London: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour
- Duration options: 1 - 3 days
- Optional audio guide
Saying “capital” in the UK means more than talking about a city. The Brits use it to say “excellent!” So, London is a very capital city! Feel like a royal at the Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, and the Tower of London. See how the rich and trendy live in Mayfair, on Regent Street, and in Notting Hill. Browse and spend at Harrods, Oxford Street, and Covent Garden. You can see fantastic sights and fun attractions everywhere you turn. With so much to see and do, you may want to try a London hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour to see as much of the city as possible.
Hop-on hop-off sightseeing tours are not like standard tours. You have the freedom to get on and off the bus when and where you like. Visit as many or as few places as you want. If you missed something, you can always wait until that stop comes again. Not in the mood to walk? Just stay on board and enjoy the ride. You can listen to audio commentaries about what you see or you can chat with the guide for some local tips. They might inspire you to try something new!
If your stay in London is short, you don’t want to waste time. These buses know where they’re going, so you won’t get lost. And the top decks are usually open, so you’ll have excellent views of London. Even if you don’t stop somewhere, you can always snap a pic! Bring an umbrella so you can stay up top, even if you get hit with that famous London drizzle. Or you can always escape to the lower deck, where you’ll still have an excellent view of the city.
Any list of London sights will be too short. But you have to start somewhere! Here are some popular attractions you can check out on London’s hop-on hop-off tours.
Visit the home of the Queen of England at one of the few palaces still in use .If you want to watch the famous Changing of the Guard, make sure you pick a hop-on hop-off that includes it.
In 30 minutes, you can see all of London from one of the world’s tallest Ferris Wheels. Starting at the River Thames out to almost 25 miles around, you’ll want to visit on a clear day. And don’t forget the 4D Experience, for wind, rain, and bubbles added to your journey.
Impressed with the Houses of Parliament from the outside? Catch a parliamentary debate for lively exchanges that can turn into shouting matches. No boring political speeches here.
It all started as a farmer’s market. Now, Covent Garden hosts an incredible range of products. You can get a snack or something to drink at this tasty hop-off point Not only are there delicious foods and cute handmade trinkets for purchase, there are always entertaining street performers to watch, too!
Hop off and wander along London’s famous “high street.” This is where many fashion brands call home. You can see where an American influenced shopping in the UK with the first UK department store – Selfridges.
Movie buffs and fans of Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts aren’t the only people who visit Notting Hill. You can also visit its trendy cafés and artisan markets. If you’re in London in August, you should catch the famous Notting Hill Carnival. Held a bit outside of the center of London, the carnival may not be easy for a traveler to find. Luckily, some hop-on hop-off London tours stop there.
As you can see there are many attractions in London and you can discover many more as you hop-on and hop-off. And don’t forget all the shopping, as well as the famous British pubs!
Many hop-on hop-off tours are valid for only one day. However, some let you extend for up to three days so you can take your time and visit even more places. Check if tickets are included for certain attractions. You don’t need to wait in line for Madame Tussauds or the London Eye if you can go straight through. Some also offer walking tours or river cruises as part of the price or for an added fee.
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Really enjoyed our trip to London and our package we purchased. We wanted to do the London Eye and hop on hop off bus - the river cruise was an additional extra thrown in and ended up being the highlight. We ended up walking most of the way around the city, only using the bus twice - both times to go just one stop. Magnificent views from the London Eye - but the cruise was just wonderful. We went from Tower Bridge to Westminster. The guy speaking was really funny and the facts super interesting. The baileys hot chocolate on board also delicious. Would absolutely recommend.
This hop on hop off bus was very convenient! My family and I were able to see all of the sightseeing places we wanted to go to. It's a great way to get around the city and the views on top of the panoramic bus were amazing.
We had a really lovely day , we learnt lots , things we didn’t know , the staff were exceptional , really helpful , polite and knowledgeable .
Used it all day long from one end to the other. No tapping in and out, just show your ticket and stay as long as you want in 24 hours.
Really enjoyed travelling with your company, very efficient and comfy. Will definitely recommend you to others.