Getting around London by bus is one of the best ways of exploring the city. The upper deck of a London bus offers some great photo opportunities of the buildings and scenes that make up this fascinating city.
London Transport bus routes span the entire city. There are even night bus routes. They are form an inexpensive way to explore the city. All you need to do is buy an Oyster card from a newsagent, or train station and press it against the pad as you enter the bus. Don’t forget to press again when you get off!
If you prefer a guided tour while staying at elegant Edward hotel London, try one of the many Open Top Bus Tours that are available. These are designed specifically for tourists and travel around all the major locations. You can stay on board and listen to the audio commentary (which is available in all the major languages), or get and get off at different points to visit places like the Tower of London, Oxford Street or the House of Parliament. You can explore at your own pace and create your own personal tour. The top deck of these buses is generally open to the weather, and makes a great vantage point to see London’s architecture.
Stop off at Covent Garden and visit the London Transport Museum to discover how buses have changed over the years. It contains a vast range of buses, many of which you can climb on board, as well as superb advertising art designed to encourage people to use the buses.
There are numerous different bus companies offering Open Top Bus Tours. Check online to find out which routes you prefer. Among the most popular routes are those provided by the London Sightseeing Bus Tours, Big Bus Tours and Golden Buses dealing with locations around Bed and Breakfast Central London. Tickets are usually valid for 24 hours from the moment you begin to use the ticket.
Specialist tour buses may also be available such as the Musical heritage tours which take you down the Kings Road, and out towards Twickenham highlighting the music of the 1960’s when the Beetles and Rolling Stones reigned supreme.
The Ghost Bus Tour is worth considering for an unusual nighttime experience. These black double decker buses operate just two tours every night starting at 7.30 and 9 pm. The journey brings to life a very different side of London, one populated by ghosts, murderers and ghastly events like the Plague. It is extremely atmospheric, and quite eerie!