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Trip Report Travel Notes from London, York, and Scotland

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Some notes from our recent UK visit, but first a sincere thank you for all the great help and advice we received from this forum!

In London we stayed for a week at the Thistle, Kingsley in Bloomsbury, which is about a block from the British Museum, a 5 minute walk from the Holborn tube station (the Piccadilly line which we took straight from Healthrow), and a handy bus stop just outside the hotel. The hotel was conveniently and centrally located. We were delighted with the hotel, our quiet rooms (with AC!), the extensive breakfast, and the efficient, competent staff, and would highly recommend this hotel. We were an extended family of five, 2 seniors, 2 adults and 1 youth.

We stayed for a week and visited many of the major city sights. These have all been so thoroughly discussed and are all truly memorable, and I have nothing new to add that hasn’t already been said about them, so I won’t. We also incorporated three day trips: to Hampton Court Palace, Harry Potter studios, and Greenwich. All three were wonderful, all were different, and all added variety and diversity to our busy city schedule. I highly recommend each.

We traveled around by tube, bus, train, boat, and foot. At the Euston train station on the day we arrived, we purchased 7 day travel cards which we used every single day, not only for transportation but also with the accompanying 2-4-1 vouchers for many major tourist sites. What a remarkable break for tourists! Saved a phenomenal amount of money! While at the station we also purchased the Hop-On-Hop-Off Original Bus tickets (2-4-1) and our Harry Potter train tickets for the HPST day we had planned.

From the restaurant and tavern lists that you all help comprise, we happily ate at several-- Dishoom, Trishna, Zayna, and Tas, plus a few of the taverns—Princess Louise, Black Friars, Museum Tavern, and Mute Swan. We all had different favorites but Dishoom and Trishna were near everyone’s top and Black Friars and Mute Swan were the choice taverns. Mute Swan was a perfect place to end the Hampton Court Palace visit and so convenient to it! Thanks for these suggestions!

Getting from the Changing of the Guards to Westminster Abbey, we found the walk through St James Park to be absolutely delightful and relaxing. This is a very lovely park. Birds were added to Life Lists.

Some of us went to the Theatre, some went shopping (I just had to wander through Selfridge’s department store since I’d been watching the PBS/BBC productions on TV), some went to hear what was being said at speakers’ corner in Hyde Park, some to the Sherlock Holmes museum, and some to the Tate Britain museum. These experiences were beyond the major sights where we went together as a group. They were all nice experiences, and doing a few things apart seemed to work well for us, especially toward the end of our week’s stay.

We all wished we had a few more days, but son and family were off to Bath, and husband and I were off to York (We loved wandering the town and heard a beautiful concert in the Minster.), then to Edinburgh and a three night/four day Rabbies tour to Highlands and Isle of Skye, which was absolutely fantastic. This is a remarkable touring agency! Our tour had an extra day on the Isle of Skye which permitted us to stop more frequently along the way, to and from, and while there, before returning to Edinburgh. The extra day broke up the long drive beautifully and allowed more to be seen on the trip. I’d highly recommend the four day trip. I’d be happy to elaborate on anything, so ask me any questions that you like.

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