We were touring the street art scene at Shoreditch and Brick Lane. While waiting for our guide we struck a conversation with a local British couple touring with us. They were much older and wiser. As fellow travelers in this life that we have, it was sobering when they told us their reason.
They are taking time to discover their country after retiring as they missed so much of the above ground scenery as they spent a lot of time commuting and working in their offices.
They told us that they had mastered the Underground by scurrying around them while having a career and family in London. Now retired and children away from the nest, they are re-discovering the aboveground beauty of London!