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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 06, 2017
Warmest place in/near Europe nearest to UK within 3 hrs flight?  (2 Answers)

Is it South of Portugal, Spain, Greece ,Cyprus, Turkey or someplace else?



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 26, 2017
Kensington, London - places for lunch  (4 Answers)

I am visiting the V&A Museum with three friends. Can anyone recommend somewhere for a reasonably priced lunch, other than the museum itself. Two of us are vegetarian. Thanks.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 24, 2017
Accessible place for tea near Phoenix Theatre  (5 Answers)

I'm going to a Saturday matinee with my mother in law who is not very mobile. She would like to go for tea afterwards - any recommendations?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 24, 2017
Accessible place for tea near Phoenix Theatre  (1 Answer)

I'm going to a Saturday matinee with my mother in law who is not very mobile. She would like to go for tea afterwards - any suggestions?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 20, 2017
Whats the average price of Harry Potter Studios facilities for lunch?  (2 Answers)

On the website is said that there are 2 restaurants available for lunch: The Blacklot and the Studio Café.
Whats the average price for a meal on those places?

Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 12, 2017
Eurostar to paris  (4 Answers)

Seat selection recommendations


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 07, 2017
VT - Future  (18 Answers)

Sad to receive an email VT will close on 27th Feb. Being member from 2002 and finding it easy to ask and reply questions, will really miss this site.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 04, 2017
Freddie Mercury  (4 Answers)

Hi there, I'm going to visit London next week and as a big fan of Freddie Mercury want to find some souvenirs with him like flags, t-shirts. Can somebody tell me where in London can I find such things to buy?
Thanks in advance!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 01, 2017
VISA Question  (5 Answers)

Hello, guys. Here I have some dilemma. Due to UK's Immigration procedure, citizens of Ukraine need to obtain VISA to step on Her Majesty's soil. But, there are also some rumors that once you have NATIONAL LONG-TERM VISA (in my case, I'm currently holding National Long-term student VISA of Spain) from any EU/Schengen Agreement country, you could travel to GB without another. Please, reply me as soon as you can, because I've tried several times to figure it out both in UK's Government website and Spanish. None of them replied. Thank you in advance.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 23, 2016
Should I do it?  (7 Answers)

I want to send my parents to London....(no, not permanently). Can anyone recommend a hotel which is reasonably priced? It doesnt need to be in the middle of London but not too far away either. They are in their mid 70's and I dont want them to have to walk too far. Thanks so much for your help. Happy Holidays everyone. With Love,

Robert


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 06, 2016
New Years Eve  (4 Answers)

Hi there, I am travelling to London over the new year with my Girlfriend. We've left it a bit last minute but we're wondering if anyone has any good suggestions on how to spend NYE. Whether that be a dinner and dance, street party, and kind of event really to make it a memorable new year? All suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 05, 2016
Best transportation to Stonehenge and Glastonbury Tor  (9 Answers)

I will be visiting London for 3 days in March. I would like to take a day to visit Stonehenge and Glastonbury Tor (both in the same day).

I saw there was a tour offered that included them both, but they are only on Fridays, and unfortunately I will not be there at that time.

What is the best way to travel from London to these two sites? Rail? Bus? Some other way?

Thank you for any information.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 05, 2016
Is this a good place to celebrate birthday in London?  (10 Answers)

Hi all,
I'm new here and I hope you can help me with advice:
Being studying various restaurant comparing sites (Tripadvisor, Michelin, Alltheviews...), I decided to try out Ye Olde Mitre Yelp and Tripadvisor estimate it pretty high (as I can judge from ), but I want a real person opinionб who has been there recently. I forgot to mention the reason - why I'm choosing a place to go out: we want to celebrate my father's bithday and he likes bars a lot. So, we need one with a good atmosphere.

So, is Ye Olde Mitre a good place to go to for a celebration?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 03, 2016
London Travel  (21 Answers)

Hello Good Day. I am travelling to London for a day on 24th Dec. Can you please let me know:
1. What ticket can I purchase for a days journey from Heathrow 5 to central London which would work on trains and buses for the day.
2. Can I purchase the ticket at Heathrow Terminal 5
3. How much will it cost and can i use credit card issued internationally.
4.. Are there any timings restrictions for trains or buses as it is a Saturday and Christmas eve.
Thank you for your help. Best Regards.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 03, 2016
Best area to stay in London  (17 Answers)

My sister and I are heading to London in January for a week before starting a tour through Europe. We have never been to London before so we want to see as much as we can eg. West End, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, British Musuem. Just wondering what suburbs would be the best to stay in- close to the action and/or close to public transport?
We would be wanting to stay in hotels (but not super expensive ones).
Thanks for your help!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 27, 2016
London Reconstructing of Big Ben  (1 Answer)

Hi all,
I will be heading to London for the first time in Feb 2017.
News had mention that the reconstructing of Big Ben will start in early 2017. The last news available was in April 2017 about the works. I have also read the FAQ at the parliament website but they do not really have an indicative date.
Read that scaffolding will take 4-6 months to build. Not sure if the view in Feb will be much effected. Saw google images of the tower with scaffolding and it's not a very pretty sight. :(
Anyone knows of any news of the work schedule or any comments much appreciated.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 26, 2016
Helpful advice  (14 Answers)

What is the least expensive and best time to try and send my parents to London?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 25, 2016
London Gatwick changes  (2 Answers)

I have posted this on the TRAVEL ALERTS section here on VT but don't know if there is any other place to post.

