London Travel Guide

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London Highlights

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     Cosmopolitan is a word invented for London 

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     The weather sometimes... and quite expensive ... 

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     It's London baby, yeah!!! 

London Things to Do

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  • Tower of London

    Last visit April 2014, got 2 for 1 entry with a valid travelcard The Tower of London is my #1 must see attraction, I have visited at least 7 times now on different trips to London and still find it fascinating. The Tower has a long, intriguing, sometimes bloody history, full of colorful characters from the 9 day Queen Jane Grey, the two Princes...

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  • Buckingham Palace.

    On guard in April 2014. With the Easter vacation there will be many tourists going to see the change of the Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace. Most spectacular and colorful are the five Guards regiments of foot with their scarlet tunics and bearskin caps (now made of synthetic fiber). I would therefore recommend visiting on a day that Grenadier...

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  • British Museum

    The Parthenon Sculptures in room 18, the largest of the museum, are certainly the best known highlights of the British Museum. In another comment I expressed my position about the controversy by the Greek government concerning the Elgin Marbles. I'm definitively in favour of a status quo and this is my position for all museums. It would be a non...

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London Hotels

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London Restaurants

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  • Hard Rock Cafe

    The first Hard Rock Cafe was opened in Old Park Lane in June 1971, with food normally on the menu at an American Diner with Rock and Roll music playing while you ate. Eric Clapton donated his Fender Guitar so he could reserve a seat at the bar and occasionally rock stars can be seen jamming here. The cafe has a very expensive collection of Rock...

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  • Belgo Centraal (Covent Garden)

    Last visit January 2008 I've eaten at Belgo several times, on my most recent visit it wasn't very crowded at lunch on a Monday. The restaurant is located in a rather funky basement, seating is at long communal tables and the noise level is loud when it's busy. If it hadn't been listed in virtually every guidebook I might have thought twice but...

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  • Cafe in the Crypt, St. Martin in the...

    Last visit July 2011 Located right in the heart of Trafalgar Square, Cafe in the Crypt in St. Martin in the Fields is a terrific place to start off the day with a full English breakfast or a la carte items. It's kind of funky eating in the crypt, in the middle of breakfast I looked down and realized we were eating right on top of a tombstone!!!...

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London Nightlife

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  • List of places 2

    -Green man, Berwick st just off Oxford st, biggish old ish pub but nothing special but reasonably cheap drinks n food. 15 quid for nachos and two peronis off of a familiar looking chain type menu- the old explorer, just off Oxford st, typical chainy type put but plenty of space n decent music, a good place to meet people to catch up- sugar loaf,...

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  • Nostalgic Pub in Central London

    I'm not into the lagers and beers but the bar server recommended the Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Organic Lager. I had the the lager with lime and thoroughly enjoyed it. I love to see organic lagers on sale and it was 2.50 gbp (February 2014) for half a pint.The Opera Bar is an upstairs pub though smaller and more quieter/laid back than its sister...

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  • Snap up these theatre bargains!

    When I buy day tickets on the day, I usually go to this Tickets Booth at Leicester Square first thing. There are two boards at the booth, one showing what shows are available that day and another tells how much tickets cost (usually face value of the discounted ticket and service charge, usually 3gbp per ticket). Please don't be put off by the...

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London Transportation

  • Tube (Underground, Subway, Metro).

    Everybody knows about the best way to get around London - the Underground. Therefore, I won't waste too many words about it, as you will easily and quickly become accustomed to it when in London. Just buy a day ticket (£ 5,60 for central London off-peak, i.e. after 9.30am) or an Oyster Card and start your trip through one of the most amazing cities...

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  • Oyster Cards / Travelcards

    I'm guessing that the #1 question about London is "should I get an Oyster Card or a travelcard?" I've given it a lot of thought on my many visits to London and I almost always get a travelcard although I do have an Oyster Card that I've kept from a previous trip. Reasons to get a travelcard: -if you are going for more than 4 days, it may be...

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  • Airports (travel to and from)

    The lowest cost route (by public transport) is to use the coach service that goes by the name of 'Terravision'. Although the company sounds like a cable television station that shows only horror movies they are in fact dedicated to airport-city centre coach transport. They currently operate half-hourly throughout the day from Stansted to Liverpool...

