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London: Three Palaces Guided Walking Tour and High Tea

1. London: Three Palaces Guided Walking Tour and High Tea

Discover the Royal Family's palaces and experience the original Royal English Tea with traditional sandwiches, cakes and scones on the grounds of Kensington Palace. Stroll to St. James Palace, Buckingham Palace, and catch a cab to Albert Hall. Take a moment a Buckingham Palace, the main Royal Residence in London, and try and witness the Changing of the Guard Ceremony. Catch a glimpse of the Queen's Bodyguard: the mounted Queens Life Guard Soldiers. Jump in an iconic Black Cab and head to Albert Hall. See the Albert Memorial, and leisurely stroll in Kensington Gardens. Soak in the beautiful gardens Prince Albert created for his wife Queen Victoria and find where Prince Harry and William grew up. Experience the full splendor of High Tea in a breathtaking landmark and gain personal insights into our royal family and the fascinating history of our national drink during the ceremony of afternoon tea.

London: Tootbus Must-See Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Cruise

2. London: Tootbus Must-See Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Cruise

Hop on board the Must See London tour, sit back, relax, and (re)discover the city from a whole new perspective. See the best bits of London on this tour designed to see the most famous sights and incredible views of the city. Enjoy a tour past London's top attractions and landmarks including; Tower Bridge, Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, National Gallery, and Downing Street. Start the tour at any of the bus stops. Be welcome on board whether you are a first-time visitor with just a few hours in town and want to get a taste of London or a Londoner who wants to experience the city differently. Download the Tootbus app to easily find your way around, follow the buses in real-time, and enjoy self-guided walking tours to help you explore more of London.

London's Palaces and Parliament Walking Tour

3. London's Palaces and Parliament Walking Tour

See more than 20 of London's most iconic sights on a 3-hour walking tour. Explore the City of Westminster, one of the most popular tourist locations in London. Learn fun facts about the history of the area and how it developed, as you pass by many of its iconic monuments. Head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace where on selected days you can watch the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony. Walk down The Mall, a tree-lined, royal road, adorned with Royal Parks and Royal Palaces.  Travel to Parliament Square where you will see Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. View some of the most famous sights in London, including: Buckingham Palace, the Victoria Memorial, St James's Park, Green Park, St James's Palace, Big Ben, Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and Trafalgar Square.

March with the Guards: Changing of the Guard Ceremony

4. March with the Guards: Changing of the Guard Ceremony

As the people begin to jostle in front of Buckingham Palace to watch the Changing of the Guard, this tour takes you away from the crowds and over to St. James Palace to witness the guards preparing to make their famous march. Believe it or not, it’s not all for show; these are real soldiers with real weapons carrying out their daily duty of protecting the Palace. Hear about what their duties include and the significance of their highly-symbolic uniforms. As the soldiers leave, you will be able to march alongside them (no, you don’t get to wear a hat), then head over to a special vantage point near the Wellington Barracks, home to all the Foot Guard’s Bands, that lets you get as close as possible to the action. Next, stroll across St. James’s Park and learn about the history of this royal green space which is among the most famous of the green spaces that cover nearly 47% of greater London. Arriving at the Horse Guards Parade, watch the equally-impressive, but often overlooked Changing of the Queen’s Life Guard, which features mounted, armor-clad soldiers and their immaculately groomed steeds.

Buckingham Palace Tickets with Royal Walking Tour

5. Buckingham Palace Tickets with Royal Walking Tour

Meet your local guide at a location near Buckingham Palace and head out on a guided walking tour of this most royal part of London. The guide will provide fascinating background information about the Palace and the royal family, as well as the magnificent St. James's Palace, which was built by Henry VIII. On this 2.5-hour program you'll also visit the beautiful St. James's Park, The Mall, built to resemble a giant red carpet leading up to the Palace, and pass by Clarence House, also a royal palace and home to Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. After a relaxing walking tour you’ll have the unique opportunity of visiting the interior of Buckingham Palace. The royal residence is open to visitors for a limited time each year and it seems that just about everyone would like to get inside! The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh open the doors of Buckingham Palace to visitors for just a 2-month period each year. Tickets give you guaranteed access and there will be no waiting in line. Marvel at the lavish apartments, sparkling chandeliers and sumptuous furnishings. The rooms you’ll visit house some of the greatest treasures of the Royal Collection, such as exquisite pieces of Sèvres porcelain and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. With the official Palace audio guide you’ll learn all about palace residents, history, and traditions as well as stories about the furnishings and ornaments. Many of these items were gifts over the centuries from heads of state from around the globe.

