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SITEMAP. See the best of London with The Original London Sightseeing Tour. Board the famous open-top buses and enjoy entertaining live-guided commentaries in English or digitally recorded multi-lingual commentaries in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian or Japanese. You will receive a 24-hour hop-on hop-off ticket that can be used on all 5 of their tour routes and will also include a fantastic free Thames Cruise as well as the unique Kids' Club which provides an educational but fun alternative for 5-12 year olds. The Original Tour operates daily from 9am to 5pm except Christmas Day. The buses run every 20 minutes LONDON LINKS. A flight on the London Eye, the world's highest observation, is an unrivalled experience. As you rise to an incredible 135 metres above the River Thames, the 30 minute rotation provides stunning panoramic views of the city and reveals parts of London which are simply not visible from the ground. For a truly stunning view, visit at sunset or after dark and see the city awash with colour and famous landmarks floodlit. Each capsule is fully enclosed, air-conditioned and holds up to 25 passengers with bench seating provided. Enjoy a 40 minute sightseeing cruise on the Thames with fascinating live commentary presented by trained guides. Audio commentary also available in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch, Russian and Japanese. Highlights include the Tower of London, Houses of Parliament, Shakespeare's Globe, HMS Belfast, the 'wobbly' Millennium Bridge and Tate Modern. The cruise departs from Waterloo pier at the London Eye. The boat has both in-door seating and a sun deck and is fully wheel chair accessible. Toilets are available onboard. 1st TIME 2 LONDON. Founded by William the Conqueror in 1066-7 and enlarged and modified by successive sovereigns, today the Tower of London is one of the world's most famous and spectacular fortresses and home to the Crown Jewels Discover its 900-year history as a royal palace and fortress, prison and place of execution, mint, arsenal, menagerie and jewel house. CONTACT W2L. Enjoy fast track entry to Madame Tussauds. At Madame Tussauds you will experience what it is like to be famous as you join a host of the world’s hottest celebrities with a range of interactive experiences. We’re giving you a VIP pass to join the celebs in Blush to sing, dance and perform with Beyonce, Britney, and Kylie and make J-Lo blush, Or can you put twinkle in Robbie Williams’ eye or give Brad Pitt’s bum a squeeze without him having you escorted off the premises! Have your say on international politics at a press conference with Tony Blair and George Bush and join the Queen for a private audience. Welcome2London Home.  Tourist Information
London is the place where the historic past and the vibrant present come alive. A blend of history, ground-breaking architecture and culture has created an amazing and constantly evolving city. TOURIST INFO. London is a very accessible city; it has five international airports, an efficient road network and extensive Underground, train, bus, and taxi services. The city is famous for a wealth of history and culture. Home to Britain’s national art collections, the Royal family and a host of major attractions, London’s rich history, striking architecture and over 200 museums offer a unique cultural experience.
LONDON SIGHTSEEING.  London is one of the world’s most remarkable and exciting cities. It has something to offer every type of traveller. This vibrant metropolis embraces the diverse cultures of its population, reflected through cuisine, shops, music and colourful festivals.
LONDON ATTRACTIONS. London is home to some of the world's most famous landmarks. Take a personal driver/guided seven hour tour around this ancient city taking in some of the most magnificent sights you can imagine. The gothic towers of London Bridge, the awe and splendour of the Houses of Parliament with its famous Big Ben tower, to the majesty of the Queen's home, Buckingham Palace and the lights and sounds of London's centre of nightlife, Piccadilly Circus.
Windsor Castle was described by Samuel Pepys as “the most romantic castle that is in the World”. Established in the 11th century by William the Conqueror, it has been remodeled by successive kings and queens. A visit to the Castle includes the magnificent State Apartments, lavishly furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection; St George’s Chapel, the Drawings Gallery, Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House and from October to March, Georges IV’s sumptuous private apartments. Kensington Palace has been a royal residence since 1689 and part of the palace remains a private residence for members of the Royal Family today. Visitors can explore the magnificent State Apartments and the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, which includes dresses worn by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Diana, Princess of Wales. Package includes multilingual sound guide in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Tower Bridge has stood over the River Thames in London since 1894 and is one of the finest, most recognisable bridges in the World. At the Tower Bridge Exhibition you can enjoy breath-taking views from the high-level walkways and learn about the history of the Bridge and how it was built. You can then visit the Victorian engine rooms, home to the original steam engines that used to power the bridge. Enjoy fast track entry to the London Dungeons. A unique combination of real history, horror and humour bring gruesome goings-on back to life in the 21st century. The London Dungeon invites you to a unique feast of fun with history’s horrible bits. Live actors, a ride, shows and special effects transport you back to those black, bleak times. Are you brave enough to delve into the darkest chapters of history.
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Driving in London

We don't like driving round London - there's heavy congestion in the centre and tempers can often get overheated. Traffic regulations are designed to swell the coffers of local councils, not ease congestion. London Congestion Sign

The old 1980s system of making the centre impossible to navigate, with one way streets (this was a serious policy - the annoyance factor) has not been relieved. Parking is often impossible - it's calculated that 20% of all cars in London at any one time are looking for somewhere to park.

Parking regulations differ from borough to borough and many get towed or clamped unwittingly around the borough boundaries. At night (the definition varies across London) parking is free except on double yellow lines, and there's no need to feed the meters, though YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CHECK THE REGULATIONS BEFORE LEAVING YOUR CAR - even Londoners regularly get caught out. You can't stop, even for a second on areas designated as 'red routes' or urban clearways, and there are always traffic wardens or licenced clamping units on the prowl.

A recent investigation highlighted many abuses by the parking control attendants - whose real job is earning money: sometimes they just jot down random numbers of cars as they go past on the street and issue tickets.

If you're abroad there's little you can do about it in the way of appealing later when the car hire firm charges the ticket to your credit card.   That said, about 80% of appeals are upheld (and we've won plenty) - but the process is slow and cumbersome; most people end up caving in to avoid the bother. That's what they're banking on.

Parking in the centre of London is about 5 times as expensive as Rodeo Drive, Beverley Hills....

Car hire is OK for trips outside of London, though there is very poor signposting in the suburbs - we suggest tubing out to a car hire firm well away from the centre. Don't even think of driving between 15:30 and 21:00 on a Friday, we've often got so stuck we've abandoned the car and come back after 2000, it's deadly.

The congestion charge has reduced the traffic in the centre a lot (but buses still move along Oxford Street at slower than walking pace) and made cycling a bit less hazardous. It costs £8 a day to drive in London weekdays from 0700 - 0600. One wrong turning can result in the charge being levied as your number plate is picked up by cameras. There is a 'safe route' through the centre, via Victoria, HydePark Corner and Marble Arch, but pay syrict attention to the signposting!

You can pay at many newsagents (where the red C sign is displayed) and unless you do by 2200 the same day the price goes up. There are lots of mistakes (people getting fined £80 when they've paid their charge already) and it's likely to affect the tourist who won't stick around to sort them out.

The central zone is roughly the circle line - there's plenty of information on the transport for London website. If hiring a car make sure the charge is included if you collect it from within the zone, or hire from a base outside the zone. If/when the money raised starts improving the public transport that could raise the public's support for the scheme. It has resulted in higher prices inside the zone and the closure of many smaller businesses faced with higher rents - eg in Soho. All the usual car hire companies operate here and are listed on our A-Z page. If you're new to driving on the left then take the time to get a little practice in a sidestreet first - tempers can get frayed very easily. Also invest in an A-Z map of the city, as finding your way around can be very difficult, with strange one-way systems, and deliberately unlabeled routes. Or hire a satnav...  



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