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Children's Clothing Sizes
Children's Clothing Size Conversion Chart. Page 6.
10 Things to Do in London With Teenagers
As your children grow up they want to do different things. What suits toddlers in London is unlikely to enthrall your fourteen year old. Thankfully, London has something for everyone so here are some ideas to keep the bigger kids happy.
Where to Party All Night in London
London has hundreds of nightclubs playing all kinds of music so choosing this top ten wasn't easy. Here are the best venues the city has to offer.
Top 10 Free Things to Do in London
London is an expensive city, but there are so many free things to do, from museums and galleries to free music, walking tours and more.
Over 100 Free Things to Do in London
Don't let people put you off with tales of how expensive it is in London as there are an incredible amount of free things to do. I've tried to group ideas in this list by area so you can enjoy as many as possible.
How Can I Find Cheap London Theatre Tickets?
When you come to London you want to see a West End show but the cost of the tickets can be off-putting. Here are tips on how to get cheap theatre tickets.
What You Need to Know Before Visiting London...
Before you visit London for the first time there is a lot to consider so use this guide to help you plan your vacation.
Children's Shoes Sizes
Children's Shoes Size Conversion Chart with UK, US, and European sizes. Page 7.
The Top 10 Cheap Hotels in London
You can beat the exchange rate by staying in one of these recommended cheap London hotels.
The 10 Best Toddler-Friendly Attractions in...
Bringing your toddler to London? These London attractions will keep your under 5 year olds entertained while entertaining the adults as well.
Free Things to Do in London with Kids
You might think that London is not a very child-friendly city but you'd be wrong. You may also think of London as an expensive city. Wrong again! There is always something going on for children and families and there are plenty of free things to do for children. Find out some of the best ideas here for free things to do in London with children.
Which London Travel Oystercard Should You Get?
Which London Travel Oystercard is best for visitors to London? This was a question froma reader. Find out the answer here.
London Cable Car - Emirates Air Line
Technically called Emirates Air Line and part of Transport for London, the London cable car is a way to cross the River Thames from Greenwich to Royal Docks.
What's happening in September in London
Find out about the weather, what to wear, highlights, public holidays, and annual events taking place in September in London.
Is London Tap Water Safe to Drink?
Are you unsure whether London tap water is safe to drink? Here are the answers. The simple answer is yes, but then why do we spend so much money on bottled water? Find out more about London's drinking water.
How to Get a Pay-as-You-Go Cell Phone in London
How to choose a cell phone (mobile phone) for your vacation in London, England.
Should You Get the London Pass? Pros and Cons
The London Pass is a sightseeing pass to over 55 popular London attractions. Find out how to buy a London Pass, the pros and cons, and more.
Clothing Size Conversion Charts
Women's, men's, and children's clothing size conversion charts plus women's, men's, and children's shoe size conversion charts.
Are Dogs Allowed on London Underground Tube...
Find out whether dogs are allowed on the London Underground, along with restrictions and byelaws in relation to London transportation.
How to Take Your Kids on the Tube for Free
Find out how to get free children's tube travel in London.
October in London - London Weather and London...
Find out about the weather, what to wear, highlights, public holidays, and annual events taking place in October in London.
Journey Planner: All about London's Online Trip...
Find out more about the official online Journey Planner to help you find the most direct route using public transport.
Planned Weekend Engineering Works
No-one tells you when you come to visit London, or often as a Londoner, that every Saturday and Sunday there are planned weekend engineering works on the London Underground and many mainline train lines.
Top 10 Things You Can Do in London With Kids
London can be a wonderful destination for a family vacation but it pays to do your research. Here are the top 10 things for kids to do in London.
Tube Lines
The London Underground has eleven color-coded lines. It may seem confusing when you first try to find your way, but with practice it can be quite straightforward.
Where to Find the Best Fish and Chips in London
There are many fish and chips in London, but how do you know which is best? These recommendations will point you in the right direction.
Free London Tube Maps
Find out where you can find free London tube maps online and in paper form. Plus more useful information for using the London Underground.
Cheaper With an Oyster Card
It is cheaper to use an Oyster card than cash to pay for London Transport journeys on the tube or buses.
What You Need to Know about UK Currency
Get it know your pounds and pence with this guide to UK currency.
Notting Hill Film Locations - Self-Guided Walk
The 1999 British romantic comedy movie Notting Hill, starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts still encourages visitors to the Notting Hill area every week looking for the now famous locations around Portobello Road Market. This self-guided walk includes the location of the William's flat that had the well-known blue door. Page 7.
