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Buckingham Palace: The State Rooms Entrance Ticket

1. Buckingham Palace: The State Rooms Entrance Ticket

Explore London's arguably most iconic attraction with a tour of the Buckingham Palace State Rooms. Gain privileged access to one of the Official Residences of Her Majesty the Queen and admire the beautiful collections on display as you make your way from room to room. The term "State Rooms" refers to the public rooms of a Palace, in which monarchs receive, reward, and entertain their subjects and visiting dignitaries. Today the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace are used extensively by The Queen and members of the Royal Family to receive and entertain their guests on State, ceremonial, and official occasions. The State Rooms are furnished with many of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt and Rubens, sculptures by Canova, exquisite examples of Sèvres porcelain, and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. At the end of your State Rooms Buckingham Palace tour, the popular Garden Café is the perfect place to gather and enjoy views across the famous lawn.

London: Vintage Bus Tour and London Eye Ticket

2. London: Vintage Bus Tour and London Eye Ticket

Travel back in time on a 4-hour tour of London. The combined sightseeing tour includes a ride on a vintage double-decker Routemaster bus and a short trip along the River Thames. End your excursion with spectacular views of the city from one of the panoramic pods of the London Eye. Head off for a tour of the city onboard a vintage double-decker bus. Pass historic attractions such as the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and the Tower of London. Admire Sir Christopher Wren’s iconic St. Paul’s Cathedral. Swap land for water and take a short trip along the River Thames, looking out for Shakespeare’s Globe, HMS Belfast, London Bridge, and much more. Back on dry land, re-join the bus and head for Buckingham Palace, home to the British royal family. On the morning tour, you'll arrive in time to see the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony, as soldiers dressed in their iconic uniforms march to military music. If there is no Changing of the Guard, you'll have a photo stop at the palace instead. Complete your London excursion with spectacular views across London’s rooftops as you enjoy a full circuit of the London Eye, the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel. Settle into one of the 32 high-tech glass capsules, which take approximately 30 minutes to completely revolve, and see Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey from a unique, elevated perspective.

London's Palaces and Parliament Walking Tour

3. London's Palaces and Parliament Walking Tour

See more than 20 of London's most iconic sights on a 3-hour walking tour. Explore the City of Westminster, one of the most popular tourist locations in London. Learn fun facts about the history of the area and how it developed, as you pass by many of its iconic monuments. Head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace where on selected days you can watch the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony. Walk down The Mall, a tree-lined, royal road, adorned with Royal Parks and Royal Palaces.  Travel to Parliament Square where you will see Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. View some of the most famous sights in London, including: Buckingham Palace, the Victoria Memorial, St James's Park, Green Park, St James's Palace, Big Ben, Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and Trafalgar Square.

Buckingham Palace Tickets with Royal Walking Tour

4. Buckingham Palace Tickets with Royal Walking Tour

Meet your local guide at a location near Buckingham Palace and head out on a guided walking tour of this most royal part of London. The guide will provide fascinating background information about the Palace and the royal family, as well as the magnificent St. James's Palace, which was built by Henry VIII. On this 2.5-hour program you'll also visit the beautiful St. James's Park, The Mall, built to resemble a giant red carpet leading up to the Palace, and pass by Clarence House, also a royal palace and home to Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. After a relaxing walking tour you’ll have the unique opportunity of visiting the interior of Buckingham Palace. The royal residence is open to visitors for a limited time each year and it seems that just about everyone would like to get inside! The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh open the doors of Buckingham Palace to visitors for just a 2-month period each year. Tickets give you guaranteed access and there will be no waiting in line. Marvel at the lavish apartments, sparkling chandeliers and sumptuous furnishings. The rooms you’ll visit house some of the greatest treasures of the Royal Collection, such as exquisite pieces of Sèvres porcelain and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. With the official Palace audio guide you’ll learn all about palace residents, history, and traditions as well as stories about the furnishings and ornaments. Many of these items were gifts over the centuries from heads of state from around the globe.

Welcome to London Tour

5. Welcome to London Tour

Take a sightseeing tour that shows you London's famous landmarks such as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament before a tour of the Tower of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Arriving at 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. The next stop on your full-day tour is The Mall to watch the Changing of the Guard, as one of the Queen’s Foot Guard Regiments marches from St. James’s Palace to Buckingham Palace, dressed in their world famous tunics and busbies. * You’ll take an extended private cruise on the River Thames and have excellent views of St. Paul's Cathedral and Shakespeare's Globe. After free time for lunch, tour St. Paul's Cathedral, the 17th-century masterpiece designed by Christopher Wren. Listen to the sound of the 1695 organ that Mendelssohn once played and visit the tombs of Nelson and Wellington. On Sundays, when there is restricted viewing at the Cathedral, enter and observe one of the services. You’ll finish your tour near South Bank, with the rest of the afternoon to browse and shop at your leisure. *If the Changing of the Guard is not taking place you will still see Buckingham Palace.  

