Greater London Tourist Traps

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Greater London Tourist Traps

  • London Eye

    London Tourist Traps

    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

    London Tourist Traps

    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

    London Tourist Traps

    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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  • Madame Tussauds and Planetarium

    London Tourist Traps

    If you want to look at a load of lifeless dummies, then why not visit the House of Commons ? or Luton. I fail to understand how this attraction is still at the top of many tourists "Must see" list. I've been a couple of times (usually taking friends who have insisted) in the past few years and have been quite disappointed at having to part...

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  • London Dungeon

    London Tourist Traps

    FOR KIDS and FOR KIDS ONLY!!! One of London's biggest tourist attractions apparently. Features Jack the Ripper stuff and other subjects related to murder, blood and gore. This tourist attraction based in Tooley Street, near London Bridge rail station. It recreates various gory historical events in a style which attempts to make them appealing to...

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  • Restaurants

    London Tourist Traps

    It has been a long time, but I'll try to tell you what this restaurant is like. This restaurant at 43 Whitehall, near Trafalgar Square, next to the McDonald's, called S.P.Q.R., is a tourist trap scam. They charge a price that is very high, but not high enough to make it very obvious that it's a scam. The tourists will just think, "oh London must be...

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  • Soho and the West End

    London Tourist Traps

    The Christmas illuminations in Oxford Street and Regent Street are disappointing. The 2009 lights were based on the Disney movie A Christmas Carol but as the photo shows this was more or less all there was to see along Oxford Street every few yards. In Regent Street the 2009 lights were the same as 2008 - illuminated netting that is strung across...

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  • Theatre and Shows (including tickets)

    London Tourist Traps

    I've certainly seen better acting, better sets, better costumes, and better plays but so what. The Mousetrap is an institution and quite honestly I'm glad I can say I've seen it. It's been playing for almost 60 years and will probably play for another 60 more. I wouldn't splurge on this--get the cheap seats for sure but see it if for no other...

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  • Leicester Square

    London Tourist Traps

    Many visitors to London head for London's Leicester Square because they've heard so much about it. This is where the film premieres are held, but be warned, that doesn't make it a classy area. The A listers certainly don't hang around here afterwards. As far as food goes, the area houses the standard run of chain burger and Mexican restaurants,...

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  • London Zoo

    London Tourist Traps

    The London Eye takes you to new heights and offers a wonderful panoramic view of the city. I was fortunate to go on a clear and sunny summer day, so the views were quite spectacular. I can't really say if it was worth the cost. It was a nice relaxing and unique ride, but that's about it. There are some interesting options including renting a...

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  • Pubs and Bars

    London Tourist Traps

    I was very much in two minds as to whether to include this as a general tip or a tourist trap - it's the Prospect of Whitby pub in Wapping. Certainly, it has a very long a interesting history, the interior is very "Olde Worlde" including a pewter bar top. It is said that Judge Jeffreys, the Hanging Judge much despised by the populace in the 17th...

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  • Piccadilly

    London Tourist Traps

    Unless you call usual tourist junk you can get in all touristic places a trap. London is only city with no tourist traps. But if you are a Londoner god help you.. By mistake you may get over charged,please check your change before you leave the counter. why buy the souvenir junk ,they are just useles and dont please anyone back hope,you try to...

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  • Taxis

    London Tourist Traps

    London like any other city in the world has it's fair share of unlicensed taxi drivers.these drivers are not real taxi drivers, they will charge you silly amounts. they will probably not even know where they are going. I see too many people being conned and too many silly drunken women taking these cabs as a cheap option home.Come on ladies do the...

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  • Hotels and accomodations

    London Tourist Traps

    If you want to sleep and have breakfast cheap, I'm sure there's no better offer than clink 78. Me and 8 friends paid only 25£ each for 2 clean rooms with comfortable double-beds. The breakfast was really delicous, everyone was totally pleased. You can eat toast with nutella or strawberry jam, cereals and for drink orange juice or a hot milk. Clink...

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  • London eye cost way too mcuh

    For thirty pounds you expect more than one short trip around and not have to pay extra for photo book to tell you what to look at. Get better view of sites form river boat and from the roof of St Pauls. Do get nice views of Big ben and of the Guerkin but no better than the ones from my room at a nearby hotel. Book the river thames cruise as does...

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  • People, who needs them?!

    So you're sitting in the car, going to wind the window down, and trying to photograph the place that you love. A large gang of people come by, you are just going to shoot the scene, and one of them stands right in front of you and grins like an idiot! I got impatient, waved my hand aside and told him to get out of the way! Thinking about it later,...

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  • Trying to capture Canary Wharf from afar

    So we took the new camera out and I tried to get a photo from near Silvertown. I had the camera on a tripod and Chris parked up on this bridge around 3 miles away from Canary Wharf. What a laugh! I was trying to do it quickly, so that we didn't have to stay parked too long. Most of the photos came out blurred and I managed to snap one of the little...

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  • expensive

    remember - london is divided into six zones. its important because the more central zone the more expensive it is. the first zone that includes all main tourist attractions and whole central london. expensive when it comes to - accomodation, shopping, public communication service, literally as everywhere life in central london is quite expensive...

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  • London Eye-not worth the money

    Although the London Eye has great views, it is not worth the money to ride it. If you try to take pictures, even without flash, the picture will come out with a reflection from the curved wall. Go early in the day to avoid the crowds, I went at about 11 am and there were only 4 other people in my pod Don't waste your money, for great views just...

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  • Most of the historic sites in London.

    ie: The Tower of London, St. Pauls, Hampton Court Palace, Greenwich Park Observatory, the London Dunegons... Although they are classic places to visit they are EXPENSIVE!! Last time I went to HCP it was £14!! If you are a budget traveller I would suggest to pick one place and ignore the rest or just photogragh the outside! Westminister Abby is...

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  • Double Decker Bus Tour

    If your bus gets stuck in London traffic, like ours did and you end up getting off it after two hours, in frustration, then you too will have felt like the victim of a tourist trap. Although I did quite enjoy listening to the Spaniards behind me whining for the entirity of the two hours I was trapped on it. It felt natural on this trip to just...

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  • London Trocadero

    Walked in here to get out of the rain. Man.... talk about an assault to the senses! Lights! Noise! Music! Video Screens! Souvenir Stores! On floor after floor! Maybe I'm just too old for this place. In fact, if you travel to London w/kids, I'd take them there. They'd probably love it! Get a pint.

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  • Madam Toussards

    It's an expensive ripoff. If you want to see life size candles then go right ahead.The queues are just horrendous! Try to at least have your picture taken with some you like! And if you can go and have a look at the workshop - although you have to pay extra for that too! I'd not waste anytime trying to see wax dummies - go to Hampstead village...

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  • Tate Gallery of Modern Art - London

    With its trendy riverfront location and a huge, new building, you would have thought that you'd find tons and tons of art to enjoy. This was not the case. You have to hike up a zillion staircases to get to the galleries, and then its like a rat maze as your browse the meager collections.Dont get me wrong, there are some gems there, but all in all,...

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