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London In One Day Tour with Changing of the Guard with London Eye option

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Get to know London in one day on this sight-packed, full-day tour with a guide. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, see top London attractions such as Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, and enjoy fast-track entry and a guided tour of St. Paul's Cathedral. Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, and then visit the Tower of London. Break for a pub lunch, and receive a ticket for a Thames River sightseeing cruise to use after your tour or another day. For a bird's-eye view of the city, upgrade to include a ticket for the London Eye in the evening.
  • Full-day London tour including Tower of London visit
  • Enjoy fast-track entry and a guided tour of St. Paul's Cathedral
  • Make use of a ticket for a Thames River cruise from the Tower of London
  • Upgrade to include a ticket for the London Eye
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Transport by air-conditioned coach
Thames River cruise
London Eye standard ticket at 6pm (if option selected)
Entry to Tower of London
Entry to St Paul's Cathedral
Personal Audio Headset
Gratuities
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Victoria Coach Station , Victoria Coach Station, 164 Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1W 9TP, UK

Departs at 9 am (boarding at 8.30), Victoria Coach Station (Gate 1-5) Nearest station: Victoria Station - Victoria line, Direct line, Circle line, British Rail

9:00 AM
This activity ends in a different location. See details below:
  • Tower of London , London EC3N 4AB, UK
  • Westminster Pier , Westminster Pier, Victoria Embankment, London SW1A 2JH, UK
  • London Eye River Cruise , Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1 7PB, UK
  • Begin in central London when you hop inside your comfortable, air-conditioned coach. Meet your friendly, local guide, and then sit back and enjoy the sights on a panoramic drive around the heart of this historical city.

    See the iconic Big Ben and Houses of Parliament in Parliament Square, and snap pictures of Westminster Abbey where Prince William and Kate Middleton were married in a grand ceremony in April 2011.

    Then, gaze up at Nelson’s Column in buzzing Trafalgar Square, and drive to Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

    Walk to the palace gates to watch the Changing of the Guard. Look on in delight as the soldiers of the Queen’s Foot Guard, clothed in red tunics and bearskin hats, exchange duties to the regal music of a military band, and learn about this centuries-old ceremony from your guide.

    Next, continue by coach to a cozy London pub in Trafalgar Square. Sit down to a tasty lunch (own expense) and then pick up your tour again in the City of London. Located east of the West End, and famous for its financial institutions, this history-steeped district is home to the Bank of England and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Hop out for fast-track entry and a guided tour of St. Paul's Cathedral.

    Afterward, pay a visit to the Tower of London, the medieval prison-fortress that stands on the north banks of the Thames River. Head inside to explore independently, and learn about the tower’s blood-soaked history. Founded in the 1080s by William the Conqueror, this imposing complex has served as a palace, armory, prison and execution site, and is known for its ravens and colorful Beefeater guides.

    If you wish, join one of the complimentary Beefeater tours that run regularly from inside the gates. Learn about the famous events that took place here, and hear some of the mysteries that still haunt the complex.

    Before your tour ends, receive a complimentary ticket for a sightseeing cruise on the Thames River, from the Tower of London to Westminster Pier.

