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London Weekend Break review

"Just a quick message to say that we had a brilliant time in London over the weekend... We watched the fabulous Memphis on Friday and stayed at the Thistle Hotel in Euston for 2 nights, travelled back Sunday. We fitted lots into our weekend, Covent Garden, The Shard, Camden Town and the South Bank and also an evening at the Comedy Store plus lots of eating and drinking!

Thank you so much for your assistance, well organised travel, theatre and great hotel. All were perfect. We will definitely book with you in the future and recommend our weekend to everyone. Thank you all again."

Jenny Maxwell, via email

Britain might be a small island but its capital is a colossus, and the principle collection point for culture, the arts, theatre , history, buskers, architecture, cockney sparrers, pomp & circumstance, pearly queens, the Monopoly board, black cabs, Buck House, exhibitions, the Tube, Eastenders, Old Father Thames, the Cutty Sark,

Visitor Oyster Card

We recommend that if you are going to be using public transport to get around you apply for a Visitor Oyster Card before you travel.

This can be done online and the card is posted in advance to your home address so you have it to hand the moment you arrive.

It allows unlimited travel on all London public transport, and the maximum amount you will have to pay to use buses, overground trains and tubes in central London (zones 1 & 2) is £6.50 per day – potentially a substantial saving compared with the total cost of individual tickets and, just as importantly, there is no time wasted queuing for a ticket every time you want to make a journey.

The card costs £3 (one–off fee), and can be pre–loaded with as much credit as you think you will need; £15–£20 is about right for three days in London.

You can keep hold of the card and top–up your credit when you return to London another time.

Please see www.visitbritainshop.com/world/london-visitor-oyster-card/ for full information.

Harrods, Nelson's Column, the Houses of Parliament, the Eye, big red buses, bridges, songs and, er, some of the world's best pubs...

Look here for a variety of breaks, either wrapped around some specific event or attraction, or just simply time in the capital, from overnight specials to week–long safaris.

Maps & Guides

Here are some resources we've collected from around the web, just to give your London break that well–researched feel.

London General Guide

Transport for London provides a very useful London Visitor Guide which gives you info about how to get around, what to see and some top walking and cycling itineraries.

Buses

Want to get a bus to see the sights? Here's a handy map of key bus routes around the centre.

Tube

Not forgetting the good old London Tube map of course, and just for the sake of fun, 150 interesting and quite silly facts about the London Underground.

Walking

Keen walkers will be interested in these comprehensive self–guided walks which include routes, times, connections and information about sites of interest en–route.

Toilets

And when you get fed up with buying coffees you don't want just to use a café's facilities, here's a lifesaver map of London's public toilets.

Miscellaneous

Finally, if you're looking for something really different and unusual, here is a bizarre collection of completely off–the–wall maps including, but not limited to:

  • a Lamplighters map showing all streets still lit by gaslight (yes they do exist)
  • an amazing linguistic map of London to tell you where you're most likely to here vanakkam (Tamil), salaam (Bengali), kem cho (Gujerati), hola (Spanish), ciao (Italian), merhaba (Turkish) or bonjour (French)
  • a Tube Map of London house prices, in case you've just come into a large fortune and fancy moving (but if you think Knightsbridge looks suspiciously cheap at just £2,214, be advised that the quoted prices are per square foot)
  • plus a lot more including food maps, flower maps, Roman roads, archaeology... if it exists in London, somebody has probably made a map out of it here.

It doesn't stop there – courtesy of the Telegraph) is a list of 14 strange (and some fairly revolting) attractions you didn't know existed and may have preferred not to know about, and another 16 here in case that wasn't enough.


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