If you have just one day and want to see the very best of what this wonderful city has to offer, then this is the London tour for you.
See the political heart of the UK at Westminster and witness centuries of tradition when you attend the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
As part of this great value London sightseeing tour you will enjoy an in-depth discovery of two of London’s most famous landmarks; St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London. St Paul’s Cathedral is one of the most distinctive structures on the London skyline while the Tower of London’s fascinating history enthralls visitors.
At lunch time your guide will recommend a lovely restaurant where if you wish you can indulge in a traditional English lunch.
This London 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.
Start the day with a panoramic drive to Kensington Palace, former home of Diana, Princess of Wales. the Royal Albert Hall, Albert Memorial and Westminster. This is the political heart of the UK and it is here you will find some of London’s most iconic landmarks such as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. You will also take a drive round Parliament Square and past Downing Street – the home of the Prime Minister.
Then it’s time for one of the first highlights of the day – a guided tour of St Paul’s Cathedral. This masterpiece with its distinctive dome is one of the most recognizable landmarks on the London Skyline. Your guide will tell you about the buildings fascinating history; from its destruction during the great fire of London in 1666 to the many events that have been held there; including the wedding of Charles; Prince of Wales to Lady Diana Spencer.
Continue to Buckingham Palace where you will see the famous Changing of the Guard Ceremony. Truly a must-do in London you will witness pageantry and tradition which has remained unchanged for centuries.
The tour will take a short break for lunch; you can spend this time at leisure or join your guide for a traditional English lunch; Fish and Chips or Sausage and Mash at a highly recommended restaurant (additional charge payable direct).
Next it’s on to the Tower of London. This ancient fortress offers more history than perhaps any other London landmark. The tower is still guarded by the traditional Yeoman Warders (Beefeaters) who will enthrall you with tales of murder, mystery, intrigue and treason at the tower. While there you will also be able to see the Crown Jewels including the famous Koh-I-Nor Diamond which is over 6000 years old.
As you return to Victoria Station you will take a drive through the City of London, also known as the “Square Mile.” This is one of the oldest parts of London and is also the heart of the financial district; thus the area is a fascinating mix of architecture; where thousand-year-old structures stand harmoniously next to 21st century skyscrapers and the whole area is alive with the hustle and bustle of city traders.
The tour ends at Victoria Station at around 1730h (5:30pm).
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and was enjoyable to listen to. The experience will last a lifetime....Lori B Kaplan
The guide was funny but she should consider non-English speaker. She should be slowly to understand her English....Mohamed Hassan Ibrahim
We were escorted by Shirley as our guide and Malcolm as our driver. Lovely information and some cagey knowledge of the hot spots for changing of the guard at Buckingham palace. ...Angela Michele Epp
9 hours (approx).
The tour departs from Victoria Coach Station, Gate 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.
The tour returns to Victoria Train Station.
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.
St Paul’s Cathedral is closed to visitors on Sundays and on the following days:
10 February 2016
Until 25th March 2016, we will stop for photographs at St Paul's Cathedral (only from outside) and spend longer at Tower of London or visit Tower Bridge Exhibition.
On 10th May 2016, we will stop for photographs at St Paul's Cathedral (only from outside) and spend longer at Tower of London and the tour will also include a Free Thames River ticket.
On 19 January 2016, Tower of London will be closed; we will stop for photographs at Tower of London and visit Tower Bridge Exhibition instead.
Windsor Castle will be closed on following days; we will visit the Hampton Court Palace instead.
17, 24 January 2016
24-25, 27 March 2016
12-13 June 2016
The State Apartments are closed on the following dates; we will visit Queen Mary’s Dolls House and St Georges Chapel instead.
6-27 January 2016 (except 17, 24 Jan to visit Hampton Court instead)
13 April 2016
14 June 2016
St George's Chapel is closed from 10-13 June 2016.
This 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)
11 June – Trooping the Colour
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.
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