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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Hop aboard a vintage double-decker bus for a comfortable sightseeing bus tour through London! On this fun-filled excursion, see main attractions like Big Ben and the Tower of London, take a Thames River cruise past Westminster and the London Eye, and watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Upgrade to include lunch at a traditional British pub.
  • Tour London on a vintage double-decker bus and see attractions like Westminster Abbey
  • See top London attractions including Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the London Eye during your Thames River sightseeing cruise
  • Watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace
  • Upgrade to include a traditional fish and chips lunch in a central London pub
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Panoramic tour of London by 1960's Vintage bus
Thames River Cruise
Fish and chips meal (if option selected)
Local guide
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Victoria Coach Station, 164 Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1W 9TP, UK

164 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria. Located 5-minute walk from Victoria Train & Underground station. Morning tour departs at Gate 19 - 20 at 7:45am (Boarding starts at 7:30am) and Afternoon tour departs at Gate 0 at 1:00pm (Boarding starts at 12:45pm)

Return Details

St Georges Tavern, 14 Belgrave Rd, London SW1V 1QD, UK
Your half-day London tour begins in the city center. Meet your friendly guide and grab a seat in the vintage red double-decker bus, then sit back and take in fantastic views of the city awakening around you. As you ride, hear interesting anecdotes about passing local sites such as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Westminster Abbey—the venue for every coronation since the 11th century and 16 royal weddings!

Next head to the banks of the Thames River, where you get an up-close view of the formidable Tower of London. Built by William the Conquerer in the 11th century, the site has a long and stormy history as a prison and execution site. Before continuing on, hear a bit about the famous Beefeater Guards and the Crown Jewels that are housed in the impenetrable fort.

At Tower Pier, board a sightseeing boat and grab a seat in the glass-encased saloon or on the open deck. Drift in comfort along the banks of the historic Thames River and discover London’s history through lively audio commentary. Relax as the boat makes a short loop under the London Bridge, passing the Houses of Parliament, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and the London Eye.

After your cruise, hop back on the bus and head to Buckingham Palace to watch the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony. Marvel at the precision and tradition of the ritual, performed by the Queen’s Foot Guard and a military band. Your tour concludes back at your original departure point.

Upgrade your tour to include a traditional fish and chips lunch at a London pub!
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Tower of London
Photo stop at Tower of London
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Buckingham Palace
See the Changing of the Guard (selected dates only)
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
See the view of Globe Theatre from the river
Pass By:  
St. Paul's Cathedral
Drive through St. Paul's Cathedral
Pass By:  
Trafalgar Square
Drive through Trafalgar Square and see Nelson's column
Stop At:  
Westminster Abbey
Enjoy a photo stop outside Westminster Abbey
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Houses of Parliament
Enjoy a photo stop at Parliament square
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Big Ben
See the Clock Tower
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Thames River
Enjoy a leisurely cruise on the River Thames
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
London Eye
See the London Eye from the River
Pass By:  
Premium Tours - London Tours
Tour operated by Premium Tours
Pass By:  
London Bridge
Drive past London Bridge
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Two-course meal (if option selected) is a choice of either Fish and Chips or Vegetarian Sausages and Mash and Brownie for the dessert. Drinks are available at additional cost.
  • Please note: this is an open top bus tour, please be prepared for the possibility of rain. On rare occasions the open top bus may be changed to a closed top bus.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Please note: the Changing of the Guard only takes place on the morning tour
  • Please note: at time of booking you will need to select between the morning or afternoon departures.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Premium Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during London Vintage Bus Tour Including River Thames Cruise with Optional Lunch?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during London Vintage Bus Tour Including River Thames Cruise with Optional Lunch?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by London Vintage Bus Tour Including River Thames Cruise with Optional Lunch.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during London Vintage Bus Tour Including River Thames Cruise with Optional Lunch?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by London Vintage Bus Tour Including River Thames Cruise with Optional Lunch.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during London Vintage Bus Tour Including River Thames Cruise with Optional Lunch?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by London Vintage Bus Tour Including River Thames Cruise with Optional Lunch.

