Royal London Guided Walking Tour
Box 1: 
Tour starts by the fountain and refreshment hut just inside Green Park (take the Buck Palace and Green Park exit in the tube).
Box 2: 
Tour starts at 9.25am. Finishes at Horseguards Parade at 11.15am


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 revel in 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.




Horse Guards
Horse Guards Parade
Buckingham Palace
Fun London Tour Group
Welsh Guard Smiling
The Queen
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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!"

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