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Discover London with megabus

Take a coach to London and you’ve got the UK’s capital city at your fingertips. Whether you’re here to tick off the big attractions, see a music concert, or take in a West End show, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to see and do. Plus, there are a whopping six airports in London, not to mention great rail links, so you’re in the best place to continue your journey.

London: top 3 things to do

1. Ride The London Eye

Step off the bus to London and into a capsule on the London Eye and prepare for a ride like no other. You’ll get a birds-eye view of the capital’s skyline from Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel, so make sure you’ve got your camera. The experience takes about 30 minutes and the closest Tube station is Waterloo.

2. Sit down to afternoon tea

It’s fair to say that afternoon tea in London is a bit of an institution. There are plenty of places to take your tea, but famous hotels like The Dorchester, Claridge’s and The Ritz are understandably the most popular. Whichever you choose, expect things like finger sandwiches, fresh scones and tea poured from a proper teapot.

3. Visit Buckingham Palace

If you’re in the city between April and July, pay a visit to Buckingham Palace to see the Changing of the Guard ceremony. It takes place every day at 11:30 in good weather, and on alternate days outside of main season. It’s free to watch, but you can buy tickets and head inside if you want to get a better look at the palace and gardens.

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London: getting around

London coach travel couldn’t be easier with megabus, thanks to extra touches – like free WiFi onboard – that’ll make the journey an enjoyable one. But what about getting around once you’re there?

The easiest way to get from A to B is to use the London Underground, also known as the Tube. Split into zones from 1 to 6, it covers every corner of the capital and is reasonably priced. There’s also a night service on selected lines at the weekend, and plenty of night buses if your destination isn’t covered.

If you’re not going too far, walking is another great option. Pick up a pocket map or use your phone’s GPS and make your way from one attraction to another on foot. You’ll get to see more of the city this way.

London: best for nightlife

If you’ve booked your London coach travel and you’re staying for the evening, you’re in for a treat. For a theatrical night, head straight to the West End and see a musical – Drury Lane in Covent Garden is a good place to start. Plus, there are plenty of bars and restaurants nearby. If you’d rather go clubbing, you’re in luck, because London’s nightlife scene is hard to beat. Places like Ministry of Sound and Koko are always popular choices, but your best bet is to check what’s on in Time Out, which has all the latest club listings. 

London: best for shopping

Oxford Street is London’s official shopping hub. Stretching from Tottenham Court Road at one end, to Marble Arch – and a huge Selfridges – at the other, it lines up hundreds of high street names. For something a little quirkier, try Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill. It’s a treasure trove of handcrafted jewellery, antiques and art, so you’re guaranteed to find a one-off.

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London for free: our top 3

1. Spend a day in Hyde Park

London’s eight Royal Parks are completely free, and there’s nothing quite like them in summer. Hyde Park is one of the most popular, and home to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial. Regent’s Park is another must-visit, and has a beautiful open-air theatre.

2. Visit the National Gallery

Many of London’s major galleries are free to enter, and the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square is one of the biggest. It’s open daily with regular tours and events, and Charing Cross and Leicester Square Tube stations are both within walking distance.

3. Go celebrity spotting in Leicester Square

You’ve got a good chance of spotting a celebrity in London wherever you are, but Leicester Square is an especially good bet. It’s home to regular glitzy film premieres, when the red carpet is rolled out and the flashbulbs light up a sea of celebrities. Follow the crowds and have your camera on standby – you never know who you might spot.

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