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  • "Bus was not that comfortable, but it was fun being on a 60’s era double decker." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Good value for money?
Karen_L
, Aug 2021
Very informative and relaxed. I live 40 mins from London and have always wanted to do this tour! So many other cities in the world seen but not my own and I really enjoyed looking at London in a very relaxed way. My 14 and 10 yr old loved it. The cruise was entertaining and educational too. I didn’t want to do to the fish and chips and got off at cruise at Westminster as only a 10/15 minute walk to Waterloo to get train home. From Waterloo to Victoria coach station, to get on the bus tour, is a leisurely 30/40 minute walk and we ate at Bills en route which is then a 15 minute walk further to Victoria pick up point. So relaxing to see London this way with someone else driving and picking up all the history on the way. Good value for money. Thank you.
star-4
Throwback Ride
Terry_S
, Mar 2020
Tour guide was cheerful and knowledgeable. Driver navigated the London traffic well, dodging cyclists and pedestrians with ease. Bus was not that comfortable, but it was fun being on a 60’s era double decker. Drizzly day, but we could see everything. The boat ride was nice. We had to wait a while in the rain to get on, though.
star-3
Nice for the most part
K478ZAlisa
, Dec 2019
This was a nice tour - the only reason I'm not giving 5 stars is because the fish & chips meal voucher was for a restaurant that was SO crowded, it was almost impossible to get a seat. The seating was first come, first served. So we had to walk around the restaurant constantly waiting for someone to finish dinner and hope to grab the table before someone else grabbed it. It was very confusing and stressful trying to make dinner work under these circumstances
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Great!
Leslie F
, Oct 2019
I would highly recommend this tour! The river cruise really makes the tour. I missed the 8am tour as my bus was delayed but the company re- accommodated me onto the afternoon tour and I am so thankful as I only had the one day in London. The guide was very informative and hilarious. Definitely a must do for when you are in London.
star-5
Great Tour very informational.
tmitchell210
, Aug 2019
I have got to say that the tour was awesome and the tour guide provided many details. Also have many insiders. The stop in the park was awesome. Only thing I ask is that they clean the windows on the bus as you cant see out the windows and there are cob webs.
star-4
Early departure but worth it to beat the crowds
Safari04357828507
, Jan 2019
Prepare to be there early in the morning (which can be difficult when staying outside of London). There needs to be a little more organization at your meeting point as multiple tours leave from one spot. Tour itself was a great overview of London’s major tourist hot spots. We choose this tour because it was only half a day and we have enough time to visit other areas on our list afterwards. Tour didn’t feel too rushed and we were able to have a bathroom/coffee break halfway in. The plus to being there so early was that many crowds at the palace and other big stops hadn’t gotten there yet so pictures were much easier. Our favorite part of the tour was the Thames River cruise. We would honestly got back again for another cruise. Tour guides were friendly and well versed with the attractions and city. Recommend this tour for people looking for a small tour and new to London.
star-5
informartiv good guide saw...
terry p
, Jan 2018
informartiv good guide saw main land marks
star-4
Great way to see the city. The tour on...
Michelle
, Sep 2017
Great way to see the city. The tour on the boat was really nice.
star-2
The idea of taking a vintage bus...
Alexandra I
, Sep 2017
The idea of taking a vintage bus tour sounded better in theory than it was in the execution. We went on a very rainy day and the inside of the bus leaked all over the place. The engine was very loud so it made it hard to hear our guide. Those on our tour were all very excited when we got to the boat ride as the boat was modern, comfortable, and dry inside. I would not recommend this tour and would instead find a bus tour that uses modern and more comfortable buses.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Very boring tour. The tour guide...
saldy
, Aug 2017
Very boring tour. The tour guide could not manage time to get into Buckingham palace to see change the guard. I ended up seeing nothing but sea of tourists and lost him because he does not carry a tour board. I was lucky to find him again but not the other 2 fellows
1 traveler found this review helpful

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