Senior Travel to London

Jul 14th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Travel

I am going to London with my daughter this fall.  I had  been there several years ago and now she has put me in charge of our three-day visit.  I know for sure that one of the first things we will do is take a bus tour of the city in an open-air bus.  I had taken a bus our before.   Seniors, it is a great means of getting a feel for the city and its layout prior to investigating streets and monuments.  I am quite sure that this was the bus line that I found to be a good one. They feature a flexible hop on and off ticket and include a FREE Thames River cruise that we will want to take as well.  They claim to be the largest and most popular open-top sightseeing bus operator in the world. Another popular bus tour is called the Big Us Tour and they have similar perks.  Both have ticket prices between $25 and $30.

You will want a small pocket guide and map with you as you travel.  I find that the Michelin Guides are top-notch. London is a large city with around 8 million inhabitants making it the largest metropolitan area in the EU.  By now you know of my particular interest in World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.  I was surprised to find several in this city:  the Tower of London; Kew Gardens; the site comprising the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey and St Margaret’s Church; and the historic settlement of Greenwich.  And get this: London has a diverse range of peoples, cultures and religions, and more than 300 languages are spoken within its boundaries.

It seems like one can never be filled with enough information to make your trip memorable and positive.  Fodor’s offers with many suggestions and states that “the weather stinks” here but it is still a great place to be.  You will probably arrive at Heathrow airport and take the iconic London black taxis into the city. The journey to central London costs between £50 to £55 and usually takes between 30 minutes and one hour.

This map and guide will lead you to some of the top tourist spots in London.

1.    Thames River Boat Cruise
2.    Tower of London
3.    Westminster Abbey
4.    London Bridge Experience
5.    Windsor Castle
6.    St. Paul’s Cathedral
7.    Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Tour and Exhibition
8.    Tower Bridge Exhibition
9.    Hampton Court Palace
10.    Churchill War Rooms

Do enjoy London, cherrio and take in the Tube and High Tea.  jeb

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