When we went away for a weekend in London earlier this summer, we had a bit of a problem. My hubby was struggling with a knee injury, which had left him on crutches and not very mobile. Naturally this made getting around the city a bit of a challenge.
We’d talked about going on one of the city sightseeing tours on an open top bus, but I’d wavered a little over the price.
On the spur of the moment, after realising that we weren’t going to be able to walk around any attractions, we decided to give the tour a go, and I’m glad we did.
There are a variety of tours run by different companies, which take different routes around the city. They’re hop on hop off, which means that you can jump off the bus anytime you fancy exploring a particular place.
Tickets are for 24 hours, so you can catch a later bus once you’ve finished sightseeing.
The tour we went on was surprisingly comprehensive. We joined at the Tower of London and the journey took us through Westminster, past Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, all the way to Kensington and Hyde Park, before turning back and heading past even more famous landmarks.
The full journey lasted around three hours and as it was a nice day we enjoyed sitting on the open top bus taking photos and people watching. There is also an audio tour available, so you can learn more about the history of the city as you go.
The ticket price also includes a couple of extras, such as a free boat tour along the Thames.
Tickets generally cost around £27-£29, but if you book in advance online you can get a discount.
The tour really saved our trip and made us feel as though we’d experienced a lot more of London than we would have otherwise. Next time I’m in the capital, I’ll definitely use it again, only this time I’ll be stopping off to visit a few sights along the route.
You can check out the tours here.