Four tourists were taken to hospital after the roof of a double-decker London sight-seeing bus was ripped off.

The tour bus operated by Golden Tours collided with a tree branch in the Bloomsbury area of central London yesterday lunchtime.

The injuries were reported to be “non-life threatening”.

A further nine people were checked over at the scene while fire crews had to lower one person down from the top deck of the bus, the BBC reported.

Those on the top floor were also involved in helping the injured with makeshift bandages before firefighters could lead them to safety.

London’s Air Ambulance also attended the scene.

Roads around the site were closed, including nearby Tavistock Square – the scene of a bus attack in the London bombings in July 2005.

Golden Tours was set up in 1984 and runs sightseeing trips around London and to locations such as Bath and Stonehenge.