Returning from Leicester in the late morning of October 20, 2010, my hotel was just outside the station at the Premier Inn London Kings Cross St Pancras. Billed as a budget hotel, the price was reasonable for London but it was a nice hotel and a pleasant stay. Too early for check in, a most gracious finance staff member, covering the front desk, took time to talk to me about my options for seeing London in the afternoon. She pointed me to a city bus that would take me to Baker Street where I could find buses touring the city. There I found Big Bus Tours, and one other, with “hop-on hop-off sightseeing” and a 24 hour ticket for £26. The website actually shows that the second day is now free! I had limited time, so I rode the bus and only got off at the Tower of London.
That is where I enjoyed traditional fish and chips then caught the river cruise (included in the tour price) to Westminster Abbey to hop on another bus. The first had headsets for the prerecorded audio guide, while the latter was one with a live and energetic guide on board. By this time I was on the last bus of the day. Pointed to the correct city bus, I headed back to the hotel for dinner in their restaurant. The next morning, it was ‘the Tube’ again to Heathrow where I waited in the Lufthansa lounge for my flight to Munich, Germany, enroute to Turin, Italy.