From the 25th January 2017
These changes take place at London Gatwick
British Airways will operate from South Terminal
Easyjet and Virgin will operate from the North Terminal.

Found this when I tried to book parking at Gatwick's aiport and this warning came up.

Feel free to move to any appropriate section


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 24, 2016
Cheap accommodation near London  (8 Answers)

Hello! I'm travelling to London this Saturday, but I don't have a place to stay yet. I will be in London for 1 month and I was wondering if you recommend any location near London where it might be cheaper, or if you know of any Web page in which people offer rooms for short term accommodation. Thank you so much!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 21, 2016
Luggage storage on departure day .  (12 Answers)

The accommodation we have booked dont have luggage storage facilities on our departure day. We check out at 10 and have a train booked for 4. I've checked at the train station and the cost is £87. ( 1 case and 6x Hand luggage) is this my only option? We were hoping to use our last day to visit winter wonderland .


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 21, 2016
December visit  (18 Answers)

I will be popping over to your side of the pond (again!!!) in early December. I've got all of my shows lined up, including a panto, so my evenings are all booked up but was looking for any special things to do during the day. I've been to a lot of the Christmas related things (Winter Wonderland, Southbank & Tate markets) but if there are any special exhibits at museums that I should try and fit in or maybe some place that is decorated nicely for the holidays, I'd love to hear about it.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 20, 2016
London & Ireland for 2 Weeks - Seeking Advice  (13 Answers)

My husband and I are thinking of doing this trip next summer (likely mid-July or early August).

We want to spend 2 weeks: 1 week in/around London then 1 week for Ireland including travel time.

We have lots we want to do in London - I am a huge British monarchy & literary history buff, plus we have some family in Suffolk so I feel like we have enough to occupy us there for a week. Then we were thinking of doing the rail & sail through Wales to Dublin and renting a car in Dublin to cruise around a bit for 5 days. We'd like to stay in Dublin a few nights, want to visit Blarney Castle, the Cliffs of Moher, maybe drive the Wild Atlantic Way, and stay in Galway as well. We'd then have to head back to London as I'm sure it will be cheaper to fly in/out of there.

Does this sound like a feasible trip? Any recommendations you can offer for the Ireland leg - that itinerary is just based on the very basic things I know about Ireland, obviously, so very open to hearing what you all think! Any suggestions for things to do in London, too, are appreciated.

We are planning on getting an airbnb outside the city centre for London and also wondering about affordability of lodgings in Dublin/Galway. Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 20, 2016
Family attractions  (9 Answers)

I need to keep two young children and 3 young adults entertained.

I´ve book tussauds and the london eye. We are hoping to go to Winterwonderland and see Buckinhgam palace. Are there any must sees or child freindly activities.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 20, 2016
Oyster or contactless  (7 Answers)

is there any advantage to buying the oyster cards or is using concatless cards just the same.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 18, 2016
visiting highclere castle from london  (13 Answers)

best way to get to HIghclere Castle from London. I was going to take a tour from London but they all include other stops for a full day. I'd just like to go to the castle and gardens. Any thoughts


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 18, 2016
Any suggestions  (16 Answers)

Im visiting London soon. We are a family of 7 , 4 kids 2 x19, 17, 8 and 7. We are staying on tower bridge road. Hopefully visiting London eye, buckingham palace, hyde park, Tower bridge and Tusaudes and hoping to see the sky gardens too.
Can anyone offer local info on places to eat on tower bridge road. We´ll probablly need to be near the apartment early evening for the younger children.

Also is transport easy from tower bridge road into the centre ? Is it easy enough to get 2 x cabs to take us into the centre or will we need to get a bus to the local tube station.

Any info or tips will be muchly appreciated.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 17, 2016
Best area to stay  (5 Answers)

Which area is the best location and most convenient to stay? Traveling with my husband and 8 year old! Want to be somewhat close to all the sightseeing! TIA!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 17, 2016
Best area to stay  (7 Answers)

Which area is the best location and most convenient to stay? Traveling with my husband and 8 year old! Want to be somewhat close to all the sightseeing! TIA!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 03, 2016
4 days itinerary in London final check?  (6 Answers)

Ok folks, first of all, I would like to say thank you for those who suggested me the itineraries before and a few were too rushed and unrealistic, so I had changed and removed some as suggested which is now more spread out and I would like to ask for your final check to see if this looks any better now!

