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TRAVEL IN STYLE: LAND, AIR OR WATER

View the capital from a variety of vantage points with these nifty transport ideas. Now there’s no excuse for not getting on your bike, boat, or cable car for that matter.

1. FREEDOM PASS BUS TRAVEL
Granted, the current mix of buses aren’t as beautiful as the Route Masters of the past, but with a Freedom Pass available for every Londoner aged over 60 they do make an incredible resource for off peak travel. If you wanted to experience some living history them jump on the 24 Bus at Hampstead Heath – as it is the oldest surviving bus route, operating since 1911. To apply for a Freedom Pass visit
www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/services/freedom-pass 

2. TAXICARD
If mobility is an issue, Camden Council have just the ticket – a subsidised London’s black cab network. Black Cabs displaying the ‘Roundel’ logo will transport you at anywhere in Greater London for reduced fairs (although there is a cap on the number of journeys). Membership costs £10 per year and there is criteria restricting eligibility based on your level of mobility. For more information call 020 7974 5919 or visit www.camden.gov.uk and add “taxicard” into the search bar. Alternatively, contact Age UK Camden on 020 7239 0400. 

3. RIVER BUS
It’s not just trendy commuters who are taking to the waters. With a range of tickets available from singles, returns and roamer tickets it’s a great way to explore London on a budget. Five River Bus routes operate from 20 piers between Putney and Woolwich. Boats are wheelchair friendly and Freedom Pass holders or accompanying carers all get 50{2a6cab59ea5b16e58c81d14837b401dc1691be7ca51639631c90d73681ce878a} discount (£3.25 per trip). For more information call 020 7001 2200 or visit www.thamesclippers.com.

4. SANTANDER CYCLES
Better known as Boris Bikes, there are 10,000 bikes available to hire for short trips across 700 docking stations for as little as £2. You can hire up to four bikes at the same time. After paying the £2 bike access fee for the day, the first 30 minutes of each journey is free. Longer journeys cost £2 for each extra 30 minutes. Docking stations are located
around the lower half of the borough in Swiss Cottage, Camden Town, Kings Cross, Regents Park, Bloomsbury and Holborn. More info at www.tfl.gov.uk/modes/cycling/santander-cycles, or call 0343 222 6666.

5. EMIRATE AIRLINE
If you’ve got a head for heights, treat yourself to an aerial view of London. Emirates Air Line crosses the River Thames between Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks, just five minutes from the O2 by North Greenwich Tube station. Cabins arrive every 30 seconds and flights are approximately 10 minutes each way. After 9pm each day, flight durations are extended to approximately 25 minutes (12-13 minutes each way) so you can enjoy an even more relaxing trip across the Thames. A return ticket is £7, with a discount fare if purchased online. To book: www.emiratesairline.co.uk.

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