We were invited out on a day trip around central London, hopping on and off The infamous ‘The Original Sightseeing Tours‘. I’ve lived in London 29 years (all my life) and I’ve never taken a tour of my beautiful city – seeing the sites listening to the history, experiencing all it has to offer. I’ve taken the beautiful city for granted BUT not any more.
We arrived in London Piccadilly at the Original Tours information centre where we picked up our maps, kids club fun pack for Hayden and the lovely and very friendly Matt gave us the low down and directed us on or way. I was so excited, the rain had stopped the sun was peaking through the clouds and we were in great spirits.
The first bus we took was from Piccadilly Circus to The London Eye where we then got off and jumped on the fantastic river cruise another free hop-on hop off Thames river cruiser between Westminster and the historic Tower Bridge.
On the bus journey of our tour we got to see in passing The National Gallery, Nelson’s Column & Trafalgar Square. Saint James Palace, Ritz Hotel, Hyde Park (There was a march taking place about the Syrian refugees) Wellington Museum, Speakers Corner, Marble Arch, Buckingham Palace (where the changing of the guard takes place), St James Park, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben & Parliament.
The Original London Sightseeing Tour Ltd operates in 12 countries with 13,500 employees worldwide. Their hop on hop off bus tour operations open top buses.
A vlog of our day:
The Original London Sightseeing Tour
I wish I had taken more photos on the bus, but the bus does move pretty fast. If you want to take better quality photos you’ll need to get off the bus. The journey back on the tour bus was a bit of a mess due to the earlier refugee demonstration so it was on diversion. So make sure you check to see whats going on, on that day so it doesn’t get ruined (be it all for a good cause an all) Double check with the safe.
Staying on the bus for the tour!
– Disadvantage is you’re not at a great height like on the bus
– Advantage is another bus will be there to pick you up in 10 mins.
Busses run every 10 mins from each stop.
Special Lunch at Garfunkles
Lunch was supposed to be at two but the buses were on diversion so the route coming back changed. But we still made it and throughly enjoyed our meals and the lovely hospitality. Hayden had a bespoke lunch due to his allergies – I just want to say A massive thank you to everyone at Garfunkel’s including management for taking time to make sure Hayden didn’t feel out-of-place and still making his lunch look delicious. Jacket potato, grilled chicken and salad. If you haven’t watched the vlog yet watch it Hayden turns into a rabbit just to enter a secret door.
Myself and Rovi had The Classic Burger 100% beef burger served in a toasted brioche bun with lettuce, tomato and mayo. Chips and coleslaw on the side. My mouth is watering just typing about it.
We had an absolute blast on our day trip out sightseeing. Lunch was perfect and there is no doubt that we’ll be doing it again. Hopefully making it a yearly trip especially for Hayden.
Disclosure: We were given a complementary day out with lunch for the purpose of this review.
All views and opinions expressed are honest and entirely my own.
Until Next Time… Charlotte x