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Best of Royal London with Tower of London Visit and Changing of the Guard

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Enjoy a walking tour from the Embankment to the Buckingham Palace and see the Changing of the Guards, a River Thames boat ride and admission to the Tower of London! London has much to offer to both seasoned travelers and first-time visitors. But seeing the best of what this bustling 13-million person metropolis has to offer doesn't have to usurp your entire vacation.

Highlights
  • Visit the Tower of London, former fortress, prison and macabre execution site – as well as one of London’s most iconic landmarks
  • With a tailor-created early-morning visit, you will be among the first to view the crown jewels, avoiding the long lines and crowded-photos that inevitably form later in the day
  • Enjoy a scenic river shuttle up the Thames, enjoying the iconic London scenery along the famed banks
  • Experience a fully-guided walking tour through the Horse Guards to St. James and Buckingham Palace
  • Watch the Changing of the Guard as your guide makes sure you are in the right spot at the right time to get the best views and most perfect pictures

Description

See the best that royal London has to offer in a single morning! Begin your day at the famed and somewhat 'infamous' Tower - former prison and execution site of three Queens of England. Be among the first to enter the Jewel House and view the spectacular crown jewels, which have been held here and locked up for safekeeping every night for the last 600 years. During your visit you will also be able to see the famous white tower, where it is said that the 'Princes in the Tower' were held and supposedly murdered by their Uncle Richard III to claim the throne from their father, King Edward IV.

Then step aboard a relaxing river shuttle as the tour heads up the Thames. Enjoy the sights as your guide points out major landmarks as you coast by. Arrive at the embankment and follow your guide on a short stroll to see the changing of the guards. This world-famous ceremony takes place either at Buckingham Palace or at Horse Guards Parade, depending on the day. Be in a prime position to enjoy the best views at this crowded event.

Your guide will bring this experience to life with colorful commentary regarding the history and pageantry behind the ceremony as the Queen's Foot Guards, with their red tunics and unmistakable bearskin hats, march to Buckingham Palace. (Please note that this experience is subject to weather conditions.)

Tour ends at the Buckingham Palace, the residence of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. See the famous balcony where the royal family appears during major events. This tour is the best way to spend a morning in London - learning and laughing along with your local City Wonders guide.

Includes

  • Headset

  • VIP early access to Tower of London

  • Cruise fee

  • English-speaking guide
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Best of Royal London with Tower of London Visit and Changing of the Guard

Duration: 4:30 hour(s)
Available: Tue, Thu, Fri and Sat
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Headset / VIP early access to Tower of London / Cruise fee / English-speaking guide

...our guide (***) was great!...very knowledgable, always upbeat, never less than positive throughout the tour, even when another tour's guide AND a boat service (dock) employee were rude to her...she made sure we experienced everything the tour promised and more; without any pressure (ever) to tip at the conclusion...even after the end of the formal tour, *** went above and beyond the bounds of her duties by providing extra services that involved walking those so interested to additional destinations...*** rocks!!!...

Dr Jeff

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Schedule

  • 08:00

    Check in at the Tower of London Ticket Office

  • 08:15

    Tower of London

    Begin your day at the famed and infamous Tower of London, former prison and execution site of three Queens of England. Among its prisoners were Catherine Howard, Thomas Cromwell and the former Queen Anne Boleyn, who was rumored to be haunting the tower.

  • Thames River Cruise

    Hop on a scenic cruise down the Thames River and get a panoramic view of London as your guide points out important landmarks. This famous river was also featured in a number of popular films such as Sherlock Holmes and Pirates of the Caribbean.

  • Changing of the Guards

    Witness the famous Changing of the Guard after a walking tour along the Embankment Pier. Get the best views for your photos as your guide gives you more information about the history behind this ceremony.

  • Buckingham Palace

    End the tour at Buckingham Palace, headquarters of the Queen and the center of all state occasions and royal events. Take photographs of the vast garden and the iconic balcony where the members of the royal family stay during major events.

  • 12:15

    End of Tour

  • (For Check-In) Tower of London (Tower of London, London, United Kingdom) Time: 08:00:00

  • (For Check-Out) Buckingham Palace Time: 12:15:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Tower of London (Tower of London, London, United Kingdom) Time: 08:00:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Buckingham Palace Time: 12:15:00

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Notes

Restriction(s)
  • Flash photography is not permitted inside the Tower of London.

  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Walking shoes

  • Comfortable clothing

  • Strollers are not allowed

Additional Note(s)
  • Please note that the Changing of the Guard will not operate when it is raining and will be replaced with an extended walking tour.

  • Depending on the day, you will see either the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace or Horse Guards Parade. On some occasions, the Changing of the Guard may be cancelled on a short notice.

  • Due to increased security measures at many attractions, some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' or VIP early access.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a maximum of 25.

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Reviews

...our guide (***) was great!...very knowledgable, always upbeat, never less than positive throughout the tour, even when another ...tour's guide AND a boat service (dock) employee were rude to her...she made sure we experienced everything the tour promised and more; without any pressure (ever) to tip at the conclusion...even after the end of the formal tour, *** went above and beyond the bounds of her duties by providing extra services that involved walking those so interested to additional destinations...*** rocks!!!... more

Dr Jeff

Josh our tour guide was amazing with so much education in a fun, relaxing yet efficient way. Thoroughly enjoyed

Sarah

Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations made within 3 business days of your activity (after 08:15:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

Change Policy

Changes made to bookings within the 72 hour window will be subject to rebooking fees to cover the cost of tickets purchased, transport, guide rescheduling, headsets and administration.
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