We really enjoyed the Big red bus tours. You can hop on and off at any points throughout the day and explore places and then hope on the next one that comes around. We managed to hop off plenty of times fitting in a canal cruise and the London Eye. It is a good way to get around London without costing a fortune.
We also manged to get lost in the little streets of London which was also a highlight because you can find plenty of wonderful coffee shops tucked away which have the best sweets.
check out http://www.bigbustours.com/eng/international/default.aspx about 8 years ago
The oyster card works for buses too - you see much more on a bus and meet more locals. This is just for London - theres more to the UK than London.
For me, having lived in the UK many years (originally from Malaysia), I love the Lake district and the Cotswolds (google them). Get a train pass (never did it from abroad and sometimes you can combine it with your flight package) and just ride the tracks. Scotland is magnificent for scenery - I also love the oldie seaside villages in Kent and Sussex(like Whitstable and Rye). Yorkshire has lovely seaside too like Scarborough and York has a lovely university studenty feel (if you don't want to go to Oxford and Cambridge).
You might rent a car for out of metropolitan destinations but roads here are not like in Texas (where I lived for 3 years, in Austin).
In London, go to the markets, Portobello, Camden, Borough for the local flavours.
Hope this helps. about 8 years ago
this might help for London
cheers. almost 9 years ago
Get up early and head to London Bridge to watch the hordes of city workers troop across it. Not a tourist in sight, just thousands of suited drones! almost 8 years agoAnswered by richard maddock via Travellr.com