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London Information

Some helpful information about London gathered from various sources

Arrival in London Lodging Things to Do Dining

These recommendations are from third parties. I do not have any personal information about these places. Take the recommendations but make allowance for the fact that tastes vary and you may find a different experience than what you read here.

This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

The London Pass

Go to the London Pass website to get The London Pass and get free entry to over 55 attractions and tours, and be able to skip the lines at various attractions as well as a guidebook with information about the attractions. And you can add a travel card option for unlimited travel on all public transport in London. There are additional special offers and discounts at many shops and restaurants.
You order the card onlne and choose the duration and, if desired, add the travel option. Then you can either have it sent to you or pick it up in London.
If you only visit the top ten attrations in London the London Pass will save you money even if you add the travel option. If you visit other sites, you will save even more.

Miscellaneous

Check out Britain's 50 best foodie addresses from The Telegraph, a London newspaper.

Arrival in London

There are three major airports that serve London: Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick. In addition, there is London City Airport (closest airport to Central London) and London Luton Airport (a favourite with budget travellers.)

There is a variety of public and private transportation options available that you can use to get from the airport to your hotel.
You can go to the Visit London website to get information about the ways to go from the airports to your hotel.
Another great London resource is The Ultimate Travel Guide to London The Best Things To Do, See & Much More! from UpgradedPoints.com.


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Lodging

These recommendations are from third parties. I do not have any first hand information about these places. Take the recommendations but make allowance for the fact that tastes vary and you may find a different experience than what you read here.

Hotels

  • The St Pancras Renaissance a Marriott property.
    Voted the Number One Hotel in the UK in The Sunday Times Magazine's 2011 Top 100 Hotels in the World, this is a luxurious 5 star London hotel with a Subterranean Spa. The passageway connecting the first floor rooms overlooks the interior of the glass-roofed St. Pancras Station.
    Address: Euston Road, London, England NW1 2AR United Kingdom
    Telephone: +44 20 7841 3540
    Email:
    Tube: The closest station is London Euston
  • St. Ermin's Hotel
    MI5 was based upstairs during the war and for a while thereafter, and there are bee hives on the roof producing honey for breakfast toast.
    Address: 2 Caxton St, London, SW1H 0QW
    Telephone: +44 020 7222 7888
    Email: Reservations@sterminshotel.co.uk
    Tube: The closest station is St. James's Park

Or if you'd rather rent an apartment:

  • Central London Apartments specialise in providing quality, great value accommodation in central London and the surrounding areas.
    According to the website:
    These short stay apartments offer a great alternative to hotels saving you an average of 30% and providing you with more space, comfort and flexibility. Whether you are planning a weekend break in London, relocating to the capital or visiting on business, Central London Apartments offer the perfect base.
  • Home from Home London Vacation Rental Apartments
    According to the website:
    As these apartments are someone's home they are equipped as such. They are fully self contained flats or houses and therefore will have all the necessities such as china, crockery, bed linen, towels, TV, cooker and a fridge. All other appliances such as washing machines will be mentioned in the individual property description as these do vary.

  • London Accommodation
    HouseTrip.com offers comfortable apartments with reasonable prices. If you are visiting London on your holiday, business trip or journey, make it even more homely with HouserTrip.
    Telephone: +44 (0) 20 3641 9944
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Unhotel

  • One Fine Stay Live Like a Local
    Stay in someone's place while they are out of town. Live their life for a few days and nights. Act like you own the place. Because, for a few days, you do.
    Booking a stay is as easy as booking a hotel room. And there's service to match.

Camping

Yes, camping in or near London


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Things to do

These recommendations are from third parties. I do not have any first hand information about these places. Take the recommendations but make allowance for the fact that tastes vary and you may find a different experience than what you read here.

