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Find The Best Place To Join Your Sightseeing Day Tour From London

Author: Bob Handford

Need Help Finding The Best Boarding Point For Your Day Tour?

OK – the day tours we are talking about here are the full day tours both within London and outside London to places like Stonehenge and Windsor.

London Tour Hotels

Hotel Pick-Up List

All of the main operators day tours have left their main London departure point by 8:30 a.m. Because of the early start the “big bus” tours offer a long list of hotel pick-up points starting as early as 7 a.m.
The pick-up points, all hotels are located in all the major hotel districts of Central London, well over a 100 hotels. They then take you to Victoria Coach Station where the main tour departs from.
The exception are the small group tours with a maximum of 16 passengers just have a handful of pick-up points at strategic points across Central London. But if your hotel is not on the list or you are staying outside London where is the best place to join a tour?

Stumped? – Well just ask Bob at the discussion facility below saying which tour you are going on and where you are staying!

Other Day Tour Information

Guided Day Tours Outside London – The Most Popular Tours


Discuss With Bob About The Best Boarding Point For You!

I\’be been on most of the day tours in question, I\’ve even driven and guided some of these tours If you\’re scratching your head where the best boarding point is for your tour just ask me below! Normally I\’ll respond well within 24 hours

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  • Anita

    We are planning on taking the morning tour to Stonehenge. We will be staying at the Premier Inn London Blackfriars – Fleet Street, 1-2 Dorset Rise, City of London. What would be the closest/easiest pick up point for us? Would you also know the drop off points returning to London?

    • http://www.londontoolkit.com/ Bob

      When you say the morning tour do you mean the daytime tour or one of the Special Access tours really early in the morning.
      Also when are you planning this trip?

      • Anita

        I believe that it leaves Victoria Station at 8:15 and returns at 2:30 in the afternoon. We will be visiting in May

        • http://www.londontoolkit.com/ Bob

          OK – that morning tour only runs April to October so you are fine with tat tour..

          The only hotels supported by the hotel pick-up services in the City of London are around the Tower of London as this is a business district.
          The nearest hotel pick-up would be the Strand Palalce Hotel on the other side of The Strand from your hotel. a good 15-20 minute walk.

          I think the best option is to join the tour at the main departure point at Victoria Coach Station where the hotel shuttles go into to rendezvous with the main tour buses
          There are direct Underground trains from Blackfriars to Victoria Station, the coach station is about 500 yards from the station and is signed from within the station.

          The tour ends at Victoria Railway Station, normally with a drop offered at Gloucester Road Underground Station in Kensington. Both have District line trains back to Blackfriars

  • michael lipchock

    Hi, I plan to stay at London St Pancras Hotel, 88 Euston Road, London, NW1 2RA. We would like to attend the Windsor, Bath, Stonehenge tour. Where is the closest pickup location? Approximately, how far from our hotel. Thanks in advance, Mike

    • http://www.londontoolkit.com/ Bob

      The Pullman St Pancras is a large tower hotel that is a pick-up almost opposite your accommodation

      • michael lipchock

        Awesome, thank you

    • michael lipchock

      Awesome, thank you!

  • Tracy

    HI I am looking to book on 27th Jan for the Windsor, Stonehenge, Laycock and bath and will be staying at the Travel Lodge Royal Scotland Kings Cross. Where would be the best place for joining?

    • http://www.londontoolkit.com/ Bob

      The Pullman Hotel St Pancras is the closest pick-up hotel to your accommodation

      Its about 10 minutes walk on the other side of St Pancras Station on the Euston Road by the British Library

  • Donna

    Hi am staying
    at Hyde Park Boutique Hotel on Leinster Gardens in August.
    Going to Oxford/Highclere Castle. Is Henry VIII on Leinster leaving at 7:40
    My best option?

    • http://www.londontoolkit.com/ Bob

      Yes the Henry VIII is 100 yards from your hotel

      • Donna

        Thank you, will the Coach have a “destination placard or marker” on it, so we will know which one to get on?

        • http://www.londontoolkit.com/ Bob

          The coach will normally be liveried in a Premium Tours livery.

          The hotel itself fronts the street so it should be obvious as coaches do not often pull up here
          The driver will have your name on his passenger list and will be looking for you.

          Just to underline an assumption I have made, that is you have purchased a ticket stipulating the Henry VIII as your pick-up point.
          The coach only visits the hotel if there is someone who has selected the hotel as their pick-up when reserving a seat

          • Donna

            Oh no…oops. When I booked the drop down said “Customer will confirm later”
            How do I log in to amend it to The Henry VIII?
            I don’t see a customer log in option on Premiums’s website.
            Would it be better to email them?

          • http://www.londontoolkit.com/ Bob

            When you get your confirmation there is a contact e-mail/phone stated on it you can make contact and make the amendment

  • Ramona

    Is it closer for me to walker to Victoria Coach Station, or to Holiday Inn, Victoria, for pick up?

