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London: Westminster and Changing of the Guard Tour

1. London: Westminster and Changing of the Guard Tour

Our Westminster and Changing of the Guard guided walking tour is offering you the ability to get up close and personal with London’s most famous and impressive sights. Beginning with Buckingham Palace, the most famous residence of the Queen, we will explore the iconic buildings, parks and monuments of Royal London. We will witness parades by the recognizable red-cloaked and horse guards, before continuing along the corridor of power which includes Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and 10 Downing Street. Along the way, you will be entertained and enthralled by your tour guide’s in-depth knowledge and unique look on the history of London. What truly makes our tour so impressive is the quality of our tour guides. With years of professional experience in the touring industry, you will be led by an expert in London’s political, royal and cultural history. In addition, the experience of our guides means they know the best places to witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony, allowing you the best views and photo opportunities away from the crowds. Suitable for all ages and encompassing multiple different experiences in a single two-and-a-quarter-hour period, our Westminster and Changing of the Guard Walking Tour is the best way to experience Royal Westminster all in one day. Discover the Kings, Queens, rogues and villains behind this incredible city, and witness iconic buildings and intricate parades along the way.

Westminster Abbey Tour with Optional Houses of Parliament

2. Westminster Abbey Tour with Optional Houses of Parliament

Meet your guide at the entrance to Westminster Abbey at 09:15 AM, and then look inside the historic monument to stand in the footsteps of kings and queens. Since the coronation of William the Conqueror in 1066, all coronations of English and British monarchs have been held in the abbey, as have many royal weddings, including that of Prince William to Kate Middleton in 2011. Then, take a panoramic tour around the Houses of Parliament and pass the Elizabeth Tower where the famous Big Ben bell chimes every quarter hour. Learn about the role of MPs who sit in the House of Commons and the function of the House of Lords. Hear how, and why, the Elizabeth Tower and its great clock and iconic bell were built. For a more complete experience, select the option that includes the ticket to the Parliament and get an audio-guided tour inside the building.  Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, the Palace of Westminster (the official name of the Houses of Parliament) boasts an ostentatious façade with golden spires and statues of kings that reflect in the River Thames. Listen as your guide explains the history of the building, from the first medieval clock tower built in the old Palace of Westminster, to the design and construction of the present Elizabeth Tower.  

London's Top Sights: Walking Tour with Local Guide

3. London's Top Sights: Walking Tour with Local Guide

This tour will take you on an exploration of London’s major landmarks, giving you a good overview of the history, culture and legends of one of Europe’s best-loved cities. Start by heading through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, where on selected days you can watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard ceremony. After witnessing this impressive traditional ritual, where the New Guard exchanges duties with the Old Guard, head to Westminster. Sights you'll see along the way include Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. The walk will be timed so that you get to hear Big Ben's globally recognizable chimes. Then, head to the London Bridge area, where you'll see Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, the Shard, HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. What makes this tour unique is the expertise and enthusiasm of your guide, who has lived in the center of London for over 20 years (right next to the Tower of London). He is passionate about—and fascinated by—the history and architecture of the city. He is proud to live here and really enjoys showing off the city to visitors. Lots of interaction on this walking excursion will make it a lot more interesting than your average London tour! Your guide has read countless books and attended many talks on London, so they will have many great stories to share.

London: German-Speaking Guided Tour of Westminster

4. London: German-Speaking Guided Tour of Westminster

Start your 2.5-hour tour of Westminster's best attractions near Green Park Underground Station, led by a German-speaking guide. Enjoy an unspoiled view of Buckingham Palace, the main London residence of the British Monarchy since Queen Victoria's time. View the Horse Guards ride past on their way to the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Continue your walk along The Mall, the famous red-paved street and ceremonial route the Queen takes when leaving Buckingham Palace. Follow in the steps of your qualified City of London and City of Westminster guide across the fascinating area of central London. Stroll past Clarence House, St. James' Palace, and Trafalgar Square before you arrive at Westminster Abbey and Parliament Square.

London: Westminster Walking Tour & The Tower of London Entry

5. London: Westminster Walking Tour & The Tower of London Entry

Discover the secrets of the Westminster area on a guided walking tour and witness the Changing of the Guard Ceremony. Step back in time on a visit to the Tower of London and see the Crown Jewels.  Start with a walking tour of the Westminster area, where your tour guide will escort you to 20 different historical and cultural sights. Head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, admiring the well-manicured trees and flowers along the way. Take pictures of the the world-famous Changing of the Guard Ceremony. Afterward, see 17 other iconic London sights such as Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. Continue to the Tower of London, where there is an abundance of history, stories, and ghosts to be found. Marvel at the Crown Jewels and other fascinating historical artifacts like suits of armor worn by the Kings and cells where prisoners were once kept. 

