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

1. 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.

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London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

2. 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.

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London: Changing of the Guard & Buckingham Palace Tour

3. London: Changing of the Guard & Buckingham Palace Tour

Take advantage of a rare opportunity to explore the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace, and experience one of the most historic ceremonies of the Royal Family in London. Watch the Changing of the Guards in the company of a local guide, who will explain the history and pageantry behind the ceremony. Gasp at the precision skills of the Queen’s Foot Guards as they march to the sounds of a military band, or see the mounted Household Cavalry - resplendent on horseback - change guards at Horse Guards Parade. If you book your tour on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday, you’ll get to experience the change of the Household Cavalry. Admire the lavish apartments and sparkling chandeliers of Buckingham Palace. See some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection, including exquisite Sèvres porcelain and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. An official audio guide will be provided to tell the history of the sumptuous furnishings and ornaments, and to put it all into historical context.

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London: the Crown History City Exploration Game

4. 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.

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Full-Day Total London Tour & Flight on the London Eye

5. Full-Day Total London Tour & Flight on the London Eye

Taking in some of London’s most famous sights along the way, including the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Tower of London, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The morning part of the tour begins with a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral, where you enter as their doors open. You can hear the 17th-century organ that Mendelssohn once played, see medieval relics in the crypt below, and visit the tombs of famous historical figures. On Sundays, when viewing is restricted, you can enter the cathedral for one of the services. After leaving St. Paul’s Cathedral the tour heads to Buckingham Palace, the London residence of the Queen, to watch the changing of the guard. Please note that if the changing of the guard is not taking place you’ll still go to Buckingham Palace for a photo stop. In the afternoon the tour continues with a visit to the Tower of London built in 1066 by William the Conqueror, your guide will regale you with fascinating insights into the history of this Royal Palace and fortress. Ample time will be given to view the Crown Jewels and the White Tower and to wander around this imposing fortress.  Now you will enjoy a guided private boat trip on the River Thames and admire excellent views of Tower Bridge, St. Paul's Cathedral, London Bridge, Shakespeare's Globe from the river.  The spectacular finish to the day’s tour is a flight on the London Eye! What an amazing day!

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London: Changing of the Guard & Westminster Walking Tour

6. London: Changing of the Guard & Westminster Walking Tour

Start your 2.5-hour private or small-group walking tour (depending on the option selected) with the Changing of the Guard. Then, continue your tour towards Buckingham Palace, the residence of Queen Elizabeth II. Follow your guide on a crash course in British royal and democratic history by visiting the most important part of London, Westminster City. You’ll take in classic London sites such as 10 Downing Street, Whitehall, the Houses of Parliament, and Big Ben and hear about its construction and how the modern work will safeguard the 167-year-old tower. Greeting you in Parliament Square is Winston Churchill, and you’ll stroll around to meet other famous members of parliament and lawmakers. Hear their stories and learn why they have been honored with a statue in this prominent place. Finish your tour outside the iconic Westminster Abbey where royal weddings and coronations have taken place since 960AD. You’ll see the Jewel Tower and hear about the old Palace of Westminster, where Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators tried to blow up Parliament and how he saw his end in Old Palace Yard. See the statue of Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst and hear how one determined woman spent the night in order to be counted as living in the building. See the famous balcony where the royal family appears during major events, and hear stories of intruders and princes scaling the walls both to get inside and out!

