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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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» First Time Visitors to London - Costs and Money

Money & costs


London can be a wincingly expensive experience, but doesn’t necessarily have to be. The main expense any visitor will have to bear is that of accommodation. To make your life easier, try hard to befriend a Londoner who has a spare room, otherwise you’ll need to budget an absolute minimum of £25 per night for a hostel dorm, rising sharply to at least £60 for a room of your own almost anywhere, and further to £120 for a room you’re actually likely to want to spend any time in. Booking in advance is always a good plan, and most hotels will offer reductions on the room prices if you’re staying for more than a few days. Most hotels also do excellent web deals that dramatically undercut their rack rates, and websites such as filter out the very best of these.

Money is an issue in other aspects as well, with the general cost of living in London being far higher than anywhere else in Britain and, unless you’re Norwegian or Japanese, probably higher than where you’ve arrived from.

Eating out can be done on a budget, with plenty of good cheap eats to be had in every neighbourhood. However, even at the cheapest of the cheap, it’s no trifle – a decent sandwich will cost you around £3, and you’re unlikely to get much change from a tenner for a sit-down meal. London’s fashionable eating scene is a huge draw in itself, and it’s not cheap. A good meal for two with wine is usually around the £80 to £100 mark, jumping rapidly to more than £150 for any of the city’s leading establishments.

Getting around London can also be expensive. One obvious step to save cash is to get yourself an Oyster card immediately upon arrival (or even order one at home before you travel, see, as this will dramatically decrease the cost of using the public transport system.

Entertainment is likewise not cheap: cinema tickets in the West End have long since crossed the £10 threshold and many cinemas in further out areas are following, meaning seeing a film for under a tenner is becoming a bargain, although art-house and independent cinemas do still offer much more competitive prices. The big-name gigs are also fairly expensive, usually starting around £20 and going up to £150 for a superstar at Wembley or Earl’s Court. Clubbing is a mixed bag: a Saturday night at Fabric will set you back £20 just for entry, while some of the best clubs in town are free or very cheap, it’s just a question of research. Flyers with discounted entry rates are available all over the West End in music and fashion stores.

One surprising boon for such an expensive city is that all state-funded museums are free, meaning you can quite happily spend days in some of the world’s best exhibition spaces and galleries for absolutely nothing, although it’s always good to make a donation to each space to help keep them free (£3 is usually the standard suggested amount). Other sights are variably priced: some may balk at paying £16 for the Tower of London, but you can spend the most part of a day there and see one of the UK’s top attractions, while a big commercial attraction such as Madame Tussauds is just plain overpriced at around £20 per person.

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Many restaurants now add a ‘discretionary’ service charge to your bill, but in places that don’t you are expected to leave a 10% to 15% tip unless the service was unsatisfactory. Waiting staff are often paid poorly. It’s legal for restaurants to include a service charge in the bill but this should be clearly advertised. You needn’t add a further tip. You never tip to have your pint pulled in a pub but staff at bars often return change in a little metal dish, expecting some of the coins to glue themselves to the bottom.

If you take a boat trip on the Thames you’ll find some guides and/or drivers importuning for a tip in return for their commentary. Whether you pay is up to you. You can tip taxi drivers up to 10% but most people round up to the nearest pound.

One of my favourite quotes "Dose'nt matter how much you want to tip just fold it up and put in yhe box"

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Despite being a member of the EU, the UK has not signed up to the euro and has retained the pound sterling as its unit of currency. One pound sterling is made up of 100 pence (called ‘pee’, colloquially). Notes come in denominations of £5, £10, £20 and £50, while coins are 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2.

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ATMs are a way of life in London, as the huge queues by them on Saturday nights in the West End attest. There is no area in London unserved by them, and they accept cards from any bank in the world that is tied into the Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus or Maestro systems, as well as some other more obscure ones. After a national campaign, most banks now allow their cardholders to withdraw money from other banks’ ATMs without charge. However, those without UK High-Street bank cards should be warned that there is nearly always a transaction surcharge for cash withdrawals. You should contact your bank to find out how much this is before using ATMs too freely. There are nonbank-run ATMs that charge £1.50 to £2 per transaction. These are normally found inside shops and are particularly expensive for foreign bank card holders. The ATM does warn you before you take money out that it’ll charge you so you don’t get any surprises on your bank statement.

Also, always beware of suspicious-looking­ devices attached to ATMs. Many London ATMs have now been made tamperproof, but certain fraudsters’ devices are capable of sucking your card into the machine, allowing the fraudsters to release it when you have given up and left.

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Changing money

The best place to change money is in any local post office branch, where no commission is charged. You can also change money in most High-Street banks and some travel-agent chains, as well as at the numerous bureaux de change throughout the city. Compare rates and watch for the commission that is not always mentioned. The trick is to ask how many pounds you’ll receive in all before committing – you’ll lose nothing by shopping around.

American Express (Amex; 7484 9610; 30-31 Haymarket SW1; 9am-6pm Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm Sun; Piccadilly Circus)

Thomas Cook (0845-308 9570; 30 St James’s St SW1; 9am-5.30pm Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri, 10am-5.30pm Wed; Green Park)

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Tourist Map of Central London - Download and print:
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Free Stuff - London Events, PDF's, MP3 Walking Tours, Maps etc
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Tips on London
Top 5 Tourist Tips - Do's and Don'ts- click here

Before You Leave
Click here for a handy Pre-departure Check List

Planning your stay in London
Planning by lenght of stay - click here

When to visit London
The tourist calandar - click here

Safety In London
A Police Guide to make your Vacation a Safe One - click here

Shopping in London
Free Guide to Shopping in London - click here

London for Kids
Child friendly attractions and fun things to do with your children - click here

Eating in London
Guide to Londons Eating Establishments - click here

Metric or Imperial ? How to cross the road and more useful advice
Helpful hints and tips for Visitors to London - click here

The History of the British Pub and Pub etiquette
See why we Londoners Love our Pubs - click here

Cockney Rhyming Slang - Have a Butchers!
Click here to Discover Londons 'other' langauage

The Difference Between UK and American English - Very Funny!
How the same words have different meanings

The History of London
From the Romans to the present day



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