    • http://www.londontoolkit.com/ Bob

      The coach station is closer than the Holiday Inn Express Victoria

      The Park Plaza Victoria is closer than the coach station but by the time you hang around and board the bus you could be at the coach station
      The buses that do the hotel pick-ups are separate to the coach that performs the tour. If you boarded at the Park Plaza you’d be off again within 5 minutes to find the tour bus boarding bay in Victoria Coach Station

      • Ramona

        Got it. Thanks.

      • Ramona

        Another question, upon the disembarkation, I plan to join a tour that eventually will drop us off at hotel (Southampton, Salisbury, Stonehenge,& Windsor). Can you tell me which are the hotels on your list is located at Earl Court, Gloucester Road area? I read somewhere that going from that area to Heathrow Airport for 2, taxi is cheaper than shuttle bus. Is it true?

        • http://www.londontoolkit.com/ Bob

          Earls Court and Gloucester Road are the closest major London hotel districts to Heathrow, a sedan size driver and car should be around 40-45 GBP

          The hotel shuttle service is largely only used by North Americans on their first visit to the UK its not that competitive being high priced, slow and infrequent
          National Express offer scheduled coach sevices to Heathrow from Victoria Coach Station for about a third of the cost of the hotel shuttle but it only departs from the coach station and at Heathrow stops at the Central Bus Station between Terminals 2 and 3

          Hotels the cruise buses will drop you off in Earls Court are
          3 Star
          Premier Inn Kensington
          Premier Inn Olympia
          Best Western Burns

          4 Star
          Marriott Kensington
          K&K George Hotel

          Gloucester Road is 5 minutes walk closer to London, these 4 star hotels there with drops are:
          Crowne Plaza Kensington
          Holiday Inn Kensington Forum
          Millenium Gloucester
          Millenium Baileys
          NH Kensington
          Radisson Blu Vanderbilt

          The Premier Inn’s probably offer the best value and are rated higher than Marriott by consumer groups in the UK. However Premier inn caters for British/European requirements in a hotel, North Americans would no doubt prefer the Marriott

          All the above are by the respective Underground Stations, there are direct trains to Heathrow every 5 minutes

          From Earls Court to Heathrow by Underground is 1.50 to 2.80 GBP on an Oyster Card

          Closer still to Heathrow is the Novotel London West at Hammersmith the first hotel the cruise bus will drop off at entering London

          • Ramona

            Thank you so much, Bob. Riding the Underground, I am worried about the up and down of the staircases. We each will have a 40 lbs luggage. Although we can walk the stairs without any problem, but dragging a suitcase may not be good for us. That’s why in order to walk on flat ground, I choose the National Express bus. Time is not a issue for us, so if National Express takes longer to get to Victoria Station, so be it. But I heard the taxi drivers at Victoria Station don’t like short distance customers. True? Then we will have to walk to Doubletree with luggage.
            After reading your response, I am going to expend my search on the hotel at Earl Court. I might just take a taxi to Heathrow from Earl Court to avoid stairs of the Underground. I know it is much cheaper by Underground, but if I pulled my back, that would cost me more than the taxi fare to cure it.

          • http://www.londontoolkit.com/ Bob

            You won’t have to walk up stairs much, if at all at Victoria / Heathrow Underground Stations. There are escalators and lifts

            Regards taxi drivers its the same the world over if a taxi has been queueing up in a rank only to get a fare a few yards down the road they are not going to be pleased.
            However, in London the licenced black cabs have to take you, if you complain if they refused they risk losing their operating licence

            Regards National Express the main problem with their Heathrow service is at the Heathrow end where they don’t visit the passenger terminals. They are not dedicated airport buses, Heathrow is just the first stop on their way to a regional English city so they only visit the Central Bus Station 5 minutes walk from Terminal 2 and 3.
            If you are using Terminal 4 or 5 you’ll have to go down to the Heathrow Express by lift or escalators to get the free shuttle train between Heathrow Terminals 4 and 5 and Heathrow Central where the coach station.

            It doesn’t really matter where you stay in London, there is no downtown area in the North American sense,
            You should find that Earls Court / Gloucester Road is a lot cheaper than Victoria for hotel accommodation, especially at weekends, and if you’re using Heathrow a lot less stressful for transfers
            (Though note Earls Court Underground Station has lifts from street level to platform as well as escalators. Gloucester Road is much shallower and there are steps.)

            There is a big differential in cost between getting a London black taxi from the airport rank and a pre-booked private car with driver between Heathrow and London

  • Ramona

    Bob, we will staying at Doubletree Victoria, so we should go to the Victoria Coach Station to be picked up?

    • http://www.londontoolkit.com/ Bob

      For the “big bus tours” (i.e. not the small group tours) where the main tour bus departs from Victoria Coach Station then yes, its only 5-10 minutes walk from the DoubleTree Hilton on the other side of the railway station.

      • Ramona


  • miriammatalonlauff

    I am interested in the Stonehenge/Bath tour. Staying at Luna and Simone which is on one list but when I go to the page to book, the drop down doesn’t include that hotel. I am confused

    • http://www.londontoolkit.com/ Bob

      Hmm the Luna & Simone seems to be deleted off the list, the Sidney Hotel on the other side of the road from the Luna is still listed

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