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Review: London Leisure & Culture Break

Specialist Holiday

Being students again!

  • By SilverTraveller bike300

    7 reviews

  • Aug 2013
  • Husband

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Armed with a current bus pass, shared luggage, cheap rail tickets and student accommodation we embarked on a how to 'DO' London on a budget and have fun. We booked in to Imperial College London and appraised our modern twin ensuite room with smiles. It was roomy, with a large shower room and although in the basement, we had views of the gardens and patio area unlike guests above us who looked out onto high walls and the roofs of nearby mews houses. We had inadvertently been allocated a room suitable for a disabled guest so I could recommend it to someone with a wheelchair and special needs. When we pointed this out to housekeeping they did not have any other rooms available so we were not depriving anyone. Armed with a long list of things to do we spent the next 13 days traveling in and around the capital only using buses. Excellent bus maps to be found for free at tube stations. We sampled the Boris bikes with a day cycling in the parks and visited and had a tour of the Houses of Parliament. This we had pre booked with our local MP and it included a visit to the Jewel Tower. A night at the Proms proved stimulating and exciting, many visits to the Victoria & Albert museum which was a 3 minute walk to from our room. Watching queues form at the Natural History museum meant we could assess when to visit to avoid standing waiting using the last hour of the day, and the quietest!! Evensong at both St Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey was spiritually uplifting and granted us a wander around at a peaceful time of day sharing something with visitors from around the world. Strolling down the Broadwalk in Regents Park we happened upon Dancing in the Park. A pop up dance floor, dance music for all tastes and a small payment to participate including some tuition. Using our historic house cards we bused out to Strawberry Hill and visited the recently renovated Sir Hugh Walpole's House and enroute back we stopped off at Richmond, sat in the park eating very good fare from a local fish and chip shop and then wandered down the pathways of the Thames towards Kew. In Hyde Park we visited the art installation at the Serpentine Gallery and watched eager children climbing along its pathways. The Royal Academy of Arts provided us with several hours of art work produced annually to show the talent of known and unknown artists. After that refreshments and a rest were most welcoming and found readily at a Weatherspoons at Trafalgar Square. We continued to hope on and off buses eagerly and in total used 161. No tubes needed and allowed us to see where we were and better still view differing areas as we traveled from one venue to another. Although we did quite a lot of the usual tourists haunts we also soaked in local churches, the Southbank, and small galleries with unusual art work plus much more. London is as expensive and as exhaustive as you want it to be. B&B at Imperial College meant we had a comfy room to return to each day and a good breakfast to start each day. I would highly recommend this kind of break. With a little forward planning you too can became students again. Go on have a go.

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