Questions tagged [london]

The capital and largest city of England and the United Kingdom.

38
votes
5answers
4k views

London on public transport: what kind of tickets to use?

I'm visiting London for a couple of days, and planning to use public transport while there. What kind of ticket(s) would it make most sense to use? Do I get the most value out of single tickets, day ...
26
votes
7answers
10k views

Changing unusual foreign currencies in London

I've just returned from several unusual countries in Asia, and annoyingly despite being told I'd have no problem, I'm unable to find anyone in London to change back to pounds. I've tried Travelex in ...
25
votes
9answers
3k views

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 ...
16
votes
6answers
167k views

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 ...
21
votes
2answers
2k views

How long does it take to get into London from its airports? [closed]

I am trying to find a neat, tabular, or clear depiction of how much time and money you'll need to travel to London from one of its six airports (that is Gatwick, Luton, City, Heathrow, Southend, ...
15
votes
3answers
22k views

Can I get from Gatwick airport to London by Oyster card?

I read many contradictions as to whether one can use a Oyster card from Gatwick Airport to central London. What is the most time-efficient way to go from Gatwick to "Old Billingsgate" (Monument tube ...
9
votes
5answers
50k views

How to get from Gatwick airport to Paddington?

What's the most straightforward way to get from Gatwick airport to Paddington station in London using public transport? I'm mostly interested in travel time & general smoothness of the trip (e.g....
8
votes
5answers
9k views

Can I make a 1hr full-transfer at Stansted?

My Ryanair flight arrives at Stansted at 15:35, and I can either buy a ticket to fly out at 16:30 or at 20:00. I've never been through Stansted before, is it possible to exit the airport, and go ...
2
votes
1answer
17k views

What's the quickest Schengen consulate to issue a visa in London?

What's the quickest Schengen consulate to issue a Visa in London? Basically I want to travel as fast as possible to France, and since any Schengen visa will work, I want to go to the consulate with ...
18
votes
6answers
23k views

What's the quickest way from London Kings Cross to Euston, by foot or tube?

My train to London Kings Cross has just been cancelled, so instead of having plenty of time to make a connection to Euston, I'm going to have a mad dash... To get from Kings Cross to Euston I have a ...
7
votes
2answers
32k views

Train passport control from London to Paris

I'm a non-EU citizen, I will be travelling from London to Paris next month, so I was wondering since most countries track entry and leave dates, if I use the train to switch these countries and they ...
5
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
28
votes
8answers
3k views

What publicly accessible tall structures to take photos from exist in London?

I'm looking for publicly accessible tall structures in London from where I can take photos of the city. The Monument to the Great Fire of London has pretty good views, and I understand you can get ...
34
votes
5answers
72k views

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. ...
17
votes
6answers
3k views

Is an OysterCard worth it for occasional 1-day visits from outside London?

I live outside London (well beyond the London travel zones) but a few times a year I visit London for a day. I typically take a national rail journey in and out to a terminus and make two or three ...
20
votes
10answers
2k views

Day trips from London?

Very soon, I'll spend some time in London. The weather forecast isn't that great and I think I have to expect some rainy days. Sightseeing in wet clothes is okay for some days, but not everyday. So I'...
15
votes
4answers
9k views

7 hour layover in LHR - enough time to visit London for a couple of hours?

My flight lands around noon at LHR terminal 5 and my connecting flight departs also from terminal 5 at 7pm the same afternoon. Will that give me enough time to take the express train into London (...
13
votes
1answer
14k views

Boarding a train in the UK at a later calling station, on an advanced purchase (train specific) ticket

This question is not about breaking a train journey in the United Kingdom. I wanted return tickets from London to Bicester. Thanks to an offer, I have purchased return tickets from London to ...
6
votes
2answers
6k views

Taxis from Heathrow with a lot of luggage

I will be arriving in Heathrow around noon with a lot of luggage (around 4 big pieces). Will I find room in taxis to take this to downtown London or should I book something in advance ?
8
votes
1answer
586 views

London-Paris, Time Critical Agenda for the Louvre and Rodin Museum

When Dante and Virgil entered Hell, they encountered the shades of two lovers: Paolo and Francesca. The story goes that this brother and sister-in-law fell in love which led to Paolo's murder by the ...
5
votes
1answer
1k views

Transit visa requirements for Multi-Leg flights through Heathrow

I am planning a holiday trip to EU before heading home for my vacation in India. I am an Indian Citizen and am currently on an F1 visa. I am using my tax money to travel to Germany to meet my friend ...
60
votes
3answers
7k views

What is the highest viewing spot in London that is accessible free of charge?

I would like to visit a viewing spot in London, but I don't want to pay any entrance fees. Where is the highest spot to do so? Note that restaurants and bars (or other freely accessible venues) are ...
10
votes
1answer
2k views

Oyster Card - how does it actually work?

I have heard about the Oyster Card for London transportation network. You top it up with cash or credit card, and then you just swipe it in buses, subway, trains, and also when you leave the subway or ...
9
votes
3answers
482 views

Sgian Dubh during the London Social Season, do you have to check it in everywhere?