    Upgrade to include a ticket for the London Eye to be used that evening.
    Itinerary
    Pass By:  
    Westminster Abbey
    Westminster Abbey, formally titled the Collegiate Church of Saint Peter at Westminster, is a large, mainly Gothic abbey church in the City of Westminster, London, England, just to the west of the Palace of Westminster.
    Pass By:  
    Big Ben
    Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London and is usually extended to refer to both the clock and the clock tower.
    Pass By:  
    Houses of Parliament
    Parliament is made up of the House of Commons and House of Lords. It is responsible for making laws, deciding taxes and scrutinising the Government.
    Stop At:  
    Buckingham Palace
    Changing of the Guard Elite soldiers from the military have been guarding English Kings and Queens since 1660. Known as the 'Household Division', these regiments are so devoted to their duty that they will famously not acknowledge, nor allow themselves to be distracted by the public. During the ceremony, immaculately turned out guards are accompanied by marching bands playing a rousing mix of military and contemporary music in a display of the sort of pomp and military ceremony that has made the British military famous around the world.
    Duration: 45 minutes
    Admission Ticket Not Included
    Pass By:  
    Trafalgar Square
    Trafalgar Square is a public square in the City of Westminster, Central London, built around the area formerly known as Charing Cross. Its name commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar, a British naval victory in the Napoleonic Wars with France and Spain that took place on 21 October 1805 off the coast of Cape Trafalgar.
    Stop At:  
    St. Paul's Cathedral
    Designed by the prolific British architect, Sir Christopher Wren, and taking 35 years to build, St Paul's Cathedral is an iconic symbol of London. One of the largest churches in the world, its dome is an incredible 366ft high and, inside the Whispering Gallery, it is said that a gentle whisper can be heard on the other side of the dome almost 112ft away. Explore the history behind this famous Cathedral and see the tomb of Lord Horatio Nelson, one of Britain's most revered icons. NEW EXHIBITION - St Paul’s, the Monarch and the Changing World (Launches 25th May 2022, running to mid-December 2022) June 2022 sees the historic celebration of HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, including a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral. To mark this unique event, the exhibition St Paul’s, the Monarch and the Changing World explores the grand ceremonial occasions held at the Cathedral to commemorate the Royal Jubilees of four British monarchs: George III, Victoria, George V and Elizabeth II.
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Pass By:  
    Mansion House of City of London
    Mansion House is the official residence of the Lord Mayor of London. It is a Grade I listed building. It is used for some of the City of London's official functions, including two annual white tie dinners.
    Stop At:  
    Tower of London
    A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, the history of 'The Tower' has been intertwined with the history of England for almost a thousand years. Originally built by William The Conqueror in 1066, it has served a number of functions during its long history, including a prison, luxury palace for royalty and even a zoo. The priceless crown jewels are also held within the castle walls, along with the largest collection of medieval armour and weaponry in the country. See all of this and hear more about the tower's bloody history on a comprehansive tour with an expert guide.
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Thames River
    From the Tower of London, hop aboard a Thames River Cruise to Westminster Pier to enjoy London from a different viewpoint. If you prefer, you can take the cruise any day before 31 March 2020.
    Duration: 35 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Please note: St Paul’s Cathedral is closed to the public on Sundays and special events or services (June 2, 3, 25, July 2, Oct 12). We will stop for photographs at St Paul's Cathedral and spend longer at Tower of London instead.
    • You can choose to take the river cruise on another day and finish the tour at the Tower of London instead of Westminster Pier. The London Eye is a Standard Experience booked at a 6pm time-slot for guaranteed entry (if option selected).
    • Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace will resume from Monday the 23rd August 2021 and will take place on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • The Dome Galleries are open for visits on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays only, and daily during school holidays. Within the Dome, the Stone and Golden Galleries are open but the Whispering Gallery remains closed to the public until further notice. Entrance to the Golden Gallery is subject to availability due to continued distancing measures and there may be time restrictions in place. The café and restaurant remain closed.
    • If there is no Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace we see the Changing of the Guard at Horse Guards Parade instead
    • London Eye: The London Eye ticket is for standard entry 6:00pm on the same day. This ticket can only be used for this one visit. Please show the ticket on your phone as the barcode will be scanned. Visit to The London Eye is independent
    • NEW EXHIBITION - St Paul’s, the Monarch and the Changing World (Launches 25th May 2022, running to mid-December 2022)
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 53 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Evan Evans Tours
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during London In One Day Tour with Changing of the Guard with London Eye option?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during London In One Day Tour with Changing of the Guard with London Eye option?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during London In One Day Tour with Changing of the Guard with London Eye option?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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    • "St Paul’s cathedral is not open to the general public on Sundays." See review
    • "Changing of the Guards does not take place daily in June." See review
    • "It is not easy to find if you take the tube to the bus station." See review

