Technology and web resources, London
Update April 2014: tip completely rewritten with several web resources added and others checked.
Here is a list of websites I use regularly when planning days out in London, which you may find useful too.
Things to do:
http://www.timeout.com/london – the best known “what’s on” guide and still one of the most useful. Their ”Best of London” section is packed with ideas and the weekly listings (film, art, shows etc. etc.) are invaluable.
http://londonist.com/ – my own most-used site. Sign up for the Londonist’s daily or weekly email for a round-up of what’s going on ideas, check their “free or cheap” suggestions (all under £5) and follow the London news – plus good reviews of restaurants, plays, exhibitions and more
http://www.allinlondon.co.uk/ – more listings and reviews, though I tend not to use this so much myself. But it’s good for pub reviews!
http://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/whats-on – a comprehensive listings site with an emphasis on ideas for tourists visiting the city and links to book online (plays, exhibitions, sporting events) – do shop around as they may not always have the best deals, but check the special offers as they can be good
http://southbanklondon.com/whats-on – what’s happening on the South Bank, one of London’s liveliest areas
http://www.toptable.co.uk/london-restaurants – excellent deals on all kinds of restaurants including half-price meals, great value set menus and more. The best place to check if you fancy trying some of the city’s best eating experiences without paying a fortune. Offers vary weekly but there are always bargains to be had
http://www.tfl.gov.uk/ – Transport for London’s comprehensive website where you can find out about ticket prices, see detailed maps of tube train lines, bus routes etc., check for planned engineering works that might disrupt weekend travel, plan how long a specific journey will take and get information about accessibility – and more! The place to start when planning any journey in London
http://whatbus.com/ – a route map for every bus route in London
http://www.londontown.com/maps/ – lists loads of London attractions with links to simple maps showing transport options etc.
For free and inexpensive things to do in London
Free London listings
Hidden London (someday this link is going to stop working and I will be crushed)
London Theatre, including the 1/2 price ticket booth
Official London Theatre
London Market summary
I always book through Priceline
Guide to what's close by the major attractions
Visit London Explorer
Another good tip I can give u to find your way around london and know where to go, what to do and have unlimited internet anywhere in London is this service I found at
This made my visit to London a lot more easy! I strongly recommend it!
The Internet Centre at New Oxford St was cheap (1 pound for an hour Internet usage) and very basic. Don't expect anything fancy. Cold drinks are being sold as well.
It's located at 73 New Oxford Street, Holborn - London, WC1A 1DG
I don't have specific experience in London, with mobile phones, but having done extensive traveling in Israel, I have always used a phone from Talk n Save. I was able to keep an American number as well as a local Israeli number and often was offered a 2 for 1 deal, which kept my wife and I in contact. I recently saw that they are now in the UK, you can try their website. TalknSave.co.uk.
London is for walking. The centre is small - you can walk from the river to Oxford Street in 45 minutes but choose the route and your will go up little streets, through markets, round monuments and past the most delicious cafes and pubs. Do not get lured away by the buses!
Fondest memory: Walking across Westminster Bridge in a Summer evening listening to the atmosphere of a guide on my iPod. The Strollon walk in Westminster told me everything I wanted to hear - and more. I found them on www.strollon.com.
I really felt that I was in the middle of a great city with all the past and present in my ears. Music, voices, battles and stories all came across as though it was in real life. I could avoid the crowds and the strict timing of a guided tour and I was getting away form the traffic - it was quite an eco experience! I watched those London Tour buses sitting in traffic jams and following the same routes. Meanwhile I went from river to Parks to Trafalgar Square with stops in a pub, by the altar of the Abbey and, best of all, sitting in the sun by the lake hearing about the King who swam naked with his mistresses - it was just like home. I took the other London ones and they were just as good. We tried it on a 16 year old and and 80 year old! they took them home to show the friends.
Best of luck and take a tip - walk around this wonderful city.
"The place to go for advice, insight and hands-on technical support".
The 'Handome Man' recently recommend the Apple store's Genius Bar as the Little Rock Chic's ipod was playing up. Housed upstairs in Apple's Regent Street store, it is definitley worth a visit if you book an appointment (very easy online * here* So if you're in the West End and could do with some help with your Mac or ipod, get yourself down there.