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London Shopping

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  • Harrods

    Travelling with women, three "monuments" are mandatory in London - Oxford street, Marks and Spencer and Harrods. I visited all of them (of course!) but my favorite is this one - beautiful, with nice collections, but... expensive, shortenning the time (and cost) of the visit. Very good, indeed!

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  • Clothes and Shoes

    ray ban is a shop for sunglusess,ray ban have a great choice,have a sunglusess form man for woman and for children! you can try a lot of these! london is a beautiful city with a lot of curiosity i spend a lot of money

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  • Camden Market

    Last visit September 2013 When you come out of the Camden Town tube station, the 1st part of the Camden experience you'll have is the wild looking shops along Camden High Street with giant shoes and spiders adorning the tops of the multicolored buildings, then the Camden Market which is mostly clothes and accessories and Camden Lock Village...

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London Local Customs

  • Yeoman Warders

    The Yeoman Warders are probably better known as The Beefeaters but did you know that They were formed by Henry VII .The Name derived either from the French 'Buffetier' meaning food taster or from the French belief that all Englishmen eat Roast Beef, A French description for the English being 'Les Rosbifs'The Yeoman Warders were responsible for...

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  • Valentine cards

    In 1415 after the Battle of Agincourt The Duke of Orleans (Nephew to the French King) was staying as a hostage at the Tower of London, While he was there he wrote a Love Poem to his wife. This was the First Valentine Card

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  • Would You 'Adam 'n' Eve It?

    If you are visiting London you may very well hear a few phrases of Cockney Rhyming Slang being spoken.There are many theories about the origins of rhyming slang. The most popular is that it began in the mid nineteenth century as a secret language of the criminal classes in London to confuse the police.It has also been suggested that it originated...

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London Warnings and Dangers

  • Pickpockets, Beggars, Crime and Scams

    Just returned from a weekend in London. Although we felt reasonable safe most of the time - in the areas crowded with people please keep an eye on your belongings! We were watching a street performance by the London Eye when my husband saw how a bloke in front of us took a phone from the lady's handbag... he stopped him in the same second and told...

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  • Traffic, Driving and Crossing the road

    If you drive a car into central London (see map) or hire a car, then you are liable to pay Uncle Ken's congestion charge (even if buffon Boris runs the place these days). It operates Monday-Friday in the day and costs TEN QUID a day. (7AM - 6PM) There are several ways of paying it - so look at the listed website. Some car hire companies like...

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  • Taxis

    Single females should NEVER take unlicensed mini-cabs. Check the GLA website advice regarding taxis, and minicabs. They also provide a phone number listing licensed cab firms in your area: "You can text HOME to 60835 and receive the numbers of licensed minicab and black cab firms in the area you are texting from. This service - the first of its...

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London Tourist Traps

  • London Eye

    The London Eye is a huge ferris wheel, at one time the world's largest, with enclosed capsules. It moves so slowly that you can barely tell that it is moving, it takes 30 minutes to do a full revolution. I'm probably in the minority in listing this as a tourist trap, I've been on it twice and both times I've thought it was overpriced and really not...

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  • Tour buses

    The hop-on, hop-off bus is the best way to see London because it covers every possible place you might want to see in the city. We have a wonderful stay in London and found the people very friendly, but it is unfortunate that the only rude people we encountered were from the employees of The Original Bus Tour. Our experience with the bus drivers...

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  • Money and Money Exchange

    On my current trip to Sri Lanka, I had to change money at Heathrow Airport as the Post Office, where I normally exchange, does not carry rupees. I hadn't even checked the rate as I was more or less compelled to do it. I didn't know what the situation was in Colombo airport about bureau de change facilities but I have since found out that the...

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London What to Pack

  • Something of Everything

    Something waterproof is a must. A hooded jacket is the best. The wind can be pretty strong sometimes and then an umbrella is more of a nuisance than a help. Layered clothing is the best for winter and summer. Everywhere has central heating and in some shopping areas it is so hot, you can walk around in short sleeves. Outside on the other hand can...

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  • Remember even in the summer it can be...

    This really depends how long your staying. But something you may want to cosider paticularly if your staying in a hotel in one of the older buildings around victoria many of London hotel rooms are small so a large case may get in the way. I would recommend probably a small case hand luggage size and also a rucksack or similar to carry your camera,...

