A friend and I are planning a trip to London next year and plan to stay two weeks. We're planning things early so we can better prepare and and save enough for whatever we do over there. We''re not much for living like royals. We just want to go there mainly for museums, sites and local street food. Nothing too fancy.
I'm more concerned with transportation and lodgings. My experience with out of the country travel is fairly vast. I've lived in Berlin, Asia and South America since I was a child and well enough into adulthood. Whereas my partner in crime hasn't traveled out of country or further than Florida, and has always been with a group. She has her reservations with it only being us two and not being familiar with travel outside of our comfort zone.
The advice I'm needing is best long term (2 week) stay hotels that are either in or outside of London. The more we can experience outside of the main cities is fine by us. We're in it more for adventure really.
Secondly, any tips for public transportation? Example, is there a card or ticket we can purchase for the 2 weeks we're there that can give us nearly unlimited access to the subs or buses?
Thirdly, good ol' money. She questioned if either debit or credit cards worked while we were there. Is there a best place to get cash converted without having to dish out quite a bit for conversion charges?
Last but not least, when is the best time to go where weather is good, and we can avoid large crowds, and obtain cheaper flight tickets?
Replies are much appreciated and all my thanks for the time you take to help :)