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Best of London tour with VIP Tower of London and Changing of the Guard

Free cancellation
Duration: up to 7 hours 30 minutes
Language: English
Availability: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Mobile voucher accepted
Safety measures applied

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VIP early access to the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London

Be one of the first to see the Crown Jewels

Relax on a scenic riverboat along the Thames

Explore the area known as St James's

What to expect

Join this fantastic full-day tour of London's highlights starting with the Tower of London, the former prison and home to the glittering Crown Jewels. This iconic building has a gruesome and fascinating history, being the execution site of three Queens of England, which you'll find out all about during your visit. Your early morning tour means you'll be among the first to enter the Jewel House and view the spectacular crown jewels, which have been locked up for safekeeping here for the last 600 years. These are the official regalia and vestments used by the Sovereign of the United Kingdom during the coronation ceremony and other noble appearances. Imagine magnificent orbs, swords, rings and, of course, crowns and scepters, basically your British Monarchy starter pack. During your visit you will also see the famous White Tower, where it is said that the 'Princes in the Tower' were held and supposedly murdered by Their Uncle Richard III to usurp the throne from their father, King Edward IV.

Then it's time to step aboard a relaxing river shuttle as the tour heads up the Thames. Enjoy the sights as your guide points out major landmarks on your way to seeing the unmissable Changing of the Guard. This world-famous ceremony takes place either at Buckingham Palace or at Horse Guards Parade, depending on the day. Your guide will make sure you are in a prime position to enjoy the best views at this crowded event and will regale you with colorful commentary that other travelers miss. Find out the history and pageantry behind the ceremony, as the Queen's Foot Guards, with their red tunics and bearskin hats march to Buckingham Palace. (Please note that this experience is subject to weather conditions). End the morning portion of your tour at Buckingham Palace, the residence of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh and see the famous balcony where the royal family appears during major events.

Scout out one of the great lunch spots the city has to offer before rejoining the group and guides for a stroll around Trafalgar Square, home to the National Gallery and Nelson's Column, then down Whitehall, the center of Her Majesty's Government. This recognizable street is lined with government departments and ministries, including the old Palace of Whitehall, which burned down in the 17th century, leaving only the Banqueting Hall still standing. It is from this building that King Charles II stepped onto the scaffolding to be executed in 1649. You will also view the Horse Guards, guarded by the Household Cavalry in their sentry boxes, wearing their plumed silver helmets and mounted on their magnificent steeds.

Next you'll visit Downing Street, the home of the British Prime Minister, before arriving at Parliament Square, where you will be treated to spectacular views of the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster, home to the British Parliament. Finally visit glorious Westminster Abbey, site of royal coronations and weddings, including the recent wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton in 2011.

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COVID-19 information

The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.

Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds

The experience complies with government regulations

Social distancing is enforced

Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected

Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors

All gear/equipment is sanitized between use

What's included

VIP early access admission to the Tower of London, including opening ceremony

Admission to the Tower of London

Boat shuttle on the River Thames

Guided walking tour from Embankment to Buckingham Palace

Changing of the Guard (weather permitting)

Guided walking tour of Whitehall and Westminster

Expert, English-speaking tour guides

Headsets, when necessary

What's not included

Tips

Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Transfer between tours

Lunch

Location

2 Tower Hill, St Katharine's & Wapping, London EC3N 4EE, UK

Meeting point:

For the morning tour, please meet directly in front of the Tower of London ticket office, opposite the main entrance Tower.
Arriving by tub : Turn right towards Trinity Square. You Should be able to see the tower clearly when you exit the tube station. It is a short walk (approx. 3 minutes).

For the afternoon part of the tour, please meet by the Duke of York Column, Waterloo Place, 9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AJ. This is the tall column with a statue on top.
Arriving by tube: Take the tube to Piccadilly Circus and take exit No. 3 onto Regent Street / St James. Walk south down Regent Street towards St James Park. Waterloo Place is at the end of Regent Street. You will see the tall column with a statue on top. Alternatively if you arrive via Charing Cross Station, walk down the Mall towards Buckingham Palace, you will see the statues on your right at the top of some steps.

When

  • This tour is available on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
  • Morning tour departure at 8.15am
  • Afternoon tour departure at 2.00pm
  • Please arrive 15 minutes early and ready to go for both sections of the tour. It is strongly recommended to consult a map in order to be punctual
  • The tour ends outside Buckingham Palace around 12.00pm

Provider

City Wonders

Cancellation policy

Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 1 day before the activity begins.

Important to know

  • This tour is unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. Also It is unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages
  • Non-flash photography is permitted in the Tower of London
  • The Changing of the Guard does not operate in the rain. If it's canceled, it will be replaced with an extended walking tour
  • This is a tour that involves a reasonable amount of walking. For this reason, comfortable shoes are recommended for all guests