An April 2000 trip
to London by kimca
Quote: London is a city that is alive, you can't possibly be bored. Out of 17 countries we visited in our 7 month trip, London was one of our favorites. A true classic.
Hotel | "A List of London Hostels and their Webpages"
Caledonia International Hostel
City of London YHA
Astor Hostels London
International Student House
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 20, 2001
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Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 20, 2001
23 Museum Street
Attraction | "Camden"
Camden High Street
Camden, London, England NW1
The London Eye
South Bank of the River Thames
London, England SE1 9TA
+44 (870) 500 0600
To get there, take the underground to the Tower Hill station. Admission is a steep 11 pounds for adults and 5.50 pounds for children. If you have student card, bring it and get in for 8.30 pounds. Pricy but facinating.
Tower of London
London, England EC3N 4AB
+44 (207) 709 0765
Attraction | "Wimbledon"
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 20, 2001
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
London, England SW19 5AE
+44 20 8946 6131
Internet access starts at one pounds and how long you get depends on the time of day-usually it's about 45 minutes. If you don't use it all, save your ticket with your log in number until the next time you need it and use the rest.
They have locations all over Europe, check out their webpage for details.
There are free things to do however, if your budget is getting a little tight.
Changing of the Guard. It takes place every second day and starts at 11:30. Be there early though, it gets crowded.
The British Museum. One of the world's oldest museums. Open 10-5 Mon. to Sat. and 2:30-6 on Sundays.
St. Paul’s Cathedral. Normally you have to pay a fee. But if you happen to arrive before or after the services on Sunday (10:30 am), go right in.
Hyde Park. The park itself is 4 miles and filled with joggers, children and people out for some fresh air.
Westminster Abbey. Free on Wednesdays between 6 and 8pm. The highest church in the country.
St Paul's Cathedral. Free after 4:30 pm
Bram Stoker. Take a look at his Blue Plaque site at 18 St Leonards Terrace S.W.3
Go see any of these markets:
Petticoat Lane Market (Tube Station:Liverpool Street)
Camden Lock Market (Tube Station:Camden Town)
Portobello Road Market (Tube Station:Notting Hill Gate)
Leadenhall Market (Tube Station:Monument)
Attraction | "Day Trip to Bath"
The natural hot spring over Bath's roman baths still exsists and the baths themselves are beatifully perserved. The water steams and makes it easy for you to imagine the weathly using these baths over 2000 years ago.
One of the things I found fascinating was that people used to believe the baths had magical powers. They would throw rolled up papers into the baths with their wishes written on them. If they felt they were granted, they would throw gold peices and other valuable objects in as thanks. There is a great exhibit of these objects that they have discovered on display.
Admission is 7.50 per adult and 4.20 pounds for children.
This includes a personal audio player that you carry with you. Everything is numbered in the Baths and Pumproom and you punch in the number as you look at the exhibit. This allows you to customize your tour. If you aren't interested in one section, you can skip it. If you find it fascinating, you can punch in another number for more information. It's a great idea, especially for those like me who get bored of tour guides who drone on endlessly!
Bath is a 1.5 hour train ride from London.
The Roman Baths
Abbey Church Yard
Bath, England BA1 1LZ
+44 1225 477785
During our time in England, we visited both Cambridge and Oxford. We enjoyed Oxford much more and found the town to be charming and the University grounds beautiful. There is an admission fee but unlike Cambridge, most of the grounds are open for you to explore.
The town itself is lively, filled with small tea shops, little stores and college students. It has a nice atmosphere and is a great way to spend the day.
The train from London to Oxford takes about 1.5 hours. It's a scenic ride that seems to go by fast. This is a valid trip using your rail pass, but it might be a better idea to purchase a ticket and save that day for a longer, more expensive journey.
A tip-trains travelling to parts of England tend to get very crowded. A way to avoid making the mad dash for seats with everyone else, is to make reservations. The reservations are free (!) in England and can be made up until the time that the train has left it's prior main destination on its way to get you.
There is a lot to see in York and the best way to do it is on foot, so I would pick a nice day, if possible.
York Minster is the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe and you can't help but be a little awed. The stained glass inside is gorgeous and goes from the floor until as high as you can see. It is detailed and depicts stories from panel to panel. If you go up to the Central Tower you will have a great view of York itself. Entrance to the catherdral is free but there is a small fee if you want to go up to the Central Tower.
Stone walls encircle York and were built to protect it long ago. You can walk along these walks around the city for nearly 3 miles. At certain points along the walls, you will find staircases to get up or gateways to small towers.
The walking guide in the Lonely Planet guidebook will take you through the city. If you wish, you can print a map of York from here, which might come in handy.
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