okay were landing in london Gatwick. We need a hostel or cheap hotel thats close to this airport but yet not too far away from the euorstar and buckingham palace big ben gardens etc. could any of you guys help me a little here? thanks. Also how are these red bus tours that let you get off at all the major place? thanks alot!!
From Gatwick - you can take the Gatwick express to Victoria station - and you are right in the heart of the area where Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and just over the river from the Waterloo Eurostar Terminal (i work in this area!!) ALSO - the london eye is there and that has the BEST views of London on a clear day!
As for cheap accommodation in this area, Pimlico MIGHT have something - but look for something in the sw1 post code, or westminster area. look at www.hostelworld.com or www.hostellondon.com (i think they are the same company!)
I know some people who hav done the big red bus tours - and if you wanna learn alot about london in a short time, they are perfect apparently.
Hope you have an AWESOME time here! enjoy the city
Astor Victoria is probably a good bet for you. Check it out on www.hostelworld.com or www.astorhostels.com. It is an easy walk to the Victoria Train Station and the Victoria Coach Station (the bus to Gatwick leaves from here). The Astor Victoria is also a close walk to Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey etc. It is clean, quiet and has lockers in the room if that is something you want.
The Big Bus is a good way to see London. The tube will get you around faster but it's interesting to pass through the different neighbourhoods. Hint-the passes are good for 24 from when you first get on and once you are on you can stay on as long as you want, even if it has expired. You can make the 24 hr pass last for two days if you get on around mid day on day one, do all your hoping-on-and-off on the first day and following morning and then hop-on just before it expires to do the whole loop around Hyde Park for the commentary.
The London Pass is also a good idea. (www.londonpass.com) It gives you free admission to tons of sights, lets you jump the lines and you can buy it with transportation and save a ton of money.
I did the Big Bus for two days and got off at photo stops, parks, free sites and places that did not include admission in the London Pass. This made me really familiar with the city and I used t he Big Bus as my main source of transportation. (You can take both Big Bus routes from the Victoria Train Station.) Then I used my London Pass the following three days for the tube, to go to Windsor & Greenwich and to see the sites included in the pass.
You can really see a lot without spending a ton of money.