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Take a sightseeing bus in London
  Baker Street
  Regent Street
  Trafalgar Square
  St Paul's
  Tower Bridge
  Buckingham Palace


The pictures on this page were taken during sightseeing bus tours of London by visitors from Peru and Japan.
The tours were jump on / jump off services with the company The Original Tour. Each ticket is valid for 24 hours.
For full practical details and to buy a ticket, see: Travel/Tours/Company/TheOriginalTour.

You can also use your ticket for a free boat cruise on the River Thames. For photos of this, see: Travel/Tours/London/Cruise.

The information on this page will help you to plan your day of sightseeing in London.

Regent's Park

The City Sightseeing Tour bus

Buckingham Palace

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BAKER STREET (and surrounding area)

[This area is part of the red sightseeing route]

Sherlock Holmes Museum In the stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the great detective Sherlock Holmes lived at 221b Baker Street. There is a statue of Sherlock Holmes in front of Baker Street underground station, and there is a museum dedicated to the character at 221b Baker Street:
Madame Tussaud's Madame Tussaud's is a famous museum with wax models of famous people. See how many you can recognise!
There is often a long queue to get in, but you can save time by buying a ticket in advance.
The London Planetarium Next to Madame Tussaud's is the London Planetarium. You can learn about the stars and planets here.
Regent's Park A few minutes' walk from Madame Tussaud's is Regent's Park, a very attractive park. The land is owned by the royal family but can be visited free by the public. You can enjoy a walk around the lake and gardens. In the summer there are often free musical performances, or you may want to buy a ticket for one of the open air theatre productions.
London Zoo On the northern side of Regent's Park is London Zoo. As well as meeting many different types of animals you can learn about conservation.
BT Tower
The BT Tower is a communications tower. It is a well-known landmark which is visible from many parts of the city. Many years ago it used to be possible to go to the top to have a meal while enjoying the views, but the public cannot enter the building these days.

Sherlock Holmes (Baker Street)

Madame Tussaud's and the Planetarium

BT Tower

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REGENT STREET (and surrounding area)

[All of the sightseeing bus lines pass close to this area]

Oxford Street
Regent Street
Bond Street
Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street are the busiest shopping streets in London. Among the biggest department stores in Oxford Street are Selfridges, Debenhams and John Lewis. In Regent Street you can find
In November and December these streets are lit up with Christmas lights (see: Ideas/Album/ChristmasLights)
Hold onto your bag carefully while shopping - thieves often target tourists in this area.
Piccadilly Circus The intersection of Regent Street, Piccadilly and Shaftesbury Avenue. The fountain is a memorial to the Earl of Shaftesbury, topped by a statue of the Angel of Christian Charity.

Regent Street

Piccadilly Circus

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TRAFALGAR SQUARE (and surrounding area)

[All of the sightseeing bus lines pass close to this area]

Leicester Square Take a walk into Chinatown to the north of the square (the area is known as Soho)
Trafalgar Square In the middle of Trafalgar Square is Nelson's Column, surrounded by four lions and two fountains. Nelson was the British naval commander who defeated Napoleon's fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar (off the coast of Spain). Free public events often take place in the square, especially at weekends. For more information see: Travel/Tours/London/TrafalgarSquare.
National Gallery The National Gallery is an art gallery containing many famous European paintings. Entry to the permanent collection is free.
National Portrait Gallery The National Portrait Gallery contains paintings and photographs of people. Entry to the permanent collection is free.

The National Gallery

Nelson's Column

National Portrait Gallery

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WHITEHALL (and surrounding area)

[This area is part of the red, yellow and green sightseeing routes]

Cenotaph This war memorial is the focus of a special ceremony each year on Remembrance Sunday.
For photos, see: Ideas/Album/RemembranceSunday
Downing Street The British Prime Minister lives in this road (at "number 10"). You cannot visit here, but you can have a quick look through the security gates and take a photo of the street sign.
Horse Guard's Parade At Horse Guard's Parade you can see some of the guards (some on horses) who protect the British Queen (Elizabeth the Second). Each year the Queen's official birthday is celebrated here in a ceremony called Trooping the Colour (for pictures of this, see: Ideas/Album/TroopingTheColour)


The entrance to Horse Guards' Parade

Inside Horse Guards' Parade

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WATERLOO (and surrounding area)

[This area is part of the red sightseeing route]

London Eye You can enjoy lovely views of London from this large wheel. A ride (one revolution of the wheel) takes about half an hour (you may need to queue).
IMAX Cinema Watch a film on the huge screen at the London IMAX cinema. Some 3-dimensional films are shown (you need to wear special glasses for these).
South Bank Centre If you go for a walk along the south bank of the River Thames you will pass in front of the South Bank Centre: a series of buildings for the arts, including classical music, dance, films or plays. During the summer there is often some kind of free entertainment in this area.

