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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: Tootbus Must-See Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Cruise

2. London: Tootbus Must-See Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Cruise

Hop on board the Must See London bus tour, sit back, relax, and 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 experience incredible views of the city with an included cruise on the River Thames. 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 welcomed 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. Make your way to Tower Pier or Westminster Pier when you've finished your bus tour to jump on the cruise. Drift along the River Thames seing iconic London landmarks like the Globe and Tower Bridge from the water. 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.

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. If you're lucky, they may even play a song! One of the highlights of your tour will be to march in step with the guards as they leave St. James's Palace. Then watch as the New Guard emerges from Wellington Barracks. He will often be accompanied by a full ceremonial band. Take a photo of Buckingham Palace from a raised platform. The tour ends with a flourish as the band plays in the palace courtyard. Marvel as the cavalry and guardsmen march past. Your guide will then help you get to your next port of call. 

London: Three Palaces Guided Walking Tour and High Tea

4. London: Three Palaces Guided Walking Tour and High Tea

Discover the Royal Family's palaces and then experience the original Royal English Tea with traditional sandwiches, cakes, and scones on the grounds of Kensington Palace. Take in St. James Palace, the Mall, Buckingham Palace, and more. Ride a quintessential red bus to the Albert Hall. Start with a stroll to St. James Palace and the Mall, Then, take a moment to see Buckingham Palace, the main Royal Residence in London, and try and witness the Changing of the Guard Ceremony. Maybe catch a glimpse of the mounted King's Life Guard Soldiers if the King is resident in London. Next, jump on an iconic red bus and head to the Royal Albert Hall. See the Albert Memorial and take a leisurely stroll through Kensington Gardens. Soak in the beautiful gardens created 200 years ago and see where Prince Harry and William grew up. Experience the full splendor of High Tea on the grounds of a breathtaking landmark and gain personal insights into the Royal Family and the fascinating history of Britain's national drink during the ceremony of afternoon tea.

London: Buckingham Palace Tickets with Royal Walking Tour

5. London: Buckingham Palace Tickets with Royal Walking Tour

Enjoy a guided walking tour of the royal sights in London. See top sights like St. James's Palace, Clarence House, and The Mall. Save time with skip-the-line tickets to Buckingham Palace and dive into the royal residence with the official palace audio guide. Meet your guide near Buckingham Palace and head out on a guided walking tour of the most royal part of London. Hear fascinating background information about the Palace and the royal family, as well as the magnificent St. James's Palace, which was built by Henry VIII. Visit the beautiful St. James's Park, and the Mall which was built to resemble a giant red carpet leading up to the Palace. Pass by Clarence House which was home to Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. Enter the grand halls of Buckingham Palace which is open to visitors for a limited time each year. Get tickets that will give you guaranteed access with no time wasted waiting in line. Marvel at the lavish apartments, sparkling chandeliers, and sumptuous furnishings. View some of the greatest treasures of the Royal Collection, such as exquisite pieces of Sèvres porcelain and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. Using the official palace audio guide, learn about the palace residents, history, and traditions, as well as stories about the furnishings and ornaments. Many of these items were gifts over the centuries from heads of state from around the globe.

British Royalty: Changing of The Guard Walking Tour

6. British Royalty: Changing of The Guard Walking Tour

Once you have met your guide, head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace where you will be able to watch the Changing of the Guard. After watching the Changing of the Guard you will walk down the Mall, the red-colored road that is adorned by two royal parks and palaces. The Mall is the most important road in the UK where national celebrations are held. You will see where Prince Charles lives, Clarence House. Continue on your walking tour exploring the area while listening to your guide talk about the history of the area as well as fun facts along the way.  Learn about the Royal palaces, to the parks, squares, and fountains you will see that are important to the British Monarchy.

