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Left luggage at the Houses of Parliament

by jessicajess

Hi, It would be great if anyone could tell me if the Houses of Parliament has any left luggage facilities , or perhaps somewhere nearby?

Thanks, Jess

Re: Left luggage at the Houses of Parliament

by puerto_lover

I just noticed on Parliament website this:

Bags or luggage larger than those permitted in aircraft cabins may be refused entry. Parliament has no facilities for leaving items; commercial outlets are available nearby at Victoria and Charing Cross stations.

Take a look here:
http://www.parliament.uk/visiting/access/security.cfm

Re: Left luggage at the Houses of Parliament

by leics

The Houses of Parliament will have even stricter security than is the norm in UK public buildings, of course.

You will find details of railway station left luggage facilities and costs (not cheap) here:

http://www.left-baggage.co.uk/locations.php

Travel Tips for London

British Museum

by iandsmith

When moving from one level to another, on the side of the staircases are a bevy of mosaics from Roman times from Carthage and Halicarnassus in Turkey. Just think what you're missing out on in the lift!

See the Houses of Parliament...

by GUYON

See the Houses of Parliament (Parliament Sq)
It is a huge Victorian building erected in 1840-68 on the former Palace of Westminster.
The clock tower is worldly known as Big Ben by the name of the bell which rings the London hours.

Kensington Palace

by pili

This was the birthplace of Queen Victoria and last home of Princess Diana. It´s located in Kensington Gardens (next to Hyde park). It´s worth visiting just to see the beautiful gate.

Este palacio fue donde nacio la reina Victoria y también fue el último hogar de la Princesa Diana. Está locaclizado dentro de los jardines de Kensignton, al lado del Hyde Park. Vale la pena la visita, sólo para ver la bellísima puerta de acceso al palacio

A few hints with the language

by rephluxx

Just because you're from America doesn't mean that you speak the same language that the Brits do. Having lived in both countries, here are a few common language blocks:
"Are you alright?" - often shortened to 'you alright?' If someone says this to you they are not in fact worried that your health is failing, but merely greeting you. Think of it as a "Hi, how are you." I've known people who got very flustered when greeted like this and were convinced they looked ill. Not so.
"Quid" - another word for pounds. Think of it as saying 'that's twenty bucks.' instead of 'that's twenty dollars.'
"Toilets/Loo" - always ask for the toilet or the loo. Never ask for the bathroom or the restroom.
"Cheers" - Means thank you/bye. If someone says this to you do NOT go on about how cute it sounds in front of them. Sigh.
"Granary bread" - Wholegrain bread.
"Aubergine" - eggplant.
"Top up" - refill. As in refilling a drink or putting more money on your phone, etc.
"Mobile" - cellphone.
"Cash Machine" - ATM.
"Courgette" - Zucchini
"Coach" - bus.
"Torch" - flashlight.
"Brilliant" - if something is described as being brilliant, it usually is being refferred to as great - not high in IQ.
"Jumper" - sweater.
"Pissed/Arseholed/Off my ***" - drunk.
"Pissup" a night/event in which the purpose is to get drunk.
There's tons more, but hopefully that's a good starter list. And do stand on the RIGHT of all escalators unless you want to be shoved aside by people walking on the left.

More Differences Across The Pond {Chapter 8}

by Elena_007

roundabout: a circular road with exits at different sections of the curved road. Unlike American 4 way stops, traffic only flows in one direction. You must drive around the circle until your street veers off to the left, as there is no right turn from a roundabout.

row: (pronounced, as "cow" not "sew") an argument, or verbal disagreement.

rubber: an eraser for erasing pencil markings, but entirely different in the US, as it is commonly referred to as a condom.

rubbish: everyday waste or trash, or sometimes rubbish can be considered nonsense, as in, "There is no truth to it whatsoever, absolute rubbish!"

rucksack: a backpack in America.

sarnie: British slang for sandwich.

school: same as in US, only you do not refer to anyone who is in college as going to school. It is proper to ask what University does one attend, not what school do you go to?

scrap: junk. In the UK, they discard their scrap in scrapyards, where in America, we deposit our junk in junkyards.

scrote: a person equivalent to American scum, or a scumbag.

Sellotape: What Americans call Scotch tape, both being brand names for clear cellophane tape.

settee: equivalent of a couch or a loveseat in the US.

shandy: a mixture of beer or lager mixed with British lemonade (the carbonated Sprite or 7 UP like beverage) It is mostly beer or lager, probaby 80-90%, but it is commonly thought that someone can drink shandy without becoming overly intoxicated, in England.

shop: the equivalent to a store in the US, not a garage to have your vehicle repaired.

skip: A skip is a US dumpster or trash bin.

sleeping policeman: speed bump.Can you imagine the look on an American's face when hearing about someone rolling over a sleeping policeman at such a speed that it nearly damaged his motor (car) ??? I can!

slip road: an on/off ramp entering to or exiting from a motorway, highway, interstate, or freeway, called exits in America. It could be confusing for a Brit to hear, "You get on interstate 'Whatever" at the "Here" exit, and get off on the "Now" exit.

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