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According to this independent oyster guide, in case of a top-up by payment card (credit or debit) if the second tap fails then the payment will be authorised but it won't be debited, and you should see the payment authorisation disappear from your card statement in the following days: If you pay by card then the transaction will be authorised after you ...


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*(first of all, I only recommend this if you're happy to quickly selectively skip around the top attractions in a museum before moving on to the next one. Each one of the 5 museums you've mentioned is huge, with enough for two or more full days' visits by someone very interested, and a full day each for someone moderately interested)* If you really don't ...


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I would google the transport for London site and if using a phone that does apps, see if they have an app. It has an walking option but I am more likely to just use an online map and check out their time compares to what I actually use, for which I use google maps. Besides I usually have a paper map with the tube lines printed over the map as well as the ...


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The Natural History Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and the Science Museum are all in Kensington, which means that the directions for getting there from Paddington station are "Walk across Hyde Park". Seriously it's about a kilometer, and you'll take in the Albert Memorial, the Albert Hall and one of London's best parks as you go. In more ...


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Wong Kei on Wardour Street (in China Town) used to have tables up stairs for bigger groups, and singles and pairs were sent downstairs to sit on these long bench-like tables. This is sort of catering for eating alone, as everyone else downstairs is as well. I haven't been since they refurbished though, so it may have changed (can anyone confirm or deny?) ...


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you can buy a visitor oyster card at stansted airport train station but why the heck should you. well only cause the card cost 3 pound instead of 5?! but then you waste money to get to stansted airport so the cheapest method is to get the national rail to london and then go to the tube ticket machine and buy one there for 5 pound. if you want a visitor ...


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I often end up eating alone, and you won't stand out. You particularly won't stand out if you are in a hotel aimed at business men/women, but the food / atmosphere may be boring, and you want to avoid that. I know of no restaurants in London that cater explicitly for single diners (and it would seem a very odd concept). You just get a table for two. Bring a ...


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Eating Alone Rocks! I will not deny that there might be a social stigma associated with eating alone in some cultures/countries. Comments like "what a loser" immediately come to mind. Truth be told, people will always watch/stare/comment/judge since curiosity is an intrinsic part of human nature. The bottom line is that you should not care. There is ...


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What you want is a casual dining place. Any formal restaurant tends to have all groups and couples, so you'd stand out. If you like Mideastern food, try Edgware Road. There are many Mid-eastern cafés. One of my favourites is Beirut Cafe. (Nearest Tube: Marble Arch) If you like Vietnamese food, try Kingsland Road. There are half a dozen Vietnamese ...


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Borough Market, near Southwark Cathedral, very often has a lot of stalls selling good food during the day with a few benches to sit on, but maybe not so much at night. I spend a lot of time in London on my own and there are a lot of "apartment" style hotels, where you get (essentially) a studio flat. There will be a kitchenette, plates and cutlery and it ...


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London has a constant flow of business travellers who are on their own and likely to be seen dining single. Also, there are several neighbourhoods that cater to the singles crowd. As a consequence, there is no stigma attached to eating alone like there might be in other cosmopolitan cities. But more to the point, London restaurants will happily ...


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I can reassure you that eating anywhere in London is not perceived as out of the ordinary. Any place you want to have lunch/dinner of just a coffee they will serve you with out any hesitation. London is a very busy city, individuals eating alone is common especially in the city centre where most businesses are placed.


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1. Give it a tug. If your bike hasn't docked properly, you should be able to pull it out again. But don't use excessive force. Even if it doesn't come out, it's no guarantee that it's correctly docked. 2. Check your journey history. Go to the docking station and press the option to print a journey history receipt. You have to insert your bank card so it ...


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If you can schedule it so you're in London over the Easter long weekend - too late now for this year, but you could come next year (24 to 27 March 2016) - then you could visit the London International Ska Festival, which includes events such as: Madness Special – a tribute to Camden Town’s finest (7pm-midnight) at the Camden Foundry, Camden. Free ...


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1a) You will show your passport at airline checkin, so they know you (probably) have the right to enter the UK. As a US citizen, you don't need a visa. 1b) You will not go through US customs or CBP when leaving the US. 1c) You will show your passport to the UK border control in LHR. 2) If you're ticketed on United the whole time, your bags will almost ...


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Going by road from Gatwick Airport into central London is always a stressful and time consuming journey. Depending on your actual destination (there is no single point that classes as "London downtown"), take the train either Southern (not the overpriced Gatwick Express) to Victoria, or change at Clapham Junction for Waterloo. or Thameslink to ...


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If you use the TFL Journey Planner, it'll let you find the best answer for your given time and day or travel. You can use the Travel options & accessibility advanced search to do things like minimise changes, minimise steps (if you have lots of luggage) etc The quickest way will normally be to take a fast train from Gatwick to London Victoria, then a ...


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I don't know how diligent each and every consulate is in enforcing this rule but in principle you should not be able to do that. Here is article 6 of the Schengen Visa Code: Consular territorial competence An application shall be examined and decided on by the consulate of the competent Member State in whose jurisdiction the applicant legally ...


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Whether you can apply for a Schengen visa in London depends on the rules and conditions of the embassy that will be issuing the visa. And which embassy to choose depends on the "main country" of your planned travel. So first find out which is the main country of your travel, then find the website of the respective embassy, and then look at the rules on ...


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The student visitor route was discontinued on 24 April 2015 and student visitor visas were "rebranded" into Part 3 of the Immigration Rules. At that point your visa automatically converted into a "short-term student", and those visas are governed by Paragraphs A57A - A57H of the rules... Rebrand the student visitor, and extended student visitor routes ...



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