The London Eye & County Hall

IMAX Cinema

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ST PAUL'S (and surrounding area)

[This area is part of the red and yellow sightseeing routes]

St Paul's Cathedral A magnificent church designed by Sir Christopher Wren. If you have time, climb to the Whispering Gallery in the dome at the top. There is an entrance charge for visitors (it is free if you attend one of the services).
Bank of England This is part of the financial district known as the City of London.
The Monument A large stone pillar which was put up after the Great Fire of London (1666), near the place where the fire started.
You can climb the steps for good views of the city.

St Paul's Cathedral

The Monument

The financial district of the City of London

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TOWER BRIDGE (and surrounding area)

[This area is part of the red and yellow sightseeing routes]

London Dungeon A scary visitor attraction based on the dark side of London's history
HMS Belfast This battleship saw action in World War Two and is now open to visitors
Tower Bridge A beautiful bridge which sometimes opens to let tall ships pass underneath. For the schedule of bridge opening times, see:
There is a museum inside called the Tower Bridge Exhibition
Tower of London This historic castle has been used as a fortress, as a palace and as a prison. Visitors can see the Crown Jewels

Tower Bridge

Crossing Tower Bridge on the sightseeing bus

The Tower of London

Traitor's Gate

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SOUTHWARK (and surrounding area)

[This area is part of the red and yellow sightseeing routes]

Globe Theatre This is a copy of a theatre where William Shakespeare staged his plays.
Tate Modern A gallery of modern art. Entry to the permanent exhibits is free. There are excellent views from the upper floors.

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WESTMINSTER (and surrounding area)

[This area is part of the red, yellow and green sightseeing routes]

Houses of Parliament See the famous clock tower known as Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. Guided tours can be taken during the summer break. See: Travel/Tours/London/Parliament
Westminster Abbey Westminster Abbey contains graves of many famous people and has been used for coronations and royal marriages.

Big Ben and Houses of Parliament

Westminster Abbey (view from east)

Westminster Abbey (view from north)

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BUCKINGHAM PALACE (and surrounding area)

[This area is part of the red and yellow sightseeing routes]

Buckingham Palace Watch the Changing of the Guards, or visit the Queen's Gallery or the Royal Mews. The State Rooms can be visited during the summer. See: Travel/Tours/London/BuckinghamPalace
St James's Park Enjoy a walk through the park and by the lakes. You can also visit the Guards Museum nearby.
Green Park Enjoy a walk through the park.

Buckingham Palace

Guard in front of the palace

Victoria Memorial

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BLOOMSBURY (and surrounding area)

[This area is part of the blue sightseeing route]

British Museum World-class museum. Entry is free.

British Museum

Statue within the museum

PICCADILLY (and surrounding area)

[This area is part of the blue and yellow sightseeing routes]

Royal Academy of Arts Museum of fine arts from the 18th century to the present day
Fortnum & Mason Department store famous for its teas, jams and other fine foods. Afternoon tea is served here (no formal dress code)
The Ritz One of London's top hotels. Tea is served in the Palm Court (a formal dress code applies)

Royal Academy of Arts

The Ritz Hotel

KENSINGTON (and surrounding area)

[This area is part of the blue sightseeing route]

Hyde Park A large park. Features include a large lake, the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain and the Albert Memorial
Harvey Nichols A well-known department store on Knightsbridge.
Royal Albert Hall Large circular concert hall, most famous for the summer series of classical concerts called the Proms.
Kensington Palace Palace with attractive gardens.
Natural History Museum Museum about the natural world. Entry to the permanent collection is free.
Science Museum Museum about science. Entry to the permanent collection is free.
Victoria & Albert Museum Decorative arts museum. Entry to the permanent collection is free.
Harrods A large high-quality department store

Royal Albert Hall

Albert Memorial

Natural History Museum

Victoria & Albert Museum

Harrods store front (along Brompton Road)

A shop window at Harrods

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* Booking a tour
Book a sightseeing bus tour in London: Travel/Tours/Company/TheOriginalTour

* Visitor information
London tourist information:
City guide:

* Independent travel within London
For information about London's bus, Tube and other public transport services, see: Travel/Transport/London

* Weather forecast for London

* More photos
360 degree panoramic pictures:

Lonely Planet verdict: London
"This is one of the world's truly great capitals, a city the world revolves around, and home to more sights than virtually any other metropolis. It's exhilarating, irrepressible, intimidating and brimming with spectacle and possibilities. It can be different things to different people but always in abundance. In fact, it's the quantity of its qualities that make London such a vital destination. Not only is it home to magnificent historical architecture and such familiar landmarks as Big Ben, the Tower of London, and the timeless Thames, London is a cornucopia of cultural wealth, boasting some of the greatest museums and art galleries anywhere. What's more, since 2001, most of these treasures are ours for free"
(extracts from "Lonely Planet Great Britain - 2003 edition", used with permission)
Lonely Planet Great Britain
Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
Date: May 2007
Lonely Planet London
Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
Date: January 2006
Other Lonely Planet publications


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