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The Ultimate Guide to the Time Bus Tours

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Open: Sat - Sun: 1:30PM

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Price: £20

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Time Needed: 1,5 hours

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.

 

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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

Special Tips

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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.

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If you ask the Professor nicely, he may even take a detour and cross over the London Bridge (with time permitting, of course).

Getting There

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Address

8 Northumberland Ave, London WC2N 5BY, United Kingdom (See map).

The London Time Tour Bus' departure point is located at 8 Northumberland Avenue, outside the Grand Hotel (just opposite the Sherlock Holmes Pub near Trafalgar Square). Professor Quantum usually arrives at the stop around 20 to 30 minutes before each tour departure time; however in the case of him running late (as he does travel through time often,) you may need to stand around and wait for him to arrive unless a tour employee tells you otherwise.

getting there

By Tube

If you are travelling by tube, the nearest stations located to the departure point are Charing Cross (which is a two-minute walk away from the departure point)and Embankment (a four-minute walk away).

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By Bus

If you are travelling by bus, you can reach the departure point via routes 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 29, 53, 87, 88, 91, 159, 176 and 453, or any bus heading towards Trafalgar Square.

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By Train

If you are travelling by train, the nearest stations are Charing Cross, which is a four-minute walk away, or Victoria, which is a 29-minute walk away.

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By Car

If you are travelling by car, there are NCP Car Parks located at Covent Garden and Shaftesbury Avenue, as well as Doon Street, Savoy Place, Hungerford Bridge, Bloomsbury Square and St. Cross Street.

Visiting the London Time Tour Bus

Although you may be able to purchase your tickets directly from the Professor once you arrive, it’s highly recommended that you buy your tickets online beforehand, especially if you plan on going on the tour during the busier periods.

All visitors should arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

No food or drink will be allowed on the bus (besides bottled water), and all personal items are kept on board at the owners’ own risk.

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)

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