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London's Top Sights: Walking Tour with Local Guide

1. 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: Westminster, Buckingham Palace Guided Walking Tour

2. London: Westminster, Buckingham Palace Guided Walking Tour

Discover thousands of years of royal history on a spectacular walking tour that includes a ticket to get inside Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s official London residence. See iconic landmarks of London including Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall, and Horseguards Parade. Meet your guide and travel through Westminster as you learn the history of the area. Visit the best spots in the city and capture photos along the way. After setting the scene for the visit with anecdotes and stories, your guide will see you into the palace for your self-guided audio tour. Get a rare glimpse into life at this nationally cherished palace as you tour the opulent State Rooms and marvel at gifts from Heads of State. See spectacular furnishings and artworks, all brought to life by the official Palace Audio Tour.  Stop by the 16-hectare Palace Gardens where the Queen holds her world-famous tea parties. With the palace being open to the public for just two months a year in August and September, tickets are always in high demand for this unforgettable experience.

London: Tower of London Entry, Thames Cruise & Walking Tour

3. London: Tower of London Entry, Thames Cruise & Walking Tour

Discover the best of London on this walking trip and cruise in one. See inside the Tower of London, before enjoying a trip down the River Thames on a boat tour with your guide, and then explore the city of Westminster, learning the city’s royal history. Start your tour outside the Tower of London. From crowns to confessions, the Tower of London has been keeping a watchful eye over the city and the river since its founding in 1079. Meet your guide who will give you the highlights of the fortress before you go inside to discover it on your own. Rejoin your guide for a relaxing cruise on the River Thames with your group as you hear the stories of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Romans, and the impact this river has had on the lives of Londoners since its banks were first settled. Afterward, take a walking tour of the iconic landmarks that dot the streets of Westminster. See Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Whitehall, Horse Guards Parade, all paired with incredible stories, anecdotes, and history gems shared by an expert guide.

London: Royal Westminster Guided Walking Tour

4. London: Royal Westminster Guided Walking Tour

When most people are asked to think of the most iconic landmarks in London, the answers come thick and fast- Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square but as a tale of two cities, all of these actually lay in the regal city of Westminster. Come along on a small-group adventure, guided by a local expert, through over 1000 years of history and hear the stories of Saxon Kings, Civil War, religious Reformation, important cats, the truth behind our Fireworks Night, Blitz, Crusades, heroes, villains and even how to tell when you’re on land owned by the royals. Walk in the footsteps of Winston Churchill, Henry VIII, Queen Victoria, Lord Admiral Nelson, Richard the Lionheart, Guy Fawkes and the Suffragettes. Capture the ultimate Westminster snapshots as you visit the most iconic telephone box in the city and the Queen’s Lifeguards who, on horseback, guard the entrances to the royal residences. Saunter right to the heart of British democracy with us.

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What people are saying about Houses of Parliament

This was a great way to start off our 4 day holiday in London. Our guide, Jill, was extremely knowledgeable and had the best energy. Her enthusiasm as she guided us to all the many locations on the tour was refreshing. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who is visiting for the first time or would like a refresher about the vast history and fun tidbits about the many famous landmarks of London.

Chris was a great guide. You could tell that he enjoys leading tours. He has deep knowledge of London and its history. We recommend. The small group made it very pleasant.

Our travel guide Emma was not only passionate but amazingly knowledgeable and a genuine wonderful person-highly recommend!

Our tour guide Jo was very kind and professional. She is the best.

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