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The Original London Sightseeing Tour

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Address: | The Original London Visitor Centre, London SW18 1TB, England
Phone Number:
+44 20 8877 1722
08:30 - 18:00
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Sun 09:00 - 17:30
Mon - Sat 08:30 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Experience the best of London aboard The Original Tour's famous red...

Experience the best of London aboard The Original Tour's famous red open-top buses. London's most popular sightseeing tour offers its guests the ultimate introduction to the capital and includes entertaining English-speaking guides, an unrivalled fleet of superb modern buses, three main tour routes, two of which offer full multi-lingual commentary, 3 fascinating free walking tours, a fantastic free Thames Hop-on Hop-off river cruise pass, and an exclusive Kids' Club. All hop-on hop-off tickets are valid for 24-hours or 48-hours across over 80 conveniently located stops

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Combine the bus tour with a boat trip on the Thames

The Original Sightseeing Tour was booked in advance. There are so many choices of tours, and we found that this one was the best. The booking on the net was easy. There are... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Lynge T
Frederiksberg, Denmark
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Blairsville, Georgia
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

A little expensive at 32 pounds each for a 24 hour ticket, but does include a boat tour on the Thames and some walking tours. A good way to get all around London and see the major sights with entertaining narration. We took their 3 PM tour and although our tour guide assured us that we had plenty of time... More 

Thank Frank M
Worksop, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A good way to see London and not tire your feet and learn lots of things along the way. You can easily hop on and off to spend extra time in places. All the staff are friendly and informative.

Thank Philip B
Frederiksberg, Denmark
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Original Sightseeing Tour was booked in advance. There are so many choices of tours, and we found that this one was the best. The booking on the net was easy. There are different bus circles - we took the Yellow, which is the longest going from Trafalgar Square around The Westminster area and Buckingham Palace and to Tower Bridge... More 

Thank Lynge T
Warwickshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited London for a day trip and thought a hop-on, hop-off would be great idea. I research the routes and stops and purchased tickets on line, so arrived well prepared. But, the day didn't start well as we spent 20 minutes looking for the bus stop near to Euston Station! Giving up, we walked to a further stop outside... More 

Thank Jacqueline H
Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was entertaining French friends who do not speak any English, and we came up by train from the south west of England, arriving at Waterloo around midday. We managed to do the whole circuit and also walk around in places, in just over six hours. You can hop straight on a bus from Waterloo, with a wide choice of... More 

Thank Christine E
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We purchased these tickets at the airport and found that we'd gotten a real treat. The Hop-On Hop off was a good feature and made it easy to tour London at our leisure. The real treat for us was the Thames River cruise tickets that came along with the bus tour. We got to hear three different bus tour guides... More 

1 Thank Kia G
Los Angeles
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A well spent few hours seeing the different hot spots in the city from a perspective that can't be seen from a car. Between the different routes and a cruise on the Thames, this is a great way to see the buildings and areas that make London so fascinating. We had a very entertaining and informed guide who knew the... More 

1 Thank Foosh9
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I booked two days tickets for the weekend in May but ended up using the bus for less then hour total. Bus stops are purely marked and map is overly simplistic which makes it impossible to find stops if you don't know the city (which would be everybody taking this tour). Twice the bus simply drove by without stopping. Busses... More 

Thank Lena W
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a great way to get a feel for the city you are visiting as it covers a large area - the yellow line covers from the Tower of London to Victoria and everything in between. Unfortunately due to road works, our tour took so much longer than anticipated but our live guide was so knowledgeable that he was... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Get it all done in one day! Awesome tour of all the attractions with complimentary Thames river cruise. Big bag for your buck! Tours do stop around 6 or so so make sure you get to your original destination in time.

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