When you arrive, head to the Genius Bar, where you will see your name on the LCD screen. Please check in with a Mac Genius or another staff member. The session will take approximately 15 minutes, depending on the issue.
We had a short wait and the efficient friendly staff had her ipod up and running in under 5 minutes, and all free of charge.
I would recommend booking your appointment, if you come without one, you could, from what I hear, be in for a long wait.
tel : 0800 048 0408
I am building this page up slowly as I come across the best websites:
1) First of all, to continue the South East London theme of my pages, the wonderful Transpontine Blog, which covers the strange, the unusual, the hidden history of this corner of London- as well as some of the most interesting local events:
2) Two unusual map sites:
a layout of London theatre seating
a map of the noisiest places in London!
3) Maps new: link to various travel maps : transport maps and wheelchair access maps, as well as various streetmaps.
4) Maps old : a site with maps from medieval times up to the C19th
A wonderful map of London's musical history
If you are interested in visiting London film locations, this link
provides some good information. They offer free maps as pdf-documents where you can retrace the major London film locations in films such as "Love actually", "Harry Potter", "Match Point", "Notting Hill" or classic movies.
Favorite thing: I came across this website called Days Out Guide where you can print discount coupons. Some of the offers are reduced price on the admission fee, some are 2 for the price of 1. The offers are good with any train ticket or travel card that's valid in London, but nobody asked me for my London Travelcard when I used a coupon at the Science Museum.
When I came to England. I always used to be confused about my meals because most of the time I was out on business trips and in the evenings finding a good eating joint at an unknown place was a difficult task. However, now I no longer face this problem due to
just-eat. Now finding a good restaurant is just a few clicks away.
This was posted by a fellow VTer on a forum page and thought it worthwhile including here as a tip:
Copy of articles text below and in subsequent appropriate tips (too long for one spot):
The English capital can be the most expensive city in the world, but it needn't be. Simon Coppock finds out what you can do on the cheap and for free and proves that you can have a great time without spending a lot of money.
The first thing I do when I get to London is to buy TIME OUT magazine. Its a weekly bible of the nightlife (and more). It costs 2.50 pounds and comes out every wednesday and you can check out every concert, in every big or tiny venue, the prices, the times etc
Of course its very useful as a theatre guide, a film guide, for art exhibitions, for museums, for restaurants and and and and.... want more? :)
For major concerts do a your search through internet because the tickets will be sold out after a while!
Check these sites:
I have had occasion to use the internet at EasyInternet, at the Burger King, Piccadilly Circus.
It was slightly squashed, they have about 100 stations I recall, and was a pound an hour. That's standard fare for internet usage in London.
They are open till very late at night (11pm) which is also handy, especially for tourists.
We're all on the internet here and we all use it to do things like make bookings and do research on places we want to go. That's what VT is all about, isn't it?
An excellent website for all things London is Londontown.com You can sign up for a monthly newsletter for things and events going on in the city. I've had good luck booking accommodations on the site. One tip there, though, is to check other levels of accommodations. It might say "budget" but sometimes you can get as cheap or cheaper in the "mid range" hotel listings that sometimes have very good special offers. There are maps of the locations to various major parks and attractions, theatre tickets and a listing for unique experiences. It does not have much info on shopping or eating.
The Official London Tourist Board includes all the usual things you would expect, also has lists of accessible London for people with disabilities, Lists of hotels, restaurants and attractions that are gay friendly (even a section on planning a same sex wedding!), and everything from budget to luxury London.
Another really good site is Virtual London which has lots of information, and gathers together information on tours, accommodations, things to see and do. You can book various things right on the site. There is a wealth of all manner of information from every day tips to info on the Royal Family.
Fondest memory: Time Out London is the online version of the weekly magazine available at newstands everywhere in London. Traditionally recommended to visitors and residents alike to find out what's on this week. There are reviews for all sorts of arts and entertainment, as well as some hotel reviews and listings. They provide general prices and websites where you can go book them.
Brittania.com Has a gathering of many useful and informative links to accommodations, entertainment, sightseeing, both on their site and other websites. They have a general UK travel guide as well.