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St. James's Palace Tours

St. James's Palace
Commissioned by Henry VIII in 1531, St. James’s Palace served as principal royal residence for 300 years. Today, the official palace houses members of the wider royal household and is used for state events, ceremonies, and as royal offices. Much of the original Tudor brickwork remains, making it well worth a stop on a city tour.

The Basics
Admire the red-brick facade and tick off other local highlights on a walking tour, with themed itineraries available to suit all range of interests. If you’re pushed for time or feeling active, zip among landmarks including St. James’s Palace on a running or cycling tour, while more independent adventurers can take advantage of hop-on hop-off services or virtual guided tours to discover St. James’s Palace and the wider area at their own pace.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • St. James’s Palace interior and grounds are mostly off limits to the public, with the exception of the adjacent Queen’s Chapel and Clarence House.
  • The palace is popular with history buffs, architecture enthusiasts, and fans of the modern royal family.
  • As it’s not possible to go inside, a coat or umbrella is useful during the rainy months.
  • The area’s wide paths and flat surfaces are mostly wheelchair-friendly.

How to Get There
Green Park and St. James’s Park are the nearest underground stations, each around a 10-minute walk away. Green Park station is also served by bus numbers 8, 9, 14, 19, 22, and 38, as well as hop-on hop-off services. As you’re unlikely to spend more than 15 minutes admiring the structure, it’s worth taking advantage of tours offering round-trip transfer to optimize your time.

When to Get There
Clarence House, the official residence of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, adjoins St. James’s Palace and opens to visitors each August. Visitors can also attend Sunday service in the Queen’s Chapel, which was once part of the palace and now lies just on the other side of Marlborough Road.

A Tale of Two Palaces
In 1762, King George III was concerned that St. James’s Palace was too small for his new family. He and his wife moved to neighboring Buckingham House, where 14 of their 15 children were born. The house was later developed into a palace by his sons. However, it was only when his great-granddaughter, Queen Victoria I, came to the throne that Buckingham Palace became the iconic royal residence that we know today, which is open to visitors every summer.
Address: Marlborough Rd., London SW1A 1BS, England
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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London Eye

Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London Eye

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Discover the grandeur of London aboard the open-top, double-decker Big Bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with stops including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more. Enjoy unobstructed views and onboard commentary as you view the city’s highlights and upgrade to The Big London Day Out option to get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel. Hop off to enjoy a Thames River cruise, currently operating Friday to Sunday only.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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The Original Tour London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

The Original Tour London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

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See the best of London without the stress of rigid tour times and massive crowds on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. With your flexible pass, hop aboard the double-decker, open-top bus for a comfortable sightseeing excursion. Great for kids and adults, your pass offers multiple route options with stops at main attractions like Big Ben, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and more. Bonus features include a free city walking tour, a Thames River cruise, and local discounts.
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  • 2 hours
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$39.85
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Amazing Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace, Hampton Court Palace Private Tour

Amazing Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace, Hampton Court Palace Private Tour

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During this full-day private tour, you’ll visit three historic palaces belonging to Britain’s royal family. Listen to personalized commentary as you get a first-hand peek at Buckingham Palace—or perhaps even the iconic Changing of the Guards. Then, head by train to Hampton Court Palace, the stunning one-time residence of Henry VIII, William III, and George II. Other sights include Green Park and St. James's Palace.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$545.96
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Fascinating Private Walking Tour of St James' & Mayfair with a qualified guide

Fascinating Private Walking Tour of St James' & Mayfair with a qualified guide

Visit two of London's glitziest districts—St. James' and Mayfair—and see where the British royals and other glamorous London residents shop and dine. See landmarks like St. James' Palace, Shepherd Market, and St. James' Park during this half-day walking tour and enjoy the variety that these neighborhoods have to offer. Window-shop in the elegant windows that line the streets and hear fascinating stories about the royals and English aristocrats through the years.
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  • 3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes
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Private Walking Tour of St James', London's Royal Village with a qualified guide

Private Walking Tour of St James', London's Royal Village with a qualified guide

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Follow the path of the British monarchy on a tour of St. James’s Park, known as London’s ‘Royal Village’ thanks to the ring of palaces surrounding this leafy retreat. Hear what goes on inside Buckingham Palace and other regal residences, and window shop at exclusive boutiques favored by the royal family. A top-rated guide reveals that there’s much more than meets the eye in this ritzy enclave.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours
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The St James to Mayfair Walk: The Swinging 1660s to the 1960s

