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  • The Big Smoke in a Whiff! 5-Hour Bike Tour

    1. The Big Smoke in a Whiff! 5-Hour Bike Tour

    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.

  • London: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

    2. London: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

    Big Bus Route Highlights:

    Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard

    Houses of Parliament

    Big Ben

    Westminster Abbey

    10 Downing Street

    Whitehall

    Piccadilly Circus

    Oxford Street

    Regent Street

    London Eye

    London Dungeon

    Sea Life London Aquarium

    Madame Tussauds

    Covent Garden

    Bank of England

    Monument

    St Pauls Cathedral

    Tower of London

    Tower Bridge

    The Shard

    City Hall

    Lambeth Palace

    British Museum

    Marble Arch

    Mayfair

    Green Park

    Hyde Park Corner

    Harrods

    South Kensington Museums

    Kensington Palace

    Notting Hill

    This Big Bus Tour on open-top, double decker bus gives you unlimited hop-on, hop-off use on all routes for either 24-, 48- or 72- hours, taking you to London’s ...

    The actual route aside from not seeing the front of Buckingham Palace was good. What really let the whole experience down was the headphone commentary. Our group found this to be childish and informative in any tangible way. This tour would be greatly improved if there was a continual commentary talking about all of the sites and places of interest that we passed. Scrap the quiz and the mindless banter. No one is interested.

  • London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

    3. London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

    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.

  • Big London Ticket: London Eye, Big Bus & Thames River Cruise

    4. Big London Ticket: London Eye, Big Bus & Thames River Cruise

    Discover the best of London with a hop-on, hop-off tour on-board an open-top, double-decker bus and enjoy a trip on the London Eye as part of your ticket. A hop-on, hop-off tour is the ideal way to discover the best sights, landmarks and attractions of London at your own pace. The tour gives you unlimited use, with stops strategically placed at all the places you would like to visit including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge and St Pauls Cathedral. Hop off the bus at Westminster Bridge to take an unforgettable ride on the London Eye. From the top, you can take in the breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of the city's impressive skyline. See the city's most famous sights including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament from an unrivalled bird's eye view. You can start your tour at any of the Big Bus stops. Popular starting points include the Lon...

    We had a really lovely day , we learnt lots , things we didn’t know , the staff were exceptional , really helpful , polite and knowledgeable .

  • London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

    5. London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

    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.

  • Vintage Double Decker Bus Tour & Thames River Cruise

    6. Vintage Double Decker Bus Tour & Thames River Cruise

    See the highlights of London via 2 classic modes of transport on this half-day adventure. First, you will enjoy great views of Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, and the London Eye, as you meander through the historic streets on board a vintage double decker bus. Continue to see St. Paul’s Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren’s architectural masterpiece, where Admirals Nelson and Wellington are buried, and Princess Diana and Prince Charles got married. Continue to the Tower of London, built nearly 1,000 years ago during the reign of William the Conqueror. Home to the Crown Jewels, the Tower is protected by the famous Beefeaters, and the imposing palace has been used as a fortress and a prison throughout its history. Your guide will take you to Traitors Gate, where prisoners entered the Tower for the last time. Next, take a short trip along the River Thames, passing Shakespeare’s ...

    Even though I’m a Londoner overall I learnt so much from the tour guide who was knowledgeable and presented facts in an interesting way. Didn’t give you five ⭐️ because unfortunately the Thames part of it was cancelled. However five ⭐️ that you refunded me back half of what I paid within a few days. Thank you

  • London: Westminster Tour, Climb The O2 Arena, and Cable Car

    7. London: Westminster Tour, Climb The O2 Arena, and Cable Car

    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

  • London: Westminster Walking Tour & The Tower of London Entry

    8. London: Westminster Walking Tour & The Tower of London Entry

    Start with a walking tour of the Westminster area, where your tour guide will escort you to 20 different historical and cultural sights. Head 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, and the Houses of Parliament. Then, step into the Tower of London, where there is an abundance of history, stories, and ghosts to be found. Marvel at the Crown Jewels and other fascinating historical artifacts including the suits of armor worn by the Kings of England. See the cells where prisoners were once kept. Journey back in time and take an exciting trip into England's past.

  • London: City Highlights Bike Tour

    9. London: City Highlights Bike Tour

    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.

  • London in One Day Tour with River Cruise

    10. 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 th...

    This was a great day tour. Leslie was a good guide and there was sufficient time allocated for each of the sites/attractions!

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What people are saying about Buckingham Palace

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 893 reviews

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

Fab done night bus excellent Boay dwn to grenitch loved it the 2 lads knew everything it was great

Took a brother visiting london for the first from Belgium and he has a fantastic time! Thank you

Jason was a great guide with great knowledge would definitely recommend