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How can I learn if I need to pay London's congestion fee?

I drove through London last week. Mostly on the the A406. I only briefly saw an announcement about the congestion fee, when entering london on the M11. I didn't see any camera or any other signs on ...
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I topped up my oyster using cash and forgot to retap

I tapped my oyster to top up put in cash and forgot to retap. The money did not go onto my oyster £10 what can I do?
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How to get to the Gatwick airport from the Paddington station? [duplicate]

I'm in need of detailed instructions to the Gatwick airport from the Paddington station. That is, I need the names of all the necessary stations, platforms etc. that I must use on my from the ...
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Is it feasible to do a Monopoly board pub crawl in London?

Putting aside the question of how intoxicated one might become, is it feasible to travel to all the "streets" on a Monopoly board in London in a single day? How long would it take? Do all these ...
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What's the best way to get from the Paddington Station to these London museums?

Suppose you're starting from off somewhere near the Paddington Station (which is where I find myself at the current moment). From here on, you can either rely on the underground trains, buses or plain ...
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Eating alone in London

I am in London this weekend alone. Is there any restaurants that cater specifically for the single eater or have sections for single diners? Although confident, I don't think I am THAT confident to ...
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Getting around in London without preordering Oyster card

In about 20 hours I will be leaving for a trip that will take me to London. My plan for getting around while there had been to get an Oyster card, but at the last moment I discover that they have to ...
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Transit visa in UK [duplicate]

I am an Indian, residing in China, travelling to Madrid, Spain (have a valid Schengen visa) via London. I will be in Heathrow Airport for less than 4 hours (the same day of arrival) for my next flight ...
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Cheap places to store bags in London for a few hours?

Almost all of the main railway stations in London have left luggage facilities. However, unlike in some European countries, this is a privately run place that stores your bags, rather than lockers. ...
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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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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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UK General visitor visa without professional situation, is my husband's situation sufficient?

My husband is going to UK on a business trip for 4 weeks and I would like to join him on his last week there and return back with him. I am currently a housewife, so I havent got any source of income. ...
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UK transit visa needed to switch airports? [duplicate]

I am a South African passport holder travelling from South Africa to the USA and flying via London. However I am switching from Heathrow to Gatwick, do I require a transit visa. The official Uk visa ...
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Traveling From Pittsburgh To London via United Airlines

I just booked my first flight heading out of the country (going solo), and I have a couple questions about the steps I need to take to calm my nerves. I’ve flown two previous times, and I have no ...
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Connection from Gatwick airport to Paddington station [duplicate]

What's the quickest way from Gatwick airport to Paddington station? I would like to travel as less as possible, if there is a opportiunity it would be great when there is a direct connection? ( To ...
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Travelling from London Gatwick to Paddington [duplicate]

There are three of us international travellers. We are reaching Gatwick on Tuesday, arriving from Inverness by air. Each of us will have heavy luggage (each person will have bag weighing 20+ Kg and ...
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Transport services from Gatwick to London [duplicate]

I would like to travel to London next week but I don’t know exactly how to get from Gatwick airport to London downtown. I was thinking about a transport service like Uber. I don’t really like to go ...
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Can I apply for Schengen visa from London as foreigner?

I hold Kuwaiti passport, and will be in London until mid June on personal matter. I plan to travel for tourism in summer to Europe, and I'm wondering if I can apply for Schengen as Kuwaiti on tourist ...
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Can I stay in UK after finishing my short English language courses?

I'm from Russia. I have student-visitor visa for 6 months of staying in UK. The length of my English language courses is 2 weeks. Question: Can I stay in UK after finishing courses (up to my visa ...
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Is there a list of online public transportation planners?

For Oslo in Norway you can go to ruter.no, punch in where you are and where you want to go. It then gives you options on how to get from point A to point B using various public transportation (and ...
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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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Accommodation options in London for three months in summer

I am interning at a company in central London in summer 2015, and I am responsible for handling my accommodation. What are my housing options for 14 weeks, with a total budget of 2000GBP (i.e. ...
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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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St.Pancras to King's Cross

How long does it take to walk from St.Pancras platform A to King's Cross platform 2? Searching at National Rail enquiries and many other websites - they all say it takes you about 15 minutes!!! ...
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Is there any possibility to view London from “The Gherkin”?

