London in a Day Tour with Westminster Abbey and Tower of London

Explore London's top attractions on foot and by boat with your passionate guide

Travel Flexibly 5 / 5 See All 14 Reviews · 7.00h 15 max · London, England

Wondering if it's possible to see the most iconic places in London in a day? Yes, and you'll be amazed at just how much you can see on our carefully planned day tour of this historic city. From Westminster to the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace, your full-day tour will fill your camera and make lasting memories. You'll appreciate the skip-the-line entry at Westminster which leaves you with more time to explore instead of standing in line. London is calling!

Tour Details
  • London in a Day
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Effigies and Tombs
  • Changing of the Guard
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Downing Street
  • Thames River Cruise
  • Tower Bridge
  • Tower of London
  • Bloody Tower
  • Beefeaters Quarters and the Crown Jewels

Head to Parliament Square and meet your guide in front of the Abraham Lincoln statue. There you and your fellow travelers (15 or fewer) will learn the day's itineraries and what cool things to expect on this full day tour of London's best sites. You'll explore central London and Westminster with skip-the-line access and see Westminster Abbey and the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Next up is a River Thames boat ride to see London from a new perspective. Then head to the infamous Tower of London to discover its history and see the stunning crown jewels. Your 7-hour day tour includes:

  • Skip-the-line entry to Westminster Abbey

  • Changing of the Guard ceremony

  • Walking tour of Westminster sites

  • Thames river cruise

  • Lunch on your own near Trafalgar Square

  • Admission to the Tower of London

  • Skip-the-line to see the crown jewels

  • Passionate, local guide

Westminster Abbey

On your first stop, your expert guide will take you into the church that is over a millennium old. In the 1,000 years of Westminster Abbey it has hosted 16 famous royal weddings like Prince William and Kate Middleton. Your guide will describe the event the church is most famous for in modern times: the funeral of beloved Princess Diana in 1997.

Though the Abbey has famous modern history, it is also the burial place for many of England's most acclaimed political and cultural leaders. Set in impressive life-like effigies, your guide will lead you through the most important tombs that include Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling and Geoffrey Chaucer.

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace

Since 1660, the reigning queen (or king) has been protected by the Queen's Guard. The elaborate Changing of the Guard is the ceremony where on-duty guards are relieved by the next shift. Though they are dressed in ornate uniforms, these soldiers are well armed and are not distracted by anyone's humorous efforts. You'll appreciate that your guide will take you to a lesser-known area to experience the Changing of the Guard ceremony from the best view without the huge crowds.

London Boat Tour

The River Thames has been the lifeblood of London's economy for centuries. Follow your guide onto a river boat that will pass by many of London's great landmarks as they share incredible stories about what you see from the London Bridge and Millennium Bridge to the Tower Bridge. It is also an amazing way to see the modern stars of the London skyline including London's City Hall and the United Kingdom's tallest building nicknamed the Shard.

Tower of London

As you disembark from the river cruise, you will see the large walls of the city's main fortress. Built by William the Conqueror when he captured the city, this complex also has an ancient Roman wall from its early years. Explore areas like the Royal Armouries and the impressive Line of Kings with your guide, and listen to the fateful histories of the cells where Sir Walter Raleigh and Anne Boleyn were imprisoned. Your guide will bring the era under King Henry VIII to life as you witness history before your eyes.

Crown Jewels

Constructed of 140 royal objects and 23,578 stones, the incredible collection of jewelry is used only during the coronation of English monarchs. Visited by over 2.5 million people a year, the crown jewels attract lines of visitors that can take hours to gain admission. That's another reason why this is the best London tour since your guide will ensure you skip the lines to get in quickly. Here is where your full-day tour will end and you'll be free to explore on your own after gaining quick entry to this iconic stop.

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Great Tour Guide
22 June 2022
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Maria Ortega-Polanco

Our guide Ben did such a great job and we Loved ! the tips and tricks to be able to see the best of Westminster Abby, Changing of the Guards, and the history of the Tower. Can't wait to do it again.

Andy was excellent! Tour fav part of London!
17 June 2022
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Robyn Javidan

We were super happy with our tour and guide, Andy. We were 2 adults and 2 children, and I was a bit worried that it would be too much walking for the kids, but there are many places that you stand or sit and you aren’t constantly on the move. Andy was able to cover the relevant info that adults would enjoy but also not so much to bore the kids. His knowledge is so vast it was impressive! Unfortunately due to the Jubilee we missed the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace which was something we were really looking forward to. It would have been nice to get a heads up about that earlier. Other than that, so wonderful!

Wonderful tour guide! Great experience!
12 June 2022
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My husband and I booked the London in a Day tour for the end of May and wow! It was a great experience from beginning to end. Karen, our tour gal, was super knowledgeable. It was our first time in London and starting our holiday with this tour was exactly the right way!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

Find your guide in Parliament Square in front of the statue of Abraham Lincoln.

What to bring?

Please wear comfortable shoes since you'll be on your feet for the majority of this tour.

Can I take pictures in Westminster Abbey?

No, photography is strictly prohibited inside Westminster Abbey.

Does this tour include pick up at your hotel?

There is no hotel pickup for this tour. You will meet your guide at the meeting point listed on your confirmation voucher (Parliament Square).

Can I bring a backpack?

Small backpacks and bags are allowed, but they will be searched at each location.

What to bring?

Please wear comfortable shoes since you'll be on your feet for the majority of this tour.

Where to meet?

Find your guide in Parliament Square in front of the statue of Abraham Lincoln.

Is lunch included?

No, lunch is not included, but you'll have time to grab a bite near Trafalgar Square. Your guide will be happy to offer suggestions of places to eat.

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