London: See 30+ Top Sights and Eat 8 British Foods Tour

6. London: See 30+ Top Sights and Eat 8 British Foods Tour

Join an exploration of over thirty of London’s major landmarks and best of British foods for a good idea of the history and tastes of one of Europe’s best-loved cities. Start your tour as you head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, where you can watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard ceremony (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday during the winter months). You will then head to Westminster, and along the way see sights such as Parliament Square, St. James Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben (sadly covered up at the moment) and the Houses of Parliament. You will then move on to the London Bridge area to see Shakespeare’s Globe, the Shard, HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. By this point, you'll have worked up an appetite, so you will be invited to stop for a feast of the best of British foods in one of the UK's most historic pubs. From here you will explore Borough market, Europe's favorite food market, and a bustling hub of smells and flavors. You will sample fish and chips, pie and mash, English beer and also taste a world famous doughnut!

London Westminster: Mob Revenge Exploration Game

7. London Westminster: Mob Revenge Exploration Game

The city game starts at Westminster Abbey. It will take you between 1,5 to 2 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at Trafalgar Square. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. So, are you up for an exciting city game? After your booking you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game.

London: Top 30 Sights Tour and Sherlock Holmes Museum

8. London: Top 30 Sights Tour and Sherlock Holmes Museum

Start with a walking tour of the history, culture, and legends of one of Europe’s best-loved cities. Head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard ceremony. Head to Westminster, see Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. See 30 sights in one day, including: • Buckingham Palace • Trafalgar Square • Changing of the Guard • Big Ben • Downing Street • Westminster Abbey • Whitehall • Houses of Parliament • London Eye After your tour, visit the world-famous consulting detective Sherlock Holmes, who lived at 221b Baker Street between 1881-1904, according to the stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Mr. Holmes shared his place with his loyal friend and colleague Dr. Watson. The house is protected by the government due to the special architectural and historical interest. The first-floor study overlooking Baker Street is faithfully maintained for posterity and just as it was kept by Mrs. Hudson in Victorian Times.

London: Westminster, Downing Street & Big Ben Walking Tour

9. London: Westminster, Downing Street & Big Ben 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.

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

10. 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.

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What people are saying about St James's Palace

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 2,814 reviews

This was so fun and informative! David was an excellent and knowledgeable guide, and we walked through some lovely parks in addition to seeing the palaces. We walked to St. James Palace through Green Park, walked to Buckingham Palace, and then took a quick taxi to Hyde Park and Kensington Palace, where we had high tea in the restaurant next to the Princess Diana statue, complete with choice of tea, tiny crustless sandwiches, scones with butter and jam, and mini pastries (eclair, chocolate tart and Victoria sponge cake) PLUS a glass of sparkling wine, to end the tour. They were able to accommodate my vegetarian needs just fine. Note that you see the palaces from outside, not inside, which is how you cover so many in a short period of time. It was fun to learn about the history of each palace and surrounding parks and grounds while getting to see some areas of London that I hadn't seen before. Highly recommend!

We thoroughly enjoyed our sightseeing bus tour, doing the whole yellow route on 19/04/22. We are a family of five and our three girls aged 14, 11 and 5 enjoyed it so much they didn’t want to get off and we entirely missed lunch! The guides were incredibly knowledgeable and made it interesting and fun at the same time. I wish I’d got their names to add to this but we got on around midday at no 16 and the guide changed at no 1. We did the cruise from Tower Hill to Westminster on 20/04/22 around lunchtime and again everyone thought it was fab. The sailors/tour guides were full of fun facts and information. We did the blue bus route during the afternoon of 20/04/22 from no 21 to no 31 and that was good but the difference between an actual guide and an audio commentary, as on this route, is massive. I would thoroughly recommend this tour to anyone visiting London. It was absolutely worth the money.

Our tour guide, David, was wonderful. Very accommodating when my mother needed a restroom, flexible and had insightful knowledge about the palaces. We enjoyed chatting and getting to know him a bit more over a lovely tea. The tea, sandwiches, scones and desserts were delicious, and they even provided to go boxes so we could take the rest with us. Thank you for a wonderful morning!

the tour of both Paris and London were excellent, buses were clean and the whole user experience were very pleasant

Amazing tour and very worthy, you guy must try it for the first time in London