/ London Guide


June 26, 2018

Take a bus and discover London’s history

Want to get some great photos of London’s iconic buildings?  Find out about their history? Want to get your bearings as to where everything is?  Then head for one of London’s open-top sightseeing buses as they offer the perfect answer.

There are several bus companies that offer these tours and it is important to choose the one which is right for you. Although most of the routes are very similar, there may be slight variations from one to another. The length of the tours can also vary, from 60 minutes to a couple of hours or more depending on the route and while traveling you would also like to have good food for which you can search like Selesa Restaurant Kensington.  Some tours are quite specialist and involve staying on the vehicle for the entire journey. For example, there are tour buses that take you down the Kings Road and around Chelsea looking at the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and 1960’s musical heritage. While for passengers willing to dare the darker side of London, the jet black Ghost Bus is unmissable.  Running only at night, it takes passengers around some of the most haunted areas of the city, telling tales of ghosts, witches and dark deeds.

Tour buses of this kind invariably offer an audio commentary, usually via special earphones.  All the main sightseeing buses provide the commentary in several languages including Mandarin, German, French, and Russian.  Tickets for the Hop On Hop Off sightseeing buses tend to be valid for 24 hours at a time. The clock starts ticking the moment you begin using the ticket. Tickets lasting a longer period may be available so if this is important to you, choose your bus company carefully to make sure they offer exactly what you want.

The big advantage of Hop On Hop Off buses is their flexibility. You can stay on the bus for as long as you like, or take several journeys within the time span of your ticket. Alternatively, you can create a personal itinerary, stopping off at places you want to visit, then rejoining the bus later.  This is a really good way of traveling from one place to another within London, as places like Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London are some distance apart.

Whatever the route, or ticket chosen, you are guaranteed a fantastic experience while a resident at the Park City Grand Plaza Kensington and explore the London’s architecture from a very special viewpoint while discovering its history and fascinating stories.