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

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Greater London, United Kingdom

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

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.
  • Royal London tour led by a Blue Badge guide
  • See major London attractions including Big Ben, Houses of Parliament and the venue for the Royal Wedding, Westminster Abbey.
  • Drive past Kensington Palace, once home to Princess Diana, the Royal Albert Hall and Trafalgar Square
  • Enjoy a Changing of the Guard tour outside Buckingham Palace
  • Upgrade to include an open-date ticket for the London Eye
Expert Guide for the morning Royal London tour
Superior Coach incl. Wifi & USB charging on board
Personal Audio Headset
Entry to London Eye Standard, if you selected this option
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Transport to and from London Eye

Departure Point

Victoria Coach Station, Belgravia, London SW1W 9RH, UK

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Trafalgar Square, West End, London, UK
Meet your comfortable, air-conditioned coach at Victoria Coach Station and set out on your tour of London’s royal highlights.

As you travel, don your state-of-the-art Vox headphones that allow you to hear every word of your guide’s commentary crisply and clearly. Listen to fascinating facts about London’s royal history and architecture, and have your camera ready along the way to snap photos of the passing landmarks.

Start with a panoramic drive through London’s handsome streets to Kensington Palace, the home of Diana, Princess of Wales from 1981 until her untimely death in 1997. Admire the elegant proportions of the palace, and hear about Diana’s life here. Then, admire the famous concert venue that is the Royal Albert Hall, and see the Albert Memorial, a grandiose memorial commissioned by Queen Victoria in honor of her beloved husband Prince Albert.

Circle Trafalgar Square and cruise down Whitehall past the Downing Street residence of the British Prime Minister. Then, drive by the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben at Parliament Square, and continue to Westminster Abbey, the magnificent Gothic church where Prince William and Kate Middleton were married in April 2011.

After taking photos here, continue to St James’ Park and Buckingham Palace to see the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony. Listen as your guide talks about the ceremony’s history. Then, from a viewpoint facing the palace, look on as the on-duty Queen’s Foot Guards — wearing their iconic red tunics and bearskin hats — march in time to a military band, and ceremoniously exchange their duties with the new guard. 

Your tour then finishes in Trafalgar Square, leaving you free to explore central London during the afternoon as you wish. For a bird's-eye view of the city, upgrade to include an open-date ticket for the London Eye.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of the UK's sovereigns since 1837 and today is the administrative headquarters of the Monarch.
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Westminster Abbey
The Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066, and is the final resting place of 17 monarchs. The church we see today was begun by Henry III in 1245. It’s one of the most important Gothic buildings in the country, and has the medieval shrine of an Anglo-Saxon saint at its heart.
Pass By:  
Houses of Parliament
Parliament is made up of the House of Commons and House of Lords. It is responsible for making laws, deciding taxes and scrutinising the Government.
Pass By:  
Big Ben
Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London and is usually extended to refer to both the clock and the clock tower.
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Whitehall
Whitehall is a road in the City of Westminster, Central London, which forms the first part of the A3212 road from Trafalgar Square to Chelsea. It is the main thoroughfare running south from Trafalgar Square towards Parliament Square.
Pass By:  
St. James's Park
St James’s Park includes The Mall and Horse Guards Parade, and is surrounded by landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Whitehall.
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Changing of the Guard
The epitome of British pomp and military ceremony for which Britain is famous around the world. Elite soldiers from the military have been dutifully guarding the Monarch since 1660. The 7 regiments that guard the monarch, known as the 'Household Division', are so devoted to their duty that they will famously not acknowledge or 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 music, whose origins dates back to the morale-boosting songs played before the British military went into battle.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Trafalgar Square
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.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult
  • Occasionally there may not be a Changing of the Guard. On these occasions you will visit Horse Guards Parade, built on the site of the jousting yard of the old Whitehall Palace.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • The morning Royal London Tour is fully guided. The afternoon visits to The London Eye are independent.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • The London Eye is booked at the 14.00 pm time-slot.
  • There will be no Changing of the Guard ceremony until further notice.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 53 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Evan Evans Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Royal London Sightseeing Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony with Optional London Eye Upgrade?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Royal London Sightseeing Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony with Optional London Eye Upgrade.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Royal London Sightseeing Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony with Optional London Eye Upgrade?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Royal London Sightseeing Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony with Optional London Eye Upgrade.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Royal London Sightseeing Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony with Optional London Eye Upgrade?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Royal London Sightseeing Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony with Optional London Eye Upgrade.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Royal London Sightseeing Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony with Optional London Eye Upgrade?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Royal London Sightseeing Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony with Optional London Eye Upgrade.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Royal London Sightseeing Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony with Optional London Eye Upgrade?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 53 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Royal London Sightseeing Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony with Optional London Eye Upgrade.

