London Day Tour: Changing of the Guard, Westminster & Tower of London

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  • Private Tour
  • 6 hr

Enjoy a private tour of London's best, including the Changing of the Guard, a Thames River Cruise, and the Tower of London.

Itinerary Details

Experience a full-day tour of London's spectacular landmarks with a private and knowledgeable Blue Badge guide. On your private tour, you will:

  • Enjoy the personalised attention of a Private Blue Badge guide. 
  • Visit  Parliament Square and see the famous Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey (from the outside only). 
  • Walk through St James’s Park, see the massive marble memorial to Queen Victoria, see Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard
  • See the famed Horse Guards Parade and Trafalgar Square.
  • Stroll down to the River Thames for a river cruise. Along the route see St Paul’s Cathedral and the Globe Theatre!
  • Enjoy a respite over lunch at any number of eateries in St Katharine Docks, where your guide will happily give you recommendations to enjoy on your own.
  • Finish your day in the Tower of London, where you’ll not only learn about Henry VIII and the fate of his wives but also learn about the ravens, the Line of Kings.
  • Your tour ends outside the Crown Jewels room that you are free to explore at your own leisure. 
  • Please note that the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace normally happens on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, but this is subject to change and weather conditions. If you book your tour on a Thursday or Saturday, or are unable to see the guard change, your guide will adapt the itinerary to include other sites of interest. 

 First, you will be guided around the outside of the Houses of Parliament, with a stop outside Big Ben, where you will learn about the political history of Parliament Square and the relationship to The Crown, while outside Westminster Abbey. The Abbey has been the site of 38 coronations and was where the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton took place. Your guide will then take you on a walk-up Whitehall to No. 10 Downing Street, the Prime Minister's residence, ending up at Trafalgar Square.
Then journey toward Buckingham Palace where you will see the Changing of the Guard (please check run days before booking), while seeing the many residences which line St James’s Park and The Mall. After, your guide will take you through some of the most recognizable spots in London – the Horse Guards Parade, Trafalgar Square, and Nelson’s Column. You will then travel to Tower Bridge on a scenic river cruise. Travelling by river is the most relaxing (and often most efficient) way of getting through the centre of the city. You'll get to see London and Waterloo Bridges, the London Eye, the Globe, and St Paul’s Cathedral.

Your guide will then accompany you to St. Katherine's Docks for lunch (guests own expense), after which you will tour the famed Tower of London. Discover the many stories of one of the oldest buildings in London, and experience where some of the greatest events in English history occurred. Best of all, you will be able to admire the stunning Crown Jewels which are kept here behind extensive security in the aptly-named Jewel House.

Tour duration
6 hours

Type of tour
Walking tour with River Cruise

Tickets included
Timed entry tickets to the Tower of London
River Cruise tickets

Other inclusions
Gratuities not included 
Food & Drink, not included

Suitable for
Couples, Family, History Buffs, Intellectually Curious

Attractions along this route:

Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace is the home of the Queen. One of London’s most popular attractions, it offers more than meets the eye.

Big Ben
The iconic Victorian clock tower of London, which has become a symbol of the city itself.

Tower of London
One of England's first Norman castles, as well as its most feared prison and the home of the Crown Jewels.

Trafalgar Square
A beautiful historic square in the heart of London and one of the city's top tourist attractions.

Tower Bridge
London's iconic bridge across the River Thames, with two beautiful Victorian towers.

Westminster Abbey
One of London's oldest and most magnificent churches, with a long-standing connection to the royal family.

The Mall
London's royal avenue leading from Trafalgar Square to Buckingham Palace.

River Cruise
Motoring along the River Thames is the most picturesque way to travel through London.
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