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Old 11-27-2013, 03:04 PM
 
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Trying to book my first trip to London and I want a reasonable travel in terms of cost. Any ideas on how to go about doing so?
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Old 11-27-2013, 05:10 PM
 
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Thanks MSKB and NCJOY! This is my first time posting here so I guess I should have provided more info. I am treating my niece for a travel to London as her high school grad gist. Since we have never been there, I was advised to go for a a group travel with a tour guide. However, I was also told that if I book our flight and hotel and just buy daily tour passes once we are there, then it is more economical. Not really sure how to proceed at this point. Travel date is fairly flexible for us.

I will go to the Travel forum and read posts there as well. Thanks!
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Old 11-27-2013, 11:20 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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If you plan on seeing a lot of paid attractions you could get the London Pass, but so many attractions in London are free you can still not pay a dime on entrance fees and have a great time. Depends on your interests. Personally I have no interest in Madamme Tussaud's, but you might. Tower of London is a must see though IMO at least.
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Old 11-28-2013, 07:51 AM
 
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How long will you be in London? When will you be going?

Accommodation in London is very expensive, among the most expensive in Europe and what you get for what you pay generally isn't impressive. What's your budget for accommodation? Many London universities, notably LSE and UCL, rent out their dorms during the holiday breaks. If you don't mind staying in basic dorm rooms these are excellent deals and often in good central locations. The rooms are clean and functional and you will be provided with linens and towels.

Here's a link to LSE's accommodations:

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Transportation in London is costly as the underground fares are quite high and can easily add up. Getting around this is the Oyster Card, which is a top up as you go card offering discounted rates and a maximum daily charge. The cards can also be used on buses, which are cheaper but more difficult for tourists to navigate if you don't know the city. You can buy the cards at any newsagent or even at the airport, put 20 pounds on it and you're set.

Many sights in central London are relatively close to one another so you can also easily walk around.

Dining out can also be quite expensive in London but there are scores of inexpensive sandwich places everywhere. Look for Pret a Manger or EAT, which are seemingly on every corner. You can get a very tasty sandwich, a bag of chips and a drink for five pounds or less (and a bit more if you want to eat indoors). The quality is pretty good and makes these places great options for lunches while sightseeing.
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Old 11-28-2013, 07:54 AM
 
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Many museums in London are free such as the British Museum, the Museum of London (Museum of London), etc.
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Old 11-28-2013, 08:07 AM
 
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Trying to book my first trip to London and I want a reasonable travel in terms of cost. Any ideas on how to go about doing so?
Go to www.europeandestinations.com

They allow you to book a trip to anywhere in Europe and their prices are some of the best that I have seen. The nice thing about this website is that you can customize your trip. You pick exactly how many days you want to spend in London or any other city.

I have booked trips through this site and they are bare bones trips (flight, hotel room, sometimes transfer from airport to hotel). However, it is a good value.
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Old 11-28-2013, 09:16 AM
 
Location: USA
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Booking through a travel agency will provide economical prices. The last time I went to Europe, I flew Icelandic out of Chicago and was very pleased. A travel agency set it up.
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Old 11-29-2013, 06:38 AM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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Go to www.europeandestinations.com

They allow you to book a trip to anywhere in Europe and their prices are some of the best that I have seen. The nice thing about this website is that you can customize your trip. You pick exactly how many days you want to spend in London or any other city.

I have booked trips through this site and they are bare bones trips (flight, hotel room, sometimes transfer from airport to hotel). However, it is a good value.
I have used this site as well for a recent trip to Belgium and the Netherland and can recommend it as well. One nice thing about the site is the number of choices they give you as far as hotels and airfare. However, there London is a very popular destination and there are a lot of other websites that you can check out.

I have been to London several times and love the city. However, it can be expensive. I generally look for lower cost hotels that are located near convenient tube (subway) stops. The tube is a good way to get around London, once you master the schedule. If you use it, you will quickly understand why I titled this post "MIND THE GAP".

It is a very easy city to see on your own, with a little bit of work.

You can easily pick up a couple of tickets for the one of the double decker bus tours that run around London. These can be a lot of fun. The "hop on, hop off" options are very nice, as you can use them as your personal taxis around London. If you look around, you may be able to find one that also offers a free river cruise on the Thames as part of the ticket price.

A website I have found to be very useful while in London is London Walks "first and best of the walking tour firms" Fodors. I have taken several of their walks and have recommended this site to several people. Their classic walk is the "Jack the Ripper Walk", although I personally liked many of the other walks a lot more.

You can also easily find "day trips" out of London, to places like Warrick, Leeds, and Winchester. A day trip to see Stonehenge is another nice option if you like that sort of thing.

You can direct message me if you would like any more specific information about London travel.
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Old 11-30-2013, 02:46 AM
 
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Um, I'd skip Leeds for a day trip.

Stonehenge gets its new visitor centre in December, and the set up should be a vast improvement on the old one.

Windsor Castle is probably a better bet than Warwick.
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Old 12-01-2013, 05:10 PM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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Um, I'd skip Leeds for a day trip.

Stonehenge gets its new visitor centre in December, and the set up should be a vast improvement on the old one.

Windsor Castle is probably a better bet than Warwick.
Hmmm..... I personally liked Warrick better than Windsor. At Windsor there is too much that they will not let you see, such as the round Norman tower. Also, the day trip I took to Leeds Castle included stops at Dover and Canterberry. I thought the trip was excellent and really liked Leeds. I do agree that Stonehenge would be a great choice, depending on ones interests.

One note that I forgot to mention. London is further north than a lot of Americans realize and tends to get dark fairly early during the winter months. One should consider that if looking to book an "off season" trip. However, March - October works pretty well.
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