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London for a Weekend

London for a Weekend
Planning a weekend in London but don’t know how to make the most of your stay? Don’t worry…help is at hand! If you’re in London for a relatively short stay then you’ll want to make sure that you see the best of the city – here are a few tips on how you can have the best visit possible. Firstly, plan ahead and make sure that you book accommodation that will best suit your interests. You’ll probably fly in to one of the 3 largest airports (Heathrow, Gatwick or Stansted) but it’s probably best to book a hotel in a more central location, rather than close to any of the airports. That’s not just for reasons of noise – each of the airports are a little way out of the centre, so booking a hotel in a more central location will leave you more time to enjoy your stay. You should also book your hotel to suit your budget and your requirements. If you’re intending to spend your days out sight-seeing and your evenings eating out or going to catch a show then it may be that you’ll barely be in your hotel. If that’s the case, then why not opt for a slightly cheaper hotel and maximise your available budget by spending the money that you save on entertainment. There’s plenty to see in London and the biggest problem that you’ll have will be narrowing down the options. It’s worth getting a good map of the city, as you’ll find that a lot of the central locations are within easy walking distance – this means that you can make better use of your time, as you’ll see plenty above ground that you’d otherwise miss if you were on the Underground. As an example, Buckingham Palace, the Cabinet War Rooms, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey are all within easy walking distance of each other. That means that you can cover those attractions relatively easily. In fact, once you get to the Houses of Parliament, you’ll also be able to see the London Eye, which is also easily reached by crossing Westminster Bridge. Pre-book attractions where possible. When it comes to spending a weekend in a city, it’s important to be organised. Pre-booking attractions and pre-arranging routes around London may feel like a bore when you’re sitting at home but it will save you plenty of time when you reach the city. There’s plenty to do in the evenings, with the various London shows always being popular. The heart of London’s theatre land is to be found in Shaftesbury Avenue and you’ll also find plenty of eating options nearby (particularly in Soho and Covent Garden). Many of the top restaurants have websites, so you can pre-book these too before arrival in London, if a particular one has caught your eye. Many restaurants will offer pre-theatre menus: these are served before show times, ensuring that you can get a meal before heading off to the theatre. To sum up, the key to having a great experience in ....read more

London Sightseeing Easy and Affordable

London Sightseeing Easy and Affordable
Whether you’re going on your first trip to London or your tenth, the city can be more than a little intimidating. After all, the greater London area covers 600 square miles! Before you go, it’s worth your while to invest some time in planning which London attractions you’d like to see, as well as exploring your transportation options. London Sightseeing Attractions Here are the top five “must-see” London attractions: 1. Tower of London: One of the city’s most prominent landmarks, the Tower of London is best known as a castle of imprisonment, torture, and execution – but it’s also been a Royal Palace, a fortress, and a Royal mint! 2. Kensington Palace: Although Kensington Palace was the birthplace of Queen Victoria and the primary residence of William III and Mary II, today’s it’s best known as the home of Lady Diana, Princess of Wales. Exhibits honoring “The People’s Princess” are a must-see. 3. London Zoo: Located in Regent’s Park, the London Zoo is home to over 12,000 animals and features exhibits including “Meet the Monkeys” and “Butterfly Paradise.” 4. Windsor Castle: The home of Queen Elizabeth II, Windsor Castle has been the official residence of Kings and Queens for more than 900 years, making it the oldest continually occupied castle in the world. 5. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre: This faithful reproduction rests on the site of the original Globe Theatre, the backdrop upon which the Bard wrote his famous plays. London Transportation If you’re a London tourist, you have access to a number of trains and busses that will take you to the major London attractions. These include the London Underground trains, London busses, the Docklands Light Rail, over-ground trains, Tramlink, and the First Great Western (for travel to Windsor Castle). A Travelcard Lets You Save Money While Sightseeing London sightseeing can be incredibly expensive. Individually, London attractions may not charge much, but together they can quickly add up to a significant cost. Likewise, travel expenses to and from popular tourist locales can also take a bite out of your pocketbook. The money you spend on admissions and travel within London is money you won’t be able spend on accommodations, souvenirs, and meals. If you’re a London tourist, a Travelcard is an excellent investment, especially when combined with a London Pass. At a single affordable price, the London Pass provides you with free admission to 56 London attractions – locations that normally charge for admission. Similarly, the Travelcard allows you to use busses and trains at no additional charge. These “smart cards” are like credit cards that are swiped at the entrances of attractions, busses, and trains, and that allow you free entry or passage. In addition to cost savings, a London Pass allows you to bypass long lines and receive priority admission to all of the best London attractions. Best of all, depending on the length of your stay, you can choose to buy a 1-day, 2-day, 3-day, or 6-day pass. Planning ahead and taking advantage of a London Pass and Travelcard will help to make your London sightseeing trip hassle free. You’ll be able to enjoy the rich ....read more
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