Mind the Gap {London}

 

Climb the stairs, grab a seat and breathe in the history… enjoy the thrill of the ride on one of London’s iconic double decker buses.

Like an excited tourist, ahem traveler… which I was, I grabbed a top deck seat and enjoyed the view. There were only a handful of other people on the top deck on this chilly, April day.

First stop, at 135 metres, the London Eye is a giant ferris wheel, in fact, one of the world’s tallest, providing 40-kilometre panoramic views on a clear day.  If you don’t mind the long queue, it’s worth a ride.  The gradual rotation in one of the 32 glass capsules takes approximately 30 minutes, offering breathtaking views of London.  Whether from atop a capsule or a view from the top deck of the bus, enjoy some of the most famous landmarks, such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey,  Trafalgar Square, St. Paul’s Cathedral, The Gherkin, Tower Bridge, London Bridge, Canary Wharf…in fact, too many places to mention!

The tour bus turns heads everywhere it goes… All along the route from Trafalgar Square to Kensington High Street you will pass by famous sights… if you blink you will miss some!

Even from the top of a double decker bus you cannot miss the advertising cards for prostitutes, many, many, years ago known as the Unfortunates.  They are everywhere.

When you get to Kensington High Street head over to nearby by Holland Park, take a stroll around the park, which is London’s most romantic park… so they say!  Then either take the bus back to Trafalgar Square or walk back via Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Green Park and St. James’ Park.

A wee bit of advice from me, a wandering traveler… a journey on an iconic bus through the streets of London is quite a fulfilling and fun experience, but don’t forget to take a walk on the wild side and venture off the beaten path and into the hidden gems of this exciting city.

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