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    star-3
    Day in London
    Sam
    , Aug 2022
    Positives: Safe. Comfortable. Informative. Fast paced. Needs improvement: Our guide was short and walked fast. At times, some guests could not see him to keep up with the group. Not enough time allowed to take pictures or really stop and look at items.
    star-3
    Disappointed Use of time
    Jimmy_H
    , Aug 2022
    The guide and driver were excellent. However, the underlying supplier (Evan Evans) did not plan this very well. We had someone on our tour in a wheelchair that took a lot of the guides time finding wheelchair accommodations. We only had enough time at the tower of London tho see the crown jewels. We had ZERO time for the included Thames River cruise and The London Eye. If you don't have time for a feature, don't include it and don't charge for it.
    icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
    Dear Jimmy, Thank your taking the time to leave us a review. We are sorry to hear that you felt the tour was not planned very well. It is indeed a long day with a tight schedule which allows our guests to explore London's most iconic sights and attractions in one day. We do have a range of tours that allow for a more leisurely pace such as our tour to Stonehenge and Bath Tour or our Blenheim Palace and the Cotswolds Tour. If you would like to travel with us again and need more information on specific tours then please do get in touch with us as we would be happy to help. Thank you again for traveling with us, Evan Evans Team
    star-4
    Fantastic way to see the highlights of London
    Debbie_P
    , Aug 2022
    What a great way to see the attractions of London when you have limited time. Tour guide David was so knowledgeable, took his time and spoke slowly so we all could understand. Driver Barry was hilarious and so courteous. Certainly knows his way around London and all the good parking spots
    icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
    Hello Debbie, Thank you for leaving us a 5* review! We work hard to offer high-quality service to every guest, and it makes us happy to see you had a wonderful experience with us. We will share this feedback with David and Barry so they get the recognition that they deserve. They will be delighted to hear your feedback. We hope to see you again soon on another one of our tours. Best wishes Evan Evans Team
    star-5
    Very enjoyable
    matthew_t
    , Aug 2022
    The tour guide was very knowledgeable. Funny and Personable. He was well informed and had a very good plan! The whole day was a pleasubandbwent very smoothly!
    icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
    Dear matthe, Thank you for leaving us feedback about the tour. We are glad that our team did a great job. We work very hard to ensure that our customers get outstanding service and it makes us very happy that it reflected during your recent visit. Best wishes Evan Evans Team
    star-5
    Very complete tour for knowing and seeing London in one day
    FIROOZEH_I
    , Aug 2022
    David our tour guide was very knowledgeable and caring👍He is a very well experienced and professional guy. Thank you David
    icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
    Hello FIROO, Thank you so much for your kind words. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us — and we agree, David is truly a gem to have on our team! We hope you come visit us again soon on another one of our tours. Best wishes Evan Evans Team
    star-2
    Very disappointed!!
    KarenR_D
    , Aug 2022
    Viator is unscrupulous in misrepresenting the services covered on their tours. There was no hotel pick up or meals provided on any of the ten tours I booked with them on my recent trip to London. One of their contractors left my grandson and I at heathrow and then refused to reimburse me the $86 I had paid. Karen D sacramento
    star-1
    Terrible Service
    Dallas_B
    , Jul 2022
    Terrible communication and effort. We were going to be late for the tour by 30 minutes for an unexpected medical appointment. The tour operator was terrible to communicate with and, when I was able to contact them, they wouldnt allow us to join later in the day. They gave no effort or even a false attempt of coming to resolve. Poor showing.
    icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
    Dear Dallas, We are deeply sorry to hear that you were unable to travel due to an unexpected medical appointment. At Evan Evans we offer a flexible cancellation and amendment policy, allowing as little as 24 hours before travel on most of our tours to cancel or change your reservation completely free of charge, for any reason. Where guests have to cancel the same day or with very little notice under extenuating circumstances, we will review these reservations case-by-case – unfortunately in some situations we have already paid or committed to pay our suppliers and we’re unable to facilitate a refund or date change. In these situations, we would recommend for you to check if you are covered under your travel insurance policy. Wherever possible, even within cancellation charges, we will do our very best to provide a refund where possible in extenuating circumstances or offer a date change – unfortunately sometimes this is not possible, and we are very sorry this seemed to be the case with your booking. Best wishes Evan Evans Team
