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

Duration: 24 to 72 hrs
Destination: United Kingdom, England-London, London
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Overview

Bus tours with The Original Tour give you 360 views of London from our open-top buses and unlimited hop-on, hop-off access. When you book with The Original Tour you can hop-on or off our buses at over 100 bus stops in central London, access free WiFi onboard, join our free walking tours and enjoy our free river cruise. We have 7 different bus routes around London!

Highlights

  • Popular choice with kids
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Recorded commentary by audio headphones
  • Multiple departure times and locations available
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water


What You Can Expect

Enjoy a hassle-free bus tour of London’s best attraction, monuments and landmarks by comfortable, double-decker bus. Purchase your 24, 48 or 72-hour 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 routes. 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.

Yellow Route: The Yellow Route presents the key sights and top attractions of London including the Tower of London, Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye, The Shard, Tower Bridge and Leicester Square . Crossing the river twice, you are guaranteed some spectacular views of London’s stunning scenery along the Thames. The main departure point for this tour route is located at Coventry Street, Piccadilly Circus but you can board the bus at any stop along the route. 
Red Route: This route crosses the Thames from London Eye to Big Ben ensuring that you experience both sides of the river. 
Blue Route: Discover London’s museums and shopping districts and enjoy comprehensive audio commentary throughout. 
Orange Route: Visit the British Museum, the most popular attraction in London dedicated to human history, art & culture. You’ll also find several popular sights and places to visit including the British Library, Chinatown and the home of London’s theatreland with several renowned theatres on Shaftesbury Avenue. You may also find some hidden gems on the orange route including the Cartoon Museum, Museum of Comedy and 52 Tavistock Square which is the site of Virginia Woolf’s home, now the Tavistock Hotel.  
The orange route also provides easy access to Kings Cross, St Pancras and Euston train stations. 
Pink Route: The Pink Route introduces you to London's West End - a cosmopolitan and lively entertainment area.  Experience the best of London's theatres and leading museums such as the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery..
Purple Route (Connector): The Purple Route is useful if you are staying in a hotel located in Bayswater, Notting Hill, Holland Park or Lancaster Gate or wish to go shopping at Westfield Shepherds Bush.
Thames River Sightseeing Cruise: H
op 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. 



Itinerary

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.

Cancellation Policy

Package is cancellable prior to three days from the commencement of the service.


Inclusions

  • Unlimited Hop-on Hop-off on 7 routes
  • More than 100 stops
  • A complementary Hop-on Hop-off Thames river cruise
  • Three complementary walking tours (Changing of the Guard, Jack the Ripper and Rock ‘n’ Roll)
  • Live guides on the yellow route (T1)
  • Recorded commentaries in 11 languages on yellow (T2), red, blue and orange routes
  • Recorded commentary for children
  • Children's activity pack including 

Exclusions

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult
  • Hop-on, hop-off Thames River cruise ticket is valid for the same period as your bus ticket only

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Departure Point

Exchange your voucher for your hop-on hop-off ticket at The Original Sightseeing Tour visitor centre in Trafalgar Square, or at the following locations:

- Start point 1: Coventry Street, Piccadilly Circus
  Yellow Route: Main departure point on the corner of Coventry Street and Whitcomb Street
  Orange Route: Departs from the corner of Coventry Street and Rupert Street
- Start point 2: Victoria, Grosvenor Gardens
  Yellow Route: Departs from outside The Grosvenor Hotel on Buckingham Palace Road.
- Start point 3: Trafalgar Square
  Yellow Route from Trafalgar Square (North Side) - the stop is located opposite The Original London        Visitor Centre at Stop 'Z', by the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery.
- Start point 4: Marble Arch
  Yellow Route: Depart from Speakers’ Corner. The stop is located on the Speakers’ Corner side of the      Marble Arch junction. If arriving on the London Underground, take subway exit 3, turn right at street        level and go over pedestrian crossing. You will find our bus stop on the right hand side.
- Start point 5: Russel Square and Woburn Place
  Yellow Route: Depart from the north side of the Tower of London

Alternatively you can use an eVoucher at the following locations:
Tower Hill
Kensington Palace Gate
Russell Square (Woburn Place)
Westminster Bridge
Queen’s Gallery
Charing Cross Road
Bayswater Road
Parliament Street
Aldwych
York Road

Departure Time

Buses depart every 15-20 minutes from 8:30am to 5pm

Duration

24 to 72 hrs

Return Details

Your voucher is valid for redemption 6 months from the date of booking.
Ticket validity will start at the moment of redemption (on site) for the duration booked (24, 48 or 72 hours)

Tour Options

24-Hour Ticket

Code: 1DAY

Ticket is valid for 24-hours
48-Hour Ticket

Code: 2DAY

Ticket is valid for 48-hours
72-Hour Ticket

Code: TG3

Tickets valid for 72-hours

User's Reviews

Image - 19 Nov 2018 -

canadaraw

Well worth the price. I did notice that one bus had more/different commentary than another I was on earlier for the same route. For that reason alone, I took the yellow route twice. Enjoyed and would use this service again if I am lucky enough to visit again.

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Susan S

The hop on hop off bus is something that my husband and I do every where that we travel. This was my children's first time to London and my daughter said this is her favorite part of the vacation.

Image - 29 Oct 2018 -

mcorquiza

Overall, my experience was good and I enjoyed this tour using the 24 hour pass. I liked that a walking tour for the changing of guards in Buckingham Palace and Thames River Cruise are included in the pass. I managed to do both. I skipped the walking tour and went straight to viewing the changing of guards. It was a long wait though for the boat ride for the river cruise. Wasn't able to complete all lines (missed the orange line) given the limited time. If you have time, better to get the 48-hour or 2-day pass to maximize the tour and do it at a relaxed pace.

Image - 21 Sep 2018 -

oakleafgoldens

Great, easy view

Image - 10 Sep 2018 -

Timothy J

Very nice tour of London showing all of the major sites on the line. Since London is so large, you can easily transfer to another line so you can see other attractions. It st stopped right in front of Buckingham Palace, etc. It’s a great way to see London on your first day.

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Buckingham Palace stop on The Original London Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Tour.

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Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace in London

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The Original London Hop On Hop Off bus driving by the London Eye.

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View of Tower Bridge on The Original London Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Tour

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The Original London Hop On hop Off Sightseeing Tour Tower of London Stop

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The Original London Hop On hop Off Sightseeing Tour driving by the Victoria Tower of the Houses of Parliament.

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The Victoria Gardens and Buxton Memorial Fountain.

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The Original London Hop On hop Off Sightseeing Tour in front of St Pauls Cathedral

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The Original London Hop On hop Off Sightseeing Tour driving by Harvey Nichols.

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The Original London Hop On hop Off Sightseeing Tour driving by the Albert Memorial

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London Hop On Hop Off Tour bus driving through Trafalgar Square.

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