The Tower of London and Westminster Abbey are two of London’s most impressive must-see attractions, but the entry queues can be long. On this tour, save valuable sightseeing time with skip-the-line entry and head straight inside with your guide. Learn the history of Parliament Square and Trafalgar Square on a walking visit, and stop at Buckingham Palace, Nelson’s Column, and more.
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.
Westminster Abbey, this famous church is recognizable from various famous royal weddings, funerals and coronations, it's hard to ignore the history here! We'll enter through the cloisters, a great opportunity to appreciate both the age and the scale of this magnificent building. Look around as we walk into the church, you will see many names, some of these you will recognize immediately, others you may remember once your Guide links them with stories. Next, let's have a look at one of the oldest pieces of furniture in the United Kingdom. Last used in 1953, the chair patiently waits for the next coronation. Making our way around the church, we will find the sites of many Royal burials around the High alter. Two sisters, stepsisters, both Queens but very different personalities. In life, they weren't very fond of each other, yet in death, they are buried here in the same tomb. Westminster Abbey has so much to offer, and we will spend about 90 mins here before we move on.
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, and 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.
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. 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 the area around 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. Let's walk around the churchyard to appreciate this vast structure. Your Guide will show you the best spots to take a picture of this church, whether it's from the Millennium Bridge or the roof terrace at One New Change. 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.