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First-Timer's Guide to London

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First-Timer's Guide to London
With its historic landmarks, sprawling suburbs, and winding river, there’s much to see in London—the only problem is knowing where to start. From ancient ceremonies to modern attractions, here are our top tips for your introductory visit to the UK capital.

See the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben
As one of London’s most famous buildings, Westminster Palace is a must-see for first-time visitors. If you have time, it’s worth immersing yourself in the city's rich history on a tour of the interior. Alternatively, you can capture your snaps of the iconic facade and clock tower as you pass on a walking or hop-on hop-off tour.

Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace
Unchanged for centuries, the Changing of the Guard ceremony encapsulates the pomp and circumstance of London’s royal heritage. Taking place each morning, it’s easy to check off as part of a city tour, or you can book behind-the-scenes access for a more exclusive experience.

Enjoy Afternoon Tea
What could be more British than afternoon tea in the capital? Experience a taste of London luxury at one of its upscale hotels, or, if you’re low on time, you can opt for a tour that includes tea service as part of a package of must-do experiences.

Visit the Tower of London
As the site of the city’s oldest intact structure and home to the world-famous crown jewels, no visit to the capital is complete without a trip to the Tower of London. Book ahead of time to guarantee entry to the incredibly popular attraction, taking advantage of tours that include a guide for insight into almost a millennium of history.

Delve into the South Bank
Home to top attractions including the London Eye, SEA LIFE® Centre, and the London Dungeon, the South Bank exudes a festival atmosphere any time of the year. Skip-the-line tickets help to maximize your time in the busy district, while walking tours typically cover cultural landmarks such as the Royal Festival Hall, Shakespeare’s Globe, and Tate Modern.

Explore Must-See Museums
With more than 200 cultural institutions registered in the capital, many of which are free to enter, it’s likely that at least one belongs on your must-see list. The Science Museum is a great choice for kids, while the British Museum boasts eight million artifacts from across the globe—take advantage of private tours to tick off highlights with ease.

Cruise the Thames
After an activity-packed trip, unwind with a journey on England’s longest river and enjoy prime views of Tower Bridge, Westminster Palace, and the Shard. River-bus services are a hassle-free and memorable way to transfer between top attractions, while lunch or dinner cruises offer a more romantic experience, ideal for a last night in London. 
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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 free walking tour and a Thames River cruise.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$46.13
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Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade

Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade

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See the English capital’s top landmarks on this most comprehensive of London magical tours. Take a tour of beautiful St Paul’s Cathedral, then make a photo stop at Westminster Abbey. Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and visit the Tower of London, where you'll have free time for lunch (own expense). Enjoy an extended river sightseeing cruise, and upgrade to cap everything with a London Eye flight or cream tea at Harrods.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$130.11
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London Thames River Dinner Cruise

London Thames River Dinner Cruise

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Take to the Thames for a sparkling river dinner sailing past London’s waterfront sights. Settle at your table to savor a delectable dinner and admire floodlit city sights such as Tower Bridge, the London Eye, and Big Ben as you eat and relax, and enjoy enchanting live entertainment.
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$106.68
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Tower of London Entrance Ticket Including Crown Jewels and Beefeater Tour

Tower of London Entrance Ticket Including Crown Jewels and Beefeater Tour

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Bypass the long lines at the Tower of London and make the most of your tour through this dark and infamous complex. View the remarkable Crown Jewels and visit the White Tower, Traitors’ Gate and Tower Green, where Anne Boleyn met her grisly end. Choose to explore on your own or follow a ‘Beefeater’ guard on a guided walk. An audio tour is also available for an additional fee.
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  • 1 day
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London Eye Fast-Track Ticket

London Eye Fast-Track Ticket

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Experience one of London’s must-see attractions with this skip-the-line Lastminute.com London Eye ticket. Bypass the long queue and enjoy priority access and boarding for a standard flight in a shared capsule. Then admire panoramic views over the Thames River, Big Ben and other landmarks on your "flight." Your ticket includes interactive Samsung Galaxy Tab-powered guides and admission to the London Eye 4D Experience, an immersive journey that brings London alive through 3D film and multi-sensory effects.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.28
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Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament Tour in London

Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament Tour in London

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Get acquainted with two iconic London monuments on a half-day tour of Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. While gaining fascinating insight into the royal history of Great Britain, absorb the Gothic grandeur of Westminster Abbey’s interior and head inside the Houses of Parliament—home to the renowned Big Ben—to see highlights like the House of Commons and Lord’s Chamber. From your guide, learn about the United Kingdom’s political system and major historic events while touring the prominent landmarks.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$34.17
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The British Museum London Guided Tour - Private Tour

The British Museum London Guided Tour - Private Tour

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London’s British Museum is home to a staggering collection of 8 million items, some dating as far back as the prehistoric age. Make sure you see the best of this British Museum by taking this private 2 to 2.5-hour tour of the cultural institution. Alongside an engaging tour guide, you’ll visit a curated section of cultural and artistic works that represent the diversity of the museum’s collection: see samurai armor, the Rosetta Stone and 2 million year-old tools. This private tour gives you the chance to customize your itinerary according to your interests.  
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$96.00
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Changing of the Guard Small-Group Walking Tour

Changing of the Guard Small-Group Walking Tour

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No visit to England would be complete without experiencing quintessential traditions such as the Changing of the Guard. See British culture come to life from select prime vantage points. In a small group limited to 15, observe the Queen’s iconic foot guards, clad in red tunics and bearskin hats, and watch the household cavalry put on an impressive display. Follow history-rich guide commentary with ease using a headset.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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London Royal Parks Bike Tour including Hyde Park

London Royal Parks Bike Tour including Hyde Park

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Discover the beauty and history of Royal London by bike on a morning or afternoon city tour. Enjoy a guided ride through Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, and St. James's Park. Cruise by the stately monuments such as the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, and view royal sites like Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, and the Princess Diana Memorial. Along the way, learn about London’s rich history and contemporary culture.  
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$34.17
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Royal London Walking Tour: Early Access Tower of London & Changing of The Guard

Royal London Walking Tour: Early Access Tower of London & Changing of The Guard

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Discover London’s royal history and sights on a London tour by foot and boat. Start with an early access visit to the Tower of London to see the opening ceremony and Crown Jewels without the usual daytime crowds. Then, take to the water on a half-hour River Thames sightseeing cruise. Stroll to Horse Guard’s Parade or Buckingham Palace to see the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony, and learn all about the British Royal Family from a knowledgeable local guide.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$103.83
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Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony

Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony

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Delve into London’s rich royal heritage during a visit to Buckingham Palace to see the Changing of the Guard Ceremony. Marvel at the traditional Changing of the Guard performance, which involves meticulously dressed soldiers marching to the rhythm of military drums. Then, enjoy an exclusive experience as you enter the opulent State Rooms of Buckingham Palace for an independent audio tour. See lavish chambers during a tour only available for two months of the year, and gain fascinating insight into the history of the British monarchy.
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$78.85
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