London Transportation Tips by Durfun
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Cycle stand outside Whitechapel tube station
Our mayor, Boris Johnson, came up with this idea as an initiative to reduce pollution, combat traffic congestion, and as a way of getting the people in the capital fitter!
Many other cities like Copenhagen have this sort of arrangement, so it was bound to catch on at some stage I suppose..
Not all stations have this facility, but the ones that do have a decent number of bikes locked neatly to a cycle stand. There is a payment terminal stating the costs, locations of surrounding drop-offs (other stations with the same facility).
As an example, the first 30 minutes are free, upto 60 minutes costs 1 GBP, etc. But you must have arranged access to the bikes in the first place by paying an access fee.
Please don't think of eloping with the bikes, as the non-return fee is 300 GBP, a lot more than these Barclays-sponsored bikes are worth!!
Access fees: 24hr/7d/annual = 1/5/45 GBP
Usage charges: <60 mins = 1 GBP, <90m = 4, <120m = 6, <150m = 10, <180m = 15, <360m = 35, upto 24hrs (max single usage period) = 50 GBP !
Late return charge = 150 GBP
Non-return = 300 GBP
Damage = 300 (max)
Take the Piccadilly line and change onto District line at Hammersmith station. It is a same platform interchange. Failing that, do the same at Baron's Court (also same platfrom switchover, but less crowded than Hammersmith!). Do NOT change at Earls Court... it's very busy, plus awkward changeover.
At the very latest, get off at South Kensington, then change onto an eastbound District or Circle line tube to Victoria (2 stops).
Green Park station will not be involved on D/C lines!
If, however you don't get off at Sth Kens, then Green Park is the 3rd stop from there, & then you change onto Victoria line & go 1 stop southbound to Victoria!!
Refer to www.tfl.gov.uk for the map, & routing ideas.
It's good to know internal layouts of certain tube stations, as some are really awkward to change from one line to the other, eg lots of walking, climbing (without escalator), or several escalators at some, etc. thus adding to journey time!! Unfortunately, this knowledge only comes with time & familiarity!!
However, the tfl site can give you some idea based on the transfer time it indicates. For example, at Finchley Road, if one gets off the Jubilee line, the Metro line is the parallel platform, so one just hops off one tube & onto the next!
But the change for Piccy & Victoria line at Green Park is a nightmare!!
A Bank holiday would affect transport frequencies for sure, so factor that in.
In Southwark, defo visit Monument, Borough Market and Tate Modern. St Pauls (north of Tate Modern) is an architectural masterpiece, and many famous citizens are interred there. The Whispering gallery is fun, but I found the views from the top are NOT that great, obstructed by all the odd buildings around it. Only the river view south is decent. You get better views from Tate Modern's restaurant :) Or Oxo tower restaurant :)
Tower Bridge exhibition is cool, insightful, gets into the mechanics, etc. Views from the enclosed top walkway are brilliant :) Also, check their timetable to view it opening to let tall boats come through, you'll be in the neighbourhood, after all!
You can easily walk along the south bank, from Tower bridge upto Westminster bridge (max 25 minute walk), past the Eye. Again, the Eye is only good for views of the Houses of Parliament, not much else!
Walk around Parliament Square, the Abbey, up Whitehall (past Downing St) and upto Trafalgar Square. Walk time = 15 minutes.
From Trafalgar Square turn right towards Strand & Covent Garden for restaurants & theatres galore :) If you turn left you end up in Piccadilly & Leicester Square - shopping, clubs, restaurants & cinemas.
As another walking trip (recommended when transport is bad), from Parliament Square walk up Victoria St to Victoria & round the right toward Buckingham Palace. 20 minute walk. BTW, you reach Buckingham even from Trafalgar Sqaure (via Admiralty Arch), straight along The Mall - grand frontal approach! That's a 10 minute walk. Include a stroll through St James' Park on the left, off the Palace. On the right is Green Park, and behind that is Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens. These 2 parks are best explored from South Kensington tube after a visit to V&A, Science Museum, etc.
