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  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  1 day (approx.)

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Price displayed includes a 11% discount off the local admission price!

The flexible and open-dated hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour is a convenient and hassle-free way to see the significant sights of London in family-friendly fashion, with its three routes as well as three transport link services. On the hop-on hop-off bus tour, you can see key landmarks — such as the Tower Bridge, Big Ben, London Eye and Westminster Abbey — while you’re seated comfortably in a roomy double-decker bus with an open top. Included in your hop-on hop-off tour ticket are additional activities, such as three walking tours of London and a Thames River sightseeing cruise.

Highlights

  • Ticket for a London hop-on hop-off tour, valid for 24 hours of sightseeing
  • Use your hop-on hop-off sightseeing ticket on three tour routes and three transport link services
  • Hop on and off around the city at top London attractions like the London Eye, Big Ben and Tower Bridge
  • Enjoy complete flexibility to explore top London attractions at your own pace
  • Hear audio commentary on the red and blue routes or a live guide on the yellow route
  • Use your ticket to enjoy additional activities including a Thames River cruise and Changing of the Guard walking tour
  • Keep the kids entertained with children’s commentary and activity packs on the three tour routes

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

An exceptional value! Your ticket not only gives you access to the multiple routes that the ultra-convenient hop-on, hop-off buses travel, but also to a cruise on the Thames and three fascinating walking tours. Excellent way to get the scoop on all the top attractions.

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What You Can Expect

The Original London Sightseeing Tour: Hop-on Hop-off

Marvel at St Paul's Cathedral on a hop-on hop-off London tour

Enjoy sightseeing flexibility when you redeem your London hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour voucher. Simply board the comfortably sized double-decker bus, featuring an open top, to admire key London attractions at your leisure and on your timetable. This ticket grants access to blue, red and yellow tour routes. Also included are transport links for the green, purple and black routes. The tours are designed for families, with kid-friendly commentary and children’s activity packs available.

Included in your sightseeing ticket are a hop-on hop-off cruise of the Thames River and three different daily walking tours. See Itinerary for details.

Tour – Red Route:
The red route includes full audio commentary as the double-decker bus passes by London’s top highlights. Ride the entire loop (about two hours), or hop on and off as you wish at any stop:

Madam Tussauds, London Planetarium, Regent’s Park, Oxford Street, Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus and Eros Statue, Leicester Square, the National Gallery, Nelson’s Column and Trafalgar Square, Horse Guard’s Parade, Downing Street, Big Ben and Houses of Parliament, Lambeth Palace, Imperial War Museum, London Aquarium, London Eye, South Bank Arts Centre, BFI Imax Cinema, Covent Garden, Fleet Street, St Paul’s Cathedral, Monument, London Bridge, London Dungeon, Tower Bridge, Tower of London, Shakespeare’s Globe, Tate Gallery Bankside, Millennium Bridge, Catamaran Cruisers, Sherlock Holmes Pub, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park and Speakers’ Corner.

Tour – Yellow Route:
The yellow route features a live guide who delivers expert commentary as you explore central London. Enjoy the full loop (about two hours) or hop on or off at any stop. The route includes all stops on the Red Route (see above) except Madam Tussauds, London Planetarium, Regent’s Park, Oxford Street and Regent Street. These attractions are replaced with the Ritz Hotel, Royal Academy of Arts and Fortnum and Mason.

Tour – Blue Route:
Audio commentary is featured on the blue route, which highlights London’s shopping districts and museums. Remain on board for the full loop (about two hours) or hop on and off at the attraction stops:

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Itinerary

Transport Links

Transport Link – Black Route:
Take the black route to travel among London’s main transport hubs of St Pancras, King’s Cross, Marble Arch, Paddington, Marylebone and Euston.

Transport Link – Green Route:
The green route is a convenient loop around central London, with stops at Leicester Square, the London Eye, Westminster and Piccadilly Circus.

Transport Link – Purple Route:
Use the purple route to make your way around west London, stopping at Holland Park, Notting Hill, Bayswater, Kensington Gardens, Paddington and Madam Tussauds.


The following activities are included on the day of your tour but subject to availability.

Thames River Sightseeing Cruise:
Take advantage of an included Thames River sightseeing cruise by hopping off your double-decker bus at the Tower of London or Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament (Westminster Pier), and walking to the nearby pier. Simply show your sightseeing ticket to board the boat and discover a wonderfully different perspective of the city as you cruise the river. Choose to sit on the outdoor deck or inside by the big windows, keeping your eyes peeled for major London attractions including the Tate Modern, St Paul’s Cathedral and London Eye.

Walking Tour – Changing of the Guard:
To see the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace, meet your guide at 10:30am at The Original London visitor center, located in Trafalgar Square. You’ll pass by St James’s Palace before admiring the Queen’s Foot Guard in a coordinated, regimented march while wearing their famous bearskin hats and red tunics.

Walking Tour – Rock ‘n’ Roll:
Fans of rock ‘n’ roll won’t want to miss this tour that features the site of the Beatles’ near arrest as well as the venue of Jimi Hendrix’s final gig. Meet your guide at 1pm at The Original London visitor center in Trafalgar Square to begin your exploration of the capital on this musically themed walking tour.

Walking Tour – Jack the Ripper:
Hear macabre tales about London’s notorious serial killer on this walking tour that begins at 3.30pm at the Tower of London. With your guide, you’ll explore the Whitechapel district in London’s East End and visit sites that lead to the Ripper’s infamous acclaim.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great way to see most of the attractions in little time. Yellow tour comes with a tour guide and we were lucky to have a very informative guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great job, got us all around the city, had a tour guide on board the bus to give us useful information. Great way to see downtown london in a day!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Good trip for elderly people who want to get around and see London. All staff very good and helpful

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

A fantastic introduction to the city before exploring in detail - particularly if you have kids and want to whet their appetite by seeing a lot quickly.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

this tour was amazing!!! the tour guide on the yellow tour was fantastic knowledgable and funny well worth the money
The river cruise was also amazing

Lulu
Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Very good value for money when the Thames river too is included. Added a ticket for London Eye which was not a long line up. The Hop On Hop off tour guides were great on bus and boat.Will use Viator again.
MLC

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

I made the mistake of grouping the Hop-on Hop-off bus with the Madame Tussauds Museum. The Hop-on Hop-off bus should be a day trip by itself. This bus is worth the cost and more. It allows you to switch lines and travel on the river Thames. This trip gives you a great view of London and Westminister. I will definitely use this bus in the future. Worth every penny!!!!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

So worth it! It is a great way to see the City and get your bearings. Initially, we were only going to do the tour bus the first day we were in London so we became familiar with what was where in relation to where we were staying. But, it was so helpful and so convenient that we extended our tickets for another 3 days! Our 8 year old daughter just loved it! She had a blast on the open double decker. There are so many stops you can get off at and so many stops you can get on at. After a walking around for a few hours and your feet hurt, you hop on the bus, relax and still see the City and get informed! I highly recommend it for all travelers - first timers, families and even travelers who have been to London before. You cannot beat it for the price and convenience. Next time, we would also like to do the evening London tour as well.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Easy to find and to get on/off. Info is informative and you can see as little or as much as you want. The boat tour was great that was free with this package also.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The best! Our guide was informative as well as witty. I learned so much and have such great photos.

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