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Original Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Get a unique view of all the sights of London, above the crowds, aboard a hop-on hop-off open top double decker bus. You travel in comfort and safety, with a full commentary, on board one of London’s famous red buses on, the original London sightseeing tour.

Hop-off where you want, to explore one of London's attractions at your leisure, then when you are ready hop-on the next open top bus, to continue your sightseeing tour.

80 stops, 3 main sightseeing routes and countless photo opportunities make the original hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour the finest way to see ancient and modern London landmarks.

Included with your Hop-on Hop-off tickets

Buy your Original hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour tickets online and get:

red dotHop-on hop-off bus tour
red dotFREE hop-on hop-off Thames River cruise
red dotFREE walking tours
red dotUnique Kids Club including a FREE activity pack

Sightseeing Tour Highlights

 Hop-on Hop-off open top tour bus
Hop-on hop-off at all the major London attractions including:

Hop-on Hop-off Tour Departure Points

You can exchange the voucher, you receive when you buy a hop-on hop-off tours online, at any of the stops below, or at the visitor centre in Trafalgar Square

Start Point One: Piccadilly Circus - ( yellow / red / green / blue route )
- Yellow route from Whitcomb Street
- Red route from Haymarket
- Green and & Blue route from Rupert Street

Start Point Two: Trafalgar Square - ( yellow / red / green route )
Yellow and Red route from Trafalgar Square north side
Green route from Northumberland Avenue

Start Point Three: Embankment Station - ( red/ yellow route)
Beside River Thames opposite tube station.

Start Point Four: Victoria and Grosvenor Gardens - ( red / yellow route )
Buckingham Palace Road

Start Point Five: Marble Arch - ( red / yellow route )
Park Lane, subway exit 3 "Speakers Corner".

Departure Time

Original Hop-on Hop-off bus tours depart every 15-20 minutes,approximately form 8:30am to 5:00pm.

Return Details:

Valid for 24 hours from time of first use.

Plan your Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Your ticket allows you to customize your own tour by hopping on and off the bus at any of the following stops, as many times as you like between the routes below:

The City Sightseeing Tour ( Red Route )

Madame Tussaud's, Regent's Park, Oxford Street, Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus / Eros Statue, Leicester Square, The National Gallery, Nelson's Column and Trafalgar Square, Horse Guard's Parade, Downing Street, Big Ben and Parliament, Lambeth Palace, Imperial War Museum, The London Aquarium, London Eye, South Bank Arts Centre and BFI Imax Cinema, Covent Garden, Fleet Street, St. Paul's Cathedral, Monument, London Bridge, London Dungeon, Tower Bridge, The Tower of London, Shakespeare's Globe, Tate Gallery Bankside, Millennium Footbridge, Catamaran Cruisers, Sherlock Holmes Pub, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, Speakers Corner.

The Original Tour (Yellow Route)

English-speaking fully qualified live guides

The National Gallery, Nelson's Column and Trafalgar Square, Horse Guards' Parade, Downing Street, Big Ben and Parliament, Lambeth Palace, Imperial War Museum, The London Aquarium, London Eye, South Bank Arts Centre and BFI Imax Cinema, Covent Garden, Fleet Street, St Paul's Cathedral, Monument, London Bridge, London Dungeon, Tower Bridge, The Tower of London, Shakespeare's Globe, Tate Gallery Bankside, Millennium Footbridge, Catamaran Cruisers, Sherlock Holmes Pub, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard, Hyde Park, Speakers Corner, Ritz Hotel, Royal Academy of Arts, Fortnum and Mason, Piccadilly Circus/Eros Statue, Leicester Square.

The Museum Link (Blue Route)

Main attractions: 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, Shaftesbury Avenue, British Museum, Russell Square, Wellington Museum, Royal Albert Hall, Albert Memorial, Kensington High Street and the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain.

Capital Connector ( Purple Route )

Holland Park, Notting Hill, Bayswater, Kensington Gardens, Pet Cemetery, Paddington Station, Madame Tussauds.

St Pancras Station Connector

A courtesy Station Connector service provides a free link from St Pancras Station (departs 10.00am, 11.00am and 12.00pm) and brings you to Marble Arch where you can get on the main Hop-on Hop-off routes.

The bus leaves Marble Arch to take them back to St Pancras International at 3.50pm, 4.50pm and 5.50pm. Speak to Original Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour staff on the day for the latest timetable information.

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Kids Club

The Original Hop-on Hop-off Tour is the only tour operator to offer commentaries specially designed for children.

History made fun - for kids, by kids ... plus the voice of the ghost of London!

Every child also gets a "passport" to London and a fantastic free fun pack with activity / quiz book.

Look out for the great Kids Club competition in the back of the book where you could win a souvenir of London.

The Kids Club Channel is available on the red and blue routes.

Members of the Kids club will receive their own free activity pack and a Passport to London. Don't forget to get your passport officially stamped before you board the bus!

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Thames cruise passing Palace of WestminsterFREE Thames River Cruise

Enjoy this hop-on-hop-off cruise down the River Thames with professional commentary.

Hop-on-hop-off cruises are available from Westminster, Waterloo, Tower and Greenwich Piers.

A Thames cruise is a great way to explore London's riverside attractions in greater detail... and its completely free when you buy your hop-on-hop-off tour online.

This offer is  strictly subject to availability.

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FREE Walking Tours

Get up close to London's incredible history. Step right into the heart of the world's most exciting city with three fabulous London Walking Tours, included free with every tour ticket when you buy your hop-on-hop-off tour online

Follow in the footsteps of London's heroes and villains with our expert guides and let them show you a fresh perspective on an ancient city.

Guards Walk

Walk alongside the men who are guarding Buckingham palace and St. James Palace with an expert guide to help you get an in depth view of the ceremony, palaces and regiments who guard the Queen.

On days when there is no guard change walks go to Buckingham Palace and to St James's Palace where you can take photos.

Departs daily 10:30 from The Original London Visitor Centre
Please note: The guard change does not take place in heavy rain.

Rock and Roll Walk

Walk through the heart of London's rocking heritage: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and The Sex Pistols - it's only Rock 'n' Roll, but we like it!

Departs daily 13:00 from The Original London Visitor Centre

Jack the Ripper Walk

Walk in the footsteps of the world's most infamous serial killer as your guide reveals his murderous tale from the dark streets of Whitechapel in 1888.

Departs daily 15:30 from The Original Tour stop at the Tower of London on Tower Hill.

Please note that the Jack the Ripper walk will finish at Aldgate East tube station and not at one of the Hop-on Hop-off bus stops.

All walking tours take approximately 90 minutes.

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