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leaving in a few days-last minutes questions

May 7th, 2000, 05:33 PM
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leaving in a few days-last minutes questions

Thanks to everyone for all the advice over the past months. My questions are: 1) what is the weather like in London this week, 2) how long are the days in London this time of year & 3) where better to exchange my American dollars into Bristish pounds- JFK or Heathrow? Thanks again. I'll post when I get back if anyone is interested. Dru
May 7th, 2000, 06:11 PM
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Try www.weather.com
May 7th, 2000, 06:56 PM
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Hi Dru,
We have been back a week now and as for weather who knows .. it changed every hour or so it seemed while we were there, I believe today was 72F tho. The days are long - it was still pretty much daylight at 8:00 p.m. (well maybe coming up on twilight) which makes it real nice if you are out on a long day of sightseeing/whatever. It was light and bright pretty early in the a.m. too, like 6 a.m. We always take some British pounds that we get from our bank (Wells Fargo) so we would have a few on us when we arrived, but other than that we just used the ATM's - the rate must have been OK as my husband didn't go into shock over it Seriously, only take a little for whatever you need right away (cab, etc.) otherwise use the ATM's. Enjoy the trip, we have to wait another year to go back again!
May 7th, 2000, 07:41 PM
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Try to use ATM cards and/or credit cards as much as possible. I have found the costs to exchange U.S. currency traveler's checks VERY high. For example, I was charged 2.5 pounds to exchange a $50 traveler's check—which amounts to a 10% charge. ATM machines are the way to go; then you are just dealing with our bank's charge.
May 8th, 2000, 06:58 AM
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If you wish to take traveler's checks, the bank in the basement at Harrods is the cheapest place I found to cash them.
May 8th, 2000, 08:04 AM
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Just back myself. If you don't like the weather just wait a few minutes. It may get better, it may get worse.Layer your clothing with some type of rain gear. Money, definately wait. ATM's are in the luggage claim area & give you the best exchange rate. I got caught short & needed cash for a cab fare. The hotel gave me 52.65 pounds for a $100 bill. The cash was not enough so I charged the cab fare. The cab company charged 10%.It's a zoo playing international financier but that is all part of the cultural experience. We did & I'm sure you'll have fun too!
May 8th, 2000, 01:47 PM
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ATM's are great, but a few traveler's checks are kind of a nice security blanket. Use American Express (excess?) and you can cash in any amount at NO CHARGE at A.E. outlets and they are (seemingly) everywhere. Never had a problem with them after 5 trips.
May 9th, 2000, 04:58 AM
Mike in London
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The sun is shining as I write and about 74. However, London weather is changeable. Before you go look at www.bbc.co.uk/weather. It gives a 5 day forecast.


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