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Get to know London in one day on this sight-packed, full-day tour with a guide. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, see top London attractions such as Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, and enjoy fast-track entry and a guided tour of St. Paul's Cathedral. Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, and then visit the Tower of London. Break for a pub lunch, and receive a ticket for a Thames River sightseeing cruise to use after your tour or another day. For a bird's-eye view of the city, upgrade to include a ticket for the London Eye in the evening.
Full-day London tour including Tower of London visit
Enjoy fast-track entry and a guided tour of St. Paul's Cathedral
Make use of a ticket for a Thames River cruise from the Tower of London
Begin in central London when you hop inside your comfortable, air-conditioned coach. Meet your friendly, local guide, and then sit back and enjoy the sights on a panoramic drive around the heart of this historical city.
See the iconic Big Ben and Houses of Parliament in Parliament Square, and snap pictures of Westminster Abbey where Prince William and Kate Middleton were married in a grand ceremony in April 2011.
Then, gaze up at Nelson’s Column in buzzing Trafalgar Square, and drive to Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Walk to the palace gates to watch the Changing of the Guard. Look on in delight as the soldiers of the Queen’s Foot Guard, clothed in red tunics and bearskin hats, exchange duties to the regal music of a military band, and learn about this centuries-old ceremony from your guide.
Next, continue by coach to a cozy London pub in Trafalgar Square. Sit down to a tasty lunch (own expense) and then pick up your tour again in the City of London. Located east of the West End, and famous for its financial institutions, this history-steeped district is home to the Bank of England and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Hop out for fast-track entry and a guided tour of St. Paul's Cathedral.
Afterward, pay a visit to the Tower of London, the medieval prison-fortress that stands on the north banks of the Thames River. Head inside to explore independently, and learn about the tower’s blood-soaked history. Founded in the 1080s by William the Conqueror, this imposing complex has served as a palace, armory, prison and execution site, and is known for its ravens and colorful Beefeater guides.
If you wish, join one of the complimentary Beefeater tours that run regularly from inside the gates. Learn about the famous events that took place here, and hear some of the mysteries that still haunt the complex.
Before your tour ends, receive a complimentary ticket for a sightseeing cruise on the Thames River, from the Tower of London to Westminster Pier.
Upgrade to include a ticket for the London Eye to be used that evening.
Tower of London
A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, the history of 'The Tower' has been intertwined with the history of England for almost a thousand years. Originally built by William The Conqueror in 1066, it has served a number of functions during its long history, including a prison, luxury palace for royalty and even a zoo. The priceless crown jewels are also held within the castle walls, along with the largest collection of medieval armour and weaponry in the country. See all of this and hear more about the tower's bloody history on a comprehansive tour with an expert guide.
Changing of the Guard
Elite soldiers from the military have been guarding English Kings and Queens since 1660. Known as the 'Household Division', these regiments are so devoted to their duty that they will famously not acknowledge, nor allow themselves to be distracted by the public. During the ceremony, immaculately turned out guards are accompanied by marching bands playing a rousing mix of military and contemporary music in a display of the sort of pomp and military ceremony that has made the British military famous around the world.
Designed by the prolific British architect, Sir Christopher Wren, and taking 35 years to build, St Paul's Cathedral is an iconic symbol of London. One of the largest churches in the world, its dome is an incredible 366ft high and, inside the Whispering Gallery, it is said that a gentle whisper can be heard on the other side of the dome almost 112ft away. Explore the history behind this famous Cathedral and see the tomb of Lord Horatio Nelson, one of Britain's most revered icons.
Trafalgar Square is a public square in the City of Westminster, Central London, built around the area formerly known as Charing Cross. Its name commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar, a British naval victory in the Napoleonic Wars with France and Spain that took place on 21 October 1805 off the coast of Cape Trafalgar.
Westminster Abbey, formally titled the Collegiate Church of Saint Peter at Westminster, is a large, mainly Gothic abbey church in the City of Westminster, London, England, just to the west of the Palace of Westminster.
Mansion House is the official residence of the Lord Mayor of London. It is a Grade I listed building. It is used for some of the City of London's official functions, including two annual white tie dinners.
Loved Debra or guide, and Joe our bus driver! Combined they had over 50 years of knowledge and were super tour guides. I would do this tour again just to be with them!!! Our 2 teens (17,14) were with us and had a blast with the “...oh, this is the MI-6 building used for the bond movie” and other fun facts. She kept everyone’s attention!
We toured the Palace area and saw the changing of the horse guard. Our guide was very knowledgeable - had us in the right place at the right time. We enjoyed a walk through St. James Park and viewed Buckingham Palace
We ate lunch at The Admiralty - excellent. In the afternoon we toured St. Paul's Cathedral and then The Tower of London. We finished with a boat ride on the Thames.
We only had one day but this tour was absolutely perfect. Our tour guide was Trudy and she took very good care of us. She was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. Two thumbs up for Trudy!! Tour included a Thames boat tour and admission to the London Eye. Perfect choice for anyone with a very short visit.
Our guide, Rodney and driver, Joe were terrific. It was well worth it! Time whizzed by. I live in England and commute to London 2-3 times a week for work but really now have a much better understanding of London's history and culture.
I originally booked a tour called the Best of London; however had to modify day and this tour was not offered. The Viator representative stated London in One Day was the same thing and went to the same sites ..... while correct about the sites he FAILED to mention/point out that the order in which sites were toured are totally different which is a rather important point. Unlike Best of London, this tour did not start at tower, instead we basically spent all morning on the bus listening... and jumped out to see the Changing of the Guards. We booked bc we wanted to see the Towers and Jewels first and then Changing... all other included sites were “add ons” in our mind. Anyway, the jewels and tower are LAST with this tour and we barely had time to stand in line (no “fast pass like Best” )to see the Jewels - when we got out of the Jewels the souvenir shops were closing and we never stepped foot into any other part of the Towers (keep in mind this was a very low tourist day too) and we were simply too frustrated and tired to take the River cruise or Eye upgrade we paid for. So, for the same money avoid Evans and Evans London in A Day. Have used Viator many times in the past and this is the first poor review I have given - why not a terrible, Lesley our guide was a pleaser (once she got over us being 5 min late to the bus ) . Disappointed and feel like money and time down the drain
There is nothing you could miss out on this tour. A tour around the city of London and Westminster, the Changing of the Guard, St. Paul's Cathedral, exploration of Trafalgar Square, Tower of London and ferry ride on the River Thames... the day couldn't have been any better. And to top it all, our tour guide Leslie's commentaries were so detailed, clear and enchanting that she left us asking for more. It was a bit upsetting to see her leave after the tour ended. She knows every nook and cranny of the city. Definitely opt for it if you are reading this!