Monday, July 14, 2008
Do you have any suggestions for good but inexpensive accommodation in or near London My wife and I would be interested in possible tours or a Thames cruise in or around London.
We have seen some of the obvious attractions like St Pauls Cathedral, Westminster Abbey Tower of London, Victoria and Albert Museum.
Possible points of interest could be Cambridge or Windsor Castle. We can consider events which involve modest costs To put you in the picture I am a retired Anglican clergyman age 71. We are able bodied but anything involving strenuous excercise would be beyond us.
We look forward to your advice.
A: In terms of accommodation, I'd recommend staying on the south side of the river near the south bank or bankside. There are a few hotels in this area and I suspect they would be a lot less expensive than the ones on the north side.
For example, there are two fairly new hotels just on the south side of southwark bridge, really good location for siteseeing, just behind the Tate Modern. I think one might be called the London Rose or something like that.
To do a Thames cruise, rather than paying loads for an organised one, go to Westminster Pier and ask for a return ticket to Greenwich on the regular ferry service. Naturally, you won't get the running commentary on the journey, but if you don't mind this, the regular service is I think much cheaper. (Check return times for boats though.)
A day trip to Windsor is nice. I would say there might be more to enjoy there than at Cambridge, though both are worth visiting if you have the time. I think you can get a train to Windsor from Waterloo station (easy walking distance from the south bank, if you were to stay in that area.) Windsor is nice, and so is Eton, nearby.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Q: Is there a motor cycle speedway track in London, If so where is it.
A: I'm not aware of any in London but there are two that are only a couple of hours drive away:
- Donington Park
Here's a link for more info,
Q: Thank you for your site with friendly suggestions. As a teacher, I will visit London with a group of 30 students and I was surprised by the expensive tickets for tube.
We are staying 4 days. Can you tell me more about Group Day Tickets (for groups of 10 or more). Is it a good idea ? Can we buy in advance ?
A: Yes, group day tickets seem to be good value, especially if you intend travelling on the tube more than once a day.
I'm not sure you can buy them in advance but you should at least be able to buy them once you get to London, from any tube station.
Q: I liked your site! But I wounder if Easter is a good time to visit London? I saw that you liked it! Thats how I found your site but I suspect that everything is closed during Easter? Museums and shops? My husband and I are planning to go the 20-23 of March. But are there anything open then? I would like to visit the Roof Garden if possible. Are restaurants and bars closed? Do you have any recommendations?
A: Yes, easter is a very good time to visit London in my view - its not too cold and not too hot (though sometimes it is rainy), and you avoid the big crowds of summer.
And no, most shops and museums are open even on easter Sunday. The only day most places are usually closed is christmas day, so if you visit at easter you should find enough places open to keep you entertained, fed and catered for!
Q: The Oyster pass for the trains/buses. Can you buy one in London or can you only buy online? Online is hard for me as they want a UK address and I don't have one.
Location New ZealandA: You can buy an oyster card for immediate use from any tube station when you arrive in London.
Q: Hello... First off, I VERY much enjoy and appreciate your excellent web site. Not so the sites for National Express bus or British Rail. On 10 March I would like to come to London from the vicinity of Fordingbridge, Hampshire, and spend a day taking your wonderful bus tour. To take the bus would occupy half the day getting there and returning. Apparently there are not really any express busses. I can get nothing but errors from the British Rail web site. Any advice? Which station should I aim for, in London, by train or bus, to be closest to a stop on your tour? Waterloo, perhaps? What would you do about this situation? Thank you VERY much for any help with vexing problem. I have been to England several times but have not visited London before.
A: I'm not very familiar with the area where you will be staying but from google maps, it appears you might be near Brockenhurst and Lyndhurst.
If so, then I believe you could get a train into Waterloo, which would be fine for joining the bus tour.
From Waterloo, you could actually walk to the London Eye - and begin the bus tour by joining the number 12 at Westminster.
Q: I will be in London with 25 of my students in mid-April. Looking for inexpensive ways to explore with them so that they can EXPERIENCE London - rather than just do the "tourist" thing...
Also looking for a nice place to have tea with my young ladies... any suggestions would be most helpful and appreciated.