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  • "With the voucher, you still have to wait in line to purchase tickets at the London Eye and then wait in line again to ride the attraction." See review

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Royal Sightseeing Tour
LightPacker703800
, Aug 2019
Totally enjoyed seeing All the amazing sights on this tour Wonderful experience I would recommend this tour to anyone.
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City tour acceptable; Changing of the Guard lacking
pathway8
, Jul 2019
The driver and guide were courteous & professional. The guide had some fun stories about hotels and buildings we drove past. He would answer questions. The disappointment began when the bus arrived late and we had to chase the changing of the guard parade. When we caught up, we stood far away on the street watching the marching of the guard (new guard in, old guard out). We were not taken to view the changing of the guard ceremony in the courtyard. In fact, during the actual Changing Ceremony, we were told that not much was going on and it was suggested, if needed, use the toilets. There was little attempt to explain the true history and pageantry of the guard ceremony or share “insider knowledge” to explain what was happening and why. While we did somewhat enjoy viewing the “marching guard, from a distance” – but this fell short of expectations.
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London Half Day Tour
Quest18384269779
, Jun 2019
We found the guide for the half day tour to be exceptional. Gave us a good overall view of London at the start of our holiday.
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Good, but far from perfect
joelmE9722TQ
, Jun 2018
The tour itself was good, but we actually received a very similar experience from the hop-on/hop-off double deck bus tours around town. The Changing of the Guard Ceremony was fun/interesting, but it's also very hectic and you better be able to walk fast to keep up with the tour leader and the marching guards. Wasn't a problem for us, but some older folks were definitely struggling. What was disappointing was our London Eye Upgrade! We thought by purchasing this upgrade, we would be given a ticket for the London Eye and actually taken to the location. Instead, we were given a voucher and left at Trafalgar Square to find our own way. Getting there wasn't a crisis, but it definitely took some walking and a tube ride. With the voucher, you still have to wait in line to purchase tickets at the London Eye and then wait in line again to ride the attraction. We were running a little short on time, so we returned the next day. To make things go more quickly, we upgraded our voucher to a Fast Track ticket, which had a much shorter line to purchase the ticket and we basically got right on the attraction (was a 12 pound upgrade per person).
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Truly a fabulous tour and an...
Frank N
, Mar 2018
Truly a fabulous tour and an extraordinary guide. Weve been to London many times and this tour made our latest visit really special. A real insiders view of the changing of the guard well always cherish
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Once again our guide Sheila was...
mpelmiller
, Mar 2018
Once again our guide Sheila was fantastic. Thanks. If was not for her knowledge and taking us to the best sports to see the changing of the guard we would have missed out. Thanks again Shiela. Awesome job.
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We got caught in traffic on our way...
Angela M
, Mar 2018
We got caught in traffic on our way to the tour. We did not realize how bad it was in London - add 15 to 20 minutes on top of what uber says time will be. We called the office to ask them to let the driver know we would be about 5 minutes late. The office informed us the bus had already left. They didn't offer any rebate or any other solutions of taking another tour at another time. I was very disappointed in Viator.
star-5
Extremely knowledgeable tour guides...
Cindy H
, Mar 2018
Extremely knowledgeable tour guides. Witty not dry while explaining the sites. This makes things informative and interesting.
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Our tour guide was great, she was so...
Jacqueline E
, Sep 2017
Our tour guide was great, she was so nice, pleasant, great sense of humor and did a great job explaining everything. We saw Changing of the Horses, not the Guards. I hope this is still being done in London.
star-5
Great tour. Our guide was...
Cheryl E
, Sep 2017
Great tour. Our guide was entertaining, funny and informative. We really enjoyed this tour.

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