The Original Tour

Price from: 13 £
Duration: 1 hour

Welcome to Londonand to The Original Tour. We provide more than just a great way to travel around the capital, founded nearly 60 years ago at the time of The Festival of Britain and now the largest and most popular open-top sightseeing bus operator in the world.

The Complete London Sightseeing Experience includes

• Tickets valid for 24-hours (from the time you enter your first bus) 

• Three superb bus tour routes

• Hop-on & hop-off ticket covers all tours

• LIVE guided & multi-lingual commentaries

• FREE WalkingTours

• FREE ThamesRiverPass

• FREE Kids' Club & activity pack

• Superb modern open-top bus fleet

The Original Tour has become established as THE essential introduction toLondon. We invite you to experience all the magical sights and sounds ofLondonin a comfortable and secure environment.

Your ticket entitles you to hop-on and hop-off ALL of our award winning tour routes. To learn more please read theinformation below:

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FREE Bus Sightseeing Tours

The Original Tour (Yellow Route)

The Original Tour takes you to the best ofLondon's sights with an entertaining andinformative 'live-guided' commentary in English.

Main attractions: Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, The National Gallery, Downing Street, Big Ben, London Bridge, St. Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, The Tower of London & Westminster Abbey.

Commentary: English recorded & live guides. 

Duration: approx. 2 hours.

The City Sightseeing Tour (Red Route)

The City Sightseeing Tour is highly recommended for overseas visitors and children. It covers the best ofLondon's sights with aninformative commentary in a choice of languages. Also available on this tour is the Kids Club, with a unique commentary designed for children and free activity packs.

Main attractions: Madame Tussauds, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, The National Gallery, Downing Street, Big Ben, London Bridge, St. Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, The Tower of London & Westminster Abbey.

Language commentaries: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, Japanese, plus Kids Channel in English. 

Duration: approx. 2 hours.

This tour departs every 20 minutes from 8:30 am to 5:20 pm.

The Museum Tour (Blue Route) gives you easy access to many ofLondon’s top Museums, shops and attractions. This tour operates between 08:15am and 4:40pm every 20 minutes and provides aninformative commentary in a choice of languages.

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

Language commentaries: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian & Japanese.

Duration: approx. 1½ hours

The Loop Line (Green Route) conveniently connectsLondon's West End withWestminster and Waterloo Train Station. This route operates between 08:15am and 2:35pm every 30 minutes.

Main attractions: National Gallery, Nelson's Column & Trafalgar Square, Sherlock Holmes Pub, Westminster Pier, British Airways London Eye, Lambeth Palace, Big Ben & Parliament, Downing Street, Horse Guards' Parade & Piccadilly Circus.

Duration: approx. 50 minutes.

The Station Connector (Black Route) service provides a free link into our flagship tour routes from the St. Pancras Station, King's Cross Station, Marble Arch, Paddington Station, Marylebone Station & Euston Station. TheBlack Route runs between 10:00am and 12:05pm every 60 minutes. Speak to our staff on the day for the latest timetableinformation.

Main attractions: St. Pancras Station, King's Cross Station, Marble Arch, Paddington Station, Marylebone Station & Euston Station.

Capital Connector (Purple Route)

Our courtesy Capital Connector service provides a free link into our flagship tour routes from theHollandPark, Lancaster Gate and Paddington. Speak to our staff on the day for the latest timetableinformation.

Main attractions:HollandPark, Notting Hill,KensingtonGardens, Paddington Station

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FREE Walking Tours

The Original Changing of the Guard Walk

Departs daily at 10.30 from The Original London Visitor Centre.SeeBuckinghamPalace, St James's Palace and the regiments that guard them in this exciting walk as you march alongside the guards atBuckinghamPalace.

** On non-guard change days walks go toBuckinghamPalaceand to St James's Palace where you can take photos of sentry boxes. The guard change does not take place if it is raining.

Rock 'n'Roll Tour

Departs daily at 13.00 from The Original London Visitor Centre. 

A 90 minute walk through the heart of the capital's rocking heritage: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and The Sex Pistols — it's only Rock 'n' Roll, but I like it!

The Original Jack the Ripper Walk

Departs daily at 15.30 from The Original Tour stop atTowerofLondonon Tower Hill. Walk in the footsteps of the world's most infamous serial killer as we reveal his murderous tale from the streets of Whitechapel in 1888.Jack the Ripper walk will finish at Aldgate East tube station.

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FREE River Cruise Pass

Every customer also receives a FREE 24-hour River Cruise Pass to enjoy a cruise on the River Thames. The cruises are operated by City Cruises. Offer strictly subject to availability.

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Remember that one ticket allows you to travel on all of these exciting tours and is valid for 24 hours (during operating hours) PLUS you get free Walking Tours and a 24-hour River Cruise Pass! You can board the bus at any of our stops, but we strongly advise you to go from one of our main departure points, where you will find our helpful staff ready to assist you between 9:00am and 5pm every day.

