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Houses of Parliament & Big Ben Tours and Tickets

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Few landmarks epitomize central London as perfectly as Big Ben, the iconic clock tower of the Houses of Parliament that's officially known as Elizabeth Tower after Queen Elizabeth II. Heralding Great Britain's political nucleus in Westminster, Big Ben stands as the striking centerpiece of the Thames waterfront and is backed by the historic Palace of Westminster, home to the Houses of Parliament.

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Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament Tour in London
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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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$48.25
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$48.25

Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

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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 fast-track London Eye option to get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel. Hop off at Westminster Pier or Tower of London stop to enjoy a Thames River cruise.
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  • 2 hours 20 minutes to 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.65
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Westminster to Greenwich Sightseeing Thames Cruise in London

Westminster to Greenwich Sightseeing Thames Cruise in London

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Glide by some of London’s must-see landmarks on a sightseeing cruise from Westminster to Greenwich on the Thames River. Step aboard your comfortable cruise boat at Westminster Pier and listen to the entertaining live commentary as you pass sights such as Shakespeare’s Globe, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London. Drink in the views from the open or indoor deck, and at Greenwich, step ashore to visit attractions (own expense) such as the Cutty Sark or National Maritime Museum. Upgrade to include a return cruise back to Westminster.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$17.32
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Historical London Walking Tour in Westminster & Churchill War Rooms Entry

Historical London Walking Tour in Westminster & Churchill War Rooms Entry

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Immerse yourself in the rich history of World War II on an enriching and emotionally stirring tour of London Westminster with a knowledgeable guide. Descend to the subterranean Churchill War Rooms, an underground network of bunkers that functioned as wartime offices, and enrich your knowledge of British history with commentary that covers little known facts. As you explore, see iconic London sights like the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, and delve into the life and work of former British prime minister, Winston Churchill.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Thames 24 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise

Thames 24 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise

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Discover the sights and history of London from the water on this leisurely cruise down the Thames River. With your 24-hour pass, enjoy unobstructed views of the city’s main riverside attractions like the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament from within an all-weather vessel, and hop on or off at any stop along the way. Create your own London adventure.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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London In One Day Tour with Changing of the Guard with London Eye option

London In One Day Tour with Changing of the Guard with London Eye option

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Get to know London in one day on this sight-packed, full-day tour with a guide. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, see top London attractions such as Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, and enjoy fast-track entry and a guided tour of St. Paul's Cathedral. Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, and then visit the Tower of London. Break for a pub lunch, and receive a ticket for a Thames River sightseeing cruise to use after your tour or another day. For a bird's-eye view of the city, upgrade to include a ticket for the London Eye in the evening.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$129.90
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Skip the Line into Houses of Parliament & Westminster Abbey Fully-Guided Tour
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Skip the Line into Houses of Parliament & Westminster Abbey Fully-Guided Tour

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Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament are two of London’s highlight landmarks—and on this tour, you’ll have special access to both. Skip the line at Westminster Abbey and head inside the soaring church, where your guide will share facts about its royal history. Next, you’ll have the rare opportunity to explore parts of the interior of the Houses of Parliament, which is frequently off-limits to the public.
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  • 3 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Tower of London River Cruise from Westminster

Tower of London River Cruise from Westminster

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Cruise from Westminster to St Katharine's on a 1-hour circle cruise in London. Choose to disembark at any of the stops, including St Katharine's Pier, Bankside Pier, Festival Pier and Embankment Pier, to visit the landmarks in central London. While on the boat, listen to live audio commentary by your captain about the sights you pass and London's rich history. Departures every 30 minutes from Westminster Pier between 11am and 6pm.
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  • 30 minutes
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$14.23
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$14.23

River Thames Evening Cruise
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River Thames Evening Cruise

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Witness the enchantment of London at night on an evening cruise along the historic Thames River. Aboard the glass-encased boat, enjoy the city’s main attractions at dusk, including the Shard, Big Ben, and the HMS Belfast. Savor sparkling wine and canapés as you cruise the river and delight in the magic of London’s urban shoreline as night falls.
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  • 2 hours
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Changing of the Guard Walking Tour in London
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Changing of the Guard Walking Tour in London

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Get up close to the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace! The Changing of the Guard is the changeover of the Queen's guard and, on this London walking tour, you'll stand in the best spots to watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony, march next to the Buckingham Palace guards and get the best Changing of the Guard photos! Along the way your local tour guide will explain the Changing of the Guard process as you watch the Queen's Foot Guards, the Household Cavalry and the Regimental Musical Bands march towards Buckingham Palace in one of the most inspiring British events in all its pomp and pageantry. With a small group, you'll also learn about landmarks including St James's Palace and Clarence House, and visit the heartland of British Royalty and Government to learn about Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. The Changing of the Guard offers the best London sightseeing opportunities, with this walking tour being one of the must-do sightseeing tours in London.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London

High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London

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Let your adrenaline levels go through the roof during a white-knuckle ride on the Thames River. Climb aboard a modern RIB (rigid-inflatable-boat) and satisfy an appetite for adventure as you soar past iconic landmarks like Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the London Eye. Enrich your knowledge of English history as you listen to illuminating onboard commentary, and experience the exhilaration of super-fast speeds up to 35 miles (56 km). Enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people.
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  • 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Vintage London Bus Tour Including Thames Cruise with Optional London Eye
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Vintage London Bus Tour Including Thames Cruise with Optional London Eye

