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  • Location:London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

London Vintage Bus Tour and River Thames Cruise

Discover London’s highlights on this action-packed half-day tour. Explore the city by vintage double-decker bus and see famous sights such as Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London. Cruise down the Thames River on a sightseeing cruise to Westminster; watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace; and end your tour with a visit to Kensington Palace (own expense). Alternatively, upgrade to round off the day with fish and chips at a central London pub.


  • Half-day London city sightseeing tour
  • Tour London on a vintage double-decker bus and see attractions like Westminster Abbey
  • See top London attractions including Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the London Eye during your Thames River sightseeing cruise
  • Watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace
  • Upgrade to include a traditional fish and chips lunch in a central London pub

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What You Can Expect

London Vintage Bus Tour and River Thames Cruise

See the Tower of London!

Hop aboard a vintage red double-decker bus, and then sit back and relax on a sightseeing tour of London. On a route around the city center, watch out for iconic London monuments like Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square and Westminster Abbey — where Prince William married Kate Middleton in 2011. Listen to details of each sight’s history from your guide.

Pass St Paul's Cathedral, a much-loved Baroque cathedral that has hosted countless services for London’s dignitaries over the years, and hear details of significant occasions, such as the wedding of Lady Diana to Prince Charles, from your guide.

Amble down to the banks of the Thames River for a photo stop outside the Tower of London. Designed to terrify Londoners while deterring foreign invaders, the formidable-looking tower is now home to the Crown Jewels and the famous Beefeater guards who protect them.

Walk along the river to Tower Pier and hop aboard a sightseeing boat for a leisurely cruise to Westminster. Sit out on deck or relax in the comfy seats in the saloon, listening to audio commentary about all the sites that you pass. Cruise under London Bridge, gaze at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and see the London Eye just across the river.

Next, head to the Queen’s famous residence — Buckingham Palace — and see the legendary Changing of the Guard ceremony from outside the palace gates. In time to drumbeats from a military band, soldiers from the Queen’s Foot Guard march to Buckingham Palace in their eye-catching red tunics and bearskin hats.

Watch this traditional ceremony, and then travel by coach to Kensington Palace. Your tour concludes here, giving you plenty of time to relax and enjoy tea or to head inside Kensington Palace if you wish (own expense). Feeling hungry? Upgrade to include a delicious fish and chips lunch in a central London pub.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great tour! The guide was very entertaining, knowledgeable, and friendly! This tour takes you through the main tourist sites in central London, without spending too much time at any one place. It is a great way to get an introduction to the city, and allows you to make note of what you'd like to see again on your own. The boat ride on the Thames was a nice plus. The best part of the tour was the changing of the guard, as our tour guide new exactly where we needed to be, and when, to get the most out of the event. I'd also recommend you bring a jacket as it can get chilly on top the bus, and I took this tour during early July. If you can, try to be one of the first people to get on the bus so you can pick the best seats, usually in the very front covered, or back of the bus. HIghly recommended!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The bus tour was fantastic. We were 40 min late got lost on the way they waited for us and said We wouldn't lead without you!
The bus was a classic double decker. The tour guide Nick was great.mhe was animated, funny and knowledgable. We weaved in and out of London traffic, saw the changing of the guard and many other interesting sites along the way.
I would recommend this to my friends and family.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was an awesome tour. Our guide was amazing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Great mix of bus and boat. Fantastic introduction to main tourist sites in Westminster. Highly recommended guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

We liked the tour and the stops at Westminster, the Thames River cruise, St James Palace, the changing of the guards there and the walk with the guards to Buckingham Palace. Nick, our guide, was excellent, giving us the extraordinary English history in a colorful manner. The 'free lunch' was not free, as one of our party is allergic to fish, we changed one item on the menu and were charged full price, even though the non-fish choice was less expensive! Yes, we would take another tour with this company.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

This was a great tour. It takes you to all the sites and the guide was great.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

A wonderful experience, even the dull weather didn't spoil our trip. The courier was polite very organised and with her knowledge we had possibly the best view of the guards and band as the front of Buckingham palace is always crowded, we all managed to get some lovely photos.
Finishing at Harrods we enjoyed being pampered with a wonderful lunch.
Thank you all so much.

4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

The open top bus tour was informative and excellent. The driver and tour guide were excellent. There River Thames Cruise was short and did not offer any narrative.

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

Great overview despite awful traffic snarls. Tour guide had wonderful personality. Only drawback--tour promises great view of changing of the guard. That and #39;s why everyone on our bus chose it. We got there almost late after being told we might miss it and had a poor view.

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

The tour meeting point was easy to access, lose to tube, coach and train station. The guide was pleasant and seemed knowledgeable. It was a nice variation with the coach and river cruise. There was no commentary on the river cruise. I was a bit disappointed with the changing of the guard. By the time we got there it was very crowded and we could not see the actual change over.

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