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Abbie asked in TravelUnited KingdomLondon · 2 months ago

What should I know before going to London England?

Things to see? Places to avoid?Any tips?

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  • F
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    The big museums and galleries are free and world class. Avoid Natural History museum in school holidays, full of little kids running around the dinosaur exhibits.Standard buses much cheaper than tourist sightseeing buses and go to the same places. Use Tube if in a hurry.

    River Trips are generally reasonable and show alot of sights. The major parks (esp Hyde and Greenwich) are nice in good weather and if you like people watching.

    Harrods is quite good fun and free unless you buy something of course. Covent garden has a nice atmosphere with street performers (although some get stroppy when you given them coins). London eye , quite expensive (everything in London is) but worth it on a clear day. Don't bother if it's raining and cloudy.

    Avoid Madame Tussauds and London dungeon (expensive outdated), Tower of London normally has big queues although is on most "must do lists" Ditto Buck House.

    Obviously avoid non-touristy areas (housing schemes etc) esp after dark.

    Be aware that many day trips from London (Stonehenge, Bath, Cambridge, Warwick Castle etc) are further from London than you might think (esp Americans) and will involve may hiurs on a bus.

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    • hihi!
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      1 month agoReport

      still at 50 feet or 50 metres (l was there in 2000) it is great to see it in person. People used to chip away the stones- of course you can't touch it!

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  • 2 months ago

    Learn to speak ENGLISH before going there... 

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    • hihi!
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      1 month agoReport

      learn first floor is above ground floor. lift is elevator and things like that! And a moot point is TOTALLY OPPOSITE!! https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Sixty_American_English_Words_and_their_British_English_Counterparts.htm

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  • 2 months ago

    There are thousands of things to do in London. What are you interested in?

    Otherwise; make sure you've got a contactless payment card or Oyster Card, and download the CityMapper app to navigate.

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  • 2 months ago

    You need to know that it may be the capital but that there is life outside London and that there are much better place outside London such s Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

    • RR
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      2 months agoReport

      Those places have their attractions and are cheaper but they are certainly not as good as London for tourism.

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  • RR
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    London is not always wet, as shown by Hollywood and it's rarely foggy! However, the weather is unpredictable. Bring layers, including a waterproof jacket and wear comfortable shoes.

    It's easy to get around using public transport.

    You are highly unlikely to go anywhere near any of the less desirable places.

    There are thousands of places to eat. Check the menu before you go inside. Some are very expensive.

    The big museums are FREE! (I recommend the Natural History Museum. Even the building is amazing)

    The West End theatres can be expensive but you can go to Leicester Square in the evening and buy discount tickets (link below)

    There are plenty of tourist guides on-line or to buy, so you can pick and choose what interests you.

    My Canadian relatives spent two weeks in london. They loved it and want to come back to see the places they missed.

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  • Maxi
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    That you will need at least twice as much money than you would need anywhere else in the UK as London is a VERY expensive place to visit, it is not a city that reflects the UK or England............... you need to research tourist places and what is availble, if you can purchase tickets before you go which might be a little cheaper, buy or download an underground map so you know where you travel to /from

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  • 2 months ago

    So must information online, your very unlikely to have any problems

    if you use a bit of common sense.

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  • Clive
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Not really, I don't know what you like to see, anywhere to avoid is where you're unlikely to go anyway, just know about Oystercards and how to get around with one.  You will want to get around, and you'll need an Oystercard.  It works on all public transport and don't bother about any season tickets - just use Oyster in "pay as you go" mode by adding money to it and that's as good a way as any.

    • F
      Lv 6
      2 months agoReport

      You can use contactless credit cards instead of having to buy Oystercards. They have a daily cap , so don't cost any more.

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  • 2 months ago

    Do not carry a big bag because that’s just asking to get robbed. 

    Do not carry a clutch because that’s easy to snatch from your hands. 

    Use a wallet and keep it in your front pockets so that it’s harder to get pickpocket. Travel with multiple people. It deters pocket snatchers when there are multiple people who can stop or catch them. 

    Lock your passport in the hotel safe or leave it at the hotel. 

    Use a credit card if you can. Don’t carry too much cash. 

    Places to see: 

    London eye. It’s a 1 hour Ferris wheel. You can take nice pictures of London from above. Go at night when London is lit up. Don’t play 3 card Monty unless you just want the experience of getting swindled. 

    Stonehenge. It’s 1-2 hours away (tour bus vs driving). Nothing exciting but it’s just something that you can say you saw. 

    Windsor castle and changing of the guards. It’s basically a museum of British monarchy. 

    Big Ben is undergoing restoration so not much to see or hear. 

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  • Nancy
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Tips: 

    1. Take a waterproof jacket or windbreaker.  

    2. Take an umbrella.

    3. See almost everything at once by riding the London Eye.

    4. Don't bother making your way over to Big Ben because it's closed and not ticking or chiming as its amid a complete overhaul, but you would see that if you ride the London Eye since its directly across the Thames from Big Ben.  

    5.  Don't ever, ever, ever, ever try to fake a British accent, not even in jest, because it will only put every Brit in earshot of you off.  Guaranteed.  Even if they say otherwise.  Well, unless they put you up to it, in which case you should do so but reluctantly and self-deprecating all the while.

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