About Sue H
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Jun 2014
I love travelling but London is my thing. I design and organise private tailor made tours of London and love exploring this great city.
Sightseeing Tours, Bus Tours, Walking Tours, Hop-On Hop-Off Tours
Ferries, Boat Tours
Gift & Speciality Shops
Bodies of Water
Historic Sites, History Museums, Military Museums
City Tours, Cultural Tours, Historical & Heritage Tours, Private Tours
A great way to see London effortlessly, and get an overview of all the key sights is to take a hop on hop off bus tour, and there are several in London offering a range of routes. This way you can see all the major sights, get off when you want to, and then simply board the next bus when you're done - without having to walk to find the nearest public bus stop or tube station. It’s also a good way to work out where you want to go back to and spend a decent amount of time exploring.
London is one of the greenest cities in the world, with numerous parks where you can take a leisurely stroll, get some fresh air, or simply sit and watch the world go by. One of the most central and lovely of these is St James’s Park which runs from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade — making it also a great way to walk between these two major London landmarks. There are beautifully planted flower beds and a lovely lake which extends the full length of the park. You can rent a deck chair, enjoy the cafes, or sit on a park bench.
The river Thames runs past so many of London’s great sights that sitting on a boat is a great way to see them all without much effort. You can take a specific cruise, hop on board one of the regular commuter boats (Thames Clippers), or there are even dinner cruises if you want to catch London by night.
London is a shopper’s paradise but it can also be exhausting — pick your shopping areas wisely or it may feel like shopping hell instead! One way is to decide on visiting a couple of stores that are in the same shopping area, and just stick to those. You will still get a good feel for what London can offer without being tempted to overdo it. Two of the most popular department stores offering very different experiences, but which are within 10 minutes' walk of each other, are John Lewis and Liberty. John Lewis is one of the UK's top affordable department stores, whereas Liberty is a beautiful luxury store housed in a magnificent building.
If you're a senior who likes to take leisurely walks, the Thames Path was voted the world’s second best urban walk in 2013, a well deserved award. While you're not expected to do the full 294 kilometres, the central section along the South Bank of the River Thames is a wonderful way to explore London. Here, a manageable stroll will take you past Tower Bridge, City Hall, The Globe Theatre, Tate Modern, the Millennium Bridge, the National Theatre, the Royal Festival Hall, and the London Eye; while on the opposite bank you will see the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, Somerset House, and the Houses of Parliament — to name but a few sights. What other walk offers you this much? On your way you will pass green spaces, street entertainers, and plenty of places to sit and enjoy the views. There are also numerous cafes and restaurants so you can easily take a breather.
This slice of history (that is etched into many of our memories) is somewhere you can easily visit! As you enter this underground bunker it feels as if Churchill and his staff just left yesterday, and you can explore the maze of tiny corridors of the War Rooms where Churchill directed Britain’s Second World War campaign. You can see Churchill’s office/bedroom, the rooms of maps where battles were plotted, and the sad records of the numbers of planes and men lost on the bad days and nights. You can feel the claustrophobia and sense of danger even now, and imagine spending days and nights down here while the bombs fell above ground. There are great recordings of those who worked here to add to your understanding of life in the bunker. You can also learn more about Churchill’s life and what made him such a key figure of the 20th century
London has some of the best theatre in the world, with a wide range of plays and musicals — often starring internationally famous talent. Tickets can be expensive and hard to get, but if you go for a matinee performance you have a much better chance of securing a seat. Try the theatre direct, a ticket agent if they are sold out, or the Half Price Ticket Stall in Leicester Square which often has great last-minute bargains.
If you prefer your main meal at lunchtime you are in for a treat in London: You can savour some of the best food in the world at some of the city's top restaurants for just a fraction of what you would pay for dinner! Even the Michelin starred establishments often offer a two course lunch for under £30, which is unthinkable in the evening, and you're more likely to get a table at lunchtime too. If you prefer something more casual, you’ll find the more mainstream eateries and chains also do great lunch deals, so have a think about which cuisine you fancy and start planning. Stuck for choice? You'll find branches of Cote all over London, offering good lunch deals and a tempting menu with a French twist.
London is full of every type of museum you can think of, and galleries which house some of the greatest treasures in the world. There is something for everyone here — the only problem is that the choice is so wide, and many of the venues are enormous, making it an exhausting experience if you try to see everything. The great thing is however, that most museums are free, so take a bit of time to pick out which places you want to visit, what you most want to see in each, and then set off safe in the knowledge that if you get tired, you can simply leave and go back another time. It’s always better to enjoy a couple of short trips rather than museum overload!
The most famous band of the 1960s spent a good deal of time in London, living and recording their music, and there is of course the iconic zebra crossing in Abbey Road to visit, near to their former recording studio. Several companies offer Beatles tours, including one who take you round in a genuine old Mini for that extra authentic feel! So, step back in time and enjoy the swinging 60s again!