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1. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 10y

I've been looking at bus tours and have narrowed it down to Big Bus Company or Original Tour.
Has anyone tried either, and which would your recommend?

2. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 10y

And another thing..
I don't really have a lot of time to spend in London but want to go to Covent Garden Market or Carnaby street. Which is better?

[ Edit: Edited at Oct 10, 2006 10:59 AM by angela_ ]

3. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

you should be able to do both, they aren't that far from each other.
Covent Garden market (i'm presuming your talking about the old one not the fruit and veg one) isn't very large so you should be able to breeze around the market/stalls/shops and the street entertainment within an hour or so.
then either walk, or catch the tube to Oxford street and wander down carnaby.

4. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 10y

It's not really that I don't have more time to spend shopping, it's more that I'm going with my boyfriend following me around both places. But if you know a good boyfriend drop-off place that could keep him occupied for a few hours on a Sunday? He's a film nut..

5. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 10y

For films, then Leicester Square is the place - not that far away at all from Covent Garden. One tube stop, but it's very easily walkable!

[ Edit: Edited at Oct 11, 2006 6:58 AM by mojorob ]

6. Posted by PLUSCREW (Budding Member 28 posts) 10y

another place you could also leave him in the sony ipod shop on regent street, lots of gadgets to play with, while you get the clothing deals on oxford st!
i've done the original tour, its jus a bus that goes around london, much like the public ones, ok there is usually more commentary. i did a lap of the red line (the central tour route)which had all of central london, big ben, westminster, traflagar sqaure all the way to the tower of london. the 24 hr card is ok, there was a river cruise thrown in on the evening but i never made it. the stories are what make a tour, however you probably discover more on your own walking with a good guide book. london is a great city to walk around in, especially around soho, leicester sq and covent garden.
buy an A to Z if you are planning on staying longer than 5 days. the buses are not too hard to work out and you see a lot more above ground than below but then you cant beat the tube for convenience, the stops are usually all within a short walk of where you want to be.
the big bus company does pretty much the same thing as the original bus, its still a pretty hefty sum but at least you get your bearings with some information.
leicester square has the odeon and the empire, or you could meet him in the Trocadero, just towards picadilly circus, its an entertainment centre inside with games and rides.

7. Posted by sarah1985 (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

I agree, the tube is definately the best way to travel around London. Also, try fitting in a trip to the theatre - I've recently become a theatre nut and am recommending it to everyone! If you haven't already booked you hotel try or for cheap theatre breaks.

Covent Garden is fabulous, try popping downstairs for a drink because there is often live music, well worth a listen. Also, lots of street performers and othere entertainment. Good bars and restaurants there too. Leicester square would probably be a good place for a film nut. Or try letting him loose in Harrods or a pub (the hereford arms near gloucester rd tube station is good)

The bus tours are fine but quite pricy considering you can get virtually the same thing with a day travelcard. Also, buses get stuck in traffic. I completely agree that you'll probably see more on your own. Guide books are good too, just don't be too obvious with them because they imply that you dont know what you're doing or where you're going. Read the book and plan your journey rather than walking around with your head buried in a book - you'll enjoy it more. I've learnt from experience! Have a great time.

Ooooh, and also try checking out some of the vintage clothes stores around covent garden if you have time and are interested in that sort of thing.

8. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

One of those bus companies does live commentary, whereas the other one is pre-recorded. I think the Big Bus Company does the live cpmmentary, which I find better.

As for Carnaby Street and Covent Garden, they are only about a 10 minute walk from each other.