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

Explore London’s iconic landmarks and cultural prowess with a resident expert
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Tour Details
Duration
8 hours
Product Type
Tour
Venues
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Tower of London
  • Borough Market
Photos & Highlights
  • Enjoy an experience tailored to your interests that goes beyond surface-level tourism, offering a deep dive into the city's rich history.
  • Visit the iconic London landmarks with an expert who can share the unknown stories and facts that other visitors miss.
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Tour Description
Feel the pulse of history beneath your feet as you embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of London. Here, the stories of ancient kings and queens, the sounds of bustling markets, and the majestic sights of iconic landmarks combine to create an immersive experience like no other. 

From the imposing grandeur of the Tower of London to the intricate beauty of Westminster Abbey, every step reveals a new story or layer of history that most visitors miss.

Our adventure begins at the Tower of London, where you’ll walk in the footsteps of monarchs and prisoners, unraveling the gripping tales of its storied past. Crossing the magnificent Tower Bridge, we’ll then explore the vibrant atmosphere of Borough Market, indulging in local flavors for a midday lunch break.

Crossing the Millennium Bridge, you’ll take in the city's sites and view the stunning St. Paul’s Cathedral, learning about its historical importance along the way. Jump on the tube or in a taxi with your local expert and head to Westminster Abbey, the gothic church where many royal coronations and weddings have taken place. 

Your journey continues through picturesque St. James’s Park, spilling out before the golden gates of Buckingham Palace where you’ll see some of the guards in their uniform.

By the end, you will have transformed your understanding of each site, making the past come alive in vivid detail. This is more than just sightseeing; it's about forging a personal connection with the stories and significance behind each landmark.

  • You want to walk in the footsteps of kings and queens and hear the dramatic tales of the Tower of London or explore Westminster Abbey’s architectural wonders and historical significance.
  • You wish to experience London’s vibrant market culture, sampling the best of Borough Market with an expert local leading the way.
  • You’re keen to see iconic landmarks like Tower Bridge and Big Ben, guided by experts who bring their histories to life.
  • Tower of London
  • Borough Market
  • Millennium Bridge
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Big Ben
  • River Thames
  • St. James Park
  • Buckingham Palace
Tickets
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 

If taking this tour on a Monday, please note that Borourgh Market is closed this day. Your guide will suggest alternative pubs nearby to stop for lunch. 

Additional Trip-Planning Resources

A few things that pair well with this tour: 

  • Comfortable and supportive shoes. We’re covering a lot of ground on this full-day tour!
  • A portable battery to recharge your phone along the way so you can snap photos of all the iconic monuments and special moments throughout the day.
  • An appetite for Borough Market treats and a curiosity for all things British history, art, architecture, and culture.
  • Keep the exploration going with a self-paced audio guide during the rest of your visit.
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 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.   
 
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.
We understand that some of our valued guests may have mobility concerns, and we want to ensure you have a comfortable and enjoyable experience throughout your tour. If there are any accessibility concerns that your tour guide will need to be aware of, please let our team know at the time of booking.

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. 
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Sean provided us with a fantastic day of walking through some major highlights of London. He demonstrated his expertise from the start, guiding us to the tour of the Crown Jewels with our first steps inside the Tower of London to avoid the crowds that developed. shortly thereafter, and to stake out a position on the Tower ramparts to watch the Tower Bridge raise to allow a ship to pass through in its way up the river. Sean deftly tailored the tour content to match my daughter's fascination with the British Monarchy, as well as my son's appreciation of the crown's attacks on piracy, as depicted in the Disney film series Pirates of the Caribbean. Sean was attentive to our needs, guiding us through the Borough Market for a fun little lunch of meat pies and fresh juices. And he was tireless, walking and talking with us for the better part of eight hours, bringing to light corners and stories of the city we would have overlooked completely without his guidance. Thank you, Sean, for an exceptional day!
Very knowledgeable.
Imogen was fantastic. A wealth of information and she tailored the day to meet our interests. We loved everything.