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London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

1. London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

Join a local guide as you are served a slice of world-famous ceremonial action with a private or shared group tour Changing of the Guards experience. There is so much more to this extravagant shift change than meets the eye. With your guide to lead the way, you’ll soon know your Welsh from your Grenadier guard, and understand what the deal is with those fuzzy bearskin hats. Hear the astounding origins of this dazzling spectacle and get a handle on the significance of every color, button, mascot, symbol, and movement in this most British of traditions. From the best possible viewing point, your small group will join the guards on their journey toward Buckingham Palace as you march to the beat of their drums. Get as close as possible with the opportunity to take some amazing snapshots.

London: Westminster and Changing of the Guard Tour

2. London: Westminster and Changing of the Guard Tour

The Royal Westminster and Changing of the Guard guided walking tour offers you the ability to get up close and personal with London’s most famous and impressive sights. Beginning with Buckingham Palace, the most famous residence of the King, we will explore the iconic buildings, parks, and monuments of Royal London.  Witness parades by the world-famous King's Guards before continuing along the corridor of power which includes Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and 10 Downing Street.  You'll be led by an expert in London’s political, royal, and cultural history who knows the best places to witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony, allowing you the best views and photo opportunities away from the crowds. Along the way, be entertained and enthralled by your tour guide’s in-depth knowledge, memorable anecdotes, and unique take on London's history, as you discover the Kings, Queens, rogues, and villains behind this incredible city, and witness iconic buildings and mesmerizing parades along the way. Suitable for all ages and encompassing multiple different experiences in a single two-and-a-quarter-hour period, this Westminster and Changing of the Guard Walking Tour is the best way to experience Royal Westminster all in one day. 

London: Changing of the Guard & Buckingham Palace Tour

3. London: Changing of the Guard & Buckingham Palace Tour

Explore the state rooms of Buckingham Palace and see the Changing of the Guard. Gain a deeper understanding of royal protocol from your tour guide and enjoy audio commentary inside the palace. First, watch the Changing of the Guards in the company of a guide, who will explain the history and meaning behind the ceremony. See the precision of the King's Foot Guards up close as they march to the sounds of a military band. Then, marvel at the mounted Household Cavalry, resplendent on horseback as they change at Horse Guards Parade. If you book your tour for a Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday, you’ll get to experience the change of the Household Cavalry. Finally, step inside Buckingham palace and admire the lavish apartments and sparkling chandeliers. View some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection, including exquisite Sèvres porcelain and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. While inside, enjoy commentary from the official audio guide and learn the history behind the sumptuous furnishings and family history.

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

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

Discover what London has to offer on a hop-on hop-off tour of the English capital. Pass iconic landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, London Eye, and Big Ben with audio commentary available on board. Choose from a 24-hour (Classic), 48-hour (Premium), or 72-hour (Deluxe) ticket where you will have the flexibility to explore at your leisure. You can also explore London on foot with a live guide with a choice of 3 daily walking tours (included in Premium & Deluxe tickets). Walking Tours last about 1.5-2 hours. Discover London via 3 specially-designed routes covering over 45 stops: Red Route The Red route takes in the best of historic London including Big Ben, the London Eye, and St Paul’s Cathedral. Blue Route The Blue Route is a comprehensive route covering all of central London from Kensington Palace in the West to the Tower of London in the East. Stops include Harrods, the South Kensington Museums, and Madame Tussauds. Green Route The Green Route links the beautiful, regenerated area of St Pancras and King’s Cross with the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden making its way through Bloomsbury en route. River Cruise Classic, Premium & Deluxe tickets includes a river cruise from Tower of London to Westminster in either direction. The river cruise includes live commentary in 8 languages. See top London attractions lining the Thames, including Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast, Shakespeare's Globe, and the Tate Modern. Departure times for the river cruise are approximately every 45 minutes. Panoramic Evening Tour The panoramic evening tour is included in the Premium & Deluxe ticket. Discover the magic of London as the city becomes illuminated in the evening. Hop on for a one-round panoramic tour past London's top landmarks as the sun begins to set.

London: London Eye, Big Bus and Thames River Cruise

5. London: London Eye, Big Bus and Thames River Cruise

Discover the best of London with a hop-on, hop-off tour onboard an open-top, double-decker bus and enjoy a trip on the London Eye as part of your ticket. Enjoy a relaxing river cruise along the Thames as part of your ticket as well. 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 Paul's 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 unrivaled bird's eye view. You can start your tour at any of the Big Bus stops. Popular starting points include the London Eye, Marble Arch, Victoria Station, and Trafalgar Square. With all ticket types, you can enjoy a boat cruise along the River Thames. A Classic ticket includes a single river cruise between the Tower of London to Westminster Pier (in either direction). Big Bus route highlights include: 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, Trafalgar Square, 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 and Notting Hill.

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What people are saying about Changing of the Guard

Booking this tour was the best thing we could have done, if we hadn’t we would’ve missed so much with changing of the guard. Alan is an incredible guide with a wealth of knowledge and experience! We were able to be see the entire process from beginning to end at multiple locations as well as getting a chance to be close to the guards. I loved that we learned more than just about the changing of the guard and got to see places I wasn’t expecting to see. Thank you so much Alan!!

We had an amazing experience with our guide Mick. We saw all the major sites in Westminster and learnt lots of very interesting facts. The changing of the guards was not running that day and Mick brought us to see the changing of the royal marines horse guards instead. In my opinion, that was way better. Thank you Mick. It is amazing what you can see in a short time with a knowledgeable guide with a wealth of knowledge

What a great experience! This app was recommended to us and we booked this tour last minute and it did not disappoint. Our tour guide Nathan was a gem! He provided such a great overview and details of what we were experiencing while adding humor. Highly recommend!

Richard was very knowledgeable and informative without overwhelming us with information. We had an amazing viewpoint for many phases of the guard changing. Highly recommend.

Very friendly and funny guide, very interesting visit and full of history.