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London: Changing of the Guard Tour

1. London: Changing of the Guard 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.

Big London Ticket: London Eye, Big Bus & Thames River Cruise

2. Big London Ticket: London Eye, Big Bus & Thames River Cruise

Discover the best of London with a hop-on, hop-off tour on-board an open-top, double-decker bus and enjoy a trip on the London Eye as part of your ticket. A hop-on, hop-off tour is the ideal way to discover the best sights, landmarks and attractions of London at your own pace. The tour gives you unlimited use, with stops strategically placed at all the places you would like to visit including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge and St Pauls Cathedral. Hop off the bus at Westminster Bridge to take an unforgettable ride on the London Eye. From the top, you can take in the breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of the city's impressive skyline. See the city's most famous sights including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament from an unrivaled bird's eye view. You can start your tour at any of the Big Bus stops. Popular starting points include the London Eye, Marble Arch, Victoria Station and Trafalgar Square. With all ticket types you can enjoy a boat cruise along the River Thames. A Classic ticket includes a single river cruise from Westminster to the Tower of London (in either direction). Departure times vary for the river cruise. You can board the river cruise at Tower Pier (near stop 16), Greenwich Pier, Westminster Pier (near stop 18) and the London Eye Pier (near stop 11). Big Bus route highlights include Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, 10 Downing Street, Whitehall, Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Street, Regent Street, Trafalgar Square, London Eye, London Dungeon, Sea Life London Aquarium, Madame Tussauds, Covent Garden, Bank of England, Monument, St Pauls Cathedral, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, The Shard, City Hall, Lambeth Palace, British Museum, Marble Arch, Mayfair, Green Park, Hyde Park Corner, Harrods, South Kensington Museums, Kensington Palace and Notting Hill.

London: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

3. London: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

Discover what London has to offer on a hop-on hop-off tour of the English capital. Pass iconic landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, London Eye, and Big Ben with audio commentary available on board. Choose from a selection of tickets and routes. You can also explore London on foot with a live guide with a choice of 3 daily walking tours (included in Premium & Deluxe tickets). Walking Tours last about 1.5-2 hours. Changing of the Guard Walking Tour – 10 AM – Stop 7 (Trafalgar Square) Royal Platinum Jubilee Walk – 1 PM – Stop 1 (Green Park Underground) Jack the Ripper – 4 PM – Stop 16 (Tower of London) Classic Ticket Hop-on, hop-off for 1 day (24 hours from time of redemption) Single river cruise between Westminster and Tower of London – either direction Premium Ticket Hop-on, hop-off for 2 days (48 hours from time of redemption) Single river cruise between Westminster and Tower of London – either direction Panoramic evening tour A choice of 3 live guided walking tours Deluxe Ticket Hop-on, hop-off for 3 days (72 hours from time of redemption) Single river cruise between Westminster and Tower of London – either direction Panoramic evening tour A choice of 3 live guided walking tours Discover London via 3 specially-designed routes covering over 45 stops: Red Route The Red route takes in the best of historic London including Big Ben, the London Eye, and St Paul’s Cathedral. Frequency: approx. every 10-20 minutes. Blue Route The Blue Route is a comprehensive route covering all of central London from Kensington Palace in the West to the Tower of London in the East. Stops include Harrods, the South Kensington Museums, and Madame Tussauds. Frequency: approx. every 10-20 minutes. River Cruise A Classic ticket includes a river cruise from Westminster to the Tower of London (in either direction) whilst the Premium and Deluxe tickets include a Single river cruise between Westminster and the Tower of London (in either direction). The river cruise includes live commentary in 8 languages. See top London attractions lining the Thames, including Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast, Shakespeare's Globe, and the Tate Modern. Departure times for the river cruise are approximately every 45 minutes. Panoramic Evening Tour The panoramic evening tour is included in the Premium & Premium Plus ticket types. Discover the magic of London as the city becomes illuminated in the evening. Hop on for a one-round panoramic tour past London's top landmarks as the sun begins to set. The tour departs daily at 06:00 PM from bus stop 11 at The London Eye.

