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

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The Ritz London
150 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9BR, UKUnder the Colonnade of the Ritz Hotel, Piccadilly
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  • 1
    Green Park
    Stop: 5 minutes -
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    Pass by St. James's Palace
    Pass by Changing of the Guard
    Pass by Clarence House
    Pass by Lancaster House
    Pass by Buckingham Palace
    Pass by Wellington Barracks
  • 2
    St. James's Park
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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  • 3
    Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall
    Stop: 10 minutes -
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  • 4
    Paxton & Whitfield
    Stop: 10 minutes -
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  • 5
    Floris
    Stop: 10 minutes -
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    Fortnum & Mason
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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You'll return to the starting point
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    The Ritz London, 150 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9BR, UK
    Duration
    2h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • 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.
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks
    • Food sampling
    • Gratuities - optional
    • Transportation to/from the start and end points of the walk
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    Additional Info
    • 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
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Morning tours start at 09.45 under the Colonnade of the Ritz Hotel, Piccadilly; afternoon tours start at 14.30
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Sandy provided our family of 7 (ages 14-75) with a great introductory tour of the St. James area. She was able to accomodate all of our requests and discuss our collective interests in the area on a wide range of topics from architecture to cuisine to the royal family. She was
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    Response from Sandy R, Owner at Private Walking Tour of St James', London's Royal Village with a qualified guide
    Responded 3 weeks ago
    Hi Jay, thank you so much for a lovely review. It was a pleasure guiding the three generations of your family around the historic St James' area particularly as they seemed so interested in the history. Whether it was the tales of how St James' Palace became the focal point for so many Royal events or the stories associated with Buckingham Palace and its long line of residents, your family lapped them up! Do let me know when you are next in London - perhaps we could explore Mayfair, the home to the aristocracy! Thanks again Jay. Sandy
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    I did a walking tour of the St James area with Sandy Rhodes that far exceeded my expectations. Sandy was considerate, knowledgeable and personable, providing a tour that was varied in content and rich (in cheese &) information ... do the tour ... you'll know what I mean....
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    Response from Sandy R, Owner at Private Walking Tour of St James', London's Royal Village with a qualified guide
    Responded Jun. 1, 2019
    Hi Julie, thank you for a lovely review - with just the two of us it felt as if we were two friends strolling the streets of London! You are right, the St James' area centres around the Royals but is full of variety. We were lucky enough to catch the Changing of the Guard ceremony which is always fun to watch and the weather was perfect for wandering through St James' Park, my favourite of the Royal Parks. But a tour of St James' would not be complete without the exclusive shops and our improvised cheese tasting in the churchyard of St James' was fun (and very tasty!). I do hope I'll see you the next time you visit London. Thanks again. Sandy
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    My wife and I arrange for private tours on each of our foreign trips and Sandy Rhodes was one of the best. She is knowledgable and fun and her pacing of the tours is fantastic. This particular tour answered so many questions about the Royal Warrants and where the Royals shop,
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    Response from Sandy R, Owner at Private Walking Tour of St James', London's Royal Village with a qualified guide
    Responded Jul. 2, 2018
    Hi Keith (and Leah), thank you so much for a lovely review. You were such good company and I was delighted you managed to see the band and the old guard marching past in the Mall - a magical setting. I look forward to seeing you again when you are next in London. Sandy
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    By: Hobnob Tours
    84 reviews
    270betseyl
    20
    Strongly recommend Sandy as tour guide
    Sandy is an excellent tour guide! Thorough, professional, knowledgeable. She made the tour at our level of
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    Connector574105
    10
    Excellent guide with tailored itinerary
    Sandy provided our family of 7 (ages 14-75) with a great introductory tour of the St. James area. She was able to
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    devonfoldesy
    10
    An engaging walk back in time
    Our tour of Hampton Court Palace with Sandy was amazing. She was able to connect with my three children (7,9 and
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    TianneVA
    Barton under Needwood, null, United Kingdom
    63
    Hampton Court Palace tour
    Sandy’s personalised tour of Hampton Court Palace certainly exceeded our expectation as an extremely interesting,
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    Al E
    Cornwall, Pennsylvania
    101
    Exceeded My Expectations in Every Way!
    Taking this fascinating private tour of Hampton Court Palace was one of the highlights of my trip to England. From
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    Natalie M
    10
    Knowledgable and engaging guide
    I was lucky enough to have Sandy Rhodes take me on a private tour of Hampton Court Palace for research for my
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    Richelieu-Drouot
    Houston
    4012
    Great tour with knowledgeable and congenial guide
    Very well organized three hour intro to this complex and important historical site. I minored in English history
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    617kerryo
    Kew, United Kingdom
    20
    Wonderful Hampton Court!
    We had an excellent morning tour of Hampton Court Palace, guided by Sandy. We found it so much more enjoyable and
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    Liztheclarke
    Surbiton, United Kingdom
    4920
    Hampton Court Palace - great tour guide
    My Husband arranged for Sandy to take a small group of us around Hampton Court Palace. I have lived in the area
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    Jim S
    10
    Great tour of Hampton Court Palace
    We really enjoyed our tour of Hampton Court. Well-designed tour with plenty of room for customization. Our guide
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    lnabors
    Dallas, Texas
    30
    Wonderful experience
    I met Sandy at Hampton Court Palace and spent the morning exploring the Palace and grounds with her. I loved the
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    1611Julie
    10
    Superb guide, great walking tour
    I did a walking tour of the St James area with Sandy Rhodes that far exceeded my expectations. Sandy was
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    ecoFiber C
    Boulder, Colorado
    125
    Sandy Rhodes did a great job
    My friends and I hired Sandy to show us around Hampton Court Palace and she did a great job. the weather did not
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    Shabbosgoy
    St. Paul MN USA
    21
    Superb knowledgeable guide
    Sandy was a wonderful, warm and friendly guide who showed off Hampton Court Palace and its history magnificently.
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    OffToHike
    Charlotte, North Carolina
    7041
    AMAZING DAY- 8 HOURS WASN'T ENOUGH TIME WITH SANDY!!!
    To start, Sandy is an incredible tour guide- my son and I had an unbelievable day! That being said, we shall start
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