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The London Bus Providing like Big Ben an enduring symbol of the Capital, with their distinctive red livery. Covering the whole of the City on an extensive networks of routes 24 hours a day - night buses running late into the night. For example hop on a No 8 for St Pauls Cathedral from Oxford Street, returning on a No 9 via Trafalgar Square. Though the much loved Routemaster buses have been phased out on many journey's they still ply 'heritage routes' for those nostalgia buffs amongst you.
Official Open Topped Bus Tours. Visitors with little time to spare may wish to take sightseeing tours of London in an open topped bus. Lasting around 2 hours, and with an informed commentary available in up to five languages, they provide an ideal way to 'See the London Sights'. Please note Travelcards are not valid on these. Shown left a London Bus with the St Martins in the Fields Church, Trafalgar Square in the background.
River Bus Trips. A great way to view London, night or day, is from the deck of a boat on the Thames. There are several piers for boarding and services head east towards Greenwich and the Thames Barrier and west towards Richmond and Hampton Court. Tickets can be purchased on the pier, and in some cases, on the boat. Travelcard holders receive a 1/3rd discount off most river services.
A River Thames cruise with a guided commentary is a good introduction to the sights for the first time visitor. Sit on the open deck deck for the best views, though panoramic windows on the more sheltered lower deck afford good views too. Hop off an on from Westminster, Waterloo, Tower and Greenwich Piers, passing sights such as the The London Eye, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, and the Cutty Sark as you approach Maritime Greenwich. Transport for London River Boats1, 144.000, 12, 1, 0, london new years eve what to do 2, 49.000, 7, 1, 0, london new years parade pics
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