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St. James's Park Tours

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St. James's Park
One of London’s eight Royal Parks, St. James’s Park is a verdant jewel located right in the center of town. Flanked by Buckingham Palace, Green Park, and St. James’s Palace, the green space stretches across almost 57 acres (23 hectares). It’s renowned for its pretty lake, vibrant flower beds, and for hosting several regal events.

The Basics
Purchased by King Henry VIII, landscaped by King James I, and redesigned in the French style by King Charles II, St. James’s Park has had a royal pedigree since its founding. In addition to its lawns, pond, and two small islands, the park also comprises the Mall (a grand processional thoroughfare) and Horse Guards Parade (a formal parade ground used for ceremonial events). Other highlights include its Blue Bridge, Memorial Gardens, and the soaring Queen Victoria Memorial, made from Carrara marble.

St. James’s Park is a popular, year-round destination in London; as it offers a prime vantage point on the Changing of the Guard ceremony, it is frequented by out-of-towners eager to take in the spectacle. The park can also be seen during hop-on hop-off bus tours, bike tours, walking tours, and other excursions.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Striped deck chairs can be rented for a small fee during daylight hours from March to October (except in times of bad weather).
  • There are several eateries and kiosks in the park, the highlight of which is St. James’s Café.
  • The park has wide paths with step-free access as well as wheelchair-accessible restrooms.

How to Get There
Via London Underground, take the Central or District line to St. James’s Park Station; the Circle, District, or Jubilee line to Westminster Station; or the Victoria, Circle, or District line—or numerous train lines—to Victoria Station. The park is also served by multiple bus lines and can be reached on foot, by taxi, or by bike.

When to Get There
St. James’s Park is open daily 5am–midnight and is free for all to visit. The park hosts several popular events throughout the year, including Trooping the Colour, a ceremony held every June to mark the Queen’s birthday, and the Beating Retreat, a showcase of military drumming with music, cannonfire, and fireworks, also in June.

The Pelicans at St. James’s Park
One of the quirkier pieces of lore attached to St. James’s Park is its resident pelicans. In 1664, the Russian ambassador presented King Charles II with several pelicans as a gift, and the birds’ descendants have been park residents ever since. See if you can spot them fishing in the lake.
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London Royal Parks Bike Tour including Hyde Park

London Royal Parks Bike Tour including Hyde Park

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Discover the beauty and history of Royal London by bike on a morning or afternoon city tour. Enjoy a guided ride through Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, and St. James's Park. Cruise by the stately monuments such as the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, and view royal sites like Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, and the Princess Diana Memorial. Along the way, learn about London’s rich history and contemporary culture.  
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  • 4 hours
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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London Eye

Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London Eye

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Discover the grandeur of London aboard the open-top, double-decker Big Bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with stops including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more. Enjoy unobstructed views and onboard commentary as you view the city’s highlights and upgrade to The Big London Day Out option to get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel. Hop off to enjoy a Thames River cruise, currently operating Friday to Sunday only.
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Private Tour London Highlights, entries Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London

Private Tour London Highlights, entries Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London

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The Tower of London and Westminster Abbey are two of London’s most impressive must-see attractions, but the entry queues can be long. On this tour, save valuable sightseeing time with skip-the-line entry and head straight inside with your guide. Learn the history of Parliament Square and Trafalgar Square on a walking visit, and stop at Buckingham Palace, Nelson’s Column, and more.
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  • 8 hours
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London in a Day Private Custom Tour

London in a Day Private Custom Tour

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Discover the spectacular sights of London according to your own personal itinerary on a private custom tour of the vibrant capital with a knowledgeable guide. Opt to enjoy a half- or full-day tour and customize your itinerary according to your cultural and historical interests. Allow your expert guide to pre-plan logistics like public transportation and reservations, and then delve into the capital’s rich history by listening to illuminating commentary. See iconic attractions like Big Ben and the Tower of London, and stray from the conventional tourist trail for a unique experience of London.
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Classic London Landmarks Bicycle Tour

Classic London Landmarks Bicycle Tour

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Discover the history and diversity of London by bike on a sightseeing tour. Led by a guide, pedal past the city's top sites, including Covent Garden, Buckingham Palace, Westminster, St. Paul's Cathedral, and Trafalgar Square. Along the way, learn about the city’s colorful history — the glorious, the infamous, and everything in between.  
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London In a Day: Tower of London, Westminster Abbey & Changing of the Guard

London In a Day: Tower of London, Westminster Abbey & Changing of the Guard

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Limited time in London doesn’t have to mean a limited view of the capital. Soak up the key sights in just one action-packed day on this guided small-group tour. Explore Westminster Abbey and watch the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace. Then cruise the Thames River to Tower Bridge and explore its inner workings before delving into British history at the Tower of London.
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London Super Saver: Royal Walking Tour Including Tower of London and Changing of the Guard plus London Highlights

London Super Saver: Royal Walking Tour Including Tower of London and Changing of the Guard plus London Highlights

