Category Archives: London, England
I would recommend that you plan ahead and book as many things as you can before your trip. You will find that there are bigger discounts for American tourists when you book from the US. London has two major airports, Heathrow being the largest and then Gatwick. I would highly recommend flying into to Heathrow and jumping on the tube (London Underground) into the city, of course you must, “Mind the Gap!” Heathrow is a lot closer to London and will save you on transportation costs into the city. We traveled on Delta Air Lines straight from Gainesville Regional Airport with one stop in Atlanta, the service was wonderful and it was all on time. Visit the web site www.Visit Britain.US as they can send you tons of information and often have coupons and special savings for visitors.
The Original Bus Tour
Get on board a double-decker bus for a wonderful way to get a feel for London. I recommend doing this first as you will see things you will want to visit in length and find their location in a relaxing, comfortable and informative way. This live narrated tour will take you over Tower Bridge, past Buckingham Palace, museums and more. Passengers can hop on and off as needed. We grabbed sandwiches and enjoyed our lunch while enjoying the effortless tour.
This was one attraction that gets you right into the English countryside a “high-wire forest adventure.” Here you can imagine Robin Hood galloping through the woods as you zip down through the canopy of trees and tackle the obstacle courses. Very exhilarating and the best way to get to know the English countryside. Colt and Brooke wanted to do this every day! Go Ape offers several ziplining locations scattered throughout England.
On our last visit to London we headed straight to the world famous trendy area of Chelsea where our hotel, the Wyndham Grand London Chelsea Harbor Hotel is located just off the famous Kings Road. This area is where Princess Diana had her wedding gown designed and also where the blue bloods of England go out and party. The King’s Road is full of exclusive designer boutiques, clubs and restaurants, extremely artsy and extremely expensive but is an absolute must see.
The hotel is eight floors of luxurious chic, contemporary living, voted 5 out 5 stars by Travelocity. Rates start at $221 which is quite reasonable on such an exclusive hotel property that is in a perfect location. Our spacious room-suite overlooked the Chelsea Harbor and the River Thames and our suite balcony was the perfect place to sit and watch the lights of London after a busy sightseeing day. It is worth mentioning that this hotel is very quiet and a great retreat from the city. The children were pleased to see large flat screen TV’s in every room and jumped onto the fluffy comfortable beds. As we explored the hotel we found an indoor pool, sauna, Solarium, Turkish/Steam Bath and full fitness center, a business center as well as a restaurant and trendy bar called Aquasia that has a view of the boats in the harbor. Close by is Europe’s most famous department store, Harrods in Knightsbridge and a ton of museums in nearby Kensington.