While London may be very busy this summer, come fall they will welcome your presence.
And now is the time to plan. London is a many day city. The basic tourism is just
a few days, but if you get into the heart of the city and it’s theatres you will want to return and return. Meanwhile here are a few tourist suggestions, if you have never been, maybe this will entice you go to London.
To begin, London has many to many cars, so the best way to get around in via the underground including from the airport. Take London Express from Heathrow to Paddington Station and then a cab or the underground to your hotel. Arriving from an over night flight can be tiring, so for the afternoon ride a red double decked bus, then you will know you are in London.
London is a great walking city, so bring good shoes. Each neighborhood has its own character, so pick one and walk. For example, City of London is the old walled roman city with St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London (where they died and where the crown jewels are kept) and the London Bridge. At St. Paul’s Cathedral you need to walk into the dome. On the dome landing stand opposite a friend and whisper across, sounds are amazing; then climb to the top for the view! Imagine the bombs of WWII. Afterwards visit Covent Gardens for lunch and walk to St. Martin’s in the Fields (used to be in the fields) and visit the National Gallery and Trafalgar Square.
The city has many large parks, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Green Park and St. James. The latter two are very pretty with flowers and swans. Buckingham Palace
(Elizabeth’s home) is on Green Park.
A nice walk is from Green Park thru St. James to Whitehall Street to Parliament and Big Ben. Then back track a bit to Westminster Abby and St. Margaret’s. The Abby is where so many are buried, including Elizabeth I and her sister, Mary. Wandering down Abingdon Street past Parliament is an old roman ruin and a statue of the suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst. If your legs are still ok go to the Tate Gallery, a blend of old masters and modern art. Plus a good restaurant!
Certainly leave one day for the British Museum. See all the things the Brits took
from the rest of the world! There is so much more to see but now my legs are tired. Need to come back another time!