  • Miscellaneous
  • Entertainment
  • Historical Attractions
    • Brixton Windmill
      From the website:
      Brixton Windmill is a tangible reminder to all Londoners of the close links that the capital had with agriculture and food production.
      Address: Windmill Gardens, West end of Blenheim Gardens, Off Brixton Hill, London, SW2 5EU
      Telephone: +44 020 7926 6213
      Email: smaccoll@lambeth.gov.uk
    • Buckingham Palace
      Today this is the administrative headquarters of the Queen, but has been the official London residence of the Monarch since 1837. If you want to see the changing of the guard, it occurs at 11:30 every morning. If you want to tour the palace, go to the Buckingham Palace page of the Royal Collections website.
      Address: Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA
      Telephone: +44 (0)20 7766 7300
      Email: bookinginfo@royalcollection.org.uk (This e-mail is only for enquiries about visiting the royal residences)
      Tube: The nearest underground stations are Victoria, Green Park and Hyde Park Corner
    • Churchill War Rooms
      These are the actual rooms that Winston Churchill used as offices during World War II. Located under the Treasury building, you can explore the secret headquarters where Churchill and his staff changed the course of history.
      Address: Clive Steps, King Charles Street, London SW1A 2AQ, United Kingdom
      Telephone: +44 020 7930 6961
      Email: cwr@iwm.org.uk
      Tube: Use Westminster on the District, Jubilee and Circle lines or St. James Park on the District and Circle lines
    • Monument to the Great Fire of London 1666
      This is a 60.6m doric column completed in 1677 and designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Dr Robert Hooke as a memorial to the Great Fire. You can climb the 331 steps to get great panoramic views of the city.
      Address: Fish Street Hill, The City EC3R 6DB, United Kingdom
      Telephone: +44 (0) 207 626 2717
      Email: enquiries@towerbridge.org.uk
      Tube: Use Monument on the District and Circle lines or London Bridge on the Northern and Jubilee lines
    • Tower of London
      In the early 1080s, William the Conqueror began to build a massive stone tower at the centre of his London fortress. Nothing like it had ever been seen before. Through the centuries that followed, successive monarchs added to the fortifications.
      More than just a tower, the Tower of London is a castle with the "White Tower" in the middle. The building that houses the Crown Jewels is located here also.
      After buying a ticket, you wait near the entrance and a Yoeman Warder (Beefeater) will come along and be your guide.
      Address: The Tower of London, London, England EC3N 4AB
      Telephone: +44 (0)20 3166 6000
      Email: visitorservices_TOL@hrp.org.uk
  • Churches
    • St. Paul's Cathedral
      The current English Baroque cathedral was built between 1675 and 1710 by Sir Christopher Wren after the great fire which destroyed much of London in 1666.
      St Paul's is the cathedral of the Diocese of London. Here are some of the things you can do here: Climb the Dome; Go on a touchscreen multimedia tour; Discover the crypt (buried here are Sir Christopher Wren, Admiral Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington as well as other heroes of England); Travel back in time in an immersive film experience; Treat yourself to afternoon tea in The Restaurant at St Paul's.
      Address: St Paul's Churchyard, London, EC4M 8AD
      Telephone: +44 020 7246 8357
      Email: admissions@stpaulscathedral.org.uk
    • Temple Church
      Built in the late 12th century, this church was built by the Knights Templar and contains effigies of crusading knights on the floor.
      This church was featured in The Davinci Code.
      Address: Temple, London EC4Y 7BB, United Kingdom
      Telephone: +44 020 7353 8559
      Email: catherine@templechurch.com
      Tube: The nearest underground stations are Temple and Blackfriars stations on the Circle and District lines
    • Westminster Abbey
      The iconic, magnificent church where Kings have been crowned, royals have been married and some of the most famous kings, queens, statesmen, soldiers, poets, priests, heroes and villains are buried.
      Address: 20 Dean's Yard, London SW1P 3PA, United Kingdom
      Telephone: +44 020 7222 5152
      Email: info@westminster-abbey.org
      Tube: The nearest underground stations are St James's Park on the District and Circle Lines or Westminster on the Jubilee, District & Circle Lines
  • Parks & Gardens
    • Chelsea Physic Garden
      From the website:
      An independent charity committed to the conservation and demonstration of plants used by mankind
      Address: 66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4HS, United Kingdom
      Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7349 6458
      Email: enquiries@chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk
      Tube: The nearest tube station is Sloane Square on the District and Circle lines
    • Hyde Park
      There are several facilities and attractions in the park (check the website) or it's a great place to just take a stroll, picnic or just relax.
      Address: Hyde Park, London W2 2UH, United Kingdom
      Telephone: +44 0300 061 2000
      Email:
      Tube: There are several stations around the park — check the tube maps to find the best one for you.
    • Kew Royal Botanic Gardens
      From the website:
      The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew was founded in 1759, and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. Alongside Kew Gardens in London, Kew has a second country garden based at Wakehurst which is the home of Kew's Millennium Seed Bank. As well as being one of London's top visitor attractions, Kew is also a world leader in plant science and conservation.
