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

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

Private Walking Tour of St James', London's Royal Village with a qualified guide
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About
The area of St James' in the centre of London is known unofficially as London's Royal Village because of its many royal connections.  Prepare to be amazed as the tour takes you past not one but two world famous palaces namely Buckingham Palace and St James' Palace.  Both are surrounded by royal parks and included in this tour is a stroll through leafy Green Park before meandering beside the ornamental lake in St James' Park to watch the wild life frolicking at the water's edge.  But St James' is also set in the midst of Gentlemen's London and this tour takes you past six clubs which flourish more than 200 years after they were established.  These clubs are in the midst of exclusive shops, many set up to supply the gentlemen with everything they could possibly need from cheese and wine to shirts and shoes.  If you're lucky, your tour date might coincide with an ancient ceremony called the Changing of the Guard, a chance to see royal pageantry at its best.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 150-180 minutes
  • 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: 150-180 minutes
  • 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: 67681P5
Call 0061 (87) 2285 255
Important information
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
Duration
150–180 minutes
Departure details
  • The Ritz London, 150 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9BR, UK Under the Colonnade of the Ritz Hotel, Piccadilly
Additional information
  • 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 travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Morning tours start at 09.45 under the Colonnade of the Ritz Hotel, Piccadilly
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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
Departure details
  • The Ritz London, 150 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9BR, UK Under the Colonnade of the Ritz Hotel, Piccadilly
Duration
150–180 minutes
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • 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 travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Morning tours start at 09.45 under the Colonnade of the Ritz Hotel, Piccadilly
  • Travellers 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: 12 Oct. 2021
A note from Private Walking Tour of St James', London's Royal Village with a qualified guide
I will guide family units only and will aim to keep 2 mtrs distant from the group. I'll wash my hands before the tour and bring hand sanitizer for my, and my customers, use. Group members to bring paper towels to dry hands if a public toilet is used. No hand shaking allowed! I am double vaccinated.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    The Ritz London
    150 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9BR, UK
    Under the Colonnade of the Ritz Hotel, Piccadilly
    See address & details
  • 1
    Green Park
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    St. James's Palace
    Changing of the Guard
    Clarence House
    Lancaster House
    Buckingham Palace
    Wellington Barracks
  • 2
    St. James's Park
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Paxton & Whitfield
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Floris
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 6
    Fortnum & Mason
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Jay W
1 contribution
Excellent guide with tailored itinerary
Dec. 2019
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 timely, efficient and pleasant to spend time with. I would highly recommend her.
Written 30 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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
Written 1 January 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Julie
1 contribution
Superb guide, great walking tour
May 2019 • Solo
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.... I'll definitely do another of her tours when next in London.
Written 31 May 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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
Written 2 June 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

connectedkeith
Louisville, KY118 contributions
Best Guide, Essential Tour
Jun. 2018 • Couples
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, Gentlemen's Clubs, and St. James Park itself. We had the most fabulous perspective for the Changing of the Guard ceremony, watching the old guard march from the Friary and then catching the new Guard from Wellington Barracks. We stopped by several Royal Warrant holders, including Berry Brothers for King's Ginger, Floris, and then a cheese tasting at Paxton and Whitfield. It was the tour that brought everything together for us. The next time we come to London Sandy and Hobnob tours will be our first call.
Written 11 June 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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
Written 3 July 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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This experience only has a few reviews, but you can read what other travellers have to say about the operator.

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821EmmaO
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
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
ecoFiber C
ecoFiber C
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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 a
Shabbosgoy
Shabbosgoy
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Superb knowledgeable guide
Sandy was a wonderful, warm and friendly guide who showed off Hampton Court Palace and its history magnificently. S
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