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How's the view from Somerset House's terrace?

Somerset House advertises that it's possible to watch the fireworks from their terrace on New Year's Eve - for a fee, of course. On the map they seem very close to the heart of things, but of course ...
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18 hr layover in London…should I get a transit visa to explore London…is sightseeing allowed on a transit visa?

Details: I hold a Indian passport with a valid and unexpired US student visa (F1). I would be travelling from Los Angeles to Mumbai via a 18 hr layover at London Heathrow airport in December 2012.
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Visiting London in December - what is the weather like and where can I feel the Christmas spirit?

I would like to present to my sister a journey to London. I found an economic flight around mid-December. I have two questions: What will the weather be? Do I have to expect to really cold ...
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How to go to Manchester from London?

I will travel to Europe this year. I am planning to visit Manchester Old Trafford on the first day. How can I get to Manchester from London? How long does it take, and how much does it cost ...
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Is the London Pass worth the price?

We are going to spend 2 days in London in mid-December and we wonder if we should buy the London Pass which is £46.00 per day per adult. It is not the first time we have used this kind of pass and ...
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What's the typical worst-case for security timings at London City?

I am departing from London City in a week or two. I'm flying BA, and will have hand baggage only and will have printed my boarding pass. I'm also arriving by taxi. I'm also Oneworld Emerald, in case ...
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How early to arrive at Kings Cross for train?

We will be traveling from Kings Cross to Leeds on a 9:00 am train in early July. How much time is enough for us to find and board the train? We will be traveling as a family of two adults and one ...
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Other than Eurostar, are there any sub-4-hour options to get between London and Lille (without a car)?

If booked in far enough in advance (where "enough" varies depending on the popularity of the train), it's possible to get a return between London and Lille on the Eurostar for £69 or €88 (depending on ...
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London Tour Buses

I'm heading to London next month for some sight-seeing, and plan to take a traditional tour bus journey. Do I need to book these in advance, or are they quite commonly available? I know with the ...
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Is there any possibility to view London from One Canada Square (Canary Wharf)?

One Canada Square, incorrectly referred to as Canary Wharf is the tallest building in London, but it's proving difficult to find out for sure whether it has any public viewing platform or bar or ...
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Oyster charges for multiple routes between two places

As I understand Oyster cards, you swipe them on the station you enter, and the station you leave (for simplicity's sake, I'm only considering the Underground). As in you don't swipe them when changing ...
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Cheap hostel around London City Airport

Is there any cheap hostel around London City Airport? Preferably the hostel should be reachable by foot. I would be arriving at the London City Airport at about 8.30pm someday during May, so I am ...
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Two Passports, One Trip (essentially)

I am both a Jamaican and US citizen and I am traveling to Russia for my studies. I have my student visa in my Jamaican passport. The details of my trip are as follows: I was going to fly to London ...
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Is late May into Early June a good time to avoid the summer rush in London?

I'd like to go to London for two weeks and take a few side trips in England and Wales. It's looking like from about May 21st to June 4th is when I can go. Is that ahead of the Summer travel season, ...
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Is there anywhere in the London area to experience an American-style Thanksgiving Dinner?

I'll be in London over Thanksgiving this year. I'd rather not completely miss out on the American holiday, if I can help it. Is there anywhere in London where this holiday can be celebrated? ...
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Tube delay on a cross-London rail transfer, who to claim compensation from?

This is another wrinkle on the existing For a UK rail delay, which train company do you claim compensation from question. Assume you buy a ticket from a London tube station to your destination, which ...
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London night bus safety

In a few days, I will be traveling alone from London Heathrow to King's Cross station at about 1am via night bus. I have read a lot of conflicting information on the safety of night busses, and I have ...
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Quick way to exit King's Cross tube station?

Is there a quick way to exit King's Cross tube station (Metro/Circle) onto Euston Road (heading westward)? Unfortunately I have to make this escape during rush-hour. I'm arriving via Farringdon. The ...
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Tourist visa to Iran in London without losing passport for weeks

What is the most reasonable way to get a visa to Iran without losing passport for weeks? In particular we are Polish nationals living in London. In this question: How to get a visa for Iran I saw ...
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London to Dublin: bus, train, plane, or car rental?

London to Dublin: bus, train, plane, or car rental? I would like to travel from London to Dublin (with family). But the web-sites for the ferries seem to be vague about the cost for automobiles. (And ...
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Is an Oyster card worth it for 3 days?

I am in London for about three days in December (Sunday - Wednesday). I have to get from Heathrow to Balham/Clapham and then to various museums and galleries in the Westminster region during this ...
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Which airlines fly from Ulaanbaatar / Ulan Bator?

Looking at getting back to London from Ulaanbaatar (Ulan Bator), Mongolia in mid August, and trying to reduce the price. What airlines or crazy routes might exist? Currently have found Aeroflot, ...
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Where should I stay while looking for a job in London?

I'm planning on staying in London for a couple months with my wife and look for a job. I've been investigating a bit and there are lots of different possibilites. What would you recommend for a 1 or ...
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How should I choose the best option for a London apartment rental?

I am traveling with two coworkers after our London Dev Days event, and we are looking to rent a local apartment. Knowing very little about London and its various neighborhoods, I am wondering which of ...
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Boarding a train in the UK at a later calling station, on an advanced purchase (train specific) ticket

This question is not about breaking a train journey in the United Kingdom. I wanted return tickets from London to Bicester. Thanks to an offer, I have purchased return tickets from London to ...
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Oyster Card - how does it actually work?