30 St Mary Axe, officially The Swiss Re Building, colloquially The Gherkin is one of the most prominent and tallest buildings in modern London, but it's proving difficult to find out for sure whether ...
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Do I need a transit visa for a stop in London? [duplicate]

I am indian citizen. I am staying in canada. I want to go to India from Canada with connecting flight from London. Do I need visa for that?
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Traveling to UK on visit visa as a Syrian citizen?

Hi i have a question regarding my trip to London, as i have a visit visa that will expire on September 5th. and am planning the trip on September 1st but would it be a problem to leave london few days ...
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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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Will TfL's plan to close all Tube ticket offices affect (US) tourists?

Transport for London are trying to close all Tube ticket offices and move staff into ticket halls—whether or not that is a good idea is another question. Ticket offices, however, are obviously ...
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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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How does London's 2015 £5 One Day Bus and Tram Pass look like?

If anyone used London's £5 One Day Bus and Tram Pass, which has been recently introduced in January 2015, could you please post a picture of it here? Is it still available for purchase, or is it dead ...
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Could I use American Express rewards points for Eurostar

Could I use American Express Reward Points to book my Eurostar from London to Paris?
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Is a tour of a US Embassy possible?

Just as seeing the inside of tech companies would be interesting, I think it could be interesting to see the inside of embassies too. Let's say I was going to be in London for a week and wanted to see ...
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London and Paris Spring Vacation, end of May - Impact from School Holidays and Whitsunday?

I am looking to plan a vacation going to London and Paris near the end of May so I can take advantage of the US Memorial Day Holiday which I get off from work to get more days out of my vacation. I ...
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Is multiple entry for UK general tourist visa possible? [duplicate]

I am a Filipina. I booked a tour package with Expat Explore for 10 days tour in Europe. But the start and end point of the tour will be in Greenwich. Basically, I will enter London on June 1, then ...
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Indian national transiting through heathrow from Paris [duplicate]

BA 1536 24APR DFW(Dallas)->CDG(Paris) HK1 1505 #0735 BA 307 09MAY CDG(Paris)->LHR(London) HK1 1030 1050 BA 119 09MAY LHR(London)->BLR(Bangalore) HK1 1420 #0445 I have a flight which ...
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How much does a taxi from Southampton to London cost?

I am looking for the best option and I found a website https://www.londondrivers.com/southampton-london/ and the price is 105 GBP ... Is this price correct? EDIT ADDED from comment posted as ...
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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 it rude to talk on a mobile phone for the whole journey, when travelling alone in a London black taxi?

I had an uncanny feeling that it was rude of me to talk on a mobile phone for the whole journey, while travelling alone in a London black taxi. Is it the etiquette to have a conversation with the ...
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What is the fastest theoretical route for the London “Tube Challenge”?

The "Tube Challenge" is the accepted name for the Guinness World Record attempt to visit all the stations on the London Underground network in the fastest time possible. The rules are here. The ...
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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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How is TfL underground 'capping' calculated if I pay for multiple people's tickets?

Say I buy an underground ticket with contactless payment for myself and my partner. Do both purchases count towards the cap? Or is this not allowed?
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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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Getting back to Heathrow for an early flight

I'm staying in central London (Islington, EC1V). I have an international flight from Heathrow (terminal 2) that leaves early Sunday morning (07:50). I'm overwhelmed with all the options. Here's what ...
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Determine gate for departing Heathrow flight

Flights out of London Heathrow do not contain departure gate information until about 45 minutes before the flight is ready to depart (presumably so you spend more money at the duty-free). Are there ...
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I have an Austria permanent resident card for alien. Do I need a transit visa in London? [duplicate]

I will fly from Shanghai to Munich through London. I have a Chinese passport and an Austria permanent residence card for alien. Do I need a transit visa in London?
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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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From Gatwick airport to central London by bus

During short visit to London. Is it possible to go from Gatwick airport to central London (Chiswell street ) by bus on Sunday morning at 10am?
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Data connection and phone calls during visit to London

What is the best way to have about 500 Mbytes of internet data (mainly maps and communications ) for a short visit to London ? i.e My local SIM rates is too expensive .
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Transportation during short visit to London

From Egypt, I am visiting London for two days and am concerned about transportation: What are my public transportation options from Gatwick Airport to Chiswell Street and vice versa? edit : it would ...