View of London from the London Eye

Day 1:

Last summer, my family and I visited London for the first time. Unfortunately, we could only afford to visit the city for two days. A little daunted by the task ahead of us, my family and I did some research to try to see how we could see as much of the city as possible in two days. On the first day, we decided to do the London Double Decker Bus Tour because we wanted a way to see the city and get a glimpse of buildings or sights we would like to visit later in the day if there was still time. Not only were we able to purchase our tickets right in front of the bus as the website indicated, but the tickets were good for 24 hours. If we were really interested in taking a closer look at one of the buildings we passed by, all we had to do was get off at the next stop.

After purcahsing our tickets, we chose our seats on the second floor of the bus for the best view. As the sights of London whirled passed us, a man with a microphone explained the history of the streets and buildings we saw. Some of the more memorable sights we passed by were Hyde Park, Baker Street, the home of the famous literary detective, Sherlock Holmes, and Fleet Street, the home of the infamous barber, Sweeney Todd. We also got to view Whitehall, St. Paul's Cathedral and Big Ben, among other famous buildings in the city. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone as it was a great way to get a small glimpse of the history and sights of London.

Day 2:

On day two, we decided to book a tour that would give us a closer look at some of the architecture and sights of the city that we were more interested in. The tour we took was the Total London Experience, and its name speaks for itself. The tour encompassed a bus ride through London to view all of the most famous sites of the city like Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey, a boat cruise through the river Thames, a tour of the Tower of London and a ride on the London Eye. The Tower of London is famous not only for holding the Crown Jewels, but also for being the place where Anne Boleyn was executed with the use of a sword. When you visit the Tower of London, there is still a glass pillow placed in the exact location the execution took place.

While the London Eye is the most popular paid for visitor attraction in the UK. It is a giant Ferris wheel where you can get a breathtaking view of the city, as seen in the picture above that I took with my phone. The tour took about 10 hours, including a break for lunch where we were able to try some delicious fish and chips. If you only have a day to see London and have to choose between the London Double Decker Bus Tour and the Total London Experience tour, I would recommend the Total London Experience tour. The Total London Experience tour offers not only a general tour of the city by bus and boat, but it also provides you with a close up look at some of London's incredible historical sites and views. It's the best way I know to see as much of London as possible in a day.