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The Original London Sightseeing Tour

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Address: | The Original London Visitor Centre, London SW18 1TB, England
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+44 20 8877 1722
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08:30 - 18:00
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Sun 09:00 - 17:30
Mon - Sat 08:30 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Experience the best of London aboard The Original Tour's famous red...

Experience the best of London aboard The Original Tour's famous red open-top buses. London's most popular sightseeing tour offers its guests the ultimate introduction to the capital and includes entertaining English-speaking guides, an unrivalled fleet of superb modern buses, three main tour routes, two of which offer full multi-lingual commentary, 3 fascinating free walking tours, a fantastic free Thames Hop-on Hop-off river cruise pass, and an exclusive Kids' Club. All hop-on hop-off tickets are valid for 24-hours across over 80 conveniently located stops

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US$32.62*
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When confronted with unclear instruction on voucher redeeming procedure company was helpful and understanding in resolving problem. Very impressive.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Buying a one day ticket gives visitors another 24hrs free which has to be used on consecutive days. Watch where you buy ticket from as prices can vary. Audio guide on board which gives details of landmarks on way round. A map is provided. Open deck on top. There are four different routes so make sure you take a note... More 

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Thank gelascotland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

When confronted with unclear instruction on voucher redeeming procedure company was helpful and understanding in resolving problem. Very impressive.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Incredibly disappointed. When I did this tour 20 years ago, there was an actual tour guide on board that answered questions and was quite informative. This past December when I did the tour with my family, there was no tour guide; just a driver that did not interact at all except to take our tickets. We had to go and... More 

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the0riginalt0ur, Public Relations Manager at The Original London Sightseeing Tour, responded to this review

Dear carrot1353, Many thanks for your feedback. I am really sorry to hear that you did not enjoy the tour and I will pass on your comments to our Operations Manager. Best regards, Max More 

BURNABY, Canada
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4 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Purchased with cash yesterday morning outside Northumberland stop and the ticket seller tried to distract me to get on the bus without giving me back the 6 pounds change even I saw him holding the change in his hand. The various ticket sellers on the streets were not very friendly at various stops when inquiring about bus arrival time. Too... More 

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Thank Tom C
the0riginalt0ur, Public Relations Manager at The Original London Sightseeing Tour, responded to this review

Dear Tom C, Many thanks for taking the time to review the tour. I am most concerned to learn of the conduct you encountered from our staff and if you could send us an email (info@theoriginaltour.com) with a description of the member of staff, the day you took the tour (9th January?) and as much information as possible, we will... More 

Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed the trip with the commentary, we learnt a lot about London. It was easy to book and staff were all very helpful. Thanks

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Thank stuandcath
the0riginalt0ur, Public Relations Manager at The Original London Sightseeing Tour, responded to this review

Dear stuandcath, Many thanks for the five stars and I hope you enjoy your stay in London. Best regards, Max More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked the original tour from home and picked up our tickets on the bus with the QR code in the phone. Very easy. The drivers were friendly and the info on the tour was great. We liked that there was different routes to change in between.

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Thank Patrik M
the0riginalt0ur, Public Relations Manager at The Original London Sightseeing Tour, responded to this review

Dear Patrik M, Many thanks for your review and I am glad you enjoyed a smooth ride! Best regards, Max More 

Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The buses have different coloured lines that you can choose to board to see different attractions. Convenient to find and very informative. Able to experience London within 2 hours. You may want to try this first before going around London. My nephew and niece enjoy the open top bus ride.

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Thank Art F
the0riginalt0ur, Public Relations Manager at The Original London Sightseeing Tour, responded to this review

Dear Art F, Many thanks for the five stars! Glad to hear you all enjoyed the tour and I hope you had a great time in London. Best regards, Max More 

Royal Oak, Michigan
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Normally these bus tours are a great way to get some history of the city and see many of the big spots rather quickly. We hopped on and off a couple buses and could barely hear the audio that goes along with the tour. We tried multiple plugs and new ear phones, nothing worked. We had a better time just... More 

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Thank rebecca g
the0riginalt0ur, Public Relations Manager at The Original London Sightseeing Tour, responded to this review

Dear rebecca g, Many thanks for your feedback which I will pass on to our Operations Manager. Best regards, Max More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had a friend visiting London for the first and taking her around by the bus tour was the best idea. It's so convenient as you can hop off and walk around and hop on again. You do get to see the main attractions and the audio headphones are provided. Very friendly service. It's a must!! The bus stops are... More 

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Thank Noor K
the0riginalt0ur, Public Relations Manager at The Original London Sightseeing Tour, responded to this review

Dear Noor K, Many thanks for a glorious review! I hope your friend enjoyed discovering London! Best regards, Max More 

Urbana, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great experience. I've been to London more than a dozen times. Always have shied away from bus tours. I have to say that it was very enjoyable and offered a thumbnail view of this great city from a very interesting perspective. https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g186338-d504709-r446727906-The_Original_London_Sightseeing_Tour-London_England.html#

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Thank Elliot C
the0riginalt0ur, Public Relations Manager at The Original London Sightseeing Tour, responded to this review

Dear Elliot C, Many thanks for the five stars and for finally boarding our buses on your 12th visit to London! Best regards, Max More 

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