London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour
- Small group
- Duration options: 1.5 - 3 hours
The journey starts outside Hotel Hilton at 129 Bayswater road, 20 meters from Queensway tube station. You will cruise through the wonderful Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park to visit some of the most famous places in the world such as Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, and Big Ben. Then, follow the River Thames towards the iconic Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, making a stop at the Monument of London and, of course, at Sir Christopher Wren's St Paul's Cathedral. This is approximately a 5-hour tour at a slow pace and it provides a chance to see the best places in London. You'll stop for a snack along the way and you're welcome to bring your own. After the tour your guide will be happy to assist you in any way they can and share their great experiences of London.
Meet your guide at Piccadilly Circus and get an introduction to the background of the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Hear what you will be doing for the next 1 hour and 45 minutes. Then proceed as a group toward The Mall. Pass by Pall Mall and Waterloo Place. Here you will learn more about the British Army and its greatest general, the Duke of Wellington. Once on The Mall, see the extraordinary monuments to royals and generals. Get a view of St. James's Park. Admire the most beautiful of the royal parks and look at the majestic open space of Horse Guards Parade. Continue toward St. James's Palace. On the way, you might see the Household Cavalry en route from their barracks in Hyde Park. The main focus, however, will be to watch the foot soldiers emerge from St. James's Palace ready for their uniform inspection. They will then march to Buckingham Palace, sometimes accompanied by a band....
Matt is an amazing tour guide! History,politics, royal family, healthy sense of humor- all you can ask for a great experience. Was very patient, and yet energetic. warm recomendations. TNX for a wonderful morning.
Find the prime vantage points that most people miss and see this time-honored tradition from outside Buckingham Palace. Follow your guide on a dynamic journey that will take you through each stage of the entire Changing of the Guard ceremony from beginning to end. Navigate the crowds easily and quickly. Let your guide take you to the best spots with unobstructed views for taking photos of the palace, gardens, and parade grounds. Marvel at the precision with which the Queen’s Foot Guards march to Buckingham Palace, clad in their iconic red tunics and bearskin hats. Admire the gleaming coats of the Household Cavalry’s horses as they emerge at Horse Guard’s Parade. As you watch, hear about the history of this fascinating ceremony and gain invaluable insight into every detail of this British spectacle.
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 other iconic London sights such as Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the London Eye, Parliament Square, and the Houses of Parliament. Next, head to the O2 Arena and get ready for a guided climb across the arena roof for scenic views of London's landmarks. Lastly, take the cable car for an easy ride across the River Thames, allowing for further amazing views of the London skyline from up high.
Tim was a great host for the 3 hour walking tour. Loads of facts and stories which were fun and great even for those who have lived or worked in London for years. Then we were on our own with tickets for the cable car (not sure why but we only had single tickets which meant queuing to buy returns in the rain). Then the walk across the dome. Thankfully it had stopped raining and the views were brilliant and well briefed. Matt was fab and the experience is all well planned. A lovely day - thank you
Visit London’s must-see sights and attractions by bicycle as well as off-the-beaten-track hot spots that tour buses can’t reach. You’ll hear quirky tales about London’s amazing and sometimes bizarre history on this unique bicycle excursion. You’ll cycle at a comfortable pace along riverside pathways, dedicated bike lanes, and park routes. Possible tour stops include London’s major highlights, including the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and Buckingham Palace. Other places of interest that you may see include Admiralty Arch, Trafalgar Square, Chinatown, Covent Garden, and St. Paul's Cathedral. Listen to amusing anecdotes about London from your knowledgeable guide, and make stops during the day.
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 th...
This was a great day tour. Leslie was a good guide and there was sufficient time allocated for each of the sites/attractions!
This tour starts in Kensington Garden - you'll start the morning by cycling through this beautiful park to see where Queen Victoria grew up and where Princess Diana lived. Further down the road, you'll stop at London's most classic venue, The Royal Albert Hall, built to memorialize Prince Albert. Feel free to do your own "last night of the proms" or lay back and listen to one of your guide's anecdotes. Your group will then follow the "rotten row" in the magical Hyde park to the statue of one of England's biggest heroes of all time, the man who defeated Napoleon back in 1815: if you know his name and where the battle took place you're the hero of the day. It's all downhill from there, through the Green Park to visit the official residence of the Royal family, Buckingham Palace - maybe you'll get invited for a cup of tea? We hope to tell you some stories about the Palace that you won't fi...
Drive along the streets of London on board one of the city’s iconic black cabs, and get a great narration of the history from your guide. They will not only be a registered taxi driver - who have to sit the toughest taxi exam in the world - but will also be a registered Blue Badge, City of London, or City of Westminster Guide, with exceptional knowledge of London’s attractions. Following a pick-up from any central London (zone 1) hotel, set off and stop at each landmark for photographs and a historical explanation. Take in the massive medieval fortress of the Tower of London, and the fairytale splendor of Tower Bridge. Drive through Trafalgar Square, passing St James's Palace, Westminster Abbey, and Westminster Cathedral. Stop outside the Queen’s official residence at Buckingham Palace. See St. Paul's Cathedral, Covent Garden, the Houses of Parliament, and much more. No London tour is...
Gordon was extremely knowledgeable and had many facts. I felt we were able to see all of the highlights of London we wanted to see. Gordon tailored the tour to meet our interests and took us to a couple non traditional spots we didn’t expect to see. He was willing to take many photos of us. It was a great tour!!!
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.
The Changing of the Guard is a tradition that is centuries old. The Guard Change is a ceremony which is led by real, front-line soldiers from the British Army. Throughout your tour, you will stroll past St. James’s Palace; the most senior royal palace in the United Kingdom. You will march alongside the soldiers en-route to Buckingham Palace, before securing the best views in the house. The Changing of the Guard does not take place outside Buckingham Palace, which is usually Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Visitors will be able to enjoy spectating the ceremony at Horse Guards Parade situated just off Whitehall in Central London. Later, you can enjoy a meal of either lunch or dinner at the London Hard Rock Cafe, with VIP skip-the-line access to the next available table. You are also able to upgrade your tour to include a 24-hour hop-on/hop-off double-decker bus tour.
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Tim and I cannot remember the other gentlemen’s name were great. Very knowledgeable of the history and times of things happening. The new guy that seemed to be training was also asking a lot of question and answering them too. He seems like he will do awesome as a tour guide. Tim was very funny and polite. We would definitely do this again and recommend them. Thank you for a great history lesson and the sights.
Jason our guide was a great pleasure and very British, he’s knowledge was exceptional and I could have listened to him all day. I took my 7 year year old and he was engaged all the time thank you great tour and will be using again
Really enjoyable tour with a fantastic guide, extremely knowledgeable and fun with it. Get to see parts of changing the guard that you wouldn't know happened without having someone with experience showing you.
It was amazing and guide was so energetic,cool and nice person . Good sense of humour has added value to the tour . Very happy with the tour and with him
Jason was a great guide with great knowledge would definitely recommend