The Basil Street

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8 Basil St, Knightsbridge, London, SW3 1AH, United Kingdom
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is it better to join a tour group in london?

by tabando

Again thanks for all the answers everyone has offered me. As i was surfing, I came across organized tour groups. Since me and my husband has at least 7-8 hours before our flight to athens,is this a better way to see central london as a first timer? Thanks again for any input -)

Re: is it better to join a tour group in london?

by ViajesdelMundo

I think that in general, an organized tour can be of great value when you have a limited amount of time and are in a place such as London, where you could get a really good overview; PROVIDING, of course that it is a reliable company, reasonably priced, and obviously fits timewise well within your parameters.

Also, it helps save energy on long hauls, as getting around on your own in a new city can have a lot of pitfalls.

Re: is it better to join a tour group in london?

by dino335

The advantage to a day tour group is that you don't have to spend any time planning where you're going and what you're doing and you have a tour guide to explain things. The negative is you have to go where the tour goes and their schedule. They certainly will hit all the major sites. The most expensive option.

Another option is those hop on hop off tourist buses that go to all the major sites which gives you a little more flexibility. Less expensive.

Or you can get a guidebook with a tube map and figure out your own route. (or check out the numerous London websites and Travel Tips here at Virtual Tourist). The Tube covers Central London extensively. But just walking around is also a good way to see a lot in Central London. Least expensive.

I would do the third option, but you should do what you are most comfortable with.

Re: is it better to join a tour group in london?

by footstool

Hi tabando; welcome to VT! Your profile is blank, so we don't know if you have any travel experience, if you are fit enough to do alot of walking, etc. You do what you like, of course, but I agree with Dino. I would suggest that you stay near the centre of London, as you need to remain as close to the airport (whichever one that is!) as possible.

Re: is it better to join a tour group in london?

by leics

I think, as I recall, that you have 7-8 hours available after allowing for arrival/immigration/getting into London and getting back to Heathrow (?)?

Personally, I do not think a tour group is the best choice. You will, as noted, be limited to the group's choice of itinerary and timings.

Using the hop-on bus services is a better option, allowing you to choose where to get off and what to see at more length. It will also allow you to eat and drink when it suits, and to pace yourself according to how you are feeling after your initial flight, which a tour group will not (and this is important,imo).

If you do not want to bring your own guidebook you will be able to get information leaflets, maps etc from Tourist Information offices at the airport, at the station and at verious other places as you go around London. Getting around London by public transport is not difficult to work out, especially if you use the Tube (and there is the huge advantage of not having to cope with another language).

So no, I don't think you should go with a tour group.

Travel Tips for London

London Eye

by kingfisher

The British Airways London Eye, the fourth highest building in London, which is located at the South of Thame and was built to celebrate Millennium. London Eye was designed by David Marks and Julia Barfield and sponsor by British Airways and the Tussauds Group.
Its 135 meters high (twice high of Big Ben) and 32 cases becomes the wold's most. Every single case can bring 25 tourists and every trip costs 30 min.
Tube station: Westminster, Eambankment
Website: (provide you the latest info. and promotion)


by luke850

If you are planning to travel around London, the cheapest way is to buy a daily, weekend, weekly, or even monthly travelcard. It depends on how long you are going to be in London. They are valid on busses, trains, tubes and even the DLR. To buy any travelcard longer than a daily, you'll have to get a picture card. Just take a passport photo and proof of ID to any trainstation and they'll sort it out. A travelcard will save you an incredible amount of money in the long run.

The South Bank

by rickyvilla81

Paris has La Rive Gauche, we have... the South Bank. No, really, it's a good thing. Here you will find the largest arts complex in Europe, the South Bank Centre, which may be a bold statement of moulded concrete but does contain the National Film Theatre, the Hayward Gallery, Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and the Royal National Theatre. Beneath Waterloo Bridge is a great second hand book market, seen in films such as Four Weddings & a Funeral and Truly Madly Deeply.
Also the London Eye is here, next to County Hall, former home of the GLC, now home to the London Aquarium and the Dali Exhibition.
Best of all are the spectacular views of the other side of the Thames, particularly in the evenings, when the romantic lamps come on.

dont stare, its not safe

by trulondoner

This might come in handy if you are trying to avoid trouble.
As a black londoner i think i should mention to the tourists mainly from france and the states, that most people of colour take great offence at being stared at.Most , like me givve a 10 second grace period, and its probably best to pay a compliment to explain your staring, of you might get confronted..
Bit drastic but most people of african origin will get pretty agrresive.

Borough Market - best food market EVER!

by londonbabe

So you've taken my tips on Tate Modern and Vinopolis? You're in the right part of town for Borough Market, Fridays 12-6 and Saturdays 9-4.
It's at the meeting point for ancient roads into London from all around the south of England, and from across the Channel - the Pilgrims route to Canterbury and Dover passed through here. As a result, records of a market on or near the site go back to 1014!!
Now it still has beef brought from Dartmoor, chorizo from Spain, olives from Greece and tea from Japan. All in a Victorian market setting.
If you're looking for something different for a dinner party, the butcher could do you stuffed pheasant, then get a chocolate tart from one of the pastry stalls, and finish off with a pile of English and Irish cheeses from Neals Yard Dairy. But take lots of cash! :-(


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Address: 8 Basil St, Knightsbridge, London, SW3 1AH, United Kingdom