Enjoy a family bus tour of London

Even the thought of taking a family bus tour of London can be enough to fill you with worry, especially when you have young children to entertain. You want them to see as much as possible and learn all about the city but probably dread the phrases ‘I’m bored’ or ‘I need a wee’. That’s why we’ve created an open top bus tour especially for kids which is the perfect introduction to central London. Our 45-minute non-stop tour passes major landmarks and we have a live guide onboard to tell stories about the history and culture of the city on this fun London tour. If you are searching for the best London tours for families, this might just tick all of the boxes, especially if you’re visiting London during the school holidays.

Throughout the year we will be offering our educational kids tour alongside a range of special themed tours. Check out the tours currently available.


Child filling out the kids club pack

Useful Information

Get to the right place at the right time so you can hop on board The Original Tour and enjoy our kids tour of London with live commentary in English.

Our Kids Tour is a non-stop tour, designed for kids aged 6-12, which takes you past lots of famous attractions in London. This is a great tour for families as we have designed the route, so you get to see the best bits of London in 45-minutes, without the need for a toilet break. The live guides onboard our sightseeing tours provide entertainment in English with kid-friendly commentary, captivating their imaginations and introducing them to London.

Before hopping onboard our Kids Tour of London, make sure to fit in a toilet break because there are no toilets on the bus and it does not stop until the end of the tour. There is a Pret a Manger opposite the bus stop on Charles II Street so you can grab a snack and use the toilets there before beginning your tour. Or, there is a public toilet in Trafalgar Square just a 5-minute walk away from our departure point.

As London traffic and public transport can sometimes be unpredictable, please ensure you leave plenty of time when travelling and aim to arrive 15 minutes before the departure time as we can not wait for late comers.

The Original Tour Visitor Centre is just a 5-minute walk away from our departure point, so why not pop in and grab one of our kid’s activity books? Filled with games, quizzes and fun stories, there is lots to learn about London while on your tour.

To hop on board our London Kid’s Tour, simply book your tickets online and we will send you an email voucher. Just take your ID and email confirmation voucher with you, (either on mobile or printed), and show it to a member of staff at the Charles II Street bus stop U where you will begin and end your tour. Collect your ticket to start your tour.

Departure point: Charles II Street, next to Her Majesty's Theatre, SW1Y 4QL

Departure time: *depends on the date

Nearest bus stop: Blue route stop 35 or 36

Tour duration: 45 minutes

Please note while children under 5 travel free, they are not entitled to have their own seat and must sit on a guardians lap.

This tour departs from Charles II Street, next to Her Majesty's Theatre in St James and also ends here. This street runs between St James’s Square and the Theatre Royal Haymarket and is less than 5 minutes walk away from The Original Tour Visitor Centre.


Created specifically for kids, this route has been jam-packed full of sights, facts and fun stories so that children don’t get bored and see London’s major sites. Learn all about the history of the city from our live guide as you pass some of London’s most famous landmarks.

On this family-friendly London tour, you will see the following landmarks and attractions:

  • Nelson’s Column

  • Big Ben (Elizabeth Tower)

  • Trafalgar Square

  • lastminute.com London Eye

  • Houses of Parliament

  • Westminster Abbey

  • Downing Street

  • Green Park

  • St James’s Park

  • Cross the River Thames on Lambeth and Westminster Bridge

If you’re in search of London tours for families, this is the perfect thing to do during the school holidays as it is catered to younger visitors. Enjoy a great introduction to London with our entertaining guides and spend the rest of the day at one of London’s top attractions or explore the city on foot.

1. The Kids Tour of London tickets are valid for the specific date and time you choose for your tour. You can only use your ticket for the date and time of the tour you select.

2. Our free hop-on hop-off river cruise and Changing of the Guard walking tour are only available with a valid 24, 48 or 72-hour ticket. These complimentary extras are NOT included in your Kids Tour ticket.

3. General terms and conditions apply.

4. Seats on our Kids Tour are subject to availability.

5. We can’t guarantee a seat on the top deck as all seats are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

6. Children under 5 are not entitled to their own seat and must sit on a guardians lap unless a child's ticket has been purchased.

7. All sales are final & are non-refundable. In the event that you need to change the date or time of your booking, please contact our Customer Service team. Changes can be made up until 2 weeks before departure date subject to an admin fee of £10 per booking.

Looking for hop-on hop-off tours?

Get your 24, 48 or 72 hour bus tour tickets here and benefit from added extras such as a free walking tour and Thames river cruises.