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  • Nothing out of the ordinary

    The tube is the most economical way to travel from Heathrow so wheeled luggage is the way to go, just make sure you can pick it up in case you have to go up some stairs. It's always useful to have an umbrella and/or raincoatDon't be afraid to pack shorts if you are traveling in the summer, you will see both tourists and locals wearing them if it's...

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London Off The Beaten Path

  • A day out at Syon Park

    Update April 2014: ticket prices revised, attractions updated, hotel information added, new photos If you’d like to visit a classical English country house while in London, Syon Park could be just what you’re looking for. It has something for all the family and is near enough to the capital to make a lovely day out, although if you take advantage...

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  • Foundling Museum

    Update April 2014: admission prices revised, opening hours checked, information expanded This museum tells the story of the Foundling Hospital which was London's first home for abandoned children. It was founded by the philanthropist Thomas Coram, but is equally well known for the support of two famous patrons, the artist William Hogarth and the...

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  • Go to Greenwich for the day

    Update April 2014: website corrected If the bustle of London sightseeing starts to feel a little too overpowering, head to Greenwich for the day. There's plenty to see and do here but the pace is a little slower and there's a sense of village life and community which can be lacking (from a tourist's perspective at least) in the centre of the city....

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London Sports & Outdoors

  • Wembley Stadium

    OK, so this isn't strictly a sports activity - it's a pre-sports activity!! Just giving you the heads-up on a place to grab a drink and soak up the atmosphere before a football match. Wembley Way is the area outside Wembley Stadium where alcoholic drinks are sold aswell as fast food. It's all standing and there are no toilets (use the ones on the...

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  • Football (Soccer)

    Loftus Road is home to Queens Park Rangers. It's a very small stadium with an all-seater capacity of 18,489. Being small, it gives the fans a close up view of the action. The stadium is situated in a residential area around the corner from Shepherds Bush. There are some decent pre and post match pubs in Shepherds Bush. This I the only ground I...

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  • Watersports

    If you are up for a spot of fishing out of London, this is a really good spot to go to! This fishing farm is about a 2 hour drive from London, in the picturesque county of Kent! At Shirkoak Farm they have built 2.5 acres of lake, where they have over 10,000 fish, recently stocked wth seven different types of fish! The B&B is currently closed,...

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London Favorites

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  • Sightseeing

    2012 update-it appears that for a 7 day travelcard at a rail station that you now have to get a photocard so bring a passport size photo with you, I believe the photocard is free London attractions can be very expensive but with a little help from the Days Out Guide 2 for 1 offers, I've saved a bundle of money over the years on some of the really...

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  • Historical

    St Bride´s Church is world famous and probably one of the oldest churches in London. The first stone-walled church on this site dates back to the early sixth century, founded by St Bride/St Bridge. St Bride´s got severely damaged in the Great Fire of London in 1666 and was left in ruins. Nine years later Sir Christopher Wren had rebuilt it. Again...

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  • Parks and Gardens

    One of the most fascinating city gardens is hidden behind towering brick walls near the Chelsea Royal Hospital. Founded in 1673 as an apothecaries garden to train students, Chelsea Physic Garden is still used today for education and medicinal research. 5, 000 plants are somehow charmingly crammed into lovely greenhouses, plots and trails. Their...

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Top 10 Multi-Generational Destinations: London

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London has always been a great spot for family members of all ages. There are high culture activities, like the Tate Modern or the National Portrait Gallery, as well as more hands-on diversions, like the London Eye and the Royal Observatory, where you'll find the Greenwich Meridian Line. Thanks to London's fantastic "tube," it's very easy to see multiple areas in one day. Visitors might start at Trafalgar Square, visiting the National Portrait Gallery, Leicester Square, and St Martin-in-the-Fields, then hop on the Tube to Westminster, where Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the House of Lords are all located. Other venues not to be missed are the British Museum, which houses the Rosetta Stone, and the Tate Modern in the Southbank area. Another great treat in London is the theatre – visit Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, also along the Southbank, or catch a show in the city's West End. Similar to Washington, DC, London is a great place to soak up culture, since entrance to most of the city's large museums is free, though tickets must be purchased for most special shows and exhibitions.

