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Guide to London for Seniors

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London is a brilliant place to visit whatever your age, and both seniors full of beans, and those who prefer to explore at a slower pace, will find plenty of suitable options here. This list includes my pick of London's best — and easiest to access — places to visit, ensuring you won't miss out on all that the capital has to offer.

Good for
  • Senior
  • History Buff
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

10 Places

5 City Tips

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10 Places

Big Bus Tours

Hop-On Hop-Off Tours, Sightseeing Tours, Bus Tours, Walking Tours

St. James's Park

Parks

MBNA Thames Clippers

Ferries, Boat Tours

Liberty London

Gift & Speciality Shops,

Thames River

Bodies of Water

Churchill War Rooms

History Museums, Historic Sites, Military Museums

West End Theatre District

Neighbourhoods

Cote Brasserie

Restaurants

V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum

Art Museums

Small Car BIG CITY

City Tours, Historical & Heritage Tours, Private Tours, Cultural Tours

Sue H's City Tips

  • Look out for senior discounts at most key sights — they can save you up to a third off admission prices, so carry your passport with you! Londoners are often in a hurry as the pace of life is pretty fast, so avoid rush hours if you want to get around at an easier pace.
  • Most London sights have good cafes where you can spend a bit of time reflecting and gathering your energy for the next visit.
  • The key to getting around London on tubes and buses is the Oyster Card, which you can buy on arrival or in advance online. You can load it up with day passes or cash, and then take a bus or tube whenever you need to.
  • Buses are often the best option for seniors, as tube stations don’t always offer step-free access, and can have long interchanges to walk along between different lines.
  • Buses accept Oyster Cards, travel passes and contactless payments (with compatible credit/debit cards) only. Note that they do not accept cash.
  • Big Bus Tours
    Hop-On Hop-Off Tours, Sightseeing Tours, Bus Tours, Walking Tours
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    Sue H Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Upstairs has the best view, but as it's open-top, check the weather forecast!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #265 of 821 Tours in London
    • Big bus on the Mark 15/12/2018
    • IAN the guide 15/12/2018
    • Big Bus Tours
    Address:
    110 Buckingham Palace Road
    London SW1W 9SA
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7808 6753
    Other:
  • St. James's Park
    Parks
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    Sue H Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Check the times for the Changing of the Guards at Horse Guards Parade — it’s easier to see here than at Buckingham Palace, and you can stroll in from the park.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 1,872 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE 15/12/2018
    • Nice park but crowded in summertimes 15/12/2018
    • St. James's Park
    Address:
    Horse Guards Road
    The Storeyard
    London SW1A 2BJ
    England
    Phone:
    +44 300 061 2350
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    05:00 - 00:00
    Other:
  • MBNA Thames Clippers
    Ferries, Boat Tours
    Sue H Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Some of the trips can take a while so check the return times carefully.
    • Most private boats have refreshments on board but check this too.
    • There are several companies running trips, and you can go east to Greenwich or west as far as Hampton Court — a great way to arrive, just as people did back in the days before cars and trains!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 74 Boat Tours & Water Sports in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Organising tickets 03/12/2018
    • Enjoy London from the river 30/11/2018
    • MBNA Thames Clippers
    Address:
    Orchard Place
    London E14 0JY
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7001 2200
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:00 - 00:00
    Other:
  • Liberty London
    Gift & Speciality Shops,
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    Sue H Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You’ll be in the Oxford Circus area which is very busy — avoid rush hours and lunch hours.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 899 Shopping in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Over priced 15/12/2018
    • Fantastic famous London store in Regent Street. 09/12/2018
    • Liberty London
    Address:
    Regent Street
    Main entrance: Great Marlborough Street
    London W1B 5AH
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7734 1234
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:30 - 18:00
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 - 21:00
    Other:
  • Thames River
    Bodies of Water
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    Sue H Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take a bus and a tube map with you, so that you can get back to your hotel easily when you feel you’ve walked enough.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #130 of 1,872 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The London Eye abd Thames river cruise. 02/12/2018
    • coca-cola londen eye river cruise 02/12/2018
    • Thames River
    Phone:
    +44 20 8891 1411
    Other:
  • Churchill War Rooms
    History Museums, Historic Sites, Military Museums
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    Sue H Says:

    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

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Arrive early as there are often queues to get in.
    • The cafe is great fun and has a wartime theme — although the cakes are definitely made with the real ingredients, rather than rations!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 1,872 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The War Room 15/12/2018
    • For History Buffs; Very Interesting 15/12/2018
    • Churchill War Rooms
    Address:
    Clive Steps
    King Charles Street
    London SW1A 2AQ
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7930 6961
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 18:00
    Other:
  • West End Theatre District
    Neighbourhoods
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    Sue H Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Watch out for touts or ticket agents who add on all sorts of extra fees — check that you know the full price before you agree to pay.
    • Many restaurants nearby offer pre-theatre meal deals, usually between 5-7pm, which are great value. (And you don't even have to be going to the theatre afterwards!)
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #100 of 1,872 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • What a great Vibe in the Theatre District 09/12/2018
    • Always love the West End 27/11/2018
    • West End Theatre District
    Phone:
    +44 20 7839 8811
    Other:
  • Cote Brasserie
    Restaurants (French)
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    Sue H Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Always book ahead if you can to ensure a table. Most restaurants accept online bookings, and may also have special offers posted on their website.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #966 of 19,105 restaurants in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great place for pre theatre dinner 14/12/2018
    • Unimpressed 14/12/2018
    • Cote Brasserie
    Address:
    17-21 Tavistock Street
    London WC2E 7PA
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7379 9991
    Price range:
    US$19 - US$38
    Hours:
    Sun
    09:00 - 22:30
    Mon - Fri
    08:00 - 23:00
    Sat
    09:00 - 23:00
    Other:
  • V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum
    Art Museums
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    Sue H Says:

    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!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Always seek out the museum/gallery cafe as they are usually excellent.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 1,872 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Outstanding exhibition 15/12/2018
    • Wonderful 15/12/2018
    • V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum
    Address:
    Cromwell Road
    London SW7 2RL
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7942 2000
    Other:
  • Small Car BIG CITY
    City Tours, Historical & Heritage Tours, Private Tours, Cultural Tours
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    Sue H Says:

    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!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Book ahead and make sure you have your ticket to ride!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 821 Tours in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Favourite tour in London 15/12/2018
    • 2 hr tour 15/12/2018
    • Small Car BIG CITY
    Address:
    8 Northumberland Avenue
    Trafalgar Square
    London WC2N 5BY
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7839 6737
    Price range:
    US$110 - US$110
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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