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June 2, 2010
From journal Early Summer in Southern England
by Jordanian Explorer
November 23, 2009
June 1, 2009
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
April 17, 2008
Mom and Me in London,
London and Italy on Tour 1996
January 25, 2006
If you have a layover, as I did, London tour companies offer hop-on, hop-off tours for 16 pounds. I chose the Big Bus Company tour. The guides are knowledgeable and try to entertain as well. LHR offer luggage storage for about 5 pounds per bag, good to know if you’re planning on leaving the airport. Most tours and hotels revolve around the Piccadilly Line, which the Express Train does not go to without a transfer. The Tube is slower but cheaper and direct.
Big Bus tours are located 2 blocks over on Coventry, once you come above ground (from taking the Tube exit the Piccadilly Circus stop). A return adult Piccadilly Line ticket on the Tube is 7.60 pounds. Be prepared for the crowds on the Tube. It is a major source of commuting for many Londoners.
From journal Day Tour in London on a Layover
Hoboken, New Jersey
March 29, 2001
From journal Lonely in London
Metro Manila, Philippines
March 17, 2007
Since we didn't have a lot of time to explore London, we decided to spend money on the open-top hop-on-hop-off bus tour. Valid for 24 hours, the 20 GBP ticket not only provided a guided tour of the city, it also included in its package up to 4 city walks, and a boat ride along the Thames.We first decided to get off the bus at Westminster Abbey (described in a different review). After the Abbey, we hopped back on the bus, and hopped off again when at the meeting point for the Beatles Walk. The walk was really more of Rock and Roll Walk, because our very-knowledgeable tour guide did not only bring us to spots where important milestones in the history of the Beatles took place; he also brought us to places important for other rock stars as well: the place where Eric Clapton first performed publicly at the age of 16; the place where Jimi Hendrix performed "Sgt. Peppers' Lonely Hearts Club Band" with Paul in the audience, just two days after the record had been released; a studio where a number of famous rock stars had recorded some of the best rock songs ever (including some Beatles songs and Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody"), etcetera... The walk took about 2 hours, and we enjoyed speaking with our guide who was clearly a bona fide lover of rock and roll. We completed the rest of our tour the following day. We started at the Thames, where we took a boat tour along the river, guided by a very funny guide. After that, we rushed back onto the bus and finished the remainder of the loop that we had missed the previous day. The guide gave thoughtful and sobering accounts of the Plague and the Great Fire of London as we entered the City of London.On the whole, an open-top bus tour is an easy way to see the whole city if you don't have a lot of time. The quality of tour guides on the buses varies (our first guide was very good; the second seemed to be a bit bored by her job), however, so if you catch a bus with a good tour guide, you may want to stay on to listen to his entire commentary.Big Bus Company tickets can be bought on the buses, by telephone (+ 44 20 7233 9533), at www.bigbus.co.uk or from the Big Bus Information Centre at 48 Buckingham Palace Road.
From journal Five Days in London
by Sarah the Expat
London, United Kingdom
May 16, 2005
From journal An American Expat In London
March 23, 2005
From journal Three Weeks in London
New York, New York
July 18, 2002
The driver was great at giving detailed information and had a great personality which made the tour all the more fun.
The tour operaters sell tickets to all the main sites so you don't have to wait in ticket purchase lines when you visit the attractions. This will save you quite a bit of time over the course of the day.
Note: Don't lose your ticket or you don't get back on the bus!
From journal Long Weekend in London