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Royal London: Walking tour from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace

Overview

Starting outside Westminster Abbey, join Ed and Colm on this walk through British monarchy, from Ancient England to the modern United Kingdom. Take in the stunning architecture and fascinating history of this beautiful Abbey, from the anointing of William the Conqueror in 1066 to the 10 Modern Martyrs who line the Great West Door.

Head along to the Treasury and Churchill’s war rooms, home to the efforts and mind that led Britain through the Second World War. Stop at the Cenotaph, a memory to the soldiers who fell during the First World War and the famous location where the country commemorates those who lost their lives on Remembrance Sunday every year.

Visit the famous Horseguard, the Queen’s very own lifeguard! After the rebellion of parliament against Charles I in the 1640s, his son Charles II didn't wholly trust the government’s protection, and he set up these lifeguards. Ever since the lifeguard has been loyal in protecting the crown. Learn about British Civil Wars and the Republic formed by Oliver Cromwell.

Discover the secret tunnels at Britain’s military headquarters under the Horseguards parade. This was once where the Kings and Queens would host jousting tournaments and is today home to Trooping the Colour, an event that marks the sovereign's official birthday.

Stroll down the Mall as you wander alongside St James’ Park, an area that was originally a marshland before Charles I had it drained in the 17th century. Keep an eye out for the park’s famous pelicans!

Finally, finish the tour at Buckingham Palace, home to the British Monarch since 1761. From here you can check out the famous balcony from which monarchs often wave from, the Queen Victoria monument which marks the history of Imperialism in Britain, and the changing of the guard, a traditional ceremony featuring music & military marching.

The Vidi Guides experience is enriched with on-screen photos and videos. We also point out where to take the perfect Instagram photos during the tour, and include recommendations for food, drinks, and local attractions. Don't worry, none of our recommendations are sponsored - they are simply favourites of the locals who helped craft the experience.

Vidi Guides creates immersive audio experiences that are like podcasts. This is a self-guided audio tour that can be started or stopped at your own convenience. Download the Vidi Guides app & your Royal London tour to explore the area independently and safely! Make sure to download your tour before your visit to streamline your trip!

Additional Information

How to access your self-guided tour:
1. You will receive an email from [email protected] with a unique access link
2. Click on your link to download the Vidi Guides app
3. Once you’ve created your account, you will be able to access your tour on your smartphone

Please remember to bring a pair of headphones with you

You are able to cancel at any time providing the code you receive has not been redeemed

Highlights

  • Love podcasts? You'll love this immersive walking tour of central London
  • Follow an abolitionist and a monarchist as we hear different views on the role of the Royal family
  • Learn of victories and tragedies that have shaped Britain
  • Discover interesting tales about the royal family
  • Enjoy an immersive audio commentary

What's included

  • Digital audio guide, to be downloaded onto your smartphone before your visit
  • On-screen pictures to enhance your experience
  • Geo-localised map to keep you on the right track
  • Headphones

Know before you go

Please download 'Vidi Guides' from the App Store of your mobile device and enter the code you receive after booking (from email address: [email protected]). Please remember to bring a pair of headphones with you

Cancellation policy

Non refundable

Departure location

Starting point: On the square opposite Westminster Abbey's facade
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