The famous bus tour of London is a must, but which bus to choose for the best tour of London? Here are some of them
Big Bus, Original tour & Golden tours: The similarity of these tours is that they offer much the same thing – a tour of London’s main landmarks with a total of over 40 stops in an open-top bus followed by a river cruise and walking tour. Onboard these buses you’ll find free Wi-Fi and audio guides in 11 different languages. Tours start at 8:30 am and end at approximately 5 pm.
There are some differences in the length of the tickets, while Original tour & Golden tours operate in 24-hour increments Big Bus offers tickets available for the day, what this means for you is that you will have to get up early if you want to make the most of the Big Bus sightseeing bus while the other two will be available at the same time 24 hours later.
Classic: See London by night, illuminated and visit the main tourist points with the pleasure of seeing “almost” nobody. You will be onboard a double-decker bus. Of course, there are other buses in London? I don’t think there is. It is, however, the best transport to get a great view of the city, famous attractions and historic buildings like Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the London Eye. You will also have a guide who will provide you with all the information you need to know about the city, even the most unusual and little-known.
Prices from £21 per person
Night tour of the Beatles: Let yourself be overwhelmed by the emotion and plunge into the ’60s by visiting more than 35 sites related to the Beatles in all sorts of ways. You can enjoy an innovative night bus tour to see the city illuminated at night by following in the footsteps of its musical heritage. The guide will be an expert on the subject and will let you make numerous photo stops to immortalize the moment, he will teach you everything he knows about the Beatles through music and film images.
Price: £40/adult | £25/child (3-11 years old)
Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes: A fictional story by Sherlock Holmes inspired by the real-life story of Jack the Ripper. For a scary and macabre bus tour, it takes place at nightfall for a perfect atmosphere. You will learn about the crimes and stories of all kinds related to these people. Count 3 hours for this tour.
Price: £30/Adults | £27/Students and senior citizens
Routemaster from the ’60s: With the help of your imagination you will discover London as it was before, Professor Quantum will help you imagine these places differently in your mind with entertaining anecdotes about these iconic London landmarks.
Double-decker bus: transformed into an open-air tourist experience from Buckingham Palace to the Tower of London you’ll also see the Parliament, the Shard and St Paul’s Cathedral all without any glass to obstruct your vision.
Wetland Centre: This nature reserve is very close to the centre of London but you will feel completely cut off. You will appreciate its ponds, reeds and flower gardens for a peaceful escape. If you want to get away from it all and experience a little closer to nature, the Wetland Centre will not disappoint you, as well as the magnificent views you can admire you will also have something to eat after a long visit.
Ghost bus: Do you like to scare yourself with ghost stories, horror movies and the like? Take a 1-hour ghost bus tour that will take you through the historic streets of the city in an old black Routemaster to go with the scenery and explain all the scariest and most macabre stories of London.
Price: Adult £23.00 – Child £15.00 – under 5 years free
Harry Potter Bus: Who says London says J.K Rowling and Harry Potter, if you are a big fan and don’t want to miss any attraction on this theme here is a tour bus perfect for you. You will travel from platform 9 ¾ in King’s Cross to number 12 in Grimmauld Place.
This tour is 3 hours long so plan your schedule well to reserve a place for this unique experience.
You will discover the places that inspired the books and learn about the stories behind some of the wonders of magic.
Price: £30 – Adult | £21 – Children (under 16)
James Bond Bus: Team Harry Potter or James Bond? To each his own cinematic figure of reference in the city of London. Immerse yourself in the world of 007’s espionage and his nightly escapades to discover the filming locations and the sites frequented by Ian Fleming. Onboard a double-decker bus rather than a luxury car, but you can still imagine yourself as a spy apprentice thanks to the guide and his surprising anecdotes.
Price around £30 per person
Visit Greenwich: Travel through Greenwich and admire its lush green spaces, Severndroog Castle at the far end of the town and of course the Jacobean Charlton House on a guided tour. Count about 3 hours for this unique and charming tour.
Bustronome: What’s better than visiting while eating? No, we really don’t know. For the gourmet, you can admire magnificent views of London while enjoying fine dining whether it’s lunch, tea or dinner, it’s up to you to choose your favourite moment. You will see monuments such as St Paul’s Cathedral, the Parliament, the Tower of London and many others. You can choose from a seasonal menu with optional wine.
Adult price: £60 – child price £40
Tea time visit: London also means “English Breakfast Tea” with milk and brown sugar, we recommend it. Climb into a classic Routemaster and visit the B Bakery by bus, sit in front of a herbal tea or Earl Grey tea with sandwiches, cakes and pastries of all kinds for a complete “afternoon tea”. The locations are always more or less the same, you will find Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, St James’s Park, Hyde Park and the Royal Albert Hall for about an hour and a half.
Price is £45 per person. Enjoy!
Gin tour: For gin lovers, you will discover it in all its forms in the middle of the afternoon, Hayman gin will be served as infused sweets and seasonal cocktails. London’s major landmarks will offer you a breathtaking view while you relax with your cocktails in hand – what better way to spend a weekend? No really, we’re wondering. The good news is that you’re drinking while driving for once and you and everyone else is safe of course.
Prices start at £62 per person
The best depends on how you want to visit the city there are several options available to you. A little extra for the afternoon tea and gin tour as they have very good reviews.
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Written by: Lisa Lambert, Staff Writer