Sunday, 28 September 2014

Useful Info For Tourists; Three Recommended Bus Routes In London

       Hello readers, this post will tell you about the top three recommended bus routes in London. This will be very handy for tourists, but also for people who want a greater understanding of how awesome London is. Some regular London bus routes are almost like sightseeing tours, and who would want to spend well over 40 or 50 pounds when some other London bus routes can show you everything for £1.45 a ride. Remember, you cannot pay cash on London's buses,  you have to use your oyster cards, travelcards, or contactless cards. On two door buses, board at the front and alight at the back. On three door buses, you can board and alight from any door. I wouldn't recommend using one door buses, as they are mainly used for bus routes that go round tight turns in housing estates in greater London.
        If boarding a double decker bus, go upstairs and try to get the seats right at the front, so you can enjoy fantastic views of London. If the sun goes into your eyes too much in those seats, three from the front on the left and the seats directly behind the stairwell are also good for views. If you are unable to go upstairs, try and grab a seat near the front of the bus or the raised seats near the back, for some pretty good views as well. Some buses have seats right at the front downstairs, and they give brilliant views too! On a single decker bus, try and either sit near the front (but not the sideways seats) or on the raised seats near the back. If the bus is so full and nearly no seats are available, catch the next one. The bus service on most London bus routes is outstanding compared to other cities. Also, if you're from another country and you are struggling to read this, find our translate button on the right hand side of the blog. There are lots of languages to choose from! Now, all the basic stuff is over, we can move onto the three brilliant bus routes. And just to let you know, you don't just have to ride all the bus routes that I recommend, and you don't have to ride these either, you can decide which ones you think are the best and just ride those instead!

                                               Bus Route 11:

LT66 at Trafalgar Square.
I personally don't like these buses, due to the ridiculously small windows on the upper deck. Still, if you follow my wise instructions you should be able to enjoy some fabulous views. Thanks to London's fabulous iBus system and tube, you can know where to get off and on, as the buses announce the stop names and where the bus is going, and there is also a screen displaying what the next stop is and where the bus is going.

iBus screen on bus route 11, stating the bus is terminating at Liverpool Street.
 I would suggest getting on the bus at the very start of the route at Liverpool Street Bus Station. Catch the bus towards Fulham Broadway. Try and be the first in the queue, board at the front doors and try to get up the stairs as quickly as possible. If you are staying downstairs, try and sit in the best seats possible. You should do this for every bus route you board, unless it is a single decker. The 11 is a double decker, like most touristy bus routes in London. It passes many tourist attractions, including:

  • Liverpool Street Station,
  • Bank of England. 
  • St. Paul's Cathedral
  • Fleet Street
  • Aldwych/The Strand
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Whitehall
  • Parliament Square (for Houses Of Parliament, Big Ben and London Eye).
        If you want to stay in Central London, I would suggest alighting at the stop "Westminster Station/Parliament Square." However, the bus does continue west and goes past Victoria, Sloane Square and Kings Road. But, by the time the bus is in Fulham, there is nothing to see and it'll be quite hard to get back into Central London again.

                                                   Bus Route 23:

    The buses on route 23 have quite large windows, which are perfect for viewing sights in London. This route also starts at Liverpool Street Bus Station, and it follows the 11 until Trafalgar Square. Catch the 23 towards Westbourne Park, and follow my seating instructions. This bus passes lots and lots of tourist attractions, and goes through some lovely areas of London.

BE WARNED: This bus route gets incredibly busy which is why I'm telling you to get on at the start of the route at Liverpool Street. This bus route also gets stuck in horrific traffic on Oxford Street and Regent Street, so try not to use this route in rush hour (7-9:30 am, 4-7:30 pm). It passes:

  • Liverpool Street Station
  • Bank of England
  • St Paul's Cathedral
  • Fleet Street
  • Aldwych/The Strand
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Piccadilly Circus/Regent Street
  • Oxford Circus/Oxford Street
  • Marble Arch
  • Paddington Station
            If you happen to be riding the route on any day except Sunday and Thursday you can also explore the wonderful Portobello Road Market, by staying on further than Paddington Station and alighting at "Colville Road", the closest stop to the market.

                                     Bus Route 15(H):
I apologise for the fact I don't have a picture. But, a heritage shuttle service runs along the number 15 route between Trafalgar Square and Tower Hill, using old Routemasters!! This is the only bus route to use them on a daily basis, and it will certainly be a unique experience. They are so old they don't have the iBus screen/announcements on them, so I would just recommend riding the bus route right from one end to another.  It runs between 9:30am and 6:30pm, from Trafalgar Square-Tower Hill. It passes:

  • Trafalgar Square
  • Aldwych/The Strand
  • Fleet Street
  • St. Paul's Cathedral
  • Tower Of London 
And, they're the top three routes for tourists! Thanks for reading, and I hope you get a better understanding of how awesome London is.

Postscript:  Other recommended bus routes: 88, 139, RV1, 24

 Another Postscript: Sorry there hasn't been an update for ages, but I've been so busy with schoolwork and stuff like that. Also, I've recently suffered from an illness which has prevented me from going out of the house. I should be playing catch up soon! Thanks for bearing with me, readers, I know you're probably fed up with these long gaps.