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

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

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

Book and travel by February 26, 2016 and receive an extra 24 hours free!

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.


  • 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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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

Mon Bon
United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was so worth it!. You can easily get on and off and see all the hot spots of London. I also enjoyed the cruise ride that came along for free. That was another great way I was able to see the city.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We had a limited time in London before our Tour started the next morning. This is a great way to see so much of London and it's sights. Great value as well.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It was awesome. However most people do everything on their smart phones and the main office does not have wifi, forcing us to pay to have hard copies made of the confirmation. It was annoying and time consuming.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This tour all depends on whether or not you get a good tour guide. Ours was excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This sightseeing tour is a must for every newcomer to London. It helped to familiarize us with the city of London with a bird's eye view of the most popular attractions. The Thames river cruise at dusk really outlined the beauty of the waterfront buildings and is a great way to relax at the end of the day. All 3 additional walking tours were fantastic and relayed by a very animated tour guide.
It is a full day of activity and one you should not miss!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very nice experience. Many buses , a lot of stops. The only problem we had was the road was closed and the bus could not make the stop we were waiting at. After waiting 45 min....we stopped a bus as we walked and he graciously let us on at a stoplight !! When the route is altered, maybe a text would be the answer. Otherwise a great service !!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The double decker bus was great!! The hop on-hop off worked perfectly!! Rode the Thames riverboat while on the tour; the bus was close by after the Thames. Don't forget to use the audio guide on the bus (earphones provided). OLST is the best!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We loved this trip although most of them was an audio tour the explanation was clear and very informative. it went around to many important landmarks where you could get of the bus visit the place and get back in the without any problems. We will do it again !!!!
In the other hand, your tour is good 24 hours from the moment that you switch your voucher for the ticket.
I strongly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

great i suggest it, great to plan out your day would be the best way to take you around for the day so plan well

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