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

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Which Oyster card should I get as a foreign visitor to London?

My 10 year old daughter and I will be in London 4-7 May, landing at Gatwick in the evening from Stockholm, then staying at a hotel near Acton railway station. I have found a route from the airport to ...
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London public transport: Is it possible to buy a paper ticket for a single journey?

From what I understand on the TFL site, there is no option to simply buy a single one way ticket. This seems odd to me and I want to make sure I'm not missing something. I will only be in London ...
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Where to stay for London nightlife?

For those looking to travel to London and enjoy the nightlife, where would be the best area to stay? Requirements are nearby bars, alcohol and 20-something crowd all preferably within walking distance....
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From Central London to Gatwick airport on 1 January 2016

I have a flight to catch on 1 January at Gatwick airport. Can someone advise how I can go there from central London as I heard underground and easy bus will not be operating. Any other options?
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Bus from London to Europe…which ones take the ferry?

I'm a Canadian flying to London next year and I want to take the ferry to Europe. I see fares to Brussels that look good at around $40 round trip, but I don't wanna do the Channel Tunnel, I wanna take ...
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Is it a good idea to order a ticket for the London Eye in advance?

On the official site of London Eye, you can buy online tickets that are 10% cheaper than tickets book directly at the location. If I buy a standard ticket, do I have to specify a date or even a time ...
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Are there drinking water fountains airside at London City Airport?

When flying, I normally take an empty water bottle (or two) with me. To comply with liquid regulations at security, I ditch any remaining water landside just before or after checkin, pass through ...
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What's the quickest way from London Kings Cross to Euston, by foot or tube?

My train to London Kings Cross has just been cancelled, so instead of having plenty of time to make a connection to Euston, I'm going to have a mad dash... To get from Kings Cross to Euston I have a ...
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How to get from Heathrow Airport to King's Cross, London?

My wife and I will be arriving in London via Heathrow Airport (LHR) and are staying at a hotel near King's Cross station. So, we were wondering what the best (which means fastest but also easiest when ...
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Why does cost of the travel from zone 1 to zone 3 in London depend on means of transportation?

Wimbledon Station: zone 3 Waterloo Station: zone 1 The fastest way is to take a direct train that takes 16 minutes - Google Maps The cheapest way is to take the Tube but it would take much longer. ...
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Is it possible to deduce the London Underground line based solely on the set number at the front of a train?

All the trains on the London Underground have a number on the front, which I've learnt is called the "set number". I've noticed that the trains on each line tend to have numbers which are close ...
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What museums and attractions in London offer interactive exhibits for blind people?

I'll be visiting London next year with my in laws, of which my father-in-law is blind. Since London is basically just wandering around and looking at things, our trip could get very boring very ...
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Travelling using the Underground (the Tube) in London [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: London on public transport: what kind of tickets to use? I will stay in London for only 2 days, but will travel using underground train (tube) quite often. So my questions ...
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How to get from Gatwick airport to Paddington?

What's the most straightforward way to get from Gatwick airport to Paddington station in London using public transport? I'm mostly interested in travel time & general smoothness of the trip (e.g....
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What can be best way to reach Cambridge from Heathrow Terminal 3?

What is the fastest way (cheaper is better, but if unavoidable, costly is agreeable) to reach Cambridge from Heathrow Terminal 3, at night (past 10pm)? I expect quite a few people who reach Heathrow ...
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Bath to London on Christmas Day

Is there a way to get from Bath to London using public transport on 25th Dec? Or at least from some place near Bath? All the public transport I could find is shut on christmas Day.
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Could Legoland Windsor be considered a tourist attraction of London?

We are traveling to London with our kids. As one of the attractions, Legoland Windsor, is mentioned. I am wondering if this is more a local attraction, or is it a valid attraction to consider when ...
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What does “The following London stations are available for travel with the chosen ticket” mean?

I booked a train ticket to London Paddington with GWR. The booking confirmation however says London Terminals on top of London Paddington. Then there are words like this: The following London ...
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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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Where to get hundred dollar bills in London (same day)

In many countries (particularly developing countries), the best way to get a good exchange rate on the local currency is to exchange $100 USD dollar bills - and $100 dollar bills get a substantially ...
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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, I'...
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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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How do peak/off peak times work on the TfL network with the Oyster card?

The section on TfL's website dealing with peak and off-peak times specifies the times but it doesn't specify if those are considered when card holders touch in or when they touch out. Say, I board 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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Where can I get an up-to-date list of destinations by overnight coach from London

I've found a way for people who can sleep on overnight buses/coaches to save time and accommodation by taking night coaches out of London. I've haphazardly found Plymouth-Penzance, Liverpool-...
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Is the London pass valid(/free) for multiple entries to same tourist attraction?

I am planning to buy 10 a day London pass to visit all the attractions in London. Can I enter into the same attraction, such as the Thames River Cruise, multiple times with this London pass, without ...
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Can I view London from the top of its tallest building?

One Canada Square, incorrectly referred to as Canary Wharf is one of the tallest buildings in London, but it's proving difficult to find out for sure whether it has any public viewing platform or bar ...
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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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Flying into London, overnight train to Edinburgh that evening, where to stow bags/shower?

Looking for advice for how to manage things during a one-day "layover" between a flight (from the US) and the overnight train from London to Edinburgh. I'm heading to Scotland for a wedding in the ...
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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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When booking a bus transfer with Ryanair, how does one retrieve the actual bus ticket?

I've booked an airport transfer in London along with my flight ticket. However I'm now confused about how do I go about getting the actual bus ticket. Is it sufficient to show my boarding pass? Would ...
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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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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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Where can I find accurate London bus route maps?

Is there any place where I can find the geographically accurate route followed by a specified bus route in London?
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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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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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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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Does Ryanair serve alcohol on short flights (e.g. Dublin-London)?

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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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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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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How far can I travel using my oyster card?

It's very confusing when you travel from Paddington by train, you can go through the gates using your oyster card but you have to know if the gates of the destination you getting off at will allow you ...
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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 time....
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Can I use an oyster card outside London?

I'm travelling to London in 2 weeks and I wanted to buy an Oyster card. The thing is, I'll only be in London for a week and then I'll be going to Leeds. Will it be useful to have my Oyster card? Or ...