Great way to see a lot in just one day--but offering is more than time allows
We used the Big Bus tour as a way to get an initial overview of London and it worked great for doing that. Although advertised as a 24 hour tour ticket, the bus actually only runs for 8 hours (at least in the fall) but we were at least able to extend our day by joining the 6 pm gaslight walking tour, which was fun and interesting (even including a pub stop). The full deal includes a boat ride on the Thames and 3 walking tours--but you really can't fit it all in given the daily hours of operation. We didn't complete the full bus circuit, only participated in one of the walking tours, and never made it to the boat. We got on 3 different buses, two with a recorded tour and one with a live tour guide; the live guide was definitely more fun but not as easy to hear. I wish we could have experienced more of the tour but, in general, it was fun and worth spending the money on.
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