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One Day of Freedom

by scoffy991177

I will be doing some traveling in the UK in the month of August with the family. Our fist destination is London. I've never been!
I'm arriving a day early and would like to do a little exploring before the rest of my family arrives. Not the average tourist stuff that we'll be sure to do when they get here.
Suggestions of what part of London to stay? I haven't done any research. I'm looking for an area where there's a lot of action and is safe for a young solo traveler. And good for walking around.
Any idea what the cost of a taxi is from Heathrow?
THank you!!

Re: One Day of Freedom

by goodfish

The best (quickest/cheapest) way from Heathrow to central London is via Heathrow Express train. See this website for ticket prices and schedule to Paddington station. From there, you can take tube or taxi to your hotel.

Heathrow row is quite a distance out of London so would be very expensive by cab, and would take much longer than by the express.

Re: One Day of Freedom

by jonellis

Heathrow Express trains are NOT the cheapest way into Central London. The Tube is less. The Piccadilly line services Heathrow airport.

Re: One Day of Freedom

by goodfish

Oops. Most acquaintances I know have taken the express and said is was fast/reasonable so...
The tube Is usually the cheaper alternative around the city.

Re: One Day of Freedom

by christine.j

A good area to stay is Bayswater. There are many budget hotels and so many young people staying. It's close to Paddington Station, the stop of the Heathrow trains if you decide to take them.
If you take the tube from Heathrow, you'll have to change, but there are two tube stations, Queensway and Bayswater.
Walking is easy, Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park are right next door. I often walk down Bayswater Road into Oxford Street, it's not far. There are also buses serving this route.

If you want to do something different from the usual sightseeing, go on a walk with London Walks. They offer so many different walks, from the main sights to some really hidden corners.

Re: One Day of Freedom

by cubsur

Yes the Heathrow Express is by far from being the cheapest way of getting from the airport into London but it is the quickest. However the end station is Paddington, which is on the western edge of the city so 99% of travellers will then need the Underground (tube) or a bus or a taxi to get to their final destination. If time is not issue take the Underground Piccadilly line as suggested all the way from the airport and save your money. And the Piccadilly line runs on the surface almost all the way, so it's not 45 minutes in dark tunnel!

Re: One Day of Freedom

by goodfish

Good point - it was really the quickest route I meant in my original post and should have said that tube was cheaper. Either one, however, is cheaper than taxi. :)

Re: One Day of Freedom

by Alison_B

Most places in London are safe, I normally walk around London (young and female) late at night with no worries.

If you are looking for somewhere that is vibrant I would either recommend the Leicester Square/Covent Garden area, although this may be on the expensive side, or alternatively Camden area which is popular with students.

As for what to do when you get here, there is always the classic attractions, but if you want more off the beaten path I would possibly suggestion Monument rather than the London Eye, Notting Hill has a cool vibe you could also try doing something really different like a treasure hunt, I've recently set up a company offering these (, or you can try rowing on the Thames in Richmond.

Hope this helps.

Travel Tips for London

The half-price booth

by Rojo72

If you come to London you definately should try to go see a musical, but how to do that when all the tickets are VERY expensive or the shows have no tickets left?

The answer is the half-price booth at Leicester Square. They sell tickets to the shows the same day at half price (or near half-price). Turn up in good time (I think they open at like 10 or something) and decide from posters outside what show you want to see. Don't expect to find the biggest shows here though. We went to watch "Damn Yankees" with Jerry Lewis. I had never heard of it nor have I read anything about it afterwards but it was really good. My feeling is that most musicals probably are!



by atifkazi

PLEASE PLAN YOUR TRIP Before you come to London, Its compulsory!!, do it, or you will be sorry, its quite a big city.
These sites will help you plan your trip; Take the tips from this site, and then have a look at maps and tickets and other stuff on the below links:


Tickets,and directories I know where i was going and i had no difficulty going anywhere

go to the London Eye.

by Lozza_9

Here a few details on how to get to the London Eye.

By Tube:
The nearest stations are Westminster
(Exit 1 Westminster Pier) and Waterloo, which
are both within 5 minutes walking distance.
From Waterloo mainline station, take exit
6 for the South Bank and follow the signs.
By Bus
Bus routes to The Eye include the 211, 24 and 11,
and it is on most London Sightseeing tour bus routes.
To see more pictures of the London Eye Click

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One former job

by feline01

The Swiss Centre no longer exists it is now a nightclub but I have fond memories of working there from 10/89-3/90. It was my only legal job while living in London. I met some great people, some whom I am still friends with and see after all these years. It was my first experience working somewhere where I was the only American. What a learning experience!


by DAO

The Union Flag is often called the 'Union Jack'. When King James VI of Scotland ascended to the English throne, thereby becoming James I of England, the national flags of England and Scotland were merged in 1606. They incorporated the Red Cross on a white background of the St George’s Cross (England) and the diagonal blue Cross of St Andrew (Scotland). Later the St Patrick's Cross was added which is the red diagonal stripes you see on the finish article toady. Wales was subjugated to England and the yellow and black Cross of St David is not incorporated. A ‘Jack’ is a flag on a naval vessel, but the Union Flag is almost always called the Union Jack.


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