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

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The Original Tour London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
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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 tour and river cruise. We have 7 different bus routes around London!
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In Brief

Location:
Greater London, United Kingdom
Country:
United Kingdom
Duration:
20 to 120 minutes
Operates:

Daily

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
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Itinerary

YELLOW ORIGINAL TOUR

Route Duration: 2 hours

Stops on the YELLOW ORIGINAL TOUR:
  • Grosvenor Gardens - STA Travel , Stop Z6
  • W1K 1AB - Queen Elizabeth Walk, Hyde Park, right of Achilles Statue, Stop X
  • Marble Arch - Speakers Corner, Stop Z
  • Marble Arch Station / Park Lane - Outside Bob Forstner showroom
  • Coventry Street - In front of Shake Shack
  • Pall Mall East - left of National Portrait Gallery entrance
  • Westminster Bridge Road - (London Eye Side), in front of Marriott Hotel, next to lion statue
  • York Road - Outside Gail's Bakery
  • Queen Victoria Street - Stop MD
  • Aldwych - Outside One Aldwych Hotel
  • Aldwych Royal Courts of Justice (Stop K) - LSE, Stop K
  • Ludgate Hill - St Pauls Cathedrale Entrance, in front of Cote Brasserie
  • Queen Victoria Street - In front of HSBC Bank, stop MD
  • London Bridge - Monument, north of London Bridge, Stop P
  • Tooley Street - Left of Potters Fields Park, Stop J
  • Tower Hill - Tower of London, Bus Stop in front of Bronze Worker Statue
  • Victoria Embankment - Opposite Temple Station, Stop W
  • Westminster Bridge Road - Big Ben Side, in front of Westminster Pier
  • Horseferry Road - Stop NE, Junction of Thorney Street
  • Buckingham Gate - Buckingham Palace, opposite Queens Gallery
  • Buckingham Palace Road - Victoria Station, outside Grosvenor Hotel
Attractions on the YELLOW ORIGINAL TOUR:

Tower of London / Buckingham Palace / Tower Bridge / SEA LIFE London Aquarium / Tate Modern / Shakespeare's Globe Theatre / St. James's Palace / St. Paul's Cathedral / Millennium Bridge / National Gallery / Royal Academy of Arts / Trafalgar Square / The London Dungeon / Hyde Park / Westminster Abbey / Leicester Square / Oxford Street / Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall / Southbank Centre / Houses of Parliament / Big Ben / Changing of the Guard / Downing Street / Westminster / Speakers' Corner / The Original London Sightseeing Tour / Thames River / Coca-Cola London Eye / British Film Institute IMAX / Marble Arch Theatre / London Bridge

Operates: Service operates at a frequency of every 5-12 minutes in summer and 15-30 minutes in winter.

BLUE ROYAL BOROUGH TOUR

Route Duration: 1 hour

Stops on the BLUE ROYAL BOROUGH TOUR:
  • Kensington Road - Kensington Palace, opposite Cabmen's Shelter
  • Notting Hill Gate - Junction of Clanricarde Gardens, Stop M
  • Bayswater Road - Outside DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
  • Bayswater Road - Outside Thistle Kensigton Gardens Hotel
  • Lancaster Terrace - Junction of Gloucester Terrace, Stop LH
  • Praed Street - Right of Hotel Mercure Paddington, Stop H
  • Marble Arch Station / Park Lane - Outside Bob Forstner showroom
  • Buckingham Gate - Buckingham Palace, opposite Queens Gallery
  • Horseferry Road - Stop NE, Junction of Thorney Street
  • Lambeth Palace Road - Lambeth Pier, Stop SP
  • Westminster Bridge Road - In front of St Thomas Hospital
  • Parliament Street - Stop C, outside HM Treasury
  • Whitehall - Horse Guards Parade
  • Cockspur Street - Stop S, Trafalgar Square
  • Piccadilly Arcade - Picadilly Circus, Stop G
  • Green Park Station - In front of Santander Bikes
  • Piccadilly Circus - Opposite Hard Rock Cafe
  • W1K 1AB - Queen Elizabeth Walk, Hyde Park, right of Achilles Statue, Stop X
  • Knightsbridge - The Lanesborough Hotel, Stop 13
  • Brompton Road - Harrods, Stop KA
  • Thurloe Place - Stop N, opposite Victoria & Albert Museum
  • Gloucester Road - Stop GS, Opposite Gloucester Road Station
Attractions on the BLUE ROYAL BOROUGH TOUR:

Harrods / V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum / V&A Museum of Childhood / Science Museum / Natural History Museum / Hyde Park / Kensington Gardens / Royal Albert Hall

Operates: Service operates daily every 20-30 minutes throughout the year.