Already bought the 3 Days London Pass

Attractions we will use:
- Tower Of London
- Hop on/hop off bus tour
- Thames River Boat Cruise
- Westmintser Abbey
- Tower Bridge Exhibition
- Windsor Castle
- Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
- Wimbledon Tour Experience

03 Feb (Friday):
HK to London (heathrow) @ 2 Feb. Flight arrive 5am @ 3 Feb. Staying Airbnb near Waterloo Station + 10 min walk
6am - I assume we would be out of the immigration by this time given it is so early in morning & not busy. Take TUBE to Waterloo (via Green Park). Walk to property.
7:30am - Check in, drop baggage.
8am - Eat breakfast nearby in Waterloo/Westminster
9am - Head to Westminster Abbey to line up
9:15am - Attraction opens and stay up to 1/2 hour? 1 hour?
10:45am - Take Thames Boat Cruise for 11am session to Tower Pier (or take the10:30am if finished early)

(Cruise approx. 30 min?)
11:30am - Walk to Tower Bridge Exhibition and stay approx. for 1 hour
12:30pm - Walk to St Katherine's Dock for 1 hour lunch
(Estimate 15 min walk)
1:45pm - Walk to Tower Of London
(Estimate 15 min walk)
2pm - Stay 2-3 hours?
4pm-5pm - Leave and take the Hop On, Hop Off bus (Bus no. 29) to Waterloo/Westminster for dinner nearby before walking back home for early rest

04 Feb (Saturday)
- Go to Windsor Castle for day trip. Attraction opens at 9:45am. Be there at 9am to line up (due to possible many people on a Saturday?)
- Depart from Waterloo Station @ around 8am
Stay in the area for 3-4-5 hours? This number of hours is still unknown
- Go for the Long Walk
- Walk River Eton and possibly take French Brothers boat?
- See shopping centre nearby?

What time will finish is still unsure to us? 3pm? 4pm? 5pm??

Depending what time we will head back.....4pm or 5pm or 6pm?
- Afterwards, take Tube to Piccadilly Circus Station for dinner.
- After dinner start walking in Regent Street and then turn left at Oxford Circus.....walk Oxford Street all the way to Marble Arch. Then take Tube back home.
- Head back home at around 10pm?

05 Feb (Sunday)
Note:
Wimbledon museum open at 10am
Wimbledon 1 1/2 hours tour starts at 10:30am

8:30am - Walk to Westminster Underground Station to Southfields Underground Station. Take direct Tube for 8:54am & arrives the station @ 9:24am
9:30am - Walk approx. 20 min from Southfield Underground Station to the attraction
9:50am - Arrive Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum & see museum from 10am for approximately half hour
10:30am - Wimbledon Tour Experience starts for 1 1/2 hours
12:00pm - Conclude & leave towards Southfield Underground Station
12:15pm - Arrive Southfield Underground Station & Head to Paddington for Little Venice canel boat ride to Campen Market

2 scenerios:

1) Head to Paddington Underground Station (Approx. 1/2 hour ride). If arrive Paddinginton Underground Station @ 12:45pm, walk to Little Venice (10 min walk) and take 1pm canel boat to Campen Market

2) If too rush & too late, then take the next 3pm session canel to Camden Market.
During 1 1/2 hours period, eat lunch around Paddington (leave some food stomach space for Campen Market) & walk around nearby unti 2:30pm.

Very likely is 2) given the time restraint.

3pm - Take boat canel to Camden Market
3:40pm - Approx. 40 min ride & arrive at Campden Market. Stroll around before market closes @ 6pm - When shops are closed, we leave

NOT SURE WHERE TO for dinner on a Sunday afterwasrds

06 Feb (Monday)
8:30am - Breakfast nearby (AROUND LONDON EYE AREA)
9:45am - Line up for London Eye attraction that starts @ 10am
10:45am - Concludes London Eye and start walking from the pedestrian Queens Walk and walk ALL the way to around London Bridge to see the nice river view and take photos
Keep walking either to Southwark Bridge or London Bridge and head to Monument direction Skyview Garden
12:30pm - Plan to book this timeslot & stay around 1 hour at the maximum
1:30pm - Quick lunch
2pm - Head to Notting Hill to Portobello Market?
6pm - Head to Leicester Square Station for dinner, browse shops, M & M World and chinatown (as they open till late)
10pm - Go back

The next morning, head to airport

Hopefully this itinerary will be all good

Would be appreciated for any feedback!

PS: Final thing....given the 4 days itinerary above, how much you think I should top up my Oyster Card for the first visit is enough? 20 pound? 15? etc

Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 28, 2016
travel card or oyster? traveling from london to hitchin to cambridge  (4 Answers)

hello,

we are going to spend our honeymoon in london next year. we also plan to go to hitchin and cambridge, but got confused on the best or cheapest possible way to get there. will we able to go there by the 1 day travel card? or not?

i saw in the website "Travelcards let you travel as often as you like on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and National Rail services within the London travel zones."

please clarify.

thanks.



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