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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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icon9 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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 , Victoria Coach Station, 164 Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1W 9TP, 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
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • 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 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
    • 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.

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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

    4.0
    star-4
    1,498 Reviews

    Reviews by Viator travelers

    Showing 1-10 of 1,498 reviews
    star-5
    Wonderful day in London seeing everything!!
    Michelle_T
    , May 2022
    Amazing day! We didn’t have a lot of time to spend in London but this tour sure covered everything! John our tour guide was so wonderful and Informative! We had a great day! We felt like we seen everything in one day!
    star-4
    You need to be clearer in...
    CRAIG_S
    , May 2022
    You need to be clearer in your advertisemtn whan vierwing of the changing of the guard is an optyion and when it isn't
    star-4
    Lots to See
    Jennifer_H
    , May 2022
    Overall, it is a good tour. You do see a lot in a relatively short period of time. My husband, son, and I enjoyed our day.
    star-5
    Great tour
    Mira_D
    , May 2022
    You see a lot of amazing places, there is a good amount of walking, but it’s worth it. Bring comfy shoes and appropriate clothing. Guide was very interesting; gave us a lot of interesting information
    star-3
    disappointed
    Brenda_f
    , May 2022
    i was disappointed, there were several locations promised in the tour we paid for. 1. tea at harrods was not mentioned. 2. ride on thames, we were told we did not pay for that, 3. the changing of the guards.
    star-4
    Mixed review
    vventure2
    , May 2022
    While the tour and the guide, James, were great, the company itself was not. I had signed up our group for the London Eye portion of the tour, and they had mistakenly signed me up for the Cream Tea. When I tried to straighten it out with the company directly, and though they had the correct information, they said there was nothing they could do, that there was nothing they could do and that there were no more tickets available for that time slot. When I went on line to check with London Eye, lo and behold, there were plenty of tickets available in that time slot. I went to Viator, who tried to work it out with the company, but was told to have us either take the whole tour over, or we’d just have to pay out of pocket for the London Eye. We’d already paid the extra price, so how is this an acceptable response?! I’m still awaiting a response from Viator though over a week later. My ticket was correct, both the company and Viator and the company had the correct info, but yet it’s still my problem? I think not…. That being said, James the tour guide was wonderful, knowledgeable and entertaining!
    2 travelers found this review helpful
    star-1
    Plane from Denver CO was...
    David_P
    , May 2022
    Plane from Denver CO was cancelled so we were rescheduled next day. This made it impossible to go on this tour, The Nest of London. We were very disappointed to no be able to take the tour. I requested a refund as this was unavoidable. There has been no response to my request. Thanks for asking.
    star-5
    Good tour if you just have one Day in London
    Eather_K
    , May 2022
    If you have one day in London this is a great tour to take. You really do see a lot of the touristy highlights. Our tour guide was great. The only thing that was a little bit tricky was finding where to go in the morning. It lists the departure stop as a bus stop. But it didn’t tell you what gate to go to at the bus stop. I was there with my elderly mother so it took us a little bit to figure that out. The staff at the bus stop was very friendly and helpful and put us in the right direction. But do know that you need to figure out which gate to go to at the bus stop to meet the tour company.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Great overview of London
    Thomas_M
    , May 2022
    Was a very good overview of London. Our guide Karen was outstanding, very helpful and knowledgeable. The only warning is that entrance and exit to the Eye can be a challenge for some.
    star-4
    London trip
    Lana_O
    , May 2022
    London tower was great. Thought trip wasn’t expensive for what it ended up being. Guide was very informative
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Great tour to catch some highlights of London
    Dwayne_B
    , May 2022
    Fantastic tour, got to see so many sights, Buckingham Palace, St.Paul’s Cathedral is amazing. Have a much better understanding and appreciation of The Tower of London. We learned so much and our guide, Karen, was really one of the best guides we have ever had.
    star-5
    What a great experience
    JeromeCasper
    , Apr 2022
    This was well worth the money. John was a wonderful tour guide. He's extremely knowledgeable and personable. He kept us one step ahead of the other tours. I would suggest this tour to get the most packed into one day. This was fantastic.
    star-5
    Excellent London Tower/St. Paul’s Tour
    Jeffrey_B
    , Apr 2022
    Karen was absolutely amazing! She was a real firecracker and definitely knew her stuff. She was humorous and I would gladly do a tour with her again
    star-5
    Loved the tour!
    Debra_A
    , Apr 2022
    James was amazing and we were able to see many sites all in one day! Thank you, James! We would do it again!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Very fruitful and well managed
    Purvesh_P
    , Apr 2022
    John gave us an excellent tour and he did care of everyone of us as we were total 19 members. He has very good knowledge of the history and city. I would recommend to visit with guided tour.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-4
    Nice Tour
    Nikki_N
    , Apr 2022
    Running with the guards was definitely an experience! Lots of walking and very informational tour guide (John).
    star-5
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    tvssc9pf9c
    , Apr 2022
    The guide was kind and knowledgeable. The driver was an expert at navigating London traffic. Great tour!
    star-5
    London All Day Tour
    Osmar_R
    , Apr 2022
    I really enjoyed the tour of London. Frank was a great guide. He was very knowledgeable in the history and great communicator. I arrived late because of traffic and had to meet the group at one of the stops. They were so patient and supported me until I joined. There customer service is great.
    star-5
    All the best bits!
    Deb_P
    , Mar 2022
    The Guide had exceptional knowledge and was very authentic. Tower of London was a highlight! Well organised tour.
    star-5
    Great guide.
    Vicki_A
    , Mar 2022
    James was an absolute marvel. Informative. Friendly. Careful. Can’t say enough positive about his knowledge and helpfulness!

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