The British Royal family are perhaps the most famous family in the world. Since the eleventh century London has been the Seat of the Monarch. The family have several residences in London with many open to the public. Currently Queen Elizabeth II is the British monarch. She is head of the British constitutional government, the Church of England, British Armed Forces and the Commonwealth. She and her family undertake ceremonial, diplomatic and representative duties. Queen Elizabeth can be seen Opening the British Parliament, receiving foreign leaders and hosting garden parties at her London home Buckingham Palace.
One of the earliest London residences is The Tower of London, built in the eleventh century by William the Conqueror it is the earliest serving Palace / Fortress built in the United Kingdom. It contains accommodation for the King William, prison accommodation and a chapel. It is one of the most visited palaces in London and impresses today with its white building and huge strength.
St James’s Palace was the residence for Kings and Queens for three hundred years up until the reign of Queen Victoria when Buckingham Palace was built as her London residence. St James was built in the sixteenth century by Henry VIII. The Gatehouse, Chapel Royal several Tudor rooms survive. The building is still used for special occasions including the ‘Lying in State’ of Princess Diana following her death. It is also used for Royal baptisms such as Prince George’s in 2013 and large State occasions.
Nearby Buckingham Palace and Clarence House are both official London residences of the Queen and Prince Charles. Buckingham Palace and its gardens are open to the public. It is also at Buckingham Palace where visitors can watch the ceremony of the Changing of the Guard where the Queens Guard’s change shifts to protect Buckingham Palace and St. James Palace.
Lesser know Kensington Palace is the official residence of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children. Built in 1602 the palace is set in a park which contains a newly built Memorial Garden to Princess Diana where a statute to the Princess has been commissioned by Prince William and Prince Harry. Kensington Gardens is the park surrounding Kensington Palace. It is a much used London park with gardens, galleries and pleasant walks. As with the other London palaces, Kensington Palace contains a wealth of art treasures for the visitor to enjoy.
Follow in the footsteps of the Great and the Good in the heart of Westminster, from Royal London to "TheatreLand" and the famous West End... Not to be missed!
Westminster & Changing of the Guard
An absolute must: see the famous “Changing of the Guard” ceremony in this lovely walk around Westminster's Royal Parks and Palaces. With views of Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square & Downing Street.
Stonehenge and Windsor Castle Tour
Visit the ancient monument of Stonehenge and royal Windsor Castle on a chauffeur-driven day tour from London with an experienced guide.
Black History London Tours
British history often overlooks the contribution of Black people, so join us and retrace their footprints in London, and celebrate the role of historians, academics, writers, musicians or national heroes.
Royal parks, squares, markets and canals - full day west to east trail
A West to East London walking trail majoring on green spaces. An excellent way to see how London developed and how it all fits together.
London Drive Round Tour
Visit London's popular attractions in a one day chauffeur-driven drive round tour with an experienced tour guide.
Windsor and Eton Tour
Visit royal Windsor, the castle and Eton on a chauffeur-driven half day tour from London with an experienced guide.
Hampton Court and Hever Castle Tudor Tour
Visit Hnery VIII's Hampton Court Palace and historic Hever Castle on a chauffeur-driven day tour from London with an experienced guide.
Classic London Premier Tour
Panoramic sightseeing trip with running commentary, punctuated with stops for stand up presentations from our talented team of Guides, and we get to see most of London’s iconic landmarks.
Heathrow Layover Experience Tour
Our London layover tour option is perfect if you have a time window between connecting flights, so take matters into your hands and make it an eventful day to remember!