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I lived in London for four years. Perhaps I just didn't appreciate it, but I can't say I really was that aware of the class system on a day-to-day basis. Sure, you were aware that in Peckham in South London there tended to be a lower socio-economic 'category' of people than say, Kensington. And yes in Mayfair there were the private members' clubs and ...


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Having worked with London police for some time, I can tell you that, no, you cannot. Until a few years ago this was possible with an advance request, however there was an incident whereby the civilian on the ride-along was injured. To make the long story short, the practice was stopped straight away. Moreover, even police student officers (i.e. already ...


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What do travellers need to know about the British class system? Nothing. It won't come up. Don't believe everything you see on American TV. The class system in the UK would be quite similar to the class system in the USA, Canada or other countries. Certainly there are dangerous parts of some cities and expensive 'private members club' in the UK, and USA, ...


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While there are some areas which are distinctly richer or poorer, this is in the same way the some areas in any country, state or city are richer or poorer. Class just really doesn't come up in normal day-to-day life here, anywhere round the UK. Bond Street isn't particularly high end, it has some nice shops, some less so - you will be welcome to spend ...


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If you intend to stay in UK and Hungary more than a couple of days in each, you'd need to buy a package for each country separately. The global services rates you cite are actually pretty competitive, if I compare with what I'm charged for roaming in countries in Europe other than my own. I'd just try to reduce my voice usage as much as possible, and look at ...


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Absolutely! And not only you can, it is one of the best ways to explore the City! My favourite place to start the journey is from Hyde Park - right by the Serpentine Lake is a nice place to eat a sandwich and start skating, while you see some people dancing on rollers and quads. There are also some places to rent inlines in case you can't take yours with ...


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The Eurostar arrives at London Kings Cross/St. Pancras. From there you can catch the midland main line (to Sheffield) or the east coast main line (to Newcastle and Edinburgh). If you wanted to go to Manchester you'd need to take the West coast main line from Euston (a 9 minute tube ride away). As long as you don't mind changing trains, the Eurostar is a ...


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I visited the wall last year. I didn't hike: we took the train to Newcastle, rented a car, drove across the country, spending a night at a B&B, and took the train back from Carlisle. There is bus service from Newcastle to Carlisle with stops quite close to the wall, so you can construct yourself a loop fairly easily. For example, you could take the bus ...


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You haven't specified whether your calls will be inbound or outbound, but OneSimCard is a pre-paid service for international travelers and may be a very attractive option. For both the U.K. and Hungary are: Receive a call: Free Make a call: $0.29 / $0.39 ($0.59 for Hungary) per minute Receive SMS: Free Send SMS: $0.15 / $0.40 Internet Data: ...


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iDBUS looks more comfortable than Eurolines as it is advertised. You can view pictures and videos of the bus features by searching on YouTube. iDBUS fares, in the absolute, are slightly higher than Eurolines ones and remain the same for every seat of the same bus i.e. they will not vary as the bus is filling up. You can find them on the iDBUS website. ...


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Kate Fox's "Watching the English" is a humorous look at English culture (with a focus on the class system) that may be helpful for travelers as well as expats. While you're unlikely to have to understand the intricacies of the class system on a brief voyage, being aware of the complex nature of English social life might enrich your trip and add meaning to ...


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It being the Lake District in June, you can expect rain, gorgeous sunshine, fog, wind, calm, hot and cold, so for the first part of your question: take layers of clothing, with an outer waterproof / windproof layer take a hat take sun screen take midge repellent That's the UK for you - very variable :-) For the second part - I would suggest booking ...


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I've not stopped much on the west, although can recommend Cumbria - or anywhere in the Lake District really. So Carlisle - very nice town. Part of the start of Hadrian's Wall, which is pretty great to see and walk a segment of. Up the East Coast is another option - you could stop in York, and Edinburgh, before crossing over to Glasgow. Edinburgh speaks ...


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I would personally recommend taking the train - it means you can see the landscape change as you travel south, rather than bypassing it in the plane (also taking the train is lower carbon so better for the environment). You can take a train from London to Paris, Paris to Milan, and then a night train from Milan to Naples, arriving at Naples in the morning: ...