    star-5
    Great city tour!
    Jade_M
    , Jul 2022
    This was such a great tour to start our time in London! Our guide Sheila was absolutely amazing. She was funny and knowledgeable and kept us both entertained and educated the entire day. We were in London for 4 days and we did this tour on day 1 and it really helped us get a great understanding of the layout of the city, how to get around and where everything was for our remaining time. I’d highly recommend especially if it’s your first time in London!
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Hello, Jade Thank you so much for your kind words. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us and we agree, Sheila is truly a gem to have on our team! We hope you come visit us again soon on another one of our tours. Best wishes Evan Evans Team
    star-5
    Great tour
    debbycorcoran
    , Jul 2022
    I really enjoyed our guide Leslie. She was very knowledgeable and got us the the best view points with less crowds for everything we did. I liked her use of the microphone boxes so we could hear her even in large spaces. Excellent day!!
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Hello debbyc, Thank you so much for this 5-star review. We really appreciate you being a customer and helping to share the word about us. We hope to see you again on another one of our tours! Best wishes Evan Evans Team
    star-5
    Great tour
    rosaliedzubina
    , Jul 2022
    Our tour guide Sheila was amazing. Best tour guide I have ever had. She was so knowledgeable, kind, funny, and really caring about all of us
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Hello Rosalied, Thank you so much for your kind words. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us — and we agree, Sheila is truly a gem to have on our team! We hope you come visit us again soon on another one of our tours. Best wishes Evan Evans Team
    star-5
    Excellent tour!
    Nhadelle_H
    , Jul 2022
    Our tour guide Armyn was so knowledgeable. He really has been doing this a long time and I felt like it was a perfect introduction to London! Having the coach bus to tour was great especially being that it was very hot during our visit. He positioned us in great places to see the changing of the guard. Such a wonderful experience. We didn’t get to use our London Eye tickets but it would have been a great addition.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Hello Nhadell, Thank you for leaving us a 5* review! We work hard to offer high-quality service to every guest, and it makes us happy to see you had a wonderful experience with us. We will share this feedback with Armyn so they get the recognition that they deserve. They will be delighted to hear your feedback. We hope to see you again soon on another one of our tours. Best wishes Evan Evans Team
    star-5
    Wonderful day in London
    Yanina_K
    , Jul 2022
    Excellent tour!!!! Very informative. Our guide David was amazing!!! Provided great commentary and managed our time so we were able to see everything, take a boat ride and get to London Eye on time. We had a wonderful day!!!
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Hello Yanina, Thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback about your tour. Seeing that you had a 5-Star experience is the best thing we could hope for! Your review means a lot to us, and we will pass on the compliments over to David. We cannot wait to welcome you onboard another one of our tours in the future. Best wishes Evan Evans Team
    star-5
    Great day trip
    Kathryn_W
    , Jul 2022
    Our tour guide Shelagh was knowledgeable and very personable. It was a great way to see a lot in a short time.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Hello Kathryn, Thanks so much for giving us your take on how we are doing. We're glad that customers like you are having a great experience! We will pass on the kind words to Sheila. We thank you for the recommendations and we hope to see you again soon! Best wishes Evan Evans Team
    star-5
    Great tour, great people
    Nancy_M
    , Jul 2022
    Debra the guide was superb and so was Sam the driver. Such interesting, informative and fun people. Had the best time.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Dear Nancy, We would like to thank you for your kind words and for sharing it with the rest of the community. Our team works very hard to provide the best service and it makes us very happy that it reflected during your visit to our establishment. We hope you come visit us again soon! Best wishes Evan Evans Team
    star-4
    Wonderful London Experience
    Lewis_W
    , Jul 2022