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  • planxty's Profile Photo
    Apr 19, 2014 at 7:21 AM

    Temporary notice 19th April, 2014.

    The RMT Union has just announced that they are to hold another two of their strikes from 2100 hours on Monday 28th April for 48 hours and from 2100 hours on Monday 5th May for 72 hours. As always, these are designed to cause maximum disruption by being during the working week and will affect both Londoners and visitors alike. There will be a huge strain on other forms of public transport so travellers are advised to plan well ahead if they are visiting during these periods.

    I shall attempt to keep this information as current as possible should there be any changes.

    planxty (fergy).

  • HackneyBird's Profile Photo
    Dec 31, 2013 at 2:36 AM

    For any one visiting London in 2014. Here is a list of some exhibitions that might be of interest.

    David Bailey Exhibition at the National Gallery from February.
    Vikings: Life and Legend Exhibition at the British Museum from March 6.
    Henry Matisse: The Cut-Outs Exhibition at the Tate Modern from April 17.
    Russian Colour Photography Exhibition at the Photographers Gallery from July 24.
    Horst Photographic Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum from September 6.
    Rembrant Exhibition at the National Gallery from October 15th.

    I hope this information is of use.

  • HackneyBird's Profile Photo
    Dec 31, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    At the New Year Fireworks Display tonight on the Embankment, there are going to be orange-scented bubbles, banana-flavoured confetti and peach-flavoured snow, as well as the traditional fireworks display.

  • planxty's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2013 at 6:59 AM

    For anyone visiting London in the near future, I have some information that may be of interest. Every year, the Mayor holds a Thames Festival which is based, as the name suggest, around the river which effectively provides the beating heart of London. This year (2013) it will run from the 6th to 15th September and features events as diverse as a waterborne opera, a river cruise with a "stand-up conceptual artist", a floating art gallery, archaeological walks and much, much more.

    Full details are to be found on %L{http://thamesfestival.org/]the official website.

    I hope this information is of use and some of you manage to make it to some of the events.

    Time to cast off and get afloat!

    • planxty's Profile Photo
      Sep 1, 2013 at 7:32 AM

      My pleasure. I wasn't quite sure where to put this as the whole "editor" thing still slightly confuses me. I know you are an editor as well, have you any suggestions as to where else I might have put this on the page?

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      Sep 1, 2013 at 3:01 PM

      I have no idea either, Fergy ;)

  • alza's Profile Photo
    Apr 17, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    British Museum blockbuster exhibition "Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum" from 28 March to 29 September 2013. Address: Great Russell Street in Bloomsbury. Russell Square or Tottenham Court Road tube. The Museum also has an entrance on Montague Place. Advance booking essential. For all details, see www.britishmuseum.org

  • leics's Profile Photo
    Apr 16, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    It has been announced that the ceremonial funeral of Margaret Thatcher will take place at St Paul's cathedral at 11am on Wednesday 17th April. St Paul's is completely closed to visitors and worshippers on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th.

    Roads in the area will be closed to traffic on the day of the funeral. It is likely that there will be substantial crowds lining the route of the ceremonial funeral procession (from the Palace of Westminster to St Paul's) as well as outside the cathedral itself.

    There is potential for street disturbances in the area, before, during and after the procession. My advice would be to keep well away and, if you want to see the funeral, to watch it on the television (where you will see much more anyway).

  • planxty's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2012 at 5:43 AM

    Update to the message below regarding a Uube strike on Boxing Day.. In the last half hour Arsenal F.C. have announced that their Premiership football match against West Ham United F.C. on 26th December is postponed because of the strike. No alternative date has yet been arranged.

  • planxty's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    I have just heard on the BBC News in London that Tube (Underground / Metro) workers are going on strike for 24 hours on Boxing Day (26th December, 2012). Members of the ASLEF Union have today voted in favour of this action which will seriously disrupt transportation in London on this public holiday. They have also voted for industrial action on the 18th January, 2013 and 25th January, 2013. Here is a link.

    bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-20...

    I shall update this if there is any change in the situation.

    • giampiero6's Profile Photo
      Dec 17, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      Yep...the editor will be able to edit all of that and add favorites, updates, warnings, events and much more... coming soon for you.

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      Dec 19, 2012 at 6:18 AM

      Thanks for the information, Fergy, good to know this if I return back to London in January.

 
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