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Questions tagged [london]

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

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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
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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 ...
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Why are some pedestrian traffic lights covered in shades in London?

I recently visited London and noticed some pedestrian traffic lights are covered weirdly so they're only visible from some angles. Looking it up in a search here didn't bring up any results. Does ...
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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 ...
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Is a 13-hour layover in the middle of the night enough time to go see Buckingham Palace?

My plane lands at Heathrow at 8:30 pm on December 10 and leaves Gatwick the next morning, December 11, at 9:15 am. Do I have the time to see Buckingham Palace?
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Why are there so many nonstop flights from London to Geneva?

I'll go skiing next March and wanted to have a brief look at the flights already, just to see what times are available. So I queried Google Flights and it showed me 51(!) direct flights that day (3rd ...
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How early can you go through security at London Luton Airport?

I have a 07:15 flight on Sunday Oct 28th departing from London Luton Airport. Owing to limited options on public transport, I will be arriving at the airport at ~00:30. Is there any chance I will be ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Can I take an overnight bag into the theatre / cinema in London?

I'm travelling to London in early November for an overnight trip, during which I'm visiting the Odeon in Leicester Square and the Apollo Victoria. Will I have any problems taking a small overnight ...
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Is London's Greenwich park free?

I'm planing a trip to see the Greenwich time line (Prime meridian). I did some research and found that Greenwich park in London is the place most visitors go to see this. Is this park free and is ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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Showering facilities at Kings Cross station - Where are they and what are they like?

On the National Rail enquiries page for Kings Cross station, it simply states: Showers - Yes Ideally, I'd like a little bit more information than that! Such as where they are, how much they cost, ...
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Is Hillingdon just an underground station? If so, where is Google getting its information?

I searched for railway stations near Uxbridge, and Google Maps gave me this: With regular trains to Slough on GWR: However, neither nationalrail.co.uk or Train Line recognise this as a valid journey....
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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?
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Is it rude to talk on a mobile phone for the whole journey, when travelling alone in a London black taxi?

I had an uncanny feeling that it was rude of me to talk on a mobile phone for the whole journey, while travelling alone in a London black taxi. Is it the etiquette to have a conversation with the ...
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Pink Oyster reader did not reduce the fare correctly?

Yesterday I traveled from Hayes & Harlington to Tooting Broadway avoiding zone 1 and tapped on the pink reader at West Brompton. The Oyster card is linked to a 16-25 Railcard and the entire ...
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Using oyster card in buses

How are bus rides accounted for when using an Oyster card? London Underground stations have ticket barriers that scan the card on entry and exit, but using a bus the card is only scanned when boarding....
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Is it possible to take a photo of Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) from an airplane window?

I see sometimes photos of the Elizabeth Tower allegedly taken from an airplane window. Here are just two of them taken from Instagram account loves_bigben. Do passenger airplanes really fly such low ...
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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 ...
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4 people in a cab in London? Is that allowed?

I have found that different cities have different regulations and I have been in places where 4 persons can travel in any cab (3 in back seat, one in front seat) while other cities don't allow front ...
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What is the fastest theoretical route for the London “Tube Challenge”?

The "Tube Challenge" is the accepted name for the Guinness World Record attempt to visit all the stations on the London Underground network in the fastest time possible. The rules are here. The ...
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London on Christmas Day

I booked an overnight flight to London, arriving on Christmas morning. After I'd made the booking (see note below), I learned from a friend of a friend that a lot of the city shuts down on that day. I'...
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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 ...
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What is the cheapest way of travelling between London and Paris by public transportation?

I am looking for the cheapest way to travel between London and Paris, by public transportation. I'm planning a 2-month trip to Paris for this summer. I wonder how to get from London to Paris spending ...
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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 ...
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Is there an updated PDF or other downloadable version of TfL's Legible London map?

Over the past several years London has deployed a program of wayfinding maps and resources, most strikingly in the form of a forest of (stunning) enameled steel "monoliths": These, and the other ...
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Paddington to Euston with kids: minimum walking by tube or by taxi?

In a few weeks, my two kids (6.5 and 4) and I will be in London. We will need to get from Paddington Station (Heathrow Express terminus) to Euston Station (trains to the North). I am trying to ...
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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 -> ...
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Is there any way to know when NOT to use my Oyster card?

I have been living in London for many years yet I still can't figure out when I am not allowed to use my Oyster card and I have to ask every time I suspect that it can't be used. Two recent examples: ...
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How to use purchased train tickets for London Heathrow Underground to Norwich

I am travelling from London Heathrow Underground to Norwich, UK on the 18th of June 2017. For this purpose, I purchased tickets via trainline.com and these were delivered to the USA (perhaps it was ...
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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'...
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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, ...
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What happened to the Prime Meridian sculpture in Greenwich?

This weekend I visited the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. Surprisingly the sculpture by the end of the line was not there, so I wonder what happened to it. Here's a picture of what it used to be ...
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Aren't there road signs that show populations of towns in the UK?

I had a trip from Heathrow Airport to Swindon and later turned back to the airport via the M4. During the trip I haven't noticed any signs that show populations of towns. When I searched for London ...
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Is there any good place to visit between Paddington Station and Grosvenor Square, for a 5-year-old boy?

I am travelling to London with my nearly-5-year-old son this coming Monday. The main purpose of the visit is to get him a new passport. We'll arrive on Monday evening and stay near Paddington Station. ...
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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 ...
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Is it normal practice to tip an Uber driver in London?

I've never used Uber in London and will need to transfer from LHR to SW1. Is it customary to tip the Uber driver?
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Is there a map that shows the walking time between London Tube stations?

Sometimes when gadding about in central London I am set back by a station closure or some other incident that requires me to find another station. In those cases I don't care if the station is on the ...
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How can I get from Heathrow T5B to T5A?

I am taking a domestic flight departing from London Heathrow Terminal 5, probably T5A. A family member is taking an earlier international flight that same day, probably departing from satellite ...
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Is it possible to walk from Stansted airport to the Holiday Inn Express at Stansted airport

I have an early departure out of London Stansted airport (STN) coming up and was thinking to spend the previous night at an airport hotel. Sleeping in airports lists, among others, the Holiday Inn ...
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What do travellers to England need to know about social class?

One aspect that British society is known for its social class system, but how does this apply to foreigners? I will be in London and Manchester for a week, and knowing which neighbourhoods to avoid or ...
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Why is the flight time of London-Beijing and Tel Aviv-Beijing the same?

Flight time between London and Beijing is around 10hrs nonstop. Same goes for Tel Aviv and Beijing. Why is that? there's a 5hrs flight that separates London from Tel Aviv. Does it have to do with ...
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Is it feasible to do a Monopoly board pub crawl in London?

Putting aside the question of how intoxicated one might become, is it feasible to travel to all the "streets" on a Monopoly board in London in a single day? How long would it take? Do all these ...
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How can I watch the main London new year fireworks display after ordinary tickets have sold out?

I finally got my visa yesterday and went to check for the fireworks tickets, but they're sold out. Is there any way I can still buy a ticket online? They are usually sold for £10, I'm interested in ...
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London to Oxford by boat

Is it possible to take a river cruise from London to Oxford? Or better how far up the Thames can one reach on a commercial cruiser?
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Can I explore London by Roller skating?

I'm French and I plan to stroll in London for a few days. I usually enjoy sightseeing alone, on my roller skates. In France it's mostly allowed to skate on sidewalks, you may even sneak between the ...
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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 ...
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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 ...