The 2016 London social season is just getting underway There are no set dates for this but traditionally it starts at Guy Fawkes Day and more or less ends when Parliament rises in late December. ...
16
votes
3answers
2k views

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 staffed—...
4
votes
1answer
1k views

How to get a 1 week-fast track British passport replacement appointment upgraded to the 1-day premium service

Complete nightmare so far, missed flight and missing foreign visa as well. Going to IPS tomorrow with a fast-track appointment in hand and aiming to upgrade to the premium one-day service. Anyone ...
13
votes
3answers
5k views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
7k views

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 ...
13
votes
2answers
3k views

What is the quickest way to get a car from London to Iceland?

I am considering going to Iceland and was wondering if it is feasible to take there my car with me. The only way to get there by ferry that I could find is described here, which suggests getting to ...
12
votes
1answer
15k views

What does “The following London stations are available for travel with the chosen ticket” mean?

I booked a train ticket to London Paddington with GWR. The booking confirmation however says London Terminals on top of London Paddington. Then there are words like this: The following London ...
7
votes
3answers
748 views

Which airlines fly from Ulaanbaatar / Ulan Bator?

Looking at getting back to London from Ulaanbaatar (Ulan Bator), Mongolia in mid August, and trying to reduce the price. What airlines or crazy routes might exist? Currently have found Aeroflot, ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

Transit Visa Requirement - Montreal to Tehran via London and Frankfurt

I am planing a trip from Montreal to Tehran. The best itinerary is a flight with two stops - one at London and one at Frankfurt. Is there a need for a Schengen Visa for transit via Frankfort from ...
1
vote
1answer
604 views

Transit visa requirements while traveling from US to India with stops in Heathrow and Frankfurt

I'm an Indian passport holder traveling from US to India with transit stops in Heathrow and Frankfurt (my flight is ORD–LHR–FRA–BLR). I have a valid US H1 visa, and my transits in both London and ...
0
votes
0answers
80 views

UK landside visa queries [duplicate]

I am planning to travel from Chicago to Delhi via London with intention of ~36 hrs in transit. I am Indian resident, with valid US visa (until 2015). Going by UK border agency information here I ...
48
votes
8answers
10k views

Is there a way to tell in which direction a London Tube train will pass the station platform?

Many transit apps and websites provide information on the optimal Tube train section or carriage to enter as part of journey planning. But in order to make use of this information (unless one ...
31
votes
5answers
7k views

How does the Central London transport system work?

I am wondering how the transport system in Central London works. What ticket do I need to travel in the centre all day? Is there a top-up card I can use?
34
votes
7answers
8k views

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 ...
40
votes
7answers
9k views

Are there still any advantages to using an Oyster card for travel in London?

The advice to visitors to London always used to be to procure an Oyster card. Given that Transport for London now accept (in fact, have accepted for a while) Contactless credit/debit cards (and Apple ...
14
votes
7answers
11k views

3 days in London. What do I absolutely have to see?

In a few weeks I will be in London for the first time for 3 days to take care of some business. I thought I could take advantage of the situation and do some sightseeing. What are the places I must ...
73
votes
5answers
16k views

What are these large, empty towers made of connected metal girders, bars or pipes in London?

I saw one on the Greenwich Peninsula next to the O2 and another one while leaving Paddington towards Slough. Courtesy: urban75.org
22
votes
6answers
1k views

When travelling from London to northern Sweden by train, is it possible to have a day of free sightseeing anywhere other than Copenhagen?

Whilst taking the train from London to Östersund (northern Sweden), which I do quite frequently, I usually plan it so that I get a free day in Copenhagen. It looks like this: London -> Brussels -> ...
14
votes
3answers
502 views

Sightseeing for family in London?

Are there any special sights in London that are suited for the very different interest of a family consisting of 5 persons between 20 and 60 years old? I don't think that museums are a good choice.
13
votes
3answers
2k views

Where should I stay in London with an early Heathrow departure?

I'll be in London for one night coming in from Cambridge the prior afternoon with a 10:15 AM flight out of Heathrow. I'm looking for a nice area with some good pubs to spend the evening. I'd like to ...
16
votes
2answers
2k views

Police ride along in London

In a lot of US cities citizens can do police ride alongs. You can do so in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Austin, TX, etc. What about in London? If I was going to be visiting London for, say, a ...
12
votes
6answers
14k views

Where to stay for London nightlife?

For those looking to travel to London and enjoy the nightlife, where would be the best area to stay? Requirements are nearby bars, alcohol and 20-something crowd all preferably within walking distance....
10
votes
1answer
915 views

Travelling using the Underground (the Tube) in London [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: London on public transport: what kind of tickets to use? I will stay in London for only 2 days, but will travel using underground train (tube) quite often. So my questions ...
15
votes
3answers
1k views

Where to get London rail maps in hardcopy

Is there somewhere in London one can go to acquire a hardcopy of a rail system map such as TfL's London's Rail and Tube services map? The PDF file looks like it's designed to be printed on large-...
13
votes
2answers
107k views

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 ...
11
votes
2answers
2k views

Which Oyster card should I get as a foreign visitor to London?

My 10 year old daughter and I will be in London 4-7 May, landing at Gatwick in the evening from Stockholm, then staying at a hotel near Acton railway station. I have found a route from the airport to ...
11
votes
1answer
718 views

Oyster & Travel Cards

I'm thinking of purchasing an OYSTER CARD in order to get into London (King's Cross). After that, I was thinking of purchasing a 7DAY Travel Card (Zone 1 & 2) to use for my general sightseeing. I ...