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In this episode: The top ten things to do when you go to London
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The Top Ten Things To Do In London
1. Take the Tour bus Hop-on, Hop-off!
1 day 28 euros
bus + boat combo 38 euros
guide in different languages
9am – 5.30pm (summer)
2. Have lunch in a London Pub
The 10 best London pubs for food
Sunday roasts – lunch not dinner
Around 7,000 pubs in the London area try real ale. Pay for the drinks at the bar. Buy rounds. It’s not custonmary to tip the barstaff
3. Have a picnic in Hyde Park
Not far from Buckingham Palace (Tube: Hyde Park Corner)
You can visit the state rooms in Buckingham palace.
Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly line)
Knightsbridge (Piccadilly line)
Queensway (Central line)
Lancaster Gate (Central line)
Marble Arch (Central line)
Speaker’s corner and The Serpentine lake
Also Green Park (Green Park Tube) Have tea at the Ritz!
St.James’s Park: (St James’s Park Tube / Westminster) – Prettiest Park
Kensington gardens (next to Hyde Park): (High Street Kensington Tube)
Regent’s Park – famous for roses and landscaping. Originally Henry Vlll’s hunting grounds: Baker Street / Great Portland Street Tube
4. London Eye
Fast Track: 28 pounds or buy a combo ticket. Book in advance. Open 10am until 9.30pm
Closest tube: Waterloo station. Near Westminster Bridge on the South Bank.
5. Covent Garden
Tube: Covent Garden
Open Mon-Fri 10am – 8pm
Pubs after work, market, street performers, shelter from the rain, ballet. Close to Leicester Square and Soho
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6. Visit The British Museum. A huge collection from around the world. It’s free.
7. Go on a literary tour. eg. Follow the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Charles Dickens, etc.
Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street
8. According to Reza’s mum, Horniman Museum. Reza hasn’t been yet, but plans to. Reza’s parents always raved about its quirkiness and it’s free. A lesser-known gem.
How to get around the city: walking – the tube/underground (an Oyster card is cheaper than a travel card – Tube, DLR, MBNA Thames Clippers river bus service, London Overground and most National Rail services in London.
3 pounds (non-refundable) have special offers for tourists and promotions. You can add more credit. Normal oyster cards cost 5 pounds (refundable)
A one day off-peak travel card (by zones) after 9.30 Mon-Fri, all day sat and Sun.
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