London: Changing of the Guard & Buckingham Palace Tour

4. London: Changing of the Guard & Buckingham Palace Tour

Take advantage of a rare opportunity to explore the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace, and experience one of the most historic ceremonies of the Royal Family in London. Watch the Changing of the Guards in the company of a local guide, who will explain the history and pageantry behind the ceremony. Gasp at the precision skills of the Queen’s Foot Guards as they march to the sounds of a military band, or see the mounted Household Cavalry - resplendent on horseback - change guards at Horse Guards Parade. If you book your tour on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday, you’ll get to experience the change of the Household Cavalry. Admire the lavish apartments and sparkling chandeliers of Buckingham Palace. See some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection, including exquisite Sèvres porcelain and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. An official audio guide will be provided to tell the history of the sumptuous furnishings and ornaments, and to put it all into historical context.

London: Changing of the Guard & Westminster Walking Tour

5. London: Changing of the Guard & Westminster Walking Tour

Start your 2.5-hour private or small-group walking tour (depending on the option selected) with the Changing of the Guard. Then, continue your tour towards Buckingham Palace, the residence of Queen Elizabeth II. Follow your guide on a crash course in British royal and democratic history by visiting the most important part of London, Westminster City. You’ll take in classic London sites such as 10 Downing Street, Whitehall, the Houses of Parliament, and Big Ben and hear about its construction and how the modern work will safeguard the 167-year-old tower. Greeting you in Parliament Square is Winston Churchill, and you’ll stroll around to meet other famous members of parliament and lawmakers. Hear their stories and learn why they have been honored with a statue in this prominent place. Finish your tour outside the iconic Westminster Abbey where royal weddings and coronations have taken place since 960AD. You’ll see the Jewel Tower and hear about the old Palace of Westminster, where Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators tried to blow up Parliament and how he saw his end in Old Palace Yard. See the statue of Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst and hear how one determined woman spent the night in order to be counted as living in the building. See the famous balcony where the royal family appears during major events, and hear stories of intruders and princes scaling the walls both to get inside and out!

London: The Changing of the Guard Private Family Tour

6. London: The Changing of the Guard Private Family Tour

Meet with your guide who will escort you to the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. This historic ceremony is one of the most popular tourist attractions in London. See how the soldiers in place are “relieved” of their position in a very particular way while accompanied by a military fanfare. Learn about how the soldiers have protected the King or Queen of England since the reign of Henry VII, who established the Royal Body Guard as a permanent institution. This tradition has continued for more than 500 years. All of the guards are dressed in a traditional red tunic and an easily recognizable bearskin helmet. The music that accompanies the changing of the guard can be either military or more contemporary.

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

7. 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: See 30+ Top Sights and Eat 8 British Foods Tour

8. London: See 30+ Top Sights and Eat 8 British Foods Tour

Join an exploration of over thirty of London’s major landmarks and best of British foods for a good idea of the history and tastes of one of Europe’s best-loved cities. Start your tour as you head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, where you can watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard ceremony (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday during the winter months). You will then head to Westminster, and along the way see sights such as Parliament Square, St. James Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben (sadly covered up at the moment) and the Houses of Parliament. You will then move on to the London Bridge area to see Shakespeare’s Globe, the Shard, HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. By this point, you'll have worked up an appetite, so you will be invited to stop for a feast of the best of British foods in one of the UK's most historic pubs. From here you will explore Borough market, Europe's favorite food market, and a bustling hub of smells and flavors. You will sample fish and chips, pie and mash, English beer and also taste a world famous doughnut!

London in One Day Tour with River Cruise

9. 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: Westminster Tour, Climb The O2 Arena, and Cable Car

10. London: Westminster Tour, Climb The O2 Arena, and Cable Car

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 other iconic London sights such as Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the London Eye, Parliament Square, and the Houses of Parliament.   Next, head to the O2 Arena and get ready for a guided climb across the arena roof for scenic views of London's landmarks. Lastly, take the cable car for an easy ride across the River Thames, allowing for further amazing views of the London skyline from up high.

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What people are saying about Changing of the Guard

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Super interesting tour with a lot of background information about the individual elements of the changing of the guard. It was also extremely helpful that our guide knew exactly when and where you had the best view of what was happening. Highly recommended!

Our tour guide was amazing! If you want to learn more than what’s in a textbook, book this! The guide talked about fun facts and spoke in a way that had you hooked. Every street and building had a story! Excellent!

Hi everyone, the tour is definitely worth it because you can see the 3 different changing of the guards at once. Once with horses then at Buckingham Palace and an outbuilding!

Our guide David was excellent, got us to the right places at the right times snd was very knowledgeable of London and Royal History. Very enjoyable and interesting experience.

Great ! The Big bus is really to do to have an overview, the nice boat for a view from the Thames and the eyes London an essential activity for a view from above.