If hearing about London's remarkable history from someone who time-travelled from the future sounds like something out of this world, then going on the London Time Tour bus is an experience you will treasure for many light years to come.
Covering some of the many iconic individuals, landmarks and stories which have defined London throughout its history, this hilariously historic tour is led by a Dr.Who-looking type-of-character and “undisputed master of time” Professor Quantum, who has been travelling through time since building a time machine in 2111. Because the Lords of the High Temporal Council made it illegal to travel to the future, Professor Quantum decided to design his very own time travelling tour to take London tourists on a trip down memory lane so they can learn more about the city's intriguing history.
Sporting a white lab coat and steam punk goggles, Professor Quantum educates passengers on a historic joyride from the Professor's very own, preciously-modified Routemaster which dates back to the 1960s; (although the Professor claims that the bus has been blackened from “wear and tear” due to Vortexian time travel!)
Each bus boasts video cameras, televisual plasma screens, and sub woofers, so visitors can listen to the Professor as he educates tour-goers on some of the most notorious and historic landmarks in the city.
London Time Bus Tour Highlights
During the tour, passengers will get to hear some riveting stories about some of the many historic events throughout London's history, such as The Great Fire of London, The Gunpowder Plot, The Expenses Scandal, Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding and much more. Not only will Professor Quantum show you some of the many key locations for London's most historic events, he will also talk about some of the most famous individuals in London's history as well, such as the many kings and queens of England, Guy Fawkes, Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.
Visitors will also hear more about the many people who were executed at the Tower of London, the numerous royal palaces scattered around the city, and what London was like during the Roman times when it was known as Londinium.
And because of the Professor's own experiences of travelling through time, he'll even detail how some of the city's many famous buildings have changed throughout history, and what the London skyline looked like 300 years ago. (And, if you ask him nicely, he might even tell you a tale or two about his own time travelling experiences!)
Passengers will even get to chat with some of the most historic individuals from London's history on the Professor's very own functioning time phone, watch some historic clips from the Professor's very own personal film collection on the TV screens, and see a video cameo from William Shakespeare himself!
Some of the many London landmarks, sites and attraction you can expect to see during your Time Bus Tour includes:
- The River Thames
- The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben
- Westminster Abbey
- 10 Downing Street
- St. Paul's Cathedral
- The Tower of London
- The Tower Bridge
- The London Bridge
- Buckingham Palace
- Piccadilly Circus
- Trafalgar Square
- Try to get a seat at the front of the lower deck or anywhere on the upper deck for a better view of all the sites and landmarks.
- If you ask the Professor nicely, he may even take a detour and cross over the London Bridge (with time permitting, of course).
Prices and Hours
Each tour departs at 1:30 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, and daily tours may be happening during school holidays as well. However, be aware that the tour times tend to fluctuate, so you may want to check the Time Bus Tours' official website before you visit.
Tours will not be run on December 24th, 25th, 26th, 31st or January 1st.
Tickets for the Time Bus Tours cost:
- £20 for adults
- £14 for children under the ages of 15, OAPs, students and service personnel
- £55 for families (consisting of two adults and two children)