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  • London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

    1. London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

    Meet your guide at Piccadilly Circus and get an introduction to the background of the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Hear what you will be doing for the next 1 hour and 45 minutes. Then proceed as a group toward The Mall. Pass by Pall Mall and Waterloo Place. Here you will learn more about the British Army and its greatest general, the Duke of Wellington. Once on The Mall, see the extraordinary monuments to royals and generals. Get a view of St. James's Park. Admire the most beautiful of the royal parks and look at the majestic open space of Horse Guards Parade. Continue toward St. James's Palace. On the way, you might see the Household Cavalry en route from their barracks in Hyde Park. The main focus, however, will be to watch the foot soldiers emerge from St. James's Palace ready for their uniform inspection. They will then march to Buckingham Palace, sometimes accompanied by a band....

    Matt is an amazing tour guide! History,politics, royal family, healthy sense of humor- all you can ask for a great experience. Was very patient, and yet energetic. warm recomendations. TNX for a wonderful morning.

  • London: Tootbus Must See Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour + Cruise

    2. London: Tootbus Must See Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour + Cruise

    Hop on board the Must See London tour, sit back, relax, and (re)discover the city from a whole new perspective. See the best bits of London on this tour designed to see the most famous sights and incredible views of the city. Enjoy a tour past London's top attractions and landmarks including; Tower Bridge, Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, National Gallery, and Downing Street. Start the tour at any of the bus stops. Be welcome on board whether you are a first-time visitor with just a few hours in town and want to get a taste of London or a Londoner who wants to experience the city differently. Download the Tootbus app to easily find your way around, follow the buses in real-time, and enjoy self-guided walking tours to help you explore more of London.

    Very welcoming and friendly staff. We particularly enjoyed the live commentary on both the boat cruise and bus tour.

  • London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

    3. London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

    Find the prime vantage points that most people miss and see this time-honored tradition from outside Buckingham Palace. Follow your guide on a dynamic journey that will take you through each stage of the entire Changing of the Guard ceremony from beginning to end. Navigate the crowds easily and quickly. Let your guide take you to the best spots with unobstructed views for taking photos of the palace, gardens, and parade grounds. Marvel at the precision with which the Queen’s Foot Guards march to Buckingham Palace, clad in their iconic red tunics and bearskin hats. Admire the gleaming coats of the Household Cavalry’s horses as they emerge at Horse Guard’s Parade. As you watch, hear about the history of this fascinating ceremony and gain invaluable insight into every detail of this British spectacle.

  • Private Prince Harry Walking Tour of London

    4. Private Prince Harry Walking Tour of London

    Start the tour on Parliament Square where you will hear about some of the surprising links between Prince Harry and the Prime Ministers and Presidents who have statues around the Square. Make your way to Westminster Abbey where you can gaze upon the exterior of this stunning building.  Listen to your guide tell you about Meghan Markle and the potential complications that arise from an American marrying into the Royal Family. If you're lucky, see Prince Harry’s former regiment, the Blues and Royals and the Household Cavalry, during the tour. Walk past Buckingham Palace and admire the palace’s beautiful exterior.  Stop outside St James’s Palace, which was home to Prince William and Prince Harry after their mother, Princess Diana, died. Finish the tour finishes on Trafalgar Square.

  • London: the Crown History City Exploration Game

    5. London: the Crown History City Exploration Game

    Discover London’s impressive palaces, landmarks, and the hidden secrets behind them. Solve challenges as the story unfolds with the exact directions on your phone guiding you to the next location. Explore famous places in London such as the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey, St James's Palace, and lesser-known places.

    Head to Westminster, where the game will start. It will take you between 1.5 to 2 hours to complete the game, but there’s no time limit so feel free to explore and finish it at your own pace. Pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. Finish the game at the famous Buckingham Palace.

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

    6. 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 Bo...

    Brilliant tour, our guide Chris was very knowledgeable about the areas we visited and the history too. Make sure you have a good breakfast as the food stop is right at the end of the tour at Borough market.

  • London's Palaces and Parliament Walking Tour

    7. 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.

    Joanna the guide actually made this trip. Her knowledge was just incredible and she took us to places that we would never have found on our own. Well worth the money.

  • London: Top 30 Sights Tour and Sherlock Holmes Museum

    8. London: Top 30 Sights Tour and Sherlock Holmes Museum

    Start with a walking tour of the history, culture, and legends of one of Europe’s best-loved cities. Head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard ceremony. Head to Westminster, see Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. See 30 sights in one day, including: • Buckingham Palace • Trafalgar Square • Changing of the Guard • Big Ben • Downing Street • Westminster Abbey • Whitehall • Houses of Parliament • London Eye After your tour, visit the world-famous consulting detective Sherlock Holmes, who lived at 221b Baker Street between 1881-1904, according to the stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Mr. Holmes shared his place with his loyal friend and colleague Dr. Watson. The house is protected by the government due to the special architectural and historical interest. The first-floor study overlooking Baker...

  • London: Top 30 Sights Walking Tour and The Shard Entry

    9. London: Top 30 Sights Walking Tour and The Shard Entry

    Start with a walking tour of the history, culture, and legends of one of Europe’s best-loved cities. Head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, where on selected days you can watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard ceremony. Head to Westminster, and see Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. Go to the London Bridge area to see Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London. Then, head to The Shard, Europe's tallest building,to see London from up high. Head up The Shard in the high-speed elevators, traveling at 6 meters per second, to London's highest observation decks situated over two floors, the indoor viewing platform, and an open-air skydeck. See 30 sights in 1 day, including: • Buckingham Palace • Trafalgar Square • Big Ben • Downing Street • Westminster Abbey • Whitehall • Houses of Parliament • London Ey...

    This is a super good trip, and Henry was the perfect guide with great knowledge and enthusiasm - and he was even funny - we can only recommend this tour. It was an amazing view from The Shard.

  • London: Secret Societies & Occult Walking Tour

    10. London: Secret Societies & Occult Walking Tour

    Meet your guide at St James’s Palace, one of the oldest royal palaces in London. From here, your guide will take you to one of the first places in London devoted to the study of magical arts. Afterwards, see where the 19th century secret society named the Suicide Circle was based. Walk along Pall Mall to the oldest occult bookshop in London. Discover stories about the Hermetic order of the Golden Dawn and its members. Continue to the Charring Cross Hotel, where the French occultist Eliphas Levi allegedly performed an act of necromancy. Follow your guide to Cleopatra's Needle on Victoria Embankment, a stone obelisk surrounded by dark legends. Learn how it was brought to London and why some Londoners are still obsessed with Egyptian mythology. Continue to the Freemasons quarter, passing the building where the Ordo Templi Orientis secret society is based. The most influential member was E...

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Matt is an amazing tour guide! History,politics, royal family, healthy sense of humor- all you can ask for a great experience. Was very patient, and yet energetic. warm recomendations. TNX for a wonderful morning.

Tim, our guide, was superb. Very knowledgeable, patient, easy to understand and really cared that everyone had what they needed. Great sense of British humor. Really knew his stuff.

Very nice tour and very clear also they are helpful when you need. But it should tell on the bus stop the time table to know how long we will wait for the next one.

Really enjoyed this well worth the money. Full day out including the river cruise thanks

We really enjoyed our experience. Tour guide was very informative and friendly x