Our table at St. Ermins Hotel, a fantastic tea!21/09/2016
Summary of The Day: Today, experience a quintessentially English experience with a tour that combines three age old traditions for any visitor to London: afternoon tea, witnessing the changing of the guard, and exploring the home of the Royal Family, Buckingham Palace. With the Palace only open for a limited time each year, this exclusive experience is the perfect final piece to your vacation to London.
We'll begin with one of the most sought after events, the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace. An age old tradition and famous around the world, we'll witness it unfold outside the Palace or at the Horse Guards Parade. Wherever it is located, your expert, local guide will find the best spot to see the event, as it will get crowded. While you wait for it to begin they will provide commentary on the history and traditions surrounding the ceremony.
After the ceremony, we'll step inside Buckingham Palace, which only allows visitors for 2 months out of the year. On this exclusive and unique trip we'll discover the private residences of the world's most beloved and famous Royal Family with our pre-booked tickets. No guided is allowed to speak during this portion of the tour, but beforehand the guide will provide you with all the necessary background information so you may enjoy the Palace in relative peace and quiet. Travel through lavish apartments, richly decorated hallways, and enchanting sitting room. Expect only the finest in decorations from the Royal Family as the Palace holds some of the greatest treasures of the Royal Collection, from immaculate furniture to unmatched porcelain.
We'll end the day with a relaxing cup of afternoon tea at a luxury hotel. With the advice and instruction of your guide, you'll learn all the nuances and traditions surrounding this age old tradition. Enjoy a a selection of finger sandwiches, a classic scone with thick clotted cream, and homemade preserves. The highlight of the meal is the selection of freshly made cakes and pastries, elegantly displayed and, of course, delicious!
|USD $111.20||USD $104.96|
* Adult: 15 and older|
* Child: 5-14 years of age
* Participation is free for children below the age of 5.
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We were extremely lucky with the weather, we had a beautiful day for our walk around St James Park and Buckingham Palace. Robert was our tour guide and his soft Irish brogue was a delight to listen to. He was so knowledgeable and kept us en...tertained. There was no problem hearing him as we were supplied with a receiver and small earbuds, so no matter how far we got separated we could still hear his commentary. The Changing of the Horse Guard came first, very colorful - and then a short walk along the side of St James Park to the Palace. Easy access through security. We were supplied with a mobile digital guide to wear around our necks that was easy to use and provided information about each room on the tour. It was all very interesting. Lots of walking and some stairs. (No access to the Royal loos,be warned.) Robert explained carefully where we were to meet him after the Palace tour, outside in the garden. Now it was time for Afternoon Tea. Ours was to be at the St. Ermins Hotel, a short walk from Buckingham Palace. The tea was delightful and lived up to all expectations. Robert stayed with us for a while and even told us about the origins of tea! I really enjoyed my day at the Palace - another one crossed of the bucket list !! Read full review
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