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See London’s signature sights by vintage Routemaster bus and Thames River cruise on this sightseeing tour. Board a retro, red double-decker bus London Routemaster, and enjoy stellar views of top London attractions including the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Westminster Abbey. Then, after a short Thames sightseeing cruise, ride your London double-decker to Buckingham Palace for a photo stop or to witness the colorful Changing of the Guard ceremony. If you wish, upgrade to add a visit to the London Eye, Tower of London, or UNESCO-listed Stonehenge after your tour.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Darkest Hour - Parliament and Churchill War Rooms Private Tour

Darkest Hour - Parliament and Churchill War Rooms Private Tour

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Have the rare opportunity to visit the Houses of Parliament—and explore the Churchill War Rooms, too—on this political London tour. Following pickup from your local accommodation, travel to the UNESCO-listed Houses of Parliament, and explore both the Commons Chamber and the Lords Chamber. As you go, learn all about British political history and the fight for democracy. Next, continue to the Churchill War Rooms, located in a bunker deep below street-level. See where the Prime Minister led the war effort, and explore the perfectly preserved setting.
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  • 4 hours
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London Panoramic Open Top Bus Tour with Audio Guide

London Panoramic Open Top Bus Tour with Audio Guide

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Sit back and relax as one of our well-ventilated open-top buses reconnects you with your favourite London landmarks. Glide past the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and Piccadilly Circus in this 2 hours fully guided tour of Central London. This tour is not Hop-On Hop-Off and guests will be required to remain on the same bus for the duration of the tour. The buses will be running at reduced capacity and tickets will be sold in specific time slots to avoid overcrowding. Compulsory masks and gloves will be provided Highlights: • Panoramic 2 hours tour of London’s most remarkable regions and landmarks • No need to print your tickets – E-tickets accepted! • View such iconic structures as Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge • See celebrated areas of London including Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly • Enjoy the insights and fascinating facts with a live English, or multilingual audio guided tour
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  • 2 hours
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Private Tower of London Opening Ceremony with Changing of The Guard and Cruise
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Private Tower of London Opening Ceremony with Changing of The Guard and Cruise

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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
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London Vintage Bus Tour Including River Thames Cruise with Optional Lunch
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London Vintage Bus Tour Including River Thames Cruise with Optional Lunch

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Hop aboard a vintage double-decker bus for a comfortable sightseeing bus tour through London! On this fun-filled excursion, see main attractions like Big Ben and the Tower of London, take a Thames River cruise past Westminster and the London Eye, and watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Upgrade to include lunch at a traditional British pub.
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  • 4 hours
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Ultimate London Sightseeing Walking Tour
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Ultimate London Sightseeing Walking Tour

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See the top sightseeing spots in London on this exciting small group walking tour. Starting in the City of London you’ll explore over 2000 years of London's history with sights including the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, Bank of England, Royal Exchange, Mansion House and the Monument to the Great Fire of London. A short journey on the London Underground will then take you to Westminster to see and learn about famous landmarks and tourist attractions including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Downing Street, Houses of Parliament, St James's Palace and more! With a small group and a knowledgeable local London tour guide, the tour is made interactive through the use of photos to bring the stories of London to life in a relaxed atmosphere (no boring lectures!) allowing everyone to participate in the tour with questions, trivia, great photo opportunities and a whole lot of fun!
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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London by Night Sightseeing Open Top Bus Tour with Audio Guide

London by Night Sightseeing Open Top Bus Tour with Audio Guide

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Have only a limited amount of time in London? See the city’s top sights in the space of a single bus tour—and enjoy a different perspective on the British capital when you explore after dark. Meet in central London as twilight descends, and climb aboard your open-top bus. You’ll discover landmarks ranging from Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge to St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London. Learn the stories behind the sights from your guide’s live commentary; audio guides are additionally available in 11 languages.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
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Buckingham Palace and Vintage Bus Tour of London

Buckingham Palace and Vintage Bus Tour of London

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See London’s highlights by retro double-decker bus, cruise boat, and foot on this half-day tour. Take a seat on a vintage, red Routemaster bus and pass top London sights including Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey. Then, soak in more London landmarks, such as Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, on a Thames River sightseeing cruise. Finally, crown your tour with a visit to magnificent Buckingham Palace. Take an audio tour of the ornate State Rooms, only accessible to the public for two months in the year.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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$77.94
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Tootbus Must See London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Thames River Cruise

Tootbus Must See London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Thames River Cruise

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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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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$47.01
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London by Night Sightseeing Tour - Open top bus

London by Night Sightseeing Tour - Open top bus

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Experience the enchantment of London after hours on a night sightseeing tour. Aboard a double-decker bus, take a trip through the city to see illuminated attractions like Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, and the London Eye. Hear fascinating facts about passing sites and insider tips on where to visit in the bustling capital city from your expert guide.  
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Ghost Bus Tour of London

Ghost Bus Tour of London

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Tangle with the macabre on a ghost bus tour through London. With your ghoulish guide, visit notorious local haunts (so to speak) of restless spirits, and pass chilling sites of murder, execution, and torture such as St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, and the infamous Fleet Street. Hear fascinating facts about London’s gruesome past and make key stops at the city’s eeriest landmarks. 
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes
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The London Landmarks. Morning tour
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The London Landmarks. Morning tour

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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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Tootbus London Kids Tour

Tootbus London Kids Tour

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Keep the whole family happy and entertained with a kid-friendly tour of London aboard the Tootbus. This 45-minute tour will take you past many of central London's top sights, from Westminster Abbey to Trafalgar Square, while an engaging guide provides fun and child-friendly commentary to help keep your little ones entertained.
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  • 45 minutes
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Houses of Parliament & Big Ben hours of operation: Daily when parliament is in session. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.