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London Open Top Bus Tour

Posted on the 19 March 2017 by Ashley Crombet-Beolens @Fromanurbanlake
London Open Top Bus Tour
Now I know this isn't as wildlife focused as most of my posts are, and I apologize for that, but it was outdoors, and well to be quite frank I took some nice photos of the capital yesterday while either walking or on an open top bus tour of the city and I wanted to show them off a little. And well we can't always do our walking in the countryside, sometimes a city jaunt is all that is available to us and sometimes the focus isn't always about the nature either.

London Open Top Bus Tour


This post is pretty much going to be images, not much writing, and a lot of those images won't tell you what the buildings are (yeah, I have no idea what landmarks are what in London). although there are two little rants that I'll save till later, one at the company we paid a pretty hefty fee to for the trip and one at the few idiots who ruin things for others.
Oh and before I go on, how much does our capital rip people off? £70 to visit the Tower of London, so bad that the cash machines open up by asking if you would like to withdraw £200, £300, £400, £500 or Other! WTF London!!!
Anyway on with the photos.

A Few London Landmarks


Excited Bubs & Tubs

Excited Bubs & Tubs


Zoe & Tubs

Zoe & Tubs


Palace Theatre showing Harry Potter and the Cursed child

Palace Theatre showing Harry Potter and the Cursed child


Unknown building

Unknown building


unknown building 2

Unknown building 2


Stanhope, Macaulay & Carlyle at the National Portrait Gallery

Stanhope, Macaulay & Carlyle at the National Portrait Gallery


Nelson's Column

Nelson's Column


Somewhere on the Strand

Somewhere on the Strand


Here be Dragons

Here be Dragons


St Paul's Cathedral Roof

St Paul's Cathedral Roof


St Paul's Cathedral Roof again

St Paul's Cathedral Roof again


St Paul's Front

St Paul's Front


Bit of modern architecture

Bit of modern architecture


Rant One


Whilst on the top deck of the bus, tow "gentlemen" thought that they had to get a photo of each other at every landmark standing up and blocking other peoples views each time, because only their fun is important! I lost my cool when one of them literally was leaning on my son to get the perfect angle! Not that this stopped them being in other peoples way. Grrr...

More Landmarks


Tower of London

Tower of London


Another view of the Tower of London (How expensive is getting in to this place!!)

Another view of the Tower of London (How expensive is getting in to this place!!)


My two favorite ladies

My two favorite ladies


Across the River from the Tower

Across the River from the Tower


London City Hall

London City Hall


London Open Top Bus Tour

Old and New
London's oldest church in front of a modern building (the "Walkie Talkie")


The Little Ones

The Little Ones


Tower Bridge and the Tower of London

Tower Bridge and the Tower of London


View from Tower Bridge

View from Tower Bridge


Across the river Views of The Tower of London and the Gerkin

Across the river
Views of The Tower of London and the Gerkin


Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge


Tower Bridge from up river

Tower Bridge from up river


Trying to find where to get back on the bus

Trying to find where to get back on the bus


The Shard in Black and White

The Shard in Black and White


Rant Two


If you supply a map of where people can "hop off, hop on" you bus, then if a section is closed perhaps you should let people know! we ended up wandering around the London Bridge area trying to figure out where the route went for over an hour than eventually finding one of the stops listed that was not closed, waited 20 more mins before realising that they had clearly moved the route as we saw a number of busses round a corner and head the other way from us! 
This is NOT how you get good references or repeat business. Oh and a strongly worded email is coming your way (on top of me now naming and shaming you, the company was Golden Tours - no link, sorry not giving them anything).

Final Landmarks


Lambeth Palace (we think)

Lambeth Palace (we think)


Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament


London Eye

London Eye


London Eye & London Aquarium

London Eye & London Aquarium


Clock Tower that Holds Big Ben  (two double Decker busses can fit side by side through that clock face!)

Clock Tower that Holds Big Ben
 (two double Decker busses can fit side by side through that clock face!)


Elizabeth Tower

Elizabeth Tower


Methodist Central Hall

Methodist Central Hall


Unknown Building 4

Unknown Building 4


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