London Sightseeing Tips
Full-day guided tours of London, at around £80 per adult, are too expensive for most budget visitors. However, there are plenty of other ways to see London’s highlights that don’t cost the price of a cheap hotel room.
Here are some suggestions on affordable ways to see London’s main sights:
London hop-on hop-off bus tours
A cheaper alternative to a full-guided day tour is a double decker bus tour. A good option if you’re in London for a short period and want a quick way to get your bearings and see the sights. Take advantage of the free walking tours and river boat trip to get your money’s worth.
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See the sights on a local London bus
For serious money-savers, try a do-it-yourself tour on an ordinary London bus. You’ll miss out on a guide but arm yourself with a map and guidebook and you’ll save £££’s.
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London guided walking tours
See London on foot with a guided walking tour of London. Our pick of the top three walking tour companies who offer 1 1/2–2 hour London walks for £5–8 per adult.
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London self-guided walks
One of the best ways to get an overview of London is to walk the Jubilee Walkway, a self-guided walking route which passes all the main sights in central London.
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River Thames boat trips
A trip on the Thames is a popular way to see London. You don’t have to take one of the tourist boats. The Thames Clipper commuter catamarans are a cheap way to see the sights from the water.
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London sightseeing by taxi
Taxis are the most expensive way of travelling around London, but if you’re in a group 4 or 5 a 40-minute trip around London can work out cheaper than a sightseeing tour.
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