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stanmar2004 stanmar2…
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London - The Voucher Code City Mar 03, 2011
So you want to see the London attractions and eat out but pay so much less?

Thought so. In which case, you ned to do some prep.

Before arriving:

1) Use an internet search engine to find "London Vouchers" or use a site directly like http://www.vouchercodes.co.uk, which is safe and very popular. Lots of choices for cheaper eating and sightseeing deals here.

Have a good look and chose any you think may be useful and click on the link. Complete your details, download and print off the voucher (this may be emailed to you). These offers change regularly so are only valid until a certain date so make sure you arrive with valid options!

2a) Pre order an "Oyster Card" if you are going to be based in London and think you will be using the local buses and underground. Its about 50% of the single fare full price but you do need to preload the card.

2b) If based outside the City and staying for a while or expecting to travel around England a fair bit, consider one of the train railcard options available (all versions explained her: http://www.railcard.co.uk/)

2c) Use public transport after 9.30am and it is generally cheaper.

2d) Book longer train journeys within UK as early as possible to secure a good price. These are usually non refundable if cancelled so make sure your plans are well set.

2e) Also check flight prices between two locations (eg London to Edinburgh) as may find a cheaper and faster alternative is to fly. Although the trains are ...... finally ....... getting quicker!!!

3) Look at the leaflets available in the major train stations that offer "2 for 1" or "children go free" options with any valid train ticket.

If people find this useful let me know and I'll start adding othr money saving tips for London and other areas of the UK.
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anikerr anikerr
3 reviews
General Tips for London Jul 11, 2011
Transport:

-If you are staying a week or more, get an Oyster Card for the tube and bus. It's easier to use and you will save money. You can buy them and top them up at most off-license shops, which will save time waiting in queues for tickets.

-Use the Transport for London website (wwww.tfl.gov.uk) to get directions from point A to point B. You can map out your day as efficiently as possible.

-Walk. Some tube stations are ridiculously close together. Sometimes it saves time, money, and hassle to just leg it.

-The tube can get hot in the summer: bring water.

Food:

-If you are staying for a while and want to save money on food, buy it from the supermarket. The bigger ones are always cheaper than the smaller Express/Metro ones.

-Try an authentic Indian restaurant. :)

- Vegetarians: most food establishments will have at least ONE main dish that is veggie. However, there are also lots of great restaurants and stalls that specialise in it.

What to Wear:

-Layers. The weather can be unpredictable in any season. Bring an umbrella!

Shopping:

-For cheap-ish: markets on the weekend, or Camden all week.

-Oxford Street, If you can brave the crowds, has all the main shops.
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rachelashley rachelas…
2 reviews
Just back From london! Mar 07, 2011
Hey im not long back from london and thought i would write a review for anyone considering going. I thought that the underground system ect was very confusing after hearing this from people and thought i would get lost.

Not at all. once you found where you were going ect the underground was easy to workout. I never got lost once round. People also put me off saying about getting pip pocketed ect, i just thought that it was like anywhere else, just becareful with your stuff ect, just common sense really nothing dramatic
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smoores smoores
2 reviews
Dont Forget the Overground Mar 03, 2011
Everyone goes by the tube map when they visit London. Righly so.

The Tube map is an easy way to navigate a complex city.

But south of the river there is so much to see but no tube.

Effectively the "tube" becomes the overground trains in the South.

Head to the following to start your journey south: Victoria, Waterloo, London Bridge.

Oyster cards accepted.

Notable areas south: East Dulwich (Lordship Lane), Brixton (music scene), Greenwhich Park (south-east)
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LindsayG LindsayG
3 reviews
Jul 31, 2006
Although to take the bus tour and do all the sights is expensive its so worth it! London is beautiful and although its big you can travel a lot by foot. As long as you stop on the way and see things it doesnt feel like youre walking so much.The bus tour, The Big Bus Tour, took us around to exactly where we wanted to go and they gave a live tour along the way with lots of interesting facts. I went with 4 other people and we had a blast doing all these things. I suggest you hit all of these things. Especially Buckinham Palace, as you cannot normally see the state rooms as we did. The Queen is on Holiday for the next few weeks so they open the palace to visitors. The London Eye is nice to do once and then never again (as I was scared!) Go to London!
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