The London Time Tour Bus
The London Time Tour Bus
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The London Time Tour Bus is London’s only alternative sightseeing bus tour. Join Professor Quantum on a time travelling bus as you are shown around the city, sharing an amazing knowledge of the past (and the future!). Ideal for a fun day out in London for all the family and suitable for all ages, the Time Tour is an entertaining and educational trip to London’s famous sights, combined with live theatrics, an air of mystery and an insightful look into London’s history. What better way for the family to learn about the capital than from someone who has seen it all? The London Time Tour Bus – a journey through London, through time!
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JamesDenton
Greater London, UK22 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Family
Quirky, different and a mildly mad are good ways to describe this bus tour.

Having lived in London for several years we decided it was time to jump on a tour bus to learn a little more about the great capital city.

The Time Tour Bus is specifically created for young families and children, with live commentary provided by a mad professor who has all the theatrics you would hope and expect if you do have children with you.

The professor works hard to engage the children and throughout the tour he relates places of significance with a time travelling story.

However, during the tour I was disappointed to find some of the places we passed were not even mentioned, for example, the Duke of York Column just off Pall Mall, funded by the entire British Army who had to forgo a day’s wages in 1827 to commemorate Prince Frederick, Duke of York... a man better known from the children's nursery rhyme, "The Grand Old Duke of York."

The tour lasts approximately an hour and a half, starting and finishing close to Charing Cross (close to the Sherlock Holmes pub). However, unlike other tour busses, it’s not a hop on hop off tour.

So…

Why take this tour bus?
• It’s cheaper than many other tour buses, costing only £20 per person. That said, I would strongly recommend you to take advantage of the readily available 2 for 1 offers before paying for a ticket.
• It’s catered for children who have good imaginations
• The tour bus is one of the older iconic Route Master buses, from around the early 1960’s. A rarity in London today!... and you will see many people taking photos of the bus you are on.
• There is live commentary throughout the tour.

Who shouldn’t take this tour?
• People who do not have a good grasp of English. The live commentary together with the humour will undoubtedly leave them puzzled. There is no option (that we saw) for non-English speakers to use language audio devices.
• The mad professor theme isn't catered for maturer tourists.
• People who wish to hop on and off the bus at different locations. This isn’t an option with this tour.
• People who wish to see and learn more about the rich history of London rather than just seeing the main sights and only hearing about The Great Fire of London.

Knowing what we know now we would avoid this tour. It’s a lot of fun, but we didn’t really learn anything.
Written March 31, 2018
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Sue C
Coventry, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Family
went on this with my teenage children on sunday, it was really good, the lady professor was very good at explaining stuff, even though her jokes were corny, gave us lots of information about various parts, that we didn't know, even the kids enjoyed it, unfortunately my son took an epileptic fit at the last minute and I must admit I did find the reaction of the lady quite funny, she didn't know quite what to do, but was brilliant, and the gentleman who collectws the tickets even purchased a bottle of water for him, and wouldn't take the money, so even first aid was really good ....would well recommend this to anyone, adults and kids as it was brilliant
Written November 7, 2013
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Well. It sounds like both our actors and your children has a few surprises on the tour! I do hope all is well with your son. Thanks for a wonderful review. We're so glad you enjoyed the tour and would love to see you again. Email press@timetour.co.uk for some free tickets to some of our other tours. Love The LTTB Team.
Written July 28, 2014
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ManFromNorthLondon
London22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This alternative bus tour of London is a bit bonkers but entertained my boys aged 14 and 6 no end.

It's the same bus as used for Ghost Tours but don't be put off - there's nothing scary at all so it would be suitable for even the youngest kids.

The eccentric time travelling professor who took the tour did it with real verve. The videophone cameo by Will Shakespeare was hilarious.

I was pleased to see that our crazy professor was a woman. Females can invent time machines just as well as men.

Written August 27, 2014
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Matt T
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Family
We would have loved to experience the Time Tour, and we included this as part of our itinery for our trip to London. However, the tour was cancelled without notice, making us feel like lemons waiting at a bus stop for a bus that didn't turn up. This was after we phoned up 2 1/2 hours earlier to confirm the time of the tour. Very poor.
Written July 30, 2014
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Hello. Please accept my profuse apologies for the cancellation of your tour. We work with buses that are 60 years old, and though we have fantastic mechanics, they can be unpredictable! Please let us know if you are based in London, or have plans to return. It would be our pleasure to invite you on another London Time Tour free of charge. Thanks again, The Time Tour Team.
Written August 6, 2014
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harrypotterfan2018
6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
We did the tour on 7 April 2018 and it was the worst tour we ever experienced.