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See the royal sights of London and save money at the same time on this day-long Super Saver tour—a combination of two popular sightseeing experiences. Start with early access to the Tower of London, and then take a cruise along the Thames River to central London to see the Changing of the Guard ceremony. In the morning, enjoy a royal-themed walking tour that takes in sights of Buckingham Palace and Big Ben.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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3 Hour Guided Private Walking Tour: The Best of London

3 Hour Guided Private Walking Tour: The Best of London

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Marvel over royal monuments, architectural masterpieces and iconic landmarks on this 3-hour walking tour of London. Enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you stroll around Covent Garden, Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus; snap photos of Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben; and stand in awe before the magnificent Buckingham Palace. For the full experience, upgrade to include a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.
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Full Day London Private Classic Tour

Full Day London Private Classic Tour

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Optimize your time in the British capital on a private full-day tour, zipping between landmarks by traditional black cab for an authentic London experience. Discover iconic highlights such as the London Eye, Tower of London, and Buckingham Palace and enjoy plenty of stops for pictures or a closer look. Benefit from your guide’s personalized recommendations to add additional stops according to your interests.
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Royal London Sightseeing Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony with Optional London Eye Upgrade

Royal London Sightseeing Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony with Optional London Eye Upgrade

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Experience London’s royal highlights on this sightseeing tour by coach, including the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Take a panoramic tour of the city with your guide, passing Kensington Palace and Westminster Abbey. You'll also see Trafalgar Square and Big Ben, and watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Upgrade to include an open-date ticket for the London Eye.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Tour London Highlights, entries St Paul's Cathedral, The Tower of London

Private Tour London Highlights, entries St Paul's Cathedral, The Tower of London

With two years of extensive training, Blue Badge guides are some of the most qualified tour operators in London and are the only external guides permitted to show visitors around major attractions like Westminster Abbey. This full-day Blue Badge tour of London, which comes with a guarantee to skip long lines, is ideal for travelers seeking a world-class British history lesson without the wait.
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  • 8 hours
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Royal London Private Walking Tour

Royal London Private Walking Tour

If you’re fascinated by the royals, there’s no better way to follow in their footsteps than a private walking tour. See St. James’s Palace, Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, and Kensington Palace, and stroll the Mall. View the memorials of Princess Diana and Prince Albert, and so much more. For the full experience, upgrade to include afternoon tea at Kensington Palace.
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Private London Tours by experienced Guide in Electric ⚡️ London Taxi

Private London Tours by experienced Guide in Electric ⚡️ London Taxi

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Tour with a fun “real Londoner” having nearly 25 years experience of driving London’s streets and alleyways gathering information to share with you! Travel in luxury twenty first century London Taxi with all modern considerations up to 6 seats. Guide has ability to bespoke tour to accommodate your interests as I don’t follow a particular set route. Ability to look after you ... regularly stopping for photo shots, coffee shots and rest breaks throughout our tour. Sharing my keen knowledge of historical London events and personalities from the early Romans through to Prince Harry
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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London Super Saver: Royal London Sightseeing Tour with Madame Tussauds & London Eye entry tickets

London Super Saver: Royal London Sightseeing Tour with Madame Tussauds & London Eye entry tickets

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Visit three of London’s top royal landmarks—and receive pre-booked tickets for Madame Tussauds and the London Eye—on this seamless tour. Following central London pickup, travel to the Westminster Abbey (the site of numerous royal weddings and other ceremonies), visit Kensington Palace (the former home of Princess Diana), and venture to Buckingham Palace to see the famed Changing of the Guard ceremony. After the tour ends, you can visit Madame Tussauds and the London Eye at your leisure.
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Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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Enjoy one of London’s most iconic sights, Buckingham Palace, during this guided walking tour that explores the palace’s history and the royal guards. Visit the Horse Guard Palace and get to know the Calvary on Guard before heading to the palace to learn about its surrounding statues, arches, and entrances. At Saint James Palace, follow the marching guards in red coats and tall black during the changing of the guard.
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  • 2 hours
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Full Day Traditional Private London Tour with Car/Black Cab/SUV/Van/Coach

Full Day Traditional Private London Tour with Car/Black Cab/SUV/Van/Coach

This tour is served by Car / Black Cab / MPV / Van / Coach depending on the number of participants on the tour. Our full-day tour will start in the morning. The direction of the tour can be reversible. On this tour, we aim to give the full history of London in a limited period of so that visitors can understand the 2000 years of history of the city. Our guides are all APTG qualified blue badge tourist guides. They have an excellent knowledge of the city's history and we would be very pleased to offer an immaculate culture experience for our guests. We welcome large groups of travellers as well. Please contact our tour management service for further details.
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Skip-the-line London Westminster Abbey and City of Westminster Kid-Friendly Tour

Skip-the-line London Westminster Abbey and City of Westminster Kid-Friendly Tour

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Discover Westminster Abbey—a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of London’s most in-demand attractions—without the hassle: this family-friendly tour makes it easy for kids and adults alike to explore the landmark. Meet your private guide at Westminster Abbey, and head straight in: skip-the-line access will save you time and prevent stress. Afterward, take to the streets of Westminster, accompanied by your guide, and discover renowned landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, and St. James's Park.
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Private Walking Tour of St James', London's Royal Village with a qualified guide

