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Buckingham Palace, Changing of the Guard & English Tea

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No visit to London is complete until you’ve experienced some of its quintessential traditions and institutions. This tour includes 3 iconic London experiences: the changing of the guard, afternoon tea, and a glimpse into the life of the royal family.
About this activity
Duration 4.75 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Easy cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the State Apartments in Buckingham Palace
  • Experience the quintessential London institutions of the Changing of the Guard and afternoon tea
  • Enjoy informative commentaries and insider knowledge from your expert guide
Full description
Your half-day royal London experience begins with the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. The guide will ensure that you’re in prime position to enjoy the best views at this crowded event.

Enjoy commentary about the history and pageantry behind the ceremony. Watch the Queen’s foot guards march to Buckingham Palace together with the military band, or see the household cavalry change the guard at horse guards parade.

Next, catch a rare glimpse into the private residence of the royals with a visit inside Buckingham Palace. Tickets can be hard to come by but with this pre-booked entrance, you are guaranteed access and there will be no waiting in line.

With the help of the official audio guide learn all about the palace’s residents, history, and traditions as well as its furnishings and ornamentation.

Slow down the pace a bit with a relaxing stroll to an elegant venue for traditional afternoon tea. Your guide will walk you through the tradition as only a true local can. Work your way through a selection of finger sandwiches before enjoying a classic scone with thick clotted cream and homemade preserves.
Includes
  • Expert English-speaking tour guide
  • Entrance ticket to Buckingham Palace
  • Small groups of 25 people or fewer
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide
  • Traditional afternoon tea
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up/drop off
  • Gratuities

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

The meeting point is by the Duke of York Column at Waterloo Place, 9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AJ. This is the tall column with the statue on top. Please note! The meeting point is not at Buckingham Palace. Arriving by tube: Take the tube to Piccadilly Circus and then take exit 3 onto Regent Street/St. James. Walk south down Regent Street towards St. James Park (do not walk north towards Oxford Street). Waterloo Place is at the end of Regent Street. You will see the tall column with the statue on top. You can also arrive via Charing Cross Station. Walking down the Mall towards Buckingham Palace you will see the statue on your right at the top of some steps. GPS coordinates: 51.5063159, -0.1317662000000155

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Important information
Know before you go
Please note:
• Photography is not permitted inside Buckingham Palace but is allowed in the gardens
• Regrettably, this tour cannot accommodate guests with wheelchairs or impairments requiring special assistance, or strollers or baby carriages
• Guests are advised to wear comfortable shoes
• The changing of the guard does not occur during heavy rains and will be replaced with an extension to the walking tour
• Occasionally on Sundays the changing of the guard may be rescheduled to early morning, meaning that the tour will not be able to feature this component
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From £91 £81.90 per person