London's Best Sightseeing Tours Reviewed

With a connection to the historical Roman era, many travelers enjoy the largest city in the United Kingdom: London. Travelers often visit landmarks like the Big Ben, London's iconic national timepiece, the London Eye, a riverside observation wheel, and Buckingham Palace, the home of the British Queen and State Rooms. Joining a tour is a great way to see the city's best bits in a short amount of time. See seven of the best sightseeing tours of London below.

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Big Bus Tours London

Big Bus Tour
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The sights of London from the upper deck of a tour bus offers a great view. The open-air option from the Big Bus Tours sightseeing buses is also perfect for getting photos of your favorite landmarks.

Big Bus Tours offer an excellent service, as there isn't a standard public transport bus that circles the city to take in so many attractions at once. The routes take in all the major sights as a 'hop on hop off' service, so you can get off wherever you want.

Visitors can grab the bus at 110 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9SA, England where they can get a day pass or hourly ticket.

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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 and get a unique view of all the sights, with full commentary provided. Your ticket also includes a free Thames River cruise as well as three walking tours:

  • The Changing of the Guard walk
  • A Rock 'n Roll walking tour tracing the history of the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and David Bowie
  • The Jack the Ripper walk, following in the footsteps of the infamous serial killer

Single-day tickets are available online and last for 24-48 hours depending on purchase selection. This tour stops at the Tate Gallery, London Bridge, and other major attractions.

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Private London Tour in a Classic Mini Cooper

Visitors can take a fun and private tour of the Tower of London to the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace with this unique car option. This is perfect for those only spending only a short time in London and looking for a comprehensive overview of the famous sights like St Paul's Cathedral and the Thames River.

The guide and 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 Ghost Bus Tours

Ghost Bus Tour London
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Double-decker sightseeing bus tours are quite normal until you travel on one with spooky tales of crime and murder. Those looking for a unique experience in London will be amused by these on-board actors and technical trickery combined to create the scariest tour in town.

In this tour, a creepy conductor provides the commentary, revealing haunted palaces, unmarked burial grounds, and the skeletons in the capital's cupboard. This tour is great fun for the family, and tickets can be considered at Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5BY, England.

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Black Taxi Cab Tour of London

London Black Cab
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This two-hour private tour of London by black taxi includes a full commentary provided by your driver, packed with insider anecdotes and knowledge.

Travelers can enjoy privileged, personalized attention from their driver and have the option of designing their very own itinerary the day of. This cultural tour is also great for those looking for a sense of humor as they sightsee.

General tours are also available to top attractions like the Tower of London, Trafalgar SquareWestminster Abbey, and more.

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London Duck Tour

London Duck Tour
London Duck Tour

Those who prefer boat tours will love this outdoor activity full of fun tour guides who stay in character. 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 also take you past famous London landmarks before taking you on the Thames river for a 20-minute trip on the water.

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Harry Potter Black Cab Tour of London

This three-hour private tour of London's Harry Potter takes fans through the various filming locations by black taxi. The private tour is led by an expert driver-guide in the morning or afternoon with convenient pick-up and drop-off from central London hotels.

This unique tour will take you on a ride to Diagon Alley, the Knight Bus bridge, Platform 9¾, and other sites from Potter. Enjoy fun trivia on the ride, with up to five passengers, for a fixed price.

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