Afternoon Tea in London: 6 Affordable Options
Afternoon tea in London is a wonderful tradition. Here are our favorite budget/cheap afternoon tea locations with reviews to help you choose where to book.
Tubes Do Not Run 24 Hours
London Underground trains do not run 24 hours, seven days a week.
Avoid Peak Times On The Tube
Avoid traveling at peak times on the tube as these are the commuter times and it can be horribly crowded.
Can we share an Oyster Card?
Do you need an Oyster card each to pay for London transport journeys or can you share? Here's what you need to know.
Everything You Need to Know about Using...
How to change UK phone numbers to dial from outside the UK.
The Tube
The tube is the local name for the London Underground system.
One Week in London: The Perfect Itinerary
What should you see and do if you've got one week in London? Here's a great week guest author Rachel Coyne tried out and recommends.
How to Dine in London for Less than a Fiver
Eating in London is another pull on your money but it doesn't have to always be expensive. There are plenty of ways to eat well for less in London.
The 10 Best Places to Buy Tea in London
Tea drinking is such a large part of English culture and there are so many varieties that there's always a flavor to suit everyone.
London Underground Tips
Tips and advice on using the London Underground system.
Men's Pants / Trousers Sizes
Men's Pants / Trousers Size Conversion Chart with UK, US, and European sizes. Page 4.
Stand On The Right
Always stand on the right of the London Underground escalators.
Have you seen these pods at Heathrow Airport?
Have you see the Heathrow Airport pods at T5? Find out about this fun free transfer system at this London airport.
The Best Spots for Afternoon Tea in London
Afternoon tea is a wonderful tradition in London. Here are our favorite afternoon tea locations with reviews to help you choose where to book.
Recognizing London Bus Stops
A plain white sign with a red London Transport symbol means the stop is a main stop and all buses will stop there automatically. Learn how to recognize main bus stops and request bus stops.
How to travel like a local so you do not look...
Find out how to travel like a local so you do not look like a tourist in London.
Men's Shoes Sizes
Men's Shoes Size Conversion Chart with UK, US, and European sizes. Page 5.
You can't pay cash on London buses so what are...
From 6 July 2014, you can no longer pay cash on a London bus. Read on to find out about the alternatives.
Congestion Charge
Driving in central London incurs a 'congestion charge'.
Heritage bus route in London
The old Routemaster buses are definitely a design icon of London transport. They are the buses where you could jump on and off at the back. Unfortunately they went out of general service at the end of 2005 but there are two Heritage routes in London.
London Underground - by David Long
David Long is a prolific London history author and has chosen to focus this time on the London Underground and its architecture, design and history.
Bendy Buses
At 18 meters (nearly 60 feet) long, bendy buses look like two single-decker buses linked together by a bendy rubber middle. They can carry up to 140 people, which is 60 more than a double-decker bus. They stopped being used in London in December 2011.
Pedicabs in London
There are around five to ten companies operating pedicabs in London, the original being Bug Bugs who started in 1998. Between them there are 200 or so pedicabs in use.
Your Guide to Getting Tickets for TV Shows in...
Seeing your favorite TV show recorded can be great fun. Find out how to get tickets for TV shows in London and be a member of a TV show audience.
The Inside Scoop on the Ministry of Sound...
Ministry of Sound London attracts 5000 people each weekend and has three dance floors and three bars. It has remained popular due to the legendary DJs who perform here.
Open House London Weekend
London Open House Weekend takes places every September. Around 700 new and old buildings, usually closed to the public, open their doors for us to look inside - completely free of charge.
London's Top 9 Breakfast Spots
Eating out at breakfast time in London is a lot more fun than just fried food or toast. Find out where Londoners have decided you can find the best breakfasts in London.
Fabric Nightclub
Fabric nightclub opened in October 1999. The club has a 2,500 capacity so arrive early on Friday and Saturday nights as the queues get really long. They have a 24 hour music and drinking license so clubbers party all night.
A Quick Guide to Visiting London's Hampton...
Hampton Court Palace is best known as King Henry VIII's home but there's a lot more to this wonderful English royal palace. Find out more, including all you need to plan a trip.
Christmas Day Dining in London
If you prefer to eat out on Christmas Day there are some restaurants open in London. Find out where to go for Christmas Day dining in London and make sure you book in advance.
How to Get to London from Gatwick Airport
Gatwick is located approximately 28 miles (48km) to the south of central London. London Gatwick (LGW) is the second largest airport in the UK after Heathrow. The two terminals, North and South, are linked by an efficient monorail service, with a journey time of two minutes.