You could not blame it on the tour guide. She did her best to play her stupid role as a time traveler but the whole concept is nothing but ridiculous. Silly comments, not funny at all and foolish flashes of William Shakespeare and the Duke of Wellington.

The tour was not informative at all, not entertaining and not worth the money.

Written April 11, 2018
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EveskiMG
Kilmarnock, UK79 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Friends
Bagged ourselves a voucher deal online and had no issues getting booked on to the tour (although the contact phone number didn't seem to work, e-mails were answered quickly).

Tour began right outside our apartment and after two days so far of walking non stop, we were looking forward to being chauffeured about and hopefully with a twist on the usual red bus tour.

It was definitely a twist. At one point we were trying to block out the pointless commentary - one thing I will say, when historical references were provided, it was good information and easy to digest but it was too few and far between.

We did end up laughing about it all later.....and the day after.....and the day after that.....but for all the wrong reasons sorry.

Perhaps more suitable for young children......not immature adults......
Written March 13, 2015
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Joy H
Manchester, UK6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Family
When I saw the 'Dr Who' look-alike I knew we were in for an adventure. My 5 year old daughter and I were kept entertained, by the professor's unique commentary and use of digital media. What I found particularly interesting was the use of archive material, showing the queens coronation for example. It was also great to be able to compare how some of our most famous buildings have changed overtime. After several deliberate attempts, our time-machine finally worked and like it's commentator there was a very clever ending! Thanks so much for your energy and clever storytelling which included lots of interesting facts and anecdotes. I'd recommend it to any parent with a youngster who is developing a love of heritage and digital media.
Written September 13, 2013
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amelia e
London, UK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015
We went week during the school holidays. It had been pouring with rain so we were the only ones on the bus. Prof Quantum was brilliant- he worked hard, engaging and gave it 100% upbeat energy. As we were the only ones on the bus he really tailored it to engage us. Definitely recommend Prof Quantum and his time tour! I am a Londoner born and bred....yet he taught me many a fascinating fact- not just for overseas tourists!

Many thanks from the Monopoly Seekers!
Written August 18, 2015
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Hillybeck
London, UK184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I took a trip on the time tour bus last week along with friends and family ranging in age from 4 to 65 years old. It was a fantastic afternoon. Professor Quantum kept us entertained with his accounts of events he had witnessed in the past, and the video chats with characters from history were most enlightening. I have lived much of my life in London and thought I knew most of the facts that there were to hear on sightseeing tours, but I'm pleased to say that I learnt several new things too. We had children in our party aged 4, 6 and 12. All of them thoroughly enjoyed the tour and loved interacting with the professor (as did the adults!)

I would thoroughly recommend this tour as a lighthearted but informative alternative to the more formal sightseeing tours available. I booked by phone and even that was an amusing experience with the booking agent telling me that we would be returning 'a week last Tuesday!' I will be happy to fulfill my son's request to do the tour again with some more of his friends and I look forward to returning soon.
Written April 14, 2015
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Finnsjenny
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Myself, a friend and my 7 year old twins were given a flyer for the Time Tour outside the British Museum where we had a brief description of the tour. Having finished our visit to the museum we took a punt on the bus trip having read the reviews on here and a look at the website and what a great impromptu decision we made!!
As the other reviews have described the professor was knowledgable, engaging and funny. He kept both kids and adults entertained whilst being educated with London's history, even making a requested detour over London Bridge where we all 'watched the road go up' to allow a boat to pass which the kids loved.
I'd recommend this trip for an educational, lighthearted sit down for kids both big and small. Thanks to the team.
Ps Shakespeare is funny, had the ladies giggling!
Written August 29, 2014
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Thanks so much for a fantastic review! We're so pleased you all enjoyed the tour. Find us on Facebook and Twitter, and visit our blog for more comedy and some great competitions. We'd love to make your twins Professors-In-Training! They can come see us again, bring some friends and go for free! We have some great activities and awards for our most inquisitive little supporters. Email press@timetour.co.uk. for more information.
Written August 31, 2014
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