London Day Trip with The Original Sightseeing Tours

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. 

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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:

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The Original London Sightseeing Tour 

• Tickets cost £30.00 adult and £15.00 child (5-15 years). Under 5s travel free of charge. 
• Hop-on and hop-off at over 80 stops 
• The service operates 08:30am to 17:00pm every 15-20 minutes in winter, with more frequent and faster 
departures in the summer months
• Three main sightseeing routes:
– Yellow Route: Takes in London’s main attractions and offers entertaining live-guided commentary in English
– Red Route: Takes in London’s main attractions and provides digitally recorded commentary via personal earphones in 9 languages, plus Kids’ Club Channel.
– Blue Route: The Museum Tour, gives easy access to many of London’s top museums, shops and attractions and offers multi-lingual commentary. Kids’ Club Channel featured on the Blue Route 
• Three free Walking Tours from The Original London Visitor Centre at Trafalgar Square: 
– 10.30am Changing of the Guard
– 1pm Rock ‘n’ Roll
– 3.30pm Jack the Ripper (departs from the Tower Hill bus stop) 
• Free Hop-on Hop-off Thames River Cruise Pass (operated by City Cruises
• Superb, award-winning, modern, open-top bus fleet, many with low-floor disabled access 
• Free Kids’ Club with children’s commentary and an activity pack for all 5-12 year olds 

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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.

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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.

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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


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  1. Your pictures look great! Despite just living across the sea in Ireland (and only what – half an hour flight away?) I’ve never been to London! Really want to go over soon though and go sightseeing x

  2. I really enjoy the touristy side of London and love bringing my children into town on the train (we live in Kent) its such a brilliant city so seems a shame not to make the most of it. Lots of amazing restaurants too!
    great post, Anna

  3. You’ve certainly sold London to me! My children are desperate to visit London. Love the bus sight-seeing tour and restaurants. Will have to put them on our to do list.

  4. Great read. Might try this next time we are down in London (and definitely before the oldest is 5!!!) We were down recently and took our boys to the Natural History Museum and went on the river. But the bus ride is definitely on the wish list.

  5. I’m embarrassed to say I’ve been to London on a few occasions but I’ve still never seen the big tourist landmarks! Maybe I should get myself on one of these tours, it looks like you had a brilliant day and saw everything. Xx

  6. I’m embarrassed to say I’ve been to London on a few occasions but I’ve still never seen the big tourist landmarks! Maybe I should get myself on one of these tours, it looks like you had a brilliant day and saw everything. Xx

  7. This looks amazing. I definitely think that when I eventually visit London doing something like this will be really good. Lots of useful information and looks like a lovely family day out.

  8. It looks like you had an amazing time. I really enjoy sight seeing tours. I think they are a great way of getting to know a city, even when you live there

  9. It looks like you had a wonderful tour, I should take one of those it might be quite fun and judging by your photos it seems you and your family would agree!

  10. Ive lived in London for 15 years and am ashamed to say I have never done any tours, by bus, boat or the walking tours x

  11. I have been to London many many times over the years so I now it very well. But I have never done the tour. I just walked it all so should be definitely something I add to my list.

  12. I have not been to London in years and really would love a trip, the tour looks fab, its amazing when you live somewhere and take all the tourist things for granted, I went to a gorgeous park the other day and thats only 5 minutes from me and I had never bothered to go

  13. Wow, you got to see so much on the tour! I wish I could have done this when I was in London 🙂 My other half is always wanting to go on the hop on, hop off tour in my city, now I think we should do it!

  14. I have only ever been to London three times in my life but I think that I was going for a weekend then I would go on a trip like this as you seem to have seen so many sights. It looks like a lovely family day out xx

  15. I’ve been to London a few times for trips and had the best time ever on one of these sight seeing tours. I love them and always try to do them in a city – because there’s where the really interesting stuff lies! London is so historical though – you could spend weeks there and not get round it. what the bus tour showed me was just how vast the city is. have always wanted to spend time in London, but not sure if it will ever happen now. you are lucky 🙂

  16. I want to go to London, my cousin drives a black taxi and as a kid we did a trip to London up to them and he brought us round it was brilliant. Myself and boyfriend now hubby went years ago a few times to games and theatre, I want to go back with kids, I’ve taken screen shots of your info it’s excellent

  17. This is one of those things that I’ve kind of always wanted to do but never gotten around to! Looks like you had a lovely time, I must say I didn’t realise it was quite that expensive though! x

  18. Sounds like a great day out! Sometimes it’s great to be a tourist where you live, you discover so much about a place you thought you knew so well! (ps sorry for messing up your return journey- we were on the refugee march!) xx

  19. Ahh I did one of these tours years back when my friend visited from America and we had so much fun!! It was such a great way to fit all the sightseeing in with none of the travel stress. And omg I love Garfunkels, its always my place to go for lunch when I`m in London. Looks like a great day out, and how cute is Hayden xxx

  20. Looks like such a great day 🙂 Sometimes its great to step outside the normal routine and look at your surroundings in a different light isn’t it? I’ve always loved London having lived there for a few years. I’ve never really been a tourist there though. I might have to recreate your day out x