Top right of Hyde Park is Marble Arch, and right (east) of that is Oxford Street (shopping). North of Bond Street is Baker St (Madame Tussuads - definitely a no, no in my opinion). However, Regents Park is most beautiful, worth a visit.
A canal tour (www.jasons.co.uk, as mentioned earlier) is an excellent idea, taking you from Warwick Gardens (Little Venice), past Regents Canal, to Camden Lock (market). A great ride. We can meet up at Warwick Gardens for this, if interested!
North west of Hyde Park is Notting Hill & the famous Portobello Market. Worth a peep for sure :)
Greenwich would make a fine day out, go further to Woolwich arsenal to see the Barrier museum. National Maritime museum is brilliant, as is the Observatory, park, Queens House. Need a dry day for all this!
British Museum is near Holborn (or Tottenham Court Road tubes), Holborn being just north of Covent Garden. There's another cool museum on the left just before Holborn tube on Lincolns Inn Fields - Sir John Soanes museum. Most delightful, free entry, but get there early. The Brit Museum is massive, check the website to tackle your main areas of interest first!
Hampton Court is a good trip, as is Kew Gardens in the neighbourhood.
Windsor Castle (including return transport) is at least a half day trip, so Bath would have to be another trip, though a sound choice :) Start early in the morning for each!!
All the above is easily achievable in 6 days.
Walking around some of the sights will be a highlight of your trip, try that.
To summarise: I'd skip Tussuads, the Eye, double-decker tour. I've done many hop-on-hop-offs, & found they're great if pressed for time, to get a quick synopsis. But if you have plenty of time, and will be strategically located (eg around Southwark), a lot of the sights can be integrated on the back of many walks; eg get the tube to Holborn, do Brit Muse, Soane's then walk along Kingsway to Covent Garden for theatre (10 mins), walk south to Trafalgar (8 mins), etc :) Another day walk all the way upto Big Ben, Victoria, etc. Easy-peasy :)
Of course if walking is an issue, get a travelcard for days you intend to travel a lot; or oyster card for short bursts (for instance a single bus trip, of any length costs 2 UKP on-the-spot versus 1.20 UKP via oyster).
Enjoy my city ;)
Hi, It is a fun walk, taking in many sights.
You could do it either way around, though, for some night pics, you should also go at night.
Tower bridge is better seen from London bridge, ie further east. Great for night shots of the bridge & the Tower.
Millenium bridge frames St Pauls Cathedral very well, as it does Tate Modern on the south bank. Once walking from the southbank towards Westminster, you'll pass Waterloo & the London Eye, County Hall, and finally you'll see on the opposite banks the Houses of Parliament. Now this also lends itself well to night shots.
Walking time (leisurely) from Millenium bridge to W/mister is about 20 minutes. I'd suggest starting from Tower bridge to W/minster. This takes roughly 30 minutes.
Enjoy the river views, the breeze, the sights.
You could even opt for a RIB ride from Millenium pier; it circuits from Lambeth Palace to the Thames barriers (passing Canary Wharf, Greenwich). Superb fun, and a different perspective from water-level, and going under the famous bridges :)
Which tube line is closed?
Check out www.tfl.gov.uk for transport routes and to plan your journeys.
You can (un)tick the mode of transport you're keen on from bus, tube, overground train, ferry boats, etc.
The website can also work out the fastest commute time using a combination of various modes of transport.
A map is shown tracing the journey route; if you're keen on bus (to get some feel of life in London, and when not in a hurry!) select just the bus option. The website even gives you the stop name and code (eg W, or G, etc) so you will know exactly where to alight/board.
*** on the homepage, at the bottom right you'll see a summary of service updates - showing which tube lines (if any) are part-suspended, facing delays, or closed. This is invaluable in helping you make alternative transport plans.
Very useful and straight-forward.
