Although I've done them several times now, my family and I decided to take one last Hop on/Hop off tour of London. We decided we'd go with The Original Tour: London Sightseeing and we made sure to purchase our tickets online in advance to save a few pounds. We were lucky enough that we had a beautiful (and somewhat hot) day, which made for a great time on the open top tour. As with every other time I've toured with them, the live tour guides were super friendly and quite funny. For those of you that don't know what these tours are about, well, you get on a double decker bus, follow a tour route (they have various ones) and you can get off at any of their stops (usually associated with a tourist attraction), walk around and explore, and then get back on at any of their stops. Your ticket is good for 24 hours and a Thames Boat Cruise is also included.
Some of the sights on the tour include: Piccadilly Circus, The National Gallery, Nelson's Column, St. James' Palace, Ritz Hotel, Buckingham Palace & Changing of the Guard, St James' Park, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben & Parliament, The London Eye, The London Aquarium, 10 Downing Street, Covent Garden, St. Paul's Cathedral, London Dungeon, Tower Bridge, Tower of London, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Tate Modern, London Bridge, and a lot more.
Although it can seem pricey, it's definitely worth the money for a first time visitor to London, as you get to see everything in a decent amount of time!
Below are some photos of London throughout my parents' visit. Not all pictures were taken on the tour, but those are still some of the sights you'd see.
|The Fam in front of Parliament|
|Parliament and the tower (with Big Ben inside!)|
|Myself in front of Buckingham Palace|
|Tower Bridge with the Olympic rings!|
|Changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace|
|A peek of St. Paul's Cathedral|
|Mom and dad having a brewskie at the pub|