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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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If you're only going to be travelling within London (i.e. not starting outside of London, and not visiting outside of London), then by far and away your best bet is an Oyster Card. TFL have a very good website on the Oyster Card, with details of how to get one. They also have a dedicated Visitors to London section including a handy intro video. One of the ...


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Each person has their own taste, so this questions is almost subjective. However, after living there for four years, I now know there are certain things that EVERY tourist seems to want to do or see. St Paul's. It's one of the greatest cathedrals in Europe, and I've heard people say it's their European highlight, the pinnacle of sights that they've seen. ...


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It is indeed possible in theory, and VERY difficult in practice. You need to start, traditionally, at Elephant and Castle at 10am. Going at about 20-30 min per pub you will just finish before closing in Central London. It's hard, really hard, and you need someone to keep tabs on the time and keep everyone moving. There's a webpage with strategies, maps ...


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Get the 4am Southern train service from London Victoria, gets you into Gatwick at 4.46am There's also a 4.30am Gatwick Express that'll get you in at just gone 5am, but tickets are bit more on that. See http://traintimes.org.uk/london+victoria/gatwick/04:00/tuesday for examples for tomorrow (well, that URL will always work for the coming Tuesday, but the ...


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Night train through Germany are operated by City Night Line. It may help to look at the map in their brochure. Another useful way to visualize your options is Eurail's map with travel times. For train schedules across Europe (except the Balkans and the Russias), everything is conveniently available on the German railways website. If you do the whole trip by ...


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I also vote for walking. You can save a little bit of time by being in the right part of the train, and then by avoiding a couple of annoyingly slow pedestrian crossings: Travel in the frontmost carriage if you can; that'll put you closest to the ticket barriers at Kings Cross. Get up and go to the doors as the train approaches the station. You want to ...


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It's certainly possible to do a day-trip from Paris to London. Eurostar takes a little over 2 hours each way from Paris (Gare du Nord) to London (St Pancras) and back. In both directions you clear immigration (both exit and entry!) before boarding the train, which adds a little to the total time. However, if you've never been to Paris before, I'm really ...


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Given that there are so many free sites in London such as the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Tate Britain and the Tate Modern (before you even fit in time for sightseeing), I would suggest that £46 is money that could be spent elsewhere. If you bought passes like that on such a short trip, you would spend more time worrying about what ...


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Thomas Exchange will change almost any currency into Sterling - including the Mongolian, Kazakhestan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, Armenian and Georgian currencies, and many other obscure currencies and even pre-Euro currencies such as French Francs, Italian Lira, etc. We do not charge any additonal fees and our rates are always better than the Post Office, M ...


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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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At 1,016ft, The Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe. If you're planning a trip to London after February 2013, the 360° viewing gallery on the 68th-72nd floors should be open. This panorama captures the northern half of the view at present, though it will change as some of the half dozen major skyscrapers under construction in the centre of the ...


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Without any research I would say the tube is the cheapest and fastest as well, because you don't have to change at all to get to Knightsbridge. The Transport For London website says the journey is 42 minutes. The Heathrow Express train, may take you faster into central London, but you have to change into the tube (District or Circle lines) at Paddington and ...


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How high is "high"? Poking around on Ryanair, I can see fares of eg. 49 GBP all in for Stansted to Porto on July 13, and it's a 3-hour train ride from there to Lisbon. I don't think there's any way you can get there even nearly as cheaply by train alone, but if you want to try, Seat 61 lists out the options: http://www.seat61.com/Portugal.htm Based on the ...


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Without a doubt, the Museum of London. For starters, it still has part of the old Roman walls standing outside the museum, unmoved over two millennia. It also houses an impressive Roman gallery. In addition, they have an exhibition "Our Londinium" running: Opening for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Our Londinium 2012 is the largest ...


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Honestly, the Piccadilly Line is what I'd do. I'm not sure how you feel you'll take two trains to get there tho - from Heathrow, depending on the terminal it's direct all the way to Kings Cross - 23-25 stops. (Takes about an hour). I've done this very trip myself. In terms of luggage, that line is the arrivals line - people expect the luggage, and unless ...