I have heard about the Oyster Card for London transportation network. You top it up with cash or credit card, and then you just swipe it in buses, subway, trains, and also when you leave the subway or ...
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Long layover in London, time to visit Olympics?

I have a ~10 hour layover in LHR on July 26th (the day prior to the opening ceremonies of 2012 Olympics). I'm flying British Airways from JNB-LHR-MAD. What's the most reliable (and hopefully ...
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Sights in London applicable to British Empire in Southeast Asia

Are there any historical sights in London concerning the British Empire's interests in Southeast Asia? Examples: Statue of Sir Stamford Raffles Locations in London significant to the British ...
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How to get from London Gatwick to Cambridge on public transport?

I'm arriving on London Gatwick airport around 10 pm on a weekday, and would like to make it to central Cambridge the same night. How would I go about it? Apparently there are no direct buses or ...
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What is the closest bucolic holiday destination to the City of London?

I have been looking at weekend accommodations in London. For a family with children, this seems quite challenging. At the same time I am seeing quite some nice bucolic options in Kent and Sussex. To ...
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Last minute event tickets for London 2012 Olympic Games

I know that tickets go on advance sale across the world in countries participating in the Olympics, each with their own quota. But this is for advance bookings. If one doesn't have firm plans and ...
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Itinerary to Scotland from London

I am planning to travel from London to the following destinations by train: Edinburgh, Inverness and Windermere and then back to London. My questions are: What would be the best itinerary (order of ...
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Can I go from Paris to London by train on a one-day trip?

Next vacations(febuary 2013) I will stay 3 days on Paris with other 3 people. One day on Louvre, next day on city and another one... is still a doubt... We are wondering about going to London from ...
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Can I get from Gatwick airport to London by Oyster card?

I read many contradictions as to whether one can use a Oyster card from Gatwick Airport to central London. What is the most time efficient way to go from Gatwick to "Old Billingsgate" ( Monument tube ...
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Am I likely to get a cheaper flight with a long layover?

I want to go to NYC in April. The current price is ~£530 return direct. I was wondering if it is cheaper for a layover in another country, even if this requires me getting 4+ tickets. I have heard of ...
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How to get from Stansted Airport to Kings Cross London after 12am

Besides Taxi, how can i get from Stansted Airport to Kings Cross London after 12am? As I will arrive Stansted from Pisa at 11:30pm that late. I have checked the national rail website, it guides me to ...
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DIY London tour using public transport

I've been looking at various competitors for London tours, and comparing that with the topped cost of using an Oyster card on public transport, and wondered if I couldn't just do it myself (especially ...
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Can I still get from Heathrow to London on a double-decker bus?

Some years ago I rode a double-decker bus from Heathrow to Victoria Station and found it to be a great way in to the city, since we could sit up top and see so much. I'd love to do the same thing for ...
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London to Lisbon without flying?

I'm planning to go in mid-July, the cost of air travel is quite high so I'm looking for alternatives. What are the train networks like through France/Spain/Portugal? How long would it take and how ...
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Which car rental companies do not charge for additional drivers (in London)?

I'm renting a car for 4 weeks. The additional driver charges are pretty high at Hertz and Alamo (which I've checked so far). Some companies don't charge though (I hear). Which?
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Can I go from Gatwick Airport station to London Bridge station?

Can I go from Gatwick Airport station to London Bridge station? I have read that the train will not stop by London bridge due to construction, is this true? I am travelling by the end of January.
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How long does it take to get into London from Southend airport?

I am attending a conference in the ExCel in London and am flying in that morning. The best value flights are all flying into Southend airport which I hadn't heard of before so I am wondering how long ...
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Train passport control from London to Paris

I'm a non-EU citizen, I will be travelling from London to Paris next month, so I was wondering since most countries track entry and leave dates, if I use the train to switch these countries and they ...
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How to buy for ticket from Heathrow terminal 5 to Canterbury east train station?

I will be arriving in London heathrow airport on 8.25pm, and I am looking for a train to Canterbury east railway station. My search gives me this, however, On the status column there is a warning: ...
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Difference between children's and adults' days of London Notting Hill Carnival 2013

According to the 2013 Notting Hill Carnival's FAQ, "Sunday is Children’s day and Monday is Adults day." Can anyone please describe the difference between the children's and adults' days?
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What are the mobile plan options for a short-term (6 month) visit to the UK?

I am starting an internship in London starting October and was wondering what the options for a short-term mobile plan in the UK are. I use an iPhone so a data plan would be nice but not necessary.
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What to do when creeped out by Charlie Chaplin on Westminster Bridge?

Firstly, although still quite a newbie to the city, I'm NOT a tourist so I'm perfectly fine around such minor threats - I just ignore everybody around me - Londoners will understand. Just kidding :) ...
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Driving non-GB registered car inside Low Emission Zone (London)

Almost all of greater London area is Low Emission Zone. That means, that older diesel cars are not allowed into the zone, or must face high fee (up to 200£ / day). The LEZ does not apply to cars ...
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Is it possible to get an Oyster card refund online?

I left London nearly two weeks ago, and didn't have time to turn in my Oyster card to get a refund for the £5 deposit plus the remaining balance of roughly £11. Is it possible, somehow, to request a ...
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Quickest way from London Paddington station to London City Airport?

I'm currently on a train heading into London Paddington station, from where I'll be making my way over to London City Airport. All being well, I should have plenty of time, but the train company I'm ...