 

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Trafalgar Square - Iconic - must see place
Suresh C , Charlotte, North Carolina, United States, 2015-05-21
Trafalgar Square is an iconic place of London and must see for any tourist or visitor. Huge sitting lion statues, Tall monument tower with Nelson, Beautiful looking National Gallery building are... read full review
Trafalgar Square - Unfortunate timing for visit
Dale F , Hobart, 2015-05-20
The square was largely locked off in preparation for a concert, so no actual access to Nelson's Tower or the lions around the base. That being noted it was impressive and might have got 5 if I could... read full review
Trafalgar Square - You forgot the pigeons
celine r , London, United Kingdom, 2015-05-19
I have been visiting Trafalgar square for many years .This was always the place to "feed the pigeons" We used to bring our own food but then it got commercialized and you had a seller with little... read full review
The National Gallery - Selling Impressionist Paintings - an interesting exhibition
KBofLB , Littleborough, United Kingdom, 2015-05-21
This is an uncharacteristic exhibition about Impressionist paintings. After more than a century of their quality being generally appreciated, it is fascinating to learn about the severe financial... read full review
The National Gallery - Mourners National Treasure of Treasures
Bobdensley , Reading, 2015-05-21
One of the very best art collections in the world. You can lose a whole day wandering from one old master to another and cover 5 centuries and dozens of countries. It still blows my mind that this... read full review
The National Gallery - One of the Best Art Galleries in the World
HikingFoolCincinnati , Cincinnati, 2015-05-21
This gallery has an amazing collection of art with masterpieces by some of the best known artists including Vermeer, Leonardo, Raphael, Carravagio, Bruegel, Rubens, etc. Their Impressionionist... read full review
The British Museum - Boring for young children
Jean B , London, United Kingdom, 2015-05-20
I visited The British Museum in May 2015 on a Sunday with my two daughters aged 7 and 8 as one of my daughters had studied about The Egyptians and mummies, so I thought it would be informative and... read full review
The British Museum - Good place to go if it's raining
floralknight , Halifax, United Kingdom, 2015-05-20
This museum is showing its age although most exhibits are interesting some area's are quite small and claustrophobic with large groups of international tourists everywhere. read full review
The British Museum - Best Museum in the World
Allison C , Edmonton, Canada, 2015-05-20
There is so much to see I'd recommend bringing a guidebook or researching the exhibits first! We did the Rick Steve's walking tour, which took us through the major sites of the Egyptian, Assyrian and... read full review
Big Ben - Iconic BIG Ben - a "must do"
realpep , Imperial Beach, California, United States, 2015-05-21
The clock tower just soars above other edifices in the area. The best part is when it chimes on the hour. Be there with your videocam when that happens. It's really cool! read full review
Big Ben - high
Ellen K , Almere, The Netherlands, 2015-05-21
nice building, but thats all, cant tell anyting about it, becaus i did not get in . nice sound of the bell read full review
Big Ben - Beauty as it stands
Sumit S , Bengaluru (Bangalore), India, 2015-05-20
Its always great to visit at dawn while walking by the Thames. Its one of the most visited place at london. read full review
Westminster Abbey - Beautiful
Débora R , 2015-05-21
I had never seen so many graves in a church! It's nice to keep searching for specific graves and analysing the people's graves profiles. read full review
Westminster Abbey - Excellent, well worth the short wait to cue.
986jasmine , Auckland Region, New Zealand, 2015-05-21
The sites and history was fascinating and really interesting. It surpassed my expectations. We would've liked to have been able to take photo's. read full review
Westminster Abbey - A must
Marisol F , Toronto, Canada, 2015-05-20
Westminster Abbey is one of London's most famous landmarks and definitely something you don't want to miss. You can buy audio guides which make the experience a lot more interesting and informative... read full review
Piccadilly Circus - Starting point
Essexnat , 2015-05-19
Good place to start on a visit to London, busy, close to Regent Street, Covent Garden, Soho, China Town and Leicester Square. Start with Eros, then Lillywhites before crossing the road to "Ripleys... read full review
Piccadilly Circus - Picadilly Circus
Schoeman B , Strand, South Africa, 2015-05-19
Always the first place I visit when I get to London. Walking out from the tube station onto Picadily Circus will give you goosebumps! You'll find an atmosphere that is just electric. read full review
Piccadilly Circus - Busy and fun!
Geniestalbans , London, United Kingdom, 2015-05-15
Piccadilly Circus is a place that I had been before but I took my friend who is over from Switzerland. It is great to see it from a tourists point of view. I have fallen in love with the chaos! read full review
Buckingham Palace - LOVED the majestry!
cindyfawn , Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2015-05-21
Absolutely a must see when visiting London. Be prepared for throngs of tourists, like me, with cameras ready and clicking. The Changing of the Guard is spectacular. The dancing horses and colors... read full review
Buckingham Palace - Changing of the Guard
geeluv05 , Nashville, 2015-05-21
All the pomp and circumstance you could imagine was seen in this daily exercise seen in front of Buckingham Palace! It was a blustery day but I fully enjoyed witnessing this event. Highly... read full review
Buckingham Palace - Must do attraction
Remco_RdL , Spijkenisse, The Netherlands, 2015-05-21
Must be on the short list for a visit in London. The park, guards and gardens always a special picture read full review
Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) - a good day out
floralknight , Halifax, United Kingdom, 2015-05-20
Visited V&A for Alexander mcqueen exhibition which was fanfantastic but the friendly and welcoming staff made our visit. read full review
Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) - Vast museum plan your visit carefully
lagomaggiore2013 , Surrey, 2015-05-20
This place is huge and it is to get lost! So plan your visit carefully, have a good look at the website and select one or two galleries to see. The cafe is excellent and the garden it borders is a... read full review
Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) - Definitely worth the trip
DanaNicola , Brighton, United Kingdom, 2015-05-20
If you're interested in history, art and museums generally than the V&A is worth the visit, its also great for families. You can spend anywhere from a morning, to a whole day, to multiple days in the... read full review
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