A: I think the best, easiest and cheapest way of experiencing London is by foot - simply walk around the different areas of interest. In April, the weather should be perfect for doing this.
As for having tea, if you mean "English high tea" and you have the money to afford it, perhaps its worth booking afternoon tea at the Ritz hotel.
Q: Hello and thank you for designing a low cost bus route. I do have a shortened time frame and wondered if the bus RV1 operated in both directions. In other words, can I board RV1 at Covert Garden and take it to Tower of London? Or does it only operate the other way? Thank you very much!
A: Yes, it does. You will usually find the bus stops for each direction more or less opposite each other (unless they go down one way streets.)
This map shows the route of the RV1 bus.http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/gettingaround/maps/buses/pdf/toweroflondon-2261.pdf
A: Understanding London's public transport fare structure would probably be considered a degree level course in some countries. There are loads of different types of tickets, different zones, different times of travel and so on.
The easiest thing to do is to consider where you are likely to travel to, what time of day and how many trips you are going to do per day. If you are only going to be seeing London's central tourist sights and not using the underground to travel out to heathrow (zone 6) then its likely you would only be travelling within zones 1 and 2.
And if you are happy not to travel on the underground before 9.30 am on weekdays (a wise decision in my view, unless you want to be crushed by commuters!) then you could use an offpeak ticket.
Putting that together, you could buy a one day travelcard each day for unlimited travel in zones 1 - 2 after 9.30 am (to midnight). This would cost you £5.30 per day, or £31.80 for 6 days' worth.Not sure of the currency exchange but I suspect this is much less than 117 euros
Sunday, November 25, 2007
A: Yes, most places should be open in London on New Years Day, though if you have some specific museums in mind it might be worth checking on their websites.
You may however find that some places operate Sunday opening hours so for example, might not open until after lunchtime.
Q: When comparing the London Pass + travel to the Oyster card - which repreesents the best value for money? We are a family of 5 (youngest is 12)
A: You don’t say how long you are going to be in London for so let’s assume you’re here for 3 days for price comparison purposes.
You can currently buy a 3 day adult London Pass including travel for £73. Given the London Pass without travel is £54, you are basically paying £19 for a 3 day travelcard for one adult. (Or £6.33 per day.)
Compare that against using an Oyster card. You have to pay £3 per card, and then you put credit on it. Once done, you can use it as a one day travelcard for only £4.60 a day for within zones 1 and 2 (per adult.)
However, the London Pass also includes the train journey to Windsor, as well as all Underground zones within the price. To use the Oyster Card for zones 3 – 6 the price is slightly higher than £4.60.
All in all, I guess it depends on where you intend to travel to and what you plan on seeing. If you don’t intend visiting many sights and you’re sticking to central London (zones 1 and 2), an Oyster card for each of you is probably my recommendation. But if you do intend seeing lots of tourist attractions, maybe going on a trip to Windsor and so on, probably buying the combined London Pass with Travel is a better deal.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
A: Yes, the currency in London is Pounds Sterling (GBP). I think the exchange rate is around US$2 = £1.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
A: The 2007 Lord Mayors show will be on Saturday 10th November from 11am. More info here
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Heritage Route 15 Trafalgar Square - Strand - Fleet Street - Ludgate Hill - Cannon Street - Eastcheap - Tower Hilll (Operator - Stagecoach)
Bus Route 9: Royal Albert Hall - Kensington Road - Knightsbridge - Piccadilly - Trafalgar Square - Strand - Aldwych (Operator - First)
Saturday, September 01, 2007
1 - Travelling to Windsor Castle, and bus trips there
Monday, August 27, 2007
Saturday, May 05, 2007
Unfortunately not at the moment. However, I believe you can still buy a map and self-guided walk booklet from the shop at St Johns Wood station, and the walk starts from there anyway.
A: Try this walk - from a different site to mine.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Q: Hi I'm going to London this weekend with my husband and
A: Just one point of clarification as I'd hate you to be disappointed when you
Sunday, April 08, 2007
A:Yes, you can buy London Transport tickets online from some countries. I suggest you have a look at this web page for Transport for London. It provides information on the various types of visitor tickets available.
Saturday, March 31, 2007
Are there any truly comprehensive Beatles tours which include all of the highlights of their collective careers, especially where they were in London?