Christmas Day in London in a vintage bus

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Judit Llordes
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Why share London with all the other travellers? See the best of London's iconic buildings on Christmas Day, when the streets are empty and almost traffic-free. What better way to see the highlights of London aboard a vintage double-decker bus? Enjoy magnificent views of Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye as you wind through the streets of this great city, all led by your guide.


Highlights

  • Editor's Choice
  • Very good value for money
  • Hotel pickup included
  • Popular choice, quickly sold out

Take a seat on the beautifully restored double-decker bus to marvel at the sights of London, including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye. Have your cameras ready when you stop for photos at Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece, St. Paul's Cathedral. Then it will be time to go to the Tower of London. Built over almost a thousand years, this imposing building has served as a palace, a fortress and a prison. The famous Beefeater Guard Tower protects the current treasure, the Crown Jewels, and your guide will take you to see Traitors Gate where prisoners last entered the Tower. After your visit to the Tower of London, you will be served muffins and a glass of champagne to put you in a festive Christmas mood. Then sit back, relax and enjoy the London scenery, en route to a historic pub where you can enjoy a London lunch favourite: English fish and chips!


After lunch, the tour will continue to London's East End. You will start with a bus ride to the "dark side" of London. You will see the Old Bailey – the site of many public hangings, the Royal London Hospital where the Elephant Man lived, the Wallace Plaque where William Wallace, better known as Braveheart was tortured and hear stories of war gangs, murderous barbers and great train robbers.



Next, you'll focus on London's most notorious serial killer, Jack the Ripper. In the fall of 1888, terror struck when Jack the Ripper emerged from the fog and dimly lit alleys just long enough to track down and slaughter his five victims. Your guide will take you on a walk along his trail of death to inspect murder sites, decipher evidence, and discuss his suspects. To date, the case remains pending. Come investigate the case for yourself – who was Jack the Ripper? At the end of this exciting tour, you will be dropped off at central London hotels.



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