Travel Journal,  Uk

2 Days in London

Day 1
Aboard the Sightseeing Bus
I have been to London countless of times and I never tire of it, with its endless strings of attractions. There is something for everyone.
I have always walked from place to place, and use the bus or the tube. The tube is very convenient, with a tube station at every corner and so easy to use and get from one place to another quickly.  The map looks complicated for the first timers but once you try it, it is straighforward. This is coming from me, who has no sense of direction, but I can honestly say that I can use those tube and bus maps. Tube Map
This time, I gave the tour bus a go, or rather I was ropped into this, but I have no regrets. I fact I enjoyed it so much that I plan to take the children on the hop on hop off bus during the Summer holidays or when I get a chance.
My friend was on a solo trip to Europe and London being one of her destinations, she came to stay with me. I accompanied her to London, being one to never miss an opportunity to visit the famous city. She had her route mapped and had done all her research prior to her travels. And she was adamant in using a hop on hop off London bus tour. Personally, having walked around London so many times before, I found the bus tour. As much as I love being a tourist in London, I also live in a little countryside town not far from London and I found the ticket quite steep.
But I gave in, as I thought why not. She had been on hop on hop off buses throughout cities in Europe and quite enjoyed it.
Being in January, right in the middle of Winter, the bus tour company had deals on and we paid for the bus tour and received a complimentary hop on hop off River Thames Sightseeing Cruise.

View from the river
View from the river

                                                                                                                                                               The bonus was that the tickets were valid for two days.
I loved the guide bus, maybe because it was cold and it was so good not having to walk round the city. From the top deck, I also got a different view of London which I never saw before.

I liked all the architectural details on buildings and I got the chance to see them from a higher ground.
I would highly recommend taking the sightseeing bus tour.                                                      It was confusing at first, to know which company we had bought the tickets from and to only look for its bus and which stop we had to wait at. But once we got on and off a few times, we had worked it out.
We got in the bus in the late afternoon and half way during our ride, it got dark.  It was very nice to see London at night as well as during daylight.
The commentary, available in various languages was so informative and I learnt one thing or two about London’s history, buildings and statues.
Hahn/Cock is a sculpture of a giant blue cockerel by the German artist Katharina Fritsch.  It is found in Trafalgar Square.
London Newspapers
London – My Photo Gallery
This post is part of the following Link ups –
City Tripping by MummyTravels and Wander Mum
& The Weekly Postcard


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