ORANGE BRITISH MUSEUM TOUR

Route Duration: 50 minutes

Stops on the ORANGE BRITISH MUSEUM TOUR:
  • Woburn Place - In front of The Royal National Hotel
  • Upper Woburn Place - Junction of Euston Road, Stop L
  • Pancras Road - Eurostar Arrivals, Stop T
  • Midland Road - Stop S
  • Upper Woburn Place - Stop M, in front of Central House
  • Bedford Way - In front of Logan Hall
  • Bedford Place - Stop K, Russel Square
  • Great Russell Street - British Museum, Stop W
  • Charing Cross Road - Wyndham's Theatre
  • Duncannon Street - St Martin-In-The-Fields Chuch, Stop G
  • Aldwych - Outside One Aldwych Hotel
  • Southampton Row - Stop Y, in front of Victoria House
Attractions on the ORANGE BRITISH MUSEUM TOUR:

Covent Garden / King's Cross Station / The British Museum / Leicester Square / Trafalgar Square / Nelson's Column

Operates: Service operates daily every 20-30 minutes throughout the year.

PURPLE SHUTTLE

Route Duration: 45 minutes

Stops on the PURPLE SHUTTLE:
  • Holland Park Avenue - Royal Crescent Gardens
  • Notting Hill Gate - Stop M, Junction of Clanricarde Gardens
  • Bayswater Road - Outside DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
  • Bayswater Road - Outside Thistle Kensigton Gardens Hotel
  • Lancaster Terrace - Stop LH, junction of Gloucester Terrace
  • Marble Arch Station / Park Lane - Outside Bob Forstner showroom
  • Speakers' Corner - Stop Z, Marble Arch
  • Bayswater Road - Opposite Tyburn Covent and Church, Stop A
Attractions on the PURPLE SHUTTLE:

Notting Hill

Operates: Service operates daily every 30-60 minutes throughout the year.

RED SHUTTLE

Route Duration: 20 minutes

Stops on the RED SHUTTLE:
  • Marble Arch Station / Park Lane - Outside Fine & Country
  • Speakers' Corner - Marble Arch, Stop Z
  • Madame Tussauds London
  • Albany Street - Melia White House Hotel, Stop C
  • Marylebone Road - Opposite Baker Street Station, Stop E
Attractions on the RED SHUTTLE:

Hyde Park / Baker Street / Marble Arch / Madame Tussauds London

Operates: Service operates daily every 30-60 minutes throughout the year.

THE MORNING SHUTTLE

Route Duration: 45 minutes

Stops on the THE MORNING SHUTTLE:
  • Holland Park Avenue - Royal crescent Gardens
  • Notting Hill Gate - Junction of Clanricade Gardens
  • Bayswater Road - Outside DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel
  • Bayswater Road - Thistle Kensington Gardens Hotel
  • Lancaster Terrace - Stop LH, junction of Gloucester Terrace
  • Praed Street - Stop H, right of Hotel Mercure Paddington
  • Praed Street - Left of Hilton Metropole Hotel
  • Marble Arch Station / Park Lane - Outside Bob Forstner Showroom
  • Speakers' Corner - Stop Z, Marble Arch
Attractions on the THE MORNING SHUTTLE:

Notting Hill / Kensington Gardens / Marble Arch / Paddington Station / Hyde Park

Operates: Service operates daily every 20 minutes throughout the year. Operates only from 8am to 9am.

Inclusions

  • Unlimited Hop-on Hop-off on 7 routes
  • More than 100 stops
  • A complementary Hop-on Hop-off Thames river cruise
  • FREE Walking Tour
  • Live guided tour on the yellow route (T1)
  • Multilingual commentary available in 11 languages
  • Kids' Club Activity Book & child friendly commentary on-board. *Must collect from Visitor Centre.

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Time

See itinerary

Departure Point

You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.

Returns To

You may disembark at any of the available stops.

Additional Information

  • 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
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate

