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July 31, 2010

London for the first time visitor

London is my favorite city in the world, bar none. It combines history, art and culture all in one very charming package. One of the best things about going to London, especially if you are an American is that you don’t have to learn a new language. Okay, I may have to qualify that, yes you will need to learn a few key phrases that will seem totally foreign to you but that is half the fun. A lift is an elevator, Beauchamp is “beacham” and a police officer is a “Bobby” just to name a few.

London is a very expensive city to visit but only if you take the easy way of planning your trip. If you are on a budget and have the time you can find bargains and not sacrifice a whole lot.

The first thing you need to realize is that you are in a foreign city. Things will be done a little differently. Hotel rooms will be smaller than you are used to in the US. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. If you want an American experience, book an American chain hotel but if you want an English experience then think outside the box. There are bed and breakfast accommodations, self catering (rental units), college dorms, religious institutions and small family run hotels, be creative in your searching.

Don’t eat at McDonalds, Kentucky fried chicken or Burger King. If you must eat at a chain make it a British one like Garfunkels or Stockpot. If you are on a budget go to Covent Garden and eat a Jacket Potato (baked potato) at one of several stands that offer them at very reasonable prices. They are huge and very filling and can be topped with things like, get ready for this, tuna salad, curry or coleslaw. These are one of my favorite grab and go lunches.

Getting around London is easy on the buses and the Tube (the subway) by the way if you see a sign that says subway is isn’t what you think, it’s a walkway under the road. Oyster cards are the newest tickets and a good buy. You can also buy an all day ticket every morning that is good on both buses and the subway. When traffic is heavy and you need to get somewhere (like a show) grab a cab, the drivers always know how to get around the jams.

I have been to London about 15 times in the last 20 years but on my first trip I took two city tours, a half day morning and then a half day afternoon. This will give you a very good idea where everything is located and you will also get a quick tour of the main attractions.

Must see in London as far as I am concerned are:

Tower of London: The building just reeks of history.

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