Our city of London walking tour begins at Westminster Abbey, the church that has been used for many royal weddings, coronations, and burials.
Moving around outside the church gives you some idea of the scale of this magnificent building. Thousands of people are buried here, stretching from medieval monarchs to modern scientists.
Your Blue Badge Guide will happily help you guess some of their names.
From Westminster Abbey, we’ll cross the road to Parliament Square, complete with statues of many famous statesmen. Not to be outdone, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben creep into view as we make our way around the Square.
But which bit is Big Ben? And who was it named after?
Join us to find out! Of course, as this is a London private tour, you will have the complete attention of your guide who can answer any of your questions.
We’ll carry on with our central London walking tour, strolling away from Parliament Square through hidden alleyways. We can admire the local architecture on our way to the main site: Buckingham Palace. Can you recognise if His Majesty is home?
A stop at Buckingham Palace could also mean witnessing the Changing of the Guards. During certain days and in fair weather, we can join the regiments marching from their barracks to the Palace.
If they cancel the guard change, 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 also offers plenty of places to take spectacular pictures.
Maybe one palace isn’t enough? St James’s Palace awaits close by, offering more stories about the Royal Family.
Perhaps you’d like to see where His Majesty buys his shoes from? Browsing through St. James’s Street, we can hunt out all the shops with the Royal Warrant.
If you’ve had enough of 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.
Finally, to conclude our London city tour, we head out towards the heart of West End: Piccadilly. Surrounded now by theatres, shops, and restaurants, perhaps you can find some inspiration for how to spend the evening?
The tour finishes at Trafalgar Square, right in the city centre of London, leaving you with time to contemplate your tour around some of the world’s most iconic sights.
Sometimes the tour runs in a different order to maximise your chances of seeing the guard change, but we will still cover all the places mentioned above.
Want to dive even deeper? Join us on a Westminster Abbey Tour to explore all the fascinating history inside the Abbey and then explore the surrounding area. Alternatively, consider seeing even more royal pageantry on our Tower of London Tour.
Westminster Abbey shop, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P 3JS. By prior arrangement, your guide can meet you at your central London hotel.
Daily 9:00am, 2:00pm
Your tour guide will meet you at the Westminster Abbey shop and will be holding a sign with the lead customer’s name.