One of the best ways to explore London and get to know where everything is located is to try an Open-Top Bus Tour. Typical operators include the Big Bus Tours, London Sightseeing Bus Tours, Golden Buses. Tickets for the hop on hop off bus tours are valid for 24 hours from the moment you first use the ticket. There are many different operators of these buses so it is worth checking out exactly what each offers as they may include special discounts.
There are many common features of such Open-Top Bus Tours. Each bus has a guided commentary that you can listen to via special earphones, telling you stories about the area of London through which you are passing. The audio guides are available in many languages including French, Mandarin, Russian and German. You can hop on and hop off the buses at any point along the route, thus allowing you to explore the city at your own pace. Just make sure that you rejoin the correct bus service! Since these buses cover over 60 stops across the different routes, it means that you can reach almost every important attraction with ease while you are on your leisure trip to London and staying in one of the finest Hotels in Bloomsbury London.
Stunning views of iconic buildings like Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral can be enjoyed from the top deck of the bus, making it a great way of obtaining some superb photographs. So if you’re staying at hotels near Soho, then make a point of hopping on the bus and checking out some of the street attractions.
All the operators have a variety of routes available which cover all the main points but have slight variations. On the London Bus tour for example, you can choose between routes or mix and match as you please. Each route is identified by a colour. The Blue route covers all the key buildings in Central London. The Red Route is slightly longer as it also visits the Museum quarter around the British Museum. For those wanting to explore Madame Tussauds and Kings Cross as well as the key locations, opt for the Orange Route.
Other typical discounts include combining a Big Bus ticket with entry to various popular attractions for a combination ticket, or buying a 48 hour ticket and gaining a free night bus ticket.
An unusual bus tour is the Ghost Bus tour in a black double decker vehicle. Taking place only at night, starting at 19.30 and 21.00 from Northumberland Avenue, it explores the dark and grisly past of London. The commentary is both creepy and amusing at the same time! London will never look quite the same again after this tour!
With such advanced transport network, visitors staying in Regency House Hotel London can get to see a lot of the main sights up close and personal.