In April 2016 I went to London with my mom and sister for my birthday as I have always wanted to go to London to see the sights and do shopping in Oxford Street.
We went on the coach from Digbeth Station in Birmingham as National Express has affordable prices to London and is easier than driving there. The staff was lovely and very helpful with helping me on and off the coach and could sit on the front row so I didn’t have to walk far. I would use the coach services again.
We stayed in the Linden House Hotel in Westminster, which was a great location with all the attractions of London nearby. The room was clean and tidy and the staff was friendly. I would say the hotel is ideal if you plan to stay in London for one or two nights, the only downside of the hotel was ,it was not disabled friendly with the entrance of the hotel having steps and the doors was not wide enough for wheelchairs. Since I have come back from London I have researched what hotels have got facilities for the disabled and not many have, only the Travelodge’s and Premier Inns. This is one issue that London need to improve on.
Accessible Transport in London
The positive element of London is the transport on offer, with the taxis on every street with pulled out ramps that you can wheel yourself in the taxi and still sit in your chair and the taxi drivers helping you if you need it. The buses are accessible too. I was surprise too at the pathways being quite flat and plenty of drop down kerbs for the wheelchair to get up and down without a struggle.
It was lovely walking through Hyde Park seeing all the memorials and even had a lovely breakfast looking over the lake. We walked through Hyde Park to get to Buckingham Palace, I was not disappointed when I saw Buckingham Palace it’s truly beautiful with the golden gates, our flag waving proudly and the guards in their impressive uniforms- it sure makes you feel proud to be British and have the Queen reigning our country. I plan to see Buckingham Palace again but this time book a tour taking you inside the Palace and seeing all the different rooms and history. We also got to see Big Ben and Westminster Cathedral.
Perfect for Shop a holics !
We did a whole day of shopping on Oxford Street and I brought loads as my wardrobe needed a major update of the latest trends. I couldn’t believe how long Oxford Street was and how big the stores was and it took ages going round all of them, like River Island, Topshop, New Look, H&M, Next, Primark, Monsoon and Debenhams where I brought some new makeup too. But of course all that shopping caused a thirst so a latte was much needed.
I loved every bit of London and can’t wait till I go back again. Maybe next time go to Camden and Soho. We truly have an amazing capital city !