TRANSPORT FOR LONDON 

Oyster Card: The cheapest, easiest and most straightforward way of travelling around London is an Oyster Card. This pre-pay travel card for all zones can be used on Buses, Tube, Tram, DLR, London Overground and some National Rail services. Its daily charge is capped at  £8.40 for Zones 1 & 2. 

Buy Oyster Cards at any underground tube station. Alternatively, buy a Visitors Oyster Card before you arrive, topped up with any amount of credit and ready to use as soon as you get here.

Some parts of London's transport system close for upgrade and improvements over the weekends. Before travelling please check the TFL website (or see Apps section below).

ESSENTIAL APPS FOR EXPLORING LONDON

TUBE MAP - Download the 'Tube Map' for instant access to a detailed map of the underground, route planner and accurate live status updates for all of the 12 lines. Can be accessed offline, too.

CITYMAPPER - LONDON: Another great app for navigating the capital. Using your current location CityMapper suggests journeys to your destinations by bus, bike, tube, train, ferry, cab, tram or good old walking. Brilliant! You can even fling Boris!

UBER - Get from A to B hassle free using this efficient cab service. Find out which drivers are closest and order them right away using the app. Enter your destination and it's works out an estimate fare. No need for cash, you can pay using your phone.

  LONDON ON A BUDGET! reaLondon recommends self-guided days out:

London Walking: Tube maps can deceive! Always look at a real map to work out how far away places actually are if you fancy waking. You'll find its is usually easier and cheaper to walk once in town. Walk as much as you can and you'll see the things everyone else misses - plus you'll save money!

Market: Columbia Road Flower Market (Hoxton) – every Sunday (8am – 2pm) – overflowing with beautiful flowers and foliage, galleries and lovely little shops. Closest buses 26, 48, 55 on the Hackney Road.

London Parks are London's lungs: Royal Hyde park is a central London haven for a peaceful stroll. But try Londoners' choice of Parks such as Battersea, Richmond, Victoria and our newest addition: the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. They are all maintained to be just as beautiful in winter as in summer.

London Museums: Of London's 500-plus museums many are free to enter. The V&A, The Natural History Museum, The National Gallery, The Museum of London, The Science Museum and the Tate Modern brighten the rainiest day. Make the most of them - Londoners do. 

London Homes Dennis Severs' House (Spitalfields) - restored to its early eighteenth century condition this is a wonderful time capsule of London's past. The whisper of distant voices is not far ahead - prices and times vary, check website. www.dennissevershouse.co.uk

London Views: The bar on the 31st floor of The Shard is free to enter. Save £20 on a ticket for the London Eye and get an even better view from London's newest landmark! Other places with breath-taking views of the capital include: the Sky Lounge at the Hilton in Tower Hill, Altitude at the Milbank Tower, Vertigo42 Champagne Bar at Vertigo Tower (Liverpool Street) to name only a few. All can be accessed for free - drinks, of course, cost. (see Skyline London book review below) 

London Churches: The major ones might ask an entry fee for sight seeing but the vast majority of London's churches are free to enter. All are for Sunday services. St Martin- in-the-Fields by Trafalgar Square holds lunch time concerts for free like so many smaller churces in the centre of the Capital. Since most churches in London date back a few hundred years, a visit opens up a pocket of local history  

Cut-Price London TheatreTickets: For cheap theatre tickets buy from the licensed ticket kiosk at Leicester Square on the day. Pick up a really good deal for a top London show at the last minute. Otherwise try websites like groupon or lastminute.com.

 Skyline London by Caroline Dale-

The book picks 47 of the best locations around the capital to sample views -all of which reveal fresh insights and fascinating charm. The sheer scope of a view can take your breath away and sometimes it’s just an angle that winkles out an all-absorbing hidden gem from a familiar location. The tallest buildings and highest hills do not always give the best views. This book opens a new chapter on where best to see London from. It could be from a slagheap, a car park, a café, an office, or a world famous monument. Take your pick or do them all!

London’s Lost Rivers, Paul Talling  for geekish London history 

London’s Docklands, Fiona Rule  for London industrial history 

 

 

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