Enjoy moving around in my city :)
Island Gardens DLR station
A fun way to arrive at Greenwich from the north bank of the Thames is walking down the subway (foot-tunnel) connecting Island Gardens to Greenwich.
The entrance shafts at both ends lie beneath glazed domes, elevators (installed in 1904, upgraded in 1992) and spiral staircases allowing pedestrians to reach the sloping, tile-lined tunnel at the bottom. The cast-iron tunnel itself is 370.2 m (1,217 ft) long and 15.2 m (50 ft) deep and has an internal diameter of about 9 feet (2.7 m). Its cast-iron rings are lined with concrete which has been surfaced with some 200,000 white glazed tiles.
The northern end was damaged by bombs during World War II and the repairs included a thick steel and concrete inner lining that reduces the diameter substantially for a short distance (photo 4)
Classed as a public highway, by law it is kept open 24 hours a day. However, the attendant-operated lift service is only open from 7am to 7pm on weekdays and Saturdays, 10am-5.30pm on Sundays, with no service on Christmas Day or Boxing Day.
Sir Alexander Binnie was the civil engineer who designed it. Opened on 4 August 1902, it replaced an expensive and sometimes unreliable ferry service, and was intended to allow workers living on the south side of the Thames to reach their workplaces in the London docks and shipyards then situated in or near the Isle of Dogs.
Binnie's design feats included the first Blackwall Tunnel (1897) and Greenwich foot tunnel (1902) (both in Greenwich, London) and, further upstream, Vauxhall Bridge (1906).
* Alternative: you can always do this journey via the DLR connecting both stops as well!
As for arriving at Island Gardens, if you want to skip the DLR, you can take a bus (15) from Cannon Street (passing Tower of London) to All Saints, and then another bus (D7) to here! Sightseeing from above!
Take off from here..
One must try an adrenaline rush ride on a rigid inflatable boat on the Thames. See the major sights from another fun perspective :)
Make no mistake - the river is quite wide, and meanders a lot in London itself, so a ride from Waterloo (London Eye) to the Thames barriers is quite a distance!
Float past the landmarks like Houses of Parliament, Savoy Hotel, the South Bank, and all the bridges, including London & Tower Bridge (the one that opens up), pass by Tower of London, then Greenwich & the O2 Dome; next brace yourself for a fast ride out through the Thames Barriers!!
This is the only company taking you through these flood barriers, so it's a unique experience.
You get protective jackets, and photos taken too! Safety features are second to none, and the boats are very powerful!
Board at: The London Eye Millennium Pier, London, SE1 7PB; sails every hour, including weekends! Great in ANY weather!
Prices from 22ukp per adult for 90 minutes of serious FUN.
Other Contact: London RIB Voyages
Phone: 020 7928 2350
Marylebone Road, outside Baker Street tube station
Despite being born in this City, it was not until 2006 that I first used a night bus! Full credit goes to VT member 'film'.
We met up with a bunch of foreign VTers (plus local), and then hung out till very late! If you don't want to be extravagant & use a taxi, your travelcard can cover you for the nightbuses!
Most have the letter 'N' in front of their number and opearate after 0100 hours.
It's important that you read the signs on the bus-stops, with a guide to the route (and areas/stops) covered, and the bus timings.
Then, all you have to do is wait ;)
Not ideal for delicate damsels, but otherwise it's fine, especially if you are with someone else. Quite safe, and fun!
Why fun??? It's a London tour at night: much faster than daytime (due to lack of traffic) & so you zoom past the sights, all lit up!
Phone: 0207 222 1234
You can catch trains out to other parts of London from certain mainline stations, eg
2. Kings Cross, St Pancras
5. Liverpool Street
And some of these stations also have links to other parts of the U.K.
Ideal & convenient way to travel around London.
Just decide which parts of London you want to go to, buy the card for the appropriate/relevant zones, and off you go.
All/most tube stations have guides to give out, mapping the entire network, to aid your route-planning !
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