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Gavin with Fun Tours was our guide - and he was completely AWESOME!! It was very easy to meet him at the Picadilly Circus subway stop. He gave us history all along the way as we walked toward James Palace. He told us ahead of time what the plan was so that we would know what to expect. We saw the guard as they came out of the palace - we were standing right in the front row. He quickly took us to other points along the changing of the guards route so that we could again have a front row. He explained all that the guards were doing. At the end, he took individual photos of those who wished with Buckingham Palace in the background. I can't recommend Gavin enough!!
Excellent experience with our guide Angus, who took us to the best viewing places and was interesting and fun to listen to. Highly recommend!
P. Mark Atkins United States of ...
Our Guide was wonderful, He was very informative and really knew all the history of the Royal family and the changing of the Guard. I highly recommend this tour when you visit London!!
Great tour! We were going to skip the tour and just go to the palace to see the changing of the guard but read online that the tour was worth it, so we booked. Best decision for this event. Tom, our tour guide was fantastic, he knew the history, he knew the route and he made it fun for everyone. The tour covers a number of different sights before getting to the location that the guards march from. You see them getting ready and then you march with them all the way down to the palace. So much better than standing with the crowds at the gate and waiting for the guards to come. Worthwhile and a lot of fun.
A fun way to see the changing of the guards!
A really good tour. Angus was the host of this tour and used his Shakespearean skills well. An entertaining morning.
Our guide was amazing! Friends told us we could see the Changing of the Guard for free. I thought this tour was worth every penny!!
We were so glad we booked this tour - the guide truly did get us to the very best vantage points to view this spectacular event. Without the guide, we would have missed so much, and just been swallowed up with all the other tourists who didn't get to see what we did. In a couple of sections of this tour, you do need to be able to walk very quickly, but generally the pace was quite comfortable.
Well worth taking this tour - the guide does indeed get you to the very best vantage points to view this spectacular event - without the guide, we definitely would have missed most of the event and been swallowed up with all the other tourists who didn't get to see what we did. For sections of this tour, you must be able to walk quite quickly.
I'm in London, so changing of the guard is required. I knew the crowds in front of the palace would be huge in June and I wanted something more than just standing behind a fence in front of the palace. So I chose this tour.
First off, thanks to Amber. She was an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable and friendly. There is so much more to the changing of the guard than what goes on in front of the palace. From the changing of the horse guards, the guards exiting St. James palace and the relief parading from their barrack. Amber was great in explaining what was happening and who the participants were. This is definitely a tour you want to do, especially if it your first time.
Couple of things. This is a fast paced tour once the ceremony starts. You have to go from one location to the other very rapidly. You will have to cross a couple of streets and once the guards start to approach, you won't be able to cross. Amber had excellent timing, but people who are mobility impaired or have strollers may have issues. Also, you will not be able to see what goes on in front of the palace. By the time you get there, the crowds will just be to thick.
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