The Original Tour London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

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  • Duration: 2 Hrs
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  • Departure Details :
    You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.
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    You may disembark at any of the available stops.
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    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


It's time to take in the panoramic views of London from the best open-top buses and unlimited hop-on, hop-off access! Book this Original Tour of London and explore the city as it meant to - at your own pace. You can hop on or off the buses at over 100 bus stops in central London, access free WiFi onboard, join the excellent free walking tours and enjoy a lovely free river cruise. As there are 7 different routes to explore with one single tour, you will have a lot to discover!


  • Family-friendly 
  • A popular choice with kids
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Recorded commentary by audio headphones
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Multiple departure times and locations available

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The original tour of London offers an array of attractions and activities to cover. You can choose from different popular points of interest as well as lesser-known gems according to your preferences.

Here are some examples of what this Original London Tour has to offer - 

ORANGE British museum TOUR - 

Route Duration: 50 minutes

Stops on the ORANGE British museum TOUR:
Attractions on the ORANGE British museum TOUR:

Covent garden / King's cross Station / The British museum / Leicester square / Trafalgar square / Nelson's Column

Operates: Service operates daily every 20-30 minutes throughout the year.


Route Duration: 45 minutes

Stops on the PURPLE SHUTTLE:
Attractions on the PURPLE SHUTTLE:

Notting hill

Operates: Service operates daily every 30-60 minutes throughout the year.


Route Duration: 20 minutes

Stops on the RED SHUTTLE:
Attractions on the RED SHUTTLE:

Hyde park / Baker street / Marble arch / Madame tussauds london

Operates: Service operates daily every 30-60 minutes throughout the year.


Route Duration: 45 minutes

  • Holland park Avenue - Royal crescent Gardens
  • Notting hill Gate - Junction of Clanricade Gardens
  • Bayswater Road - Outside DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel
  • Bayswater Road - Thistle Kensington gardens Hotel
  • Lancaster Terrace - Stop LH, junction of Gloucester Terrace
  • Praed Street - Stop H, right of Hotel Mercure Paddington
  • Praed Street - Left of Hilton Metropole Hotel
  • Marble Arch Station / Park Lane - Outside Bob Forstner Showroom
  • Speakers' corner - Stop Z, Marble Arch
Attractions on the THE MORNING SHUTTLE:

Notting hill / Kensington gardens / Marble Arch / Paddington station / Hyde park

Operates: Service operates daily every 20 minutes throughout the year. Operates only from 8am to 9am.

Check the itinerary section to know more about different tours and routes. 


Tour – Yellow Route: Explore central London with live commentary. Stay on board for the full 2-hour loop, or hop on or off at any of the stops. The route includes all stops like Hyde Park, Baker Street, and Marble Arch mentioned on the Red Route except Madame 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 2-hour loop 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 the 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 10:30 am. 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 1 pm 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 3:30 pm 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.


More than 100 stops.

Unlimited Hop-on Hop-off on 7 routes.

Live guided tour on the yellow route (T1).

Multilingual commentary available in 11 languages.

A complementary Hop-on Hop-off Thames river cruise.

Three complementary walking tours (Changing of the Guard, Jack the Ripper and Rock n Roll). 

Kids' Club Activity Book & child friendly commentary on-board. *Must collect from Visitor Centre.



Food and drinks

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at the time of booking.

Stroller accessible.

Wheelchair accessible.

Service animals allowed.

Near public transportation.

Infants must sit on laps.

Most travelers can participate.

Transportation is wheelchair accessible.

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.

Traveler Reviews

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  • 14-Nov-2019

    We have gotten into the habit of participating in the Hop On Hop Off Bus Tours in several cities that we have visited. Love the history provided via headphones and if we are on upper level the photo opportunities are available. London's routes are worth the time, all important sites are included.

  • 14-Nov-2019

    Enjoyed the overall view and observation on the Hop on Hop off bus. The guide was very informative and answered every question.

  • 28-Oct-2019

    I did my research, reviewing my options and decided that the Original Tour was the service for me as I was very interested in their advertised rock n roll and Jack the Ripper walking tours included with their hop on hop off tours. I was so disappointed when I arrived and was told these walking tours were only available in the summer. I booked my tickets months in advance of my holiday. Nowhere did I see that these walking tours were not available year round. And looking at their website today, these two walking tours are still listed. If I had known these walking tours weren't available, as advertised, I could have made alternate arrangements. Finding out at the last minute was too late for me. I can't recommend The Original Tour London as I don't think I was provided the product I bought. There are other hop on hop off buses and walking tours I would consider in the future.

  • 16-Sep-2019

    If you don’t have much time and want to see and learn a lot in one day, this is the tour to take. Our guide David was so good and knowledgeable, it was worth every minute!

  • 09-Sep-2019

    The live guides on the yellow line were great. The blue line had recorded guides, which, while interesting, weren’t quite as fun. It was a nice way to get around and learn about the city.

  • 31-Jul-2019

    Terrible experience. We waited forever for the bus. The man in the booth sent us to a stop that the bus wasn’t coming to because it had. Even moved. We barely saw anything because our day was spent constantly waiting for a bus that took over thirty minutes to show up st any stop we went to. Would not use this company again

  • 30-Jul-2019

    We used the yellow line and all 3 of our hosts provided great history about London. It was super easy getting on and off of the bus.

  • 29-Jul-2019

    Timeschaduals are impossible in crowded Londen. Drivers do their utmost to deal with the traffic.
    But it takes hours to complish one of the routes.
    The earphone methode is good.

  • 25-Jul-2019

    We collected our tickets from the main office which was very easy to locate. The tours are varied and visit all the main landmarks. Moreover we went on the bus T1 which has the live tour guide on board and the details they go into to explain made the experience even more positive, giving curious anecdotes.

  • 15-Jul-2019

    Recent 2-day tour.... that took us half the first morning to find a bus. We were told 3 different locations by Hop bus people. Yes....the Hop bus people told us 3 different locations! We finally went to the Original Tour store at Trafalgar Square to get started. yikes. Thankfully the weather was nice but we missed half of our first day. Tours are good -- only did yellow line and blue line -- but good.

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