Doggett's Coat and Badge Race
Doggett's Coat and Badge Race is an annual rowing race on the The River Thames in London.
US Embassy in London
American Citizen Services at the US Embassy in London. Page 7.
Ferry Travel to London
Being in the south of England, London is just a few hours from the east, south and south-east coasts, and ports such as Dover, Folkestone, Harwich, Ramsgate, and Newhaven are all easily accessible. There are regular ferry services for passengers and vehicles.
Guide to London's Portobello Road Antiques Market
Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill is one of the most famous street markets in the world. The Saturday antiques market is the most popular.
What You Can Expect from London in November
Find out about the weather, what to wear, highlights, public holidays, and annual events taking place in November in London.
Men's Shirt/Suit/Coat/Sweater Sizes
Men's Shirt Size Conversion Chart with UK, US, and European sizes. Page 3.
Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London
The Ceremony of the Keys at The Tower of London is a 700 year old tradition that takes place every night. Essentially it's locking all the doors to the Tower of London and the public are allowed to escort the warden, as long as they apply in advance.
9 London Cheap Eats You'll Love
It doesn't have to be expensive to dine out in London, you just need to know where to go. These restaurants are all in central London and are all tried and tested favorites of Londoners and visitors alike.
Platform 9 3/4, King's Cross Station, London
Kings Cross Harry Potter Platform 9 3/4 London. Page 13.
Afternoon Tea in London With the Kids
Everyone loves a tea party so here's a list of recommended places to go to for afternoon tea in London with kids.
December in London - London Weather and Events...
Find out about the weather, what to wear, highlights, public holidays, and annual events taking place in December in London.
Top 10 Things to Do at Christmas in London
There is so much to do at Christmas in London every year. We have lots of traditions so find out more about our Christmas customs such as lights on the shops in the West End.
Top 10 London Attractions, from Trafalgar to...
The London Eye is 135 meters high which makes it one the world's tallest observation wheels. It has 32 capsules and carries around 10,000 visitors every day. The London Eye really has to be included in a trip to London.
5 London Webcams That Let You See the City from...
Have a look around London even when you're not here via the various webcams placed around the great city of London.
How to Get to London from Heathrow Airport
Located 20 miles (32km) to the west of London, Heathrow (LHR) is one of the world's busiest international airports. Heathrow has got five terminals.
Ever tried mudlarking in London? It's all...
Mudlarking was once the way poor Londoners earned a living; from selling finds on the river foreshore. But it is now a way for those interested in history to discover the well-preserved objects of everyday life that the river uncovers.
All about Kingsway Hall Hotel Afternoon Tea
Kingsway Hall Hotel is a short walk from Covent Garden or Holborn tube stations and although in a central London location you may never walk down this street. I had a reader email recommending the well-priced Kingsway Hall Hotel afternoon tea and that was enough for me to book immediately.
Do you know about contactless payment for...
Contactless payment is available across all London transport from September 2014. Find out how you can use this payment method.
The 12 Best Free London Museums and Galleries
You may be surprised to hear this but most of London's major museums and art galleries offer free admission. Here's a list of the best of the big names you can visit for free all year round.
Buckingham Palace Visitor Information
Ticket details for the Annual Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace.
What Are the Neighborhoods of London?
London is huge so this article will help you understand the different areas. London is one of the largest cities in the world and the most populated city in the European Union. London is a diverse city with great wealth and prosperity, while also harboring poverty and social exclusion problems.
London Wetland Centre Visitor Informaiton
London Wetland Centre consists of 42 hectares of wetland and reed beds. It is considered to be one of the best and most important urban wildlife sites in Europe. Enjoy these London Wetland Centre photos and use the visitor information to plan your trip.
Visiting Trafalgar Square? Don't Miss These 9...
Trafalgar Square in London has many interesting sights including: Nelson's Column, The National Gallery, and St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Find out about this world famous square and what there is to see.
Women's Shoes Sizes
Women's Shoes Size Conversion Chart. Page 2.
Shoe Shopping on a Budget? Check Out the Clarks...
Clarks factory shops stock cheap Clarks shoes for all the family. Shoes can be more than 50% reduced, especially if you buy out of season (e.g. sandals in the winter), and most shoes are in perfect condition.
Kensington Palace Orangery Afternoon Tea
The Orangery at Kensington Palace is a wonderful location to enjoy a well-priced afternoon tea.
