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London: Westminster and Changing of the Guard Tour

1. London: Westminster and Changing of the Guard Tour

Our Westminster and Changing of the Guard guided walking tour is offering 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 recognizable red-cloaked and horse 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 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 intricate parades along the way.

London: Winston Churchill and World War II

2. London: Winston Churchill and World War II

Learn the devastating history of London during World War 2. Discover how one man carried a nation’s weight of expectation on his shoulders, as London was mercilessly bombed by the Nazis, Winston Churchill plotted victory from the streets of London and operations room in Westminster. Hear about London during the Blitz, the courage of ordinary people in the face of terror, and see the city through the eyes of the iconic Prime Minister. Use old photos and incredible stories to invoke the famous Blitz Spirit. On your journey into the heart of Westminster, take in the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Parliament Square, Downing Street, and Whitehall, see war memorials, a bomb escape hatch, Churchill’s statue, and more.

London: Westminster Tour, River Cruise, and Tower of London

3. London: Westminster Tour, River Cruise, and Tower of London

From the meeting point, start the 3-hour walking tour by heading through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, admiring the well-manicured trees and flowers along the way. At the palace, watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard Ceremony.   Afterward, see 17 other iconic London sights such as Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the London Eye, Parliament Square, and the Houses of Parliament. After the walking tour, take to the River Thames for a sightseeing cruise where you will get to see many other iconic buildings and sights. Disembark at Tower Pier and head to the Tower of London for the exciting Beefeater tour. Walk around the Tower of London, discovering the history, stories, and ghosts that lie within. Marvel at the Crown Jewels and other fascinating historical artifacts including the suits of armor worn by former kings of England. See the cells where prisoners were once kept and journey back in time for an exciting trip into Britain’s past.

London in One Day Tour with River Cruise

4. 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**. We will then have a chance to enjoy lunch at a traditional London Pub. 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 1066-7 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, on these occasions we will visit Horseguards 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.

London: Churchill War Rooms & WW2 Westminster Private Tour

5. London: Churchill War Rooms & WW2 Westminster Private Tour

Join a guided private historical walking tour around London with your live guide, a fellow historian lover. Enjoy a day exploring all the iconic sites such as the Houses of Parliament and Whitehall to discover the military bunkers of the Churchill War Rooms. Learn all about World War II, when on September 7th, 1940, Nazi Germany sparked a lightning war on London, dropping bombs across the city and beginning 57 consecutive nights of terror on Britain’s capital. But how did we get there, and what was to happen next? On a private walking tour with a local 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 WW2 - learn about the famous British resolve and the reality of life for millions at that time. As your private guided experience continues, descend below the streets of Whitehall to discover the military bunkers of the Churchill War Rooms, frozen in time and ready to be explored once again. Roam the top-secret corridors with your private guide. Absorb the atmosphere of a Cabinet War Room where the decisions made could lead to victory… or disaster. Chart the course of the war in a Map Room, untouched since 1945. Learn more about the man who led a nation through their darkest hour in a museum brimming with artefacts from Winston Churchill’s life- from his baby rattle to the cigar and bowler hat he was never seen without. Discover the reality of life in the bunkers for the men and women who slept, ate and worked here as the bombs rained overhead. ‘’It is the time to dare and endure.’’ —Winston Churchill

London: Royal Tour with Afternoon Tea at the Rubens

6. London: Royal Tour with Afternoon Tea at the Rubens

See London's most iconic sights, including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and many more on a scenic bus tour through the city. Hear interesting stories and facts about London's fascinating history from your guide along the way. Stop to watch the infamous Buckingham Palace Changing of the Guard ceremony, the epitome of British pomp and pageantry. See the soldiers in their bearskin caps and scarlet tunics accompanied by a marching band as they arrive to assume responsibility for protecting Buckingham Palace. Finally, visit The Rubens at the Palace Hotel, a luxurious venue close to the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace. Enjoy the traditional royal afternoon tea in the lavish Palace Lounge. Look out onto The Queen's stables while dining on a selection of sumptuous sandwiches and pastries.

