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Buckingham Palace: The State Rooms Entrance Ticket

1. Buckingham Palace: The State Rooms Entrance Ticket

Explore London's arguably most iconic attraction with a tour of the Buckingham Palace State Rooms. Gain privileged access to one of the Official Residences of Her Majesty the Queen and admire the beautiful collections on display as you make your way from room to room. The term "State Rooms" refers to the public rooms of a Palace, in which monarchs receive, reward, and entertain their subjects and visiting dignitaries. Today the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace are used extensively by The Queen and members of the Royal Family to receive and entertain their guests on State, ceremonial, and official occasions. The State Rooms are furnished with many of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt and Rubens, sculptures by Canova, exquisite examples of Sèvres porcelain, and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. At the end of your State Rooms Buckingham Palace tour, the popular Garden Café is the perfect place to gather and enjoy views across the famous lawn.

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London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

2. London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

Find the prime vantage points that most people miss and see this time-honored tradition from outside Buckingham Palace. Follow your guide on a dynamic journey that will take you through each stage of the entire Changing of the Guard ceremony from beginning to end. Navigate the crowds easily and quickly. Let your guide take you to the best spots with unobstructed views for taking photos of the palace, gardens, and parade grounds. Marvel at the precision with which the Queen’s Foot Guards march to Buckingham Palace, clad in their iconic red tunics and bearskin hats. Admire the gleaming coats of the Household Cavalry’s horses as they emerge at Horse Guard’s Parade. As you watch, hear about the history of this fascinating ceremony and gain invaluable insight into every detail of this British spectacle.

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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.

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London: Vintage Bus Tour and London Eye Ticket

4. London: Vintage Bus Tour and London Eye Ticket

Travel back in time on a 4-hour tour of London. The combined sightseeing tour includes a ride on a vintage double-decker Routemaster bus and a short trip along the River Thames. End your excursion with spectacular views of the city from one of the panoramic pods of the London Eye. Head off for a tour of the city onboard a vintage double-decker bus. Pass historic attractions such as the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and the Tower of London. Admire Sir Christopher Wren’s iconic St. Paul’s Cathedral. Swap land for water and take a short trip along the River Thames, looking out for Shakespeare’s Globe, HMS Belfast, London Bridge, and much more. Back on dry land, re-join the bus and head for Buckingham Palace, home to the British royal family. You will arrive in time to see the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony, as soldiers dressed in their iconic scarlet tunics and busbies march to military music. Complete your London excursion with spectacular views across London’s rooftops as you enjoy a full circuit of the London Eye, the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel. Settle into one of the 32 high-tech glass capsules, which take approximately 30 minutes to completely revolve, and see Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey from a unique, elevated perspective.

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Magic of London Tour with Afternoon Tea at Harrods

5. Magic of London Tour with Afternoon Tea at Harrods

Take a full-day tour of London’s most iconic sights on this 9-hour panoramic guided tour. You will soon be on your way, enjoying the city in all its glory as you drive past some of London's most famous landmarks. Visit St Paul’s Cathedral exploring the masterpiece designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1673, taking time to listen to the 1695 organ that Mendelssohn once played and visit the tombs of Nelson and Wellington.  Continue to The Mall to watch the Changing of the Guards, as one of the Queen's Foot Guard Household Regiment march from St. James Palace to Buckingham Palace to military music, dressed in their famous tunics and busbies. If the Changing of the Guard is not taking place, you will still stop at Buckingham Palace for photos. Next you will visit the historic Tower of London where you'll gain fascinating insights into the history of this Royal Palace and fortress. Ample time will be given to view the Crown Jewels and the White Tower and to wander around this imposing fortress. Then enjoy a private River Thames cruise and see top attractions such as Houses of Parliament, London Eye, Shakespeare’s Globe, St. Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London. To round off the day, enjoy a delicious cream tea at The Georgian Restaurant at Harrods. Your cream tea includes home-baked English scones served with clotted cream and preserves, choice of tea from Harrods own tea gardens plus a glass of sparkling wine. The tour ends here leaving you the rest of the afternoon to explore the world’s most famous department store.

