Visiting London for the very first time can be as daunting as it is exciting, so it’s understandable that many people prefer a guiding hand as they see the sights. Thankfully bus tours are booming in England’s capital, offering ample opportunity to indulge your love of sightseeing in great company and with knowledgeable guides. Here’s our pick of the coolest bus tours for your first visit…
Ghost Bus Tour
Not everyone is easily spooked, but this tour will make even the most resilient London visitor see the city in a whole new light. The tour takes place on a jet-black Routemaster bus, taking you through some of London’s most iconic streets while regaling you with terrifying tales of the city’s ghostly past. The tour takes around an hour to complete, so it’s perfect for including on an action-packed day during London weekend breaks.
The Beatles Evening Tour
London, home of the ‘Swinging Sixties’, was also the place where Beatlemania really started to take hold. If you were living in the city during the 1960s, chances are you knew a little about the major landmarks which help make up this Beatles-centric bus tour. For those of us who didn’t have the chance, let the expert guides take you on a journey through 35 spaces associated with this iconic ‘60s band – including plenty of stops for photos and interactive opportunities featuring great music and Beatles footage.
Harry Potter Bus Tour
Visitors of all ages will be thrilled by the Harry Potter Bus Tour, which takes you from ‘Platform 9 ¾’ at Kings Cross Station through some of the sights featured in this beloved book series and the popular films which accompanied them. You’ll learn all about the very best bits of the Potterverse and even take a trip to some of the areas which inspired author JK Rowling to write them. While you’re staying at budget hotel rooms in Shoreditch, be sure to hop on the tour and discover more about the wizarding world.
James Bond Bus Tour
Another of London’s most iconic exports, James Bond is a leading character in UK film and literature. This tour takes a look at some of the areas featured in the books and films, including filming locations and areas where the author Ian Fleming liked to hang out. For all the 007 fans out there, this is surely one of the best ways to see the city while enjoying London weekend breaks.
Afternoon Tea Bus Tour
How about combining two London traditions – afternoon tea and a tour – all at once? This is precisely what the Afternoon Tea Bus Tour from B Bakery does, providing you with plentiful cakes, pastries, sandwiches (and tea) whilst zooming past some of the most impressive sights in the city. From Westminster Abbey to Hyde Park, Big Ben and more, you’ll see them all whilst dining on delicious cake.