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What your friend told you it's pretty inaccurate and the opposite is actually true: many people at the stadium DO wear jersey / shirt of their favorite team. Authentic jerseys are sold pretty much everywhere at the same price, which is usually quite high. You can find "accurate enough" jerseys for lower prices, tho. Usually outside the stadium there are a ...


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A good resource for checking train connections is http://www.bahn.de/. There are often good deals on Europe's high speed trains, though you might only get a good deal to the south of France, not all the way into Italy. It will be hard to beat a budget flight. Obviously on journey time but also on cost. Book in time and your return journey can be as little ...


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My fiancé and I hiked the Wall last year. We took 9 days and walked the entire way, and we did a series of blog posts about it. I can't recommend this journey enough, it was amazing! We were roughly following the trail laid out in the best book we could find on the path, which breaks it into 9 sections, and has tips on lodging and food at nearly every ...


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Right now, the answer is no. I believe you'll need to be a registered reader, and have your readers card approved for old manuscripts. You can see the getting a readers card section for more on how to do that. (Note that you'll likely need a suitable reason, study related, before they'd give you access). You can't just wander up and get access, sorry. ...


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This is a shopping question, which isn't usually allowed on travel.se BUT, since there is only one thing everybody visiting Cambridge should do, I'll answer. What everybody should do when visiting Cambridge is Punting. (Source: Wikicommons) What to do else really depends on personal preference. I would suggest to resort to Travel guides (e.g. Guide ...


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I think the answer is the 4th of july. If you check for airfares to Frankfurt, Manchester, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, or even Tokyo. You'll see the same pattern, of sudden high fares in that period. Americans apparently like to leave the country during their independence day. Check one week before and one week later and suddenly the prices are lower.


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In the abstract and en masse, class distinctions in Britain are acknowledged and of wide concern. Media and politicians are always talking about "middle class people", "working class people", "a growing underclass", and so on. These are general terms. There aren't specific recognised definitions of classes within which every person can be formally placed, ...


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In May this year I took a steam train from London Kings Cross to Matlock (peak district) and since then they have opened a 4 mile stretch and run regular steam train trips between Matlock and Rowsley (4 miles). Price wise it's currently £7.50 for adults and free for under 3. Also the Peak District website looks like it has some good information.


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The Eurostar goes to St. Pancras International station in London. The Virgin Trains Pendolino service has a train to Manchester every 20 minutes, and takes about two hours. This leaves from Euston station, which is about ten minutes walk from St. Pancras. The public transport connections between the two stations are not very good, so I would generally ...


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If you're looking for holiday/vacation accommodation in the UK which includes a kitchen and space for a family, one phrase to search for is "self-catering". It's not so common for hotels to offer such amenities, but it is certainly possible (for example) to rent a cottage for a few days.


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According to the Marriott UK website Residence Inn by Marriott ie Extended Stay Hotels do exist in the UK but not in the Portsmouth area. If you are currently in the US, contact Marriott to explain your situation, (I think would be your best bet). Travellodge is a chain of hotels in the UK where all four family members can definitely stay in one room. This ...


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If you don't necessarily need to call with your mobile phone, I would recommend Skype for various reasons, especially if you bring your laptop or tablet. With SkypeOut calling is very cheap to most countries. If you happen to have a FON account connecting home will be really convenient in the UK, due to the fact that British Telecom integrated the FON ...


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In general: Yes, the sort of hotel you're looking for exists in England (arbitrary example, there's a Staybridge Suites in Liverpool), though it doesn't seem there are many in the Portsmouth area in particular. I'd suspect that they're less common in the UK in general, owing to the small overall geographic size of the country. Home is rarely more than a few ...


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You'll want to do Train / Bus / Train. It's fairly easy! Starting from London, there are normally two direct trains per hour to Salisbury. Journey time is about 1.5 hours, and trains go from London Waterloo station. Without a railcard, it's currently £36.20 for an off-peak single, but something like a Network Railcard would take a third off that. From ...


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Ireland have an agreement with the UK to allow short term UK visa holders to enter Ireland but from a specific list of countries. However it does not seem it works the other way round for people with Irish visas entering to UK. Requiring a visa to enter the UK depends on your nationality. You can use the UK Government website to see if you need a visa, it ...


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You might consider Warm Showers - it's like couchsurfing, but for cyclists. If you find a member nearby, they may be willing to look after your bike for you for 10 days at their house, which would presumably be secure as they keep their own bike there too.



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