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DIY Sightseeing Bus routes for the Visitor – Route 11

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Route 11 in purple , the best route to take in West,Central and East London

Once you arrive in London you will see a large number of Bus companies selling tours to travel on a bus around London.

These tours can be very expensive and you can do a tour yourself by taking the Local London buses for only a couple of pounds.

All you need  to know is which routes best suit where you want to go, all the routes we suggest use double decker buses so you can sit on the top deck  and see London appear in front of you.

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Route 11 is known as one of best routes for sightseeing , it takes in numerous attractions in West, Central and East London.

If you start in the West you begin in Fulham then you go down trendy King’s Rd past the Saatchi Gallery and near Sloane Square. Then the attractions come thick and fast  Buckingham Palace followed by Westminster Abbey, past Big Ben and the House of Parliament , Then Whitehall, Downing Street , Trafalgar Square and the Strand, you then carry on down  Fleet St until in the distance the unmistakable form of St Paul’s, but your not finished yet there is still the Bank of England and finally the trendy bars of Shoreditch.

Main Stops

Liverpool Street Station London Underground National Rail Bus Station
Bank Station London Underground Docklands Light Railway
Mansion House Station London Underground
St Paul’s Churchyard
City Thameslink Station National Rail
Aldwych
Charing Cross Station London Underground National Rail
Trafalgar Square
Westminster Station London Underground
Victoria Station London Underground National Rail
Victoria Coach Station
Sloane Square Station London Underground
Chelsea
Fulham Broadway Station London Underground

 

 

DIY Sightseeing Bus routes for the Visitor – Route 24

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Route 24 Light Blue –  Great for Travelling North to South or South to North

Once you arrive in London you will see a large number of Bus companies selling tours to travel on a bus around London.

These tours can be very expensive and you can do a tour yourself by taking the Local London Buses for only a couple of pounds.

All you need  to know is which routes best suit where you want to go, all the routes we suggest use double decker buses so you can sit on the top deck  and see London appear in front of you.

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Route 24 is one of our longest routes but takes in a  large number of  attractions. If you are heading South to North, you will startin Pimlico and go past Westminster Cathedral before coming into Westminster , there you will see Westminster Abbey and The Houses of Parliament.

Turning up Whitehall you will pass Downing Street then onto Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column, straight on to tourist hotspots Leicester Square and Tottenham Court Road.

Moving away from the centre you head towards North London and the buzz of Camden Town where you can explore the Market and the numerous Bars and pubs.

If you want to get away from it all carry on to Hampstead Heath for great views and some piece and quiet.

Main stops

Pimlico Grosvenor Road
St George’s Square
Victoria Station London Underground National Rail
Westminster Station London Underground
Trafalgar Square for Charing Cross Station London Underground National Rail
Leicester Square Station London Underground
Tottenham Court Road Station London Underground
Goodge Street Station London Underground
Warren Street Station London Underground
Mornington Crescent Station London Underground
Camden Town Station London Underground
Chalk Farm
Hampstead Heath

DIY Sightseeing Bus routes for the Visitor – Route 15

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 Route 15

Once you arrive in London you will see a large number of Bus companies selling tours to travel on a bus around London.

These tours can be very expensive and you can do a tour yourself by taking the Local London buses for only a couple of pounds.

All you need to know is which routes best suit where you want to go, all the routes we suggest use double decker buses so you can sit on the top deck  and see London appear in front of you.

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On Route No.15 you’ll see more than attractions because this is known as a heritage route and can travel on one of the old London buses called a Routemaster. if you want the comfort of a modern bus they also operate on this route.

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Route 15 is a very popular short route which covers central London , you can begin in the main shopping area of Regent Street  then down to  Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square,  following Aldwych  you progress onto St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London, if you are feeling adventurous you can carry on into East London.

The old Routemaster only does he central part of the journey.

Main Stops

Blackwall Station
Poplar (All Saints Station)
Limehouse Station
Aldgate East Station
Aldgate Station
Tower Gateway Station
Tower Hill Station
Monument Station
Cannon Street Station
Mansion House Station
St Paul’s Churchyard
City Thameslink Station
Aldwych
Charing Cross Station
Trafalgar Square

 

DIY Sightseeing Bus routes for the Visitor – Route 9

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 Route 9

Once you arrive in London you will see a large number of Bus companies selling tours to travel on a bus around London.

These tours can be very expensive and you can do a tour yourself by taking the Local London buses for only a couple of pounds.

All you need  to know is which routes best suit where you want to go, all the routes we suggest use double decker buses so you can sit on the top deck  and see London appear in front of you.

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On Route No.9 you’ll see more than attractions because this is known as a heritage route and can travel on one of the old London buses called a Routemaster. if you want the comfort of a modern bus they also operate on this route.

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Route 9 offers a more scenic short route by passing some of London’s famous parks, if you are going West to East you can start  in Kensington before passing the Royal Albert Hall and Hyde Park, then look out for the sign for Harrods in Knightsbridge . Going past Green Park and St James Park with Buckingham Palace in the distance, the greenery come to an abrupt end in Trafalgar Square and the bus terminates at Aldwych not far from Covent Garden.

