Full day Magic of London with Champagne afternoon tea.

Tour code: L2

Includes private tour of the Tower of London - see the Crown Jewels.

The Tour:

The Tower of London ....private tour away from the crowds..

Following our coach drive past some of Londons most famous landmarks including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament we arrive at the Tower of London where we are met on the middle drawbridge by our very own Yeoman Warder. Leading us into this world heritage site before it opens to the public our Beefeater will take us on a private guided tour explaining the history behind this fortress of imprisonment and torture.

We are also the first group to see the Crown Jewels before enjoying some free time to explore on our own. Why not visit Traitors Gate, the armouries or the Bloody Tower? And keep an eye out for the famous Ravens. Tradition has it that if the Ravens leave the Tower the monarch will fall!

Guard Change at Buckingham Palace
Departing the Tower we head to The Mall to watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony as one of the Queens Household Regiments march from St. James Palace to Buckingham Palace dressed in their world famous tunics and busbies.*

Short boat trip on the Thames and Westminster Abbey
Next we take a short boat trip on the River Thames as we enjoy excellent views of St. Paul's Cathedral and Shakespeare's Globe and then take a break for lunch. After lunch we have a photo stop at Westminster Abbey.

St. Paul's Cathedral

We start the afternoon part of our tour with a visit to St Paul's Cathedral. This masterpiece was designed in 1673 by Sir Christopher Wren, our tour will include listening to the 1695 organ that Mendelssohn once played and visit the tombs of Nelson and Wellington. With your professional tour guide you can also test the unique acoustics of the Whispering Gallery*, not usually visited by tour groups. On Sundays when viewing is restricted, there will be an opportunity to enter and enjoy one of the services.

*Please note that tours to the Whispering Gallery will no longer be running from April 2016.

Champagne Afternoon Tea at the Park Plaza Westminster Hotel

What better way to enjoy a quintessentially British afternoon tea experience than to sit back and admire the great views of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament at the wonderful Park Plaza Westminster Hotel?

Enter the 1WB Lounge & Patisserie for a glass of Champagne and full afternoon tea. Choose from a selection of English teas and infusions along with a delectable selection of freshly made sandwiches, cakes, clotted cream, jams and scones - a truly luxury experience.

*Please note that on rare occasions the Park Plaza is not available in this case we will be using an alternative venue.

*If the Changing of the Guard is not taking place you will still have a photo stop opportunity at Buckingham Palace.

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