The St James to Mayfair Walk: The Swinging 1660s to the 1960s

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A fascinating walk from St James to Carnaby Street. We will start our journey in Green Park and hear why an event here caused an 18th century three hour traffic jam on London Bridge. We will also find out why there are no flowers in Green Park. We will walk past St James Palace, where King Charles spent his last night before his execution. We will visit London's old wine and spirits shop. We will see where Texas fearing an invasion set up a ligation. We will see St James Square, one of London's oldest squares. We will see a number of Gentlemens clubs. And one that still in the 21st century has a No Women policy. We will then visit St James Church and Burlington Arcade. Here we will see the Beadles, the oldest police force in the world. We will hear why whistling is banned, unless you are a certain pop legend! We will visit Savlle Row and hear about Churchill's unpaid tailors bill. We will also see where the Beatles played their final gig on a rooftop in January 1969.
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  • 2 to 30 minutes
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Scandals, Rogues and Adultery in St James's Walking Tour

Scandals, Rogues and Adultery in St James's Walking Tour

Scandal is something that intrigues everyone. Today the press feed the headlines with the news on events that have typically erupted from greed, lust or the abuse of power. The same occurred a back in our history and in particular, the exclusive area known as St James's. Don't be fooled by the aristocratic houses, palaces and clubs because what happened behind those closed doors created as much gossip and scandal as what we have today.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Walking tour London, Buckingham Palace to Big Ben and much more

Private Walking tour London, Buckingham Palace to Big Ben and much more

This action-packed private walking tour of London is the ideal experience for travelers with limited time. You’ll save time and see multiple top London attractions in one day, including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, The Houses of Parliament, and Trafalgar Square. By going on a walking tour, you’ll visit places on foot that can’t be reached by car or bus. Your tour will be enhanced with guide commentary about London’s highlights, as well as insider tips.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours
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Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace Guided Tour - Private Tour

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace Guided Tour - Private Tour

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Watch one of London's most traditional events—the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace—on a private walking tour. You'll see and learn about this longstanding ritual with a private guide, who leads you through central London so you don't have to worry about navigating the crowds on your own.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey Walking Tour

Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey Walking Tour

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A great way for you to explore a part of London if you are limited for time and want to see some of the major sites. You can forgo your research and be lead by a qualified tour guide. Soak up the fascinating history associated with each iconic building such as Buckingham Palace, Clarence House (home of Prince Charles & Camilla) and Whitehall which is the location of many of the government buildings. You'll find out the history of some of the most important events that occurred in the Palace of Westminster, and the Kings and Queens who resided in the Palaces. This tour will give you the opportunity to get those must have photos for your social media pages.
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  • 2 hours
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$33.21
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London In a Day: Tower of London, Westminster Abbey & Changing of the Guard

London In a Day: Tower of London, Westminster Abbey & Changing of the Guard

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Limited time in London doesn’t have to mean a limited view of the capital. Soak up the key sights in just one action-packed day on this guided small-group tour. Explore Westminster Abbey and watch the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace. Then cruise the Thames River to Tower Bridge and explore its inner workings before delving into British history at the Tower of London.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Changing of the Guard Guided Walking Tour in London

Changing of the Guard Guided Walking Tour in London

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Get up close to the iconic Royal Guards on this interactive walking tour of London. Learn about London’s royal heritage as you pass sights like Pall Mall, the Duke of York Column, the Royal Society and Marlborough House, then enjoy a prime view of the famous Changing of the Guards ceremony. Not only do you see the military bands and marching guards, you also get to march alongside the Old Guard, as they head from St. James Palace to Wellington Barracks.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Custom Tour: Day Tour of London

Private Custom Tour: Day Tour of London

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Don’t visit London landmarks and listen to commentary that doesn’t interest you. Set your own itinerary and explore London your way on a private half- or full-day tour of England’s capital. Tick off all of the attractions on your personal checklist and take advantage of your private guide’s local insight by visiting hidden gems and unknown corners of the city. Choose the start time and meeting point of your tour and receive the undivided attention of your guide throughout. 
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  • 3 to 6 hours
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Full Day London Private Classic Tour

Full Day London Private Classic Tour

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Optimize your time in the British capital on a private full-day tour, zipping between landmarks by traditional black cab for an authentic London experience. Discover iconic highlights such as the London Eye, Tower of London, and Buckingham Palace and enjoy plenty of stops for pictures or a closer look. Benefit from your guide’s personalized recommendations to add additional stops according to your interests.
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  • 7 hours
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Full Day Private London Taxi Sightseeing Experience

