You've probably seen these buses - along with London double-deckers, tour buses and other tour buses. Regardless of your usua... More
Big Bus Company (The)
You've probably seen these buses - along with London double-deckers, tour buses and other tour buses. Regardless of your usual attitude towards guided tours, these hop-on, hop-off tours are a good way to get an overview of the city, and you can make mental notes of where to go for a more thorough visit. The price you pay with The Big Bus Company is for a 24-hour ticket; during this time you can travel anywhere on the tour network, which encompasses stops over just about all of central London. Included in the price is a free walking tour and Thames River cruise, as well as numerous discounts for West End shows. Guide tapes are available in 12 languages, and the company won the London Sightseeing Tour of the Year award. Be careful when choosing the open-air rooftop, because London is notorious for fickle weather.
After checking into our hotel and getting rid of our backpacks, this was the very first thing we did on our Great British trip. We got into Heathrow about 7:30am, so we weren't about to waste a whole day catching up on sleep, even though I was beat. (I can't sleep on airplanes) We found the Big Bus Company, and we invested in a tour, because, though we were armed to the gills with maps of central London, we had no idea of the scale or the things to see in between all the major sights. It was the ideal way to get your bearings. And it also helped that the guide was A-1 as well. The Big Bus goes all over London, both sides of the Thames, and doesn't miss a thing.