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

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The area of St James' in the centre of London is known unofficially as London's Royal Village because of its many royal connections.  Prepare to be amazed as the tour takes you past not one but two world famous palaces namely Buckingham Palace and St James' Palace.  Both are surrounded by royal parks and included in this tour is a stroll through leafy Green Park before meandering beside the ornamental lake in St James' Park to watch the wild life frolicking at the water's edge.  But St James' is also set in the midst of Gentlemen's London and this tour takes you past six clubs which flourish more than 200 years after they were established.  These clubs are in the midst of exclusive shops, many set up to supply the gentlemen with everything they could possibly need from cheese and wine to shirts and shoes.  If you're lucky, your tour date might coincide with an ancient ceremony called the Changing of the Guard, a chance to see royal pageantry at its best.

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Stop At: Green Park, Piccadilly, London W1J 9EJ England

Legend has it, green because Charles II's wife Catherine do Braganza ordered all flowers to be removed.

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: St. James's Palace, Marlborough Rd, St. James's, London SW1A 1BS England

Built by Henry VIII on the site of a women's leper hospital

Pass By: Changing of the Guard, Constitution Hill Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA England

One of London's ancient ceremonies - pageantry not to be missed

Pass By: Clarence House, St. James's Palace, London SW1A 2WH England

A chance to see where Charles and Camilla call home

Pass By: Lancaster House, Stable Yard, London SW1A 1BB England

Built from beautiful Bath stone, this building stood in for Buckingham Palace during the filming of Downton Abbey.

Pass By: Buckingham Palace, Spur Road, London SW1A 1AA England

One of the worlds most iconic buildings and home to the present Queen Elizabeth 11

Pass By: Wellington Barracks Birdcage Walk, London SW1E 6HQ England

Homes to the Queens' Life Guards, responsible for her security

Stop At: St. James's Park, Horse Guards Road The Storeyard, London SW1A 2BJ England

One of the prettiest Royal parks with an abundance of wild life and a gorgeous ornamental lake.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall, Horse Guards Whitehall, London SW1A 2AX England

Home to two of London's most ancient ceremonies dating back to the 1600s.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Paxton & Whitfield, Sw1 93 Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6JE England

Another shop which began life centuries ago as a market stall; it displays a wide range of delicious artisan cheeses.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Floris, 89 Jermyn Street W1, London SW1Y 6JH England

A new perfume called Neroli Voyages has just been released - well worth a sniff!

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London W1A 1ER England

The most sophisticated department store in London - the hamper began here!

Duration: 15 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • When your booking is confirmed, you will receive contact details for Sandy who will be your guide on this tour. Her aim is to give you, the customer, the best experience you could possibly have so if you have any special requests, be sure to tell Sandy what they are! If you need to stop for a break midway through the tour, that will be fine with her.
  • The tour will last between 2.5 - 3 hours depending on the walking pace of the group, the number of questions asked and if the Changing of the Guard ceremony is going ahead on the day of the tour.
  • The tour will cover roughly 2 miles in total.
  • The tour will go ahead come rain or shine so please don't be put off by the weather. Do wear comfortable shoes and clothing and, if needs be, bring waterproofs and an umbrella.
  • Due to the distances involved, and the speed at which we may have to walk between events, this tour is not recommended for those with walking difficulties.
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Morning tours start at 09.45 under the Colonnade of the Ritz Hotel, Piccadilly
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • I will guide family units only and will aim to keep 2 metres distant from the group. I will wash my hands before the tour and use hand sanitizer as appropriate throughout. Group members to bring their own hand sanitizer & paper towels to dry hands if a public toilet is used. No hand shaking allowed!
  • A fun and experienced professional, local guide, accredited by the Institute of Tourist Guiding and the University of Westminster. Sandy is a member of the City of Westminster Guide Lecturer's Association.

  • Food and drinks
  • Food sampling
  • Gratuities - optional
  • Transportation to/from the start and end points of the walk

Departure Point
The Ritz London, 150 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9BR, UK

Departure Time
10:00 AM

150 to 180 minutes

Return Details
Returns to original departure point

Voucher Info
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Fine Print

14-day cancellation rights do not apply; no refunds or exchanges permitted. Voucher valid only for date and time listed; may not be exchanged or redeemed for other dates. Purchaser name and phone number must be provided at checkout; this information will be shared with Viator and the tour operator for purposes of order fulfillment. Groupon promo codes may not be used for this offer. Groupon voucher Terms of Sale do not apply. See the tour operator's terms and conditions for this offer here.