London Travel Guide

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London Things to Do

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  • Tower of London

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Edward I built the gate which provided an entrance to the tower via the water. St. Thomas's Tower provided extra accommodation for the Royal Family, but since 1544 the gate has been known as Traitor's Gate as prisoners were brought along the river by barge and sometimes the heads of prisoners were displayed on pikes.

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  • London Eye

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    this will pictures of the famous London Eye taken at night from the thames river cruise. The fabulous London Eye of which you can see in and around the thames river, is the most Famous Modern Ferris Wheel in the World. It was built in March of 2000 to celebrate the Millenium hence the Name but nowadays it is now called the Coca Cola Wheel. The...

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  • British Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The British Museum has to be one of the richest locations for must see items if you have any appreciation of history. The Rosetta stone marked in three distinct scripts that allowed scholars to unlock the language of hieroglyphics, the beautiful (and controversial) Elgin Marbles and the Sutton-Hoo treasures are just a few of the major attractions....

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  • Hard Rock Cafe

    4 out of 5 stars

    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)

    4 out of 5 stars

    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...

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • West End Theater District

    Lovely little pub, no frills, just a good honest boozer. Good ales and good atmosphere. One of the most famous areas of the West End , Soho has some great pubs . In the summer people spill out into the street to chat and have a drink.So many great pubs in this area!

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  • HAVE A DRINK

    We had a VT drink here before the meeting and i noticed the food that others were eating looked good but as a pub there was nothing to bring me back here. There were a few tables outside should the weather be nice, and the pub showed sporting events and held a quiz once a week. casual

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  • Seeing a movie on a big screen!

    The cinema's building is a former theatre which opened its doors in 1884 and established a reputation for hosting a variety of productions ranging from plays to variety shows. The Empire played host to early film projections combined with live acts and and early cinematic moves. It subsequently became a cinema in the late 1920s. It played the...

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London Transportation

  • 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 TFL is making the Oyster Card more and more appealing and I do have one that I've kept from a previous trip. Reasons to get a travelcard: -if you...

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  • Tube (Underground, Subway, Metro).

    London’s Metropolitan Railway was the world’s first subway. A 6 km section of what is still today one of the world's largest and most fun subway systems opened in 1863. The original system ran between Paddington and Farringdon, and proved a hit despite steam trains filling the stations and tunnels with dense smoke. That original system is pretty...

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  • Public Buses

    A very much cheaper going arouind Londond and also Iconic Brand of of the City is the Red London Public Buses, which are copied elsewhere and another much loved Icon of London and England (and not as expensive as the London Hackney Cabs) of which you can get everywhere around the city for a cheap price of a maximum of 4.40 GBP a day (maximum cap)...

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London Shopping

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  • Clothes and Shoes

    Jermyn Street runs parallel to Picaddily and this is where gentlemen of distinction come to clothes shop. The writer Tom Pocock described Jermyn Street as the Carnaby Street for the older man. Shops are open seven days per week and you will find most of Englands major quality clothing retailers here. The street can be traced back to 1664 whe...

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  • Harrods

    Who never heard about Harrod's? This Large Department store is purpotedly the Largest Department Store in Europe with a total retail area of 90,000 Square Meters and is divided into 330 departments selling anything from Perfumes, Fashion, Leather Goods, Luxe Foods and a lot more and at Outrageous Prices to boot. You would harly find local British...

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  • Camden Market

    Just take the tube to Camden and turn right when you leave the station and start walking. You will soon find many souvenir shops that are much cheaper than Central London. Fridge magnets are available for a pound or six for a fiver. The same magnets are double price in central London. You can buy calanders, tea towels, ash trays, cups, and all the...

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London Local Customs

  • Fruits on Sale at Supermarkets

    I you have time to browse around the supermarkets and large convenience stores near your hotel or the place you are staying in london, you will notice that they have occasional fresh fruits on sale (a caveat: most of the fruits on sale are near expiry dates, so if buying them be sure to consume them in a day or two) and we happen to be lucky to see...

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  • Chicken Tikka Masala

    Fish and Chips maybe the most Iconic British Food around the world but here in te British Isles, the most popular Dish nowadays is the Indian British Invention, the Chicken Tikka Massla, which you would not find in Indian Restaurants in India (like the Chinese American Dish, Chopsuey, which was invented in America and not in China). You can order...

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  • Fish and Chips

    The most iconic and Stereotypical British Food has to be the Fish and Chips. You must lnot eave london without tasting this iconic British Fare. You can find Fish and Chips Stands practically everywhere and there are lots of them in many of the famous London Attractions such as the Tower of London Area or Picadilly Circus or London Eye at the Snack...

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London Warnings and Dangers

  • Pickpockets, Beggars, Crime and Scams

    So you've packed everything, ticked it all off on a meticulous list and you are ready for an adventure in London. Did you remember to pack some common sense? London is a very safe place but like any other large city it's not immune to theft and criminal activity. Violent crime against tourists is extremely rare but pick-pocketing can problem....

