How about an open-top sightseeing bus? This is a great way to begin your holiday, because it will give you a quick overview of the city on your first morning. If you devote a couple of hours to a sightseeing bus then you can tick off a lot of the best landmarks and attractions on your first day, giving you time to explore your favourite ones later.
London Bus Tours is one of the biggest sightseeing bus companies, and their vehicles use live guides at the front of the bus, or a recorded commentary on your headphones. You also get a river cruise and tickets for a guided walk included.
Craig has tried out all of these sightseeing buses himself, and written a review of the London Bus Tour on his blog. He's also written another big review for the Original Bus Tour (a rival company). If truth be told he thinks they are all way too expensive. But lots of people have their heart set on it, so if you fancy it giving it a go at least take this one piece of advice: save it for your very first morning. Do it first thing, on the first day. The whole point of doing a sightseeing bus is that it gets you excited for what you're going to see later in the week.
Feel free to ask Craig a question about the bus tour. You can also ask a question or write your own review on the forum.
GrannyRoars – “I'm not sure if I went around 3, or 4 times, Problem is, I had an undiagnosed fracture of the ankle, and was in agony. It was also my first trip abroad, I simply had to do as much as possible! The one time, I was with my girl friends, the 4 of us wearing sequinned and netted mini-red hats and purple. It was enormous fun! Everyone was asking to take photos with us, or of us, or for us, asking what the occasion was, etc. I was introduced as 'Granny of Africa' by way of explanation . The live commentary was my favourite, as you could ask questions too.”
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Craig’s review – “I haven't been to London for months and when I returned to the city today there were skyscrapers up that were still stone stumps six months ago. There were statues of people who weren't even dead last September. There were pigeons I'd never met before, new cycle lines all over the goddam place -- I felt like a tourist wandering around on their very first day. So I tho… continued”
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