One of the best ways to spend your retirement is by traveling. London is an incredible city for everyone from all walks of life to enjoy. For those in their later years we’ve written some activities and tips on how to best experience the city.
Embrace the British tradition of tea time to give yourself a break during the day! There are many incredible spots for classic British tea that will be both refreshing and cultural. Most tea for tea time has caffeine which can provide a physical boost in energy during the day.
The West End is home to many historic theatres from The Globe Theatre to Her Majesty’s Theatre. One great thing about the theatre scene in London is it’s collection of talented actors and creatives. From plays to musicals there are always incredible world class shows being performed in London. From classical works like Shakespeare to more modern works such as Hamilton.
Many things can happen while traveling and it’s better to be safe than sorry. Travel Insurance can alleviate stress about things going wrong because you know you’ll be covered. It’s the same as getting Hybrid Long Term Care Insurance for everyday life. No one wants to think about needing it but it’s far more prudent to be prepared.
London has many beautiful and historic gardens and parks for tourists to recover from the bustle of the city.
These spaces are great for a break in the middle of the day:
- Hyde Park
- Royal Botanic Gardens
- Queen Mary’s Rose Gardens
- Whitehall Gardens
- Chelsea Physics Garden
Parks and gardens are relaxing and educational, many of these on the lists are great for picnicking. As always with London bring an umbrella or raincoat!
This is a must for any London visit because of the incredible views this Ferris wheel offers. The ride is very relaxing and is the most popular tourist attraction in all of London. The entire ride lasts about 30 minutes and can be a great break in the middle of the day. It’s recommended to buy your tickets in advance and if you don’t want to wait in line paying a little extra for fast track ticket instead of the standard.
No trip to London would be complete without visiting the many museums brimming with historic artifacts! For visitors with disabilities or limited mobility we recommend doing your research before going. Most museums will have accommodations like wheelchair ramps or guided audio tours, but some of the buildings are so old that there might not be accommodations that are needed. You can always go to museum websites or call them to get more information about accessibility, this will ensure that you don’t end up paying for a ticket that you can’t fully use.
Double Decker Buses
These iconic buses scream London and are a great way to traverse the city and cut down on walking. You can sign up for a Hop-on hop-off bus tour which will take you to the main tourist attractions like Trafalgar Square, London Bridge and Big Ben. This can be a good cost effective way to see a lot of the city without all the walking or navigating the London Underground.
London is an amazing city with so much to offer everyone. This list is just the tip of the iceberg on ways to enjoy London as a retiree. We recommend you do your research and figure out exactly what you want out of your trip before your visit, because there is so much to see and experience. Don’t worry if you can’t fit it into one trip. London is one of the best cities to visit over and over again because of it’s incredible wealth of history!