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Vintage Views: Open Top Double-Decker Bus Tour of London with a Visit to Buckingham Palace

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Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    End of July to Early October: Daily

  • Duration


  • Start time


  • Meeting Point

    Make your way to Victoria Coach Station (Gate 20), 164 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, SW1W 9TP.

  • Ending Point

    Buckingham Palace

Key Highlights

  • Enjoy an exemplary heritage trail with an open-top bus ride through the iconic landmarks of London
  • Experience a spectacular panorama of the fabulous London cityscape, from Shard to St. Pauls
  • Witness the famed Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace
  • Treat yourself to a mesmerising cruise on the Thames crossing the London Bridge (summers only)
  • Enjoy a fantastic visit to the Buckingham Palace for an intimate encounter with British royalty


About The Supplier: One of the best tour operators in London, Premium Tours is one of our most trusted associates. These guys know how to take your day from being great to a perfect one, thanks to their special touch of magic that comes along with each of their activities. Whether you are setting the inner child loose at the Warner Brothers Studio or revelling in the opulence of Gothic architecture, Premium Tours will ensure that you are having the time of your lives. Longer durations allowing you more time to explore each location, private tours away from the touristy frenzy, their own line of vehicles for hassle free transportation, professional guides for the coolest local stories and experiences - these guys are your best friend when it comes to having ultimate British experience!

Sit back and gear up for a ride back to the past with this bus tour of the eclectic London. With a vintage, open-top, double-decker bus to catch sight of the stunning landmarks in The City, this tour will give you a chance to feast your eyes on the gorgeous London cityscape. Not to mention, it ends perfectly with a fantastic cruise on the ephemeral Thames and a visit to the Buckingham Palace - making for an exemplary day in one of the greatest cities in the world.

The first half of the tour comprises of an inimitable ride across one of the most popular routes in London, on board a Classic 1950’s Routemaster Bus. Treat yourself to spectacular views of iconic monuments in the city, including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, St. Paul’s Cathedral, London Bridge,  Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, St. Paul’s Cathedral, London Bridge, The Shard, Tower Bridge and the London Eye, as you relish enchanting anecdotes of their fascinating history from our live guide. Our touristy encounter with London continues as we stop at the magnificent Westminster Abbey for photo opportunities. A gorgeous Gothic abbey church with an illustrious heritage, this World Heritage Site is used for British royal ceremonies including coronations, weddings, etc.

Our brush with British royalty continues with our next halt which is the Buckingham Palace to witness the famed Changing of the Guard ceremony. Experience this quintessentially English tradition as the Queen’s Guards, in their legendary red tunics and big Busbies, march to military music and handover periodic duties. A fabulous cruise on the transcendental Thames River is lined up before we take a break for lunch. Rest your feet and sink in to the mesmerising London sun as the lovely breeze and unforgettable views of the Big Ben and Tower Bridge regale you. The cruise also crosses the famous Shakespeare’s Globe, Cleopatra’s Needle, London Bridge and The Shard for a marvellous visual experience of London. crosses the famous Shakespeare’s Globe, Cleopatra’s Needle, London Bridge and The Shard for a marvellous visual experience of London.

Our concluding pit stop for the day is the home of British royalty, the Buckingham Palace. We will take you on a splendid tour around the main official rooms in the Palace which regularly witness royal ceremonies where you can marvel at the exquisite decor and the numerous priceless pieces of art hanging on the walls. Since this is our departure point for the tour, you can even loosen up and explore the picturesque palace garden as well as take a casual stroll around the lake, soaking up the exquisite scenery surrounding you - a charming ending to a great day!


  • Transportation by Open Deck Vintage bus (A wave of nostalgia guaranteed)
  • Professional Guide (All the fascinating stories coming right up)
  • Entrance to Buckingham Palace (A royal pass)
  • Changing of the Guard (Busbies and bugles - quintessentially British)
  • Audio Guide in Buckingham Palace (Unheard tales of an intriguing past...for your ears only)
  • Private River cruise on the River Thames


  • Entrances to Westminster Abbey and Tower of London (For once, we’ll go by the surface)
  • Gratuities (optional) (If you are feeling generous though, go right ahead)
  • Meals (We still have food for your soul)

Please note

Voucher Information: Sorry, but we will need you to print a paper version of your booking voucher (we're working on changing this). At this time no refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organised activity to reconfirm.

Since this is an open top bus tour and London is notoriously famous for its unpredictable weather, please ensure that you are prepared for the possibility of rain. On rare occasions, we may even change the open top bus to a closed top one.

Since it is an outdoor activity subjected to changes in weather conditions, the Guard Change is not always operation. On such days, we will head to Buckingham Palace for a photography session instead.

Please remember that this tour ends at Buckingham Palace and no drop-off back to Victoria will be available.

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