Fodor's UPCLOSE London '99

Fodor's UPCLOSE London '99

by Fodor's Travel Publications, Robert I. Fisher (Other)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679033998
Publisher: Fodor's Travel Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 01/27/1998
Series: Fodor's upCLOSE Series
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.55(d)

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Shop for a picnic at the Queen's grocers. Commune with Chaucer at Westminster Abbey. Stay at a bargain B&B (and get mothered with a full English breakfast). Take a Beatles' Magical Mystery Walking Tour. Catch a sunset on Waterloo Bridge. Raise a pint at Dickens's favorite pub. Memorize the symphony of the city streets. In other words, if you want to experience the heart and soul of London, whatever you do, don't spend too much money.

The deep and rich experience of London that every true traveler yearns for is one of the things in life that money can't buy. In fact, if you have it, don't use it. Traveling lavishly is the surest way to turn yourself into a sideline traveler. Restaurants with white-glove service are great — sometimes — but they're usually not the best place to find the perfect ploughman's pie. Doormen at plush hotels have their place, but not when your look-alike room could be anywhere from Düsseldorf to Detroit. Better to stay in a more intimate place that truly gives you the atmosphere you traveled so far to experience. Don't just stand and watch — jump into the spirit of what's around you.

If you want to see London up close and savor the essence of the city and its people in all their charming glory, this book is for you. We'll show you the local culture, the offbeat sights, the bars and cafés where tourists rarely tread, and the B&Bs and other hostelries where you'll meet fellow travelers — places where the locals would send their friends. And because you'll probably want to see the famous places if you haven't already been there, we give you tips on losing the crowds, plus the quirky and obscure facts you want as well as the basics everyone needs.

Our Gang

Who are we? We're artists and poets, slackers and straight arrows, and travel writers and journalists, who in our less hedonistic moments report on local news and spin out an occasional opinion piece. What we share is a certain footloose spirit and a passion for Olde London Towne, which we celebrate in this guidebook. Shamelessly, we've revealed all of our favorite places and our deepest, darkest travel secrets, all so that you can learn from our past mistakes and experience the best part of London to the fullest. If you can't take your best friend on the road, or if your best friend is hopeless with directions, stick with us.

Table of Contents

Contents
Traveling upCLOSE

Our Gang

A Send-Off

Introduction

Map of Central London

Basics

Air Travel, Airports & Transfers, Bus Travel, Business Hours, Car Rental, The Channel Tunnel, Consumer Protection, Customs & Duties, Disabilities & Accessibility, Discounts & Deals, Electricity, Embassies & Emergencies, Ferry Travel, Gay & Lesbian Travel, Holidays, Insurance, Laundry, Mail, Media, London Postal Districts, Money, Packing for London, Passports & Visas, Safety, Students, Studying in London, Taxes, Taxis, Telephones, Tour Operators, Train Travel, Travel Agencies, Underground Travel: All About the Tube, Visitor Information, When to Go, Working in London.

Exploring London

Map of Central London Exploring

Major Attractions

Map of St. Paul's Cathedral

Map of the Tower of London

Map of Westminster Abbey

London Neighborhoods

West London

Map of Chelsea and Belgravia

Map of Kensington and Knightsbridge

Map of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens

Map of Mayfair and St. James's

Central London

Map of Whitehall and Westminster

Map of Soho and Covent Garden

Map of Bloomsbury and Legal London

Map of The City

East London

Map of the East End

South of the Thames

Map of the South Bank

North London

Map of Regent's Park and Hampstead

Near London

Museums and Galleries

Where to Sleep

Hotels and B&Bs

Map of London Lodging

Hostels

Student Housing

Camping

Food

Restaurants

Cafes, Pastisseries, and Teas

Markets and Specialty Stores

Reference Listings

Pubs

After Dark

Theater

Classical Music, Opera, and Dance

Dance Clubs

Live Music

Film

Shopping

Department Stores

Specialty Stores

Street Markets

Outdoor Activities

Spectator Sports

Participant Sports

Trips from London

Oxford

Map of Oxford

Stratford-upon-Avon

Map of Stratford-upon-Avon

Bath

Map of Bath

Cambridge

Map of Cambridge

Index

Customer Reviews

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