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London in a Day Tour with Westminster Abbey Skip-the-Line Tickets

Your comprehensive exploration of London
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Tour Details
8 hours
Product Type
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Tower of London
  • Borough Market
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Tour Description
Enjoy a full-day tour in one of the most visited cities on the globe in the company of a historian who will take you to the city’s most famous landmarks. From Westminster Abbey to Big Ben, to Buckingham Palace, and, the Tower of London, this tour will take you to London’s important and beautiful spots, delving into the history of each world-renowned site. Get ready for a full-day English adventure in Britain's capital filled with fascinating history and quintessential charms.

NOTE: If you add the optional car service please tell us your hotel or apartment address in the 'Additional Details' box while adding the tour to your shopping cart.
  • Tower of London: Explore centuries of British history within the Tower's walls, from royal events to gruesome tales of imprisonment, this landmark is a must-visit for history enthusiasts.
  • River Thames: Stroll along its banks to witness iconic landmarks and experience the heartbeat of London, where old and new merge in a stunning urban setting.
  • Millennium Bridge: Cross this modern, sleek footbridge to enjoy panoramic views of the city skyline and a view of the Tate Modern.
  • Westminster Abbey: Immerse yourself in the grandeur of Gothic architecture and visit the final resting place of monarchs, poets, and scientists, experiencing the essence of British tradition.
  • Big Ben: Gaze at the majestic clock tower, a symbol of London's resilience and iconic charm, while capturing stunning photos against the backdrop of the Palace of Westminster.
  • Buckingham Palace: At the official residence of the British monarch, take in the remarkable grandeur and pageantry. 
  • St. James Park: Enjoy a serene escape from the bustling city amidst lush greenery, tranquil lakes, and resident pelicans, offering a peaceful retreat in the heart of London.
General Information
  • There will be a break in the tour to stop and use bathroom facilities as well as opportunities to stop and rest along the way if needed. Please communicate any mobility needs or concerns with our team at the time of booking. 
  • Includes admission tickets to the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey
    • Note: Our skip-the-line tickets will get us to a special lane where our group will have to join a queue for security screening 
  • For more information on planning your tour, take a read through our Context Stories.
  • If you are looking to learn more about London prior to a visit, check out our online lectures.
Our day of British adventure in charming central London begins with introductions over a morning coffee at a cafe beside the historic 900-year-old Tower of London castle. Visiting the Tower, you’ll discover its vast history and many purposes it’s had across centuries, including being a royal residence, guarding the crown jewels, housing the royal mint, holding many famous prisoners, and more.

Please note: Due to venue rules, we are currently unable to guide inside some areas of the Tower of London site, including the White Tower, the Jewel House and the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula. This rule is in place until further notice. We are still able to guide in the other areas of the Tower of London site and you will be able to visit guiding-restricted areas independently.

Continuing our explorations we’ll walk along the river Thames before stopping for lunch. We'll grab a bite to eat at the bustling Borough Market or one of the traditional English pubs nearby. (Please note that the market is closed on Mondays so we'll find an alternative.) Re-energized, we’ll cross the Millennium Bridge and take in the city's sites, viewing London from above the Thames and seeing the exterior of the stunning St. Paul’s Cathedral, learning its historical importance. Jumping on the tube or in a taxi, we will head to Westminster Abbey, the gothic church where many royal coronations and weddings have held place. 

We’ll then stroll through picturesque St. James’s Park onto the golden gates of Buckingham Palace where you’ll see some of the guards in their uniform. After having ventured together across the city to sites relevant to London's historic, cultural, and monarchical identity, our ‘London in a Day, with Context’ will leave us with a deeper understanding of the British capital and all things London.
For more information about Context tours, please visit our FAQs.

Where do we meet? Where does the tour end? 
You will meet your expert guide at Byward Kitchen and Bar, Byward St and the tour will end at Trafalgar Square. Your confirmation email will have the exact meeting point details along with a map. 

Is this walk suitable for families?
We've specifically designed a different version of this tour for families. Please see our London in a Day for Kids tour.

What happens if Westminster Abbey is closed or radically changes hours on specific dates?
Westminster Abbey may have closures occasionally; in this event, our Client Experience team will contact to you to suggest valuable alternatives.
Can you arrange a car service for the day?
Yes, car services can be arranged if needed. Please indicate your preference at the time of booking.

We are a bigger group and it won't let us book a larger vehicle at checkout, can we still book?
If your group needs a larger vehicle than what is displayed as options at checkout please reach out to our team in order to verify availability and pricing with our car provider. Thank you!

What are skip-the-line tickets?
For this tour, your tickets are pre-purchased which allows you to directly enter the security line at the Abbey without waiting in the ticket office line. You may still have to wait in a security line or in a line to have your pre-purchased ticket scanned.   

Is this tour wheelchair accessible?
A car service can be ordered as the main sites are wheelchair accessible; please contact us to discuss in more detail your mobility concerns so that we can best advise. 
What costs will I need to cover on the day?
We will pre-purchase your tickets for the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey. You will be expected to cover the cost of your lunch and any additional refreshments.
Book with confidence — see Context's flexible cancellation policy here.
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What a great way to start our trip. Imogen was amazing, so detailed but fun. We loved every minute!
Fia was wonderful! She was extremely knowledgeable about the history and had many fun facts to share. Also, she was so nice & we really enjoyed spending the day with her exploring London. Would highly recommend this tour to all our friends and family members.
We had a wonderful day with Oliver — so knowledgeable, passionate, and kind. He was particularly adept at connecting with our teenage sons (no small feat) and keeping the tour interesting for the entirety of the 8 hours. We really did do “London in a day”!