Dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh? Not for us, thank you very much – we joined the Winter Bar Bus for a sparkling tour of London’s Christmas lights instead. An open-top trip around the West End gets you much closer to the lights along London’s iconic Monopoly board map. Oxford Street, Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Westminster all pass by within a few flashing feet of your faces.
I’m always boring visitors to London, especially first-timers, by telling them to remember to look up to catch the full stretch of London’s changing facades through the centuries. Being on top of a bus really helps. London does have a LOT of lights though, which are spectacularly bright and beautiful so, on second thoughts, you should probably concentrate on the views and the decorations and come back for a daytime tour to see the architecture and history.
This is an ideal group trip. A Great Group Trip! The top of the bus is compact and comfortable and everyone can chat or move about as the capital passes. It’s something special you could do in the early evening to get everybody warmed up for a company Christmas party or a friends festive get-together. I say get everybody warmed up but it can get a bit parky up there so don’t show up in your party dress. Wear something warm, you’ll have a much nicer time – and if you do feel a bit of a draught, there’s a blanket on every seat, which definitely was a blankie bonus on the night we visited. You’ll even get your own cute Santa hat to keep your ears warm!
I’ve lived in London nearly all my life and I saw the city from a completely different angle, with lights shining and shadowing very familiar buildings and streets. It’s really captivating. As you can imagine, this is a Christmas present of a tour and there aren’t many days left so get your group togged up in tinsel and book now!