With two years of extensive training, Blue Badge guides are some of the most qualified tour operators in London and are the only external guides permitted to show visitors around major attractions like Westminster Abbey. This full-day Blue Badge tour of London, which comes with a guarantee to skip long lines, is ideal for travelers seeking a world-class British history lesson without the wait.
The tour begins at Trafalgar Square, the city center of London. Here we can admire Nelsons Column, maybe take a photo with one of the Lions protecting Lord Nelson.
Walking towards Whitehall, you'll see where the Prime Minister lives and works. This is also our chance to look around at the many war memorials, hear stories from your guide about the past conflicts that these monuments represent.
Heading now to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, this provides a great opportunity for iconic pictures of these world-renowned sites. How many statues of famous statesman can you recognize? Your guide will be happy to explain who some of them were and their significance in British history.
Passing Westminster Abbey, the church used for many Royal weddings, coronations, and burials. Moving around outside the church, gives you some idea of the scale of this magnificent building. Thousands of people are buried here, stretching from medieval monarchs to modern scientists, your guide will be happy to help you guess some of their names.
Can you recognize if Her Majesty is home? Buckingham Palace sometimes comes with the chance to see the changing of the guards. During certain days and fair weather, we can join the Regiments marching from their Barracks to the Palace. If the guard change is canceled, don't panic! This is London; there is always time for traditional pageantry. The horse guards are just around the corner. They are inspected every day, rain or shine.
Walking down The Mall offers a very regal feel and is also a great spot for spectacular pictures. Maybe one palace isn't enough? St James's Palace is waiting close by, offering more stories about the Royal Family. If you've had enough the Royals, let's stop by St James's Park, a beautiful area of serenity in the middle of the city. This is also a great opportunity to spot some local wildlife, with a huge variety of birds and squirrels calling this park home.
Next let's ride the bus or tube through the financial district, known as the City of London. This is an ideal opportunity to compare differing architectural styles, both old and new.
Now we visit St Paul's Cathedral, another beautiful church with its own unique history. Built-in just 35 years by one architect in a consistent style, its position in this part of the London skyline is protected by law. We'll explore the main floor as well as the crypt, where you can find burial sites belonging to Admiral Nelson, The Duke of Wellington and many more famous people. There are plenty of places to eat here and its the perfect time to break for lunch. Fancy fish and chips in one of the local pubs?
Lets now continue our journey east towards the Tower of London, a medieval fortress surrounded by modern architecture. We explore this castle both inside and out, meeting the famous ravens of the Tower, seeing the Crown Jewels and hearing all the gory stories about this Palace throughout the years. "Beefeater," is not just a brand of a gin, it's another name for the Yeoman Warders. You can't miss them, they are always around, proudly wearing their uniforms and always happy to pose for a quick photo.
On exiting the Tower, we will have a spectacular view of the world-famous Tower Bridge. Your tour finishes here, and your guide will assist you with directions or help you find a taxi to your next adventure. Your tour itinerary will be finalized on the day to make the most of the events on offer and prevailing weather conditions.