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  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  9 hours (approx.)
See London’s many sights from the vantage points of vintage bus, boat and skyscraper on an action-packed city tour, and visit Kensington Palace, too! After exploring Westminster by vintage double-decker bus, enjoy a Thames River cruise from the Tower of London to Embankment. Travel to the gates of Buckingham Palace to see the Changing of the Guard Ceremony, and then ogle bird’s-eye city vistas from the The View from The Shard. Finally, finish by exploring Kensington Palace independently and enjoying a lavish cream tea.


  • Full-day London tour by vintage bus with a cruise and tickets to The View from The Shard and Kensington Palace
  • Pass top London attractions such as the London Eye, Big Ben and the UNESCO-listed Tower of London
  • Enjoy a Thames River sightseeing cruise and see London Bridge plus Shakespeare's Globe
  • See the Changing of the Guard Ceremony at Buckingham Palace
  • Visit The View from The Shard and admire the sights from one of Europe’s tallest buildings
  • Explore Kensington Palace at leisure and savor a cream tea in the on-site Orangery Restaurant

What You Can Expect

London City Tour by Vintage Bus Including The View from The Shard and Afternoon Tea at Kensington Palace

Admire incredible panoramas over London at The View from The Shard

Board your vintage double-decker bus at London Victoria, and set off on a sightseeing tour of the city. Relax as you travel through the borough of Westminster, passing top London attractions such as the Big Ben clock and the majestic-looking Houses of Parliament. Pass by Westminster Abbey, and then continue across the Thames River to pass the London Eye.

While listening to stories about London’s landmarks and history, travel into the area known as the City of London for another photo stop, this time at the Tower of London. Strike a pose in front of the UNESCO-listed former fortress and look out for the colorful Beefeater guards standing in the entranceway. Wander the short distance edge of the Thames River and board your sightseeing boat for your cruise back to central London. Take a seat and watch the sights from the water, passing underneath London Bridge and admiring the sight of Shakespeare’s Globe theater.

Step back onto dry land at Embankment, and travel by vintage bus to Buckingham Palace, home of the Queen. Stand in front of the gates to see the Changing of the Guard ceremony where soldiers from the Queen’s Foot Guard march in front of the palace in their eye-catching red tunics and bearskin hats.

Then, it’s time to check out the Shard, the impressive 95-storey skyscraper dreamed up by Renzo Piano. Return to London Bridge by vintage bus, bypass the entrance line with your skip-the-line ticket, and then step into the high-speed elevator at The View from The Shard to visit its 68th- and 69th-floor viewing galleries. Wander around independently, soaking up 360 degree views of the city, and then enjoy some free time for lunch (own expense) nearby.

Finally, travel to Kensington Palace, a royal residence since the 17th century. Birthplace of Queen Victoria, the elegant palace and gardens have been home to successive members of the British Royal Family since the 17th century. Your host will hand over your tickets, and then show you to the entrance where your tour finishes, leaving you to explore and enjoy a cream tea (pastries, sandwiches, scones, tea and clotted cream) in the Orangery Restaurant.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Brilliant tour highly recommended

1 star rating: I do not recommend this July 2014

First part of the tour was rushed and crowded. Meeting at Victoria Coach Station is a nightmare. The process is not very organized. The coach driver for the second half of the tour was crazy and inappropriate. He flipped off other drivers, rolled down his window and yelled at other drivers and was so aggressive in his driving. He should not be driving a public coach in London. Bad representative of the company.

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