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London: Three Palaces Guided Walking Tour and High Tea

1. London: Three Palaces Guided Walking Tour and High Tea

Discover the Royal Family's palaces and experience the original Royal English Tea with traditional sandwiches, cakes and scones on the grounds of Kensington Palace. Stroll to St. James Palace, Buckingham Palace, and catch a cab to Albert Hall. Take a moment a Buckingham Palace, the main Royal Residence in London, and try and witness the Changing of the Guard Ceremony. Catch a glimpse of the Queen's Bodyguard: the mounted Queens Life Guard Soldiers. Jump in an iconic Black Cab and head to Albert Hall. See the Albert Memorial, and leisurely stroll in Kensington Gardens. Soak in the beautiful gardens Prince Albert created for his wife Queen Victoria and find where Prince Harry and William grew up. Experience the full splendor of High Tea in a breathtaking landmark and gain personal insights into our royal family and the fascinating history of our national drink during the ceremony of afternoon tea.

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

2. 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

3. 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's Palaces and Parliament Walking Tour

4. London's Palaces and Parliament Walking Tour

See more than 20 of London's most iconic sights on a 3-hour walking tour. Explore the City of Westminster, one of the most popular tourist locations in London. Learn fun facts about the history of the area and how it developed, as you pass by many of its iconic monuments. Head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace where on selected days you can watch the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony. Walk down The Mall, a tree-lined, royal road, adorned with Royal Parks and Royal Palaces.  Travel to Parliament Square where you will see Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. View some of the most famous sights in London, including: Buckingham Palace, the Victoria Memorial, St James's Park, Green Park, St James's Palace, Big Ben, Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and Trafalgar Square.

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London: the Crown History City Exploration Game

5. 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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London: Walking Tour with Thames Boat Ride, Tower of London

6. London: Walking Tour with Thames Boat Ride, Tower of London

Discover the best of London on this walking trip and cruise in one. See inside the Tower of London, before enjoying a trip down the River Thames on a boat tour with your guide, and then explore the city of Westminster, learning the city’s royal history. Start your tour outside the Tower of London. From crowns to confessions, the Tower of London has been keeping a watchful eye over the city and the river since its founding in 1079. Meet your guide who will give you the highlights of the fortress before you go inside to discover it on your own. Rejoin your guide for a relaxing cruise on the River Thames with your group as you hear the stories of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Romans, and the impact this river has had on the lives of Londoners since its banks were first settled. Afterward, take a walking tour of the iconic landmarks that dot the streets of Westminster. See Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Whitehall, Horse Guards Parade, all paired with incredible stories, anecdotes, and history gems shared by an expert guide.

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London: Top 30 Sights Walking Tour and The Shard Entry

7. London: Top 30 Sights Walking Tour and The Shard Entry

Start with a walking tour of the history, culture, and legends of one of Europe’s best-loved cities. Head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, where on selected days you can watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard ceremony. Head to Westminster, and see Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. Go to the London Bridge area to see Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London. Then, head to The Shard, Europe's tallest building,to see London from up high. Head up The Shard in the high-speed elevators, traveling at 6 meters per second, to London's highest observation decks situated over two floors, the indoor viewing platform, and an open-air skydeck. See 30 sights in 1 day, including: • Buckingham Palace • Trafalgar Square • Big Ben • Downing Street • Westminster Abbey • Whitehall • Houses of Parliament • London Eye • Shakespeare’s Globe Theater • London Bridge • Southwark Cathedral • The Shard (tallest skyscraper in the EU) • HMS Belfast (Second World War Battleship) • Square Mile • Tower Bridge • Tower of London

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London: Top 30 Sights Tour and Sherlock Holmes Museum

8. London: Top 30 Sights Tour and Sherlock Holmes Museum

Start with a walking tour of the history, culture, and legends of one of Europe’s best-loved cities. Head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard ceremony. Head to Westminster, see Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. See 30 sights in one day, including: • Buckingham Palace • Trafalgar Square • Changing of the Guard • Big Ben • Downing Street • Westminster Abbey • Whitehall • Houses of Parliament • London Eye After your tour, visit the world-famous consulting detective Sherlock Holmes, who lived at 221b Baker Street between 1881-1904, according to the stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Mr. Holmes shared his place with his loyal friend and colleague Dr. Watson. The house is protected by the government due to the special architectural and historical interest. The first-floor study overlooking Baker Street is faithfully maintained for posterity and just as it was kept by Mrs. Hudson in Victorian Times.

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London: Private Harry Potter Walking Tour

9. London: Private Harry Potter Walking Tour

Walk in the footsteps of your favorite wizards (and witches) around Muggle London. Your private Harry Potter enthusiast guide will be armed with wonderful trivia as you visit many of the iconic real-life locations that inspired the book and were featured in the movies. Learn about London’s rich muggle and wizarding history. Discover amazing facts about the books and films, and see many of the film locations used in London, including the Ministry of Magic and the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron. The tour includes familiar Harry Potter film locations as well as iconic London landmarks, such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Millennium Bridge, Tate Modern, Borough Market, and Leadenhall Market. Along the route of this magical Harry Potter walking tour, you’ll have plenty of chances to take pictures and see the film locations up-close as well as places that inspired JK Rowling in her writings.

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London: See 30+ Top Sights and Eat 8 British Foods Tour

10. London: See 30+ Top Sights and Eat 8 British Foods Tour

Join an exploration of over thirty of London’s major landmarks and best of British foods for a good idea of the history and tastes of one of Europe’s best-loved cities. Start your tour as you head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, where you can watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard ceremony (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday during the winter months). You will then head to Westminster, and along the way see sights such as Parliament Square, St. James Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben (sadly covered up at the moment) and the Houses of Parliament. You will then move on to the London Bridge area to see Shakespeare’s Globe, the Shard, HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. By this point, you'll have worked up an appetite, so you will be invited to stop for a feast of the best of British foods in one of the UK's most historic pubs. From here you will explore Borough market, Europe's favorite food market, and a bustling hub of smells and flavors. You will sample fish and chips, pie and mash, English beer and also taste a world famous doughnut!

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What people are saying about St James's Palace

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 2,762 reviews

This was a great tour, full of information, great spots, nice pace with snack and toilet stop. Our guide kept us so entertained that 3 hours went so fast that I didn’t realized we got to the end of our tour I really recommend it

Tim, our guide, was superb. Very knowledgeable, patient, easy to understand and really cared that everyone had what they needed. Great sense of British humor. Really knew his stuff.

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

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