No visit to London is complete until you have partaken in some of its quintessential traditions and institutions: the changing of the guards and, if possible, catching a glimpse into the lives of the Royal Family. Our comprehensive tour includes both iconic London experiences.
Your guide will navigate to secure you a spot with a prime view at the Changing of the Guard, after which you’ll have the rare chance to visit the inside of the royal residence: Buckingham Palace.[readmore]The palace opens its doors to visitors for a limited time each year and it seems that just about everyone would like to get inside! Take advantage of having an expert local guide at your side to learn the secret to living these experiences like a real Londoner would!
Your royal London experience begins with the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace. This world-famous ceremony is the oldest tradition at Buckingham Palace and is held either here or at Horse Guards Parade, depending on the day. Your guide will make sure you are in a prime position to enjoy the best views at this crowded event. Enjoy commentary regarding the history and pageantry behind the ceremony – where the Queen’s easy-to-spot Foot Guards, with their red tunics and unmistakable bearskin hats, march to Buckingham Palace together with the military band, or the Household Cavalry change the guard at Horse Guards parade, with their unmistakeable silver plumed helmets and mounted on their magnificent horses. (Please note that in heavy rain the guard’s parade will not take place).
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh open the doors of Buckingham Palace to visitors just once a year for two months. This is a unique opportunity to catch a rare glimpse into the private residence of the Royals. Tickets are hard to come by but our entrance is pre-booked, which means access is guaranteed and there will be no lines to wait in. Though no guides are allowed to speak inside the palace, your guide will take the time to arm you with plenty of background information and advice before you set off on your own. This is the real home of Queen Elizabeth II, boasting lavish apartments, sparkling chandeliers, and sumptuous furnishings.
These rooms 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 the palace residents, history, and traditions as well as the stories of the furnishings and ornaments. Many of these items were gifts from Heads of State spanning both the centuries and the globe.
Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated, and missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded
We strongly suggest that you avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour
Weather is very changeable in London, please ensure you have rainproof clothing
We recommend comfortable shoes for all guests
Changing of the Guard will not operate in rain and will be replaced with an extended Walking Tour
We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance