London Underground trains are great at swallowing you up at Point A and spitting you out at Point B, but then you don’t get to see the city in between. That’s where buses can be useful. You don’t even need to pay for a special sightseeing bus – look at the route of the ordinary number 15.
The same pass that everyone uses for tube journeys – the Oystercard – works on buses too. Just touch the Oystercard pad near the driver as you board the bus. Then go upstairs and take the front seat for the best view (even if it’s just a view of more buses).
If you’ve enough money to ditch the bus and take a London taxi, don’t think that all “black cabs” must be black!
If you really want to see London close up, hire a bike. The rental scheme started in 2010. The first sponsor was Barclays, but nobody calls them Barclays bikes – they are universally known as “Boris bikes”, after Mayor Boris Johnson.
If you don’t want to spend most of your journey looking at the back of a number 15 bus, follow the recommended cycle routes.