Uncategorized · April 23, 2021

Travels in the United Kingdom – the London Look

Earlier this year I decided it would be a good bonding experience to take my grandson on a trip to London, England. After checking out the London hotel prices and locations online and reading numerous reviews I decided on a hotel/motel called the Premier Inn. We traveled in late May from Tucson, Arizona and approximately 20 hours later landed at London’s Heathrow Airport. We found a taxi and headed for our Premier Inn, which was about a ten minute drive from Heathrow Airport. We checked in, settled into our room and caught up on some much needed sleep.
The following day we planned our London sightseeing for the next three days deciding on the Open Top London Double Decker Bus Tour, the Stonehenge and Bath Tour and a day at the Science Museum. We also decided we would connect with the tours from London’s Victoria Station area by taking the bus, which stopped right in front of the hotel, to the local underground station and then take the train to Victoria Station. The rest of the day was spent exploring the area adjacent to the hotel and taking our first London bus ride and we made it back to the hotel just fine.

Travellers queue with their luggage in the departures hall at Terminal 2 of Heathrow Airport in west London on December 21, 2020, as a string of countries around the world banned travellers arriving from the UK, due to the rapid spread of a new, more-infectious coronavirus strain. – Prime Minister Boris Johnson was to chair a crisis meeting Monday as a growing number of countries blocked flights from Britain over a new highly infectious coronavirus strain the UK said was “out of control”. (Photo by Niklas HALLE’N / AFP) (Photo by NIKLAS HALLE’N/AFP via Getty Images)

Taking the Open Top Double Decker Bus Tour was a great way to see London. The tour took us to Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the London Eye, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Thames cruise, the Tower of London and ending up on The Mall to see the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. The only drawback for me was the constant going up and down the stairs from the top deck of the bus at the different sights. As my legs turned to jelly we finally stayed on the lower deck of the bus. We could still hear the tour guide though who was very knowledgeable and quite a comedian and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

We picked up the Stonehenge and Bath tour at the Victoria Coach Station and set off in our air conditioned coach to Stonehenge. The drive through the English countryside to the Salisbury plain was beautiful. Walking around the Stonehenge circle of lintels and megalithic pillars amongst hundred of tourist not so beautiful. Sitting on the grass contemplating the stones very relaxing. The trip to Bath through the English countryside also a very pleasant experience and our Roman baths tour guide, dressed as a Roman legionary, was again very knowledgeable and entertaining. All in all a good tour.

The Science Museum was about a ten minute walk from the Kensington underground station. There was quite a lot to see and do there, which included the IMAX 3D Cinema, interactive exhibits and games, galleries exhibiting British flight pioneers and collections from 1750 to 2000 showing development of the industrial world. We were in there most of the day and we found it pretty interesting.

Most of our meals on this trip were eaten in pubs or cafes along the tour routes, which were adequate and even downright tasty in some cases. My grandson loved the fish and chips. I believe he ate fish and chips almost every day we were there. When the trip was over, my grandson and I both decided it had been a great trip and something we can remember for the rest of our lives.