London: Royal Parks Walking Tour

6. London: Royal Parks Walking Tour

The British Monarchy in London Get close to some of the most iconic sites in London including Buckingham Palace, the Mall, Horse Guards Parade, and the Victoria Memorial. Stand in the spot opposite the Palace where thousands have previously gathered for historic events such as the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Trooping of the Colour, the Queen Mother’s 100th Birthday celebrations, and numerous Royal weddings including Princess Diana and Prince Charles, Katherine Middleton and Prince William and many more. Your Blue Badge Guide will explain the central role the British Monarchy has played in the history of the capital during the lifetime of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, from the Blitz to the modern-day. Visit important statues and monuments to key figures that have shaped this amazing story and learn of the work that goes into delivering State visits, investitures, Garden Parties, commemorative events, and much more. The beauty of the Royal Parks Discover a peaceful triangle of mature trees and grasslands offering a quiet retreat from the city at Green Park. See Britain’s rarest native timber tree: the black poplar as well as native oaks and hawthorn: a tree that supports a lot of wildlife. Visit St James’s Park, the first of The Royal Parks to be opened to the public providing habitats for a variety of different species of birdlife, and most famous for its Pelicans who have resided in the park for nearly 400 years. Enjoy impressive views of the lake, a key habitat in the park and home to over 15 different species of waterfowl. The park’s famous flower beds at the front of Buckingham Palace are a familiar backdrop to pageants including Trooping the Colour, as well as state visits and other ceremonial occasions.

London: Winston Churchill Walking Tour with War Rooms Ticket

7. London: Winston Churchill Walking Tour with War Rooms Ticket

This tour will be for all fans of the man voted the greatest figure in British history, wartime prime minister, Sir Winston Churchill. On this walking tour, you will explore the streets of Piccadilly, St. James and Westminster and visit places that played important roles in his life. Have a chance to sit on a bench with Churchill and his wartime ally, President Roosevelt. Everyone knows that Sir Winston Churchill loved his cigars, as well as various other vices. Visit the store which used to supply his cigars. Inside, there will be a hidden treasure of London which was used by the great man himself. Visit the home where Churchill lived as a young boy as well as Downing Street, where he lived as prime minister and see the church where he and Clementine were married in 1908. Nearby, you will see the most famous statue of Churchill and learn about the story of why it is there and what it represents, handily it is rather close to one of the pubs he used to visit and a good place to visit afterwards. The tour will end outside the Churchill War Rooms which are perfectly preserved from the Second World War and from which Churchill ran the war whilst the streets through which you walked were regularly bombed by the Luftwaffe. Tickets for the War Rooms will be included along with an excellent audio guide.

London: James Bond Walking Tour

8. London: James Bond Walking Tour

Zig-zag across central London, from stately Somerset House to the luxury Savoy hotel, Trafalgar Square to Whitehall. Savor sumptuous filming locations and uncover real-life spy secrets. See how art imitates life and vice versa through the lens of Ian Fleming's James Bond and his films. Start at Somerset House, a filming location for both Goldeneye and Tomorrow Never Dies. Discover how this historic building in the heart of central London was transformed into Russia through clever set dressing and props. After a short walk to the Savoy, discover the identity of one resident, a secret but well-known spy who was Fleming's friend, and leave shaken and stirred. Next, visit another iconic London landmark, Rules, London’s oldest restaurant. Learn how the site was used to film Daniel Craig’s Bond movie Spectre. Visit locations in and around Trafalgar Square. Then it's over to Whitehall, where your guide will explain how the film crew managed to film securely in the throbbing heart of central London. In Whitehall, listen to your guide explain how Fleming’s work in the intelligence community inspired the world’s most famous fictional spy. Final stop: the exterior of the MI6 headquarters in London. Discover all that the public knows about the Secret Intelligence Service. Learn how the IRA attacked the building Bond-style, and how the Bond makers managed to get permission to film here.

London: British Royalty Walking Tour

9. London: British Royalty Walking Tour

Take a gentle stroll through some of the most famous streets in the world. Hear amazing stories about the monarchy and see them in action with the Changing of the Guard, and the Horse Guards on Whitehall.  Meet at Green Park Underground station and walk through Green Park, one of three Royal Parks in the area, to Buckingham Palace. On selected days you can watch the world famous changing of the guard, a century-old tradition displaying pomp and glory. Walk up the Royal Mall and pass two more Royal Residences, Clarence House and St James Palace. At the top of the Royal Mall, arrive at Admiralty Arch and Trafalgar Square. Lord Nelson, one of the most famous Royal Navy Admirals in British history sits here. He was a firm favorite of the King and Queen during his time.Walk down Whitehall, past Downing Street, to Westminster Palace, to see the seat of British Democracy that was always at odds with the British Royal Family.

London: Private Churchill Walking Tour

10. London: Private Churchill Walking Tour

Uncover hidden truths and learn interesting facts about Winston Churchill on this private walking tour in London. Walk to locations from his childhood, his time as a Member of Parliament, his time as as First Lord of the Admiralty, and his terms as Prime Minister. Visit sites linked with his life such as where he bought his cigars, his favorite champagne, and the top hat that he wore when he married his wife. Got to a bookshop he frequented. Have the chance to purchase his favorite brands. Travel to some of London's most famous landmarks that are connected to Winston, including St James's Palace, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, 10 Downing Street and Parliament Square. Hear more about his relationship to King George VI and about the span of his political significance. Take a photo by the statue of Sir Winston Churchill before heading to the Churchill War rooms where your guide will tell you more about the wartime bunker.

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What people are saying about The Mall, London

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2,480 reviews

Was a great trip. The guide was great, gave a lot of information. There were many sights to see and the short trip down the Thames was nice too. Everything was super organized. The ride in the LondonEye was also great, no waiting. Only the place of departure was unfortunately wrongly described, it started at a different gate. It was a bit stressful to find out, but it worked out in the end.

We had a super dynamic and funny English-speaking guide "Amber". She made the visit lively and knew the places to position yourself to see the different shifts. We do not regret.

the tour guide was very informative and helpful with questions. Would highly recommend to anyone wanting a proper tourist tour we loved it

The guide of the tour did it very easy and well. There were restroom breaks at clean restrooms and snack breaks.

Our guide was great. Very informative and enthusiastic.