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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!

See the best of London without the stress of rigid tour times and massive crowds on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. With your flexible, single-day pass, pick any date you’d like to hop aboard the double-decker, open-top bus for a comfortable sightseeing excursion. Great for kids and adults, your pass offers three route options with stops at main attractions like Big Ben, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and more. Bonus features include three city walking tours, a River Thames cruise and local discounts.


  • 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 a hassle-free bus tour of London’s best attraction, monuments and landmarks by comfortable, double-decker bus. Purchase your 24-hour, single-day pass and redeem it on any date by hopping on the bus at one of the many designated stops such at the Tate Gallery, Shakespeare’s Globe Theater or London Bridge. Grab a seat inside or on the open-top deck for panoramic views as you zip through town. Kid’s will delight in lively kids-focused audio commentary and complementary activity packs. 

Enjoy ultimate flexibility by traveling on any of the main tour routes (blue, red and yellow; stops listed in the itinerary section below) or the green, purple and black transport links. Your ticket comes with an added bonus! Hop off to join any of three fascinating city walking tours or take a River Thames sightseeing cruise. See itinerary for details. 

To end your tour, just disembark at any point along the route. 

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Tour – Red Route:
Discover top city highlights in central London with multi-lingual audio commentary throughout. Stay on board for the full 2-hour loop, or hop on and off at your leisure at any of these stops:

Madame 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:
Explore central London with live commentary. Stay on board for the full 2-hour loop, or hop on or off at any of the stops. The route includes all stops mentioned on the Red Route except Madame 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:
Discover London’s museums and shopping districts and enjoy comprehensive audio commentary throughout. Stay on board for the full 2-hour loop or hop on and off at any of the stops:

Kensington Palace, Baden-Powell House, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Brompton Oratory, Harrods, Knightsbridge, Harvey Nichols, Hyde Park, Ritz Hotel, Piccadilly Circus, Shaftsbury Avenue, British Museum, Russell Square, Wellington Museum, Royal Albert Hall, Albert Memorial, Kensington High Street and Princess Diana Memorial Fountain.

Transport Links

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

Transport Link – Green Route:
This route provides a handy loop around central London, stopping at Leicester Square, the London Eye, Westminster and Piccadilly Circus.

Transport Link – Purple Route:
Use this route to travel around west London, stopping at Holland Park, Notting Hill, Bayswater, Kensington Gardens, Paddington and Madam Tussauds.

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

Thames River Sightseeing Cruise:
Simply hop off your sightseeing bus at either Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament (Westminster Pier) or the Tower of London, and then walk the short distance to the pier. Show your hop-on hop-off ticket and step aboard the boat to begin your river cruise. Take in spectacular city views from out on deck or relax by the windows inside the boat as you glide up and down the Thames River, with top London attractions such as the London Eye, Tate Modern and St Paul’s Cathedral drifting slowly by.

Walking Tour – Changing of the Guard:
Meet your guide at The Original London visitor center in Trafalgar Square at 10:30am. Stroll past St James’s Palace on your way to Buckingham Palace, and then watch the time-honored Changing of the Guard ceremony taking place. In time to drumbeats, soldiers from the Queen’s Foot Guard march in front of the palace in their red tunics and bearskin hats.

Walking Tour – Rock ‘n’ Roll:
Start at The Original London visitor center in Trafalgar Square at 1pm then set off to explore the capital. Discover famous venues and sites linked to rock ‘n’ roll legends of the past few decades. See where the Beatles were nearly arrested, the venue of Jimi Hendrix’s last gig and more.

Walking Tour – Jack the Ripper:
Leave the bus stop at the Tower of London at 3:30pm with your guide and walk around Whitechapel in London’s East End. Follow the trail of London’s infamous serial killer, hear murderous tales from the city’s dim and dark past and see the places that gave the Ripper his notorious acclaim.

Customer Reviews

United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Very helpful for those alone or first time in London. Buses are in time. Don't miss an opportunity to take pictures while taking the tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great way to see London!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The tour was fantastic! The stops on the tour were conveniently located and the ability to travel without having a car is nice. The particular tour I purchased had an added bonus of being for two days and included a cruise on the Thames. Very nice!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Nice bus, frequency is lesser than BigBus tours but OK. Staff and drivers are kind and good.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The tour was great. The ability to see an overview of everything and be able to hop off, tour an attraction and hop back on was excellent. The 2 days for the price of one was an added extra that was greatly appreciated.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was a great tour. It was easy to find and embark and it really gave you a broad view of London and all the sites.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

highly recommended. Very good for the short trip!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great tour. It was a crazy weekend. USA football, World Cup Rugby, so Trafalgar Square was full of people. I did all the three legs of the available tours. Was a great tour, lots of information, amazing tour which was great for a first timer. I saw the highlights of London and then the following day went back to spend more time at some of the sites.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

It was very convenient, just hop on and hop off. River Cruise was a bonus that come with it!
Really enjoyed it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

A must. City is too big not to do this if it and #39;s your first time visiting London

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