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Trip to London
Trips to London
If you are planning a trip t London you may not need to study any language courses, but you will have a much more enjoyable trip if it is well planned. London is rich with very old historical structures, from the 900 year old Tower of London, to the House of Parliament and Big Ben. London can be quite challenging for those who have never visited before. The crowds combined with twisting, winding streets, and everyone driving on the "wrong" side of the road can be rather intimidating. Some planning in advance can make your trip far more enjoyable.
Finances- Credit Cards, ATM, Traveler's Checks
Traveler's cheques are no longer necessary in London because as like most European cities, has 24- hour ATMs linked to an international network that most likely includes your bank at home. However, many traveler's still like the security of traveler's cheques and do not mind having to show their passport every time they need to cash one. You may purchase them at any bank before embarking on your trip. Remember there are commission fees when you buy the cheques and when you convert them to pounds there will be an additional commission fee. It is important to remember that you should convert the cheques to pounds and use the cash instead of trying to use the traveler's cheques to pay for things. You will be given an unbelievably bad exchange rate if you do.
Many U.K. banks impose a fee of 50 cents to $4 every time you use an ATM. Your bank may also charge an ATM fee. Try to keep withdraws to a minimum.
Credit cards are a safe way to carry money, and they provide a convenient record of travel expenses. They are usually translated from pounds to dollars at a favorable rate.
Keeping the Cost Down
London can be very expensive, most tourists surveyed have estimated that their trip cost them approximately $180 per day.
Renting a hotel room with a kitchen, referred to in England as self catering units, to prepare meals is a great way to lower the overall cost.
Where To Stay
The Covent Garden Hotel, The Langham London, Dorset Square Hotel and The Egerton House Hotel, are some of the best Deluxe Hotels in London. They not the cheapest way to go, but they offer state-of-the-art amenities and full service.
If its history you want, some of the oldest deluxe hotels is the Cadogan Hotel in knightsbridge. The Gore in South Kensington, and Hazlitt's 1718 in Soho have all been around for over a century, and are full of old world English charm and character.
If you like predictability and the comfort of America while in England, London is full of hotels such as the Hyatt, Crowne Plaza, and Marriotts.
Bed and Breakfasts conveniently located near your sightseeing tours.
Victoria Station Neighborhood known as, Belgravia. Directly behind Victoria Station are a few budget B&Bs. It's a safe, clean and area with a touristy glitz to it. Here in Belgravia, is where the great Margaret Thatcher resides, her bodyguards stand outside her residence.
These hotels are within a five minute walk of the Victoria Tube station.
The Lime Tree Hotel, 135 Ebury Street, tel. 020/7730-8191, or www.limetreehotel.co.uk. A very down to earth and friendly, family run establishment.
Morgan House 120 Ebury Street, tel.020/7730-2384, www.morganhouse.co.uk . Eleven rooms total and a friendly atmosphere.
Possibly the cheapest good quality and friendly place you will find is the Cherry Court Hotel, 23 Hugh Street tel.020/7828-2840, www.cherrycourthotel.co.uk . It has a beautiful old English patio and internet access.
Side Note on calling London; If I were going to call The Lime Tree Hotel from the U.S.A., I would dial 011-44-20-77308191
O11 represents the international code, 44 is the country code, followed by the area code and phone number.
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Guides to London
A Stroll Through Westminster
Westminster Bridge- Big Ben is the bell, not the clock, This 13 ton bell is not visible, but certainly audible. Big Ben is the north tower of a long building, the Houses of Parliament, stretching along the Thames.
Banqueting House is a two story building just about all that remains of what was once the biggest palace in Europe-Whitehall Palace. In 1698, a fire destroyed everything at Whitehall except the name and Banqueting house.
Trafalgar Square, London's Times Square is a busy location surrounded by National Gallery, Steeple of St, Martin-in-the-Fields, built in the 1700's, and Nelson's column.
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