London's Best Sightseeing Tours Reviewed

See London's Best Bits on a Tour

Joining a tour is a great way of seeing the city's best bits in a short space of time. Read on for our pick of the best sightseeing tours of London.

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    Big Bus Tour
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    I love seeing the sights in London and the upper deck of a bus offers a great view. The Big Bus Tours sightseeing buses are open-air on the top deck which is perfect for getting photos of your favorite landmarks.

    While I like encouraging visitors to try normal London buses too I do think Big Bus Tours offers an excellent service as there isn't a standard public transport bus that circles the city to take in so many attractions. The routes take in all the major sights and it's a 'hop on hop off' service so you can get off wherever you want. Read my review...

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    The Original London Sightseeing Tour: Hop-on Hop-off

    Experience the essential introduction to London aboard the original hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. Get a unique view of all the sights with full commentary provided. Your ticket also includes a FREE Hop-on Hop-off Thames River cruise as well as three FREE walking tours: a Changing of the Guard walk, a Rock 'n Roll walking tour tracing the history of the Beatles, Rolling Stones and David Bowie and a Jack the Ripper walk, following in the footsteps of the infamous serial killer

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    Private Tour in a Classic Mini Cooper

    There's a range of tours from 30 minutes to a full day. I've tried one of these tours and loved it! Your guide is the driver and there's room for 3 passengers. It's not as cramped as you might think and you'll have fun waving at passers-by who all want to take photos of you in the car!

    The guide/driver has a good knowledge of London and can offer the basic sightseeing information as well as quirky tales and historical facts for those who know the city well.

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    London Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

    London Eye
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    From a private tour of the Tower of London to the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace - you'll see everything England's capital has to offer on the London Full-Day Sightseeing Tour. Perfect if you're spending only a short time in London, this tour gives you a comprehensive overview of the famous sights including St Paul's Cathedral, a private tour of the Tower of London and a cruise on the River Thames. If you're not ready for the day to finish, then why not upgrade your tour to include a delicious afternoon tea at Harrods or a London Eye flight? The choice is yours!

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    London Evening Tour by Vintage Double Decker Routemaster

    London Christmas Lights: Trafalgar Square
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    See the best of London after dark! London’s most famous sights are impressive in the day, but at night, they really dazzle. See Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace and more on this unique, double-decker Routemaster bus tour. You can also combine your double-decker Routemaster bus tour with an evening flight on the London Eye!

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    Ghost Bus Tours

    Ghost Bus Tour London
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    Double decker sightseeing bus tours are quite normal but have you ever traveled on an all black double decker bus and heard spooky tales of crime and murder as you're taken around London? Probably not I'd guess but that's exactly what's on offer from Ghost Bus Tours. On-board actors and technical trickery combine to create the scariest tour in town. A creepy conductor provides the commentary for this sinister sightseeing show, revealing haunted palaces, unmarked burial grounds and the skeletons in the capital's cupboard. Read my Ghost Bus Tours review...
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    Harrods Afternoon Tea and St. Paul's Cathedral Tour

    St Paul's Cathedral
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    If a full day tour is not for you then how about this 4-hour afternoon tour combining a visit to St Paul's Cathedral and Harrods department store.

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    Black Cab Tour of London

    London Black Cab
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    Two-hour private tour of London by black taxi.

    • Full commentary provided by your driver, packed with insider anecdotes and knowledge
    • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your driver guide on this special private tour

    Design your own itinerary with your driver on the day, or see the following sights on a general tour:
    Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral, Houses of Parliament, and more.

    I've tried a black taxi tour with Graham Greenglass of London Cab Tours and can recommend him.

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    London Duck Tour

    London Duck Tour
    ••• London Duck Tour

    On the London Duck tour, you'll see London's sights aboard a yellow amphibious World War Two vehicle. The vehicles have been extensively refurbished and fitted with the latest environmentally friendly engines. The deluxe refit includes comfortable seating for 30 passengers, a public address system and full safety equipment. The 80 minute tours take you past famous London landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, London Eye, Big Ben, the House of Parliament and Trafalgar Square. You'll then make a dramatic launch into the river Thames for a 20-minute trip on the water.

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    Harry Potter Black Cab Tour of London

    Three-hour private tour of London's Harry Potter filming locations by black taxi. 

    • Private tour led by an expert driver-guide
    • Visit locations featured in various Harry Potter films
    • Choice of morning or afternoon tours
    • Pick-up and drop-off from central London hotels