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As it turned out, everyone in my carriage was peaceful and well-behaved. But passing through the train, I did pass a few groups who seemed to be drinking heavily and talking loudly, and who would have been rather annoying to sit near. And then, the train was delayed for 30 minutes at Ebbsfleet while several unruly drunk passengers were taken off by the ...


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It's very unlikely. I've been in the train station in London at 2-5am and it's not exactly full of arriving revelers or drunks, it's mostly tired people sipping coffee, waiting for their train out to Paris etc. It's possible you'll accidentally hit some event that's caused people to come on a popular day for some event, but that could happen any day, in ...


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I'm not sure why you don't want to ride it all, so this explores your options in case you do choose to ride. You can use the same tools to check out routes if you want to ride part of the way. Cyclestreets is a good route-planning tool for unfamiliar bits of the UK. They offer a range of route: fast, balanced, or quiet. There's no such thing as a quiet ...


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While MJeffryes has provided a good map to help in the general case, I'd like to answer your specific case. There isn't really a good route entirely by rail or tube. However, I can spot a few decent-looking routes if you're willing to go for a longish walk or a short-to-medium cycle (I'm not a cyclist myself so don't know precisely how cycle times correlate ...


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Non-folding bikes are only allowed on some parts of the tube. Tfl provides this map of the tube network, showing where bikes are allowed, subject to the hours you mentioned. Bikes are allowed outside peak hours anywhere on sub-surface lines (The Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan and District lines). All the remaining, deep level lines have some ...


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Long queues for tickets are not an issue at most attractions - the main delays can be for security, which you will not be able to skip even with a pass. The hop-on tourist buses are fine if you want a tour but are not a viable means of transport on their own - they are infrequent and don't go to enough places.


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This is impossible to answer, really, because it depends on what you're interested in. Personally, I wouldn't like the Merlin pass, because I'd have little interest in most of the attractions it gives access to, but your tastes are almost certainly different than mine. I have no idea whether you'd personally enjoy Madame Tussauds or whether you'd have a ...


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In part the towers contain stairs and (more recently) elevators to access the upper-level walkways. The base of each tower contains counterweights and hydraulics used for opening the roadway, which is still done reasonably often to allow ships to pass. The upper-level walkways were closed to the public in 1910 but re-opened in 1982 as part of the (non-free)...


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The inside is not as big as you would think, the base of each tower holds the huge mechanisms needed to lift the bridge up for passing boats. Replicas are found in tourist spaces above so you can see what this looks like. They do 'Behind the scenes tours' according to their website which lets you see more of this actual area. The south tower holds a ...


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