>Is Balham easily accessible to London for sightseeing?
4 Oct 15, 06:36
My husband, myself and my adult intellectually disabled daughter are visiting UK from Australia. We are intending to sightsee in London for 4 days in December then hire a car to tour the UK after that.We are looking at an Airbnb property in Balham. How easy is it to travel into London from here and would travel costs be exorbitant? My daughter uses a companion card as evidence of her disability in Australia and that provides free entry for her carer. Unfortunately I cannot find how we can access similar discounts in the UK
The journey time into london (the touristy bit of london) is only 20-25 minutes on the tube, so its not too bad time-wise, but i still don't recommend it. if i was staying in balham i wouldnt consider myself to be holidaying in london, because its too far outside.
You'll also have to get a train there and back every single day, because its too far on the bus -- youd be looking at an hour's journey each way (and youd have to change buses as well)
It will work out quite pricey for three of you over four days -- it will certainly be over 100 pounds (minimum). I would rather spend that extra money on a hotel closer to the centre. If you want somewhere cheap try looking around Pimlico and Paddington
As for the concessionary fares im pretty sure that you don't qualify if you come from abroad. There are concesssionary fares available, but you need to apply for something called a "freedom pass" which you won't be able to do coming from abroad. If your daughter was in a wheelchair then that would be different, because all wheelchair uses get free travel on the bus. Here is a page with more info if you want to look further into it: tfl.gov.uk/transport-accessibility/fare ... nd-tickets