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Old 12-30-2017, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia/South Jersey area
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thanks all, I've decided tp book the trip myself
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Old 12-31-2017, 07:46 AM
 
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First, realize that the royal wedding (Megan and Prince Harry) is scheduled for the 19th of May, which will probably make prices go up during this period.
That must be one enormous guest list if it's driving up prices in London.

There are places in the world and trips where a specialty travel agent would be useful. London isn't one of those places.

The thing that is different about London is the relative hotel quality. Unless you're shelling out huge money, hotels have tiny rooms, tinier bathrooms, and indifferent service. Breakfast is often 20+ for poorly prepared steam table buffet food. Set your expectations appropriately and enjoy the trip instead of spending the week upset that it's nothing like the Marriott/Sheraton at home with the 800 square foot room.
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Old 12-31-2017, 10:17 AM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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thanks all, I've decided tp book the trip myself
I hope you enjoy your trip!
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Old 12-31-2017, 01:15 PM
 
Location: North State (California)
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thanks all, I've decided tp book the trip myself

Great, now you need to make your own itinerary.
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Old 01-01-2018, 09:13 AM
 
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That must be one enormous guest list if it's driving up prices in London.

There are places in the world and trips where a specialty travel agent would be useful. London isn't one of those places.

The thing that is different about London is the relative hotel quality. Unless you're shelling out huge money, hotels have tiny rooms, tinier bathrooms, and indifferent service. Breakfast is often 20+ for poorly prepared steam table buffet food. Set your expectations appropriately and enjoy the trip instead of spending the week upset that it's nothing like the Marriott/Sheraton at home with the 800 square foot room.
Agree that hotels can be very different than in the US. We have rented a flat which cost about the same and provided more room.

OP, check out the Hampton Inn by the Waterloo train station. On our latest trip we booked months in advance and got a great price, big room and lovely bathroom. Just be sure to bring all your reservation info with you so your price is accepted. Breakfast is included and from Waterloo you can easily get to any place in London by walking or the tube (study the underground maps before you go for less confusion).

Have fun - we love London!
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Old 01-01-2018, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Harbor Springs, Michigan
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Make a list of sights you want to see, I usually give them a preference number. Not many attractions are whole day events so you can combine them easily.

Also remember to check out day trips, they offer good value and often will combine the likes of Stonehenge with Bath etc.

Don't be afraid to use the tube, there are loads of apps available that will show you routes, if you do decide to use the tube buy an Oyster card this will allow you to hop on and off much easier, no having to stop and buy tickets for each trip.

I have had good luck booking Premier Inn hotels, they are mid ranged and a double room usually has a king size bed. At the end of the day as long as the bed is comfortable and the shower is hot its all good. A lot is made of small hotel rooms but personally I don't go on vacation to spend my time in the room.

Make sure you have a credit or debit card with a chip. Not many places have the ability to swipe anymore so it really is a must. Most banks have arm's inside which are safer for cash withdrawals, while you can use your cc for most things its always nice to have some cash for incidentals.
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Old 01-01-2018, 12:49 PM
 
Location: North State (California)
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And let your bank know you are traveling so that they do not deny any purchases made away from the USA.
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Old 01-04-2018, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Just an aside note - we saved quite a bit of money by booking a hotel in Westminster rather than London proper. It was literally minutes away from the touristy hotels of London but we got a suite at the Doubletree in Westminster, overlooking the Thames river, for what a tiny room in London proper (which isn't even a big area) would cost.
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Old 01-04-2018, 03:36 PM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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Just an aside note - we saved quite a bit of money by booking a hotel in Westminster rather than London proper. It was literally minutes away from the touristy hotels of London but we got a suite at the Doubletree in Westminster, overlooking the Thames river, for what a tiny room in London proper (which isn't even a big area) would cost.
Also, there are a number of apartment rental services available online, which have apartment for a wide range rates.
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Old 01-04-2018, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia/South Jersey area
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lol, ok I picked up two travel books. Rick Steves london and lonely planet's "Discover London".

Side question,

What are some of the attractions that you guys loved?

I know of course we want to see Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abby.
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