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    British Vehicles

    by Conflictrealms Written Apr 20, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Britian is famous for lots of its different transport. Here are some photos of 4 vehicles you will see if you ever come london.
    1) Mini cooper, Made famous by the film "The Italian Job", but have come back in fashion dramatically recently.
    2) Black Cab, You will see these EVERYWHERE in London, just like the yellow taxis in new york. They are very exciting to ride in, just watch out for the price.
    3) Double Decker Bus, Every tourist to London has probably travelled on these, they are great fun, they have improved recently with the introdruction on the COngestion Charge, It will cost you £1 per ride, whether you are going 25 miles or 1 mile.
    4) The British Police vehicles, You probably will see these driving around London, Not only do they move when needed, but they now patrol the streets ensuring everyones safety!

    London Transport

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    Greenwich.

    by Maurizioago Updated Jul 20, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Greenwich is a borough of London situated on the right bank of the Thames.

    Here you can visit the Royal Observatory; the Queen's House and the National Maritime Museum.

    The Royal Observatory was founded by order of king Charles II to study astronomy and to fix longitude. The oldest building there is Flamsteed House, designed by Wren in 1675. Inside the observatory there are many instruments used in the past and a collection of time-telling devices.

    The Queen's House; was originally part of a royal palace. It was meant by king James I to be the home of his consort, Anne of Denmark. Its construction started in 1616. It was enlarged in 1662.

    Greenwich park. The Royal Observatory.
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    The Silver Jubilee Walkway

    by filipdebont Written Mar 9, 2003

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    Favorite thing: In order to celibrate the Queen's Silver Jubilee, they created a self-guided walkway. This walkway is created in 1977 and brings you along an important part of London's architecture and history.

    This silver jubilee walkway is ideal for a first visit to London, as it brings you to the highlights and is great to get a good first impression of the city.

    I did not walk the complete walkway, but I did parts of it.

    Silver Jubilee Walkway
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    OPEN TOP BUS TOURS

    by hevbell Updated Jan 2, 2004

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    Favorite thing: In my opinion the best way to see London (particularly if you have never been before) is to take one of the open top bus tours available. There are a couple of different companies running these tours but the one I would recommend is the Big London Bus.
    They have two routes - red and blue and you can change between the two at a few different points on the journey. The buses are hop on-hop off meaning that you can alight at any of the scheduled stops along the routes, visit whatever sight you want then get back on the bus again.
    The Big London Bus is unique in that it has a live guide providing commentary (and often a few laughs!) rather than a recording. They also have language buses.
    Included in the ticket price (£15) is a river cruise plus three available walking tours
    Directions: The pick up points are dotted all over the city but the office is on Buckingham Palace Road very near Victoria Station.

    Houses of Parliement from the River Thames
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    Lost? The easy way to find yourself

    by Cham Written Aug 17, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The Giant Peenarse (spelling changed for firewall reasons) or those who are a little less vulgar would call it the giant Gherkin has saved many a traveller lost in London. Don't think any less of me for calling that... honestly hand on my heart you can ask any person in london where this is and they'll know exactly what you're talking about!

    Like a Lighthouse saving sailors on stormy nights this piece of architecture shows up like a beacon on the london skyline. Basically if you're ever lost head in the direction of this and it will take you to the City of London near Liverpool St station. On the way you may even find other landmarks that will guide you closer to your destination but if comepletely lost just remember...

    "Look for the Giant Dong in the skyline"

    Gherkin/Peenarse in the Sky

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    LEFT LUGGAGE - VICTORIA

    by Acirfa Updated May 31, 2006

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    Favorite thing: If you need to leave bags, luggage etc in London whilst sight seeing then I find that the short trek down to the Victoria Coach Station from the train station is worth a saving of approximately £4 on a small backpack left for over 2hrs.

    For more information:

    http://www.tfl.gov.uk/vcs/facilities_luggage.shtml

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    Travel card

    by Imbi Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: It all depends that how long and where are you staying in London. Travelling could prove very expensive in London if one decided to travel with organising their journey. If you are staying for a week in London, the best thing would be to buy a weekly card. One-day cards are also very handy and could you save money. If you are staying in central London, you could buy Zone 1,2 travel card and it’s valid from 0930 hrs to midnight.

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    London is a Maze

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Most of London's roads seem to be more difficult to follow than the ordinary European standard. Getting lost here is easy; finding your way back not so easy. Unlike America with its city blocks founded on right angles, Europe tangles its thoroughfares deliberately. One of the few straight roads that runs for any appreciable length in London is "the Mall," which runs a considerable distance from the front gate at Buckingham Palace to one of the centers of London activity at Trafalgar Square. The common link is the 20th century Admiralty Arch (pictured in the background).

    Admiralty Arch, at the east end of the Mall
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    Got Lost?

    by A2002 Written Nov 12, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Getting around London can be quite difficult in the beginning. However, if you get more familiar with the transport system and has a good map, you should be alright.

    Fondest memory: Driving is a nightmare in London Zone 1 to me. The traffic lights for green is amazingly fast, about 4 cars can get through each green lights along the busy shopping streets.

    Typical Sign Post for Tourists.

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    Getting there

    by Pieter11 Written Dec 15, 2004

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    Favorite thing: 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.

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    Right direction movement

    by LanaFromRiga Written Apr 15, 2005

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    Favorite thing: It was my first visit to London and it was a big problem for me this right direction movement.

    Fondest memory: I soled the problem when mentioned words “Look right” or “Look left” before each crossroads. This really helped to save myself from accident.