London: See 30+ Top Sights and Eat 8 British Foods Tour

7. London: See 30+ Top Sights and Eat 8 British Foods Tour

Join an exploration of over thirty of London’s major landmarks and best of British foods for a good idea of the history and tastes of one of Europe’s best-loved cities. Start your tour as you head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, where you can watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard ceremony (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday during the winter months). You will then head to Westminster, and along the way see sights such as Parliament Square, St. James Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben (sadly covered up at the moment) and the Houses of Parliament. You will then move on to the London Bridge area to see Shakespeare’s Globe, the Shard, HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. By this point, you'll have worked up an appetite, so you will be invited to stop for a feast of the best of British foods in one of the UK's most historic pubs. From here you will explore Borough market, Europe's favorite food market, and a bustling hub of smells and flavors. You will sample fish and chips, pie and mash, English beer and also taste a world famous doughnut!

London by Night Taxi Tour

8. London by Night Taxi Tour

London takes on a different kind of splendor and a magical atmosphere when the sun goes down and the lights come on. Many of London’s iconic buildings are artistically and creatively lit up just for your enjoyment and appreciation. On this 3-hour tour you will see the very best of the iconic London buildings and bridges, dramatically illuminated at night. There is nothing like stopping on the famous London bridge and taking a moment or two to look down the River Thames, it's a simply stunning view of London . A London by Night Taxi Tour will be one of the most memorable things you do when you visit London. Your London by Night Taxi Tour Adventure Starts Here! Your 3-hour Taxi Tour Will Include: • Big Ben • Parliament Square • The London Eye • Trafalgar Square • London Bridges • The Tower of London • Buckingham Place And so much more...   

London: Westminster in WWII Walking Tour

9. London: Westminster 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: James Bond Walking Tour

10. London: James Bond Walking Tour

Zig-zag across central London, from stately Somerset House to the luxury Savoy hotel, Trafalgar Square to Whitehall. Savor sumptuous filming locations and uncover real-life spy secrets. See how art imitates life and vice versa through the lens of Ian Fleming's James Bond and his films. Start at Somerset House, a filming location for both Goldeneye and Tomorrow Never Dies. Discover how this historic building in the heart of central London was transformed into Russia through clever set dressing and props. After a short walk to the Savoy, discover the identity of one resident, a secret but well-known spy who was Fleming's friend, and leave shaken and stirred. Next, visit another iconic London landmark, Rules, London’s oldest restaurant. Learn how the site was used to film Daniel Craig’s Bond movie Spectre. Visit locations in and around Trafalgar Square. Then it's over to Whitehall, where your guide will explain how the film crew managed to film securely in the throbbing heart of central London. In Whitehall, listen to your guide explain how Fleming’s work in the intelligence community inspired the world’s most famous fictional spy. Final stop: the exterior of the MI6 headquarters in London. Discover all that the public knows about the Secret Intelligence Service. Learn how the IRA attacked the building Bond-style, and how the Bond makers managed to get permission to film here.

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What people are saying about Parliament Square, London

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 125 reviews

aanrader! zeer bekwame en grappige gids. In 1 dag veel gezien en geleerd over Londen. Gids is goed te volgen voor niet native Engels sprekende. gids vertelt op alle plekken veel details. De cruise op de Thames was een ticket wat vrij te gebruiken was, dat hebben we de volgende dag gebruikt. ook hier een leuke gids die prettig vertelt. door dit uit te stellen heb je meer tijd voor de tower of London. nogmaals, zeker de tijd en geld waard.

Pepe, our guide, was informative, engaging & really personalized our tour. His anecdotes and deep understanding of the history, told in an entertaining, story-like fashion, made the entire tour unforgettable. I would recommend Pepe for any tour!

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!!!