08 Jul 2013

Exploring London by bus – the best routes to see all the sights 0  

Posted in London reporter

The public transport system in London is vast and can be very confusing, especially on the underground, so avoid the tube and hop on a bus. It doesn’t have to be an expensive hop-on, hop-off bus – make like a Londoner and take advantage of these fantastic routes that go past all the sights you came to see. With an Oyster card, you can get an all day bus travelcard for just £4.40!

Number 11 – Chelsea to St. Paul’s Cathedral

Starting in Sloane Square this fantastic bus route meanders through Victoria and Belgravia before heading to Westminster, Whitehall, Trafalgar Square, the Strand, Fleet Street and St. Paul’s.

Look out for: Westminster Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster, Downing Street, Nelson’s Column and the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, Somerset House on the Strand and of course, St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Number 38 – Victoria to British Museum

Starting in Victoria then looping round the north side of Green Park, this bus takes in the lights of Piccadilly Circus, up through Shaftesbury Avenue and on to Holborn.

Look out for: Wellington Arch by Hyde Park Corner, Green Park and the War Memorial, Piccadilly Circus and the Eros statue, the theatres of Shaftesbury Avenue, Covent Garden, Chinatown and the British Museum.

Big Ben


Piccadilly Circus Photographer: Pawel Libera

The 521 – London Bridge to Waterloo Bridge

This quick route is one of the only buses to cross London Bridge – make sure you sit on the top deck, on the right hand side for the best views. Start at London Bridge and continue through Holborn, Aldwych and then Waterloo.

Look out for: London Bridge, the Shard, Tower of London and Tower Bridge (look out of the right hand side of the top deck windows for the best view down the river), the Old Bailey, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, the Royal Courts of Justice, Somerset House, Waterloo Bridge, London Eye, St. Paul’s, the Gherkin, Royal National Theatre and Southbank.

Aerial View

Aerial view of London 

Number 74 – Regent’s Park to South Kensington

Start in Regent’s Park and travel past Selfridges, Marble Arch and down to Hyde Park corner. The bus then heads West through Knightsbridge and on to South Kensington. After alighting at the National History Museum stroll up the hill on Exhibition Road and you’ll find the Royal Albert Hall, Albert Memorial and Hyde Park.

Look out for: Regent’s Park, Selfridges, Marble Arch, Park Lane, Hyde Park, Wellington Arch, Harrods, Victoria and Albert Museum, Science Museum and National History Museum.

Victoria and Albert Gardens

Interior courtyard and gardens at the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington

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