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London bus number 24 for a cheap sightseeing tour

There are many London bus routes that are excellent for sightseeing. Route 24 is one of the most popular, starting in Hampstead in North London, passing through central London and ending in Pimlico, near Victoria Station. The total tour lasts about an hour.

London bus route number 24

The route begins at South End Green at the junction of South End Road and Pond Street. It is a short walk from Hampstead Heath station in the London Overground. While there, walk around Hampstead Heath, visit 2 Willow Road (the former home of architect Ernö Goldfinger) or stop for lunch at The Roebuck pub, which has a beautiful pub garden.

Bus # 24 is a new Routemaster bus. The buses are fully accessible and have three entrances for quick and efficient boarding and disembarking.

Exploring Camden

The first section of the route is fairly residential, but in 10 minutes the bus reaches Camden where it turns left onto Chalk Farm Road. The Stable Market is on the right and the Camden Town Rail Bridge crosses the road.

Take a quick look at Camden High Street before the bus turns left onto Hawley Road. Look for The Hawley Arms pub on the right. This was Amy Winehouse’s favorite pub.

Pronto is right on Camden Road and close to Camden Town tube station. In this direction, the bus does not go one-way on Camden High Street, but of course if you do the route in reverse you will see the famous Camden Markets lining the road.

If you stay on the bus, now turn left and take a route parallel to the lower section of Camden High Street.

At Mornington Crescent you will see the beautiful Leslie Green designed tube station and when the bus exits to the left of the station, look to the right to see the charming Art Deco building that served as the Carreras Black Cat cigarette factory, a design that was heavily influenced by Egyptian Styles

The bus then joins Hampstead Road and heads into central London.

Central London

Going straight ahead, you will see BT Tower before reaching Euston Road and Warren Street tube stations. BT Tower is a communications tower and an amazing 177 meter high monument. It once owned a revolving restaurant that was open to the public, but sadly it closed in the 1970s.

The bus turns onto Gower Street with UCL (University College London) on the left, where you can get off to see Jeremy Bentham (inside) and look right to see the Grant Museum.

As you pass Bedford Square (on your right), admire the Georgian architecture and old street lamps.

Half an hour into your journey and you will arrive at the Great Russell Street stop, which is where you get off for the British Museum. It is just to the left (the bus will not pass it).

Look ahead, and to the left, and see the James Smith & Sons Umbrella Store that has been there since 1857.

The bus goes straight through New Oxford Street, towards the Oasis Sports Center and Covent Garden, before turning right to join Charing Cross Road. The tall skyscraper up ahead is Center Point. It has 34 floors and there is an observation gallery on the 33rd floor.

To get to Charing Cross Road, the bus goes down Denmark Street, which is lined with musical instrument shops. (This deviation is due to the intersection project at Tottenham Court Road.)

The bus turns left to join Charing Cross Road and soon arrives at Cambridge Circus, the junction with Shaftesbury Avenue, where you will see the Palace Theater on your right.

Trafalgar Square

Then to Trafalgar Square. You will first see the National Portrait Gallery on your right and then St Martin-in-the-Fields church on the left before the entire square is visible on the right.

Look for the well-disguised police box, when at the Trafalgar Square / Charing Cross Station bus stop, before the bus goes down Whitehall and you will have the magnificent Big Ben ahead.

Look right to see the Horse Guard Parade where you can see mounted cavalry (and flocks of tourists taking photos of them). On the left is Banqueting House, which has a magnificent ceiling in the Rubens-painted Hall, and is the only remaining complete building from the Palace of Whitehall that once lined both sides of this street in the late 16th century.

Take a look at the armed cops and the black railings on the right and that’s Downing Street where the Prime Minister lives at number 10. A quick look to the left and you will see the London Eye, which is across the River Thames. .

And then you arrive at Parliament Square with the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben on your left. The bus circles the square and soon Westminster Abbey is on your left with the Supreme Court on your right.

Ending in Pimlico

The bus now passes through Victoria Street, where there is not much to see, but look left just before Victoria Station and you will see Westminster Cathedral, which has a tower observation gallery at 64 meters (210 feet) above street level.

It does not enter the Victoria bus station, but instead goes down the station side, along Wilton Road, which has many restaurants and cafes. Then turn left onto Belgrave Road, and you’re in Pimlico, so it’s best to get off at the Pimlico station stop on Lupus Street and be a 5 minute walk to visit Tate Britain.

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