Don’t miss London’s iconic clock tower, which has been voted London’s top attraction to see from the top deck by Big Bus Tours’ customers. Nicknamed Big Ben after the bell it houses, Elizabeth Tower is currently undergoing refurbishment to keep it ticking along for the rest of time, but don’t let that put you off spotting it via the Blue and Red routes.
Take some selfies from the top deck as you cross Tower Bridge on the Blue route. This spectacular 19th-century suspension bridge looks as good as new with its distinctive gothic architecture. Hop-off at the Tower of London stop (Blue and Red routes) and take a short walk to visit the Tower Bridge Exhibition, including the chance to brave the glass walkway 45m (148ft) up.
Coca-Cola London Eye
Make sure to keep an eye out for the Coca-Cola London Eye as you pass along London’s South Bank on the Blue and Red routes. Get off to explore up close and venture into one of the pods to spot numerous London icons during the 30-minute rotation – on a clear day, you can see up to 40km (25 miles) away!
Tower of London
Snap one of London’s most recognisable sights, the Tower of London, from the top deck of your bus on the Blue and Red tours. When inside, delve into the former palace’s gruesome past as a place of torture and death, and see the shimmering Crown Jewels, which are owned by the Queen. This riverside attraction also once served as London’s first zoo!
St Paul's Cathedral
Marvel at Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece, St Paul’s Cathedral, which has survived the Blitz and the Great Fire of London. Visit the tombs of Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington Climb, or climb the stairs to the Whispering Gallery where you can test out the unusual acoustics, or see spectacular views from the Golden Gallery – the cathedral is accessible via the Blue and Red routes.
Get a taste of royal London at Buckingham Palace, which can be seen on the Blue and Red routes. While you can only step inside the palace during summer months, time your visit to coincide with the Changing the Guard, which takes place in front of the Queen’s residence on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Houses of Parliament
Stop off on the Blue route to learn about the history of the United Kingdom’s parliament in its ornate building along the Thames. Take an audio or guided tour to discover fascinating tales, including Guy Fawkes’ gunpowder plot, find out why no one has ever died in the building, and see the iconic Commons Chamber.
Spot one of London’s more recent landmarks from the top deck of the Blue route, which passes nearby (or from a distance on the Red and Green routes). There’s no stop at The Shard, but you’ll have some great views of Western Europe’s highest building, which rises 300m (1,000ft) up from its base in the burgeoning London Bridge area.
Gaze up at Nelson’s Column and pose with the famous bronze lions in London’s famous square, which is also home to the National Gallery, Admiralty Arch and St Martin-in the-Fields Church. Accessible from the Blue and Red routes (and viewable from the top deck on the Green route), Trafalgar Square also puts on regular free events showcasing London’s diversity, including the annual Pride in London and Chinese New Year celebrations.
Cross London Bridge and snap some of the best views of London from the top deck of the Blue route. As the song suggests, the original 19th-century bridge needed repair (and was actually sinking) – it was eventually bought by an American businessman and now spans the Bridgewater Channel Canal in Arizona. The replacement sits on the same spot and connects two of London’s most historical areas, the City of London to the north, and London Bridge to the south.