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St Paul's is a great start, the views are amazing. Primrose Hill while not a tall building does offer a free panoramic view of London from the north. If i recall correctly you can see the Gherkin, London eye and BT tower. Tower 42 has a champagne/wine bar on the 42nd floor and a restaurant on the 24th floor. You usually need to book for the bar, but ...


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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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Definitely, more than 2 hours. I actually have such a connection quite regularly, and always spend some time in the city. Wouldn't go to museums and such though, but enough for some general site-seeing and even maybe some shopping on Oxford Street. You could probably squeeze in a whole round-trip on the tour buses they have there, without getting out ...


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According to http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/congestioncharging/ , you can call them at (UK) Tel: 0333 200 1000. I can't find a form matching your exact enquiry online. You can pay a penalty online (when you get the penalty form), or you can pay in advance, but I don't see a way to see 'Is there a penalty I owe I haven't found yet?' Short answer, you ...


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To start with probably you want to avoid the Congestion Charge Zone (you have to pay to drive in the centre on London). The easiest way would probably be to book a hotel with a parking space included (but possibly the most expensive). Otherwise you can find various parking options using http://www.parkopedia.co.uk/. Depending on your preferences, you can ...


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A couple of options: Park at an outer Underground station. I used to park at Newbury Park station to the east of London. It's just off the A12 and is on the Central Line. It's a bit of a long trip on the tube, but only cost about £5 to park for a full day. Depending on where you're coming from, where you're going to in London and where you're going ...


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I'd recommend getting an Oyster Card. You can order one in advance and have it sent abroad as well. It does take 5 to 8 work days for EU countries, and up to 12 for others. Note that only a few countries are supported -- mostly Schengen area, US, and select Asian countries. The card activation fee is 3 GBP, and you are also required to put in at least 10 ...


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I think you'd be pleasantly surprised by the museums - they're VERY interesting and not at all dry, especially the new Darwin Center at the Natural History Museum. People tend to be quite polarised about the London Eye - but the ability to go up high above central London in a glass ball is fun for all. Richmond Park (if walking is ok) is a great trip ...


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Heathrow Airport provides golf buggies for passengers with mobility issues, I have seen these in operation. You may have to request special assistance from your airline at least 48 hours in advance. The key point is that your airline is responsible for ensuring boarding assistance, they should be the ones you liaise with. Heathrow also provides porterage for ...


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Be careful about trusting the Google Maps walking route, as it wants to send you over Connaught Bridge, which doesn't have pedestrian footpaths! If you use streetview, you can see the lack of footpaths, but also a handy bridge that Google neglects to show... Instead I'd suggest using OpenRouteService to plan the route, which uses OpenStreetMap data which ...


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Probably not. I checked national rail, every coach company I could think of (National Express, megabus, etc). There aren't even any direct flights available from Bristol. The only thing that I could find, and that is if you are really desperate, is flying Bristol - London via Amsterdam with KLM for around £200. The only problem then is to get to Bath. ...


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I see you have a high Stack Overflow reputation. Have you considered Bletchley Park, with The Nation Museum Of Computing? Bletchley Park was the centre of British code breaking in WWII (I believe quite a lot happened at Stanmore, but that's not so sexy). Over in the museum of computing is a reconstruction of a Colossus, used to break German Lorenz codes ...


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The only ferry to Iceland is the weekly ferry from Denmark. It takes a while and you spend two nights aboard each way (and incidentally get the opportunity to visit the Faeroe Islands along the way). The ferry is not guaranteed to run during winter (it mostly carries cargo during the winter months, if there is cargo going to Iceland you can book a trip, but ...


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If I buy a standard ticket, do I have to specify a date or even a time when I want to visit it? Yes you have to specify both date and one of the 30 minutes time slots. You have to stick to the time slot you booked, you'd better not be late. Buy it online to get the discount. Standard ticket or fast track? Standard ticket by all means. In 2010, ...



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