"Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave
Dr. Samuel Johnson
If you are thinking about visiting
Accommodations – There are, of course, some of the world class 4 and 5 star classic hotels, but at the other end of the scale, there are dozens of hostels and hundreds of Bed and Breakfasts. I have had great luck using several of the boutique hotels located within a 5-minute walk from Victoria Station or Paddington Station. These lovely old row houses were once private homes, and typically offer 15-20 rooms scattered among 3 or 4 stories. There are no elevators, so be prepared to schlep your luggage up a few flights. Most offer a very edible English breakfast as part of the deal. Current prices are as low as $70-90 dollars/night.
The Underground – Daily passes are available after for ₤5.60 that allow unlimited access to all subways within the city (Zones 1 and 2) and all buses. The subway shuts down around , but there are night buses that run all night, and your pass is good until . Instead of paying for an over-priced guided tour bus, I pick a public bus route, climb to the top floor of the bus, check out the neighborhoods along the route and decide what to come back and visit, or just get off when it fits my fancy.
Walking the City – Like Boston and
For ₤5 or ₤7 ($8-11), you can participate in a 2-hour group tour of any of dozens of neighborhoods or themed walks. The guides are all certified, and many are actors or professors with the ability to make history come alive. They are, without exception, gifted story tellers who make the city and its secrets accessible and delectable.
Some of the walking tours will guide you through the museums, which I recommend. The Beatles walk is fun, as are the Dickens and Shakespeare walks. More extended walks are available for
Theater – This is often one of the reasons why I stop in
Be aware of some differences between
Food – Because
That is just the tip of the iceberg. Dr. Johnson would be pleased with me, for I never tire of