ROYAL LONDON PRIVATE TOUR BY ‘TUBE’
Note: We no longer operate the Royal London Private Tour by car. The combined cost of fuel, parking, road tax, congestion charges and operating licences means we cannot effectively offer value for money with this option.
However, we do offer the same tour by ‘tube’ (the Londoners’ nickname for the subway transit system). Here are five advantages of the tube alternative:
- Cost-effective: typically, a family of four can save £150.00 over the previous car option. We can take larger families too (up to 10).
- Time-effective: usually a faster way to get around the city, giving you more time to enjoy your tour. As London Transport advertising once proclaimed: ‘It’s quicker by tube!‘
- Eco-friendly: kinder to the environment, and healthier too, with a little more walking involved. Not too much walking, but enough to burn off some excess calories!
- Engaging: interact with the city, just like a local.
- Iconic: adds another dimension to the London visitor experience. As the oldest and largest underground transit system in the world, it’s practically an attraction in itself.
ROYAL LONDON PRIVATE TOUR – ITINERARY
Your guide will meet you at your central London hotel or agreed meeting point at the specified time. Then, explore the fascination with Royalty, famously described by the late Prince Philip as: ‘a lunacy people enjoy!’ Our Royal London Private Tour represents what London does best: palaces, pomp and ceremony. Depending on the day booked, the tour may also include the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. During the summer months, Buckingham Palace itself can be visited as an alternative to any of the other attractions. Skip-the-line tickets to all attractions in your itinerary will be booked and added to your tour price.
Crowning glory, focus for royal events, and one of the world’s greatest churches. This private guided tour visits the place where kings and queens have been crowned for a thousand years. Your guide will take you through a Gothic labyrinth where you’ll discover the tombs of the legendary royal women of the past, such as the Virgin Queen, Bloody Mary and Mary Queen of Scots. See too, the magnificent Henry VII Chapel ceiling. In more recent times, the Abbey was the venue for the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Prince William’s grandparents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, married here too, as did his great grandparents, George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. It was also the venue for the memorable funeral of Prince William’s mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997. Something of a national mausoleum, the Abbey is also the final resting places of Newton, Darwin and Dickens.
*Note: not open Sundays (an alternative attraction may be substituted).
A tour of the stables known as the ‘Royal Mews’ adjoining the side of Buckingham Palace. Originally, the royal hawks were kept in ‘mews’ when moulting, but later this part of the palace was changed to the stabling quarters. Here you can find out about all the royal horses and how they are looked after. This is a working stable for 30 horses and used on regular basis. The horses are exercised regularly and one may often catch them in action. As well as royal cars, we will also be able to view the magnificent collection of royal carriages, in particular, the Australian State Coach and the Irish State Coach which are alternated in use by the monarch for the annual state opening of Parliament. Finally, the piece de resistance, the awesome Gold State Carriage – with wheels based on a Roman chariot – designed by William Chambers over 230 years ago, covered in 24 carat gold and weighing over 4 tons. It is still used today.
Changing of the Guard*
Depending on the day booked, the Royal London Private Tour may include the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace. All the King’s horses and all the King’s men in the kind of pomp that only London does best. Your guide will explain this centuries-old tradition, run through the regiments that take part, regale you with regal tales, and, as the military band marches by, bag you the best spot for photos of this popular pageant of colour.
*Note: the ceremony usually takes place on Sunday’s, Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s between August and May and daily during June and July. It does not take place at all during wet weather. If the ceremony is not scheduled on the tour date, guided tours of other attractions will be extended.
Royal history from the 17th to the 21st centuries. Set at the western edge of Hyde Park, known as Kensington Gardens, the palace was originally lived in by King William III and his wife Queen Mary. Subsequently by Queen Anne, George I and George II. Queen Victoria was born here, and at the tender age of 18, awoke here one day in 1837 to find out she was queen. The State Apartments were opened to the public on the occasion of Queen Victoria’s 70th birthday. The palace was famously the last home of Diana, Princess of Wales, and where her sons Princes William and Harry were brought up. Today it’s the London home of ‘William and Kate’ and ‘Harry and Meghan’ It was here in Nov 2017 , that Harry proposed to Meghan. Apparently, he got down on one knee while they were ‘trying to roast a chicken’! The Orangery in the garden is a pleasant place for refreshments.
Buckingham Palace (option during Summer openings)*
This tour takes in the magnificent state rooms and gardens of London’s royal HQ. We can’t promise an invite for tea but we can promise you’ll be impressed. This is an audio-guided tour but your guide can accompany you at your request.
*Note: This option may be chosen instead of either Westminster Abbey or Kensington Palace to make up your Royal London Private Tour.
ROYAL LONDON PRIVATE TOUR – NOTES
Tour price includes:
- The tour and any options as laid out in the itinerary above.
- Personal qualified guide.
- Private guided tours of all attractions in your itinerary except where stated.
Tour price does not include:
- Tube travel tickets. If required, these are added to the price at £10.00 person.
- Tickets to attractions: These are usually pre-booked by us at the attraction’s standard rate including any transaction fees.
- The cost of meals or refreshments.
- Gratuities or tips to guide (at client’s discretion).
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays are usually best for this tour – why?
- Tuesdays: Changing of the Guard does not take place during Autumn, Winter or Spring.
- Thursdays: Changing of the Guard does not take place during Autumn, Winter or Spring.
- Saturdays: Busier with longer lines. Changing of the Guard does not take place during Autumn, Winter or Spring.
- Sundays: Busier with longer lines. Westminster Abbey not open for visiting.
ROYAL LONDON PRIVATE TOUR
PRICES & PRACTICAL INFORMATION
● Description: day tour in London by ‘tube’
– conducted by accredited guide.
● Meet: any central London address.
● Depart/return times: 8:30am-4:30pm.
● Number of persons: up to 10.
● Tour price: £430.00*
– *plus travel tickets (as needed) at £10.00 pp.
– *plus pre-booked attraction tickets.