Approx. 3 hoursStart time
The tour departs from Victoria Coach Station, Gate no 1-5, 164 Buckingham Palace Road, London.
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
Tour ends at Victoria Coach Station.
As well as highlighting the Wedding Route, this tour shows you many places with important royal connections, such as Kensington Palace, former home of Diana, Princess of Wales, and historic landmarks such as Royal Albert Hall, the Albert Memorial and Westminster Abbey.
Make sure you bring your camera as you'll have the chance to witness the colourful pageantry of the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.
The tour takes you past Trafalgar Square, watched over by Nelson on his column, as well as vital nerve centers of government such as Whitehall, Downing Street, and the Houses of Parliament.
This morning excursion in a de luxe coach gives you a real sense of the ancient and modern history of the UK's beautiful capital.
Your Royal London Sightseeing Tour tour starts at Victoria Coach Station at 0845h (08:45am). You will travel in an air-conditioned motor-coach accompanied by an English-speaking Blue Badge Guide.
The excursion begins with a panoramic drive up to Kensington Palace, former home of Diana, Princess of Wales. You will see the important Victorian masterpieces of the Royal Albert Hall and Albert Memorial before heading down to Trafalgar Square where Lord Nelson gazes down from his 202 foot (62 metre) Column.
From Trafalgar Square you will proceed down Whitehall, which houses the bureaucracy that supports the UK government. You will see the entrance to Downing Street, where the Prime Minister resides at No 10 and the Chancellor of the Exchequer at No 11. Arriving at Parliament Square you will see the iconic Big Ben clock tower, the splendid Gothic complex of the Houses of Parliament, and magnificent Westminster Abbey, venue for the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate.
Next, you will head to St. James' Park and Buckingham Palace to see the colourful ceremony of the Changing of the Guard. Accompanied by a military band, a detachment of the Queen's Foot Guard march to Buckingham Palace in their bearskins and red tunics and make a change with the Old Guard.
The tour finishes at Victoria Coach Station at around 1200h (12 noon). Your guide will be happy to give you suggestions for lunch and transportation back to your hotel.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details
Please arrive at the meeting point 10-15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.
Occasionally there may not be a Changing of the Guard. On these occasions we will visit Horseguards Parade, built on the site of the jousting yard of the old Whitehall Palace and the scene of reviews, parades and ceremonies.
The tour will not operate on a few dates due to the following events:
23 - 24 April 2016 – Virgin London Marathon (and preparation)
30 May – London 10000 (Bupa Marathon)
10 July – British Vitality Fun Run
30-31 July – Prudential Ride
13th November - Remembrance Day
Those booking senior or student options will be required to provide proof of age on the day of the tour. Anyone not able to provide such proof will be charged the additional amount locally.
Good coverage of the Royal must see sights. Needed more time for the changing of the guard ceremony and at Westminster Abbey. This is supposed to be a 4 hour tour but the reality...T NAYLOR