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If you can't afford to spend 25 quid on a sightseeing bus then do not fret, because there's a much cheaper alternative -- the No.11 bus! For just a couple of quid you can take in most of the sights that you'd see on the tour bus, without all that annoying chatter from the tour guide.
We recommend that you board the bus at Liverpool Street bus station, and bag yourself a seat on the top deck (preferably at the front). You can then enjoy a 40-minute ride all the way to Chelsea.
The route takes you right through the heart of the City, going down Threadneedle Street (for the Bank of England, Royal Exchange and Mansion House) and Ludgate Circus (St. Paul's Cathedral). If you look to the left as you pass St. Paul's you can also get a glimpse of the Tate Modern across the Thames.
Next up is Fleet Street, where you can see the Royal Courts of Justice and Temple Bar. The Strand will then take you down to Charing Cross and Trafalgar Square (for the National Gallery and Nelson's Column). Turning left, the bus will then take you down Whitehall towards Parliament Square, where you can see the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. (Remember to look out for Banqueting House, Horse Guards and Downing Street along the way!)
You will probably want to get off at this point, as your little bus tour will have less interest once you pass Westminster. But if you stay on until the end then you'll get a glimpse of Westminster Cathedral, Sloane Square and King's Road before heading into Fulham.
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