I’ve posted a great deal over the years regarding London.
Lucky enough to have been numerous times. Great European city. Throughly enjoy being there. Love sharing my discoveries about the city.
Each visit I find something new to explore or experience. Yes I return to places I’ve been before
( i.e. the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, ). I do this because although I travel solo friends often join me and I act as their guide. It’s fun.
I’ve made the decision at the encouragement of other RS posters to report on my visits to London and other parts of England.
A bit of background. Due to my work I travel in either late Fall or around Christmas. This is a plus cost wise as I can get good airfares ( buy in advance and most often fly Virgin Atlantic.) There are still tourists but not hordes of them at this time of year. In fact in 2015 in early December virtually had Hampton Court to myself. Surprised and pleased. Enhanced my 3 Hour wandering.
I like Guinness so my report will always include pub references as my usual days of exploration include a late afternoon or early evening pub meal and a pint. My way of relaxing feet and back muscles, body and soul. Also provides free WiFi most often.
I’m a photographer.
I live and work where the temperature is a near constant 70’s each and every day so I relish wearing coats, gloves, scarves, and hats. Walking in the rain...think Gene Kelly...odd but true
I fly the red eye from LAX to Heathrow.
Start researching & planning my trip in February. By Spring hotel reservations have been made and often my flight bought and paid for. Some times not
I have bid via Priceline for hotels, used AirBnB, but as I’ve gotten older have returned to the same hotel again and again. Convenience, cost and comfort.
From a practical POV the Oyster Card rocks. I keep mine and top it up on arrival.
Here’s my 2017 visit. Stayed from mid Nov to Dec 7.
Travel with carryon luggage. 22 inch roller bag and small back pack. Very precise about my packing list.
Upon arrival at Heathrow at around 11am got through immigration is 30 minutes and was out the door to find the shuttle bus for my rental car. That was nearly 25 minute wait. Picked up my Budget rental ( yes stick shift). Followed the directions my Airbnb host had provided to Lyme Regis, which was over a 3 hour drive. Actually a bit longer. Made a wrong turn, won’t bore you other than to advise get the GPS. Regretted I didn’t. I’ve driven on numerous visits so used to roundabouts, etc.
Lyme Regis is along the Jurassic Coast. Who doesn’t like dinosaurs? Also wanted to see the nearby town where Broadchurch was filmed.
Had beautiful weather for my 2 day Lyme Regis stay. Strolled along the Cobb ( seafront), looked for fossils on the beach past the harbor, shopped at Pug and Puffin, rummaged through the classic second hand bookshop, had pints at the Nags Head ( closest to my Airbnb), the Royal Lion Hotel, ( complete with roaring fire) and with my pub lunch on the deck of the Harbor Inn. Had a bowl of fresh mussels while I watched people strolling by. Young couples with children, others with their dogs,etc. Great relaxing meal. Topped it of with some fudge at Rolys Then walked back up Broad Street to my comfortable Airbnb. Please note this walk is great for stretching out calves muscles and Achilles’ tendons.
Also visited the Black Dog Tea Room which is away from the city center. Too chilly to sit out in their garden but it was very serene looking. Cafe was fine but in all honesty my piece of lemon cake was a little dry. Nice proprietor though.
Favorite spot was the Aroma cafe across from the Lyme Regis museum. Casual, great coffee, good food. The eye opener was sitting on the couch by the front window and watching the bus drivers negotiate their behemoths around the corner.
Need to get ready for work....More later.