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Best of Royal London with Tower of London Opening

7. Best of Royal London with Tower of London Opening

Experience the best of royal London on a half-day sightseeing tour, exploring the historic landmarks of the city center, and cruising down the River Thames. Meet at the Tower of London, home to the famous Yeoman Warders (“Beefeaters”), and a former prison that witnessed the execution of 3 English queens! Marvel at the Crown Jewels of the English monarchy, and see official regalia worn by HM the Queen, including orbs, swords, crowns and sceptres. Go to the White Tower where the “Princes in the Tower” were held before being murdered, allegedly by Richard III. With early entrance to the Tower you will be among the first to see the ceremonial opening by the Yeomen Warders. Depart the Tower and cruise down the River Thames on board a shuttle boat. Admire the sights en route, such as St. Paul’s Cathedral and Shakespeare’s Globe. Upon arrival at the Embankment, and depending on time, stroll over to watch the Changing of the Guards ceremony, either at Buckingham Palace or Horse Guards Parade. Your guide will put you in prime position for the best views of the crowded event, and provide a colorful commentary as the pageant unfolds. End your morning tour at Buckingham Palace, the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II.

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London: VIP Changing of the Guard and Hard Rock Cafe Tour

8. London: VIP Changing of the Guard and Hard Rock Cafe Tour

The Changing of the Guard is a tradition that is centuries old. The Guard Change is a ceremony which is led by real, front-line soldiers from the British Army. Throughout your tour, you will stroll past St. James’s Palace; the most senior royal palace in the United Kingdom. You will march alongside the soldiers en-route to Buckingham Palace, before securing the best views in the house. The Changing of the Guard does not take place outside Buckingham Palace, which is usually Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Visitors will be able to enjoy spectating the ceremony at Horse Guards Parade situated just off Whitehall in Central London. Later, you can enjoy a meal of either lunch or dinner at the London Hard Rock Cafe, with VIP skip-the-line access to the next available table. You are also able to upgrade your tour to include a 24-hour hop-on/hop-off double-decker bus tour.

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The Best of London: Guided Walking Tour

9. The Best of London: Guided Walking Tour

Enjoy a leisurely walking tour through the beautiful city of London. Start at the Big Ben and listen to the chimes of one of London's most iconic attractions then head over to the Houses of Parliament. Continue walking to the stunning Westminster Abbey then up past the Prime Minister's home and the Horse Guards Parade where you may see the Queen's personal cavalry in action.  After walking past several national war memorials and other state buildings, you will find yourself in the bustling Trafalgar Square, home of Nelsons Column, with its picturesque fountains and national galleries. A visit to Covent Garden is often popular before visiting Leicester Square and London's answer to Times Square: Piccadilly Circus. After a short walk through Green Park, find yourself before Buckingham Palace, home of the Queen. Choose the extended tour to also visit St. Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge and The Tower of London (external).

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London Full-Day Walking Tour and Tower of London

10. London Full-Day Walking Tour and Tower of London

Experience the best of London on a 2-part walking tour, exploring the historic landmarks of the city center. Meet at the Tower of London, home to the Yeoman Warders (“Beefeaters”), and a former prison that was the site of the execution of 3 English queens! Marvel at the Crown Jewels of the English monarchy, and see official regalia worn by HM the Queen, including orbs, swords, crowns and scepters. Go to the White Tower where the “Princes in the Tower” were held before being murdered, allegedly by Richard III. Next, cruise down the Thames on board a river boat. Admire the sights en route to the Embankment, such as St. Paul’s Cathedral and Shakespeare’s Globe. Upon arrival at the Embankment, stroll over to watch the changing of the guards ceremony, either at Buckingham Palace or Horse Guards Parade. Your guide will put you in prime position for the best views of the crowded event, and provide a colorful commentary as the pageant unfolds. End your morning tour at Buckingham Palace, the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II. Get recommendations for nearby restaurants for lunch (own expense) from your guide. Then, re-group for a guided afternoon walk around Trafalgar Square, past the government offices of Whitehall, to the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Along the way, your guide will point out iconic attractions, such as the site of the old Palace of Whitehall, and the Banqueting Hall where King Charles I was executed.

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What people are saying about Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall

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based on 2,892 reviews

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.

Great way to see London. Jasmine, our guide, was very knowledgeable and even with a diversion along the was she was still able to tell us interesting facts along our bew route.

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

Was a brilliant day on the tour to see changing of the guard