Viator VIP: Exclusive Access to Tower of London and St Paul's Cathedral with Lunch

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Viator VIP: Exclusive Access to Tower of London and St Paul's Cathedral with Lunch information and booking

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$219
Duration
8 hours
Departs from
Tower of London
Returns to
Concludes at St Paul's Cathedral
Time of departure
8:30am
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Tour description provided by Viator

Get an insider look at the Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral on this incredible Viator VIP tour! With exclusive preopening access to the Tower of London, your tour includes the tower's historic opening ceremony and a look at the Crown Jewels with a Beefeater guard. Explore the normally inaccessible Triforium at St Paul’s Cathedral, alongside other highlights such as the Whispering Gallery and the Crypt. Stop for a 2-course lunch at The Restaurant at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Your Viator VIP London tour starts at the Tower of London, which you'll enter before the public opening. Meet your guide as well as one of the tower’s Beefeater guards who will personally show you around. The formidable 11th-century tower was built to act as a fortress, palace and prison — terrifying Londoners and foreign invaders alike. Watch the historic opening ceremony, where members of the military escort march around the tower with the Beefeaters to open it for business.

On your tour of the tower, see the Crown Jewels — a dazzling collection of jewels and diamonds that are still used today by the Queen. Stroll along the East Wall Walk for a bird’s-eye view of the city streets, explore the White Tower, and see the ravens that have lived here since the reign of King Charles II. The superstitious king believed the tower would fall if the birds left.

Next, walk to nearby St Paul’s Cathedral, the much-cherished architectural icon that’s home to the Triforium, an area typically closed to the public but open to you! Standout features include the Dean’s Staircase (featured in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) and a medieval library. See both, and then marvel at the vertigo-inducing views toward the nave. In addition to the Triforium, visit the Whispering Gallery and Crypt, too. Finally, enjoy a 2-course lunch at The Restaurant at St Paul’s Cathedral (located inside the Crypt), and relax amid contemporary décor while dining from a classically British menu. Your experience finishes here.

What's included

  • Professional guide
  • Entrance fees: tower of london and st paul's cathedral
  • Lunch

What isn't included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off