Bouden Coach Travel’s ‘No Frills’ Guide To London

There are a multitude of things to do in and around the London area. With the children breaking up from school soon if you’re stumped on what to do and where to go why not take a trip to London. Enquire with us we can transport groups of all sizes in our London minibus and London coach hire services.

Have a read of our no frills guide to London, put together by our tour professionals, here are the places worth seeing while the sun is shining this summer. 

  1. Sky Garden – Located in central home to the best views of London, and on top of that its completely FREE there’s also a bar and restaurant too.
  2. The view from the shard – Close to London Bridge station, west Europe’s tallest building offers unmatched views for only £16.00 online.
  3. London Eye – The best views of Parliament, Big Ben and more. This will cost you £24.00 when booked online.
  4. Fancy a view and a slide to the bottom as you leave? Acelormittal Orbit is perfect for you located in Stratford and will cost you no more than £15.00.
  5. Other random views include climbing to the top of Monument for £4.0, or walk across Tower Bridge glass floor for £9.00. 
  6. London has a ton of roof top parks – the best of those are located in Dalston, Golden Bee Shoreditch, Netil 360 London Fields and Brixton. 
  7. The best parks in central London area include Hyde Park, Green Park, Kensington Park, Regents Park & St James’ Park. 
  8.  Richmond Park, Greenwich Park, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Battersea Park are parks out of the main central areas of London.
  9. Alexandra Palace in North East London and Primrose Hill in North London offer not only a park, but a park with a view too.
  10. Kew Gardens – A botanical garden in South West London with amongst the largest collections of flowers and plants in the world. 
  11. Crossrail Roof Gardens in Docklands – It’s free, and there’s also an outdoor  bar there too. 
  12. BoxPark – One in Shoreditch and one in Croydon.
  13. Kayak down the Thames or go on a Canal tour in London – both very affordable.
  14. The Cable Car – East London docks to North Greenwich – amazing views of London costs only £3.50 with an Oyster Card.
  15. How about cycling around Central and inner London? Free for half an hour, £2.00 after 30 minutes you use the bikes.
  16. Best London bus routes for touring London are – 14, 15 24, 74 and 274 –  single trip on a London bus costing £1.50.
  17. Hop on one of the London tour buses for ONLY £29.00 when purchased online… (can also get deals on Wowcher etc)
  18. If you’re stuck between a London road and river tour, why not do both? The London Duck is calling you costing £27.00.
  19. Prefer to do a river trip on the Thames clippers? Costing between £3.90 and £9.00 with an Oyster card great for sightseeing down the River Thames. 
  20. Consider walking around central London a lot of sights are within walking distance of each other and is a great way to sight see for less. 
  21. Best places for riverside walks include Southbank and the city, Richmond, Chelsea and Twickenham.
  22. do waterside walks and lay back sessions take your fancy? Little Venice in Maida Vale, Camden Lock, Tottenham Locks and Lea Valley Park are all perfect for you. 
  23. Paddington Basin, Warwick Avenue and Hampstead Heath are pretty cool areas where there’s always something to do or somewhere cool to visit.
  24. Tour the palaces of London with Buckingham Palace costing between £23-40 depending on what you want to see. Kensington palace is also on offer for a mere £17.00.
  25. How about the Tower of London? For £22, get to see the Towers, Ravens, Jewels, history and fortresses within the walls. 
  26. Most museums in London are free… These include The National History Museum, Science Museum, British Museum and Royal Albert Museum. 
  27. Other museums in London include the Transport Museum (£18.00), Imperial War Museum, Childhood Museum and National Martitime Museum.
  28. There are also lots of galleries in London including The National Gallery, Tate Modern, National Portrait Gallery and Tate Britain. 
  29. Football stadium tours? Emirates (From £22.00), Stamford Bridge (from £19.00), Wembley (from £20.00) and London stadium tour (from £17.00)
  30. You can’t got to London without watching one of the many plays in the West End – Oliver Twist, Lion King, Cinderella.
  31. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London Bridge is great if you want to catch one of The Bard’s world famous plays in true 17th century style. 
  32. Visit the London Dungeons in Waterloo for £21.00, or next door you have the London Aquarium for £20.00.
  33. Tigers, lions, monkeys, giraffes, zebras, meerkats, lemurs, penguins and more at London Zoo for just £25.00.
  34. London has a tonne of markets, the best include Brick Lane, Brixton, Portobello and Convent Garden. 
  35. The best locations for tons of restaurants to choose from include Angel, Soho, Brixton and Camden.
  36. The Southbank Centre and Barbican Centre always have something going on – loads of exhibitions, drinks, restaurants and galleries. 
  37. Electric Cinema in Notting Hill and Shoreditch – Ideal for dates. 
  38. Cheapest and quietest hidden gems in London include Walthamstow Empire (as cheap as £4.00 on Tuesdays)
  39. Roof top and outdoor cinemas often pop up in – Stratford, Camden, Shoreditch, and Peckham.
  40. For the Harry Potter fans, how about a Harry Potter studios tour for £48.00… Or visit platform 93/4 at Kings Cross Station…
  41. Bungee Jumping off the O2? (£80.00) Laser Tag in Whitechaper? (£11.00) TopGolf in Greenwich? (Groups of 4/5 easily under £40 for one hour)
  42. Ice Skating Alexandra Palace (£8.00), GoKarting Edmonton (From £25pp) Paintballing Upminster (From £10pp), Bowling Stratford, Bloomsbury. 
  43. Notting Hill Carnival will take place on the 27th and 28th of August.
  44. Thorpe Park and Chessington Theme Parks from £30.00 –  discounts are often available on Wowcher. 
  45. The closes you will ever get to The Queen, Beckham and the Kardashians is at Madame Tussauds, Baker Street (£29.00)
  46. Cat Cafe in London? You heard it here first, Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium located in Shoreditch – Must book in advance it does get rather busy.
  47. Ball pit for adults! Ballie Ballerson located in Stoke Newington OR try out Cereal Killer Cafe in Shoreditch, serving breakfast all day everyday. 
  48. Trampoline Park in Acton, from £11.00.
  49. White water rafting, canoeing and kayaking sessions? Well then Lee Valley White Water Centre in Waltham Abbey will be perfect for you. 
  50. Ever thought of playing Ping Pong at a bar? You can now at Holborne and Old Street. 
  51. Shooting Clay Pigeons? Only £35pp in North London.
  52. Helecopter tours over London starting from £150.00 –  sometimes you can get discounts for this on Wowcher etc. 


So there you have it folks, we hope this gave you a little inspiration on where to take the kids this summer. Bouden Coach Travel are a full travel management company, we take the stress out of transport. If you’re thinking of orgaisning a trip to London this summer and need minibus hire to London or coach hire to London call us on 0800 112 3770 or email

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