Tour London - Day 1



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Get to know London with a flashy bus tour then explore the South Bank for stunning views of London. Take in the Tower of London, Tate Modern, Big Ben & Parliament and ride on the London Eye.

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Day 1 - London


To shake off that jet leg and become familiar with one of the world's famous cities...take a tour. Yes, it's touristy but it less than 3 hours visitors can view the highlights of the city and then decide which attractions warrant further exploration. Try a hop on, hop off style double decker bus tour with www.bigbustours.com or www.theoriginaltour.com departing from several locations. Tickets are good for 24 hours and usually come with an optional Thames river cruise. Make sure to get a bus with live commentary over the headphone tour. For the afternoon session head east for The Tower of London, one of most interesting historical spots for the entire family. The 1,000 year old site has been a palace, a prison, an arsenal, and even a zoo! Make sure to tag along with a Yeoman Warder for the 60 minute guided tour and visit the jaw-dropping Crown Jewels. The view towards Tower Bridge is a perfect photo backdrop. Kids will get a kick out of trying to make a Royal Guard laugh or watching the ravens who also help keep watch over the Tower. For lunch try one of the tasty cafes on site or try a cafe picnic to be taken on the lawn. Family activities and trail guides are available from the Information Center. Hint: Book online to avoid the crowds. Still have energy? Every visitor needs to stand along the Thames and take in the iconic landmarks of Big Ben & Parliament. I never tire of this sight, day or night, but there is something special about this dramatically lit spot in the dark. The BA London Eye offers night flights for a bird's eye view as well - book online to avoid the queue. Walk from the London Aquarium down the South Bank to the Tate Modern (open late on Fridays & Saturdays until 10pm) and over the Millennium Bridge to St. Paul's taking in street entertainers, skateboarders and the river itself. On route are plenty of places to eat: Wagamama, pizza at Gabriel's Wharf, and OXO Tower, to name a few. Should daytime hours be of more interest, go early (before 10am) to get the place to yourself.


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Big Bus Tours

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48 Buckingham Palace Road
SW1W ORN London, United Kingdom

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tel: +44 20 7233 9533
fax: +44 20 7828 0638
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Tower of London

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Off Tower Bridge Approach
Tower Hill, EC3
EC3N4AB London, England

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tel: 0870/756-7070
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Tower Bridge

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Tower Bridge
At Tower Bridge, SE1
SE1 2UP London, England

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tel: 020/7403-3761
fax: +44 20 7357 7935
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Tate Modern

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Bankside
Bankside, SE1
SE1 9TG London, England

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tel: 020/7887-8888
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Big Ben

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Parliament Square
House Of Commons
SW1A 0AA London, United Kingdom

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tel: +44 20 7234 5800(Tourist Information)
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Houses of Parliament

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Parliament Street
SW1A 2AN London, United Kingdom

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tel: +44 20 7219 4272
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London Eye

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Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road
(Riverside Building County Hall)
SE1 9TA London, United Kingdom

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tel: +44 870 500 0600
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