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The Original London Sightseeing Tour

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Address: | The Original London Visitor Centre, London SW18 1TB, England
Phone Number: +44 20 8877 1722
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08:30 - 18:00
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Sun 09:00 - 17:30
Mon - Sat 08:30 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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

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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.

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Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The timetable it is not real almost never respected and the waiting is atrocious. For the good part: the guides are very good. Funny and very knowledgeable. History rumours prices, they know all regarding everything. The routes are very well chosen and you get an amazing London experience.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Prices were competitive, staff and the routes excellent. Hop on and hop off, I don't think so. Was told busses frequent the bus stops every 20 minutes. Didn't time every wait but seemed more like 30. In the end we walked or caught a cab. Lost a lot of time and didn't see everything we wanted to. Would rather use... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have used this company now three times (twice with my children and this time with friends). They have modified the blue route to ease frustration with London traffic and it is a good idea- and shows how on their game this company is. They have the friendliest drivers and staff! The commentary is informative and witty- there are plenty... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We understand traffic is horrible and different bus start at different locations. We must have seen at least 3 to 4 of the other bus tours before we saw one of theirs. Yes so definitely be aware, the Big Bus of London and the Golden Tour was much more frequent by far by our observations.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A very good orientation driving tour of London. Traffic in London is terrible, so let someone else do the driving to the major attractions in London. There are several routes, so look at their map to select the route you want to take--the T1 Original Tour and the T2 City Sightseeing Tour being the most popular routes. Note: London, it... More 

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the0riginalt0ur, Public Relations Manager at The Original London Sightseeing Tour, responded to this review

Dear Ben S, Many thanks for taking the time to review the tour and I am glad you enjoyed being driven around London! :-) Best regards, Max More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Pros and Cons but if you are short on time and plan to avoid rush hours, well, the best you can, as it all felt like Rush hour in the busy streets of London, this is a good value to sit on up in the 2 story bus and listen to historic facts for about 2 hours and figure out... More 

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the0riginalt0ur, Public Relations Manager at The Original London Sightseeing Tour, responded to this review

Dear djcynic, Many thanks for your review of the tour and I am glad you enjoyed the extra 24 hours! See you soon on board our buses. Best regards, Max More 

Andrew Prunty
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We enjoyed two routes the first is the red route ot T2 route this takes about 2 hrs and you do see almost all that London has to offer, you can hopr off and on the bus as they are about every 15 mins it's aggod way to spend a few hrs and to get to see future places you... More 

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the0riginalt0ur, Public Relations Manager at The Original London Sightseeing Tour, responded to this review

Dear andrewprunty53, Many thanks for the four stars and I am glad you enjoyed the tour and the extra day. Best regards, Max More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had just one day in London. We LOVED the yellow line, with the live commentary. We also took advantage of the boat tour that was included in the price. Bring headphones (they provide some, but I always prefer my own).

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the0riginalt0ur, Public Relations Manager at The Original London Sightseeing Tour, responded to this review

Dear KaitlynMiller, Many thanks for the review! I will pass it on to our live guides and their Manager. Best regards, Max More 

Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was a bit dubious about what to expect but experienced no problems at all. We used tesco vouchers to purchase our vouchers and exchanged these with a member of staff at one of the stops, Ther was a special offer on which meant we got 48 hrs for the price of 24. We decided to do the river boat... More 

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the0riginalt0ur, Public Relations Manager at The Original London Sightseeing Tour, responded to this review

Dear calamitykat, Many thanks for the five stars! It does sound like you managed to do quite a lot of sightseeing over the weekend! I hope you all had a fantastic time and that your little one enjoyed his/her kids' pack. Best regards, Max More 

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