London: German-Speaking Guided Tour of Westminster

7. London: German-Speaking Guided Tour of Westminster

Start your 2.5-hour tour of Westminster's best attractions near Green Park Underground Station, led by a German-speaking guide. Enjoy an unspoiled view of Buckingham Palace, the main London residence of the British Monarchy since Queen Victoria's time. View the Horse Guards ride past on their way to the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Continue your walk along The Mall, the famous red-paved street and ceremonial route the King takes when leaving Buckingham Palace. Follow in the steps of your qualified City of London and City of Westminster guide across the fascinating area of central London. Stroll past Clarence House, St. James' Palace, and Trafalgar Square before you arrive at Westminster Abbey and Parliament Square.

London's Palaces and Parliament Walking Tour

8. London's Palaces and Parliament Walking Tour

See more than 20 of London's most iconic sights on a 3-hour walking tour. Explore the City of Westminster, one of the most popular tourist locations in London. Learn fun facts about the history of the area and how it developed, as you pass by many of its iconic monuments. Head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace where on selected days you can watch the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony. Walk down The Mall, a tree-lined, royal road, adorned with Royal Parks and Royal Palaces.  Travel to Parliament Square where you will see Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. View some of the most famous sights in London, including: Buckingham Palace, the Victoria Memorial, St James's Park, Green Park, St James's Palace, Big Ben, Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and Trafalgar Square.

London: Harry Potter Tour, Hop-on Hop-off Bus, and Cruise

9. London: Harry Potter Tour, Hop-on Hop-off Bus, and Cruise

Join a walking tour and discover London's hotspots that inspired the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Be introduced to some of the movies' most iconic filming locations as you stroll around town. Embark on a fascinating hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour and a scenic river cruise. Begin your journey with your immersive Harry Potter locations walking tour. Come across some of the films' famous locations and learn about why they were chosen. Next, hop on board an iconic double-decker bus and enjoy panoramic views from the open-top deck. Hop off at famous landmarks like the London Eye, The Shard, and St Paul's Cathedral. If you prefer, stay on for a full loop and listen to the captivating audio commentary on board. Next, enjoy London's iconic waterway, as you board a 30-minute sightseeing cruise. Sail along the River Thames and past the Tate Modern, Tower of London, and Tower Bridge. You can begin the one-way cruise from either Westminster Pier or Tower Pier. Finally, your pass includes complimentary access to an escorted e-tricycle and a sightseeing app with a bunch of self-guided features.

London: Life and Legacy of Queen Elizabeth II Walking Tour

10. London: Life and Legacy of Queen Elizabeth II Walking Tour

Learn about Britain's longest reigning monarch on a special guided walking tour of London. Join your guide as you walk through the heart of Westminster to discover sights like St James's Palace, Downing Street, and more. In June 2022, the nation came together in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee, and her unprecedented 70 years on the throne. In September of the same year, the nation came together once again to mourn the passing of their matriarch. Meet your guide in Mayfair near the Queen's birthplace and set out to learn about one of the most iconic monarchs in Britain's history. Hear about the extraordinary highs and challenging lows of her lifetime and service to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. Wander past Buckingham Palace, St James' Palace, the Mall, Whitehall, Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey. See the Horse Guards Parade and Downing Street, and get to know the woman behind the crown and the family behind the institution.

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We loved it! Our guide Nathan was amazing, knowledgeable and we learned a lot of facts about the Royal family and their ancestors. He knew exactly where to stand to get the best videos and pictures, because it gets really busy. Highly recommended!

Excellent tour by Urban Saunters. Francis really knew his stuff and found us all the best spots. It was fun keeping up with him! One needs a certain level of attentiveness as you're constantly on the move in a crowd.

It was a very entertaining guided tour of the changing of the guard locations. Many thanks to Nathan, who entertained us in the best English. We recommend!!! Thumbs up!

Richard was great. We felt welcome at all times. Even our kids 9+11 were included so that it doesn't get boring. We can highly recommend it.

It was wonderful. Simon was a perfect guide for us!