1. United Kingdom
  2. South East England
  3. London
  4. Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Vintage Double Decker Bus Tour & Thames River Cruise

Product ID: 2597
Enjoy a panoramic tour of London on a double decker vintage bus, and watch the Changing of the Guards. See Big Ben, the London Eye, and Westminster Abbey. Then take a short trip down the Thames River, past Shakespeare's Globe, London Bridge, and more.
About this activity
Duration: 3.5 hours
Starting times 7:45 AM, 1:00 PM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Cancellation policy
Cancel up to 3 days in advance for a full refund

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  • Discover London on board a classic Routemaster vintage double decker bus
  • Cruise down the River Thames
  • See the Changing of the Guard
  • Go to Westminster Abbey
  • Listen to the chimes of Big Ben and see the Houses of Parliament
Full description
See the highlights of London via 2 classic modes of transport on this half-day adventure. First, you will enjoy great views of Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, and the London Eye, as you meander through the historic streets on board a vintage double decker bus.

Continue to see St. Paul’s Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren’s architectural masterpiece, where Admirals Nelson and Wellington are buried, and Princess Diana and Prince Charles got married. Continue to the Tower of London, built nearly 1,000 years ago during the reign of William the Conqueror.

Home to the Crown Jewels, the Tower is protected by the famous Beefeaters, and the imposing palace has been used as a fortress and a prison throughout its history. Your guide will take you to Traitors Gate, where prisoners entered the Tower for the last time.

Next, take a short trip along the River Thames, passing Shakespeare’s Globe, Cleopatra’s Needle, and London Bridge, before arriving at Westminster Pier. Rejoin the bus and head for Buckingham Palace. Make your way to the perfect spot to watch the world famous Changing of the Guard ceremony as the soldiers, dressed in their fabulous tunics and busbies, march to military music.
  • Double-decker Routemaster tour
  • Short trip along the River Thames
  • Changing of the Guard
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

The tour departs at Victoria Coach Station, 164 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria (a 5-minute walk from Victoria Train Station) at the following times. Please note that check-in starts 15 minutes before the departure time: Morning Tour - Until 31st March 2019 - Gate 19 - 20 at 7.45 AM. From 1st April 2019 - Gate 19 - 20 at 8.15 AM. Afternoon Tour - Gate 0 at 1.00 PM.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
Know before you go
Please note that this is an open top bus tour - please be prepared for the possibility of rain.

On rare occasions the open top bus may be changed to a closed top bus.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.6 / 5

based on 161 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    3.7 / 5
  • Organization
    3.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.6 / 5
  • Safety
    4.3 / 5
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Even though I’m a Londoner overall I learnt so much from the tour guide who was knowledgeable and presented facts in an interesting way. Didn’t give you five ⭐️ because unfortunately the Thames part of it was cancelled. However five ⭐️ that you refunded me back half of what I paid within a few days. Thank you

November 23, 2019

I love love Gavin!!!

This tour was the best tour I've ever been on. Gavin was so lively and amazing. He knew his information as well as the latest gossip. It was so refreshing to enjoy learning about a different country and all the amazing places here in London. I would definitely book this tour again. Plus the bus is so cool, its really vintage style and its great for pictures.

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June 11, 2019

Informative but disappointed not seeing changing of the guards

Fantastic way to see the city and learn about London, Tour guide was good, but we were disappointed that even though we had booked for 1pm tour of bus, cruise and changing of the guards, we were told that we were unable to see this as it was only available on the 8am tour, which was not stated when booking tickets.

May 21, 2019

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Product ID: 2597