Main Stops

Hammersmith Bus Station
Kensington Olympia Station London Underground London Overground National Rail
Kensington High Street
High Street Kensington Station London Underground
Royal Albert Hall
Knightsbridge Station London Underground
Hyde Park Corner Station London Underground
Green Park Station London Underground
Trafalgar Square
Charing Cross Station London Underground National Rail
Aldwych

New Volcanoes and Earthquakes Gallery at the Natural History Museum

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New Volcanoes and Earthquakes Gallery at the Natural History Museum

Opens 31 January 2014

Location –  Cromwell Rd, London SW7 5BD

Awe-inspiring, intense and dangerous – volcanoes and earthquakes are the most powerful phenomena in nature. Their breathtaking impact has caused worldwide fascination and devastation, making them Hollywood film spectaculars as well as the cause of the biggest global tragedies. This revealing gallery takes you on a journey through the causes of the world’s most famous natural disasters and explores how science is attempting to minimise their impact around the world. Through the Natural History Museum’s own scientific research, immersive experiences, real-life case studies and up to date information from around the world, Volcanoes and Earthquakes provides a fresh and intriguing account of the almighty force of our natural world.

Along the way, you’ll study human stories to experience what it’s like to be a survivor of one of the world’s most dangerous earthquakes, such as the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 and most recently, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. You’ll also delve deep into the scientific foundations of a volcano as you look inside Mount Vesuvius, Italy, which famously destroyed the roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum and Mount Tambora in Indonesia, which caused of one of the most powerful eruptions in history.

Highlights include

·        original objects from world-famous events, including a calendar with a waterline and broken clock from   2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan

·         real-life survivor case studies

·         interactives and videos showing activity from around the world, including a live earthquake data feed

·         an earthquake simulator

·         a CGI film on what scientists are doing to understand tectonics

·         discoveries from recent scientific field trips

·         how to prepare for an earthquake, allowing visitors to decide what they’d put in their emergency ‘go’ bag

Entry is free

(There is a charge for some temporary exhibitions)

Opening times
Open every day 10.00-17.50
Last admission 17.30

Last Friday of the month open until 22.30 for Lates.

The Museum is open every day, including Sundays and bank holidays, but closed 24-26 December.

Review : Sea Life London Aquarium

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Sea Life London Aquarium

Location – County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7PB

The Sea Life London Aquarium is located on the ground floor of the old County Hall on the South Bank of the River Thames.  It opened in March 1997 as the London Aquarium and was renamed Sea Life London Aquarium in 2009. The Aquarium was taken over by Merlin Entertainments in 2008 and underwent a multi- million refurbishment. These changes have transformed what was once a dark and unexciting attraction. New attractions include a new underwater tunnel, Shark Walk, and revamped Pacific Ocean tank. In 2011 a new Penguin attraction was filled with penguins from Edinburgh Zoo.

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Sea Life London Aquarium has fourteen themed zones over 3 floors, visitors start their journey with a walk across the Shark walk. This is a glass walkway above a shoal of sixteen sharks, including two striking 2.8m brown sharks and a group of 10 sleek black tip reef sharks. Further encounters with the Sharks lie within the Pacific display which spans three floors and dominated by a selection of imposing Easter Island Heads.

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Although there are over 40 sharks from 12 different species, they represent only a small part of the thousands of sea creatures from over 500 species on display. Each themed section has a number of displays which features creatures, plants and foliage from various habitats from all over the world.

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Sharks, Stingrays, Turtles, Octopus and Penguins are just some of the creatures on display, but there is plenty of variety and colour  in the large number of tanks both large and small.

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The Aquarium has a large number of creatures that are on the endangered list, many have been rescued and cannot be released into the wild or have been born and bred as part of conservation projects. SEA LIFE have a large conservation programme which concentrates on Breeding, Seal Rescues, Re-homing and Campaigns. The Aquarium also has an education section to educate the numerous schools that visit about the various conservation causes the Aquarium supports. Throughout the Aquarium are displays that show why certain creatures are under threat in the wild.

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The Aquarium is especially popular with children and families because many of the displays make it easy for children to view and get close to the creatures, there are also opportunities to interact with the animals at public feeding, diving displays and touch pools. There is also series of talks  throughout the day.

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The size of the Aquarium is something of a surprise, it holds over 2 million gallons of water and fills three floors of the old County Hall. Visitors follow a route through the attraction but you can take your time as you wander through the various  sections. Based in an entertainment section  of the South Bank, it  attracts well over a million visitors a year and in peak times especially July, August and school holidays can be extremely busy.

Opening Hours

Mon – Sun:10am – 7pm  Last Entry  6pm

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Visiting London Guide Rating –  Recommended

VLG Tips – The Sea Aquarium runs a large number of 2 for 1 offers often through third parties ie Newspapers, this can offer considerable savings. The Sea Life London Aquarium is part of the Merlin Entertainment group which also owns the London Eye, London Dungeon and Madame Tussauds. If you intend to visit more than one of their attractions buying a combination ticket can offer discounts. 

For more information and to book tickets,  visit the Sea Life Aquarium Website here

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