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Full-Day Total London Tour & Flight on the London Eye

1. Full-Day Total London Tour & Flight on the London Eye

Taking in some of London’s most famous sights along the way, including the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Tower of London, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The morning part of the tour begins with a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral, where you enter as their doors open. You can hear the 17th-century organ that Mendelssohn once played, see medieval relics in the crypt below, and visit the tombs of famous historical figures. On Sundays, when viewing is restricted, you can enter the cathedral for one of the services. After leaving St. Paul’s Cathedral the tour heads to Buckingham Palace, the London residence of the Queen, to watch the changing of the guard. Please note that if the changing of the guard is not taking place you’ll still go to Buckingham Palace for a photo stop. In the afternoon the tour continues with a visit to the Tower of London built in 1066 by William the Conqueror, your guide will regale you with 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.  Now you will enjoy a guided private boat trip on the River Thames and admire excellent views of Tower Bridge, St. Paul's Cathedral, London Bridge, Shakespeare's Globe from the river.  The spectacular finish to the day’s tour is a flight on the London Eye! What an amazing day!

London: Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

2. London: Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

Capture the heart of the city’s culture, landmarks and history on this London bus tour, while sipping a lovely cup of tea and enjoying the exquisite tastes of England. Indulge in High Tea, which is accompanied by an array of tasty sandwiches and delicious cakes and pastries. Your London bus driver will take you round several iconic sites, such as Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St James’s Park, Hyde Park, The Royal Albert Hall, Marble Arch, Nelson’s Column, Downing Street and more. This sightseeing tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes depending on traffic. Nothing beats a good cuppa, so experience the beating heart of England like a local!

London: Crown Jewels Tour with River Cruise

3. London: Crown Jewels Tour with River Cruise

Discover 2 of London's most iconic sites with tours of St. Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London. Step back in time as your guide leads you through centuries of history; from the Tudor period to the Great Fire of London, right up until the present day. Crowned by the magnificent dome iconic of the London skyline, Sir Christopher Wren rebuilt St. Paul's Cathedral in the English Baroque style after the Great Fire of London. Since then it has served as the location of many grand royal events, including the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. The Tower of London was founded in 1078 by William the Conqueror after seizing the English crown, and was seen as a symbol of repression for some time. Since then it has been a Royal Palace, armory, prison, and execution site. The traditionally-attired Beefeaters who guard the Tower will regale you with insightful tales of its past before the tour progresses to the Crown Jewels. Here you'll see the incredible Imperial State Crown, the enormous Cullinan diamonds, and the extraordinary Koh-i-Noor. You have the choice to take the River Cruise and end your tour at Westminster Pier, or take the cruise on another day and go with your guide back to the Tower of London. River Cruise Tickets are one-way from Tower Pier to Westminster Pier (or vice versa).

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

4. 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.

London in One Day Tour with River Cruise

5. 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.

London Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour

6. London Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour

Solve riddles and find clues on a self-guided scavenger hunt and walking tour through London. Download the app onto your phone and explore London at your personal pace. Choose when you start and feel free to stop and go on your own schedule. To get started, download the app on your device (download link and login credentials received after booking), then use the app and integrated maps to find your way to 10 attractions in London. Solve a location-based riddle at each attraction to unlock the next location. Work as a team and use logic, imagination, observation, and problem solving to make your way around the city. Along the way, you can stop for a coffee, grab lunch, or take a break at any time. Starting from Westminster Station, the tour route includes Big Ben, River Thames, Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey, St. James Park, Buckingham Palace, Waterloo Place, and Trafalgar Square, where the tour ends.

