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London's "Big Bus" hop-on/hop-off

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London's "Big Bus" hop-on/hop-off

We will only be in London 2 days, has anyone taken the "Big Bus"? It makes about 20 stops... ticket is good for 48 hrs. at L20. Any other suggestions? Thanks

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1. Re: London's "Big Bus" hop-on/hop-off

It (or its rival) is pretty much de rigeur for initial orientation. Other suggestions - "Duck" tour (on amphibious vehicle - goes on the Thames as well as some central sights); boat trip on Thames; London Eye (this can be combined with the boat trip).

Visit a museum; take in a show and a couple of meals and that will be 2 days gone.

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Both the Big Bus and the Original London Tour offer an excellent overview and given your brief stay may be the best way to see and learn a lot in a short space of time. However the ticket is only valid for 24 hours from time of issue - the 48 hours applies during winter months only.

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Walk along the South Bank of the Thames from Westminster Bridge east. Lots of lovely views.

Many museums are free so definitely would recommend a visit.

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Thank you all so much for your prompt reply, very helpful.. Think we will take the "Big Bus" and combine it with a river tour (think it's included with the bus tour... Thanks again....

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5. Re: London's "Big Bus" hop-on/hop-off

Hi Crazy ~ you'll love the "Big Bus" tour. You get such a great overview of the city and get to see all the major tourist sites. I would make sure that you hop on to a bus with a live tour guide and sit on the top deck if possible (and it's not raining). The live guides will not only give you insight to all the sites but they will answer any questions you have. And don't be afraid to actually hop off the bus to further explore a destination....another bus will be along shortly.

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Thanks full sail mom, very happy to hear all the good things about the "Big Bus" will certainlly take it!!! (Other tours were way too expensive.) Any highly recommended stops to get off??

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7. Re: London's "Big Bus" hop-on/hop-off

Yes....get off at St Pauls, and the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey....for sure worth a look and a visit..

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Thanks again, fullsailmom, appreciate the info. We will be staying at the Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington Garden area. Pre-cruise from Celebrity. Do you know that area? From there we will be taken to Dover for the cruise. Never been to either nor the ports we we will be going to Paris, Cornwall, Dublin, Cork. than across the Atlantic to Newfoundland, St. Johns, then Cape Liberty NJ. Only been to the Mediterrean. Any other info you may have is appreciated.

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Heading to St. John's? When do you arrive and how long are you stopping? Currently working on an information site for an upcoming conference and can give you some ideas.. things to do.. places to eat etc.

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Crazyfornaples

That is a really nice hotel and you are right at High Street Kensington. Turn right out of your hotel and there's shopping to be had. Although it is all the types of shops you'll have at NY (Gap, H&M, Urban Outfitters) but you might like to go to Marks and Spencer.

Turn left out of your hotel and you are by Kensington Gardens. There's Kensington Palace inside the park and further down the road, Royal Albert Hall.