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    Know more...!

    by Maputosimon Updated May 26, 2010

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    Fondest memory: I've learnt a lot about the history & culture of London. It's a real shame that people who call themselves Londoners don't even know this place well themselves! For example, did you know that London is actually two cities? The City of Westminster (where the politicians and spies are based), and the City of London (where the MONEY is made!).

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    Where to stay?

    by Durfun Written Mar 11, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Bayswater definitely is popular as it's near Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens. Lots of museums are pretty close-by in South Kensington. You could even walk to Victoria if you want! A wide range of prices possible in this area :)

    Soho/Chinatown (further east from Bayswater) is mainly a shopping & munching area, not near any 'sights' in particular, but not far Regent St/Oxford St, and landmarks like Eros in Piccadilly, Leicester Square cinemas, theatres, Covent Garden restaurants, etc.

    Pimlico is just South of Victoria, so good as a commuting location. Otherwise devoid of fun/action.

    If you venture slightly further East from Soho, eg Aldgate (near Tower of London) prices are lower, and still you're near tourist attractions, like the bridges, etc.

    Enjoy London :)

    Fondest memory: The history, the museums, art galleries, the architecture, multi-ethnicity, the list is endless....

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  • London travel app for iPhones/iPods

    by streetwisechap Written Mar 11, 2010

    Favorite thing: I've just downloaded a neat little App which has been showing me around London. It's called Superlative London. It's a bit of a Guinness Guide in some ways - biggest, best, oldest, poshest, most popular, only this and that etc but you can of course visit everything here as it’s a travel guide. It does the tourist stuff, oldest statue, tallest buildings etc, as well as clever local stuff too, from dining in "London's gutsiest restaurant" (St John - specialising in offal - which I love!) to seeing the “biggest ever photograph of London” (in City Hall - some amazing pix of this posted on the App) - and the “widest choice of coffee sold in London” - at the brilliant little Algerian Coffee Stores in Soho. Only £1.79 – as the blurb says – “cheaper than a cappuccino and lasts longer” - recommended. You can get it at

    Fondest memory: A coffee in Neal's Yard, watching a (really good) busker in Covent Garden, shopping in Spitalfields, a glass of wine in dusty old Gordon's Wine Bar on Villiers Street, crossing Waterloo Bridge on a glorious sunny day and taking in the view looking east, a pint of real ale in a traditional London pub (beware fakes!), browsing around Liberty's, searching for treasure in the British Museum, wondering at the natural world in the Natural History Museum. strolling around the Inns of Court, knowing that only a handful of visitors (and not many more locals) even know about these incredible little oases in the heart of London, looking at the London Eye by night - yes, it's a tourist trap (though I've been on twice!), yes it's horribly expensive, but what a great sight....

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    Feeding the Pigeons

    by geetamallya Written Dec 21, 2009

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    Favorite thing: If you are a bird lover you might enjoy feeding the pigeons. They are found almost everywhere, but you will definitely find them in the most tourist spots.
    But do not feed them while having your own lunch, as the pigeons won't mind coming too close to your food :).

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    by mjmaniezzo Written Jul 6, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Ok. SO . . . .

    I Did it !!!!!!!! Yahooooooo

    Thanks for the info.

    I used LondonConnections the price was 36 pounds /hour and they were great. Not only did we go to Stonehenge but also to Salsibury and saw the Cathedral and the Magna Carta and the orginal site of the old Sarum (Castle).

    Great Day

    We met the driver just after 11:15 and returned to the sirport at 5:30.

    The weather was beautiful the driver (Keith)on of the princples of the company was engaging, entertaining and knowedgable. Highly recommend this company.

    It total we hired the driver for 5 hours.

    Having said all that I should point out we did not rush through Stonehenge. We enjoyed the site and took our time to listen to the audio guide provided. Salisbury was a but shorter but we did stop for a guick scones and tea and also spent some time chatting with the guide/guard and the Magra Carta.

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    Olympia Exhibition Hall

    by uglyscot Updated Mar 5, 2009

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    Favorite thing: If you keep your eyes open, you may find notices advertising exhibitions and trade shows. One of the best known venues is Olympia, near South Kensington. The building is large and has disabled access, toilets in various places, and room for plenty of exhibits.
    When I was in London in February 2009 I decided to attend the genealogical fair, Who Do You Think You Are. There were hundreds of stands and tables representing the major genealogical companies, family history societies, as well as lectures on topics fro The British in India to DNA.
    The fair lasted 3 days. Admission was £20, though there had been a promotion of 2 tickets for the price of one that I missed. Some of the stands offered freebies, staff prepared to try and answer queries, It was well worth attending.

    Fondest memory: To get there take the Underground to High Street Kensington, then change to the branch line to Olympia. The Olympia building is ahead of you, but the entrance may be in the parallel street.

    Olympia Roof of the great Hall, Olympia inside exhibition hall stands visitors to exhibition
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    Wheel lock

    by gugi66 Written Jan 12, 2009

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    Favorite thing: If you drive in London, make sure to pay the fee if your parking somewere or they might put a lock on your wheel, then it will really cost you. So better to pay a pound or so then pay a couple of hundreds pounds.

    Wheel lock
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    by DAO Updated Dec 14, 2008

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    Favorite thing:
    I found this nice group of people in Speakers Corner. Bizarrely they never spoke. They just had the FREE HUGS signs. They seemed very nice. A weird guy wanted to hug a man holding the sign and the sign holder looked briefly nervous. Other than that they cast a small oasis of peace, harmony and good feeling in what is often actually an acrimonious place. I don’t know who they are, when they are there or if they will ever be back – but I hope they will.

