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Getting Around London

Getting Around London
If you’ve never been to London before then you may find the thought of getting around the city somewhat daunting. With the population of Greater London estimated at more than 7 million people, this is a bustling city on a grand scale. So what’s the best way to get around the British capital? Fortunately, you do have a good number of options open to you. The London Underground, for example, is the oldest underground mass transit system in Europe and consists of some 275 stations on 12 separate lines. Generally speaking, you’ll find that the stations are very close together, with central London being particularly well covered (there are 63 stations in central London alone). You’ll find Underground (or “Tube”, as its known locally) maps at all stations and on platforms. Each of the Underground lines is given a different color, making the maps easy to read so that you can find your way round. One thing that you’ll also notice is that the Underground map is also divided into Zones. This relates to the way in which journeys are priced – when you buy a ticket the price that you’ll pay will be dependent upon your departure or arrival zones. If you’re expecting to make a number of journeys in a day then avoid paying for numerous single tickets and opt for a One Day Travelcard – they’re more cost effective. You’ll need to tell the ticket office operator what zones you’ll be traveling through during the day. You can pay for all tickets at ticket offices using cash or payment cards. You’ll also find that stations have automated machines where you can purchase tickets. This should also allow you to pay using the same options, although be aware that the automated payment card facilities may not always be functioning. Aside from the Underground, you’ll find that a Travelcard will also cover you for journeys on the famous red London buses. The bus network in London is extensive and they provide a great way to see the city. Indeed, you can save yourself a bit of money by avoiding the ever-present tourist buses and simply taking a journey through central London on a standard bus. If you don’t fancy the Underground or the buses then another option is to jump in a black cab. These provide a great experience in themselves, although generally will work out more expensive than the two public transport options already mentioned. Driving in London is not something that would generally be recommended. Traffic can be heavy throughout the day in central locations, parking is not always easy to find and the London Congestion Charge means that you’ll pay heavily for the privilege of driving in central London. Luckily, public transport options are generally good, so you should find that you won’t need to resort to driving. ....read more

A Traveler’s Guide to Dining in London

A Traveler
London is one of the best world’s places to eat out, thankfully for its cosmopolitan variety offers a great variety of cuisines, you can find many kind of flavors to indulge your dinning expectations. People from all around the world have brought their own exotic flavors and culinary culture to the city, making London an exciting and cosmopolitan place to eat out. Also is a very big effort for travelers to find the right place and the right prices where to eat because there are many venues from witch choose and perhaps London is the most expensive city to eat in, but as any other places taking a look the city we can find some good restaurants with good food and affordable prices. Inevitably prices are very expensive at venues closest to major tourist attractions. Some areas with inflated prices trading on travelers’ gullibility and lack of knowledge are the streets around Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, the British Museum and the Palace of Westminster. Here’s a guide to some of the best restaurants area by area. Covent Garden Covent Garden is an attractive area with a covered piazza complex at its centre. It’s popular with tourists but can be pricey. If you’re looking for an inexpensive meal in this area your best bet is to try out some of the large bar/restaurants such as Wagamama and All Bar One, where you’ll find reasonable quality food in stylish surroundings at affordable prices. If you want to experience a traditional London restaurant, try Rules on Maiden Lane. It’s rather expensive but it’s worth it. Reputed to be the oldest restaurant in London, it has a beautiful vintage interior and serves old London favorites, from oysters and eels to pies and puddings. Another famed London restaurant and popular hang-out of the rich and famous is The Ivy on West Street. You’ll need to book a table weeks in advance to savor its wonderful modern and luxurious British cuisine – shepherd’s pie, leek tart, kedgeree and the deliciously decadent sticky toffee pudding. South Bank Urban redevelopment has seen lots of ‘gastro-pubs’ pop up in this area – chic and trendy bars serving high quality food in informal surroundings and at reasonable prices. For fabulous modern European cuisine, try Festival Square on the ground floor of the Royal Festival Hall. It’s a relaxing café-bar serving everything from light snacks to filling main course dishes. Another popular gastro-pub is the award winning Anchor and Hope on The Cut. In contrast to many of the bars in this area, its décor is traditional, with oak paneled walls, but its food is most definitely up-to-date. Try the beetroot and goat’s cheese salad or the lamb shank with minted beans. Bloomsbury Bloomsbury is home to many of London’s top academic institutions such as University of London, University College London, Birkbeck College and the British Museum. It’s always bustling with students and as a result there’s a great choice of good but cheap café-bars and brasseries as well as some more upmarket restaurants. The Coffee Gallery on Museum Street, next to the British ....read more