      Address: Kew Gardens Rd, Richmond. Surrey, Greater London, TW9 3AB, United Kingdom
      Telephone: +44 (0)20 8332 5000
      Email:
    • Primrose Hill
      Primrose Hill is a park (with a hill) just north of Regent's Park and is also the name of the surrounding district of London. This is a good place to relax or bring a picnic lunch.
      Check the website for current events.
      Address: Primrose Hill, London, United Kingdom
      Telephone:
      Email: information@primrosehill.com
      Tube: The nearest tube station is Chalk Farm on the Northern line
  • Museums
    • Dennis Severs' House
      From the website:
      Find out how a family of Huguenot silk weavers lived in the early 18th century through a game where you work your way through 10 rooms lit by fire and candles, receiving stimulations to your senses,
      Address: 18 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, London E1 6BX
      Telephone: +44 020 7247 4013
      Email: info@dennissevershouse.co.uk
    • Charles Dickens Museum
      From the website:
      Visitors entering the building will feel as if Dickens has just left the building and might return at any moment. The stories and customs relating to each room will be told by Dickens himself, using his words and descriptions of domestic life in the Victorian era.
      Address: 48 Doughty Street, London, WC1N 2LX
      Telephone: +44 020 7405 2127
      Email: info@dickensmuseum.com
      Tube: Russell Square (Piccadilly Line), Chancery Lane or Holborn
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    • Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art
      Futurist masterpieces from Umberto Boccioni, Giacomo Balla, Carlo Carra and others can be found at the only gallery devoted to Italian Art in Britain
      Address: 39a Canonbury Square, London N1 2AN , United Kingdom
      Telephone: +44 (0)20 7704 9522
      Email: info@estorickcollection.com
      Tube: Highbury & Islington station on the Victoria Line
    • Guildhall Art Gallery and London's Roman Amphitheatre
      From the website:
      Guildhall Art Gallery is home to the City of London's art collection. The original gallery opened in 1886 and was destroyed during a severe air raid in May 1941. In 1988, following the decision to rebuild the Gallery on its original site, Museum of London archaeologists discovered Roman London's Amphitheatre during routine archaeological investigations. The new building was redesigned to incorporate the ruins of the amphitheatre and officially opened in 1999.
      Address: Guildhall Yard, London, EC2V 5AE
      Telephone: 020 7332 3700
      Email: guildhall.artgallery@cityoflondon.gov.uk
    • Horniman Museum and Gardens
      Good place to visit for adults and children as well.
      From the website:
      We've been open since Victorian times, when Frederick John Horniman first opened his house and extraordinary collection of objects to visitors. Since then, our collection has grown tenfold and includes internationally important collections of anthropology and musical instruments, as well as an acclaimed aquarium and natural history collection.
      Address: 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ
      Telephone: +44 020 8699 1872
      Email: enquiry@horniman.ac.uk
    • Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret
      The oldest operating theatre in Europe, it is located in the Herb Garret (attic) of St. Thomas Church which was part of the old St. Thomas Hospital. This is a very unusual museum located in the roof space of the baroque St. Thomas Church.
      Address: 9a St. Thomas's St. London SE1 9RY
      Telephone: +44 0207 188 2679
      Email: curator@thegarret.org.uk
      Tube: The nearest underground station is London Bridge on the Northern or Jubilee lines
    • Whitechapel Gallery
      From the website:
      For over a century the Whitechapel Gallery has premiered world-class artists from modern masters such as Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Frida Kahlo to contemporaries such as Sophie Calle, Lucian Freud, Gilbert & George and Mark Wallinger.
      Address: 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX
      Telephone: +44 (0)20 7522 7888
      Email: info@whitechapelgallery.org
  • Shopping
    • Borough Market
      Borough Market is London's most renowned food market; a source of exceptional British and international produce. Since its renaissance as a retail market just over a decade ago, it has become a haven for anybody who cares about the quality and provenance of the food they eat — chefs, restaurateurs, passionate amateur cooks and people who just happen to love eating and drinking.
      Address: 8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL United Kingdom
      Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7407 1002
      Email: info@boroughmarket.org.uk
      Tube: The nearest underground station is London Bridge on the Jubilee and Northern lines
    • Harrods
      Encompassing seven floors of exquisite collections across 4.5 acres, Harrods welcomes over 15 million customers through their doors each year. An exciting place to visit, especially the food shops in the basement.
      Address: 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL United Kingdom
      Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7730 1234
      Email:


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Dining

These recommendations are from third parties. I do not have any first hand information about these places. Take the recommendations but make allowance for the fact that tastes vary and you may find a different experience than what you read here.

Pubs.com Independent Guide to Traditional English Pubs. You can search for pubs in London or search by neighborhood, like Soho, Covent Garden, Westminster, etc.


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