Paying for a bus tour seems smart in principle. But you’ll glimpse monuments only briefly and hear only one or two eye-glazing facts about them as you whiz past. No coach tour convinces you that the things you’re seeing are quite real, or allows you to mull on what’s before you, or lets you breathe in the atmosphere. Get close to London. Don’t pass it. Touch it—so that it can touch you.

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