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Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade

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Overview

See the English capital’s top landmarks on this most comprehensive of London magical tours. Take a tour of beautiful St Paul’s Cathedral, then make a photo stop at Westminster Abbey. Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and visit the Tower of London, where you'll have free time for lunch (own expense). Enjoy an extended river sightseeing cruise, and upgrade to cap everything with a London Eye flight or cream tea at Harrods.
  • See top city attractions like Westminster Abbey on a full-day city tour of London
  • Watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace
  • Relax on a private River Thames sightseeing cruise
  • Upgrade to include a cream tea or a London Eye flight

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This comprehensive tour includes many London highlights, plus pre-booked tickets and time-saving bus transit.
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Tours of the Tower of London and St Paul's Cathedral
Changing of the Guard ceremony (selected dates only) and photo stop outside Buckingham Palace
Private cruise on the River Thames (for tour group)
Cream tea at Harrods restaurant or London Eye standard flights (if upgrade option selected)
Friendly professional guide and air-conditioned vehicle with Free Wi-Fi on board
Hotel pick-up & drop-off
Gratuities
Food and drinks
Victoria Coach Station , London SW1W 9RH, UK

Located on 164 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, London, SW1W 9TP, approximately 7 minutes walk from Victoria Underground and Railway station. Tour departs at 7.45am (Boarding starts at 7:30am)

7:45 AM
This activity ends in a different location. See details below:
  • London Eye , London SE1, UK
  • Harrods , 87-135 Brompton Rd, London SW1X 7XL, UK

    Tour ends at Harrods department store for those who selected Tea upgrade option.

  • Select your tour option on booking. Then, after pickup from the central London meeting point, settle into your air-conditioned coach and head for St. Paul's Cathedral, where you'll spend the morning exploring. Make a photo stop to see Westminster Abbey, where you can admire the outside of this 13th-century Gothic church, the site of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s marriage in 2011.

    Continue to Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s official London residence, to see the Changing of the Guard. Watch this centuries-old ceremony as the soldiers of The Queen’s Guard, dressed in red tunics and bearskin hats, exchange places with the new guard to military music.

    Move on to the Tower of London, the 11th-century fortress that looms over the Thames River. Spend some free time in the area exploring or having lunch, then meet back up with your group for a tour of the forbidding UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll around history-steeped sites such as Traitor’s Gate, inspect the gruesome torture exhibits at the Wakefield Tower, and check out the Crown Jewels – the magnificent symbols of royal power that are still used by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

    Board a boat for an extended sightseeing trip down the River Thames. Cruise down the river, looking out for the top London attractions such as Tower Bridge, Shakespeare’s Globe, and then step out onto dry land. 

    Finish your tour at London Eye or alternatively, upgrade to finish on a high note with one of two optional activities. Options include a cream tea with at Harrods restaurant or a must-do London Eye flight, for picture-perfect views over the capital. Both activities include transport to the attraction, but no transport back. Harrods cream tea includes Home-baked English Scones served with clotted cream and preserves, choice of tea from Harrods own tea gardens plus a glass of sparkling wine.

    Please note: On days when the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace does not take place, you will simply enjoy a photo stop at the palace.
    Itinerary
    Stop At:  
    Tower of London
    Visit Tower of London and see the famous Crown Jewels
    Duration: 2 hours 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Buckingham Palace
    Take a photo stop outside Buckingham Palace and witness the changing of the guard
    Duration: 40 minutes
    Admission Ticket Not Included
    Pass By:  
    Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
    Enjoy the view from the river
    Stop At:  
    St. Paul's Cathedral
    First group to enter this magnificent cathedral rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren after the great Fire of 1666.
    Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Changing of the Guard
    See the changing of the Guard
    Duration: 40 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Thames River
    Enjoy the leisure cruise on river Thames
    Duration: 45 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    London Eye
    Enjoy the ride on London Eye (if London Eye upgrade option is selected)
    Duration: 30 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Premium Tours - London Tours
    Tour operated by Premium Tours
    Duration: 15 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Westminster Abbey
    Take a photo stop outside Westminster abbey
    Duration: 20 minutes
    Admission Ticket Not Included
    Stop At:  
    Houses of Parliament
    Short walking tour of Parliament Square
    Duration: 15 minutes
    Admission Ticket Not Included
    Pass By:  
    Trafalgar Square
    Drive through Trafalgar Square
    Pass By:  
    Royal Courts of Justice
    Drive past Royal Courts of Justice
    Pass By:  
    London Bridge
    See London Bridge from the river
    Pass By:  
    Tower Bridge
    Built in 1894. The bridge crosses the River Thames close to the Tower of London and has become an iconic symbol of London. You will enjoy the view from under the bridge!
    Pass By:  
    The View from The Shard
    Enjoy the view from the river
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult
    • Sunday tours are unable to include a tour of St Paul's cathedral due to the weekly service taking place; you will still be able to go inside the cathedral but there will be no guided tour
    • Please note: tour itinerary may change subject to Tower of London opening time
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 55 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Premium Tours
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    See all safety measures taken by Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade?
    A:The policies on social distancing are:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    See all safety measures taken by Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    See all safety measures taken by Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade.

