We have finally recovered after our long weekend in London. All of us had an amazing time and got to see so many sites. We travelled around using the underground, The Original Tour buses and boats. The buses and boat won hands down though every time.
We collected our tickets from The Original Tour visitor centre in Trafalgar square on Friday afternoon and with the current offer the tickets would allow us unlimited bus and boat travel till Sunday lunch time. The kids grabbed a map each whilst there so they could plan the route to take.
We caught the bus from Notting hill early Saturday on the purple route which took us to Marble Arch and we changed to a yellow route bus for Buckingham Palace. The kids were freezing when we got to Buckingham Palace hence the down faces on the below picture. This was soon sorted with a nice hot chocolate and cookie walking up the mall.
After leaving the palace we went in search of Downing Street and yet again managed to walk the wrong way. Me and Neil missed it last time we came as well. We carried on and made our way to Leicester Square and over the bridge to the London eye and picked up a yellow route bus to take us to the Tower of London.
The tour guide was fantastic, he was funny and very informative. The kids really enjoyed this part of the journey he pointed out lots of sites and not just the obvious things. He had a very good knowledge of London and some of the old buildings and it was great listening to him point out little pubs and signs. The tour guides point out things that as a tourist you would never have looked at or known about without a tour guide telling you.
Some of the sights from the bus were amazing I would definitely recommend sitting on top deck for the best views. If the weather isn’t to great take a few bin bags for the seats and make sure you are wrapped up as it can get a bit chilly. The tour guide even managed to photo bomb us on this picture. He really was fantastic.
Once we arrived at Tower of London we had a wonder round and stumbled upon a great little pub down an alley. It was great for some lunch and to rest our feet. Me and Neil ordered a pie and didn’t expect what arrived. The food was amazing. This is Neil’s lamb shank pie. The children ordered fish and chips from the children menu at a cost of £4.50 and the portion was huge. We had 2 pies, 2 children’s meals, and 6 drinks (4 alcoholic) and the bill was just over £50.
The pub was called the Ship Inn I couldn’t tell you were it was again though other than it’s towards we’re the sky garden is on Fenchurch street. Sorry but great little pub and worth trying to find if you want good quality food and a rest.
After lunch we headed for the boat tour. Originally we were heading back up river to Westminster but it was about 30 minute wait. We could however go to Greenwich on the boat that was waiting. We thought great never been let’s see what’s down that way. Kaitlin was a little un sure at first but soon settled and loved being sat inside the boat behind the glass. We took some amazing pictures along the way.
Once we reached Greenwich we decided to stay on the boat and wait for it to go back to Westminster rather than get off. Time was getting on and we wanted to make sure we could get the boat all the way back up river. You can get off though and explore and catch the next one when your ready. The kids liked being on the boat and they had a bar so I enjoyed a few birthday drinks along the way. The bar serves hot and cold drinks, snacks, sandwiches and a few alcoholic drinks as well.
We made our way back up river picked some passenger up at the Tower Dock and onto Westminster we went. The crew were fantastic and the tour guide/commentator/crew man was hilarious. He made the boat trip so much fun. The kids listened to every word he had to say and asked us endless questions. We also got a great shot as the sun was setting coming back into Westminster.
We had such a good time on The Original Tour buses and boats. I would highly recommend using them when visiting London. The underground is good and efficient but you miss the history and charm that London has to offer. There are several routes you can take with The Original Tour and you can plan your journey in advance by using the route map on the website.
The yellow route has actual tour guides on and the red route has pre recorded tour guides. This really adds to the experience and you get so much more out of the journey than you would just a bus tube.
The cost of the tour bus varies depending on how long and the amount of people but a family of 4 for 24 hours is £90 full price or £66.50 booked in advance online.
Just for my readers The Original Tour are offering you and extra 10% off online prices until 31st March 2017 – using Promo Code – mumdadplus4
I would highly recommend booking a tour if its your first time in London and you want to take in all the sites. You get to see so much more than the underground, walking or on a normal London bus.