London is an amazing city, with plenty of iconic buildings and attractions spread out over several unique districts.
In order to cram in as much as you possibly can during your stay at our 4 star hotels Hyde Park, taking a sightseeing bus tour is an excellent way of experiencing as much of the city as your schedule allows without ending up with sore and aching legs at the end of the day. Therefore, here are a few of our favourite bus tour companies that are worth checking out during your stay in the city.
Big Bus London hop-on hop-off tour
With a schedule of over 40 stops which drop you right outside some of London’s most famous landmarks and attractions, the Big Bus London hop-on hop-off tour allows you to soak up the sights from the comfort of an open-topped bus. Fully air-conditioned and complete with a knowledgeable and fun tour guide who will offer live commentary throughout the route, the beauty of this type of bus tour is that you can jump off to explore then rejoin the tour at any point that suits you.
The whole route takes two hours to complete if you choose not to leave the bus, but if you want to do a little exploring on your own then there is also the option to select one, two or three day tickets so you can explore everything the city has to offer during your stay at our hotels near Hyde Park.
Harry Potter Bus Tour
Would be witches and wizards flock to London each year to see some of the settings for crucial scenes in the famous Harry Potter film series, so instead of navigating your way around the city on foot to check them out, why not take a special Harry Potter bus tour instead?
Climb aboard a luxurious coach for a fascinating three-hour tour that visits must-see fictional sites such as Platform 9 ¾ and Number 12, Grimmauld Place while your experienced tour guide and self-confessed Harry Potter addict gives you all of the behind the scenes gossip and some interesting facts that you might not have been aware of.
This is a popular bus tour with children and adults alike, and you’ll get the opportunity to chat to other muggle fans as you head to some of the city destinations that inspired J K Rowling to create the much-loved books.
Beginning and ending at Kings Cross station, the best way of reaching the pick-up point from our hotels near Hyde Park is to take the Tube, so head to nearby Knightsbridge station and hop on the Piccadilly line. It will take you to the station in just 22-minutes.
Beatles Evening Tour
A rock and roll tour with a difference, the Beatles Evening Tour takes you back to the swinging sixties and has more than 35 stops on the itinerary making it ideal for music lovers and Beatles fans.
Visiting many of the sites where Beatlemania took hold, you'll get the chance to take a few photos of the iconic Abbey Road crossing and take a peek at some of the early hangouts that the band frequented before they hit the big time.
You’ll be escorted to each of the stops on the itinerary by a fellow Beatles fan and also visit some important locations which feature in the past of the individual band members. With plenty of photo-worthy stops on this tour, be sure to pack an extra memory card for your camera before heading to our hotels near Hyde Park as you’ll definitely be needing them!
This tour starts from Trafalgar Square, so to reach it from our 4-star hotels Hyde Park all you need to do is head to Knightsbridge Station and jump on the Piccadilly line, and you'll reach your destination in just 13 minutes.
Ghost tours by night
If you're looking for something a little different to do at night, then an evening ghost tour can help you uncover some of the sinister history surrounding the city and introduce you to a few spooky tales of past residents who are still rumoured to frequent certain areas that hold significance for them.
Board one of the iconic Routemaster buses painted in black and your tour guide will help transport you back in time to the era of Jack the Ripper the prowled the streets of Whitechapel in search of victims and find out more about the capital’s sites of murder, torture execution and the restless spirits that refuse to leave.
Taking just an hour, these tours are incredibly popular with visitors to our hotels near Hyde Park, so if you are travelling with adults or children over 12-years of age, they make a unique and interesting tour that delves into London’s gruesome past while leaving you plenty of free time in the evening to see what else the city has to offer.
James Bond Bus Tour
Although 007 might drive an Aston Martin, fans of the books and films can gather together on a bus to see some of the famous sites used as backdrops to the iconic films including 'Spectre' and 'The World is Not Enough'.
This three-hour tour is fully narrated by an expert in all things Bond and the tour will also take you around a few of the locations frequented by author and creator of the novels, Ian Fleming. You’ll also be given a few interesting facts about the actors and crew members that worked on the London based films making this tour a must for any self-respecting Bond fan.
As the tour starts from Temple Station at 10:30 am, the best way of reaching the pick-up point quickly from our hotels is to take the Piccadilly line. It leaves Knightsbridge Station every four minutes. The journey takes just 20 minutes to reach the station, so make sure that you’re ready to be transported into a world of fast car chases, espionage and dry martinis!