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Whit Monday is still a bank holiday in France so schools and post offices will be closed, mail will not be dispatched, etc. but that should not bother you too much as a visitor. Shops in France do usually close on bank holidays but many supermarkets and shops in larger cities will open, maybe with reduced opening hours. On the other hand, major attractions ...


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The UK School Holidays may coincide with school holidays from other parts of Europe. This will mean there will be more crowds in general, and costs for flights, hotels etc.. will be higher during this period. The UK Bank Holiday you mentioned is just a day off for a lot of people but all shops and tourist attractions will remain open. You may see a lot of ...


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As SpaceDog mentions, there is currently a lot of disruption at London Bridge station at the moment. I'd recommend getting the Gatwick Express straight to Victoria (or a normal Southern Trains service if you don't want to pay the extra for the express), then getting the District or Circle line to Monument, and walking over the bridge. There's no point ...


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The easiest way to answer this is to check the Transport for London Journey Planner, this will show the various ways you can get there and also highlight any (planned) closures, construction, etc. Running Gatwick to London Bridge through that it suggests: 17 mins (national-rail) Southern to East Croydon Rail Station 19 mins (national-rail) Southern ...


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Using the TFL route planner on http://tfl.gov.uk going from Gatwick Airport to Barbican (which is the nearest underground station) and only allowing buses and coaches and leaving on Sunday the 18th at 10am it suggests: Depart 10:05 5 mins : Walk to Gatwick Airport, South Terminal Bus Station #nrc 1 hr 10 mins: Express bus ESB3 to Waterloo ...


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So, yes, although I recommend the trains, they're far more convenient. However, if you do want a bus, you could either take a coach into Victoria Station with National Express or EasyJet's buses. The trains are a LOT faster as well. By bus, it'll take about 3 hours. If you start at 10:00am: 10 mins walking - Walk to Gatwick Airport, A23 South ...


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One Person per Journey for all Contactless Methods To add on to @MarkMayo's answer, the same rules apply for payment across all contactless methods (Oyster and Contactless-card): you can pay for only one person per journey with contactless methods. Quoting from TFL's website on the topic: Touching in and out [...] Like Oyster, you can only pay ...


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If you try and use the contactless Oyster twice in a row (ie to let a second person through on your card) for a trip from A to B, it'll error. You're required to touch out first before you can touch in again, and then the first person wouldn't be allowed to travel as they've touched out at A. Source: TFL official site: Number of people using an Oyster ...


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You can purchase a "pay as you go" SIM with a data "pack" or "bundle" on arrival from a mobile phone shop, convenience shop or vending machine (some airports and train stations). You can expect to pay £1 for the SIM (free SIMs are available but difficult to obtain if you don't have a UK postal address) and £10 for a 500MB data pack (which will also include a ...


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I'm assuming that the Chiswell street is the one in central London. With a postcode of EC1Y 4SA or similar The best option would be the Thameslink rail service from Gatwick to Farringdon station, and then transfer to the underground for a short journey to Moorgate or Barbican, depending on which end of the street you want. There will then be a 3 or 4 min ...


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The visa policy for Aussie citizens: Australian citizens are able to visit the United Kingdom for up to 6 months (or 3 months if they enter from the Republic of Ireland) without the need to apply for a visa as long as they fulfil all of the following criteria: they do not work during their stay in the UK they must not register a marriage ...


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Easybus is one good option. If you book a long time (months) ahead, then one way ticket from Stansted to Baker street will be £2 - the prices will go up with time though



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