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Things to do in The Mall, London

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Buckingham Palace: The State Rooms Entrance Ticket

1. Buckingham Palace: The State Rooms Entrance Ticket

Explore what is arguably London's most iconic attraction with a multimedia tour of the Buckingham Palace State Rooms. Gain privileged access to one of the official residences of His Majesty the King and admire the beautiful collections on display as you make your way from room to room. The term "state rooms" refers to the public rooms of a palace, in which monarchs receive, reward, and entertain their subjects and visiting dignitaries. Today the state rooms at Buckingham Palace are used extensively by The King and members of the Royal Family to receive and entertain their guests on state, ceremonial, and official occasions. The state rooms are furnished with many of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt and Rubens, sculptures by Canova, exquisite examples of Sèvres porcelain, and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. At the end of your tour, the popular Garden Café is the perfect place to gather and enjoy views across the famous lawn.

Buckingham Palace: The Royal Mews Entrance Ticket

2. Buckingham Palace: The Royal Mews Entrance Ticket

The Royal Mews is an important branch of the Lord Chamberlain's Office and provides road transport for The King and members of the Royal Family by both horse-drawn carriage and motor car. It is also one of the finest working stables still in existence, responsible for the training of the Windsor Greys and Cleveland Bays, the horses that pull the royal carriages. Among the historic coaches and carriages on display is the spectacular new Diamond Jubilee State Coach, which conveyed Queen Elizabeth II on the State Opening of Parliament on 4 June 2014. What's more, cast your eye over the luxurious Australian State Coach, with central heating and electric windows, which carried Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace after the Royal Wedding in 2011. The most dazzling of all is the Gold State Coach, which has been used at every coronation since that of George IV in 1821.  Among the vehicles on display, you can also find the Irish State Coach, purchased by Queen Victoria in 1852. Queen Victoria, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II have all travelled to the State Opening of Parliament in this carriage.  During your visit to the Royal Mews, relish the opportunity to see some of The Kings horses that draw the coaches and carriages housed in the Mews. Visitors to the Royal Mews can also see some of the fine livery worn by The Queen’s coachmen. Apart from a few small details, it remains much the same as it was in Victorian times.  Remarkably, some of the tailors used for production of liveries today are the same companies employed during the reign of George III in the 18th century.

London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

3. London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

Meet your guide at Piccadilly Circus and get an introduction to the background of the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Hear what you will be doing for the next 1 hour and 45 minutes. Then proceed as a group toward The Mall. Pass by Pall Mall and Waterloo Place. Here you will learn more about the British Army and its greatest general, the Duke of Wellington. Once on The Mall, see the extraordinary monuments to royals and generals. Get a view of St. James's Park. Admire the most beautiful of the royal parks and look at the majestic open space of Horse Guards Parade. Continue toward St. James's Palace. On the way, you might see the Household Cavalry en route from their barracks in Hyde Park. The main focus, however, will be to watch the foot soldiers emerge from St. James's Palace ready for their uniform inspection. They will then march to Buckingham Palace, sometimes accompanied by a band. If you're lucky, they may even play a song! One of the highlights of your tour will be to march in step with the guards as they leave St. James's Palace. Then watch as the New Guard emerges from Wellington Barracks. He will often be accompanied by a full ceremonial band. Take a photo of Buckingham Palace from a raised platform. The tour ends with a flourish as the band plays in the palace courtyard. Marvel as the cavalry and guardsmen march past. Your guide will then help you get to your next port of call. 

London: German-Speaking Guided Tour of Westminster

4. London: German-Speaking Guided Tour of Westminster

Start your 2.5-hour tour of Westminster's best attractions near Green Park Underground Station, led by a German-speaking guide. Enjoy an unspoiled view of Buckingham Palace, the main London residence of the British Monarchy since Queen Victoria's time. View the Horse Guards ride past on their way to the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Continue your walk along The Mall, the famous red-paved street and ceremonial route the King takes when leaving Buckingham Palace. Follow in the steps of your qualified City of London and City of Westminster guide across the fascinating area of central London. Stroll past Clarence House, St. James' Palace, and Trafalgar Square before you arrive at Westminster Abbey and Parliament Square.

London: Buckingham Palace Tickets with Royal Walking Tour

5. London: Buckingham Palace Tickets with Royal Walking Tour

Enjoy a guided walking tour of the royal sights in London. See top sights like St. James's Palace, Clarence House, and The Mall. Save time with skip-the-line tickets to Buckingham Palace and dive into the royal residence with the official palace audio guide. Meet your guide near Buckingham Palace and head out on a guided walking tour of the most royal part of London. Hear fascinating background information about the Palace and the royal family, as well as the magnificent St. James's Palace, which was built by Henry VIII. Visit the beautiful St. James's Park, and the Mall which was built to resemble a giant red carpet leading up to the Palace. Pass by Clarence House which was home to Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. Enter the grand halls of Buckingham Palace which is open to visitors for a limited time each year. Get tickets that will give you guaranteed access with no time wasted waiting in line. Marvel at the lavish apartments, sparkling chandeliers, and sumptuous furnishings. View 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. Using the official palace audio guide, learn about the palace residents, history, and traditions, as well as stories about the furnishings and ornaments. Many of these items were gifts over the centuries from heads of state from around the globe.

