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.
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
Any ideas how long it will take to get from gate on arrival to the bus station at the south terminal? Domestic flight with no checked luggage.
Could it be done in 25 min?
Hello, I am looking at booking a flight from Sydney, Australia to Newquay, Cornwall via Gatwick with 2 children and 3 checked-in bags (the children are 10&13 so can wheel their own luggage).
I have two connecting flight options with my Emirates flight, which lands at North Terminal at 7.20am:
1. Flybe from South Terminal at 9.30am
2. Flybe from South Terminal at 1.35pm.
Common sense is saying hang around for the 1.35pm flight but that's a long time to sit at Costa, especially after a 23-hour journey & with two tired children ... Do you think (providing the plane lands on time) that I'd have a good chance of making the 9.30am flight or would it be just too much of a rush?
Thanks in advance
I have booked a flight from zurich to london gatwick by easyjet, landing at 11 am at the north terminal. Have an onward journey to dubai by emirates at 1.30 pm from the same terminal. I have luggage to check in and will have to go through border. Will the layover time be sufficient?.Couldnt find any earlier flights to book!!
I plan to drive from the Scottish Borders, stopping at Hadrian's Wall then to Leeds where I'd spend one night then visit Temple Newsam the following morning.
Can anyone recommend a pleasant b&b near TN?
Is Temple Newsam in the city, a suburb or rural area? I'd like to stay in a less populated area.
I haven't been able to learn much on the net. Is Wakefield convenient to TN?
I have purchased some stuff from the UK and have tax free shopping forms that I have filled.
But in order to get the tax I need to show the goods to the customs officer. As I would have checked in my luggage. How is it possible?
Can I go through customs before checking in the luggage.
I will be departing from terminal 4
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)
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
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
Good day.My family (live in Tallinn) is flying on vacation in January on Gran Canaria in transit through London( 6 hours at Luton airport) and back through Leeds (5 hours)
My daughter has a European passport(11 years) and me and my wife of the Estonian alien's passport.
We need transit visas? and how to make them? Thank you in advance for the answer
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!
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 .
My girlfriend is coming to visit me for Christmas and she is keen to visit a Christmas market and drink mulled wine. I would love some advice as to which is the best in Britain. We will visit the one in Cambridge, as that is where I am based, but otherwise we are fairly flexible as to where we go; we are also going to south Wales and maybe Devon. I have heard Birmingham does a pretty good one.
Please could you give me your recommendations for Christmas markets, and if possible let me know when they are open?
Thanks very much!
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!
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