A May 2005 trip
to London by Cheryl Patterson
Quote: London contains many historic and famous attractions, but as a native, I would like to introduce you to the lesser-known areas. The city offers numerous and diverse attractions and experiences that will suit all ages and tastes. Let me share some of those with you:
London is one of the largest cities in Western Europe and home to a multicultural population of over 11 million people. Although it contains many historic and famous attractions, such as the Tower of London, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, The Houses of Parliament, St Pauls Cathedral, etc., as a native of the city, I would like to introduce you to some personal favorites that will suit both adults and kids alike.
Renting a car is okay for day trip out of London, but between extremely high gas prices and now a "congestion charge" of approximately per day to drive in the city, as well as busy roads and limited parking, I would advise against it while touring the capital.
Cabs will get you from point to point and are a great option late, after about 11pm, when public transportation all but comes to a halt. Either call or go into the office of a licensed cab company. If you do need to hail one, make sure it is an official, traditional London Taxicab, or you may find yourself in trouble. If you chat to the cabbie of one of the London taxies, you will experience for yourself what Londoners refer to as "the knowledge" – a vast encyclopedia of the city's backstreets, locations, and routes every driver has to demonstrate to earn his position!
These luxury apartments range from studios to three-bedroom/two-bathroom and are elegantly decorated and all amenities provided, as well as maid service six days per week.
Chauffeur and laundry service available.
Price: approximately $193 - $676 per night, depending on rate of exchange. Includes all taxes.
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Restaurant | "Medieval Banquet"
Nearest Tube: Tower Hill.
Visit www.medievalbanquet.com for more information and specials.
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The Medieval Banquet
Ivory House, St Katherine Docks
London, England E1W 1BP
Restaurant | "Any Brick Lane Indian/Bangladeshi Restaurant"
As you wander down the street, enjoying the sights and sounds, feel free to amble into whichever restaurant takes your fancy--you won't get a bad curry here.
Feeling adventurous but unsure what to order? Take your time to ask your server about the ingredients and flavors the various dishes have to offer; you will always find friendly assistance from the staff enthusiastic to give you a tour of the tastebuds!
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Brick Lane Indian / Bangladeshi Restaurants
There is an entrance fee for adults, but children are free. Combine this with a few hours browsing the unique shops and stands of Covent Garden for a great day out.
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London Transport Museum
39 Wellington Street
London, England WC2E 7BB
+44 (207) 565 7299
Entrance is free, but charges are made for some temporary exhibitions. Five minutes around the corner, you will find a selection of family-friendly pubs for a meal, as the cafeteria inside is expensive.
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Natural History Museum
London, England SW7 5BD
+44 20 7942 5000
Attraction | "Imperial War Museum"
Imperial War Museum London
London, England SE1 6HZ
+44 (20) 7416 5000
Attraction | "Wine Tasting at Vinopolis"
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1 Park Street
London, England SE1 9BU
+44 870 241 4040
You can also find a number of different places to get food, from open-air cafes (one where you can enjoy live classical music), to top-of-the-range restaurants where you can get a five-course meal.
There is no entrance fee, and Covent Garden will be enjoyed by all ages and tastes. Ultimate cost will depend on the self control of the individual!
London, England WC2
+44 20 7836 9136
All tastes, budgets, and schedules will find something to suit. Make Greenwich your destination for a great day out. Greenwich offers the Royal Observatory and the Meridean line, which marks zero degrees longtitude, home of Greenwich Mean Time, where you can straddle two time zones. Alternatively, there is the Royal Naval Museum and the Greenwich market for a great selection of antiques shops.
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A River View of London
The River Thames
There is no age limit on admission, but I would caution parents of young children to consider if they can determine reality versus fantasy, and if they are prone to nightmares! There is an entrance fee for everyone. This is probably one of the most expensive museums to visit.