One unique aspect of our visit to London this past fall was that we stayed with friends in Richmond. A suburban town in south-west London and about 8 miles from Charing Cross, the junction in London where six routes meet. In other words, the city center.
Staying in the suburbs of a large city is a good travel tip. It is easier to get the best rates for accommodations and it allows you to get a better feel for the local life with fewer crowds and tourists. This is especially a good idea in London with its perfect public transportation system. In a city as well recognized as London the center of the city and all its historical and cultural landmarks are well known and easy to find.
It take a lifetime of dedicated effort to produce travel guides that stay current and relevant. This is why we don’t produce travel guides. Instead, we offer you links to the official tourism board website or city guides that we have used while traveling to the city and that we found to be the best source for your trip.
But we have been here! Our stay was short from a long-term travel point of view but it was meaningful and wonderful. We found a nice balance between visiting the city and its incredible museums, landmarks and markets with the relaxing pace of the local suburbian life.
Below are the day to day details of our itinerary for ideas and inspiration
Six Days in London
Oct 10th Thursday
It was a beautiful sunny day in London when we landed and had the fortune to be picked up by an old-time friend, Tamy, at Heathrow. She and her husband Sven were kind to let us stay in her house for 6 days. On the way to her home in Richmond, she took us for a ride around Richmond Park. Richmond is a residential district bordering the River Thames located about 30 minutes from the city center. After settling in at home Tamy took us for a short neighborhood walk that eventually took us to the river banks. The low afternoon sun made the landscape look like an English countryside painting. A smooth welcome to this busy and cosmopolitan city.
To celebrate our arrival our friend took us to her favorite pub The Red Lion for a very English meal of the best Fish and Chips in the region.
Travel Tips & Ideas
If you are staying in the city center take a train ride to the outskirts of town to take a walk along the river Thames. The walking paths along the river can stretch for miles offering wonderful sights of a very different life from what you see along the river in the city center.