Booking Information

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

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

We have gotten into the habit of participating in the Hop On Hop Off Bus Tours in several cities that we have visited. Love the history provided via headphones and if we are on upper level the photo opportunities are available. London's routes are worth the time, all important sites are included.
• Submitted 14 Nov 2019
Enjoyed the overall view and observation on the Hop on Hop off bus. The guide was very informative and answered every question.
• Submitted 14 Nov 2019
If you don’t have much time and want to see and learn a lot in one day, this is the tour to take. Our guide David was so good and knowledgeable, it was worth every minute!
• Submitted 16 Sep 2019
We used the yellow line and all 3 of our hosts provided great history about London. It was super easy getting on and off of the bus.
• Submitted 30 Jul 2019
We collected our tickets from the main office which was very easy to locate. The tours are varied and visit all the main landmarks. Moreover we went on the bus T1 which has the live tour guide on board and the details they go into to explain made the experience even more positive, giving curious anecdotes.
• Submitted 25 Jul 2019
Thanks to the Original Tour: Hop on, Hop off bus, I've had a wonderful start to my stay in London. There were always people willing to help, and I was fortunate to join the 'yellow tour' - the main sites of London - with an English speaking guide. A special thanks here to the hilarious Louie, and wonderful driver, Funkie. I'm very happy to highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 08 Jul 2019
They hop on - hop off bus is a great way to see the city. The buses were running all the time (until early evening) and we never had to wait very long for them.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Mara saved the day! Things started out very rocky because in my early morning haste I'd neglected to bring the print out of our email confirmation for the tickets! Bus driver mgr out side of Buckingham Palace refused to let us board even though I was able to show him the email confirmation with all the details. He sent us all (family of 10) on a hike to their main office to get a print out of the email, and was incredibly rude and short with us, very uncaring. He just pointed up the street, "just walk for 5 minutes" and would not give us an address, only wanted us gone! We walked for more than 5 minutes, never saw an office, but saw another bus down a side street and approached a lady there who was wearing a badge that said "manager", so I explained our predicament to her, and she completely took pity on us and worked it out for us. Mara was her name and we are so very grateful to her for turning around what was spiralling down into a disastrous experience with your company into a " feel good "encounter.. You are very fortunate to have Mara on your staff. Thank you, Mara, for showing compassion and exercising great customer relationship skills. Something the bus driver " manager" outside of Buckingham Palace stop was 100% lacking.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
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.
• Submitted 19 Nov 2018
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.
• Submitted 30 Oct 2018
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.
• Submitted 29 Oct 2018
Great, easy view
• Submitted 21 Sep 2018
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.
• Submitted 10 Sep 2018
same as all other bus hop on hop off tours.
• Submitted 07 Aug 2018
This was the best tour. We were able to hop on and off a bus and also boat tour. We had Tim and then James on the guided tour and they were both amazing. This option gives you so much more information about their city than listening to a recording. They made it much more personal. We were able to visit and cover much more ground by having this tour.
• Submitted 12 Jul 2018
Really enjoyed the routes!!! An excellent guides with excellent service and very informative. So worth it for the price!!! Will do it again and again. In one day made all the routes without the ferry. I Will HIGHLY recommend
• Submitted 11 Jul 2018
Every trip, every time...we always take the Hop-on Hop-off Original Bus Tour. It is super affordable and gives a great overview of the entire city. It seriously shows all the wonderful buildings and historical spots that you would want to visit. We grab a seat on the upper deck..it is the best place in the world for the best photographs! If you see something you want to look at for a longer time or just look at something a little closer, jump off, spend you time, and get back on! This last time we were there, we actually did half of the tour on one afternoon and then got off to shop at Primark for awhile. The next day, we returned to the same bus stop where we got off, showed them our voucher, and finished the tour! Super easy, super fun!! We feel it's the number one thing you MUST do in London.
• Submitted 01 Jul 2018
I purchased this as a gift for a friend who was stuck in London due to bad weather in the states. They were so happy to be able to explore the city via this tour and were able to forget their troubles for a bit.
• Submitted 31 May 2018
This was the best 2 days we had , being able to hope on and off where ever we wanted , highly recommend.
• Submitted 10 May 2018
Outstanding hop on hop off experience. It included commentary by a live guide rather than via recording and he was hilarious, as well as informative. Using the HOHO gives you the opportunity to see the city and then to go back to the places you want to see in more depth. The busses were on time everywhere and the stops are clearly marked.
• Submitted 02 May 2018
Great time.
• Submitted 25 Apr 2018
A really fantastic way to see all the well known sights of London. All the staff were very well informed, friendly and helpful, The free river cruise was delightful and enabled us to also do a return river cruise to Greenwich to see the Royal Observatory and the Cutty Sark the following day. Money well spent.
• Submitted 08 Apr 2018
My daughter and I used the Hop-on Hop-off bus tour since we were not really public transport saavy. This was extremely fun and easy to see London. We were even able to get off at a stop close by for our afternoon Tea reservations at the famous Savoy! I highly recommend for first-time visitors who want an easy way to hit all the main sights.
• Submitted 08 Apr 2018
Great way to see a lot of London's best attractions! Also, the boat cruise that was included was an amazing bonus!!
• Submitted 08 Apr 2018

In Brief

Location:
Greater London, United Kingdom
Country:
United Kingdom
Duration:
20 to 120 minutes
Operates:

Daily

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

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