The Original London Sightseeing Tour

Discover top London attractions at your leisure on this flexible open dated hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of London. With three family-friendly routes and three transport link services available, this hop-on hop-off bus in London offers a perfect day of sightseeing. Admire Tower Bridge, the London Eye, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and more from the comfort of your spacious open-top double-decker bus. As a bonus, use your London hop-on hop-off tour ticket for a range of additional activities including a Thames River sightseeing cruise and three London walking tours.

What You Can Expect

Marvel at St Paul's Cathedral on a hop-on hop-off London tour
Marvel at St Paul's Cathedral on a hop-on hop-off London tour

Redeem your voucher, ride around London aboard your spacious open-top double-decker bus and enjoy the flexibility to plan your day exactly how you like. Your London sightseeing ticket can be used on three tour routes — red, yellow or blue — as well as the transport links: black, green and purple. Tour routes are great options, with entertaining commentary for all ages plus children’s activity packs.

Your ticket also includes a hop-on, hop-off Thames River cruise and three walking tours – all of which take place daily. See Itinerary for details.

Tour – Red Route:
Discover top city highlights in central London with full audio commentary throughout. Stay on board for the full loop (approx two hours), or hop on and off at your leisure at any of these stops:

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

Tour – Yellow Route:
Explore central London with a live guide. Stay on board for the full loop (approx two hours), or hop on or off at any of the stops. The route includes all stops mentioned on the Red Route except Madam Tussauds, London Planetarium, Regent’s Park, Oxford Street and Regent Street. These attractions are replaced with the Ritz Hotel, Royal Academy of Arts and Fortnum and Mason.

Tour – Blue Route:
Discover London’s museums and shopping districts and enjoy comprehensive audio commentary throughout. Stay on board for the full loop (approx two hours) or hop on and off at any of the stops:

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, Shaftsbury Avenue, British Museum, Russell Square, Wellington Museum, Royal Albert Hall, Albert Memorial, Kensington High Street and Princess Diana Memorial Fountain.

Transport Links

Transport Link – Black Route:
Use this route to travel between the main London transport hubs of St Pancras, King’s Cross, Marble Arch, Paddington, Marylebone and Euston.

Transport Link – Green Route:
This route provides a handy loop around central London, stopping at Leicester Square, the London Eye, Westminster and Piccadilly Circus.

Transport Link – Purple Route:
Use this route to travel around west London, stopping at Holland Park, Notting Hill, Bayswater, Kensington Gardens, Paddington and Madam Tussauds.

The following complimentary activities are subject to availability on the day of your tour.

Thames River Sightseeing Cruise:
Simply hop off your sightseeing bus at either Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament (Westminster Pier) or the Tower of London, and then walk the short distance to the pier. Show your hop-on hop-off ticket and step aboard the boat to begin your river cruise. Take in spectacular city views from out on deck or relax by the windows inside the boat as you glide up and down the Thames River, with top London attractions such as the London Eye, Tate Modern and St Paul’s Cathedral drifting slowly by.

Walking Tour – Changing of the Guard:
Meet your guide at The Original London visitor center in Trafalgar Square at 10:30am. Stroll past St James’s Palace on your way to Buckingham Palace, and then watch the time-honored Changing of the Guard ceremony taking place. In time to drumbeats, soldiers from the Queen’s Foot Guard march in front of the palace in their red tunics and bearskin hats.

Walking Tour – Rock ‘n’ Roll:
Start at The Original London visitor center in Trafalgar Square at 1pm then set off to explore the capital. Discover famous venues and sites linked to rock ‘n’ roll legends of the past few decades. See where the Beatles were nearly arrested, the venue of Jimi Hendrix’s last gig and more.

Walking Tour – Jack the Ripper:
Leave the bus stop at the Tower of London at 3:30pm with your guide and walk around Whitechapel in London’s East End. Follow the trail of London’s infamous serial killer, hear murderous tales from the city’s dim and dark past and see the places that gave the Ripper his notorious acclaim.

Days of Service


Meeting Time

Buses depart every 15-20 minutes from 8:30am to 5pm



  • Hop-on hop-off tour
  • Sightseeing cruise
  • Walking tours
  • Children's activity pack
  • Commentary
  • Professional guide (yellow route only)


  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

  • 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
Voucher Information

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

Schedule and Pricing

Departure Point



1 day

Return Details

Valid for 24 hours from time of first use


Refunds, when possible, must be requested at least 4 business days prior to the travel date. Refunds are subject to a 7% administration fee. The Rail Protection Plan™ does not apply.

Note: Tours may be delayed or run late. Please plan accordingly.

