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Amazing Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace, Hampton Court Palace Private Tour provided by Hobnob Tours

Amazing Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace, Hampton Court Palace Private Tour

Amazing Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace, Hampton Court Palace Private Tour
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
7–8 hours
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Service animals allowed
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    7–8 hours
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Service animals allowed
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
If you're interested in England’s Royalty past and present, this is the tour for you.  We start in the centre of London and meander past the outside of both St James’ and Buckingham Palaces which have been at the heart of many Royal events for centuries.  If it is scheduled to take place on the day of your tour, we will watch parts of the ancient ceremony of the Changing of the Guard before walking through leafy St James’ Park to reach Horse Guards.  This remains the official entrance to both palaces to this day.  After lunch, we travel by train from London’s Waterloo station to Hampton Court where we explore Henry VIII’s Tudor palace and William III’s Baroque palace.  We’ll marvel at Henry’s vast kitchens, his magnificent Great Hall and the eerie Haunted Gallery before admiring William’s impressive display of weaponry and his art collection.  We return to London by train.  The tour lasts approximately 8 hours.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7-8 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7-8 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 67681P6
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Private tour
Exclusions
  • Entry ticket to Hampton Court Palace
  • Food and drinks
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation to/from attractions and the return train from London Waterloo station to Hampton Court
  • Entry/Admission - Hampton Court Palace
Duration
7–8 hours
Departure details
  • The Ritz London, 150 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9BR, UK Underneath the Colonnade of the Ritz Hotel on Piccadilly
  • Hampton Court Palace, Hampton Ct Way, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU, UK
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved, do wear comfortable footwear and clothing.
  • The tour will go ahead come rain or shine so please don't be put off by the weather! Please dress appropriately and bring an umbrella if rain is forecast
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Meeting time is 09.45 under the Colonnade of the Ritz Hotel on Piccadilly. The tour will last between 7 - 8 hours depending on the walking pace you set, the number of questions you ask and whether or not there are train delays. The tour is flexible and do liaise with me about any specific things you would like included. The tour will cover about 4 - 5 miles in total.
  • All members of the party need to be mobile and able to cope with stairs and so this tour is not suitable for anyone with serious medical conditions and back problems.
  • Please message me to advise your mobile phone number in case I need to contact you on the day; also, if you are staying in central London and need directions to get from your hotel to the meeting point, let me know
  • When your booking is confirmed, you will receive details for me (Sandy) your guide for this tour. My aim is to give you the best experience you could possibly have so if you have any special requests be sure to tell me what they are! If you need to go at a slower pace, or stop for a break midway through the tour, that will be fine with me.
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.
  • It will be cheaper, and quicker on the day, if you purchase your entry tickets to Hampton Court Palace (which are in addition to my tour price) in advance of arriving at Hampton Court.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Private tour
Exclusions
  • Entry ticket to Hampton Court Palace
  • Food and drinks
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation to/from attractions and the return train from London Waterloo station to Hampton Court
  • Entry/Admission - Hampton Court Palace
Departure details
  • The Ritz London, 150 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9BR, UK Underneath the Colonnade of the Ritz Hotel on Piccadilly
  • Hampton Court Palace, Hampton Ct Way, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU, UK
Duration
7–8 hours
Return details
  • Hampton Court Palace, Hampton Ct Way, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU, UK
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved, do wear comfortable footwear and clothing.
  • The tour will go ahead come rain or shine so please don't be put off by the weather! Please dress appropriately and bring an umbrella if rain is forecast
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Meeting time is 09.45 under the Colonnade of the Ritz Hotel on Piccadilly. The tour will last between 7 - 8 hours depending on the walking pace you set, the number of questions you ask and whether or not there are train delays. The tour is flexible and do liaise with me about any specific things you would like included. The tour will cover about 4 - 5 miles in total.
  • All members of the party need to be mobile and able to cope with stairs and so this tour is not suitable for anyone with serious medical conditions and back problems.
  • Please message me to advise your mobile phone number in case I need to contact you on the day; also, if you are staying in central London and need directions to get from your hotel to the meeting point, let me know
  • When your booking is confirmed, you will receive details for me (Sandy) your guide for this tour. My aim is to give you the best experience you could possibly have so if you have any special requests be sure to tell me what they are! If you need to go at a slower pace, or stop for a break midway through the tour, that will be fine with me.
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.
  • It will be cheaper, and quicker on the day, if you purchase your entry tickets to Hampton Court Palace (which are in addition to my tour price) in advance of arriving at Hampton Court.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Oct 12, 2021
A note from Amazing Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace, Hampton Court Palace Private Tour
I am guiding groups of up to 5 only and will maintain social distancing. I will wash my hands before meeting my customers & will bring hand sanitizer for my, and my customers' use. I suggest customers bring paper towel to dry hands after a toilet stop. Sadly, no handshakes! I am double vaccinated.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    The Ritz London
    150 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9BR, UK
    Underneath the Colonnade of the Ritz Hotel on Piccadilly
    See address & details
  • 1
    Green Park
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    St. James's Palace
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Changing of the Guard
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Lancaster House
    Clarence House
  • 4
    Buckingham Palace
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Wellington Barracks
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
  • 6
    St. James's Park
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 7
    Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Trafalgar Square
  • 8
    Hampton Court Palace
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission excluded
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Hampton Court Palace
    Hampton Ct Way, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU, UK
    See address & details
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OffToHike
Raleigh, NC157 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
To start, Sandy is an incredible tour guide- my son and I had an unbelievable day! That being said, we shall start from the beginning! Before we even met Sandy, my son and I had a strange day to plan. We had 12 hours in London sandwiched in between a flight in from Norway and leaving on a train to Scotland at midnight. We had flights and luggage to manage. Sandy helped us with our luggage, a personal driver to get us from the airport to Hampton Court, and found storage for us to continue our day once in London. It was a lot of moving pieces that went off without a hitch!

