Feel free to ask your guide for recommendations at the end of your tour.

London: Winston Churchill and London in WWII Walking Tour

London: Winston Churchill and London in WWII Walking Tour

On a private or shared group walking tour with an expert guide, discover the grandeur of the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the Cenotaph, Ministry of War, 10 Downing Street, and Whitehall through the lens of WWII. Learn about the British resolve and the reality of life for millions at that time. Start your tour outside the Monument to the RAF, which commemorates the individuals who took part in the Battle of Britain during the Second World War. Meet your guide who will begin to tell you the history of the area, and about life during WWII. Together, travel through London visiting iconic landmarks, such as Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey, as your guide tells you the impact of WWII and how Britain coped with the war. Finish your tour outside the Churchill’s War Rooms. Your guide will leave you here to explore if desired. Explore strategic bunkers from where Winston Churchill and cabinet were to conduct their part of WWII, frozen in time and ready to be discovered once again.

London: Best Landmarks Walking Tour

London: Best Landmarks Walking Tour

On this tour, your guide will introduce you to London's most loved landmarks and attractions. Start from the cities most famous square, Trafalger Square, and straight away enjoy views of the National Gallery and Nelson's Column. Admire the striking architecture of the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben. Enjoy hearing about the history of London's royal family and their world-famous coronations as you pass the remarkable Westminster Abbey. Continue to follow in the footsteps of the Royals as you stroll past St James Park and on to Buckingham Palace. Continuing along one of London's most famous streets, Pall Mall, sing and dance your way to the vibrant West End! Pass some of the oldest and most significant theatres in the country, including Piccadilly, Sondheim and Apollo. The final stop is Soho - don't forget to ask your tour guide for recommendations on the compelling lineup of bars, eateries and clubs! Your ticket also includes a digital app-based sightseeing tour. Using your own mobile phone, access a selection of self-guided walking routes and continue exploring the city on your own, once the guided tour has finished.

London in One Day Tour with River Cruise

London in One Day Tour with River Cruise

Westminster Abbey and Parliament Square The tour begins with a panoramic drive around parliament Square, to see Westminster Abbey, where many of our Kings, Queens, Statesmen, poets and writers are buried. See Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. London's West End, Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard Enjoy a fascinating panoramic tour, seeing Trafalgar Square, Downing Street, London's Theatre District and Piccadilly Circus. Then to Buckingham Palace to see the colourful ceremony of the Changing of the Guard. St Paul's Cathedral A guided tour of Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece – St Paul's Cathedral - crowned by the magnificent dome that is so much a part of the London skyline. The Cathedral was rebuilt after the Great Fire of London in 1666. In recent years it has seen the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, to Lady Diana Spencer and, most recently, the thanksgiving services for both the Golden Jubilee and 80th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen. The Tower of London and Crown Jewels Founded by William the Conqueror in 1066 and enlarged by successive sovereigns, the Tower of London is one of the world's most famous and spectacular fortresses. Over the past 1000 years it has been a Royal Palace, an armoury and a place of imprisonment and execution. The Beefeaters who guard the Tower will regale you with stories of its past. We will visit the Crown Jewels, including the magnificent solid-gold crown used at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the enormous Cullinan diamonds and the extraordinary Koh-i-Noor.   Sunday in London - due to church services St Paul's Cathedral is closed to visitors on Sunday. We will stop for photographs and spend longer in the Tower of London. Occasionally there may not be a Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, on these occasions we will visit the Changing of the Guard at Horse Guards Parade. Thames River Cruise Enjoy your river cruise at your leisure after exploring The Tower of London. Your river cruise will take you from Tower to Westminster Pier, where your tour will conclude.

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This was a fantastic tour. John was our guide and he was absolutely amazing. We really lucked out and got to see the rehearsal for the trooping of the colour! Also, as soon as we arrived at Buckingham Palace, King Charles happened to ride by in his purple Rolls-Royce. We will remember this tour for a lifetime. Thank you, John, for making sure we got to see it all!

Our guide (Dave Henry) was excellent and very knowledgeable. We were able to get a great overview and hitting of the highlights with his knowledge and ability to cover a lot of ground efficiently We would definitely recommend!

Excellent. If in London for a short time. A very good way to see all the historical places. Our guide was very informative, with little anecdotes about various areas. Will recommend.

It was Great! Benedikt was awesome! Very funny and knowledgeable! He made the entire tour supremely engaging! Would do it again and I can’t recommend Benedikt as your guide enough!!

The guide called Jonathan was fantastic and made the tour really special!