The best way to get to London if you have little time and little money, is to fly with RyanAir and use the Standstad Express. For very little money you fly to London Standsted and from there it is 45 minutes to the city centre with the train connection Standsted Express. 45 Minutes in which you can get a perfect impression of the English countryside.
from the high vantage points such as St Pauls Cathedral you can see huge amount of different architectural styles around London, the Skyline is awash with every shape, form and colour that goes into the mix to create this one off city.
Please try to see a show or...
Please try to see a show or play in the West End. Take care though at the half price theatre ticket booths. I tried to buy 2 tickets for my daughter and I to see The Hobbit, one of the few plays to have a child discount. First they told me they only had top price tickets,£32.50. Then no child discound on Saturday nights. Next they added on VAT and booking fee and it cost £41.50 each. OUCH! It was a great play though.
Tower of London - The Wharf
The great wharf at the Tower of London was built in stages during the 14th century, principally as a place where goods could be loaded and unloaded from boats on the river. In the following centuries it accommodated at different times cannon-foundries, a small arms factory and a gunpowder proof yard.
American Observations in England
A fortnight is the equivalent of two weeks time. Americans are fortunate IF they can accumulate a fortnight for their yearly vacation time, where most in the UK automatically receive almost twice that for holiday time off each year, without regard to number of days worked in advance.
A cupboard is a kitchen closet, but a wardobe is a clothes closet.
A peckish chap or bloke is a hungry gentleman.
Nosh is grub or food.
A biscuit or "bickie" (often called digestives on the package) is known in America as a cookie, such as a Ginger Snap, not the fluffy, mouth watering scone like accompaniments that Americans smother in gravy, add apple butter to, or just butter, served with any meal. My favorite (favourite)are garlic and cheddar cheese biscuits from Red Lobster. MMMMmmm!!!
A fairy cake is a cupcake.
An ice lolly is a popsicle.
Bangers are sausages often prepared in a well known English dish called "Bangers and Mash." (Mash pototoes & sausages)
Toad in the hole is another English dish made with bangers (sausages) and yorkshire pudding. (a type of bread pastry roll)
Bubbles and Squeak is another English dish consisting of potatoes and cabbage stir fried, and got it's name from making bubbling and sqeaking noises whilst cooking.
A rasher is a slice of bacon, but is more similar to a slice of ham. Streaky is what is known as American bacon.
Eggy bread is French toast
Jelly is flavored (flavoured) gelatin, like American jello.
Jam is like preserves, (also known as jam in the US).
Runner beans are green beans.
Mushy peas are English peas mashed up
usually with butter, and are of a creamy texture, and are often sold at a chippie. (Fish and Chips shop)
Prawns are Shrimp.
A steak and kidney pie is almost like a beef pot pie, and popular in England, but I think a steak and ale pie (preferably Guinness) is much better, without the kidneys.