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    • London Reconstructing of Big Ben

      London Nov 27, 2016 at 11:14 PM

      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.

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      London Gatwick changes

      London Nov 25, 2016 at 10:24 AM

      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

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      Airside transit or visitor in transit visa or no visa requirement in heathrow airport?

      Heathrow Yesterday

      Hi everybody, I am Brent, from Vietnam. Now Im living in Hungary and then I have resident permit of an EEA members (as Hungarian resident permit).
      In Jan 2017, my friend (Hungarian) and I (vietnamese, have an EEA resident permit) is going to travel to Vietnam by British Airways, in which we will transit in Heathrow Airport for about 5 hours. We are arriving to heathrow in terminal 3 and then departing in terminal 4. So please help us, in this case, do we need to apply for the airside transit visa or visiting in transit visa?

      1. We have 2 ways ticket (go to vietnam and back to hungary)
      2. We are a Hungarian and Vietnamese (Have hungarian resident permit) and ofc valid passport and vietnamese visa.
      3. British airways has confirmed that our checked bags will be sent directly to the last destination.
      4. We have to change terminal in the Heathrow airport.

      Thanks very much and best regard !!

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    • TERMINAL TRANSFER

      Heathrow Nov 24, 2016 at 2:05 AM

      I am travelling from Delhi to Terminal2 I have to get my complete luggage and then go to Terminal 3 for check IS this possible or I have to get visa

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      New Years Eve

      London Dec 6, 2016 at 3:04 PM

      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

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    • Best area to stay

      London Nov 17, 2016 at 4:36 AM

      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!

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    • Is this a good place to celebrate birthday in London?

      London Dec 5, 2016 at 4:23 AM

      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 alltheviews.com/Ye-Olde-Mitr...), 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?

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    • Oyster or contactless

      London Nov 20, 2016 at 10:39 AM

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

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    • Best area to stay

      London Nov 17, 2016 at 4:36 AM

      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!

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    • Best transportation to Stonehenge and Glastonbury Tor

      London Dec 5, 2016 at 9:14 AM

      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.

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    • Family attractions

      London Nov 20, 2016 at 10:43 AM

      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.

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    • Cheap accommodation near London

      London Nov 24, 2016 at 11:47 AM

      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!

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    • Luggage storage on departure day .

      London Nov 21, 2016 at 7:50 PM

      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 .

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    • visiting highclere castle from london

      London Nov 18, 2016 at 2:11 PM

      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

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      London & Ireland for 2 Weeks - Seeking Advice

      London Nov 20, 2016 at 3:28 PM

      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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    • London Travel

      London Dec 3, 2016 at 7:49 PM

      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.

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      Helpful advice

      London Nov 26, 2016 at 10:08 AM

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

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    • Any suggestions

      London Nov 18, 2016 at 1:19 PM

      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.

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      December visit

      London Nov 21, 2016 at 8:40 AM

      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.

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    • Best area to stay in London

      London Dec 3, 2016 at 11:50 AM

      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!

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    • Do i need a Visa?

      Heathrow Nov 25, 2016 at 1:03 AM

      Me and my Friends are going to Los Angeles via London and Washington. I am a turkish citizen living in Germany and have a valid US visa. Our flight is from Dusseldorf to London and we have a layover for about 1.20h in Heathrow. The airline company told us we have to collect our luggage and have to check in again in Heatrow. My question is what if I have to cross the border even with a vilid US visa do I still need a tranist visa for UK? We will arrive and depart from terminal 2.
      BTW we fly in with Eurowings and continue with United Airlines till to our destination. Maybe someone has experienced before.
      Thank you for ur answer in advance
      Zeynep

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    • Richmond

      by AlliM Online Now Jul 15, 2009 at 3:44 AM

      Who can tell me the name and or telephone number of the boat company that leaves from Richmond and travels into London (down river)?

      1 Answer Jul 15, 2009 at 4:36 AM
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      Great things to do and see

      by scarlettnichole Online Now Jan 6, 2009 at 6:15 PM

      My cousin and I are having our annual "girls trip" in England this March. We are planning on staying in Kent, but I wanted to check out Richmond also. I see there are quite a few who have posted some great tips, but too many for me to read all through. So, yes, I'm taking the easy way to find out some great info. I am wondering if some of you could advise me on great places to visit, shops(of course, I am a woman!), restaurants, parks, and anything else you may consider a fun thing to do! Any advice will be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

      6 Answers Jan 8, 2009 at 8:40 AM
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      Richmond Park to Hampton court palace

      by aatt Online Now Nov 24, 2008 at 3:51 AM

      Hello everyone.
      I'll be visiting Richmond Park next Friday and I'd like to know what is the best public transportation route from Richmond Park to Hampton court palace?
      Thank you for you time and attention.
      Rony.

    • cheap things to do in twickenham

      by barbh1 Online Now Oct 12, 2007 at 7:07 PM

      I'm going to London in late November, and by bus, to a show at York House. A friend told me to be sure to go early to look around the river area, as it is very beautiful. Where is a nice place to walk around, and maybe visit a bookshop? Thanks much. Barbara

      5 Answers Nov 23, 2008 at 2:23 AM
    • Hotel with Parking

      by Vixen1 Online Now Jun 28, 2007 at 5:17 AM

      Hi there,

      We are looking for a cheap hotel in Richmond that offers parking. I have found a Travel Inn in Brentford - is it easy to get to Richmond from there in the evenings? Is there somewhere in Richmond that would be suitable?

      Thanks for your help.

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      Cycle hire in Richmond?

      by arzauk Online Now Mar 12, 2007 at 10:18 AM

      Apparently you can hire bycicles in the car park near Richmond Park's Roehampton Gate (royalparks.gov.uk/parks/rich...
      It seems a long way off Richmond's train station - I'll be going by public transport from London.
      Does anyone know if you can hire cycles in Richmond itself (somewhere closer to the tube? (Can't find this info on the web)
      Many thanks!
      Gaby

      2 Answers Mar 14, 2007 at 8:21 AM
    • H20 Restaurant

      by topkat Online Now Jul 30, 2006 at 7:09 PM

      I am planning to travel from Vancouver to Gatwick on my husband, Alan's 50th Birthday (Thursday, August 31st, 2006). It is coincidental that I took him to lunch on Thursday, August 31, 1978 (to celebrate the first birthday we spent together!!!)at a restaurant in Richmond and then we walked along the Thames after our meal. (Can't remember the name of the restaurant now -- 28 years later!!!).

      Anyway, we emigrated to Canada on his 25th Birthday (1981) and we are due to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary on September 25th!!!

      This is a surprise trip for my husband -- he has little idea of anything I have planned for him.

      I am hoping that you will be able to make a special surprise for him.

      We are due to arrive at Gatwick Airport at 9:20am and will pick up a car at the airport about 11:00 am. Could you please give me directions on how to get to your restaurant by the most direct route from Gatwick. (We haven't been in that area for 25+ years!!!!)

      Do you have any specialties of the house? Could you please let me know at your earliest convenience.

      Thank you very much for your kind assistance.

      Catriona Kaufman

      1 Answer Jul 31, 2006 at 12:40 AM