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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Unusual ways to get around London

13th May 2014

London is famous for its amazing public transport network, with the Tube being the world's oldest underground railway, celebrating its 150th anniversary last year. On top of that, the iconic red London bus is something which is admired the world over, so if you're a first time visitor to the capital then taking a trip on one of these revered vehicles is an absolute must.

However, there's no need to stick to conventional modes of transport when in London, and in fact you'll find that there are plenty of other weird and wonderful ways to get around the city, all of which can really add to your enjoyment of your trip.

For example, if you're in the city centre then you might want to consider getting a rickshaw to take you from A to B. These are small carriages, usually with enough space to carry about three people, powered by a bicycle, with a friendly driver doing all the pedalling so that you can just sit back and take in the sights as you make your way through London.

Rickshaws are most commonly found in the West End, particularly around Soho, Leicester Square and Covent Garden, all of which are just a short walk from the Montcalm Hotel Marble Arch. If you do plan on taking one of these, however, it's best to remember that they are only suitable for relatively short journeys, as they tend to be much slower than motorised vehicles.

Alternatively, you could hop aboard one of the famous London Duck Tours, which take visitors around the city in a unique amphibious vehicle. Beginning as a bus, it will drive you along the banks of the Thames, before entering the water and continuing the tour in the form of a boat. Anyone who's ever seen Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will be suitably impressed.

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