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The Original London Sightseeing Tour

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Address: Trafalgar Square | London, London SW18 1TB, England
Phone Number: +44 20 8877 1722
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8:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

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 across over 80 conveniently located stops

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Good to get round the sights in a day

We chose this as we had a day in London to see everything! We were going to do it by underground etc but they are expensive to get on and off and not to mention confusing! The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Pasadena, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have read that the Original London Sighseeing Tour and Big Bus Tours are pretty much identical. They cover the same routes and cost about the same. While that may be true, I have seen 4-5 Big Bus Tour buses drive by while waiting for the Original bus to arrive. This happened every single time and we were at 4... More 

Thank gogoldenbears
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Helpful tour guides. Interesting stories. Great way to spend a day in London! With 5 lines, the Original Tour is the best way to get around central London and also find out interesting info about the area's history (past and present) and architecture.

Thank Andrei C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I think it is the easies way to explore London for the first time. The audio guide in different languages on the red line was very cosily.

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Tralee, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had a blast on this - will be doing this again next time when we have more time for the boat tour and a few walking tours which were all included for 48hrs (think it is 48hrs off peak). The operators could not be more helpful or friendly. Had our 5YO with us so we had to sit outside... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It was awkward to get your tickets without WiFi or travelling into central London. Website does not make it clear that the booking confirmation will not get you on the bus, which cost us a couple of hours and an extra trip to Trafalgar Square. We made use of that time though to travel on an old Routemaster. Otherwise a... More 

Thank Jodie545
Merseyside, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We found this was the easiest way to explore London for the first time. The guide named Peter who was on the yellow line was very knowledgeable and humourous. All other staff were also helpful and all in all made the experience extremely enjoyable.

Thank peterandwendy2016
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We chose this as we had a day in London to see everything! We were going to do it by underground etc but they are expensive to get on and off and not to mention confusing! The guides at the stops were really helpful. The only issue with this is the traffic! There are so many roadworks around the tower... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I would recommend getting a 24 -48 hour ticket to see all the sights. The bus is comfortable and the speakers help tell you what we were seeing.! The bus runs well but ends by 430 ish. Have fun

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Myself and my boyfriend recently took a short city break to London. As we only had a short time to spend there, we felt that The Original London Sightseeing Tour would offer us the best chance of seeing the most of London within a minimum length of time. The tour vastly exceeded our expectations and the guides were excellent! One... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Hop on, hop off buses have always been a great way to see all you can in a short amount of time. The Original Tour gave us exactly that. In just a couple of hours, we were able to see all the famous landmarks of London. The open top is a great spot to get all the best photos and... More 

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If you only had an afternoon to experience London on a grand scale, Westminster would be a wise place to start. The ornate Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey sit adjacent at a corner of Parliament Square, and a short stroll along The Mall leads to Buckingham Palace. Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are just up the road as well. As captivating as the architecture is, the wonders of Mother Nature are highlights of the area too. St James's Park (arguably London's loveliest), the expansive Green Park, and pedestrian friendly tree lined paths along the river showcase the exquisite manicure provided by English gardeners. Just beyond the landmarks and the gorgeous outdoor spaces, quiet residential squares and age old local pubs offer a more subdued take on this global seat of power in the heart of London.
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