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    Traveler Tips


    • "It would be nice if it started a little later since it’s hard to find the couch gate." See review
    • "The Eye of London is over sold, it is not that exciting and it is expensive." See review
    • "A great way to see lot in London with limited time and a must if you're traveling in the summer, so crowded!" See review

    Reviews

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    Reviews by Viator travelers

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    star-5
    Our guide, Frank was very...
    John_W
    , Oct 2021
    Our guide, Frank was very funny, personable and knowledgeable. Our driver Andre was very friendly and professional.
    star-5
    Everything
    CYNTHIA_C
    , Mar 2020
    We are from the states and the tour exceeded our expectations. Thanks for an unforgettable experience
    star-4
    London city tour
    Priscilla_Y
    , Mar 2020
    The tour guide, Ben, was very good. He was knowledgeable and energetic. St. Pauls was beautiful and interesting. The changing of the guard was hard to see or hear after the initial guards marching to the palace. London tower was very cool, I would have liked a little more in depth history there and more free time to explore. The Thames river tour was really comfortable, and it was private. We learned a great deal about London, its buildings and its history as we rode and walked all over town.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-4
    Variety
    Estelle_S
    , Feb 2020
    Great experience went to a lot of different places guide was very informative and came with us at each stop
    star-5
    Mrs
    Tracy_J
    , Jan 2020
    Was a lovely time and the guide was very knowledgeable and funny. Wonderful way to see a lot with little time
    star-5
    BEST TOUR EVER
    Hailey_T
    , Jan 2020
    We only had a day and a half in London and wanted to see all of the top attractions without walking in the cold or getting lost along the way. This is BY FAR the best way to see London. Our guide Anne Marie was fantastic and the bus we rode on was nice and spacious. I was also really worried that we would get antsy on a tour for that long but they really, really figured out how to hold your attention and give you the breaks when you need them. We would go to one location for a bit, get a break on the bus driving to the next location, and so on. We also really enjoyed the hour break for lunch. We had great fish and chips and a beer with a group of people on our tour (by choice) and it was one of the highlights for us. I have recommended this tour to EVERYONE because it was the best day ever for my husband and I. Also side note - we went on a Sunday which meant we missed out on entering some of the churches (which I was sure would be a bummer, and it wasn’t because we got to see so much even despite it!) I
    star-2
    Disappointed-Paid for St. Paul’s But Couldn’t Go Inside.
    Shannon S
    , Jan 2020
    I booked the tour for 29 Dec. (a Sunday) and was excited to go. Unfortunately, after the tour started we were all informed that we would not be able to enter St. Paul’s Cathedral or Westminster Abbey because they would be holding their church services. I understood, but strongly feel that this needs to be included in the description. Everyone on our tour specifically paid for entrance into St. Paul’s Cathedral and did not get to go inside! Additionally, none of us were informed via our travel agents or the companies we used to book the trip that this would be the case. Also, we were promised to see the Crown Jewels, but because we didn’t arrive until after 1pm, the line was over two hours long. Our tour guide told us that if we chose to wait, we would miss our boat cruise so we would need to choose which we wanted. I would have only given the tour one star, but the tour guide was decent and had a lot of info to share. But she was also not the best tour guide I’ve had (kept getting names and dates mixed up) and took too long to explain things... Overall, I think I should have saved my money and gone to a pub or the Jack the Ripper tour.
    2 travelers found this review helpful
    star-5
    The Best
    Explorer01755693990
    , Dec 2019
    Tour guide was quite knowledgeable and did an outstanding job, Made the historic sites come alive. We were only a few blocks from where the terrorist incident (stabbings) on London Bridge occurred and he did a great job of handling the delays and reroutings that resulted.
    star-4
    Overall London experience
    KEVIN_L
    , Nov 2019
    The tour was good. we paid ~$135 for package... Individually the Tower of London cost is 29.5 pounds and Thames cruise is 13 pounds...so total about $50....this means the bus and tour guide cost is ~$75...probably would have spent more for Uber and tour guide..... Tour guide was very knowledgeable and got us good spots to view the changing of the guards....
    2 travelers found this review helpful
    star-3
    Best of London
    Trudyhope
    , Oct 2019
    Tour covered a lot of highlights. However the guide did not account for slower walkers and lost a few of us on the “walk” to see the changing of the guards. He did not seem overly concerned that 2 people were missing and needed to be asked forcefully to wait for the members to catch up. The guide seemed intent on keeping to his schedule and appeared “put out” when members of the group asked for a bathroom break. There was also a little too much time spent at the Tower of London (3 hours)! The boat ride on the Thames was quick and the “cream tea” at Harrods was a little late in the day, therefore it felt rushed.
    2 travelers found this review helpful

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