Buckingham Palace Tour & Changing of the Guard with Afternoon Tea
Extra measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security. As a result, we may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues.
Extra measures may also restrict the size of bags that can be brought inside. To avoid disruptions or possible denied entry we suggest you avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour.
Changing of the Guard will not operate in heavy rain and will be replaced with an extended walking tour. On occasional Sundays the changing of the guards may be rescheduled to early morning, meaning that we will not be able to see it.
Changing of the Guard
Pre-booking admission to Buckingham Palace.
Tour Participation Requirements
Special Medical Restriction
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh cordially invite you to stop in at the Palace and have a look around.
Well, not actually. But on this tour, you will indeed have the chance to visit their sumptuous digs to see how the Royal Family lives. Suffice it to say, this place makes Downton Abbey look like a humble bungalow.
The royal residence opens its doors to a limited number of visitors for a limited time each year. You won't be free to wander through all 775 rooms, or try out all 78 bathrooms. But the opulence of the 19 State Rooms you'll see will blow your mind more than sufficiently; the chandeliers and Sevres porcelain alone must have cost more than non-royals make in a lifetime. And don't even ask about the rugs, tapestries, paintings, and ornate French furniture.
Then there's the whole pageant going on outside the Palace. That's where the Queen's Guards in their snappy red tunics and bearskin hats march in, along with her dashing Household Cavalry in their silver-plumed helmets astride magnificent steeds. The complex Changing of the Guard ceremony is the oldest palace tradition, a thrilling tribute to imperial pomp and circumstance delivered daily – complete with choreographed processionals, inspections, flag-flying, and the royal band providing a sprightly soundtrack to it all. We'll make sure you're ideally positioned to witness the spectacle.
After all that, you'll be ready for the most civilized of picker-uppers: afternoon tea at a hotel so grand that they likely have a staffer whose title is Master of Cakes. This is an unforgettable indulgence in "savouries" and sweets, crustless finger sandwiches, flaky scones and thick clotted cream, and delicious hot tea, no doubt hailing from someplace that was once a colony.
And you'll depart royally pleased.
You don't get high in the afternoon
The classic English afternoon tea menu is often mistakenly referred to as "high tea," perhaps because it sounds so fancy and regal. Afternoon tea is actually "low tea," since it was traditionally served in mid afternoon to well-heeled drinkers sitting in low, comfortable chairs. High tea is more of a meal: tea, bread, veggies, cheese, and meat, eaten at a higher dining-style table by working blokes who don't get home until evening.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.