When visiting a city for the first time, I like to ride a hop-on-hop-off bus to show me a first impression of where I`ve landed my feet. It`s not always the cheapest option though and when Laura told me about Bus 11 being a good alternative, I wanted to give it a try.
The Bus 11 route takes you from Fulham Broadway to Liverpool Street or vice versa, whichever direction you`re riding it, taking you along most of London`s major highlights.
Starting at Fulham Broadway the route travels King`s Road in Chelsea with many boutiques and antiques shops. After a while (about 40 minutes, depending on traffic) you see Westminster Cathedral appearing and this is where the sightseeing really begins. You`re reaching Parliament Square with the Houses of Parliament, but also the lesser known Supreme Court which you can visit for free.
You pass the Horseguards Parade on to Trafalgar Square, the Strand and Aldwych.
You move along the Royal Courts of Justice and St Paul`s Cathedral with its world-famous dome. When you decide to make a stop here, there is plenty to visit in this area, like the Museum of London, where you can learn more on the history of London: the Great Fire of London, … (The museum is open daily and free!). Or have lunch at the Postman`s Park, a cozy little park where you can reflect at the memorial built to remember the people who gave their live to save that of others.
Insiders tip: for a great view over St Paul`s Cathedral and the London skyline, take the elevator up to the roof terrace of One New Change.
If you`re still looking for sights to see, visit the Bank of England where you can try to lift a gold bar! (The Museum has a free entrance and is open from Monday to Friday, 10.00 – 17.00 (last entry at 4.45pm).
The Bus 11 route will take you to Liverpool Street where it will stop (or start its journey, depending which direction you`re riding the bus). At Liverpool Street you can see the Gherkin, a skyscraper in London`s financial district, the City of London.
Map of route 11
Timetable of route 11
Length of trip: depending on traffic it takes between 1 h and 1,5 h to complete the whole route.
If you just want to drive by all the highlights using an Oyster Card is the cheapest option. If you would like to use this bus as a hop-on-hop-off system, and interrupt your bus tour to see the London attractions along the way, you`re better off buying a daily travel card.