London: Full-Day London Bus Tour

7. London: Full-Day London Bus Tour

London Panoramic Tour and Westminster Abbey Enjoy a whistle stop tour of London's famous monuments and marvel at the history of London's modern masterpieces from the comfort of your seat. Have your cameras ready for a photo stop at the spectacular Westminster Abbey. Westminster Abbey is the traditional church where British Monarchs are crowned and buried and was founded in 750. St. Paul's Cathedral - Exclusive Feature Towering high over the City of London, the magnificent St Paul’s Cathedral is widely considered to be Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece. Enter the Quire and marvel at the beautiful mosaics inside. (Due to church services, there is no guiding inside the cathedral on Sundays). Buckingham Palace and Changing of the Guard A mass of red tunics, bearskins and Buckingham Palace - an unforgettable experience! Observe The Queen’s Foot Guard in their regal uniforms march alongside the military band to the Palace and witness the famous ceremony that is the Changing of the Guard. (When this ceremony is not available, you will visit the Horseguards Parade instead). The Tower of London & Crown Jewels During its 1000-year history this impressive fortress has been a Royal Palace, prison, mint and even a zoo. Be dazzled by the Cullinan diamonds and the spectacular Koh-i-Noor at the Crown Jewels.  Meet the Beefeaters - Exclusive feature Have your own tour with one of the Yeoman Warders and hear what it is like to live within the walls of the Tower. These 'guardians' were once responsible for watching the prisoners of the Tower - they will entertain you with tales of intrigue, imprisonment, execution, torture and much more.  River Thames Boat Ride Take to the water on a River Thames boat ride and travel along London’s array of attractions. London Eye Experience End your day in style. Take to the skies on the London Eye and enjoy breathtaking views of London in your glass capsule. Take advantage of the flexibility to enjoy the London Eye on another day if you are tired. You have 30 days to use them. Your tour will finish at the London Eye. Free Walking Tour Why not follow in the footsteps of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge or take in the places where the Fab Four worked and played in London. The walking tour you decide to take is sure to captivate you, with it being an experience to truly remember. Choose from: The Royal Walking Tour  The Beatles London Walking Tour

London in a Day: Tower, Westminster & Changing of the Guard

8. London in a Day: Tower, Westminster & Changing of the Guard

Your day begins in Westminster Abbey. Take advantage of pre-reserved tickets to visit England’s most hallowed church, marveling at the tombs of national heroes, religious and royal relics, and of course, hundreds of years of royal weddings, coronations and funerals. Witness the changing of of the Queen’s Life Guard, an elite cavalry regiment, mounted on exquisitely-bred, and specially-trained horses. As you watch the guards go through the ceremony, your guide will explain the significance of everything from the armor they wear to the colors on their uniforms. Then explore Trafalgar Square, the geographic center of London and one of the city’s most iconic public spaces. Your last stop, the Tower of London, is also the most impressive. Benefit from pre-reserved tickets and immerse yourself in 1,000 years of bloody royal feuds, improbable jailbreaks, jewel heists, menacing ravens and even a ghost or two. Discover hair-raising stories of this royal stronghold, jail, zoo and occasional execution block, including the mystery of two lost boys that will send shivers down your spine. As a final treat, pause to marvel at the Crown Jewels inside the Jewel House at the Tower). These aren’t just the largest collection of coronation regalia in the world, they are also the only ones in Europe that are still in use by a Royal family.

London: Westminster Walking Tour & Thames Boat Ride

9. London: Westminster Walking Tour & Thames Boat Ride

Start with a walking tour of the Westminster area, where your tour guide will escort you to 20 different famous sites. 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, your tour continues as you see 17 other iconic London sights such as Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. After your walking tour, hop onto a cruise down the River Thames. Enjoy the calm of a cruise,  as you see London landmarks from the vantage point of the river. Marvel at the London Bridge, the Houses of Parliament, London Eye, St Paul's Cathedral, the Shard, Tate Modern, the Tower of London as you gently roll down the river.

London: Walking Tour, River Cruise and Entry to The Shard

10. London: Walking Tour, River Cruise and Entry to The Shard

Join a guided walking tour of the famous Westminster area in London. Pass historic landmarks, including Buckingham Palace. Cruise along the Thames and admire London from the Shard. Marvel at Buckingham Palace and get a chance to see the Changing of the Guard during the summer months. See Big Ben and the London Eye before delving into the world of British politics at Downing Street, the Houses of Parliament, and Parliament Square. Make your way along historic Whitehall to Trafalgar Square and learn interesting facts and stories about your surroundings from your guide. After, head to Westminster pier and jump on a Thames riverboat to see the English capital from the water. Once the river cruise has finished, walk over Tower Bridge and head to the Shard. Ascend the tallest building in London, almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in the capital, and enjoy 360-degree views for up to 40 miles.

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What people are saying about Westminster Abbey

Gina was amazing!! She knew so much about London and everything!! But what made so great was the pride she has in her city!! It really shows!! If you want to know about London take this tour!! If you are concerned about walking she is extremely patient with you!! I have nerve damage in my leg. But she never acted liked I was slowing down the group. Can’t say enough great things!!

Wonderful tour guide named Alex. He was a former history teacher so he had a plethora of knowledge to share. Great tour, great guide, highly recommend!!!! Kathy Surace. April of 2022.

We had an awesome time during the entire tour. It is a very well designed and managed tour, which has a holistic coverage, worth every penny.

Our guide Deborah was amazing... really enjoyed the visit to St. Paul's Cathedral the most...

Great tour with a great guide in perfect weather. What more do you want.