London Tourist Attractions - Sightseeing
There are many London tourist attractions that are worth seeing, but planning an itinerary that allows you to take everything in can be incredibly stressful. If you are pressed for time, the best way to see the city is undoubtedly to take an organised tour.
There are a number of tour operators currently offering organised trips around London. Some well-known operators include The Original Tour Company, British Tours, Evan Evans Tours, The Big Bus Company and Golden Tours. Precisely which tour you decide to take will depend on your budget, what London attractions you are most interested in, your fitness level and what you hope to get out of the whole experience. Some of the most popular tours being offered include walking tours, bus tours, driving tours, river tours and helicopter tours.
Walking, Helicopter and Driving Tours
If you are not scared to put on your walking shoes, a walking tour is one of the best ways to take in the top tourist attractions of London. Aside from being the most economical option, walking tours also allow you to see the little details that are often missed on a coach or driving tour. An experienced guide will accompany you through the streets of London and supply you with detailed information about well-known London attractions. Some of the most popular walking tours include the Shakespeare walking tour, which explores historical landmarks from the time of the great playwright, and the Jack the Ripper tour which leads walkers down the bloody trail left by the infamous murderer. Walking tours typically cost between £5 and £10.
If you want to see the sites of London without walking but are on a tight budget, then organized bus tours are probably your best bet. Half-day tours cost in the region of £20, while full-day combination tours cost closer to £50. One of the most popular bus tours is the hop-on hop-off tour which allows you to take on London's attractions in your own time. Other popular bus tours to consider include the Westminster Abbey and Changing of the Guard Tour and the Historic and Modern Day Tour which takes in popular London attractions from both yesteryear and today.
If you have a bit of extra money to spend, private driving tours allow you to take in what London has to offer from the comfort of your own vehicle. Experienced drivers will not only take you to see the attractions of your choice, but also provide you with detailed background information about the sites you are looking at. Tours last between four and eight hours and take in popular attractions such as London's villages, famous landmarks and renowned literary sites. Most private driving tours cost between £80 and £150 depending on their length.
Finally, if you want to see London's tourist attractions from an entirely new angle, why not take in a river tour or a helicopter tour? Helicopter tours can be booked for less than £150 pounds and allow you to see London's many sights from the sky. Taking a cruise is an equally delightful but far more economical option that gives you the chance to view London from the tranquil waters of the Thames. The evening river cruises are most popular as they give visitors the chance to see the sites of London in a different light.
A dinner dancing or luxury evening cruise can be booked for less than £60 per person. If you are visiting during the winter months be sure to take a warm jacket with you, as the waterways can get incredibly cold as the evening wears on.