Sightseeing buses are the best way to see as much as possible of London in a very short time. It is also a great way to get some fantastic photographs – just go upstairs to the top deck and enjoy the spectacular views of places like Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London.
Check out the different bus operators as they often offer special discounts, or varied routes. The most popular operators are Big Bus Tours, London Sightseeing Bus Tours and Golden Buses. You can hop on and hop off at a variety of spots along the way, enabling you to visit places along the route. Tickets are generally valid for 24 hours starting from the moment you use the ticket, although longer periods may be available. Some tickets may include entry to various popular attractions. With hotels such as Best Western Palm Hotel Cricklewood giving you affordable, luxurious accommodation for your stay, there’s plenty to do in the surrounding area.
Most operators use a main route covering all the main attractions around Westminster, the City of London. Some companies like the London Bus Tour have additional routes that extend to include the British Museum, Madam Tussauds and Kings Cross. By carefully combining the various routes, you can ensure you see all the attractions that appeal to you.
Buses run very frequently, usually every 15 minutes but may get caught up in the traffic at busy times of the day so always allow a little extra time if you want to reach a specific attraction or location. Tickets can only be used on the bus service you have chosen.
If you have time, it is worth considering other more specialist bus services as a way of discovering London. For example, you can join a 1960’s Beatles & Rolling Stones tour of London on a music bus, or if you want something really spooky there is the black Ghost Bus! Whether you see any ghosts depends on whether they choose to appear, but you are guaranteed some lively stories and anecdotes about the ghosts of London, as well as characters like Jack the Ripper and Sweeney Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street. And of course – there are the royal ghosts for this is the city where Henry VIII executed two of his queens.
Opting for a bus tour of London can be one of the best choices you will make while a resident at any of the cheap hotels near Wembley Arena.
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