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Bussing around London

London, , United Kingdom
1 Kudo
The best value in my whole trip was the Big Bus tour. It is a hop on/hop off tour that takes you through the city. I would have never made it around to everything if I had not done it. The hostel I stayed in offered the second day free so for 30 quid I traveled around the city listening to live and taped tours about things that happened in the city. It's the same tour company that runs in New York City, double decker with the top partially enclosed and headphones provided for the foreign language tours. The Big Bus route takes you all around the city with stops at Trafalgar Square, The London Eye, The Tower of London(after riding on Tower Bridge), Houses of Parliament/Westminster Abbey, and just about everything else. It's a great way to scope out everything you want to do. I think I stayed on for a full circuit before laying out my plan of everything I wanted to accomplish and in what order. The tour guides were all very lovely and gave great history lessons about St Paul's and the Tower. Definitely worth the money even if you're only going for a short while.
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Points of interest

Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square was my first stop on my first day of exploring. Nelson's column and the lions around it are amazing. It'd hard to realize how big everything is until you're right there. The National Gallery is also located here.
The British Museum
The British Museum is free, but definitely pay to get an exhibit map. There are so many different parts that it is very easy to miss something that might be interesting.
The Sherlock Holmes Museum
I stumbled upon the museum after making my way through Regents Park. There was a long line of fans waiting to get in so I just looked from the outside, but I wish I had gone. I recommend that if you are looking to go, definitely plan some time to wait in line and to enjoy once you get inside.
Tower of London
Visiting the Tower in the fall was beautiful. The tour was very informative and there was a lot to see while walking around. The crown jewels are gorgeous and I will admit that I teared up a bit seeing all of the history. If history isn't your thing just walk around the outside, no need to pay to go in.
Palace of Westminster
The large clocktower is actually called the Elizabeth Tower. The bell inside is called Big Ben.

Special activities

London Eye
I was very lucky and had a ticket paid for as a birthday present. The gigantic ferris wheel holds groups in a clear pod as it gives spectacular views of the city. There are maps in each pod to help show where famous landmarks are. Even from being across the Thames we were able to see Buckingham Palace. I have a mild fear of heights and could not stand close to the walls, but the floor is covered and you can only see straight down if you get close to the walls and look.

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