    Roads in London
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    Big Bus Sightseeing Tour part 4

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jun 23, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Continuation of my BLUE TOUR:
    15: COVENT GARDEN – Big Bus stop outside No.1 (Aldwych Royal Opera House, London’s Transport Museum, Somerset House).
    16: ALDWYCH – Stop K, Aldwych (The Law Courts, St Clement Danes, Fleet Street).
    17: ST PAUL’S (The City, Barbican, Museum of London, Millennium Bridge).

    You can watch my 4 min 13 sec Video London trip by double-decker excursion bus part 4 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    Big Bus Sightseeing Tour part 6

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jun 27, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Continuation of my BLUE TOUR:
    21: WESTMINSTER PIER – Stop M, Victoria Embankment (River Cruises)
    22: WESTMINSTER BRIDGE – next to the Lion Statue (River Cruises, Dali Universe, London Aquarium)
    23: LAMBETH PALACE – Stop outside Lambeth Palace (Imperial War Museum, Museum of Garden History)
    24: PARLIAMENT SQUARE – Stop M, Abingdon Street (Houses of Parliament, Victoria Tower,Tate Britain)
    25: WESTMINSTER ABBEY – Stop outside 43 Tothill Street (New Scotland Yard, Westminster Cathedral)
    26: BUCKINGHAM PALACE – outside No.1 Buckingham Gate
    27: ROYAL MEWS – outside No. 31 (Buckingham Palace Rd Big Bus Information Centre)
    28: VICTORIA – outside Westminster Thistle Hotel (Big Bus Information Centre)
    29: VICTORIA STATION – outside Grosvenor Hotel
    30: MARBLE ARCH – Speakers’ Corner (Oxford Street, Hyde Park)
    31: MAYFAIR – Park Lane (Oxford Street, Little America).
    32: GREEN PARK UNDERGROUND – Stop PE (St James’s Palace, Bond Street).
    33: HYDE PARK CORNER – Stop opposite Hard Rock Cafe (Constitution Hill, Green Park, Wellington Arch).
    34: HYDE PARK CORNER – Stop L, outside Lanesborough Hotel (Wellington Museum, Belgravia, Hyde Park, Wellington Arch).
    35: HARRODS – bus stop outside Harrods, Brompton Road (Knightsbridge, Harvey Nichols, Sloane Street).
    36: SOUTH KENSINGTON – Stop N, near Rembrandt Hotel (V&A Museum, Natural History Museum, Science Museum).
    37: GLOUCESTER ROAD – Stop GR outside underground station
    38: KENSINGTON PALACE – Stop N, Kensington Road (Kensington High Street).
    39: NOTTING HILL – Stop M, Notting Hill Gate (Portobello Road Market, Holland Park).
    40: KENSINGTON GARDENS – Ramada Hotel, Bayswater Rd (Queensway, Whiteley’s Shopping Centre).
    41: PRINCESS DIANA MEMORIAL PLAYGROUND – Bayswater Rd (The Elfin Tree, Round Pond).
    42: BAYSWATER – Stop by Elizabeth Hotel, Lancaster Terrace (The Italian Gardens, Serpentine, The Long Water).
    43: PADDINGTON STATION – Stop on London St (next to Praed St)

    You can watch my 4 min 28 sec Video London by double-decker part 6 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    Buy a tube pass

    by jennwerner Written Jun 25, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Buy a tube pass. Almost all the major sites are within walking distance of a tube stop. London is so easy to get around in I couldnt believe it. Buying a tube pass will keep you from having to pay cab fare which adds up so quickly.

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    Big Bus Sightseeing Tour part 1

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jun 23, 2013

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    Favorite thing: The tour along London by double-decker bus is another fondest memory about the city. Paul stayed in the hotel and I took a tour alone.
    Your Big Bus Sightseeing Tour is created around a carefully designed route that takes you to the key places of interest, and a hop-on hop-off facility that lets you discover them.
    Your open-top bus tour takes you to all of London’s famous landmarks and reveals London’s colourful 2,000-year history. The tour offers you a choice of a recorded commentary or a live commentary delivered by entertaining guides.
    The hop-on, hop-off facility will enable you to get on and off the bus at many places of interest. Choose from the 24 or 48 hour ticket to see the city and its sights at your own pace.
    Your sightseeing tour of London also includes a free cruise on the River Thames and 4 guided walking tours for you to enjoy; plus Big Bus Reward Vouchers that offer a range of discounts at attractions, shops and restaurants.
    The Big Bus Sightseeing Tour is a safe and relaxed way to experience this great city and it is the perfect introduction to London and a fun day out for all.
    London Bus Tours Tickets & Prices:
    Normal Price for 24-hours tour - £30
    Normal Price for 48-hours tour - £36

    Fondest memory: My BLUE TOUR – with COMMENTARY IN A CHOICE OF 8 LANGUAGES^
    4: MARBLE ARCH – Speakers’ Corner (Oxford Street, Hyde Park).
    5: MADAME TUSSAUD’S – Big Bus stop, Marylebone Road (Sherlock Holmes Museum, London Zoo).
    6: OXFORD CIRCUS - Stop RF, Regent Street (Oxford Street, Fitzrovia).
    7: REGENT STREET – Stop V, Regent Street (Soho, Chinatown, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!).
    9: HAYMARKET – Big Bus stop, outside No.11 Haymarket (Leicester Square, Planet Hollywood, Trocadero).
    10: TRAFALGAR SQUARE – Stop Z, by the National Gallery (National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Nelson’s Column).

    I got off here to visit the National Gallery

    You can watch my 4 min 18 sec Video London - trip by double-decker bus part 1 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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