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Our most recommended Houses of Parliament Walking tours

Big London Ticket: London Eye, Big Bus & Thames River Cruise

1. Big London Ticket: London Eye, Big Bus & Thames River Cruise

Discover the best of London with a hop-on, hop-off tour on-board an open-top, double-decker bus and enjoy a trip on the London Eye as part of your ticket. A hop-on, hop-off tour is the ideal way to discover the best sights, landmarks and attractions of London at your own pace. The tour gives you unlimited use, with stops strategically placed at all the places you would like to visit including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge and St Pauls Cathedral. Hop off the bus at Westminster Bridge to take an unforgettable ride on the London Eye. From the top, you can take in the breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of the city's impressive skyline. See the city's most famous sights including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament from an unrivaled bird's eye view. You can start your tour at any of the Big Bus stops. Popular starting points include the London Eye, Marble Arch, Victoria Station and Trafalgar Square. With all ticket types you can enjoy a boat cruise along the River Thames. A Classic ticket includes a single river cruise from the Tower of London to Westminster Pier (in either direction). Departure times vary for the river cruise. You can board the river cruise at Tower Pier (near stop 16) or Westminster Pier (near stop 18). Big Bus route highlights include Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, 10 Downing Street, Whitehall, Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Street, Regent Street, Trafalgar Square, London Eye, London Dungeon, Sea Life London Aquarium, Madame Tussauds, Covent Garden, Bank of England, Monument, St Pauls Cathedral, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, The Shard, City Hall, Lambeth Palace, British Museum, Marble Arch, Mayfair, Green Park, Hyde Park Corner, Harrods, South Kensington Museums, Kensington Palace and Notting Hill.

London: Westminster and Changing of the Guard Tour

2. 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.

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: Westminster Walking Tour & The Tower of London Entry

4. 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: Winston Churchill and World War II

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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.

London: Westminster, Buckingham Palace Guided Walking Tour

9. 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: Churchill War Rooms & WW2 Westminster Private Tour

10. London: Churchill War Rooms & WW2 Westminster Private Tour

Join a guided private historical walking tour around London with your live guide, a fellow historian lover. Enjoy a day exploring all the iconic sites such as the Houses of Parliament and Whitehall to discover the military bunkers of the Churchill War Rooms. Learn all about World War II, when on September 7th, 1940, Nazi Germany sparked a lightning war on London, dropping bombs across the city and beginning 57 consecutive nights of terror on Britain’s capital. But how did we get there, and what was to happen next? On a private walking tour with a local expert guide, discover the grandeur of the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the Cenotaph, Ministry of War, 10 Downing Street, and Whitehall through the lens of WW2 - learn about the famous British resolve and the reality of life for millions at that time. As your private guided experience continues, descend below the streets of Whitehall to discover the military bunkers of the Churchill War Rooms, frozen in time and ready to be explored once again. Roam the top-secret corridors with your private guide. Absorb the atmosphere of a Cabinet War Room where the decisions made could lead to victory… or disaster. Chart the course of the war in a Map Room, untouched since 1945. Learn more about the man who led a nation through their darkest hour in a museum brimming with artefacts from Winston Churchill’s life- from his baby rattle to the cigar and bowler hat he was never seen without. Discover the reality of life in the bunkers for the men and women who slept, ate and worked here as the bombs rained overhead. ‘’It is the time to dare and endure.’’ —Winston Churchill

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What people are saying about Houses of Parliament

I was one of Natalie’s first customers — she did a virtual walking tour of Westminster for my family via Zoom when they couldn’t fly over to visit me in 2020. And it was amazing. But now you can do it in person too! 10/10 would recommend.

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.