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Buckingham Palace: The Royal Mews Entrance Ticket

6. Buckingham Palace: The Royal Mews Entrance Ticket

The Royal Mews is an important branch of the Lord Chamberlain's Office and provides road transport for The Queen and members of the Royal Family by both horse-drawn carriage and motor car. It is also one of the finest working stables still in existence, responsible for the training of the Windsor Greys and Cleveland Bays, the horses that pull the royal carriages. Among the historic coaches and carriages on display is the spectacular new Diamond Jubilee State Coach, which conveyed Her Majesty The Queen on the State Opening of Parliament on 4 June 2014. What's more, cast your eye over the luxurious Australian State Coach, with central heating and electric windows, which carried The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace after the Royal Wedding in 2011. The most dazzling of all is the Gold State Coach, which has been used at every coronation since that of George IV in 1821.  Among the vehicles on display, you can also find the Irish State Coach, purchased by Queen Victoria in 1852. Queen Victoria, King George VI and Her Majesty The Queen have all travelled to the State Opening of Parliament in this carriage.  During your visit to the Royal Mews, relish the opportunity to see some of The Queen’s horses that draw the coaches and carriages housed in the Mews. Visitors to the Royal Mews can also see some of the fine livery worn by The Queen’s coachmen. Apart from a few small details, it remains much the same as it was in Victorian times.  Remarkably, some of the tailors used for production of liveries today are the same companies employed during the reign of George III in the 18th century.

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Buckingham Palace Tickets with Royal Walking Tour

7. 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.

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Welcome to London Tour

8. Welcome to London Tour

Take a sightseeing tour that shows you London's famous landmarks such as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament before a tour of the Tower of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Arriving at the Tower of London built in 1066 by William the Conqueror, your guide will regale you with fascinating insights into the history of this Royal Palace and fortress. Ample time will be given to view the Crown Jewels and the White Tower and to wander around this imposing fortress. The next stop on your full-day tour is The Mall to watch the Changing of the Guard, as one of the Queen’s Foot Guard Regiments marches from St. James’s Palace to Buckingham Palace, dressed in their world famous tunics and busbies. * You’ll take an extended private cruise on the River Thames and have excellent views of St. Paul's Cathedral and Shakespeare's Globe. After free time for lunch, tour St. Paul's Cathedral, the 17th-century masterpiece designed by Christopher Wren. Listen to the sound of the 1695 organ that Mendelssohn once played and visit the tombs of Nelson and Wellington. On Sundays, when there is restricted viewing at the Cathedral, enter and observe one of the services. You’ll finish your tour near South Bank, with the rest of the afternoon to browse and shop at your leisure. *If the Changing of the Guard is not taking place you will still see Buckingham Palace.  

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London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

9. London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

Meet your guide at Piccadilly Circus and get an introduction to the background of the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Hear what you will be doing for the next 1 hour and 45 minutes. Then proceed as a group toward The Mall. Pass by Pall Mall and Waterloo Place. Here you will learn more about the British Army and its greatest general, the Duke of Wellington. Once on The Mall, see the extraordinary monuments to royals and generals. Get a view of St. James's Park. Admire the most beautiful of the royal parks and look at the majestic open space of Horse Guards Parade. Continue toward St. James's Palace. On the way, you might see the Household Cavalry en route from their barracks in Hyde Park. The main focus, however, will be to watch the foot soldiers emerge from St. James's Palace ready for their uniform inspection. They will then march to Buckingham Palace, sometimes accompanied by a band. If you're lucky, they may even play a song! One of the highlights of your tour will be to march in step with the guards as they leave St. James's Palace. Then watch as the New Guard emerges from Wellington Barracks. He will often be accompanied by a full ceremonial band. Take a photo of Buckingham Palace from a raised platform. The tour ends with a flourish as the band plays in the palace courtyard. Marvel as the cavalry and guardsmen march past. Your guide will then help you get to your next port of call. 

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London: British Royalty Walking Tour

10. London: British Royalty Walking Tour

Take a gentle stroll through some of the most famous streets in the world. Hear amazing stories about the monarchy and their connection to various parks and monuments in London. See royal landmarks such as Kensington Palace, Green Park, the Royal Mall, Clarence House, Admiralty Arch, Westminster Abbey, and Trafalgar Square, depending on the option chosen. Hear majestic stories that surround each place. Visit Buckingham Palace, the most famous residence of the Queen. Admire the imperial exterior of the building and look out for the famous red-coated soldiers of the Household Cavalry or Queen’s Foot Guard.

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What people are saying about The Mall, London

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1,220 reviews

We enjoyed an informative, informal and great value for money walk around the palaces and Westminster. Tim, our guide, was friendly and welcoming and has fantastic knowledge. Thoroughly recommend for anyone wanting to know more about our royals and our heritage.

This was a great tour, full of information, great spots, nice pace with snack and toilet stop. Our guide kept us so entertained that 3 hours went so fast that I didn’t realized we got to the end of our tour I really recommend it

This was a fantastic tour! Beyond the obligatory Changing of the Guards, we learned so much rich English history. Definitely a great start to any London visit!

Was a brilliant day on the tour to see changing of the guard

OUR GUIDE WAS INFORMATIVE, POLITE,FUNNY AND GOOD TO BE WITH