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Best place to watch the changing of the guards
Experience a London tradition with a local guide
What to expect
During your visit to London, Buckingham Palace is a must-see. Accompanied by a local guide, you will have the opportunity to see the changing of the royal guard in front of the palace doors.
This is a world-famous spectacle that you will not be able to see anywhere else. Changing of the Guards is definitely something that should be experienced when visiting London. Your guide will explain how the Changing of the Guard, also known as Guard Mounting, has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in London.
You will see how the soldiers in place are “relieved” of their position in a very particular way while accompanied by a military fanfare. 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. The 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. It is definitely an attraction that is not to be missed.
COVID-19 informationThe 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
Headsets when appropriate
What's not included
Hotel pick-up/ drop-off
Green Park Station Piccadilly, London
Meet your guide by the Statue of the Goddess Diana: just outside Green Park Tube station (Piccadilly South Side Exit). On the left side there is a wooden food stall.
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Important to know
- Dates and Times can change, sometimes at short notice,when the Guards are required for operational or other ceremonial duties, and as a result of road closures.