Full Day Private London Taxi Sightseeing Experience

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Discover the highlights of London with efficiency and style when booking your own private driver-guide to explore the English capital. Travel in a traditional black cab to attractions including Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard ceremony, and Westminster Abbey. With your own dedicated transportation and insightful guide, you can take in more sights without the hassles of navigating the busy streets on your own.
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  • 7 hours
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London City Center Westminster Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

London City Center Westminster Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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Gain a better understanding of London’s history, which stretches back to Roman times, on this walking tour of the city. Follow your guide around as he or she tells you interesting facts and tidbits about the past, and stop by well-known places, such as the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, 10 Downing Street, and Trafalgar Square. Numbers are limited to eight people on this small-group tour, ensuring you spend an intimate day with a small group of like-minded history buffs.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Exciting Walking Tours through London

Exciting Walking Tours through London

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Here at IHeartLondonTours we believe that so many come to this great city without truly experiencing it and since made it our mission to not only educate you on the history of London, but do it in a fun and enjoyable way. Our different Walking tours get you seeing wonderful sights, see new things and take paths never taken before, at the most affordable prices. These tours take you to London’s most important views, Including the great London eye, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and many, many more. Join our walking tours today and see what makes London the greatest city in the world. Chose I Heart London Tours today for an unforgettable experience and memories to last a life time. Children and families are all welcome!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Bike Tour of London

Bike Tour of London

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Bicycles are the best way to see London. With us, you only pay to rent a bike, at the cheapest rate in London (£4 an hour)
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  • 3 hours
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$14.56
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The Crown! Royal London and Windsor Route of Monarchy (Private Tour)

The Crown! Royal London and Windsor Route of Monarchy (Private Tour)

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Discover London’s most important royal landmarks—and even venture beyond city limits to see Windsor Castle—on this royal-themed, private tour. Meet your guide at your Central London hotel, and hop aboard your private vehicle. You’ll see highlights ranging from the Tower of London, Houses of Parliament, and Westminster Abbey to the illustrious Buckingham Palace. In the afternoon, head out of town to see Windsor Castle (the world’s largest and oldest inhabited castle) and Eton College before returning to London.
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  • 7 hours
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$697.46
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Unique Mayfair Lifestyle and History Walk - Private Custom Tour

Unique Mayfair Lifestyle and History Walk - Private Custom Tour

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The abundance of interesting sights and landmarks to visit in London can make it overwhelming as a tourist to shortlist things to do. Get the most out of your time by going on a tour that focuses on the regal area of Mayfair and St. James’. See Victorian buildings, walk down the famous tailor area of Savile Row, discover hidden passages, and learn about the area’s link to art, fashion, and aristocracy.
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  • 2 hours
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$131.04
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The London Landmarks

The London Landmarks

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Have fun while covering a lot of ground on this cycling tour of London. You’ll see much more than you would on a walking tour, and get a much closer view of the attractions than you would on a bus tour. Pass parks, palaces, battle sites, and the iconic Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, and much more. Along the way your guide will tell you entertaining stories about London and its history.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$39.79
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Westminster and Buckingham private walking tour

Westminster and Buckingham private walking tour

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Experience Westminster, Buckingham, and more on a small-group tour.  Choose a tour in English, French, or Italian and let the adventure begin. Over two and a half hours, your guide explains the intimate details of the many iconic London attractions you see.  A small group size and a tour in your native tongue allows you to have a more personalized and engaging experience.
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$30.04
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Private Churchill Walking Tour of London

Private Churchill Walking Tour of London

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Join us for our Churchill Tour of London. Learn about Britain's greatest Britain (as voted for by the British public in 2002) and how he led Britain and its empire to victory over the evils of fascism. Not only will you explore locations linked to Sir Winston Churchill, including his childhood home, you will also get to visit some of the finest shopping areas in London, Green Park which is home to some unusual wildlife, and several areas linked to royalty. Finishing at the Imperial War Museum's Churchill War Rooms (entry not included) the tour is for everyone from people curious about Britain's greatest war-time Prime Minister to people who are well versed in Churchillian history.
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  • 3 hours
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Ultimate Changing of the Guard Experience, with Westminster Dome Climb

Ultimate Changing of the Guard Experience, with Westminster Dome Climb

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Combine two quintessential London experiences—the Changing of the Guard ceremony and a dome climb—in one tour. You'll actually get to see two guard ceremonies from an exclusive viewpoint, which makes for great. Learn about British military customs and then do a dome climb for views of central London. Traveling with a small group means personalized attention and a flexible itinerary.
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
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