London Vintage Bus Tour Including River Thames Cruise with Optional Lunch

Badge of ExcellenceGreater London, United Kingdom

From USD 65.70

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 4 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Hop aboard a vintage double-decker bus for a comfortable sightseeing bus tour through London! On this fun-filled excursion, see main attractions like Big Ben and the Tower of London, take a Thames River cruise past Westminster and the London Eye, and watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Upgrade to include lunch at a traditional British pub.
  • Tour London on a vintage double-decker bus and see attractions like Westminster Abbey
  • See top London attractions including Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the London Eye during your Thames River sightseeing cruise
  • Watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace
  • Upgrade to include a traditional fish and chips lunch in a central London pub

What's Included

  • Panoramic tour of London by 1960's Vintage bus
  • Thames River Cruise
  • Fish and chips meal (if option selected)
  • Local guide
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Victoria Coach Station
    Victoria Coach Station, 164 Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1W 9TP, UK

    Located on164 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria. approximately 7 minutes walk from Victoria Underground and Railway station. Morning tour departs at Gate 19 at 7:45am (Boarding starts at 7:30am) and Afternoon tour departs at Gate 0 at 1:00pm (Boarding starts at 12:45pm).

End point

  • Victoria Station
    Victoria St, London SW1E 5ND, UK

What To Expect

Your half-day London tour begins in the city center. Meet your friendly guide and grab a seat in the vintage red double-decker bus, then sit back and take in fantastic views of the city awakening around you. As you ride, hear interesting anecdotes about passing local sites such as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Westminster Abbey—the venue for every coronation since the 11th century and 16 royal weddings!

Next head to the banks of the Thames River, where you get an up-close view of the formidable Tower of London. Built by William the Conquerer in the 11th century, the site has a long and stormy history as a prison and execution site. Before continuing on, hear a bit about the famous Beefeater Guards and the Crown Jewels that are housed in the impenetrable fort.

At Tower Pier, board a sightseeing boat and grab a seat in the glass-encased saloon or on the open deck. Drift in comfort along the banks of the historic Thames River and discover London’s history through lively audio commentary. Relax as the boat makes a short loop under the London Bridge, passing the Houses of Parliament, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and the London Eye.

After your cruise, hop back on the bus and head to Buckingham Palace to watch the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony. Marvel at the precision and tradition of the ritual, performed by the Queen’s Foot Guard and a military band. Your tour concludes back at your original departure point.

Upgrade your tour to include a traditional fish and chips lunch at a London pub!

Tower of London

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Buckingham Palace

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre (Pass By)

St. Paul's Cathedral (Pass By)

Trafalgar Square (Pass By)

Westminster Abbey

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Houses of Parliament

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Big Ben

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Thames River

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

London Eye (Pass By)

Premium Tours - London Tours (Pass By)

London Bridge (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Lunch option (if option selected) is a choice of either Fish and Chips or Vegetarian dish available on the day. Drinks are available at additional cost. The pub is located a 5-7-minute walk from the drop-off point.
  • Please note: this is an open top bus tour, please be prepared for the possibility of rain. On rare occasions the open top bus may be changed to a closed top bus.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Please note: the Changing of the Guard only takes place on the morning tour
  • Please note: at time of booking you will need to select between the morning or afternoon departures.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveller Tips

Bus was not that comfortable, but it was fun being on a 60’s era double decker.