10 Top London Afternoon Tea Places
Afternoon tea in London is a wonderful tradition and I've enjoyed this pastime at many venues. These are considered by many to be the best afternoon tea places in London.
Tune Westminster Hotel Review
Tune Hotels are a popular no frills chain in Malaysia and Indonesia and this is their first opening in
Where and When Can You Watch the Changing of...
I'm planning a trip to London and I'm finding conflicting information about the changing of the guard ceremony at Royal Horse Guards and Buckingham Palace. One guide says 10am, another says 11am, another says 4pm. Can you clarify? Find out the answer...
How to Get to London from London Luton Airport
Luton Airport is located approximately 30 miles (48km) to the north of London. London Luton Airport (LTN) is one of the UK's fastest growing airports.
Best Free London Public Toilets
We all need to need where the best loos are in central London whether we're visiting or local.
8 Must-Visit London Street Markets
London has many famous markets that are worth visiting. Find out about the pick of the bunch here, including Camden Markets and Portobello Road Market.
How To See Inside St Paul's Cathedral for Free
St Paul's Cathedral in London sells tickets for visitors but there are ways to visit for free. If you are short on time or money, find out more here.
Totally Thames is the new name for the Mayor's...
The Mayor's Thames Festival is now 'Totally Thames' and is on for the whole of September. It's a new season of arts, cultural and river events presented by Thames Festival Trust throughout the 42-mile stretch of the Thames in London.
11 Excellent Places to Hear Free Music in London
Find out where you can enjoy free music in London on a regular basis.
Club Aquarium
Club Aquarium has five rooms including a swimming pool and a jacuzzi (towels provided) - and there's no other club in the UK that can make that claim! There are also two dance floors and a chill out room, plus a VIP lounge.
The 6 Camden Markets and Tips for Visiting Them
Camden is world famous for its markets which attract more than 100,000 visitors every weekend making it one of London's top attractions.
Women's Clothing Sizes
Women's Clothing Sizes Conversion Chart with UK, US, and European sizes.
London's Top 10 Luxury Boutique Hotels
Luxury boutique Hotels in London: Boutique Hotels offer a more intimate experience than large chain hotels, and are often much more luxurious. The level of service is much more personalized and the accommodation is usually quite individual.
The 10 Most Romantic Restaurants in London
London has some extremely romantic restaurants that can make that first date / Valentine's Day / birthday really special. These restaurants have been chosen as they all have something that makes them stand out.
Visiting Westminster Abbey: What to See, Where...
You can pay to visit Westminster Abbey during the day or attend a church service for free. Find out all you need to know to plan a trip to Westminster Abbey.
The Goring Afternoon Tea
Afternoon Tea at The Goring is served on the Goring Terrace, overlooking the private garden. There is a wide selection of teas including their own Afternoon Tea blend. It's a traditional afternoon tea with a three tiered silver stand laden with sandwiches, homemade scones, and a selection of pastries.
Tower of London
When planning a trip to the Tower of London you need to know how to get there by public transport options and all of the options are here. Page 3.
London Underground Quiz
London Underground Quiz From Laura Porter ,Your Guide to London Travel . FREE Newsletter. Sign Up Now!
The Best Places to Buy Perfume in London
If you love fragrances, when you visit London you may well enjoy these London perfume shops for their expertise and unique English style.
10 Bloody Great Free Things to Do in London
You've seen the Top Ten Free Things to Do in London so what else is there? Well, here's is the second Top Ten Free Things to Do in London with more ideas to keep you busy in London without costing you a penny.
Your Guide to Visiting Petticoat Lane Market
All you need to know about Petticoat Lane Market near London's Liverpool Street station, plus other markets in the area.
UK Currency Photographs
Photographs of UK Currency
Museum of London Docklands Visitor Information
There is lots for kids at the Museum of London Docklands including a dedicated area called 'Mudlarks'. Find out more... Page 4.
My Favorite Afternoon Teas in London
I am often asked which is my favorite afternoon tea in London so I've chosen a selection here that all come personally recommended by me.
Free Things to do in London on Sundays
It is possible to enjoy a Sunday in London without spending any money. Here's are a selection of free ideas to ensure Sundays are always good fun in London.
Bank Holidays
Description of a Bank Holiday in London, England, UK. What it means and how it affects opening hours, etc.
13 (Free) Things to do While You're in London
The City of London, also known as the Square Mile, is the financial and business center of London. The area becomes really quiet at the weekend when the workers aren't there and is well worth a visit as it's full of historical buildings next to modern additions. And, there's loads of free things to do.
