In May, we visited London for the very first time! I’m not sure why it has taken us so long to go there. Perhaps the famously grey English weather made it less appealing?
Luckily, it rained only the morning we were leaving.
If you haven’t visited this fantastic city, I highly recommend that you add it to your Must-See-List!
Once we arrived by train from Canterbury, we met up with my sister and brother-in-law from Germany to explore the city together. They were kind enough to purchase (we reimbursed them of course) London Passes and Oyster Cards for us all ahead of time.
Buying those passes will save you not only a ton of money, but will also help avoid having to stand in long ticket lines. Our Oyster Cards each had a pre-paid amount of money on them, which enabled us to get off and on any public transportation ( buses and the Tube ) within certain city zones. You simply scan the oyster card when you enter the tube, then you scan the card again when leaving the station at your destination, and the cost of your ride is automatically subtracted from your card. Super easy! They can also be recharged, or saved for another visit to London!
The London Passes are available for 1, 2, 3 and 6 days and enable one to get into as many as 60 of London’s famous museums, tours and attractions without further payment. A river cruise and the hop-on hop-off bus tour are also included. Many attractions which aren’t a part of this offer will discount the entry price if you show them your London pass.
During our 6 day stay, our passes turned out to be a super bargain! So if you are headed to London, be sure to get them ahead of time! They can be mailed to you, or be picked up in person once you arrive in London.
Getting around on the tube and city busses couldn’t have been easier. I’ve used public transportation in many places, and have to say that London has one of the very best and well-run systems: fast, efficient, clean, on time and safe. Even getting to the various airports is a cinch!
Our feet were happy that we took advantage of the tube and buses, because we walked approximately 90 miles during this 2 week vacation, taking in the sights of London, Canterbury and Haarlem.
However, the Tube does get very crowded during rush hour, which is why the ticket prices go up during that time.
And if you were to get lost, fear not! The English people are exceptionally friendly and helpful!