Royal London Guided Walking Tour
Box 1: 
Starts 10am under statue of King George IV, Trafalgar Square & finishes near Buckingham Palace around 11.45
Box 2: 
£10 adult, £8 student/under 18, £29 family of 4. Under 5s free! No tours in July

ROYAL LONDON TOUR - INCLUDING CHANGING OF THE HORSEGUARDS

The Royal Walking Tour is unmissable if you want to see the Royal quarter of London and witness magnificent pomp and ceremony with an expert guide.

On the way we will see three Royal Palaces, two beautiful Royal Parks, Ceremonial Guards, hear stories of revolution and execution, royal romance and scandal, and conclude with a wonderful view of Buckingham Palace.

But the highlight of the tour has to be the extraordinary Change of the Lifeguard ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, a ceremony with 350 years of history. This tour ticks all the boxes for anyone who wants to be captivated by the tradition, history and colour of Royal London, and an absolute must for those of you who love horses!

If you want a slower paced tour than the Changing the Guard tour, fewer tourists to block your way and a smaller group, then this could be the tour for you. We don't see the changing guard ceremony involving footguards at Buckingham Palace on this tour, but we do see the change of the lifeguard ceremony at horseguard's parade.

*Please note that this ceremony is weather dependent, and although unlikely, on occasion the British Army can cancel it without any notice.
 

 

VIEW PHOTOS FROM THE TOUR BELOW (click to enlarge)

 

Horse Guards
Horse Guards Parade
Buckingham Palace
Fun London Tour Group
Welsh Guard Smiling
The Queen
Available Tour Dates
Available dates are in highlighted, Unavailable dates are greyed out

ROYAL LONDON TOUR - INCLUDING CHANGING OF THE HORSEGUARDS HIGHLIGHTS

On this tour you will:

  • Be taken to the best spots to photograph Buckingham Palace and St James Palace
  • Walk through two Royal Parks
  • Find out where King Charles I lost his head
  • Witness the spectacular Change of the Life Guard Ceremony at Horse Guards Parade.
  • Walk along the world famous Mall seen around the world during occasions like the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the 2011 Royal Wedding.(Please note we will not be going inside the buildings)

 

Here is our guide Matt's description of the Changing of the Life Guard Ceremony:"

At 11am Monday to Saturday and 10am Sundays, a glorious ceremony takes place on Horse Guards Parade. Resplendent in their uniforms, the Queen’s Life Guard and Blues & Royals go through the daily rituals of a ceremony which has its roots in the 17th century.

At the other end of the Mall tens of thousands of tourists jostle for position to see the top of a bearskin, but those tourists who have dared to be different are rewarded with a sight every bit as colourful and historic, but in a setting which is beyond surpass.

As a tour guide I am always struck by the magnificence of the occasion. But what really makes my heart skip a beat is the opportunity to get within touching distance of the horses as they go by. Tourists seem genuinely amazed as to how close they are to the action, but many seem totally perplexed as to what is going on or why it is happening.

While the two regiments face each other, I give the group insights into the guards, horses and uniforms while evoking images of the pageantry this parade ground has witnessed throughout the centuries.

Look at the detail of the uniforms and buildings, and they reveal incredible stories of a truly remarkable history – of a King who hid in an oak tree, of a Duke who carried a crust of bread and hard-boiled egg onto the battle field, and the supposed origins of the ‘Punishment Parade’.

So although visitors to London are understandably keen to see the Changing the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace, I would absolutely recommend avoiding the crowds and taking a couple of hours to come on a Horse Guard Tour!"

 

 

TOUR REVIEWS

Royal Tour - Superb
5 of 5 stars 

Our group consisted of a variety of ages ranging from 11 – 70. The pace of the tour suited us all. No rushing.

Matt gave insight to places I have walked past and never knew the history, explained sights I’d seen, but never understood why they were there. The information given was told in such a manner that I have even retained the majority of it.

We saw the changing of the guards at Horseguards – and were beautifully positioned.
Matt is a great guide.

We will want to join him again on a further tour, for sure.#

 

Royal tour - great way to see London
5 of 5 stars 

We went on the The Royal tour with Matt. He is a very enthusiastic, knowledgable, personable and laid back guide. The tour was about 1 hour and 40 mins but the time past quickly as Matt led us around the tour. He obviously is very passionate and adept at passing on his knowledge in a manner that is understandable, informative and interesting. We both enjoyed the whole tour and made the comment that is was nice to not just walk past the sights and think how nice but rather to know some of the history and reason behind them. The changing of the Lifeguards at the House Guards parade was really good as the crowd was a lot less and we had front row and close up viewing. We would and will be very happy to recommend Matt and his tours. Thanks Matt for a very enjoyable time. Peter & Jenny

 

“The perfect family tour!”
5 of 5 stars 

We have two children (9 & 12) and I tried to find a tour that would be fun and interesting but not venture into cheesy (duck tour anyone?).

The Royal Tour was a two hour highlight of our first trip to London with our daughters. We had a small group (ok...it's Fall...we were the only ones) and Matt was the PERFECT tour guide. Professional (impeccable timing and placed us in the perfect locations for the best views) but also he was genuinely enthusiastic about his love of British history.

We saw the Queen...really...pretty amazing...for us and Matt. But we would have raved about the tour even without a Royalty sighting.

Book Matt and Fun London Tours. Lovely fellow. Brilliant tour.

 
 
“Royal Tour with the Changing of the Horse Guard - wonderful!”
5 of 5 stars 

We had already seen the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace so thought this would be boring by comparison - no so! The changing of the Horse Guard is a wonderful spectacle, I enjoyed it more! As Matt walked us through London we learned so much - just a wonderful, fun and informative morning.

 
 
“Friendliest Tour Guide in London”
5 of 5 stars 

Fantastic tour. Matt got us up close & personal with the Horse Guards. He knows all the best spots for photo opportunities & to avoid the large crowds. Made it enjoyable for the kids with a blend of modern & historical info. Highly recommend & will definitely use again when we return to London one day.

 

“FLT Horse Guards Tour”
5 of 5 stars 

This tour with Matt was wonderful and informative. Matt knew exactly where to stand, which corners were the best to see from without to many people to block our view. We got to see more of the horses and a lot LESS crowd. Matt was a pleasure to be around for 2 hours and I wish I had booked his services for a longer time period. I highly recommend Matt for a wide range of tour services in the London area for any travel agency wishing to provide their clients with the best of the best.

 

Other tours you may be interested in:

Selected weekdays from Spring 2018
Selected weekdays from Spring 2018
Grime & Punishment Tour
Selected Sunday afternoons
Bizzare London
Selected weekday afternoons
Forgotten London Tour
Selected weekday afternoons
Royal London Guided Walking Tour
Selected Tues, Thurs, Sat mornings
Essential London
Selected afternoons
Hidden London Tour
Selected weekday afternooons
Secret, Hidden London Guided Walking Tour
Selected weekday & Sat afternoons
Changing The Guard London Guided Walking Tour
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun
Liar Liar London Guided Walking Tour
Available as private tour
Liar Liar Westminster
On request - private tour only
Dance of the Dead Tour
Will be 'Grime & Punishment' from 2017
The Beatles in London
On request - private tour only