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London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

1. 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.

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London: Westminster Tour, River Cruise, and Tower of London

2. London: Westminster Tour, River Cruise, and Tower of London

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 17 other iconic London sights such as Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the London Eye, Parliament Square, and the Houses of Parliament. After the walking tour, take to the River Thames for a sightseeing cruise where you will get to see many other iconic buildings and sights. Disembark at Tower Pier and head to the Tower of London for the exciting Beefeater tour. Walk around the Tower of London, discovering the history, stories, and ghosts that lie within. Marvel at the Crown Jewels and other fascinating historical artifacts including the suits of armor worn by former kings of England. See the cells where prisoners were once kept and journey back in time for an exciting trip into Britain’s past.

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

3. 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.

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London: Changing of the Guard & Buckingham Palace Tour

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

Take advantage of a rare opportunity to explore the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace, and experience one of the most historic ceremonies of the Royal Family in London. Watch the Changing of the Guards in the company of a local guide, who will explain the history and pageantry behind the ceremony. Gasp at the precision skills of the Queen’s Foot Guards as they march to the sounds of a military band, or see the mounted Household Cavalry - resplendent on horseback - change guards at Horse Guards Parade. If you book your tour on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday, you’ll get to experience the change of the Household Cavalry. Admire the lavish apartments and sparkling chandeliers of Buckingham Palace. See 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. An official audio guide will be provided to tell the history of the sumptuous furnishings and ornaments, and to put it all into historical context.

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London: Changing of the Guards & Westminster Walking Tour

5. London: Changing of the Guards & Westminster Walking Tour

Meet your local guide in royal Green Park before heading to a quiet viewing point away from the busy crowds. From here, you will experience one of the most historic ceremonies of British royal pomp & ceremony, the Changing of the Guard. Your expert guide will explain the history and pageantry behind the ceremony while you enjoy up close and personal views of the Queen’s Foot Guards or the mounted horseback Household Cavalry. Experience the ceremony first-hand and learn about the British Royal Family. After enjoying the ceremony, your guide will take you to see some of London’s most popular sights. Including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Westminster Bridge and Downing Street. Your tour will finish outside the London Eye on the south bank of the River Thames.

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Magic of London Tour with Afternoon Tea at Harrods

6. Magic of London Tour with Afternoon Tea at Harrods

Take a full-day tour of London’s most iconic sights on this 9-hour panoramic guided tour. You will soon be on your way, enjoying the city in all its glory as you drive past some of London's most famous landmarks. Visit St Paul’s Cathedral exploring the masterpiece designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1673, taking time to listen to the 1695 organ that Mendelssohn once played and visit the tombs of Nelson and Wellington.  Continue to The Mall to watch the Changing of the Guards, as one of the Queen's Foot Guard Household Regiment march from St. James Palace to Buckingham Palace to military music, dressed in their famous tunics and busbies. If the Changing of the Guard is not taking place, you will still stop at Buckingham Palace for photos. Next you will visit the historic Tower of London where you'll gain fascinating insights into the history of this Royal Palace and fortress. Ample time will be given to view the Crown Jewels and the White Tower and to wander around this imposing fortress. Then enjoy a private River Thames cruise and see top attractions such as Houses of Parliament, London Eye, Shakespeare’s Globe, St. Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London. To round off the day, enjoy a delicious cream tea at The Georgian Restaurant at Harrods. Your cream tea includes home-baked English scones served with clotted cream and preserves, choice of tea from Harrods own tea gardens plus a glass of sparkling wine. The tour ends here leaving you the rest of the afternoon to explore the world’s most famous department store.

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London: Private Royal Tour with Changing of the Guard

7. London: Private Royal Tour with Changing of the Guard

Your experience begins with a panoramic tour. Relax and enjoy the drive through London with an expert tour guide to discover the city's most iconic sights. See the magnificent Westminster Abbey, Parliament Square, the iconic Big Ben, historical Trafalgar Square, and much more. Afterwards, witness the Changing of the Guard Ceremony, an essential experience for visitors to London. See the immaculately dressed guards, accompanied by marching bands playing rousing military music. The 7 regiments that guard the monarch, known as the Household Division, are so devoted to their duty that they will famously not acknowledge or allow themselves to be distracted by the public.

