Starting August 4, 2018, my husband and I are taking a cruise departing from Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich, through the British Isles ending in Bergen, Norway on August 18. One day of Greenwich sightseeing is included.
We thought we'd fly into London and check out the city (area?) for up to a week before the trip then take a cab or bus to the ship pick-up point.
I have never been to London (my husband was there on business years ago) and we have no agenda but I will say that being a native Californian, of course I've heard about Harrods and the pubs in London yet flying all the way to London just to shop or drink beer is not really of interest. (Sorry, I don't mean to sound jaded!)
We are 63 & 61 respectively - athletic, hikers, like museums, appreciate history & since London is such an old and historic city - we would like to see things that teach us about that or at least so that we can appreciate or learn about the uniqueness of the city or area. Sure, being older & of the Beatles generation - crossing Abby Road would be fun but what else would you recommend? Day tours or bus trips are also fine with us.
What airport should we fly into? (My husband hates airports in general if that makes a difference.)
What would be a good hotel or location or area to stay in? We are happy to walk and take buses, or? What does "greater London" mean - is that where we want? If you don't specify a hotel name, please give me a landmark or cross streets so that I can locate the area you are talking about. We've had great luck in the states with Best Western and I see there are a LOT of them in London and with reasonable prices -recommended?
It doesn't have to be Best Western! We'd rather not pay more than 250 euro.
Thank you in advance!