Complete London Tour with Shard and River Cruise

Enjoy a full day seeing the sights of London on this panoramic tour.  Admire the changing of the guard outside the Queens official residence.

Enter the iconic St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London.

Later take a cruise down the Thames on a river boat ride to Greenwich where you will guided on a walking tour.

A view from the Shard on the 72nd floor is an amazing way to end the day.

from £120.00

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Tour Highlights

  • See London on a Panoramic Full Day Tour
  • Visit St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Stop at Buckingham Palace for the Changing of the Guard
  • Entry to the Tower of London and Thames River Boat Ride Experience
  • The View from The Shard
  • Includes a Free Snack Pack
  • Travel on a Luxury Coach with a Professional Guide
  • Free Wi-Fi On Board Our Coaches
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Tour Schedule

Panoramic Tour of London

Start the day of by seeing the whole of London with a panoramic coach tour, guided by a friendly and professional London expert. Pass by Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus and take a photo stop at the iconic Westminster Abbey.

St Paul’s Cathedral 
Enter the iconic and breathtaking St Paul’s Cathedral to explore the beauty and history that lies inside. An impressive three hundred years old, visit the Golden Gallery, see Lord Nelson’s tomb, the famous dome, which is one of the largest in the world, The Stone Gallery and the Whispering Gallery.

Please note: Due to Sunday church services, there will be no guiding inside the cathedral.

Buckingham Palace and Changing of the Guard
The next stop is the famous and beautiful Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s official residence. Arrive in time for the traditional Changing of the Guard, an exciting and colourful military ceremony which sees the Queen’s Foot Guard march alongside a military band.

Please note: The Guard Change may not be operational in bad weather conditions. On these occasions we will visit the Horse Guards for a photo stop instead.

Free Snack Pack
To save you time, money and the struggle of finding somewhere to eat, our tour also includes a totally tasty Snack Pack! Avoid wasting time waiting for a meal in a restaurant and tuck into a six inch cheese and salad sub on the go, including crisps, chocolate chip cookie and a bottle of water. It means you can make the most of each stop and won’t waste valuable exploring time.

Extended Visit at the Tower of London
In the afternoon, pay a visit to the Tower of London the famous fortress with a torturous history spanning over 1000 years. See the glittering Crown Jewels guarded with the utmost security in the Jewel House and explore the tower that has once been a Royal Palace, prison and even a zoo!

Exclusive Feature: Meet the Beefeaters
The visit includes an exclusive tour with one of the Yeoman Warders, or ‘Beefeaters’ as they are affectionately known. Once responsible for keeping prisoners in check, today their duties are a lot less gruesome. Hear historical tales of gore, torture and execution delivered in the Beefeaters’ distinct style!

River Thames Boat Ride
Once you manage to escape the fortress, head towards the River Thames to enjoy a wonderful boat ride. Take in the riverside sights during this leisurely trip towards the beautiful Greenwich.

Greenwich Walking Tour
Brimming with history and beauty, Greenwich is a truly interesting part of London. You tour guide leads you on a walking tour of the areas, covering such Greenwich landmarks as the iconic tea clipper Cutty Sark and the Old Royal Naval College, designed by Christopher Wren.
After the walking tour, get back on board the River Boat and take in more of the city sights as you sail towards Central London.

The View from The Shard
Get off the boat at London Bridge and, for the last stop on the tour, head to the tallest building in Western Europe. The Shard is an unbelievable 310 metres high and the viewing platform boasts 360 degree sights that span an incredible 40 miles. Zip up to the viewing gallery on floor 72, using the lift that travels six metres per second, and take in the most spectacular views in London at the end of an amazing day in the city.

Important Information

Due to Sunday church services, there will be no guiding inside the Cathedral.

Bookings made after midnight for the same day will not receive a free Snack Pack.

During Peak Periods, Additional Vehicles Without Wi-Fi May Be Used.

The Guard Change may not be operational in bad weather conditions. On these occasions we will visit the Horse Guards for a photo-stop instead.


Will the tour pick-up from my hotel?

Not unless you are staying at a hotel that is a designated pick-up (you will see options for these before you pay).  This is because of Government actions to help prevent pollution, no tour operators have been allowed to make individual hotel pick-ups since 1st April 2017.

Are there toilets on the coaches?

Some coaches have toilets, some do not, but on all tours there are regular comfort stops of no longer than 2 hours apart, plus all places visited have toilets on site.

Will we have time for a full lunch stop whilst on tour?

Unless you book a tour that includes a specific lunch stop then no.  Most tours are targeted at seeing as much as possible in one day and do not have time for a full stop.  There are options to buy food and snacks at all sites visited, but these can be expensive and most people prefer to bring food and drink with them.  Supermarkets, e.g. Tesco Express offer excellent and great value, pre-prepared food that is ideal for this.  Here is a store finder link.

Will the tour return to for example London at the time stated or can it be late?

Most tours return at the expected time, but this is always subject to traffic and it is possible there could be a delay and so it is always wise to allow plenty of spare time if you are planning on booking theatre shows, trains or flights etc. after your tour.

What clothes should I wear?

It is always wise to check the weather forecast before setting out.  It is good to plan in case of rain, with perhaps a shower coat and umbrella.  There will likely be quite a bit of walking on tours and comfy shoes are a must and if any of the tour is on grass e.g. Stonehenge Inner Circle tours then waterproof shoes are sensible.  It is often colder out of London than in London particularly if windy and a jumper or fleece in summer are wise and a warm coat in winter.

If visiting London how much time will it take to see all the main sites, will we have time for more than one out of London tour if we only have a week? How long in advance should I book tours?

It is a common mistake that people think it may take six days to see London and only allow a day for out of London tours.  However there is so much to see out of London that four days to go out of London will be an amazing experience to see maybe all these locations, Dover, Canterbury, Leeds Castle, Hampton Court, Windsor, Winchester, Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Avebury, Bath, Stratford, Oxford and Warwick.

There are excellent day tours of London that see all of the main attractions in one day and then perhaps allow a further two days to see the Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Tour and other London attractions not included on the main tours and do not forget to book your show/theatre tickets well in advance too.

These are all very popular tours, most sell out well in advance and it is wise to book your tours, theatre and attractions several months in advance and you will find good planning in advance will optimise your holiday.

Is it better value to tour sites of London and out of London sites on our own, perhaps hiring a car?

No, fixed tours of both London and out of London are much better value than visiting sites individually and you will find going individually entrance costs alone will add up to more than the fixed tours, even before you factor in travel costs.

Do tours pick-up from any of the London airports?

Sorry no tours depart or return from any UK airports.  There are however excellent rapid express trains for example the Heathrow Express.

Can you help me find a discounted best value hotel? Plus theatre/shows and other attractions?

Yes we certainly can and here are some useful links.

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