A great way to see London is to enjoy a bus tour and there are plenty to choose in the city.
However, one of the best options is to opt for a hop on hop off tour, that allows you to spend a whole day exploring one of the world’s most famous capitals.
Purchasing a 24-hour ticket allows unlimited travel on buses that cover four different routes in London – with more than 60 stops in total -meaning you are bound to find somewhere to explore that appeals.
Travellers are allowed to hop on and hop off as many times as they like, and there is also a free walking tour and a free river tour included in the cost of a bus ticket.
A live tour guide is on each bus, and for those who speak other languages there are a number of audio guides in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazilian) and Russian.
Another advantage is each bus offers a free Wi-Fi service, so you can easily share your trip on social media or find out further facts about any area.
Some of the sights covered by the tour include the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Oxford Street & Regent Street, Shakespeare’s Globe, St Paul’s Cathedral and Trafalgar Square.
Buses depart every five to ten minutes from the main landmarks and between 15 to 20 minutes from other stops on the tour.
Alternatives to planned tours
Of course, you don’t need to take a set tour to explore London by bus. London is famous for its red double decker buses and they are a perfect way to see the sights of the city, as well as offering the chance to experience the real London.
Over the past few years, the whole network has undergone a major update and the buses are state-of-the-art, there are also more frequent services and improved accessibility.
It is important to note that buses no longer handle cash payments, so ensure you get an Oyster card or travelcard, or you can use a contactless payment card.
If you fancy getting a bit of exercise, then walking is one way to have some fun while getting the heart rate up.
There are plenty of options when it comes to taking a walk in the capital – with plenty of self-guided and professionally toured walks on offer.
If you want to do it alone then you can download plenty of routes or pop into a local tourist information office and there will be a wide choice of walking maps to pick-up.
What is so great about London is that its rich history and cultural diversity means it is easier to find a walk that will cover something of interest.
For culture vultures then there is a walk to take in various Shakespeare-related sites – you could even combine it with a visit to the world-famous Globe theatre to enjoy a production. If you prefer Dickens then leading expert Dr Tony Williams has produced a great self-guided tour that celebrates the Victorian writer.
History buffs will be able to find plenty of walks that will appeal. Discover Roman London and explain the remains of many Roman landmarks, or find out about the Great Fire of London by tracing the fire’s path of destruction through the City of London.
For anyone who prefers their walks to be related to modern times, then New London Architecture has produced a fab walk that takes in some of the areas most important and innovative buildings.
Fans of the silver screen could be tempted by walks specifically designed for moviegoers. The City of London has seen a number of films made on its streets and you could discover the filming locations for various movies that have been shot in areas of the capital, including the recent James Bond blockbuster.
However, remember if you are sightseeing in London to take a few precautions to make sure you enjoy your day.
Always opt for the right footwear – London is a big place and it is easy to end up walking miles and in uncomfortable shoes that will not be easy – got for comfort over fashion.
The same goes for clothes as the British weather can be unpredictable so even if you set off in blue skies it may end up with hail and heavy raining. It is therefore better to always pack a waterproof jacket. If the sun is shining then make sure you have sunscreen lotion and a bottle of water so you don’t get a sunstroke. It is also worth having a mobile phone, so if you do get lost then you can easily get back on track.