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EasyNet CyberCafe - Cheap Internet in the center
Favorite thing: While spending some time in London you might need some Internet connection (to chack some more tips on VT for example :).
The easiest to access Internet place seems to be EasyNet's huge one on Tottenham Court Road facing the Bedford Avenue.
You can buy an internet ticket for 1 pound and get acces to the net for an hour or even more if you are using it in the off-peak period!
Favorite thing: 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
Useful website for London discounts
Favorite thing: The "Visit London" London website has recently been having something of a publicity blitz in the press in the U.K.
If you go onto their website they have a range of offers on accommodation, restaurants and tourist attractions.
Many of the offers allow you to print out a voucher directly that can be used at the attraction.
They also do booking for events such as the Ideal home exhibition or Boat show - but you will need to ring up.
Some offers only apply if you buy a train ticket (also discounted) as well.
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Favorite thing: A quick search with Google will reveal literally hundreds of websites devoted to different aspects of London so I won’t repeat them all here, but here are just a few that I can recommend:
Transport for London, with an interactive Tube map, bus routes, ticket info and much more
the Evening Standard, London’s evening paper with a good “What’s On section”
Time Out, the capital’s main listings magazine with a great online version
Kudos Cities London, the London site of this website which offers people the opportunity to share knowledge, info and services – well worth checking out and maybe joining in a discussion or two
Visit London, the official tourist info service with accommodation listings, ideas on sightseeing and other useful sections – but unlike the sites listed above definitely aimed at the visitor rather than the local so I can’t claim to have made use of it myself
Explore at ground level - virtually
Favorite thing: A number of the main shopping and restaurant streets in London have been photographed by a website called :
The Shop frontages of the street appear across the screen, then you can click on the appropriate shop, cafe, pub or restaurant and link directly to it's website.
It means you can explore streets like Carnaby street, Oxford street, Soho, Chinatown and the like before you set foot in the place.
I was impressed.
The answer to just about everything 118
Favorite thing: If you need anything in london, ie numbers for taxi places, where to go for dinner, cinema times, then call 118 118, or 118 500, or 118 212, they are all directory enquiry services, and used to just give you numbers and addresses but now because of the competition they offer so much more.
If you call up tell them where you are and ask for a cinema near you, they will ask if you're trying to find out times. They'll then give you times for movies in that cinema, then they'll ask if you want to be put through to book tickets... if not they'll send you a text message with the film times, name, address and telephone number of the cinema as most people don't have a pen and paper with them when calling.
This is particularly useful if you're looking for a place to eat with a specific theme in an area, they can text you lots of contacts with the details.
Great British Heritage Pass
Favorite thing: Someone recommended this pass over the London Pass, need to take a look and see where it is that you are going to see if either one is a good value
May be able to get cheaper if purchased in the US, the pass can be purchased in London/Britain but only by foreign visitors
More tourist passes
Favorite thing: If you are traveling beyond London, you might also check out the Great British Heritage Pass which includes a lot of the castles and houses outside of London (also Wales, Ireland and Scotland)
or the English Heritage Overseas Visitors pass which just includes sites in England
Or the National Trust pass
Favorite thing: There are few links about London :
I always search the web before going on the trip.You can find many very useful infos and you can prepare better for the trip.
so many concerts!
Favorite thing: 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:
Save money - free discount coupons
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.
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Webguides to London
Favorite thing: 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.
Favorite thing: OK.. so if you live in a country as expensive as Lebanon when it comes to mobile phones tariffs and charges (esp. if your phone is 'roaming'), then you'd probably consider buying a separate phone card/line when you're visiting another country.
However, in London I thought it was really worth it..since all it took me was to walk into an O2 store and buy a sim card for 10 GBP. Then I had the option of topping up the card (with credits) for as much as 10, 15 or 20 GBP. I used the phone 10 minutes later as I walked out of the shop...simple, not too expensive, and extremely handy if you get lost and need to call another 'VTer' for directions ;)
Of course do remember to take your phone with you...and make sure that it is a Tri-band phone. You can usually check on the mobile company's website (i.e. nokia, motorola, siemens, etc..). If the salesperson tells you it doesnt work, have them try a sim card in it to check for certain. But a tri-band will surely work.
Favorite thing: http://thegumtree.com
Very similar to craigslist in New York or dailyinfo.co.uk in Oxford, thegumtree.com website is a go-to information site for flat rentals (long term or short term), sales, personal ads, services, jobs and other community related information. Their flat and job listings are particularly helpful. You can search flats by location and duration and jobs by field.
thegumtree is not limited to just London, but to all of England, Scotland, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Favorite thing: On Oxford you will find a large Internet cafe (part of a chain) called 'easyInternetcafe'. There are 268 PCs available at this Internet cafe, and I can't remember exactly, but I think that it is approximately GBP 1 for every half hour. I mainly remember that there were a lot of computers available to use and that it had good opening hours.
For other Internet Cafe's around London (or the UK) check out the website below.
Sun-Wed: 8:00am - 10:00pm
Thurs-Sat: 8:00am - 12am (midnight)
358 Oxford St, London, W1N 9AG
It is opposite the Bond St underground.
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