We are four older (66-85) adults with three days in London. We've all been before and will not visit the really high volume sites (Tower, Westminster Abbey, Eye,etc.). We are not on a shoestring budget but want want to find the right balance between economy and efficient use of our energy and time. Considering that there are 4 of us should we be thinking taxi or one of the travel card options (which one)? Thanks for your suggestions.
Personally, I like doing Hop on/Hop off tours to get a feel for a new city. It's a nice way to see a lot of things in a short time and get a feel for where they are. If you don't want to get off the bus, just stay on and listen to the commentary. Then maybe this can help you decide where you would want to concentrate your time. I am going to London for the first time in a few weeks so I can't comment on prices/distances/etc. But it may help people if you can give an idea about how much you are willing to walk each day and maximum you want to spend on travel each day.
With four people, I would be very tempted to use cabs. I have not priced it out for London, I know it makes more sense in NYC. When my sister and her family come to visit, we cab it a fair bit. And I even a young nephew who would really like the subway. ; ) I was in London last summer with a bad knee. I made it around, but my knee was not happy. I would suggest that you also post this question on the TripAdvisor forum for London. See what the locals say. When mum and dad come to visit do they cab it or do the subway? It may be a combo of both and it may depend on the time of day. Pam
We just got back and getting around London is very easy on the tube. There is a day pass you can get as of 9:30 a.m. I believe which is cheaper. If you know ahead of time where you want to stop just take note of the stops and transfers, which makes it easier. We took the Hop on Hop off just for a day to do the complete circuit and that day we used the bus. We were six aging from 18 to 75 and spent four days in London.
Me, again, if you feel you can't use the tube. We used "Smiths" for transfers to and from the airport and to get Stonehenge. Maybe you can ask them for a quote. Traffic in London is pretty crazy, and I live in a big city.