A sightseeing tour is one of the best ways to explore London. It helps you get your bearings as to where places are, and often enables you to get some brilliant photographs.
Hop on hop off buses are a brilliant way to explore all the main sights. You can sit back and enjoy a round trip listening to the interesting commentary, or stop at any point along the way, before rejoining the bus later on. Tickets last all day. Sitting on the top of a double decker bus as it travels through the London streets and across the iconic bridges is a wonderful experience on a summer’s day.
The River Thames has always been one of the main highways through London, carrying people down to Greenwich or up to Hampton Court. So what better way to follow in their footsteps than by taking a cruise along the Thames. There are numerous guided tour boats, mostly starting at Westminster Pier. You can even dine while you cruise on some boats. For something extra special consider a high speed jet propelled tour past the historic locations like St Paul’s Cathedral and Tower Bridge and into docklands.
Try a slower paced tour with one of the many London Walking Tours operating minutes from your Central London aparthotels. Generally lasting about two hours, these tours provide the opportunity to go off the beaten track, and see some different aspects of London. There are tours of Jack the Ripper’s haunts in the East End, Pub tours, Architectural tours, Literary tours – you name it, and you are likely to find it in London. One of the more unusual is Alternative London’s walk around street art and graffiti.
For an ariel view, head to Battersea heliport from Presidential Marylebone Mayfair and take a tour with the London Helicopter and see some incredible panoramic views across the city. Instead of seeing the London Eye from the ground – see it from above! Find out how many landmarks you can identify from high in the sky as the tour takes you past Buckingham Palace with its extensive gardens spread out below, above the dome of St Paul’s cathedral and past modern landmarks like the Shard.
London’s taxidrivers are unequalled for their sheer knowledge of London, having spent months cycling around the city acquiring ‘the knowledge’. Now British Tours are running special three hour tours in a traditional London Black Taxi. Spacious and comfortable, the taxis take visitors to all the famous sites, using their specialist knowledge to escape any traffic jams thus keeping your journey smooth and easy.
If food is on the mind, take a one of Eating London’s food tours and discover the influences that have shaped British food. One of the more unusual is the Twilight Soho Food tour which involves what the company call a ‘moving dinner’. This is where you get to sample a host of different type of food reflecting the international nature of Soho. Short stroll from your serviced apartments London, this area has long attracted restauranteurs from all over the world so expect a variety! Self-catering apartments London are also a good option for those on a budget, families with fussy eaters, or those with special dietary needs.