Reviewed by David Savage
On Saturday 23 November we went on a bus tour in London – but this was no ordinary tour. The Time Tour Bus is an alternative sightseeing tour around the city with Professor Quantum as your quirky tour guide.
We arrived at bus stop number 8 on Northumberland Avenue outside the Grand Hotel, just off Trafalgar Square, just before the 2.45pm departure time. The easiest way to get there is by tube to Charing Cross and is a 5 minute walk from the tube station to the bus stop. Parked at the bus stop was a black 1960s double-decker Routemaster bus where we were greeted by Professor Quantum, who is a quirky cross between Doctor Who and Doc from Back to the Future (who wears 2 sets of glasses). We boarded the bus fitted with tele-visual plasma screens, video cameras and a time phone, went upstairs and took our seats waited for the travel back though time around the London streets!
For approximately 1 hour 15 minutes (this may last longer depending on traffic) we were driven around London (the driver was a robot called Metal Face – although he doesn’t know he is a robot so you are not allowed to mention it to him!). Professor Quantum takes you back through time showing you all the famous sights from Trafalgar Square, The Houses of Parliament, Westminister Abbey, Downing Street, St. Paul’s Cathedral, The Tower of London, Tower Bridge, London Bridge and more. He entertains you with historical facts about each place along with his own personal experiences of when he was there before and who he met (I won’t go into detail to spoil it for you). Along the way he will even have a video chat with historical figures with his time phone and plasma screens!
After the tour has finished Professor Quantum will then take you back through time, as long as he remembers to fit a part that fell off at the start of the tour, to be back at the place you started from on Northumberland Avenue!
Overall, this is a fun and educational tour seeing the sites of London and learning the history about them. Professor Quantum is quirky and slightly mad and interacts extremely well with passengers, especially the children, and getting them to join in with fun and asking questions. This is a great way of seeing the city with humour and theatrics while still be given all the relevant history behind London and its sites. This is a history lesson that kids and adults will enjoy.
The London Time Tour Bus is a great family friendly interactive tour from a charming but eccentric Professor Quantum. We highly recommend it – education and fun combined, what could be better?
There is a tour every Saturday and Sunday at 2.45pm with daily tours during school holidays. Tickets cost £14 for children under 15, OAP’s and Students, £20 for adults or £55 for a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children).
For more information or to book tickets visit www.timetour.co.uk.