    You can make a sign that says FREE HUGS yourself and go there if you want!

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    The highest efficiency ever possible

    by Trekki Updated Dec 13, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Subtitle 1: or which megalomanic idiot invented the fairy tale that Germans work efficient??????????
    Subtitle 2: any German company that wants to be successful in business should seek to employ someone from the Royal Household.


    . to be continued

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    For those on the "wild side" Blue Pirate Sex Shop

    by Gypsystravels Updated Nov 18, 2008

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    Favorite thing: It isn't uncommon to come across these sex shops in central London, mostly in the Leicester and Piccadily areas. They offer a wide range of "sex" items which is sure to please even the most discerning customers.

    If you're in search for something "different" definitely pop on by and check out these shops, you just might find something totally unexpected!

    Store front

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    Weather in London

    by Gypsystravels Updated Nov 18, 2008

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    Favorite thing: It doesn't really matter what time of year you visit London, it is always a good idea to come prepared for some rain and cool weather.

    I usually check the 10 day weather forcast prior to my departure and even if rain is not predicted I will always take along a carry on umbrella.

    Check out the following website for up to-date 10 day weather information in London:

    Always good to carry that umbrella with you Getting out even if it's raining

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    THANK YOU, Andrew Duncan for your books

    by Trekki Updated Aug 27, 2008

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    Favorite thing: To my amazement, none of “my” Londoners knew Andrew Duncan and his marvellous books, so I feel a tiny bit proud to have been the foreigner to introduce him to them :-)
    I love bookstores and cannot pass any. And when I am somewhere abroad I always have another reason to visit a local bookstore as they hold many treasures which cannot be bought elsewhere (or through Amazon). That’s how I came across Andrew Duncan’s books – they were sitting in the local book section of Waterstone’s and already when I read the titles I knew that I must (=MUST) buy some despite them being a bit heavy.
    Andrew Duncan is a historian and guide in London and I learned from his website that he has set up the group LEG – London Explorers Group, which is devoted to London guided tours. Given his expertise, this is definitely a perfect addition to the London Walk tours.

    The book Secret London especially caught my eye and I could not stop browsing through it. He describes the forgotten rivers of London (chapter “Hidden Landscapes”) and shows how to find their outlets into the Thames. Apart from that it is fascinating to read about the rivers as I am sure not many people really know about them. He explains street names from the historical point of view, for example that “Hill” in street names derives from the fact that these hills have once been between the rivers. And he animates to walk off the main streets to discover the thousand gems, London hold for the interested visitor. His descriptions of the liveries in the City made me go out and look for many of them.
    ISBN: 9781845373054, price: £10.99.

    The book Favourite London Walks is a collection of 50 walk in London, including the outskirts like Greenwich, Wimbledon, Kew, Hammersmith, Rotherhite, Hampton Court and many more.
    ISBN: 9781845374549, price: £14.99.

    I can highly recommend these books if you are interested in the background and secrets of the city! And I will also buy his other books, as they are available through Amazon.

    Three of Andrew Duncan's books
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    Carry your rubbish off of the Tube

    by zepdude Written May 26, 2008

    Favorite thing: You will not see any trashcans in the Tube stations (perfectly understandable), so carry your rubbish off until you find a receptacle. The trains tend to get a little sloppy with all of the newspapers laying around and we don't need to add to that.

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  • No devonshire teas at Twinings!?!

    by kelhan Written Apr 17, 2008

    Favorite thing: So we figure the English thing to do is have devonshire tea at the original Twinings store on the Strand. We get off the train at the wrong station and walk forever. Finally get there to discover it is only a retail shop. No devonshire teas, or even just cups of tea are sold on the premises! Go figure........

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    Public Toilets

    by jo104 Updated Feb 28, 2008

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    Favorite thing: London's public toilets have recently made headlines due to the fact that many are being closed and not maintained so in short a real health hazard. It is rumoured that a third of London's public conveniences are closed so that there is only 1 public toilet for every 10,000 people.

    The first London toilets were built over rivers. Engineer George Jennings designed the public toilet shown here with its distinctive iron railings and tiled interior.

    Some public conveniences have been turned into business, for example a bar or perhaps you may want to visit Shepherds Bush Comedy Club.

    The websites below may assist you to find a place to relieve yourself a little bit of planning goes a long way. Alternatively you may wish to visit a department store such as Selfridges, John Lewis, Marks and Spencer and the like or good old McDonalds.

    Only the major tube stations have public toilets which are serviced by cleaning staff a visit here will cost you 20p

    Fondest memory:

    VT'er modelling the public convenience map to the royal throne

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    Nov 24, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    More of a tip than a query for those using LSTN.
    I was looking for a special place to post this but couldn't find

    I was at Stansted yesterday and found that the road leading to the Forecourt area outside the main terminal is now permanently closed for free dropping of passengers.
    Everybody is "encouraged" to go to the "Express drop off point" in the main car parking area to drop off passengers.
    Beware that this costs £2 for 10 minutes and £3 for 15.
    To collect you can park normally for £2.80 for 20 mins and £5.40 up to 50 minutes.
    A awarden informed me that many more airports in the UK are talking about adopting this as I know Luton are already

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