I've heard a lot of good things about the hop-on/hop-off bus tour but would like to know if it's possible to just design a route myself. FYI, DH and I are planning to purchase a 7-day travelcard loaded to Oyster. I've been looking at the bus maps on tfl.gov.uk and there are a couple of routes that might be good for an initial sightseeing, perhaps on our first day. How does this sound:
Walk from our flat in South Kensington to Royal Albert Hall
From Royal Albert Hall/Albert Memorial take the Routemaster bus 9 towards Aldwych (near Covent Garden?)
From Covent Garden take the RV1 bus towards Tower Gateway, then go to Tower Hill tube station, take the tube back to South Kensington.
From what I've seen on the map the routes seem quite scenic as the buses go through Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, London Eye, Tower of London etc.
Does this plan sound reasonable? Should I be concerned about traffic jam? Can you give a suggestion to improve it?