London: Vintage Bus Tour and London Eye Ticket

6. London: Vintage Bus Tour and London Eye Ticket

Travel back in time on a 4-hour tour of London. The combined sightseeing tour includes a ride on a vintage double-decker Routemaster bus and a short trip along the River Thames. End your excursion with spectacular views of the city from one of the panoramic pods of the London Eye. Head off for a tour of the city onboard a vintage double-decker bus. Pass historic attractions such as the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and the Tower of London. Admire Sir Christopher Wren’s iconic St. Paul’s Cathedral. Swap land for water and take a short trip along the River Thames, looking out for Shakespeare’s Globe, HMS Belfast, London Bridge, and much more. Back on dry land, re-join the bus and head for Buckingham Palace, home to the British royal family. On the morning tour, you'll arrive in time to see the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony, as soldiers dressed in their iconic uniforms march to military music. If there is no Changing of the Guard, you'll have a photo stop at the palace instead. Complete your London excursion with spectacular views across London’s rooftops as you enjoy a complete circuit of the London Eye, the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel. Settle into one of the 32 high-tech glass capsules, which take approximately 30 minutes to revolve entirely. See Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and Westminster Abbey from a unique, elevated perspective.

London: Life and Legacy of Queen Elizabeth II Walking Tour

7. London: Life and Legacy of Queen Elizabeth II Walking Tour

Learn about Britain's longest reigning monarch on a special guided walking tour of London. Join your guide as you walk through the heart of Westminster to discover sights like St James's Palace, Downing Street, and more. In June 2022, the nation came together in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee, and her unprecedented 70 years on the throne. In September of the same year, the nation came together once again to mourn the passing of their matriarch. Meet your guide in Mayfair near the Queen's birthplace and set out to learn about one of the most iconic monarchs in Britain's history. Hear about the extraordinary highs and challenging lows of her lifetime and service to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. Wander past Buckingham Palace, St James' Palace, the Mall, Whitehall, Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey. See the Horse Guards Parade and Downing Street, and get to know the woman behind the crown and the family behind the institution.

British Royalty: Changing of The Guard Walking Tour

8. British Royalty: Changing of The Guard Walking Tour

Once you have met your guide, head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace where you will be able to watch the Changing of the Guard. After watching the Changing of the Guard you will walk down the Mall, the red-colored road that is adorned by two royal parks and palaces. The Mall is the most important road in the UK where national celebrations are held. You will see where Prince Charles lives, Clarence House. Continue on your walking tour exploring the area while listening to your guide talk about the history of the area as well as fun facts along the way.  Learn about the Royal palaces, to the parks, squares, and fountains you will see that are important to the British Monarchy.

London's Palaces and Parliament Walking Tour

9. London's Palaces and Parliament Walking Tour

See more than 20 of London's most iconic sights on a 3-hour walking tour. Explore the City of Westminster, one of the most popular tourist locations in London. Learn fun facts about the history of the area and how it developed, as you pass by many of its iconic monuments. Head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace where on selected days you can watch the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony. Walk down The Mall, a tree-lined, royal road, adorned with Royal Parks and Royal Palaces.  Travel to Parliament Square where you will see Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. View some of the most famous sights in London, including: Buckingham Palace, the Victoria Memorial, St James's Park, Green Park, St James's Palace, Big Ben, Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and Trafalgar Square.

London: Harry Potter Tour, Hop-on Hop-off Bus, and Cruise

10. London: Harry Potter Tour, Hop-on Hop-off Bus, and Cruise

Join a walking tour and discover London's hotspots that inspired the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Be introduced to some of the movies' most iconic filming locations as you stroll around town. Embark on a fascinating hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour and a scenic river cruise. Begin your journey with your immersive Harry Potter locations walking tour. Come across some of the films' famous locations and learn about why they were chosen. Next, hop on board an iconic double-decker bus and enjoy panoramic views from the open-top deck. Hop off at famous landmarks like the London Eye, The Shard, and St Paul's Cathedral. If you prefer, stay on for a full loop and listen to the captivating audio commentary on board. Next, enjoy London's iconic waterway, as you board a 30-minute sightseeing cruise. Sail along the River Thames and past the Tate Modern, Tower of London, and Tower Bridge. You can begin the one-way cruise from either Westminster Pier or Tower Pier. Finally, your pass includes complimentary access to an escorted e-tricycle and a sightseeing app with a bunch of self-guided features.

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It was unfortunately pretty rainy weather when we went, but the guides knew all the cheats for still getting to see some guards even in the wet weather and offered for us to come back for free next time in London if we weren’t happy with what we’d seen, which I thought was great. Guides gave us lots of interesting information about the guards, ceremonies, royals and more. Can recommend!

The tour was very insightful and fascinating. Despite the rainy weather we enjoyed the tour, even with kids. Our tour guide, Barry, was great and kept it entertaining with his sense of humour. The group was small as promised. I would definitely recommend it

The tour was just amazing! The guide Matt is exceptionally awesome. The tour was informative and straight to the point. Exactly as described. And Matt is experienced, enthusiastic and friendly! Very rewarding experience.

Christopher was fabulous. He was energetic, knowledgable and kind. Would go on the tour with him 1000 more times

It was very interesting and o tried to keep up with the band with their quick step. Had fun!