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London: Changing of the Guard & Westminster Walking Tour

8. London: Changing of the Guard & Westminster Walking Tour

Start your 2.5-hour private or small-group walking tour (depending on the option selected) with the Changing of the Guard. Then, continue your tour towards Buckingham Palace, the residence of Queen Elizabeth II. Follow your guide on a crash course in British royal and democratic history by visiting the most important part of London, Westminster City. You’ll take in classic London sites such as 10 Downing Street, Whitehall, the Houses of Parliament, and Big Ben and hear about its construction and how the modern work will safeguard the 167-year-old tower. Greeting you in Parliament Square is Winston Churchill, and you’ll stroll around to meet other famous members of parliament and lawmakers. Hear their stories and learn why they have been honored with a statue in this prominent place. Finish your tour outside the iconic Westminster Abbey where royal weddings and coronations have taken place since 960AD. You’ll see the Jewel Tower and hear about the old Palace of Westminster, where Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators tried to blow up Parliament and how he saw his end in Old Palace Yard. See the statue of Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst and hear how one determined woman spent the night in order to be counted as living in the building. See the famous balcony where the royal family appears during major events, and hear stories of intruders and princes scaling the walls both to get inside and out!

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London in One Day Tour with River Cruise

9. 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 the magnificent dome that is so much a part of the London skyline. The Cathedral was rebuilt after the Great Fire of London in 1666. In recent years it has seen the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, to Lady Diana Spencer and, most recently, the thanksgiving services for both the Golden Jubilee and 80th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen. The Tower of London and Crown Jewels Founded by William the Conqueror in 1066-7 and enlarged by successive sovereigns, the Tower of London is one of the world's most famous and spectacular fortresses. Over the past 1000 years it has been a Royal Palace, an armoury and a place of imprisonment and execution. The Beefeaters who guard the Tower will regale you with stories of its past. We will visit the Crown Jewels, including the magnificent solid-gold crown used at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the enormous Cullinan diamonds and the extraordinary Koh-i-Noor.   Sunday in London - due to church services St Paul's Cathedral is closed to visitors on Sunday. We will stop for photographs and spend longer in the Tower of London. Occasionally there may not be a Changing of the Guard, on these occasions we will visit Horseguards Parade. Thames River Cruise Enjoy your river cruise at your leisure after exploring The Tower of London. Your river cruise will take you from Tower to Westminster Pier, where your tour will conclude.

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London: City Tour with River Cruise & London Eye

10. London: City Tour with River Cruise & London Eye

Begin your tour of London with a journey through the City of Westminster onboard a luxury coach. See the Albert Memorial, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and much more as your guide tells you exciting stories and facts about London's long history. Your first stop is Buckingham Palace where you will watch the Changing of the Guard. During the ceremony, get a view of the famous guards in their red tunics and bearskins as they perform their march. It is the epitome of British pomp and pageantry. Following this, you will visit St. Paul's Cathedral and take a guided tour around the iconic, domed building. Learn more about Christopher Wren's architectural masterpiece and the 35 years it took to build. At your next stop, discover London’s darker side as you tour the Tower of London. This historic fortress in the middle of London is a notorious historical prison and execution site, its long and bloody history steeped in myth and legend. As the day winds to a close, hop on a scenic cruise down the River Thames to enjoy a unique view of the beautiful London waterfront and the Houses of Parliament. Your tour will end with a flight on the London Eye, Europe's tallest Ferris wheel. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of London as you absorb everything you have learned from a full day of exploring the city.

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What people are saying about Changing of the Guard

Overall rating

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based on 931 reviews

We had a fantastic morning with Michael - fun and informative and we made it to three different guard change viewing points! Michael threw in lots of history as we went, and managed to tailor the info to different age ranges in our group. We had a great experience and would highly recommend. I booked as didn’t want the hassle of having to figure out where to go to see the change points and it was well worth that and so much more. Great photo spots and lots of fun!

It was a wonderful experience joining the tour. The guide explained the historical significance with a witty sense of humor. It made the 3-hour walking tour not only informative but also entertaining!

Very knowledgeable guide. Showed us a lot of buildings associated with the royal family. Was able to answer all questions. Guided us to be able to see all part of the ceremony.

Fantastic tour by Michael who was very knowledgeable and made the tour very interesting.

We had a fantastic tour! Our tour guide was great and very informative.