So I know that the Big Bus Tours are not transportation and I've been to London and plan to use the Oyster card.
That being said, I'm bringing my two teenage sons on their first trip to Europe in June and we are spending several days in London. In 2004 I did a big bus tour while in London for work (my first time) and it was great, it was off-season and traffic was not a problem and I really enjoyed the narration and history pieces.
My question is are the busses locked in horrible traffic at all times of the year or just peak? Is it worthwhile to do one mid-June or will we be stuck in traffic more than not? Are we better off with a good guidebook?