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Ziana Mar 13th, 2006 07:57 AM

London layover
 
My friend on her way to an Israel will have morning to late evening layover in London.
She is si thrilled about it and asks how to get excursion in London and all you can recommend. Thanks

Ziana Mar 13th, 2006 07:58 AM

I forgot to mention month June and that she never been to London before.

alanRow Mar 13th, 2006 08:23 AM

For tourism in London see www.visitlondon.com

For transport in London see www.tfl.gov.uk

For ideas on what to do with a few hours in London do a search of this forum as it's frequently asked

dancingpcg Mar 13th, 2006 08:31 AM

If she is flying into Heathrow, she can take the Heathrow Express train into central London, which only takes 15 minutes. If she is going into Gatwick that takes a lot longer. Would recommend a guided open top bus tour, see www.city-sightseeing.com.

Whatever she does I hope she enjoys it.

Robespierre Mar 13th, 2006 08:53 AM

If your friend doesn't need her sightseeing spoon-fed, I recommend she buy a one-day Underground/bus Travelcard at Heathrow for £6.30 and use it for getting around.

She can ride to Hyde Park Corner on the Tube (about 40 minutes) and then walk past Buckingham Palace to Victoria and start exploring by bus. Here are two maps she can use to jumpstart her planning:

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/pdfdocs/tourist.pdf

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/buses/pdfdocs/centlond.pdf

Ziana Mar 17th, 2006 04:19 AM

All passed to my friend and sends you all her thanks.

Intrepid1 Mar 17th, 2006 04:22 AM

tell her that if she IS flying into Gatwick that "a lot longer" to get into London is a whopping 15 minutes more!

janisj Mar 17th, 2006 06:12 AM

And even tho' it does take 15 minutes longer from LGW - when you get there you are at Victoria station - which is much closer to most of the sites. It is walking distance to Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the river etc.

The Heathrow Express DOES get you to town in 15 minutes - but it drops you at Paddington station which is farther from things she'd want to see.

So actual transit time ends up about the same - or maybe even a bit faster from Gatwick.


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