As stated above, Sandy arrived for a driver to pick us up at the airport. It wasn't much more money than a taxi, but it ensured we got to Hampton Court quickly so we could utilize our time most effectively. Sandy was there to greet us and pack our luggage away safely. Then, off to Hampton Court!

Hampton Court is magnificent- the buildings, the grounds, it really is like stepping into the past. It is a place I have always wanted to visit, and it completely exceeded every expectation! You will literally see the most famous paintings from history books of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, and other royals, the real tennis court (where we were lucky enough to witness one of the best in the world playing during our visit), the majestic gardens, the Great Hall with it's magnificent wood beam roof, the kitchen fireplaces large enough for 10 full sized men to stand in, and the largest grapevine in the world! We also stopped for lunch there, which was such a treat, as we were able to choose from dishes that were historically based and keeping in tradition with the food served back in Henry VIII's time. Sandy's knowledge is endless. She can easily talk about anything and bring it around to everything she is showing you. My son is 16, and was along with Mom so I could see one of my dream destinations, but Sandy kept him completely interested and engaged!

After Hampton Court, Sandy took us to a local train station that would deliver us right into London. It was a very easy ride, and we got a little rest with scenery before we took on the London portion of our day. We connected through to the station from which we were to leave that evening, and stored our bags in storage lockers so we didn't have to lug them around London.

In addition to Buckingham and St. James Palace- the Golden Standard of London viewing, Sandy took us to such unique places that were in the middle of everything but easily missed if one did not know what they were...Sandy showed us the details of certain buildings and what they meant historically, such as the merchants who held Royal Warrants- crests over the stores that marks service to three of the royal family members. We were able to visit such stores as Berry Bros and Rudd- the oldest wine store in Britain dating back to the 1600s. With it's tilted floor and man-size scales, and huge dusted ledgers, it was like stepping into a vintage postcard. We also visited the famous Kingsman Tailor made famous to us by being one of our favorite movies- seeing the store in its elegant reality was wonderful.

Again. Sandy's knowledge of all the small details that others would surely never know was fascinating. We took a long walk through St. James Park, enjoying the incredible collection of birds- even pelicans! that were enjoying the springtime weather and walked through to the yard behind the Horse Guards- or, Queen's Cavalry where Henry VIII used to joust!

As the sun started to set, Sandy was eager to take us to another treasure that a regular tourist family would likely never find...the Stunning Fortnum and Mason. Sandy thrilled us by introducing us to a historical department store that is marked by elegance and whimsy. One floor was devoted to a selection of teas and teapots, while another section devoted itself to the chocolatier selection for the most indulgent chocoholic! We finished our day at the famous Fortnum and Mason Ice Cream Shop- which was as delicious as it was charming...decorated as if right out of a children's favorite book.

Our day seemed too short despite the fact that our fitbit logged over 12 miles!!! Sandy brought us to the subway we needed to take before leaving us with the most fond memories, and a promise to return again!!! Next time we're in London, Sandy is the first person we're going to look up!!!!
Written April 10, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Wow, Beth, what a wonderful review; thank you so much! It really was a special day and it all fitted together brilliantly. To be honest, it was all down to advance planning and your wish for a fun packed day out which it certainly was! To be able to see both Henry's and William's palaces, a part of the gardens and the real tennis court with a match in action at Hampton Court plus enjoy a tour of the St James' area of London is a hectic day! It was great to relax over a sandwich on the train and better still in the elegant surroundings of Fortnum & Mason's ice cream parlour at the end of our day. It was a pleasure to guide for you both and I look forward to taking you around Mayfair the next time you visit London! Thanks again. Sandy
Written April 11, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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By: Hobnob Tours
821EmmaO
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Fantastic tour
Sandy is an excellent guide. My husband & our boys thoroughly enjoyed their tour of Mayfair. They haven't stopped t
U7171STsimonb
U7171STsimonb
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Sandy The Mayfair Expert
Sandy is absolutely first class! We did a team tour and even though we are Mayfair based we have lots to learn and
mallorylmeans
mallorylmeans
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Fantastic tour of Hampton Court!
Sandy gave my husband and I a 3-hour personal tour of Hampton Court Palace and she was fabulous! She is super frien
270betseyl
270betseyl
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Strongly recommend Sandy as tour guide
Sandy is an excellent tour guide! Thorough, professional, knowledgeable. She made the tour at our level of unders
Connector574105
Connector574105
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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
devonfoldesy
devonfoldesy
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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 1
TianneVA
TianneVA
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Hampton Court Palace tour
Sandy’s personalised tour of Hampton Court Palace certainly exceeded our expectation as an extremely interesting, i
Al E
Al E
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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
Natalie M
Natalie M
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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 upcom
Richelieu-Drouot
Richelieu-Drouot
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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 an
617kerryo
617kerryo
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Wonderful Hampton Court!
We had an excellent morning tour of Hampton Court Palace, guided by Sandy. We found it so much more enjoyable and f
Liztheclarke
Liztheclarke
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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 all
Jim S
Jim S
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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 S
lnabors
lnabors
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Wonderful experience
I met Sandy at Hampton Court Palace and spent the morning exploring the Palace and grounds with her. I loved the t
1611Julie
1611Julie
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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 considera
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