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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

  • Money and Money Exchange

    The Post Office offers in-branch travel money. It boasts about its 0% commission and it's allegedly "great rates". This may be true of its online service, but never exchange money in a Post Office branch. The branch exchange rates are terrible, mine was 0.5% lower than any other provider. I lost £50 because of the Post Office scamming me out of it....

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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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  • 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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London What to Pack

  • Bring Water Repellant Jackets and...

    although Spring and Summer are the Best times to visit London, you must be prepared for any eventuality as even though spring weather in London is cold, you can experience unusual dry spell and even occasional spring rain showers that you can be walking around in a light coat one day or even without one as it can be really hot (not very unusual)...

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  • Bring Smartphones with Large Memories

    In today's wired world, Point and Shoot Cameras and Digital SLR's are slowly but surely becoming obsolete as the Newer Generation of Smartphones churned up by noted Makers such as Samsung, Apple, Sony, Microsoft, LG and others now have better cameras installed in their smartphones with higher megapixel content rivalling the Stand Alone Digital...

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  • Bring A Powerful Optical Zoom Camera

    If you are the intrepid shooter of lots of films and videos on your travels, then you must have a powerful optical zoom camera like a canon sx60 (which has a 50x optical zoom) or a nikon coolpix 610 (52x optical zoom). They are less bulky than the DSLR cameras and the zoom capacity lets you view and shoot objects and pretty girls from far away....

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London Off The Beaten Path

  • Holocaust Memorial Garden

    This monument is located in Hyde Park; and yet again it was an unexpected find. It was built in 1983, and was well received by many. When it was unveiled there were 500 people present - they came from religious, political and social groups.It lies to the east of the Serpentine lake. It's designers were Mark Badger, Richard Seifert and Derek Lovejoy...

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  • THE ZEPPELIN BUILDING

    This is an amazing piece of history that is located on the side of a fairly non-descript road here in London. During World War I, Germany used massive Zeppelin rigid airships as bombers during the first half of the war. Essentially these were massive 196 metres (643 ft) long balloons with a diameter of 24 metres (79 ft). From 1915 to 1917 they were...

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  • Catherine Booth--Co Founder of The...

    Catherine Booth statue it was unveiled on 2nd of July 2015 to celebrate 150 years of the Salvation Army.Catherine was a co-founder of the Salvation Army along with her husband William Booth and both were strong believers in helping the poor in the East End of London Born on the 17th of January 1829 and by the age of twelve years Catherine has read...

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London Sports & Outdoors

  • 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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  • Wembley Stadium

    Since opening in March 2007 at a construction cost of £757 million on the site of the original Wembley Stadium, the New Wembley Stadium has welcomed fans from all over the world for various sporting and entertainment events. With the benefit of a partially retractable roof the stadium has the largest roof-covered seating capacity in the world The...

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  • Running, Jogging and the Marathon

    After I run the London Marathon in 2010 which I had enjoyed and as I wanted to do something connected to the event I have started volunteering for the last four years for the media. I dedicate my whole weekend to the event as you need to be there on the day before to go through the procedures and your role. We get to stay overnight in a posh London...

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London Favorites

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  • Historical

    they love them ravens in the Tower of London Very Much. If you are a tourist like me, you would ask why? there is an obscure prophecy made by an unknown individual that the kingdom and the Tower will fall if the six resident ravens ever leave the fortress and this was during the monarch Charles II time and he forbade anyone of allow them leaving...

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  • Sightseeing

    In this modern age of the internet and the advent of the smartphone, tablet and phablet, you can just download the various maps and the layout of the various attractions in and around London from either their website or other related tourist friendly apps and then use them on your tablets or smartphones and phablets to get around the nooks and...

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  • Getting around

    I visit London regularly. So I like to plan ahead my day... My main goal is to know what do do in a day and how I get there. I always have some major points and spots and prepare my trip well ahead. My coice of transortation would be mainly the bus, i can also take the train from where I stay. Most of the the I avoid the TUBE nowadays. In my...

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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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  • gwened's Profile Photo
    May 27, 2015 at 1:36 AM

    This could be interesting if goes well. Transport for London is looking at reviving these 'ghost stations,' with Down Street in Mayfair the first. They could be used for anything ranging from event spaces to art galleries to bars. bloomberg.com/news/photo-ess...

  • HackneyBird's Profile Photo
    Sep 17, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    I've just found out that the New's Years Eve fireworks display on the Embankment will be ticketed this year. Tickets will cost £10 and will go on sale later this month.

  • HackneyBird's Profile Photo
    Apr 27, 2014 at 12:57 AM

    As from 6th July 2014 there will be NO cash fares accepted on London buses. For more information go to www.tfl.gov.uk/

  • HackneyBird's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    There is a St George's Festival being held today in the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens starting at midday. Attractions include archery and falconry displays, a fire-breathing dragon, a medieval knight battle, Morris dancers and Punch and Judy shows. For more information go to www.vauxhalltrust.co.uk

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    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!

  • 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).

 
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