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Area of Hotels Recommendation & Eurotrain

by t5776

Hello Londoners,

We are a group of 3 on our 1st visit to London in early Oct. We intend to travel from Paris to London by Eurostar for a 2 days 1 night stay. Appreciate if anyone could advise on the followings :-

1. What's name of the station that Eurostar stops in London ?
2. It's cost effective for us to purchase for our tickets in the Paris station ?
3. Is there a differentiation in charges if we use Euro in UK ?

WE intend to hop on to a BIG bus tours and learned that the principal starting points are at Baker Street Station,Marble Arch,Trafalgar Square,Green Park and Victoria station.
We would need some advise on any recommendation of a good hotel within walking distance to these principal starting points with a view on the following points:

a. Our budget of USD 150 per night
b. Some shopping in the evening
c. Variety of restaurants
d. Centrally located . ( bearing in mind of our connection back to Paris by Eurostar )

Thank you.

Re: Area of Hotels Recommendation & Eurotrain

by hawkhead

1. St Pancras. This is right next to King's Cross Station.

2. Don't know what you mean. Are you already in London? However, I do understand that it is cheaper to do the trip Paris-London-Paris. Early october is not long away and the later you leave it, the more expensive it will be to travel.

3. The currency in the UK is £ sterling. Some places will accept Euros but you will receive a simply awful exchange rate. You will not be able to use Euros as a matter of course.

4. A hotel that VTer Leics uses is The Euro Hotel located in Bloomsbury, which is a good area for transport. Try also looking in Bayswater and Lancaster Gate (for Marble Arch) and Marylebone (for Baker Street). There is a hop on/hop off stop outside the Lancaster Gate tube station. I, personally, don't like the Victoria area but that is just a personal choice. All the places I mention have excellent transport links.

Re: Area of Hotels Recommendation & Eurotrain

by TexasDave

To your question #2: the only cost effective way to buy your tickets is to do it as far in advance as you can. Priced rise dramatically the closer you get to the date of departure. And the price is the same if you pay in either currency. $150 per night for a nice hotel centrally located is a tall order. If you wind up not finding anything, the tube is easy to use and makes hotels further afield a little closer.

Re: Area of Hotels Recommendation & Eurotrain

by hawkhead

You can certainly find accommodation that is clean and decent and central for in the region of £96 per night.

Re: Area of Hotels Recommendation & Eurotrain

by leics

2. Buy your tickets now. The booking 'window' opens 120 days in advance, and cheaper tickets will be sold out long before your departure date. The walk-up fare (if there are seats available0 is bery expensive.

Use the official website to buty tickets online:

3. Do not even think of using euros. Exchange them for GBP or get some GBP from an ATM when you arrive at St Pancras. Few places will accept euro, and you can absolutely guarantee that if they do you will be getting a very poor exchange rate.

The euro is not a pan-European currency. The *only* legal tender in the UK is GBP.

4. You will find ample choice for hotels. The Euro hotel is concvenient for St P, and for the main sites (on foot or using Tube/bus). It is on the edge of Blomsbury, on a quiet leafy square. www.eurohotel.couk

Otherwise look at which is a reliable site used by many VT-ers, with honest guest reviews (can't be posted unless you have completed a stay booked through the site) and good mapping.

You can find big bus stops (you don't need the 'principal starting points, just a stop) here:

I also suggest you look at the other tour company, which offers 3 different routes within the city:

Travel Tips for London

Ask twice

by Superhans

Something iv noticed is, lots of people need to be asked twice! It may sound odd, but trust me.. If someone dont answer you the first time, ask again, youll probably get a reply.

Oh bring an umbrella (brolly), especially in winter! And keep a very close eye on the weather forecast.

Some possible itineraries to kickstart your plans

by CatherineReichardt

Travel is an intensely personal thing, and thankfully there is no 'one size fits all' solution. Each traveller needs to customise their itinerary to suit their available time, budget and personal interests, but starting with a blank sheet of paper can be an intimidating thing - especially for a city as large and complex as London - so here are a few suggestions to get your creative juices flowing.
What follows are a few suggestions for diverse attractions in certain areas that could be easily grouped together. This will probably be a 'work in progress', but hopefully it should help to kick start your planning process - just bear in mind that certain areas offer so much that you could easily occupy yourself for more than one day.
KENSINGTON: Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Albert & Victoria Museum, Albert Memorial, Royal Albert Hall (including a performance), Kensington Gardens (including the Diana Memorial Fountain, Diana Memorial Playground and Peter Pan statue), Kensington Palace
WESTMINSTER: Houses of Parliament, Parliament Square, Westminster Abbey, London Eye, London Aquarium, Florence Nightingale Museum, boat cruise, South Bank complex (including a performance)
VICTORIA: Buckingham Palace, The Mall, St James' Park, Westminster Cathedral, Victoria theatres (including a show)
LEICESTER SQUARE: Trafalgar Square, National Portrait Gallery, stroll through Soho, Covent Garden, London Transport Museum, theatres (including a performance)
BLOOMSBURY: British Museum, stroll around the various squares in Bloomsbury including Russell Square, British Library, Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, St Pancras Station, Kings Cross Station, various bits of London University (University College London, University College Hospital, Birkbeck College, Senate House, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, School of Tropical Medicine)
REGENTS PARK: Regents Park, wander around the Georgian squares, London Zoo, boat trip on the Regents Canal, Little Venice, Camden Lock Market (by boat)
Hopefully this has given you some food for thought, and with a little research, London will be your oyster! Happy planning!

Hot Chestnuts

by luke850

If you visit central London in winter, you will see street vendors selling warm chestnuts. These are very nice, and are in no way associated with the dodgy hotdog/hamburger stalls you will also see. Make sure you try the chestnuts, they're very nice.

Can we have our Skylon back please ?

by sourbugger

In July 2008, there was a bit of a press splash about an idea to re-create the 'Skylon'.

The 'Skylon' was an impressive piece of public art, and was probably the most talked about feature of the 1951 festival of Britain. It was only standing (if that is wthe right word) for a year because of fears that it might collapse and / or be struck by lightening.

The long (300 foot) elegant object was designed in such a way that it seemed to float, vertically, over the south bank of the Thames. A design for the 21st century would look the same, but new technology means it might last 60-100 years.

I really hope that the idea comes off. I hope even more that thgey place it nect to the London eye (the giant wheel) so people like me can make a few off-colour smutty jokes about the two together.

Playing Pub Pool

by luke850

In many pubs in London there is a pool table for you to play. If there is somebody playing on the table and you want to play, the usual custom is to put your money for the game on the table, so others know that you are playing next. The usual amount per game is 50p or £1.


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