Jubilee Court Hotel

106-110 Queensway, Bayswater, London, England W2
Royal Hyde Park Hotel
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River Thames boat trip

by crazyman2

Okay, everyone, I'm off to London in October and I'd like to go on a river cruise on the Thames.

I'm after about 2-3 hours on a boat that isn't a huge 100-seater! I'd prefer to view the eastern end of the river rather than head up towards Oxford.

Also, isn't there an amphibious excursion available?

Does anyone have any details about any of this?
I'm especially after personal recommendations.


Re: River Thames boat trip

by hawkhead

Amphibious bus: London Duck Tours - all info you would need on the website.

As for your river cruise, I think you must be after a private charter, so this site may help you, as it gives quite a few companies.


Re: River Thames boat trip

by christine.j

We did the Duck Tours and it was great fun. A sightseeing drive through London and then onto - into? - the Thames. Book ahead as they are very strict about the number of passengers allowed on board - only as many as there are life jackets!
Try to sit near a window, that is near the hole where a window could be, and don't wear your best suit.
I have more details on my London page.
Enjoy your trip.

Re: River Thames boat trip

by davesut

Duck tours are great fun and i really rate the guides on the ducks. The Thames experience is a bit limited though, you won't see much of the Thames on this.It only travels from Lambeth Bridge to Westminster Bridge and you get a good view of the Palace of Westminster but little else.

There are a few boats that go from Westminster Pier toward Tower Bridge but if you are after a longer journey east take Thames River Services which will take you east from Westminster Pier (Houses of Parliament) to the Greenwich Park or the Thames Barrier beyond. I've done this twice in the last two years. The journey from Westminster Pier to Tower Bridge is the stretch with more points of interest, beyond Tower Bridge you'll find that the guide ***s up and the river becomes much wider, you'll see how the old docks have been redeveloped plus a view of Canary wharf. You also get a sense of the size of the Thames here and take a jumper as it got a bit windy when we were there, in October it will be even worse! You can alight at Greenwich Park and take in the observatory. Allow time for heading back to the center of London. You can take the boat back, Docklands Light Railway and the Tube take a bit of time, you may be better catching a bus, check that out on the transport for London website.


Re: River Thames boat trip

by davesut

thise ***s should be shuts up

Travel Tips for London

for students: before you arrive in London-1

by Manyana

Before you arrive, you should ensure that you have done your assignment of getting around.
Please do the following:
- if you're not an EU national, have your visa ready for inspection at customs. Check (on your visa) if you need to register with the police in London, which you should do within one week of your arrival.
- Have a route map of London. You'll be walking A LOT. it's very handy to tell your way around.
- make your own search for accommodation beforehand. You have three options: Either look for a student accommodation office which is expensive if you're a budget student; arrange with a friend to stay with them temporarily; or stay at a budget hotel. there's a wide variety of budget hotel in king's cross, victoria and paddington and they're all within easy access to central london.
- check the address you want to arrive at on TfL, that will save you time asking people around even though it's handy to ask
- good to have some cash with you for transportation, one-week supply of food and pocket money. make sure your credit card can be used internationally. i've met few students who had no clue that their cards didn't work at international stores! better to have either MasterCard or Visa, or check with your bank. you may use traveller's cheque though i don't recommend it, as you need to look for an exchange bureau to use them.
- check your passport to be valid for 3 months at least. some embassies require 6 months.

i know this should come from common knowledge, but i'm stunned when i find out that many students are travel virgin. that's ok...why VT is here;^) when my friend picked me up from the airport and my two big 'arab' suitcases was my fondest memory of arrival. we hugged tightly! then he dropped me off at another friend's house that evening.

See the Tower of London - see...


See the Tower of London - see the fabulous castle above? That is historical castle where Henry the VIII beheaded Anne Boleyn. It was said that there was so much blood shed in this castle that you can't take a few steps anywhere around without touching on a spot where some historical events happened. Looking at the Crown Jewels of England and listening to the BeefEaters who acted as tourist guides around the Tower. These Beefeaters were dressed in a fine costume with a black hat and were very friendly! Heard the story about the black raven/crows? They believed that the presence of the black raven is a sign of good luck and if one day all the black raven were to fly away, that would be the end of the Tower. So what do they do to keep them permanently there? They clipped their wings - poor thing! Picture from the web is Idwal Bellis, a yeoman at the Tower since 1992.

Tower of London and its Yeoman Warders

by dvideira

At the Tower of London there is a lot to see, the major draws are the Crown Jewels and the history associated with the Tower's role as a prison for major figures in history.

Another attraction at the Tower are the Yeoman Warders or Beefeaters, dressed in distinctive uniform, they provide classic photo opportunities, and also perform tours.
( The name Beefeaters comes from the French word - boufitirs. Boufitiers were guards in the palace of French kings. They protected the king's food ).

Every night for the last 700 years the Tower has been locked up in the Ceremony of the Keys.
( At 21:53 each night the Chief Yeoman Warder of the Tower, dressed in Tudor uniform, sets off to meet the Escort of the Key bedecked in the well-known Beefeater uniform. Together they tour the various gates ceremonially locking them, on returning to the Bloody Tower archway they are challenged by a sentry and must announce themselves before passing through the arch. A trumpeter then sounds the Last Post before the keys are secured in the Queen’s House ).

Much much more fun than the changing guards at Buckinghan Palace...

Opening Times : 09:00 (10:00 Sunday) to 18:00 (1 hr earlier Nov, Dec)

Gate price:
adult £13.50; children £9.00; student (with ID) senior citizen (60+) £10.50; family ( up to 2 adults and 3 children ) £37.50

There are better prices for booking by phone
Information line: +44 (0)870 756 6060 Just a little bit of curious information on the Beefeaters...

A so-called Beefeater's official title is:
"Yeoman Warder of Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress the Tower of London and Member of the Sovereign's Body Guard of the Yeoman Guard Extraordinary."


There are two versions for the name "Beefeaters":

1. The name "Beefeaters" comes from the French word - boufitirs. Boufitiers were guards in the palace of French kings. They protected the king's food ).

2. The erroneous nickname "Beefeater" probably dates back to the time when Yeoman Warders were given a daily ration of meat. (Records show, that in 1813, the daily ration for the 30 men on duty was a remarkable 24 pounds of beef, 18 pounds of mutton, and 16 pounds of veal.)

City Borders

by phil_uk_net

London consists of two cities. The City of London is actually quite small and mainly comprises the financial district which is extremely busy Monday to Friday but deserted at weekends. The City of Westminster is where most visitors to London will spend their time.

The symbol of the City of London is a Griffin with the shield of St George. Street signs in the City of London have on them the cross of St George in addition to the street name.

At the boundary between the two cities are more symbols of the City of London to show that this is what you are about to enter.

No Refills...

by joits

Not sure how important this is for some people, but for me... I drink a lot of soda or juice when I eat. In the US, we usually get all the soda we want. Free refills. That's why whenever I ate out, I usually just got tap water, its the only refill they give. With everything already so expensive in London, I preferred to order water because I didn't want to spend about $10 a meal just on drinks. I went to Wagamama with friends and someone ordered a Sprite, and it came in this small bottle... and it was like two pounds! Geez.


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 Jubilee Court Hotel

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Address: 106-110 Queensway, Bayswater, London, England W2