We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Original London Sightseeing Tour

Neighborhood:
Westminster
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Neighborhoods
Neighborhoods
Get directions
Address: | The Original London Visitor Centre, London SW18 1TB, England
Phone Number: +44 20 8877 1722
Website
Today
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Mon - Sat 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description:

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

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
$33.42*
and up
The Original London Sightseeing Tour: Hop-on Hop-off
More Info
$81.62*
and up
London Combo: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and London Eye Champagne Experience

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 4,425 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 1575
    Excellent
  • 1114
    Very good
  • 491
    Average
  • 356
    Poor
  • 303
    Terrible
Great way to orient oneself to London

Enjoyed the yellow tour with my adult son on Sunday, December 4th. Found staff to be helpful, but they will try to sell you additional tours and I'm not sure if they're a good... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
bennettdd
,
Huntington Beach, California
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

4,425 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 3,839: English reviews
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I absolutely loved the tour! They were extremely informative and it doubles as transportation (you can hop off and hop back on at so many different stops) I learned and saw so much and it gave me the perfect opportunities to take pictures and to plan out my trip according to what I was more interested in.

Helpful?
2 Thank Cheryl A
the0riginalt0ur, Public Relations Manager at The Original London Sightseeing Tour, responded to this review

Dear Cheryl A, Many thanks for your glorious review! I am glad you enjoyed the tour and I hope you took beautiful pictures of London's fantastic sights! Best regards, Max More 

Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It was really difficult to find where the bus stop where excactly as it is not clearly marked on their map and especially their schedule as they drive in traffic. It is also sometime faster to walk to the place you want to visit because the bus takes too long. (If you have booked guided tour at a museum, it... More 

Helpful?
Thank Corine B
the0riginalt0ur, Public Relations Manager at The Original London Sightseeing Tour, responded to this review

Dear Corine B, Many thanks for your feedback which I will pass on to our Operations Manager. Regarding the free Thames river cruise, the first time you board the boat, City Cruises who operate the service, will collect your cruise ticket as this allows them to keep track of their passengers number. However, you can keep on using the river... More 

Huntington Beach, California
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed the yellow tour with my adult son on Sunday, December 4th. Found staff to be helpful, but they will try to sell you additional tours and I'm not sure if they're a good deal or not. Recommend it as a great way to orient oneself prior to actually seeing the sights or as transport to and from.

Helpful?
Thank bennettdd
the0riginalt0ur, Public Relations Manager at The Original London Sightseeing Tour, responded to this review

Dear bennettdd, Many thanks for your feedback and I hope you and your son had a fantastic time in London. Best regards, Max More 

Walsall, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

covered all main attractions and was very informative staff/drivers helpful and friendly. Very good value for money, would highly recommend.

Helpful?
1 Thank roypat2
the0riginalt0ur, Public Relations Manager at The Original London Sightseeing Tour, responded to this review

Dear roypat2, Many thanks for the four stars! I hope you enjoyed your time in London. Best regards, Max More 

highlands
Level Contributor
10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Came down from Scotland with my daughter and grandson,we arrived early in the morning and decided to do the tour before we went to Harry Potter tour in Watford,the staff were excellent and very helpful,Paul was our guide and he was very informative and good fun,we had bought a 48 hr ticket,and on the second day we thought would try... More 

Helpful?
Thank brownbabeHighlands
the0riginalt0ur, Public Relations Manager at The Original London Sightseeing Tour, responded to this review

Dear brownbabeHighlands, Many thanks for the glorious review which I will pass on to Paul and his Manager. Best regards, Max More 

Lowell, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
6 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I spent 30£ on this tour and was not pleased. There were three major problems. 1) The tour guide had a very strong accent which I could not understand. 2) the audio system on the bus was poor, and 3) I spent a lot of time waiting FOR the bus, or waiting ON the bus. After 30 minutes going nowhere... More 

Helpful?
Thank Thomas F
the0riginalt0ur, Public Relations Manager at The Original London Sightseeing Tour, responded to this review

Dear Thomas F, Many thanks for taking the time to review the tour and I am sorry you didn't enjoy it. I will pass on your feedback to our Operations Manager. Best regards, Max More 

1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This tour was full of crappy one liners and little actual history of the city. The busses were late and the staff impolite. There are tons of other bus tours to choose from so do yourself a favor and pick a different one! I have also been on big bus before and they have quality tours. Problem is they are... More 

Helpful?
Thank Jarrett C
the0riginalt0ur, Public Relations Manager at The Original London Sightseeing Tour, responded to this review

Dear Jarrett C, Many thanks for sending your feedback. I am really sorry that you didn't enjoy the tour and most concerned to learn of the conduct you encountered from our staff. If you could please email info@theoriginaltour.com with some more information (description of the member of staff and time/place when you encountered that person) I will do my very... More 

Polmont, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked the bus tour thinking it would be a great way to see the sights of London with the kids without walking for miles with them. The activity pack and commentary for the kids was good. However, we felt the bus tour was overpriced considering we spent most of the tour stuck in traffic and got caught up in... More 

Helpful?
Thank injinbrave
the0riginalt0ur, Public Relations Manager at The Original London Sightseeing Tour, responded to this review

Dear injinbrave, Many thanks for your feedback. We make every effort to maintain a regular and frequent service. Unfortunately, as one of the world’s busiest cities, our service sometimes suffers from events, incidents and traffic conditions in London that are simply beyond our control. I am truly sorry that you seem to have been affected by this on the day... More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Bought 3 x 48 hour tickets. Busses were always late. Drivers were unhelpful. The signs on the bus stops are wrong ie. bus stop indicates a blue bus should stop there, but it does not. Note to others: Use the map booklet to plan your bus changes as that is accurate. Based on the buss top signs, we waited for... More 

Helpful?
Thank Dave_ZA
the0riginalt0ur, Public Relations Manager at The Original London Sightseeing Tour, responded to this review

Dear Dave_ZA, Many thanks for your feedback which I will pass on to our Operations Manager. We make every effort to maintain a regular and frequent service. Unfortunately, as one of the world’s busiest cities, our service sometimes suffers from events, incidents and traffic conditions in London that are simply beyond our control. I am truly sorry that you seem... More 

Portugal
Level Contributor
130 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Did the yellow tour, and they explain well. This tour is only in English. The red tour that do 80% of the yellow has translation in many languages.

Helpful?
Thank rcoimbra
the0riginalt0ur, Public Relations Manager at The Original London Sightseeing Tour, responded to this review

Dear rcoimbra, Many thanks for taking the time to review the tour. Best regards, max More 

Travelers who viewed The Original London Sightseeing Tour also viewed

 

Been to The Original London Sightseeing Tour? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of The Original London Sightseeing Tour and other visitors
44 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (44)

Questions? Get answers from The Original London Sightseeing Tour staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?

Staying in Westminster

Neighborhood Profile
Westminster
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.
Explore this neighborhood