There’s a well known saying about waiting for a London bus for ages before three turn up at once. Well, if you’ve been waiting for a London bus tour tip, then you’re in luck, because if you scroll down you’ll see five have turned up at once.
Below you’ll find our pick of five tours that we think you’ll love, with our choice based on a combination of pricing and former guest reviews. We hope you feel suitably inspired to hop aboard and enjoy one of the most quintessential of London activities.
FROM £4.40 PER PERSON
So much to see, and not enough time to see it, is an often-heard grumble by visitors to London. So much to see, and not enough time to see it, is an often-heard grumble by visitors to London. But fear not, there’s a solution, thanks to this wonderful self-guided, hop-on-hop-off tour that takes you across the length and breadth of the city, all for the price of a bus ticket. All you need is a London Transport Oyster card and the details provided by the excellent London For Free website, and you’ll be all set for a memorable whistle-stop tour of London’s finest attractions and landmarks. Following a circular route, you can travel out west past such iconic sites as Hyde Park and Harrods before heading back through the City to the fabled east end, where the notorious Kray Brothers once prowled the streets, before traversing both the north and south sides of the River Thames, taking in St Pauls, the Tower of London, Big Ben and plenty more besides. You can travel in any direction and re-board buses as and when you wish, allowing you to explore the city at your leisure and with the convenience of being able to jump back on a bus at the wave of a hand. For all the information you need, click on the link below.
FROM £27.40 PER PERSON
Step into the glamorous but highly secretive world of 007 on this action-packed 3-hour James Bond tour of London. After being picked up by minibus in Central London, you’ll follow in the footsteps of everyone’s favourite international spy as you visit filming locations from Bond classics like ‘GoldenEye’, ‘The World is Not Enough’ and ‘Die Another Day’, as well as recent hits like ‘Spectre’ and ‘Skyfall’. Brush up on your Bond trivia as you learn more about Bond actors Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig, then get a glimpse of the real world of espionage as you pass the MI6 Building at Vauxhall Cross. Along the way, your guide will regale you with stories of how Bond films were made as you gain a fascinating insight into the world of espionage. The tour will end by the London Eye where you’ll disembark.
FROM £21.30 PER PERSON
Not for the faint-hearted, this 1-hour ghost bus tour through London will see you visit notorious local hang-outs where restless spirits are said to lurk, as well as chilling sites of murder, execution and torture such as the Tower of London and the little-known Cross Bones Graveyard. You’ll meet your guide after dark at a specified Central London before embarking on the tour, during which you’ll learn fascinating facts about the London’s gruesome past and make key stops at the city’s eeriest landmarks. Board the ghost bus – a 1960s Routemaster – grab a seat in the shadowy lower or upper deck, and peer out the window as your coach winds through the sinister streets of London. Your tour returns to the departure point with plenty of time to grab a bite to eat – if you’ve still got the stomach for it.
FROM £27.40 PER PERSON
Fans of wizard extraordinaire Harry Potter will love this 3-hour tour of the film locations used to project the young protagonist onto the silver screen. Starting in Central London, you’ll be taken by luxury coach to cinematic landmarks such as Number 12, Grimmauld Place, Diagon Alley and Platform 9¾, while enjoying insider stories about the making of the films as told by your guide for the day. As you ride, enjoy entertaining Potter-themed commentary and experience the world through the eyes of J K Rowling, passing sites in muggle London that inspired her to create the world renowned fictional franchise. Your last stop will be King’s Cross Station to visit the perplexing Platform 9 ¾, where Harry launched himself through the platform portal to the Hogwarts Express. Be sure to bring a camera so you can recreate the moment!
FROM £49.80 PER PERSON
See many of London’s most famous attractions and landmarks with a memorable vintage double-decker bus tour combined with a trip along the River Thames. Held over a half-day, you’ll start your excursion in Central London, setting off around the city by bus, past iconic buildings such as Nelson’s Column, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, while hearing stories and secrets about the capital courtesy of the onboard commentary. You’ll get the chance to disembark for some photo opportunities at the Tower of London before heading towards the waterside for a river cruise on a modern catamaran, during which you’ll drift past more famous landmarks including Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London Bridge and the London Eye observation wheel. As you float gently along, you can tuck into a mouth-watering and quintessentially British afternoon tea, complete with a glass of Champagne and scones served with clotted cream and jam. After returning to dry land, you’ll be transported back to your start-point where your tour will come to a close.