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Buckingham Palace: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • 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.

  • Buckingham Palace: The Queen's Gallery Entrance Ticket

    3. Buckingham Palace: The Queen's Gallery Entrance Ticket

    Visit the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace and soak up its extravagance. The building that originally stood on the site of the current Queen’s Gallery was designed by John Nash as one of Buckingham Palace’s three identical conservatories or pavilions in the form of Ionic temples. It was constructed on the south-west corner of the Palace, facing the garden, and was completed in 1831. The conservatory was converted into a private chapel for Queen Victoria in 1843, but destroyed in an air raid in 1940. At the suggestion of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, it was redeveloped as a gallery for the Royal Collection in 1962.   The current Queen’s Gallery was opened by Her Majesty The Queen in May 2002, as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations. It hosts a programme of changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection.

    World-class paintings by important artists. numbers nicely limited so no bustle and had time to stop and stare. well curated with concise and useful information

  • The London Pass with Access to over 80 Attractions

    4. The London Pass with Access to over 80 Attractions

    See all that London has to offer while saving both time and money with the London Pass. With its wealth of history and culture, London always has plenty to offer visitors, though it is not always the easiest or cheapest of experiences. The London Pass is a complete sightseer credits package allowing you access to more than 80 top attractions, tours, and museums. 

    Access a huge range of the top landmarks and attractions including the Tower of London, London Zoo, Windsor Castle, and many more. 

    Take a ride on a 1-Day Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus tour with over 60 stops across London including Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, and Piccadilly Circus. The pass is valid for a full working day across 3 routes. You'll also get access to special London Pass holder perks including discounts at gift shops at select at...

    easy to get River pass from Westminster and just showed the pass at the museums in Greenwich. very easy and enjoyable day, would recommend.

  • London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

    5. 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

    6. 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: Tootbus Must See Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour + Cruise

    7. London: Tootbus Must See Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour + Cruise

    Hop on board the Must See London tour, sit back, relax, and (re)discover the city from a whole new perspective. See the best bits of London on this tour designed to see the most famous sights and incredible views of the city. Enjoy a tour past London's top attractions and landmarks including; Tower Bridge, Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, National Gallery, and Downing Street. Start the tour at any of the bus stops. Be welcome on board whether you are a first-time visitor with just a few hours in town and want to get a taste of London or a Londoner who wants to experience the city differently. Download the Tootbus app to easily find your way around, follow the buses in real-time, and enjoy self-guided walking tours to help you explore more of London.

    Very welcoming and friendly staff. We particularly enjoyed the live commentary on both the boat cruise and bus tour.

  • London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

    8. 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.

  • London: London by Night Bus Tour and Thames Cruise

    9. London: London by Night Bus Tour and Thames Cruise

    Experience the city as the sun begins to set and take in the London lights from two different perspectives. Watch the city burst into life at night from the open top deck of the bus. London looks spectacular at night and you'll have the best seats to enjoy the view from above! Then, embark on a relaxing night river cruise along the Thames and see London's riverside sights at their most beautiful. London by Night will take you past some of the most iconic landmarks at their glittering best such as Tower Bridge, Piccadilly Circus, the Houses of Parliament, or the London Eye. Don’t miss out on the perfect way to discover or re-discover the city in a whole new light. Download the local partner's app to easily find the meeting point and see the route in detail.

    Was really good but the boat took some time to come and was so full didn’t get the night experience I expected. Wish the boat was too full. Otherwise the bus journey and guide were great.

  • Vintage Double Decker Bus Tour & Thames River Cruise

    10. 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

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