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Take To The Boats

AdvantagesUnhurried, see more from a different viewpoint

DisadvantagesTakes an hour or so. Costs more than land travel

"...and choose my means of getting there, and this is where boats come in. The obvious thing to do, now that I’m a “twirly”*, is to wait till 9.30 am and buy a Travelcard, affording use of all Underground, service buses and national rail services within the zones that I have paid for. * “Twirly” – as in “Am I twirly to buy a travel card?” Geddit? Note: a Travel card does not apply to “prestige” ..." Read review
31.08.2001

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Community Level 3Katerina

Katerina

Making London slightly simplier

AdvantagesGood if you are patient, improving, good deals

DisadvantagesDelays, poor infrastructure.

"...going to just talk about getting around London through public transport, so if any member is going to come down and visit, I hope you find the following advice helpful. >>So what public transport is there?>> Buses, trains, underground, and taxis are the main forms you are likely to encounter. The buses, well the fleet comprises of many private companies with a monopoly route system, some routes still have those good-old routemaster buses and ..." Read review
15.02.2001

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Community Level 5fromthedar...

fromthedarkside

Leave Your Cars At Home

AdvantagesA wide range of transport available for getting around in LONDON!, Travel card cheapest way to travel...

DisadvantagesCan get busy, tacky buses/trains, can get hot....

"...are so many ways of getting to London and loads of ways getting around in London. I’ve previously written about getting around via the tube but today I’ll write about the other forms of transport as well to give everyone a better idea of travelling in London. OK, as you may have heard there are a lot of ways travelling around in London from Trams to Trains. Yes, many ways. I personally love travelling via trains or the tube as it is ..." Read review
19.08.2001

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Freedom of the City, Old London Town

AdvantagesLots to see, lots to do, comprehensive travel deals

DisadvantagesQuite expensive, you need to stick with the programme to make it worthwhile.

"The allure and free availability of foreign travel these days has tended to cloud the attractions of destinations closer to home. Turning our eyes away from the distant west for once we recently spent a delightful week in London on a City break holiday. Even though it was April, the weather was cold and windy but dry and we filled our time with a variety of activities. I had no problem finding accommodation in the heart of the city (we booked an apartment ..." Read review
16.04.2003

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Community Level 5ImogenW

ImogenW

Enter the labyrinth

AdvantagesEasy to negotiate when you know how

DisadvantagesLearning how can take decades

"A couple of years ago, I had a boyfriend who lived in Bristol. He was from the midlands and had never lived in London (bear with me, I do have a point here). He used to tease me constantly, about being a London snob in general (I don't deny it) and about my obsession with the tube in particular. He thought it incredible that Londoners could spend hours discussing the relative merits and speeds of tube route options from A to B. Then he moved to ..." Read review
27.04.2001

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Community Level 1eostre

eostre

Travelcards

AdvantagesCan use it all day

Disadvantagesnone

"I've been living a short way outside London for 3 years but am always impressed by the number of buses around in London. I suppose I'm still in tourist mode but I would recommend that if you have the time to spare you consider buying a Travelcard from newsagents underground stations or many other places and ask for a bus map at the same time. We have travelled all around Inner and Greater London and if the traffic is bad then we just hop off ..." Read review
12.07.2000

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Community Level 3Liberty1

Liberty1

A good means of transport

AdvantagesComfort and the experience

Disadvantagescan be difficult to track one down

"When travelling about London one of the easiest ways is to go by taxi, normally or perhaps I should say hopefully, your driver will know the quickest and therefore the cheapest route for you to take,. They normally seem experts at diving in and out of traffic, where the average driver would fear to go. Add to this ,the fact that most are excellant tour guides, if you are a vistor and will normally give you their opinion( hopefully unbiased )on most ..." Read review
02.08.2000

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Community Level 1dec132

dec132

London's Trams

AdvantagesFast and comfortable

DisadvantagesHardly Any!

