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Overflowing with brilliant color photography, this is the only illustrated guide that provides the practical information that you need while traveling—complete restaurant and hotel reviews with exact prices for lodging and dining (not ranges), plus time-saving tips and how to avoid crowds, ...
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Overflowing with brilliant color photography, this is the only illustrated guide that provides the practical information that you need while traveling—complete restaurant and hotel reviews with exact prices for lodging and dining (not ranges), plus time-saving tips and how to avoid crowds, exact admission prices to key sights, great photo stops, and special notes on “kid-friendly” attractions throughout.
Our detailed reviews represent the best accommodations in London, in all price ranges. From five-star luxury hotels to low-budget pubs (if you can stand a little late night noise), we’ll tell you what to expect in terms of price and quality through extensive coverage of hotels and their surrounding neighborhoods, exact prices of double-occupancy rooms (including breakfast), plus pictures of hotel facilities and guestrooms.
If you want to experience the best that Britain has to offer, pay particular attention to our outstanding restaurant coverage that will help you choose from the 5,000 local eateries that cater to every budget and dining experience. From affordable, fish and chips at local pubs to places where you can splurge on a romantic, candlelit dinner—you’ll find it in see it London. Each review covers house signature dishes, ambiance, actual prices for a two-course lunch and a three-course dinner (for two people), hours of operation, and what transportation will get you there.
Whether you want to immerse yourself in art at a museum, see the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, tour the city from the top deck of a double-decker bus, or go clubbing at Fabric in London, see it London will take you there. Accessibly written to help you navigate throughout the country without missing a thing, each attraction includes exact admission prices, what galleries and museums not to miss, and where to stop for quick bites and refreshing drinks along the way. Sights are also rated for their “value”, “walkability”, “historic and cultural interest”, plus we suggest fantastic “photo stops” and entertaining and age-appropriate “kid-friendly” attractions throughout the book.
What to Do?
Our shopping walks will lead you to cutting-edge fashions to fit all budgets, from hip streetwear to expensive fashions for your feet. But, Britain has much more to offer than just sight-seeing and shopping. Fodor’s see it London provides insider information on classical, theatrical, and cinematic performances, London’s music scene (live jazz to underground youth centres), nightlife, spectator and activity sports, and festivals and events.
Atlas and Maps
Detailed neighborhood maps are incorporated throughout the book to help you navigate on historic walks, shopping tours, or to find a restaurant. Plus, a 16-page atlas details each road and path with highlights of important landmarks, parks, metro stations, and car parking areas.
Fodor’s see it™
A brand-new series that shows you before you go, guides you while you’re there, and makes the perfect keepsake on your return.
Some people claim they know London. They cannot possibly. The joy of this city is that it can never be known. You could live here for 20 years or more and still be a beginner, familiar with some parts, baffled by others.
The stimulus of London is that there is always somewhere left to explore, something new to learn, some dynamic change afoot. Just when you think you have got to grips with it, the great city surprises and confronts you, turning all assumptions upside-down. A new building will change a view, such as the one across the river from Greenwich after the arrival of the shining shaft of Canary Wharf Tower. Familiar pictures will disappear, at the annual rehang in the Tate Gallery for example, and a feast of new canvases will come into view. Whole areas will change their mood, as Soho has done since the mid-1980s, its friendly seediness transformed into squeaky clean trendiness.
London is a fast city. It buzzes by day and night. Londoners tend to be busy, in a rush, independent. What for them is the enjoyable anonymity of a city can be tough for visitors to deal with, particularly since the climate does not encourage a cafe society for much of the year. But take a deep breath and join in London life at London's pace, and you will find that they are much more friendly than expected.
London is also an expensive city. But Londoners know how to get the most out of it--from the parks, the churches with free music, the great free national museums, and traditional events with their parades and colors, to Travelcards, plenty of cheap theater deals, and much, much more. London on a budget need not restrict you.
London is in anadministrative muddle. For a city that was once the powerful capital of an efficiently run empire stretching round the world, London today is in an astounding mess. It has no central city administration, no properly co-ordinated public transportation, and too many cars. And yet London has its own order. This city is rare in being truly cosmopolitan and the political, economic, and cultural capital of the country. Its citizens share the rhythm of the seasons in the great parks. They share in the annual round of tradition and culture. I still walk in St. James's Park at daffodil time, line up for cheap concert tickets at the Proms, and join Italians at their July festival in Clerkenwell.
London has it all, whatever you want. Simply take London and make of it what you wish.