London Journals

November in London

A November 2004 trip to London by madeincanada

Quote: "When you're tired of London, you're tired of living." We had a brilliant time in London during the middle of November. We were there for the Remembrance Day Ceremony and saw all the Christmas decor and tree-lighting ceremonies in the days to follow.

November in London

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Overview

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London is brilliant at any time of the year. Spring and summer are, of course, the ideal times to go to see everything in bloom, but it is also extremely busy with other tourists. We were fully expecting rainy, cold weather in November. To our delight, we only had one day of rain and bright, sunny skies the rest of the week. The average daily temperature during our week was 16 degrees C, or 61 F. We attended the Remembrance Day ceremonies on Sunday, November 14, 2004. The service was attended by thousands of people, including Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William. The queen laid a wreath in honour of those who gave their lives in order to allow us the freedom we enjoy today. This was a very m...Read More

Allen House

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Hotel

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Best Things Nearby:Location, location, location. Virtually everything London has to offer is closeby. The tube station (Underground/subway) for High Street Kensington is right around the corner. There is a Starbucks right across the street. Shopping and grocery stores are very close by. Kensington Park and Kensington Palace, Hyde Park, and The Royal Albert Hall are all within walking distance. The main attractions are within 1/2 hour by subway. Trafalgar Square, the centre of London is 12 minutes on the subway. Best Things About the Resort:The Allen House Luxury Serviced Apartments are tucked away on a peaceful side street, just off High Street Kensington, on the doorstep of K...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 27, 2004

Allen House
8 Allen Street
London, England W8 6BH
44 207 938 1191

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If you are interested in British history, this is a must-see event. Each night for over 700 years, the guards at the Tower of London have locked up the crown jewels in the same manner as they do today. There is no cost to witness this nightly event, but you must request tickets in advance in writing, including a self-addressed, stamped envelope (with international postage). Letters should be mailed to: Ceremony of the Keys Office H.M. Tower of London London EC3N 4AD They only allow a limited number of people to attend each night, so you should indicate a few options for attendance in your letter. Visitors are admitted to the Tower of London under escort at exactly 9:30pm....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 27, 2004

Ceremony of the Keys
H.M. Tower of London
London, England

Tower of London

Attraction | "The Tower of London"

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The Tower of London dates back to William the Conqueror (1066 to1087); the tower was originally a royal residence as well as a fortress. The tower was once surrounded by a moat. Unfortunately, it became the largest "sewage" system in London. The moat was cleaned during the reign of Queen Victoria. When you arrive, definitely take a tour, as they are very informative and the Yeoman Warders are quite funny. They have nice uniforms, which make a good photo opportunity. The star of the Tower of London is, of course, the Crown Jewels. The display has changed since my last visit. Instead of looking at the jewels at your own pace, a carrousel now whisks you past the jewels. There are so many thing...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 30, 2004

Tower of London
Tower Hill
London, England EC3N 4AB
+44 (207) 709 0765

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We purchased both Visitor Travelcards and London Passes before leaving home. The Visitor Travelcard allowed us unlimited use of the subway, buses, and rapid transit serving London and surrounding areas, including the subway from Heathrow Airport for one week. The cost was $95 CDN each. You can also purchase passes for various lengths of stays. In London, the price of the ride depends upon the destination. With the pass, you don't have to worry about buying tickets or getting off at the wrong stop and having to pay again. The Visitor Travelcard is well worth having. Travelcards must be purchased in advance and then picked up upon arrival in London. They are available to both Canadians and Americans. Th...Read More