After a fun day of exploring, come home to a quiet Victorian neighbourhood and close the door on London's hustle and bustle. It's time to relax! Enjoy a BBQ picnic in your own private garden, unwind with a candlelit soak in the tub, stroll through the many parks in all directions, cozy up by the working fireplaces, enjoy a book from one of the bookshelves, or enjoy a film from the extensive DVD collection.
Our neighbours are quiet and friendly. Shops are conveniently just around the corner. The play area at the end of the street is a favorite with children. Parks stretch for miles in all directions. But best of all, public transport to all of London's tourist spots is right on your doorstep, literally a 30 second walk from the front door.
You do not need a car if you stay here. There is a bus stop around the corner and we are just 6-10 minutes by bus from a major transport hub that will take you quickly in all directions using either the train, bus, boat or DLR (tube that runs above ground).
However, if you do have a car, you'll enjoy FREE PARKING just outside the front door, which is quite difficult to find in London.
GETTING TO LONDON'S TOURIST ATTRACTIONS:
We're in zone 4 of London's 6 transport zones on the bus/tube/train/boat lines into the heart of the tourist areas so getting around is very easy. Three buses just around the corner from the house go 1.5 miles to the transport hub of Woolwich Arsenal in about 10 minutes. From here travel times are roughly:
- 4 mins (City Airport)
- 6 mins (Charlton Football Stadium)
- 10 mins (Greenwich Park/Uni/Museums/Observatory, Blackheath)
- 15 mins (o2 Arena, Canary Wharf, Docklands Museum)
- 20 mins (Olympic Village, London Bridge, Tower Bridge, Westfield shopping centre)
- 25 mins (Waterloo, London Eye, Westminster, Tower of London)
- 30 mins (Charing Cross for Oxford Street, Soho, Leicester Square, Picadilly Circus, Covent Garden)
Alternatively, bus 53 goes from the house all the way to the London Eye/Westminster in about 40 minutes - and runs all night. There is an endless list of happenings in London so I'll give you a handy welcome pack and lots of tourist info to help make sense of it all.
GETTING HERE FROM THE AIRPORTS:
FROM CITY AIRPORT: Just hop on the DLR (overland tube) and it's 4 minutes to Woolwich Arsenal station.
FROM HEATHROW, STANSTEAD OR GATWICK: I recommend getting a driver if you want the most stress-free start to your holiday - costs approximately £60 - which I can organise for you. However, if you want to use public transport, it's very easy to get to and from all of the airports.
FROM HEATHROW: Takes about 1hr 40mins on public transport. Get the Picadilly Line to Green Park and change to the Jubilee line to North Greenwich. From there you can get a bus.
FROM STANSTEAD: Takes about 1hr 15mins on public transport. Get the Standstead Express into Liverpool Street. Get the Central line (tube) one stop to Bank and get the DLR 25 minutes to Woolwich Arsenal station.
FROM GATWICK: Takes about 1 hr 15mins on public transport. Simply get the Gatwick Express to London Bridge station. Get the train to Woolwich Arsenal station.
VISITING THE COUNTRYSIDE / COAST / FRANCE:
There are some brilliant coastal areas to check out - all within 60-90 min: Southend-on-sea, Margate, Herne Bay, Ramsgate, Broadstairs (home of Charles Dickens) and Brighton. You can do a day trip and cover most of these in one (very full) day - or relax in just one if you're looking to unwind.
The Kent countryside (and beyond) is also full of fun places to explore and slightly closer than the coast at 20-90 min away. My recommendations are: Cambridge, Rochester, Canterbury, Rye, Sandwich (perfectly forgotten in time), Royal Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks and Chilham (absolutely adorable and tiny).
Windsor, Winchester and Oxford are a bit further away (about two hours), but doable and worth it if you're keen on any of them.
France is also very easy to access from here for a day or weekend trip via the Eurostar train, the ferry or the Eurotunnel (crossings are a little over an hour from the Explorers' Rest). Full details will be in your welcome package.