Senior Travel to London

Feb 8th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

The “Official Tourism Website” for England offers good travel information for senior citizens. So seniors whether you’re planning a “holiday” to England, looking for accommodation or simply curious about English culture, this site is where you can read about everything you need to know. It can provide you with quality-assessed hotels, B&Bs and destination guides, travel and accommodation booking, trip planning tools, transport information and practical travel advice. Here is another “official tourism website” that can prove very helpful. Kinda nice that in England they have more than one “official tourism site.”

VisitEngland.com gives you lots of useful links to external websites. Use the links to browse for websites providing information on places to stay, things to do and events as well as transport and travel. I have been to London twice.  Enjoyed both visits very much.  There are so many sites and places not to be missed.  I advise seniors to first tour London on a vintage hop-on, hop-off double-decker bus. They’re called hop-on, hop-off because you can get off at any point, and the buses do stop near most tourist attractions, and get on the next bus from that spot when you please. Your ticket is good for 24 hours in summer; 48 hours otherwise. If you’re only in London for a day, buy a ticket on this bus — it’s totally worth it to see the sights.  Not only will you now have a feel for the city, you will know where you want to go back to see places up close.

A really good deal is to get free access to over 50 of London’s top attractions using the The London Pass.  London, like Paris, is a great walking city.  Bring comfortable shoes.  A tour highlight for me was getting into Parliament to visit the House of Commons and the House of Lords and seeing where the Queen sits on her throne. When I see the interior in action now I can say… I’ve been there. You can too.

Now its time to explore the Tower of London and to view all those glowing and famous huge jewel collections,  the Changing of the Guard ceremony and a cruise on the River Thames to view London Bridge from up close.  In London, each of these are a “given.”  Afterwards one must visit St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.  Now take a short hop in the “Tube” (subway) to tell your friends that you really were in the London of the Londoners.  Use this map to get around. The subway system, affectionately known by locals as the “Underground” or “Tube,” is one of the most efficient forms of public transportation in the world. With cars running every few minutes, riding the Tube makes getting from here to there a snap for Londoners and visitors alike.  If you have used the Métro in Paris, they are quite similar except that each direction has its own tunnel and the Tube is much smaller inside.

My brother spent many months in England on sabbaticals classifying the Queen’s ferns in her Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew.  He told me that Harrods Department Store should not be missed and to be sure to visit the Food Halls. He was right.  I have many memories of this store and still enjoy my coffee in my Harrods cup.  I appreciate most what I call “practical souvenirs.”  Things you can use daily and not put on a shelf and admire from a distance.  I have friends who collect glassware.  All they can do is admire it from a distance in a beautiful glass case.  Not me.

And another “must” see and do.  Oxford Street is said to be the busiest shopping street in Europe and is one and a half miles end to end.  And if you are a dyed in the wool shopper, here is a 40 page London Shopping Guide for you.



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