PRATICAL TIPS FOR UK VISIT
Carrying luggage is not difficult, my family and me carried 4 suitcases till west brompton in the tubes on 2 occasions. You may have to consider lifting luggage’s on stairs as all stations do not have escalators. However in tubes no problem at all.
From the terminal issue OYSTER passes for the first leg of travel
Later make use of travel cards depending on the days and zones you wish to travel in.
Consider making the travel cards from certain stations where they issue u a PHOTO CARD, it entitles you to befit from the 2-4-1 offer, ie buy I ticket get other free. The details are on the national railways website. IT SAVES A LOT OF MONEY IF U ARE 4 PEOPLE TARVELLING .Do take your own passport size photos for each person .I made my pass at Victoria station.
Use the hop on –off bus tour judiciously. I recommend taking a 24 hr ticket, starting early morning and completing the circuits as per your choice at a stretch. Avoid getting down at site seeing spots as then u will be unable to complete the tours in time . Get off for luch around Covent garden, see Trafalgar square, Piccadilly circus and the complete the tours.
Do the individual visits to attractions , u have the travel cars anyways to reach most destinations by tube or bus , so y waste precious time of your bus tour to walk in the attractions !
Buses are great way in London , take a photo of the bus stop nearest to ur hotel/apartment make note of the busses arriving there , most bus drivers direct u from your locations to the busses to your hotel destination.
However travel time is long during peak hours so choose bus wisely.
Lyca mobile sim cards are free in London don’t spend money and buy them in India . U can only top off there and u r ready to go. LYCA TO LYCA calls are free. It was a great boon for large family travelling, good network as well.
I availed of car rental for 7 days from ALAMO , and must say was very impressed. I picked car from Putney bridge ,London and dropped it at Edinburg Station. They have a tie up with Europcar ( surprised how the prices varied between these companies , even though they share premises) .I was pleasantly upgraded at time of Checkin.