London Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Bus Tour
- Duration: 1 day
- Optional audio guide
We had an amazing day with Stephen on the Sherlock tour. He showed us not only the sites of Sherlock (both Basil and Benedict eras) but also the inner sites of London that you would not see on any other tour. If you are prepared for 4 hours of amazing sites and informative insights on Sherlock then this trip is a MUST. Stephen was incredible and gave us a day that we will never forget. he considered our needs and anticipated our wants and suggested alternatives. Not only is this tour for Sherlock fans but also for anyone who want to see the living history of London. We will definitely take more tours with Stephen. Can highly recommend him to anyone who would ever consider tours of London. My only regret is that I did not know that he also did tours of Hampton Court which we did the previous day as it would have been the icing on the cake to have experienced that through his knowledgeable eyes. The trip with Stephen and Sherlock, although done short notice made our weekend FABULOUS
Picking up the ticket was more difficult than expected, mainly because the pick-up centres were not as obvious as they could have been and they were under staffed for the Easter period. The tour itself was very informative although the audio guide was at times out of sync with what you could actually see. The music in between the parts of the guide became quite annoying and repetitive - I would just remove my ear-piece when it came on (typically when we were stuck in traffic!) As part of the tour we took a boat ride down the Thames from Tower Bridge to the London Eye. This was with Thames Clippers who appeared to have the newest boats of all the operators. Despite the poor weather, it was a very comfortable trip although the rain meant it was difficult to see as much as we had hoped. On a sunny weekend, this would have been an excellent choice, but the the cool Easter we have just had meant it was cold on the top of the bus. Still well worth doing and good value I would say
We were given headphones to listen to descriptions of areas of interest as we passed; we had a heads up before we arrived at each interest; from the top of the double decker bus (open on top deck) we had an excellent view of everything. Buses ran on schedule and the drivers gave us individual help with directions and sights. Next trip we take this is the way we'll tour, again. There are 3 HO HO bus lines in London, all with similar routes and scheduled stops. Ours, The Golden Tours HO HO, was great, AND we got one free extra day (through March 2016 I believe).
The buses w re ok, easy to follow , we got most of it, the boat ride easy to find, people were very kind, for the tour guide it was quite difficult to follow him while moving and talking as well, too fast both ( we wasted some time to find the meeting point) I was with young people, so we shared the same attitude.
The individual at the booking was very knowledgeable and gave excellent suggestions on what color lines to take for seeing and doing the most for the tour. Also, great discounts for the main attractions within the stops made. All listed in the map.