Royal London Sightseeing Tour and Thames River Cruise

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Destination: United Kingdom, England, London

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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • London
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


This fantastic half-day tour provides the perfect introduction to London's major landmarks. See the best bits of London in only half a day and learn all about London's history with your Expert Tour Guide. Plus, watch the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace, an event steeped in tradition and ceremony. Enjoy a River Cruise after your guided tour and see the sights of London from a different angle.

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Pass By: Tower of London, St Katharine's & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB England

The Tower of London, officially Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London, is a historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London.

Pass By: Buckingham Palace, Spur Road, London SW1A 1AA England

Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of the UK's sovereigns since 1837 and today is the administrative headquarters of the Monarch.

Pass By: Tower Bridge Road, London SE1 2UP England

Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London built between 1886 and 1894. The bridge crosses the River Thames close to the Tower of London and has become an iconic symbol of London.

Pass By: Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX England

Kensington Palace is a royal residence set in Kensington Gardens, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London, England

Pass By: Trafalgar Square, Centre of the City, London SW1A England

Trafalgar Square is a public square in the City of Westminster, Central London, built around the area formerly known as Charing Cross. Its name commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar, a British naval victory in the Napoleonic Wars with France and Spain that took place on 21 October 1805 off the coast of Cape Trafalgar.

Pass By: Westminster Abbey, 20 Dean's Yard Broad Sanctuary, London SW1P 3PA England

A royal church in the centre of London offering daily services for all and a World Heritage Site with over a thousand years of history.

Pass By: Houses of Parliament, Parliament Square, London SW1A 0AA England

The Palace of Westminster is the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

Pass By: Big Ben, Parliament Sqaure Elizabeth Tower - Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London SW1A 0AA England

Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London and is usually extended to refer to both the clock and the clock tower.

Stop At: Changing of the Guard, Constitution Hill Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA England

Changing the Guard – also known as Guard Mounting – is the iconic ceremony which is seen by millions of people each year at Buckingham Palace. If there is no changing of the Guard, we will instead see the Changing of the Horse Guards at Horse Guards Parade.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Parliament Square, Westminster, London SW1P 3BD England

Parliament Square in Westminster is next to Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. The square was created in the 1860s and contains statues of well known statesmen including Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln and Nelson Mandela.

Stop At: Thames River, London England

At the end of our tour, make your way down to Westminster Pier and hop on the next available boat for a scenic cruise down the River Thames. Enjoy a unique view of London and its beautiful waterfront as you head from Westminster Pier to Tower Pier next to the formidable Tower of London.

Duration: 40 minutes

  • Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace or Horse Guards Parade
  • Panoramic tour of London
  • Expert guide
  • Superior Coach incl. Wifi & USB charging on board
  • One way Thames River cruise ticket (approximately 40-45 minutes)
  • Live commentary
  • Entry/Admission - Thames River

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Thames River cruise is from Tower Pier to Westminster Pier or Westminster Pier to Tower Pier (open dated, can use tickets any time during stay in London)
  • Please note that there is no transfer included for a Thames River Cruise.
  • Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace will resume from Monday the 23rd August 2021 and will take place on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 52 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Personal audio headsets provided to maintain distancing / Inclusions vetted to ensure they adhere to safety measures / E-tickets only no paper tickets / Staff newly trained in safety measures
Departure Point

Victoria Coach Station, London SW1W 9RH, UK

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Evan Evans Tours, 258 Vauxhall Bridge Rd, London SW1V 1BS, UK

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


3 hours 30 minutes

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews


03 Jan, 2020

I had a wonderful day in London with the most wonderful guide ever her name is Norma and I had the driver Steve. The weather was amazing which let me have good pictures. We saw the guard change and our guide made sure we had good spot to watch it from. I even took a picture of the guide and the drive so you now which people you should look for to have a wonderful time with. They give the little extra that makes the time fly away. If you want an amazing guide ask for Norma or you will miss out on a wonderful experience. She has alot of knowledge and she knows what she is talking about. Thank you again for a wonderful time.


26 Sep, 2019

Our quide David and Driver Joe were fantastic very knowledgable and friendley would recommend this tour to family and friends


29 Jun, 2019

We had an excellent tour with James (tour guide) and Mark (driver). James is clearly extremely knowledgeable about London, and Mark navigated what looked like treacherous driving to me. James also very politely told some noisy tourists to stop talking. Highly recommended!


08 Sep, 2018

I am not sure I have this under the correct Evan Evans activity above, as I thought it was something like "London in a day with evening Thames river cruise". In any event, it was wonderful. August 20th, 2018 Tour Number 4. Here is my review.... I will start by saying this is the tour you want, especially if you can request the tour guide Rodney. In fact, find out when Rodney is working and book that tour! My wife located this tour on the internet from past reviews, and did she ever score a great tour for us. We did the “London in One Day Tour” with the evening Thames River cruise. It was perfect for us, with the bus touring of most of the sites newcomers like us want to see. The tour leaves from the lovely Art Deco Victoria Coach Station, itself worth seeing. We saw the Royal Albert Hall*, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace* (and the guard change), Green Park*, Trafalgar Square*, Parliament (with the clock tower containing Big Ben), Piccadilly Circus, St. Paul’s Cathedral*, Harrod’s, The Tower of London* and so much more. The * means we actually got out to view this location. Now for the seriously good part – we had as our guide a fine gentleman named Rodney. (August 20th 2018 Tour Number 4). Rodney is an extremely polished Londoner that sounds like a BBC news announcer. He is brilliant, and has a very dry, fun wit. I never stumped him with a question. He KNOWS London. He also strikes the correct balance of the right amount of talking, without babbling on. I heard other guides go by… want Rodney. Make the effort to book with him, and you can thank me later. Whoever hires and fires, give this man a raise and keep him. Our driver Joe was incredible. He threaded the big red coach through holes I would swear a Mini Cooper couldn’t fit. He and Rodney worked well together to adjust the tour on the fly due to traffic jams in London streets. The really amazing feat was seeing Joe parallel park the coach in one smooth move into a space in Trafalgar Square little longer than the coach’s length. Simply amazing. The evening river cruise left from the London Eye dock, and was very enjoyable and gives a perspective most will never see. Wonderful sunset over St Paul’s Cathedral dome. The announcer was very funny. It is well worth your time and effort for this relaxing float on the Thames. Again, I cannot say enough about Rodney and the tour in general. Make sure and book one of Rodney’s days, and enjoy. It was a top highlight of our trip to England.


18 Oct, 2016

Not a big fan of this tour. it's super basic because you get the same information as if you were to get one of those 2 day tour buses but at half the price and twice the amount of time. And the time spent at the changing of the guard was barely 15 minutes, when the whole ceremony lasts 1.5 hours. Also, the guide placed us all the way to the back of the area, where we weren't able to see anything of the actual ceremony, only a few guards that passed by the street on their way in to the main plaza. And the cruise, the bus leaves you about 5 blocks from where you are supposed to get the boat. So i wouldn't recommend this to anyone. you are better off getting a Big Bus pass or any of those tour buses, and walking yourself early to Buckingham Palace to see the change of guard and place yourself at the front.

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