Changing of the Guard

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  • London: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

    1. London: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

    Big Bus Route Highlights:

    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

    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

    Notting Hill

    This Big Bus Tour on open-top, double decker bus gives you unlimited hop-on, hop-off use on all routes for either 24-, 48- or 72- hours, taking you to London’s ...

    The actual route aside from not seeing the front of Buckingham Palace was good. What really let the whole experience down was the headphone commentary. Our group found this to be childish and informative in any tangible way. This tour would be greatly improved if there was a continual commentary talking about all of the sites and places of interest that we passed. Scrap the quiz and the mindless banter. No one is interested.

  • London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

    2. London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

    Don’t make the same mistake that many visitors so often – and understandably – make, believing the prime vantage point to experience this time-honored tradition is from outside Buckingham Palace. Spectator enthusiasm quickly turns to disappointment when they realize, after waiting for hours, only to see the end of this unique performance, their view often blocked by a throng of crowds. Instead, follow your guide on a dynamic journey that will take you through the entire Changing of the Guard from beginning to end. You guide will expertly navigate the crowds taking you to the best – and most photographable – viewpoints. As an expert on the history of this fascinating ceremony, you will be given invaluable insight and knowledge into every detail of this British spectacle. With your own personal headset allowing you to easily follow your guide’s entertaining commentary, you can fully take ...

    What a great time! Michael was sharp, smart and anxious for all of us to have a great experience….and we did. His knowledge and sense of humor were spot on, as The Brits say. We saw things I know would have been missed if tried on our own. Book this trip. Hope you get Michael!

  • London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

    3. 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....

    Matt is an amazing tour guide! History,politics, royal family, healthy sense of humor- all you can ask for a great experience. Was very patient, and yet energetic. warm recomendations. TNX for a wonderful morning.

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

    4. 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 unrivalled bird's eye view. You can start your tour at any of the Big Bus stops. Popular starting points include the Lon...

    We had a really lovely day , we learnt lots , things we didn’t know , the staff were exceptional , really helpful , polite and knowledgeable .

  • London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

    5. 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.

  • London: Westminster Tour, Climb The O2 Arena, and Cable Car

    6. London: Westminster Tour, Climb The O2 Arena, and Cable Car

    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 other iconic London sights such as Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the London Eye, Parliament Square, and the Houses of Parliament.   Next, head to the O2 Arena and get ready for a guided climb across the arena roof for scenic views of London's landmarks. Lastly, take the cable car for an easy ride across the River Thames, allowing for further amazing views of the London skyline from up high.

    Tim was a great host for the 3 hour walking tour. Loads of facts and stories which were fun and great even for those who have lived or worked in London for years. Then we were on our own with tickets for the cable car (not sure why but we only had single tickets which meant queuing to buy returns in the rain). Then the walk across the dome. Thankfully it had stopped raining and the views were brilliant and well briefed. Matt was fab and the experience is all well planned. A lovely day - thank you

  • London in One Day Tour with River Cruise

    7. London in One Day Tour with River Cruise

    Westminster Abbey and Parliament Square The tour begins with a panoramic drive around parliament Square, to see Westminster Abbey, where many of our Kings, Queens, Statesmen, poets and writers are buried. See Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. London's West End, Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard Enjoy a fascinating panoramic tour, seeing Trafalgar Square, Downing Street, London's Theatre District and Piccadilly Circus. Then to Buckingham Palace to see the colourful ceremony of the Changing of the Guard**. We will then have a chance to enjoy lunch at a traditional London Pub. St Paul's Cathedral A guided tour of Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece – St Paul's Cathedral - crowned by th...

    This was a great day tour. Leslie was a good guide and there was sufficient time allocated for each of the sites/attractions!

  • Magic of London Tour with Afternoon Tea at Harrods

    8. 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 tim...

    A compact tour with a lot of interesting facts about London. A good value for all the sights that you will visit.

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

    9. 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 k...

    Chris was an amazing tour guide. He made the experience extremely captivating and fun. History has now become my new favorite hobby thanks to him! Excellent job, Chris!

  • London: Private Royal Tour with Changing of the Guard

    10. London: Private Royal Tour with Changing of the Guard

    Your experience begins with a panoramic tour. Relax and enjoy the drive through London with an expert tour guide to discover the city's most iconic sights. See the magnificent Westminster Abbey, Parliament Square, the iconic Big Ben, historical Trafalgar Square, and much more. Afterwards, witness the Changing of the Guard Ceremony, an essential experience for visitors to London. See the immaculately dressed guards, accompanied by marching bands playing rousing military music. The 7 regiments that guard the monarch, known as the Household Division, are so devoted to their duty that they will famously not acknowledge or allow themselves to be distracted by the public.

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What people are saying about Changing of the Guard

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 2,825 reviews

What a great time! Michael was sharp, smart and anxious for all of us to have a great experience….and we did. His knowledge and sense of humor were spot on, as The Brits say. We saw things I know would have been missed if tried on our own. Book this trip. Hope you get Michael!

Micheal was just fantastic..very knowledgeable and answered all of our numerous questions with a smile on his face....very professional

It was a great experience for me and my son. The tour guide Pepe was very good. Overall we had a fantastic time.

Highly recommend this walking tour. Very informative and stood at the best view points.

Superb tour and tour guide! David(?) did a very good job!