189 reviews
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Awesome London city tour.
gordon_S, June 2023
Riding on the double decker bus was awesome. The tour guide was funny and so knowledgeable regarding all the locations visited and history. The river cruise was great as well.
Great tour of London highlights!
Debra_V, June 2023
The Vintage bus ride is a great way to see important sites and the guide is very knowledgeable! It’s totally worth getting up early to take the tour. Our guide Cameron was fantastic and he made it so interesting! I recommend taking this tour!
Seeing London up close!!
Deborah_W, May 2023
Our bus tour of London was a super way to begin our visit to London! Our guide was awesome~~informative and funny and delightfully engaging in the stories and facts that she shared. We so appreciated her service to the entire busload of folks. The River Thames cruise was a great way to end this wonderful excursion. Thank you!
Short on time; great tour for you
Margaret_S, May 2023
This was a great tour. A nice over view of special spots in London. It was a bit chilly, so wear enough layers. The stairs to the upper deck are steep but not that many of them. I appreciated that our tour guide gave us free time.
Skip the options
Cherie_C, May 2023
It was a fun half day tour with lots to see and learn about London. We had a beautiful day. I would not recommend the optional London Eye or lunch. We Ended at the castle where we couldn’t see the changing it the guard because there were too many people. Folks going to the London Eye had to get there on there own and it wasn’t close. We chose the lunch option that was supposed to be a 5-7 min walk away. The tour guide said 10 min. My maps app told me later it was 1.9. Miles, an 18 min walk. Since my walking is limited and I use oxygen, that was a real hardship for me. The description needs to change or the lunch place needs to be closer.
Best way to see London
Elvia_G, Apr 2023
Steven provided us with great insight, and was very informative! Paul was a safe driver! We got great pictures from the bus. Cruise was also very relaxing with great views. Fish and chips was absolutely delicious! Highly recommend.
Tour guide was very knowledgeable and informative even with the hectic traffic he took us to see everything.
Jacqueline_M, Mar 2023
Tower bridge, London eye, changing of guards at the palace, seeing Westminister Abbey and so much more
Worth the early start!
Carolyn_K, Mar 2023
Loved the vintage bus ride throughout London which with the double decker is the best way to see the city. The river cruise had a very funny and engaging commentary; Magnus had everything arranged smoothly. Our tour guide Magnus and driver Paul were very friendly and knowledgeable of each part of the tour, what to point out, and I really enjoyed that we had a moment to catch our breath and grab a coffee before the river cruise as it did start early. We felt we got a full experience in one morning and knew exactly where we wanted to spend more time after the tour.
The tour guide was...
Brian_H, Mar 2023
The tour guide was excellent. He was very knowledgeable. Enjoyed seeing so many important places in one tour.
Great tour. Tour guide...
Terrell_F, Mar 2023
Great tour. Tour guide provided a great deal of history. River cruise a must! London views from the river are amazing.
Don’t bother
Sarah_D, Mar 2023
There were traffic closures which is fine. But a little pre planning would of been good rather than just going up and down the same streets in London multiple times. Would of been better off with the hop on hop off tour.
A must to do!
Bobby_D, Feb 2023
First, we have never had a bad experience with a Viato tour. Steve was our guide and what a delight he was!! First me and my friend were running a bit late and they were kind enough to call us and check our timing so they would not leave without us... We actually wore sunglasses on the day we went and I don't think we missed a single famous site in all of London on our tour. Steve was knowledgeable, good-natured, fun and as the British say a lovely cheeky fellow!!🇬🇧💂
A tour to take!
Karishma_G, Dec 2022
Amazing tour guide! There was no traffic or the changing of the guards, so the guide improvised. Made sure everyone was accounted for. He was funny! I would suggest not adding other attractions to this tour. Otherwise you have to leave and veer off on your own.
Tour is never what you are promised. - Be ware.
Irene_W, Dec 2022
We were promised a stop at Westminster Abby, which never happened, we were also promised to be able to see the changing of the guards at Buckingham palace, which we never did, they took us to see the changing of the horses and pretty much the tour ended there, they changed the time of our tour once we had purchased the tickets and the only time they had was a 700AM tour departure, we had no other choice. The tour guide was great but once we paid everything changed, from departure time, itinerary, etc. Not cool at all.
Vintage Bus Trip
Susan_B, Oct 2022
Easy pick up and drop off. Very informative tour guide . Was great seeing the sights of London from the top of the vintage bus. With the added bonus of ending the trip with a little river cruise
Fun bus but missed the boat ride
Jasmin_B, Oct 2022
The bus tour was really fun but when we got to the boat docks our boat had been canceled. The next boat didn’t come for another hour and we had to catch a train back to our hotel so my fiancé and I had to leave without finishing our tour or eating like we paid for.
We were looking for a...
Susana_R, Sept 2022
We were looking for a short tour because of the time we were planning to be in London and this was just perfect. The driver and Lisa were just a great team. Lisa was an excellent guide..funny, accurate, accommodating, very helpful, caring.
Fun bus and boat tour of London
nadine_v, Sept 2022
Steve was a fabulous tour guide who made the tour exciting, fun and memorable! He was attentive and funny. It was a great tour, highly recommended!
Great Excursion
Ron_C, Aug 2022
Great excursion. We truly enjoyed the experience. It was a very compact program. I will recommend to anyone visiting London
Strina_L, Aug 2022
This tour was EXCELLENT!!! Antony was our driver and he was great-allowing us some great photo ops!! Clive was our guide. He is very knowledge, personable and comical. I asked questions (as did others) and he was very kind. I would (and will) highly recommend this tour. And when I return, I will plan to book other tours.

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