Private Walking Tour of St James', London's Royal Village with a qualified guide

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Follow the path of the British monarchy on a tour of St. James’s Park, known as London’s ‘Royal Village’ thanks to the ring of palaces surrounding this leafy retreat. Hear what goes on inside Buckingham Palace and other regal residences, and window shop at exclusive boutiques favored by the royal family. A top-rated guide reveals that there’s much more than meets the eye in this ritzy enclave.
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Exciting Walking Tours through London

Exciting Walking Tours through London

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Here at IHeartLondonTours we believe that so many come to this great city without truly experiencing it and since made it our mission to not only educate you on the history of London, but do it in a fun and enjoyable way. Our different Walking tours get you seeing wonderful sights, see new things and take paths never taken before, at the most affordable prices. These tours take you to London’s most important views, Including the great London eye, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and many, many more. Join our walking tours today and see what makes London the greatest city in the world. Chose I Heart London Tours today for an unforgettable experience and memories to last a life time. Children and families are all welcome!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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London 4 hours Private Tour by Executive Car with pickup from your hotel

London 4 hours Private Tour by Executive Car with pickup from your hotel

A private, personalized sightseeing tour in London We offer a complete sightseeing tour of London in a comfortable executive car Pickup and drop-off included
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The Crown Netflix TV London and Windsor Castle Full Day Private Tour

The Crown Netflix TV London and Windsor Castle Full Day Private Tour

Windsor Castle is Britain’s most important landmark and the home of this magnificent romantic chivalry is the great inspiration of Netflix’s The Crown series. We can understand some fictitious an overly dramatized context of the world-famous TV series and presumably one of the best ways to understand the true stories and events related to monarchs starting from King George VI’s rule and onwards. In this TV show, the eldest living Royal family member was Queen Mary, and you can see plenty of traces of the Queen in Windsor such as immaculate Queen Mary’s Dolls House. Like other Crown Tours of Tourope UK, our professional guides will tell you the genealogy of the Royal family with their royal roots including the last member of the monarch our Queen Elizabeth II (Lilibet) to make you understand the roles of all Royal members. On this “The Crown” tour we will immortalize the Royal members by touching their lives and depicting their true stories behind the scenes. Let us take you there!
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London for 5 Days with Stay in English Families Home

London for 5 Days with Stay in English Families Home

This 5 days London getaway package is a cultural program where you can enjoy most of London by staying in our English host families' homes. This is an excellent choice when your time is limited. From the very first minute until the end of the program, you will be taken great care by our operation team, group leaders and tour guides. London has it all, and we all know that. It will all culminate in your realization of why London is the city where people enshrine the fondest and most heartfelt memories from the very first moments of our London package program that last a lifetime. See the world's most iconic landmarks, and hear their stories and history from a professional tour guide. Our Excursion Tour is designed to present you with the most key facts and places of interest in the short time you have in London. Get a truly traditional English cultural experience in typical English homes in beautiful & scenic Richmond and Kingston areas. Join us!
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$3,059.00
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London American Heritage Tours

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London American Heritage Tours

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Discover the significance of American culture in London from the comfort of a private London Black Taxi. I have been a London Taxi Driver since 1994 and I am also a qualified taxi guide.  See parts of London you may not have known about. Be amazed at just how much American influence there is to be seen in London and discover hidden gems that time has forgot. The tour focuses on two broad areas. • The Thames in the east of the city features the beginnings of the 13 colonies from 1606: On the south side, we will visit the iconic Mayflower and travel around London’s Blackwall, Rotherhithe and the pretty Shad Thames moving to the other side of the river to explore trendy Wapping and the City. • St. James’s and Mayfair in the West highlight the beginnings of the nation of the United States from the 1770s. We will visit the former home of one of the Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin. I will show you where the ratification of the Treaty of Paris was signed, and so much more.
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  • 5 hours
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$532.00
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One Week English School and British Culture Program in London

One Week English School and British Culture Program in London

Our London short term package programs involving science, art, culture, sports, fashion, trade, finance and fun, include 15-hours of active English Training in our language school which received the award for the best language school in London in 2015, and through which we host our students with English host families. In the programs, our students are accompanied for 24 hours, we include a different West End Musical every year; we integrate our students with socio-cultural life of the city. Our program includes visits to the most important attractions of London such as Petticoat Lane, Holborn, Covent Garden, Buckingham Palace, St. James's Park, Downing Street No:10, Trafalgar Square, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Marble Arch, Hyde Park, St.Serpentine Lake, Knightsbridge, Harrods, Thames River, London Eye, Royal Festival Hall, London Dungeon and many many more. Explore London while studying in English in the heart of the world's capital. We are here for you to have this lovely experience!
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  • 8 days
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$5,131.93
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