Random Advice (as requested by sweetubofhoney)
Random Advice (as requested by sweetubofhoney) London Reviews
Sep 05, 2007
London can be a fascinating city, especially for one who has never been there before.
Places to see: How you conduct your trip ultimately depends on the time you have at your disposal. If you only have a few hours, the most advisable thing to do is to take a bus tour (such as those by the Big Bus Company). On the other hand, if you are staying in London for a few days, then you can take your time to walk around. The majority of sights are in Zone 1 (Central London), including Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye... but some of the outer zones deserve a visit too. For instance, Kew Gardens (zone 3) and Greenwich (zone 2/DLR) (both World Heritage Sites) must be visited!
What to do: Try to go to one of the many parks in London, especially on a sunny day (Hyde Park is very ample, and very enjoyable). London is particularly famous for its night life, so if you are into clubbing, this is the city to be. As I am not particularly fond of such activities, I cannot recommend any clubs but I am sure others can help you. A ride on the London Eye is a must for every new visitor, especially because it provides a unique view of the city [try to go on at dusk]. While you are at the Thames, take a walk along Waterloo Bridge; at night, the view is unbelievably romantic. And finally, try to organise one-day trips to Bath, Salisbury, Oxford and Cambridge if you have time. London is an expensive city, so try to distribute your money intelligently.
Staying safe: As with any major capital, crime is common in London. In fact, London is considered to be the most dangerous city in Europe (BBC, 2006). But there are ways to avoid any trouble. The common recommendations apply: avoid walking alone at night in a place you do not know well; avoid talking to strangers who look dodgy; do not give any indication that you are carrying items of wealth... Some of the places to avoid are Elephant and Castle, and Brixton (which are only popular because of their night clubs; otherwise you would not be there anyways!)
Accommodation: I cannot recommend any good hostels as I stay in student accommodation, but definitely try to find a place which is very central and with good access to public transport, as you will be needing it unless you like to walk!
I also suggest you see the following link: http://wikitravel.org/en/London
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