Last revised: June 20, 2006
| Our 3rd day in London
began with a stop at one of 167
coffeehouses. While we were gone, the value of the dollar reached
a 1-year low against the Pound and the Euro. London is expensive
so we found the best hotel rate in our guidebooks. Actually a bed
and breakfast hotel for only £65. a night, including breakfast of a
cup of coffee, juice, white toast, and Corn Flakes. Mmmmmm! ??
We probably wouldn't stay
there again, but it was clean and OK, since we
spent very little time there anyway. And, by the way, plan on super-small
bathrooms. Ours was about the size of one you'd find on a cruise ship or
in a small motor home. Next time, we'll find a place closer to the Theater
District, so we can walk back after a late show.
We met some nice people from
Canada and had breakfast
with them on mornings that we did not go to a restaurant.
London's Underground, The 'Tube'
our 7-day 'Visitor's Travelcards' OnLine before we left the USA.
A great, convenient, inexpensive way to see all of Central London. We could
ride any of the Tube lines and any busses as often as we wanted for a week.
magnetic strip on the back of the card is read as you pass through automated
entry and exit gates. You feed your ticket into the slot, the ticket disappears and
pops up again, the gate opens, you remove the ticket, and you go through the gate.
You go through the same process to get out, and your Travelcard is returned for
your next trip.
the above for someone not familiar with this form of public transportation.
It is very similar to the Metro in Washington D.C. and the BART in San Francisco.
are clean and fast, but can get very crowded during rush
hours - as in any Metropolitan area, so plan your trips accordingly..
trains intersect at various stations, they are on different levels so long
often are required to transfer to another line. Some stations have subways/tunnels instead.
Our last Tube stop of the day, back at Victoria Station 4 blocks from our hotel.
This was one of our favorite
pocket guides of London.
We used the Tube Maps to plan our
" We had the best of weather!"
Londoners enjoying the sun and nice parks.
Sunning at Hyde Park, near 'Speakers Corner'
"I need a latte` or a Frappacino NOW!"
Our Pre-Trip Planning
on the Internet found
167 Starbucks in
London. We marked
(Sometimes we saw a Starbucks within 2 blocks of each other.)
"Starbucks -- with the Queen!" -- (Not really!)
were a great way to see London above ground, also free
Great views from the top of the bus, where we always rode.
Excellent public transportation. (America could learn from the Brits.)
We were in London a couple
of weeks before the world's most famous
horticultural show, The Chelsea Flower Show at Chelsea Royal Hospital,
so all of the flowers in many parks were in full bloom and beautiful!
the Green Park Map.
(We had wonderful weather and saw
many people enjoying the sunshine and flowers of several parks.)
Last revised: June 20, 2006
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