Best of London with Tower of London, Changing of the Guard and Afternoon Tea

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See the best that London has to offer in this exciting full day of sightseeing! Start your day at the Tower of London, home of the Yeoman Warders (or Beefeaters as they are better known), former prison and execution site of three Queens of England.

Highlights
  • Visit the Tower of London, former fortress, prison and macabre execution site – as well as one of London’s most iconic landmarks
  • 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
  • Enjoy a relaxed, fully-guided stroll through the major iconic sites of London such as the Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and more

Description

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. These are the official regalia and vestments used by the Sovereign of the United Kingdom during the coronation ceremony and other noble appearances. This priceless collection includes magnificent orbs, swords, rings and, of course, crowns and scepters. 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 usurp 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. Your guide will make sure you are in a prime position to enjoy the best views at this crowded event. Your guide will bring this experience to life with colorful commentary, other travelers miss, 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.

End the morning portion of your tour at 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.

After a break for lunch on your own (we'll provide recommendations for nearby restaurants), re-join the group and your expert local guide for a stroll around the city's most iconic buildings and monuments. Start at Trafalgar Square, home of the National Gallery and Nelson's column, before proceeding down Whitehall, the center of Her Majesty's Government. This recognizable street is lined with government departments and ministries, including the old Palace of Whitehall, which burned down in the 17th century, leaving only the Banqueting Hall still standing. It is from this building that King Charles II stepped onto the scaffolding to be executed in 1649. View the Horse Guards, guarded by the Household Cavalry in their sentry boxes, wearing their plumed silver helmets and mounted on their magnificent steeds. Only the Queen is allowed to drive through the central archway, otherwise you have to obtain a special pass card, which were originally made of ivory, but now are made out of plastic.

Afterwards, stroll down Downing Street, home to the British Prime Minister, before arriving at Parliament Square, where you will be treated to spectacular views of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. After learning about the Palace of Westminster, home to the British Parliament, it's on to Westminster Abbey, site of royal coronations and weddings, including the recent wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton in 2011.

Wind down your afternoon amble with a sumptuous and traditional English tea. Enjoy scones with jam and clotted cream, a selection of sandwiches and cakes, and of course a pot of fresh tea, all served on fine china in the magnificent surroundings of a traditional London luxury hotel. A lovely way to end a splendid day.

Includes

  • Headset

  • VIP early access to Tower of London

  • Afternoon tea

  • Cruise fee

  • English-speaking guide
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Best of London with Tower of London, Changing of the Guard and Afternoon Tea

Duration: 9:30 hour(s)
Available: Tue, Thu, Fri and Sat
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Headset / VIP early access to Tower of London / Afternoon tea / Cruise fee / English-speaking guide
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Schedule

  • 08:00

    Check in at the Tower of London Ticket Office

  • 08:15

    Early Access to the Tower of London

    Start your day with a visit to the Tower of London, home of the Yeoman Warders, former prison and execution site of three Queens of England.

  • Changing of the Guard and Buckingham Palace

    Step aboard a relaxing river shuttle as the tour heads up the Thames. The ceremony takes place either at Buckingham Palace or at Horse Guards Parade, depending on the day. End the morning portion of your tour at Buckingham Palace, the residence of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh.

  • Lunch

    Take a break for a while and enjoy a traditional lunch at your expense.

  • 14:15

    Trafalgar Square and Whitehall

    Rejoin the group for a relaxed stroll around city's most iconic buildings and monuments. Start with Trafalgar Square, home of the National Gallery and Nelson’s column, and proceed to Whitehall, the center of Her Majesty’s Government.

  • Westminster and Big Ben

    Take your time to enjoy the views of London's most iconic Big Ben, Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey.

  • Afternoon Tea

    End the perfect afternoon with a traditional English tea at an exclusive luxury hotel complete with sandwiches, scones, jam and clotted cream. It will be a fantastic day you won't forget.

  • 17:15

    End of Tour

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

  • (For Check-Out) St. Ermin's Hotel (The St. Ermin's Tea Lounge Caxton St Westminster, London SW1H 0QW UK) Time: 17:15:00

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) St. Ermin's Hotel (The St. Ermin's Tea Lounge Caxton St Westminster, London SW1H 0QW UK) Time: 17:15:00

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Notes

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

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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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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