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Which are London's best bus tours?  January 29, 2013 – 09:45 am
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Sophie Campbell, Telegraph Travel's London expert and a Blue Badge guide, replied:

Hello Brian Blessed, Julie Christie here. The Open Top Bus Tours are great for orientating yourself in London, but have you considered the river? The London Duck Tours ( which cost £21 for an adult and £14 for a child, use converted amphibious vessels from World War II and drive straight into the river at Vauxhall, which always makes children laugh. What am I saying? It makes me laugh. Probably the best value on the river is the Tate Boat ( which goes between the Tate Britain and Tate Modern every 40 minutes during gallery hours and costs £5 adults, £2.50 children. No commentary, but fab views.

Zoe Craig from Visit London replied:

Hi Brian Blessed, If you’re looking for value for money, shop around before you book a bus tour, as many have discounts, or added extras. I think they’re a great way to start exploring a city, particularly if you’re with your grandchildren. Make sure you get there early, and get a hop-on, hop-off ticket so you can see the sights, but also jump off when you want to explore further.

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I started with the open-top tour bus. In the summer, it's a pleasant ride, and you can learn a little bit about all the major attractions. Then decide for yourself what sounds most interesting. The ticket is good for 24 hours, so you can go end of the day your first day, and then have most of the next day to actually use the service to get to the sites you want to see.
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