Ticket is valid for 48-hours From
$ 45.69

Customer Reviews

Mon Bon

October 2015

This was so worth it!. You can easily get on and off and see all the hot spots of London. I also enjoyed the cruise ride that came along for free. That was another great way I was able to see the city.

Gerda V

October 2015

We had a limited time in London before our Tour started the next morning. This is a great way to see so much of London and it's sights. Great value as well.

Sharon B

September 2015

This tour all depends on whether or not you get a good tour guide. Ours was excellent.


September 2015

It was awesome. However most people do everything on their smart phones and the main office does not have wifi, forcing us to pay to have hard copies made of the confirmation. It was annoying and time consuming.

Brenda S

September 2015

Very nice experience. Many buses , a lot of stops. The only problem we had was the road was closed and the bus could not make the stop we were waiting at. After waiting 45 min....we stopped a bus as we walked and he graciously let us on at a stoplight !! When the route is altered, maybe a text would be the answer. Otherwise a great service !!!

Candace S

September 2015

This sightseeing tour is a must for every newcomer to London. It helped to familiarize us with the city of London with a bird's eye view of the most popular attractions. The Thames river cruise at dusk really outlined the beauty of the waterfront buildings and is a great way to relax at the end of the day. All 3 additional walking tours were fantastic and relayed by a very animated tour guide.
It is a full day of activity and one you should not miss!!

Timothy B

September 2015

The double decker bus was great!! The hop on-hop off worked perfectly!! Rode the Thames riverboat while on the tour; the bus was close by after the Thames. Don't forget to use the audio guide on the bus (earphones provided). OLST is the best!!!

Maria D R

September 2015

We loved this trip although most of them was an audio tour the explanation was clear and very informative. it went around to many important landmarks where you could get of the bus visit the place and get back in the without any problems. We will do it again !!!!
In the other hand, your tour is good 24 hours from the moment that you switch your voucher for the ticket.
I strongly recommend this tour.

Valerie H

September 2015


Marilyn F

September 2015

great i suggest it, great to plan out your day would be the best way to take you around for the day so plan well

Sherry T

September 2015

I've used the Hop on/Hop off tickets every time I travel to a new country. It definitely helps to get oriented and provides a great overview of the city.

Catherine A

September 2015

Excellent value fro money. Staff very helpful and infomative. Great live commentary. We had a great day.


September 2015

The best way to see London.

Jeremy W

September 2015

Exactly as advertised! Nothing will get you to the best locations in London better than this tour! Make sure you use your ticket to get you in to some of the attractions.


September 2015

Excellent way to get around the city at your own pace. The staff were happy to help and the commentary was informative. Plenty of different routes to get you around.

Henry C

September 2015

It took a little time to find the tour office but the other vendors on the street were very helpful in directing us to the office.
With that said this was an excellent tour, there are four different routes that you can go in that show the different parts of the city plus there was a river cruise down the Thames.
Overall for the price it was a very good value plus since it was a twenty four hour clock for the one day we got to use the tour bus for two day.
The yellow tour is a narrated tour which as fun while the other four tours were taped, which was fine.
A very good value for the money.
Also they take a group over to see changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, but depending on the season it does not occur everyday so you should check the schedule at Buckingham Palace to see when Changing of the guard is scheduled.

Julie L

September 2015

This was the perfect way to pass the time till I could get into my hotel room. Loved seeing all sights and the commentary. Learned so much.


September 2015

Excellent tour. We went on the yellow route only. Very informative tour with a guide who was both entertaining and informative. She was able to answer any questions we put to her. Despite the weather we sat on top in the open air and had a great time. Well worth the money, and even cheaper when booked online. Would thoroughly recommend this tour.


September 2015

Didn't have enough time to cover all the different lines, but the ones we did took you to all the iconic places. When we got off it was always a short walk to the attraction then a short wait to get back on the bus


September 2015

Great way to see London. The guide was wonderful. Would highly recommend this tour.

Judith D

September 2015

Perfect for seeing the major sights of London. Multiple routes easy to transfer.


September 2015

Booked this tour as our first one to get acquainted with the city. It was fun to hop on/ hop off which we did to transfer from the various colored bus lines. We covered the red, yellow and blue lines in one day and took the River Thames cruise, too, which is included in the price of the tour. We thought we might ride again the following morning before our ticket expired, but felt that we covered most of the city sights on the first day. If you want to ride for a second day, I heard it was only 7 pounds more. Cruising the River Thames was relaxing and informative while listening to live commentary. Highly recommend this tour for getting your photos of the famous sights! You have to sit on top to get the better photos!


September 2015

Do this and let the traffic move around you

Luisa C

September 2015

Excellente routes. Buses allways available.