Original London Tour Open Top Sightseeing Bus – What To Expect
Author: Bob Handford
The Original London Tour is the popular Hop On, Hop Off Sightseeing Bus that covers all of London\’s major attractions. This is truly the original such tour, a format now widely copied with similar services in most major tourist cities throughout the world. The original, Original London Tour was operated by London Transport the operator of London\’s famous double deck red buses. Today its run by a private company.
If you\’re new to London, Bob would thoroughly recommend you take this service on your first day. London is a big place, this tour gets you quickly orientated to the layout of London and will help you greatly in planning your visit or fine tuning one that you had spent months planning.
What this is not, is your way preferred way of getting around London. Use the London red buses and Underground as the way to get around after the first day.
What To Expect On The Tour
The Original London Tour has three core HoHo bus services, (Red, Yellow and Museum Tour) plus a couple of hotel district feeder services. A very worthwhile river cruise and guided walks are also included in the product.
On this blog entry we\’re covering the Yellow Bus service or T1 service as its sometimes referred to.
The Yellow service visits nearly all the main visitor attractions in Central London. Its route is very similar to the Red service. The main difference between the two, Red & Yellow is that the Yellow service has a live commentary in English. The Red tour has audio guides in many different languages. The Red Route commentary is good, but if you are comfortable with English I would recommend you opt for the Yellow Bus. (The Museum Tour covers some of the major museums that would be out of the way for the Yellow & Red services. Principally the V&A, Science and Natural History Museums in Kensington and the British Museum. It also acts as a hotel district feeder service for Kensington and Bloomsbury plus Harrods and Harvey Nichols shops in Knightsbridge).
You can freely switch between all the bus services.
A popular approach is to do a complete curcuit of the Yellow Tour. This takes well over 2 hours. Then pick and choose places you want to visit as a result afterwards, (though Bob would recommend the river cruise is taken at some time). Use the guide on the bus to ask those questions or get clarifications so you usr your time effeciently. The tour bus also sells fast track tickets to some popular attractions that have long waiting times to get in, especially in the busy summer months.
Full details of the service are on the Original London Tour web page.
The 5 minute video below gives you a great briefing on what to expect on the Yellow Route Bus, just one part of the Original London Tour a great first day in London.
Links To Further Information On London's Open Top Sightseeing Tours
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