London’s original hop-on, hop-off bus tour is steeped in almost as much history as the city itself
There’s a reason these guys are dubbed The Original Tour and that’s because they were the first to run such an operation in London back in 1951. As the Festival of Britain got underway that year, an earlier form of TfL introduced a double-decker bus running ‘Service J’ to take visitors on a tour of the capital. Service J was such a success that it has remained in action to this day. By 1991 the service adopted the hop-on, hop-off mentality and in 1992 the company rebranded from Service J to The Original London Sightseeing Tour.
Their reasonably priced tickets allow access to all six of their bus routes, three of which are dedicated sightseeing tours, and include a Thames River Cruise day-pass, as well as three walking tours, covering the Changing of the Guard, Jack the Ripper and a rock ‘n’ roll history. What’s more, all tickets are valid for either 24 or 48 whole hours, and commentary is available in English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian and Japanese.
Our great value 24 and 48 hour tickets include three free walking tours, a free Thames river cruise pass and unlimited access to all our bus tour routes.
|Venue name:||Original London Sightseeing Tour||Contact:|
17-19 Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square
|Opening hours:||Every 15–20 minutes, 8.30am–8pm (May–Sep); 8.30am–6pm (Sep–Oct/Mar–May); 8.30am–4.30pm (Oct–Mar)|
|Transport:||Tube: Charing Cross/Piccadilly Circus|
|Price:||£30, £15 children (ages 5–15), £90 (family)|
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We dicided to go for the live commentary in English as thought this would be more fun.
Both times we went on the upper deck to get the best views. The first bus we went on the commentator was very knowledgeable and we could clearly hear what he was saying. The next bus not so good. The commentator was a youngish lad who mumbled into the mike. What with the noise of the traffice and the mubbling we couldn't hear a thing. I felt sorry for the indian and american tourists who had no chance of hearing anything and gave up. What a waste of money for them.
I complained and said to him as we were getting off that he needed to speak more clearly and slower. He said there was a problem with the mike. Rubbish. Might be better to go on a tour with a pre-recorded commentary at least you can turn up the volume to drown out the traffic noise. Shame otherwise it would have been a good tour. Perhaps the company ought to invest in some mystery shoppers to check what's going on?.