"Trams have made a comeback in London. There is a network in and around the bourugh of Croydon - Croydon Tramlink. It is a brilliant way to get around. You may think they will trundle around the roads in traffic, but once out of the Central Area they speed away at 50 m.p.h! Trams are exellent value - 90p single to nearly every stop. Frequenceys are high, on route 3, croydon - neew addington, there is one tram every 6-7 min. Ticket Machines are a bit ..." Read review
27.08.2000

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Community Level 1zorro

zorro

Get a refund for your wasted time!

AdvantagesMoney back

DisadvantagesYou have to travel on the tube in the first place!

"We've all experienced delays on the Tube, but you can get a refund for all delays over 15 minutes! London Underground don't publicise this very well (understandably - think how much money they stand to lose!) but it is really easy to claim your refund. Each tube station now has 'Customer Charters' outside the ticket booth - just keep your ticket, fill in the details and post it off (freepost of course!) I got my refund for my entire journey back ..." Read review
10.08.2000

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Community Level 2fumo

fumo

Parking for the train

Advantageseasy, cheap and convenient

Disadvantagesnone as of yet

"We always use this way to get into the city. We drive to Lewisham train station and park in the station carpark which costs £1 for the day (last time we parked it did anyway. If we can't park there we go to New Cross and park by the police station just down the road from the train station. We then buy a travelcard and hop on the underground train. The train goes straight to the main tube stations and from there you can explore London to your hearts ..." Read review
10.08.2000

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Community Level 4REG

REG

Very Taxing

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"What a great idea it was to have an easilr recognisable taxi cab for London. So why do we see cabs of different colours these days. By the time you recognise one they have disappeared down the road. The truly great thing about the London cab is that you meet such fun drivers and characters. Don't you? Sorry. OK They are always clean and tidy and very comfortable. Aren't they? Sorry OK They are in plentiful supply and you can always get one ..." Read review
17.07.2000

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Community Level 7wampyrii

wampyrii

Black Cabs Are The Greatest

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"London taxies are the best in the world. They are large and spacious and vey frequent. All London black-cab drivers have an enormous knowledge of the area not just about roads, but offices, shops etc and can get you to virtually anywhere whether you have the slightest idea where it is or not. Cabbies themselves get a bum rap in my opinion. I have always found them affable and willing to talk about anything. perhaps this is what many Brits do not ..." Read review
29.09.2000

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Community Level 3Chaotic1

Chaotic1

Don't believe the horror stories

AdvantagesSee london in safety and confort

DisadvantagesRush hour can be a drag

"This year I went to London on holiday. Having heard the chilling tales of taxi drivers leaning out of windows to shout at other drivers while taking sharp corners at high speed, I was a little apprehensive when I got into the taxi outside King's Cross Station. My fears were quickly neutralised when we arrived at our hotel without incident. I actually enjoyed the trip back to the station when it was time to leave. Our driver was a South African young ..." Read review
29.07.2000

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Community Level 1welshgold

welshgold

Visitors . taxi truths

Advantagessafe , journey from door to door

Disadvantagescan not always find one , expensive if travelling alone

"So first of all lets put all those horror stories to rest , London taxi drivers are not ignorant money grabbing monsters , they like most other people have a job to do and generally do it very well , Of course they like the rest of us can get stressed , lets face it how would you like to be driving round London all day .I do not live in London , but frequency visit the city , I have always found taxi drivers to be polite , knowledgeable and helpful ..." Read review
13.07.2000

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Community Level 2Jasonrow

Jasonrow

Taxis Do Taxis Dont

AdvantagesGood when in a hurry

DisadvantagesExpensive over long distances

"As a Londoner, I use taxis and I also drive. I often spend about 7 hours a day driving in central London and thought I would share my observations on London black cabs with you. TAXIS DO - Cut you up at any opportunity, think they are the knights of the road, blantantly ignore your frantic gesticulations from the road side, have an opinion about every subject under the sun, all think they could win mastermind, prefer to hang around outside expensive ..." Read review
10.03.2001

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