    This tour was a perfect intro to the “must sees” of London. Our guide, Debra, was sweet, entertaining, engaging, & informative. Her decades-long tour guide experience was evident in all the London insider info she provided. Not only did she provide fascinating info about the city, but she informed us well about St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, and the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. The only negative (thus four stars instead of five) was our Thames River cruise lasting too long and thus getting us to the London Eye too late. We missed that paid-for experience. Here’s hoping for an Eye refund from Evan Evans.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Dear Lewis, Thank you for your 4* review and lovely comments about our guide Debbie. We are sorry to hear that you missed the London Eye, if you have emailed our Contact Centre team at reservations@evanevanstours.co.uk, they will be in touch. Best wishes, Evan Evans Team
    star-5
    Great comfortable tour of the important sites
    Woody_M
    , Jul 2022
    The bus tour of all the popular sites have a great over view of London. The changing of the guard was a disappointment as it was cancelled due to the extreme unprecedented high temperature. 1st time ever. All in all well worth it.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Dear, Woody We would like to thank you for your kind words and for sharing it with the rest of the community. Our team works very hard to provide the best service and it makes us very happy that it reflected during your visit to our establishment. We hope you come visit us again soon! Best wishes Evan Evans Team
    star-3
    Hottest day ever
    Richard_N
    , Jul 2022
    Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Crown Jewels at Tower of London and Thames River Cruise.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Dear Richard, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We would like to hear from you with any additional questions, comments, or concerns. You can contact us on 0207951777 or email us on Reservations@evanevanstours.co.uk Sending you our best wishes, Evan Evans Team
    star-3
    Trying to do too much
    Robert_D
    , Jul 2022
    Didn't get to see much of anything. Trying to do too much in too little time. Paid for the Eye but got there after it closed. And this was after we ran through the Tower of London skipping most of it. I would recommend taking the Hop on bus and going at your own pace for a lot less $$$.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Dear Robert, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Indeed the itinerary is quite compact, but guests should still be able to make it to the London Eye on time, so we are sorry to hear that this was not the case. If you wish to discuss your experience further, feel free to contact us at reservations@evanevanstours.co.uk Best wishes, Evan Evans Team
    star-3
    Disappointing tour. Definitely not enough time spent at Buckingham Palace and St Paul’s.
    Debbie_M
    , Jul 2022
    Leaving the tour at the Tower of London. Not enough time at the stops. Disappointed that we were only at The Queens home and St Paul’s for about 20 minutes.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Dear Debbie, Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed with this tour. As the itinerary is filled with things to see and do, the time at each location is limited. We do have a range of tours that allow for a more leisurely pace such as our tour to Stonehenge and Bath Tour or our Blenheim Palace and the Cotswolds Tour. If you would like to travel with us again and need more information on specific tours then please do get in touch with us as we would be happy to help. Thank you again for traveling with us, Evan Evans Team
    star-1
    Missed Most of the Tour
    Michelle_F
    , Jul 2022
    The public trains in London are a hot mess and very busy and running late right now. The departure site was impossible to find and the phone number provided was not accurate to dial in London. A local had to help me with how to properly dial the phone number. We missed the morning bus by 15 minutes. We were not allowed to catch up with our tour until 1 PM. We made it to a few attractions in the afternoon but we were rushed through them. We were told that we had to get in line for the London eye by 430 and we did. We waited in line for two hours and we’re told that we were too late and could not board the eye at 6:30 as it closed at 6:00. We were completely disappointed and our one day in London was ruined. I requested a refund or partial refund and was denied. I do not recommend this to tour at all!
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Dear Michelle, We are very sorry to hear that you missed your departure. We recommend guests to arrive 30 minutes before departure time for boarding. Unfortunately since the morning tour is a panoramic drive of London, we cannot provide an alternative meeting time and point, so latecomers can only join the tour after the lunch break. We are sorry to hear that you missed the London Eye, as long as you got there on time, you should have been allowed on. No similar cases were reported on this day. If you wish to discuss this further, please email us at reservations@evanevanstours.co.uk All the best, Evan Evans Team

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