As part of my on-going London Favourites series, I thought I'd focus on an activity rather than a place. My family and I recently went on an open-top bus tour around London, and we loved it. When we go on city-breaks, we often take bus tours as it is a great way to see a city in a short time. London is the perfect place for a bus tour, as it is just so darn big and there is so much to see. I have lived in London for 13 years and I still haven't seen it all.
But the bus tours aren't just about seeing London. You get a tour guide who knows everything there is to know about London. Our guide was funny and interesting and made the ride even more enjoyable. Husband, a history geek, especially loved it. If you're worried about the kids being bored, then don't. London is a city full of breath-taking landmarks. And if it is a bit chilly, the front of the top of the bus has a clear covering so you don't get too cold or wind-swept.
If you are planning to visit London, whether you have been before or not, I strongly suggest a bus tour. The Original Tour is currently offering a winter special where you pay for 24 hours of hop-on-hop-off and automatically get 48 hours (until the 29 February 2016). This covers six routes and over 80 bus stops. A family ticket costs £75 (children get a special commentary and an activity pack). You also get a free river cruise and there are free walking tours included. This means that you get to see a whole lot of London.
We were given a complimentary bus ride as part of our day sightseeing in London from Garfunkel's. I was not obliged to blog about this experience. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.