I've traveled throughout the US, Australia, New Zealand and Europe and lived in England and Switzerland. I've travelled Deluxe, moderate and backpacked 17,000 miles around Europe. Also 12,000 mile around Australia and travelled the length of both North and South islands of New Zealand.
If you really want to see England, I wouldn't go for less than two weeks. That gives you a chance to really see London, take trains to the South Coast, perhaps a bus from there to Bath being sure to see Stonehenge (a diversion from train travel) and then the Lake District and back throughDurham to London. There are bus trips you can take from London that will give you this entire trip all at one go, or onto separate trips. British Rail also has interesting trips. And my favorite way to see England are the Fly/Drive options that you can book do here that include car, hotels and airfare. That's the easiest way. Check out British Air for ideas, and google Visit London and Visit England. Rick Steves has a good guide to England and if your budget is tight, check out Lonely Planet guide to England. over 7 years ago
Recent back surgery,looking for day trips out of London, not much walking close to trains and/or buses
From your hotel, you can take bus tours almost anywhere, but if you have a bad back (so do I) one day trips might be best. For example, a day trip to the Cotswalds or Bath. Closer still would be a trip to see a play at Stratford ... The bus will let you out as close to the entrance as possible. A lovely journey to the Lake District will involve an overnight, but the scenery is well worth the travel. When I travel now I carry along a unique little riding device called TRAVELSCOOT. Everywhere I go people want one. I have no connection to the company but my fellow bad bakers love them. Have a look at TRAVELSCOOT.COM. Let me know what you think. More than anything else, just point to a place on the map of southern England and ask the concierge what trip will take you there. Also google Bus Trips In England. Hope this helped over 7 years ago
I agree about the Peabody. Google it. A really fine museum And don't forget the British Museum run by Yale. Fantastic !!! over 7 years ago