London: Panoramic Open-Top Bus Tour

6. London: Panoramic Open-Top Bus Tour

Sit back and relax while one of the well-ventilated open-top buses reconnects you with your favorite London landmarks. Glide past the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, and Piccadilly Circus in this 2 hours fully guided tour of Central London. This tour is not Hop-On Hop-Off and guests will be required to remain on the same bus for the duration of the tour. There will be masks and gloves provided, however, you can wear your own if you wish. The buses will be running at reduced capacity and tickets will be sold in specific time slots to avoid overcrowding. Join this activity to explore this great city, enjoy the insights and fascinating facts with a live English guide, or multilingual audio-guided tour.

London: Winston Churchill and World War II

7. London: Winston Churchill and World War II

Learn the devastating history of London during World War 2. Discover how one man carried a nation’s weight of expectation on his shoulders, as London was mercilessly bombed by the Nazis, Winston Churchill plotted victory from the streets of London and operations room in Westminster. Hear about London during the Blitz, the courage of ordinary people in the face of terror, and see the city through the eyes of the iconic Prime Minister. Use old photos and incredible stories to invoke the famous Blitz Spirit. On your journey into the heart of Westminster, take in the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Parliament Square, Downing Street, and Whitehall, see war memorials, a bomb escape hatch, Churchill’s statue, and more.

London: Westminster Tour, River Cruise, and Tower of London

8. London: Westminster Tour, River Cruise, and Tower of London

From the meeting point, start the 3-hour walking tour by heading through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, admiring the well-manicured trees and flowers along the way. At the palace, watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard Ceremony.   Afterward, see 17 other iconic London sights such as Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the London Eye, Parliament Square, and the Houses of Parliament. After the walking tour, take to the River Thames for a sightseeing cruise where you will get to see many other iconic buildings and sights. Disembark at Tower Pier and head to the Tower of London for the exciting Beefeater tour. Walk around the Tower of London, discovering the history, stories, and ghosts that lie within. Marvel at the Crown Jewels and other fascinating historical artifacts including the suits of armor worn by former kings of England. See the cells where prisoners were once kept and journey back in time for an exciting trip into Britain’s past.

London Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour

9. London Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour

Solve riddles and find clues on a self-guided scavenger hunt and walking tour through London. Download the app onto your phone and explore London at your personal pace. Choose when you start and feel free to stop and go on your own schedule. To get started, download the app on your device (download link and login credentials received after booking), then use the app and integrated maps to find your way to 10 attractions in London. Solve a location-based riddle at each attraction to unlock the next location. Work as a team and use logic, imagination, observation, and problem solving to make your way around the city. Along the way, you can stop for a coffee, grab lunch, or take a break at any time. Starting from Westminster Station, the tour route includes Big Ben, River Thames, Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey, St. James Park, Buckingham Palace, Waterloo Place, and Trafalgar Square, where the tour ends.

London: Monuments & Back Streets Guided Tour in Black Taxi

10. London: Monuments & Back Streets Guided Tour in Black Taxi

Your tour will take place in an iconic London black taxi, with a clear glass roof to take in as much of the city as possible. You will visit the places you have heard of as well as other places that only a select few people know about. Stand outside Buckingham Palace, gaze at Westminster Abbey, and see Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Drive alongside the River Thames, before seeing the flowers blooming in the Royal Parks. Stop off at Trafalgar Square and take a walk through Piccadilly Circus. Your guide will show you buildings that are 500 years old and still functioning. Hear stories about how the City and many famous landmarks shaped London’s history. Whether you have been to London before or if it is your first time, you will explore the lesser-known sights of the capital. Dive into the history and culture of the city by listening to stories about Londoners past and present.  See London from up high in a medieval tower, see a "Dead House", and visit the most haunted pub in London. You will even walk on a Roman pavement. This unique tour will really show you London at its very best.

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What people are saying about Houses of Parliament

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based on 277 reviews

aanrader! zeer bekwame en grappige gids. In 1 dag veel gezien en geleerd over Londen. Gids is goed te volgen voor niet native Engels sprekende. gids vertelt op alle plekken veel details. De cruise op de Thames was een ticket wat vrij te gebruiken was, dat hebben we de volgende dag gebruikt. ook hier een leuke gids die prettig vertelt. door dit uit te stellen heb je meer tijd voor de tower of London. nogmaals, zeker de tijd en geld waard.

We had a wonderful time and Alan , our guide was amazing . He gave us lots of information , took us to the right spots at the right time . Totally recommended

If your visiting London it's well worth doing this tour first. It's not for the faint hearted though, be prepared to walk for miles.

Heard lots of interesting facts we didn't know about the Queen and London. Wasn't too long a walk for our kids.

Joe was an excellent guide. Lots of fun stories and insights.