GETTING THERE: So far, the major air carriers have not introduced special late-summer or early-fall discounts to London. Major airlines, including United, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways, are offering an off-season Dulles-London fare, for nonstop travel between Nov. 1 and late December, of $497, with restrictions. Late summer/early fall fares are about $100 higher, with restrictions. Major tour operators have not come out with special packages since the bombings. However, 1-800-FlyEurope (800-359-3876, www.1800flyeurope.com), a discount agency, is worth checking for deals on packages and airfare.
WHERE TO STAY: Hotels are reporting a drop in occupancy rates since the attacks, making it easier to find deals. Some examples:
* Until Sept. 1, doubles at the Renaissance Chancery Court (252 High Holborn, 800-228-9290, www.marriott.com) are going for a weekend rate of $195, three-night minimum. Usual nightly rates start at $255.
* Doubles at the Thistle Hyde Park (90-92 Lancaster Gate, 011-44-870-333-9110, www.thistlehotels.com) are running $135 a night, down from $195.
* Doubles at the Hilton London Kensington (179-199 Holland Park Ave., 800-445-8667, www.hilton.com) start at $142 a night, a good break off the usual $255 a night.
* Budget travelers will be hard-put to beat the rates -- starting at $35 a night -- at the no-frills EasyHotel (14 Lexham Gardens, www.easyhotel.com). A sister property to low-cost airline easyJet, the hotel features small rooms painted bright orange. Although some don't have windows, all have private baths. The further in advance the reservation, the cheaper the price; rooms booked on short notice could be as high as $142 double.
GETTING AROUND: An $8.30 day pass, available in Tube stations, offers unlimited travel on public transport throughout central London. The London Pass (www.londonpass.com), which offers access to city attractions, includes an option for Tube and bus transport; prices vary. In this period of high alert, security and information officers are circulating throughout the Underground stations, providing assistance. Lines and stations closed after the July 7 attacks are gradually reopening. Check out the official transit Web site at www.tfl.gov.uk for updates.
LONDON ON FOOT: If you want to stay above ground, the West End makes a good base. The area includes the theater district, major museums, shopping at Oxford Street and enough attractions to keep you busy for a week.
A number of reputable companies offer walking tours, including London Walks (www.walks.com), with pub crawls, Jack the Ripper walks and dozens of other themed strolls at $9.75 per person. For two wheels, the London Bicycle Tour Company (1A Gabriels Wharf, 56 Upper Ground, 011-44-20-7928-6838, www.londonbicycle.com) has group bike tours on weekend afternoons. The rate is $30 for the three-hour tour. It also rents bikes for $5.30 hourly or $28.40 daily.
INFORMATION: Visit London, www.visitlondon.com. Visit Britain, 800- 462-2748, www.visitbritain.com
-- Gary Lee