The capital and largest city of England and the United Kingdom.

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In London, it is better to do sight-seeing in the morning or the afternoon?

My wife will be doing an 4-week English course in London in January, and she has the option to study in the morning or in the afternoon. Considering open hours and the season (January 2015), is it ...
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How can I find short-term private room accommodations in London?

I've lived in London in flats for 4 years - but am travelling at the moment. When I return, I'll need some accommodation for 2-4 weeks - just short term. Hostels are one option, but they're per ...
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Longest possible single-fare journey in London Fare Zone 2?

I've noticed that it is theoretically possible to perform an almost complete circuit of London by rail without leaving fare zone 2 and without having to swipe in / swipe out with an Oyster card ...
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Any cash machine in central London which can dispense £5?

I'm sure travellers to the United Kingdom carrying an overseas/non-UK debit card can relate to this question. Most cash machines start dispensing starting from £10 and in multiples of £10. That means ...
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Oyster & Travel Cards

I'm thinking of purchasing an OYSTER CARD in order to get into London (King's Cross). After that, I was thinking of purchasing a 7DAY Travel Card (Zone 1 & 2) to use for my general sightseeing. I ...
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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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What happens if you don't “collect” an Oyster top-up or transfer in time?

With an Oyster Card, there are a few different ways you can arrange to top up, or collect additional tickets, or have balances transferred. Broadly, they are: At a station with a ticket machine ...
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Where can I try a locally brewed Porter in London?

One of my favorite beverages back home is a locally brewed Vanilla Porter. As the Porter style of beer was invented in London, I was excited to try some local English porters... but in every pub, ...
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Driving from London to Malaga, Spain. Tolls expensive?

I've been waiting a long time to get a car, and now that I have one I plan to do a road trip with friends and visit my parents who live in southern Spain. I'm aware of the costs to get to Santander ...
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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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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 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 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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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 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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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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Do French immigration police at St. Pancras for Eurostar speak English?

I'm travelling on Eurostar from London to Paris next week, and speak very little French. I'm meeting a friend of mine in Paris who does speak French, so there shouldn't be any problem there, but ...
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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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Where to look up times for shows in London?

I am visiting London as a tourist and would like to go to a theater to watch a movie. In the US I'd use Fandango - just type in my zip code, see what's playing near me and go for the time indicated. ...
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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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Can I check the “in-travel” status of my Oyster card?

I travel fairly regularly on the public transport network in London (although not always the same journey). I occassionally forget half-way through a journey (particularly on the DLR, since it doesn't ...
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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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London cycle hire without chip-and-pin

To hire (rent) a bicycle in London at one of the Santander Cycle docks, is it necessary to have a chip-and-pin credit or debit card? Or will an old fashioned magnetic stripe card suffice? How about a ...
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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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Does Ryanair serve alcohol on short flights?

I'm flying from Dublin to London with Ryanair. I'm just wondering if anyone knows whether or not Ryanair will be serving alcohol on such a short flight?
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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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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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Spots for night panoramic photography in London

I'm looking for places in London which provide a good vantage point for taking panoramic photos at night. This implies that they should provide a panoramic view of the city center, be accessible till ...
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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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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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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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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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Where in London should you bring a fan of the band Madness?

I'm going to London with a huge fan of the band Madness. Is there anywhere special I could go with him as a nice surprise? I know that the members of the band grew up there. I guess their videos ...
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Checking a hire bike is properly docked

I docked a Boris bike (Santander Cycle (used to be called Barclays Cycle)), part of the London scheme of bikes offered to hire for a short time. But I'm not sure if I checked for the green light ...
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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 ...