Lost Property on London Transport
Transport for London finds over 160,000 pieces of lost property each year on buses, Tubes, taxis, trains, trams and stations. If you've lost something how can you try to claim it back?
Doctor Who Shop and Museum London
It's not a well-known fact that there is a Doctor Who Shop and Museum in east London. The shop sells Doctor Who merchandise and the museum has props and costumes.
Oyster Card Review
A review of using an Oyster Card on London Transport.
London Street Art Walking Tour
Follow this suggested walking tour to see popular locations for London street art.
Bradshaw's Illustrated Hand Book to London and...
George Bradshaw's 1862 Hand Book to London has been reproduced in 2013 giving an insight to Victorian life in London.
How to Get Cheap Theatre Tickets from tkts at...
tkts sells discount London theater tickets and is only official half price and discount theater ticket outlet operated by the Society of London Theatre, the industry body that represents London theaters.
Brown's Afternoon Tea Review
The English Tea Room at Brown's Hotel in London is steeped in history. (Brown's was London's first ever hotel.) This is a wonderful location to enjoy the English tradition of afternoon tea.
Did you know there's a chocolate museum in...
The Chocolate Museum is a small, independent museum in south London where you can find out about the history of chocolate and enjoy excellent hot chocolate too.
What Can I See in a Few Hours in London?
What can you see in just a few hours in London? This is a common question and especially useful to know if you have a layover at a London airport.
Number 11 London Bus
The no.11 London bus has a great route for sightseeing: through the City of London, then Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square.
London Weather
You've probably heard that London weather can be quite unpredictable. We Londoners are known to regularly carry both our sunglasses and an umbrella. But London weather is never so extreme as to detract from all the great things to do in the city. Find out about London weather throughout the year.
Vegetarian in London? Try These Top 10...
A longtime vegetarian recommends the top 10 London restaurants that keep vegetarians and omnivores coming back for more.
Don't Miss These 10 Crucial Tips for Surviving...
Tips on how to survive a long haul flight more comfortably.
Try to escape from a locked room at clueQuest...
clueQuest London is a live escape game where you can pretend you're a team of secret agents cracking codes. Here's my detailed review.
Coram's Fields - Children's Playground
Coram's Fields is a central London playground that is good for children of all ages and a great place to visit at the end of a days sightseeing so the kids can go crazy for a while and you can relax with a coffee.
Best London Bus Routes For Sightseeing
There are many London bus routes that are good for sightseeing so I've written this list of guides to help.
Top 10 London Hidden Gems
London has lots of hidden gems (those places that are really special) for you to discover if only someone would tell you about them! Well, that's what I intend to do here with this list of London's Top 10 Hidden Gems.
Are Americans Safe in London?
US Citizens have raised concerns about traveling to London and the UK. But should they worry? Find out all you need in this article.
10 Outstanding Day Trips from London
London is a great place to base yourself for a trip to the UK. Not only because there is so much to do here but also because you are well-positioned for some great days out around England. Here are some fun day trips out for you to try.
How Do I Get to London From Stansted Airport?
Stansted Airport (STN) is located 35 miles (56km) to the north east of central London. London Stansted is London's third international gateway and one of the fastest growing airports in Europe. It is home to many of the UK's low-cost airlines, serving mostly European and Mediterranean destinations.
Pacha London Nightclub
Pacha London reopened in 2001 after a £2 million refit. Pacha's stylish 1920s building with oak paneling, chandeliers, a stained glass ceiling, and a balcony that overlooks the main dance floor attracts a glamorous crowd.
Where To Buy Antiques in London
Shopping for antiques in London is fun whether you have something in mind to buy today or not. There are some interesting and unusual places to buy antiques in London that are worth returning to again and again.
Qbic Hotel London City - Hotel Review
Qbic Hotel London City is a concept hotel that opened in October 2013 and promises to deliver five core essentials.
See Why London’s Peter Pan Statue Never...
Directions on how do you find the Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens, plus further information about this delightful statue.
New Year's Eve in London
Find out what's happening in London this year for New Year's Eve to make sure you have the best night out ever!
Tips for Navigating Terminal 3 at London's...
Advice for checking-in at Terminal 3 of London Heathrow airport. Terminal 3 is mostly used for long-haul destinations, but there are also some European flights.
UK Currency Exchange
Currency exchange is available at many different sources in London. Find out about the options and where to get the best exchange rate.
What to Expect When Visiting London in January
Find out about the weather, what to wear, highlights, public holidays, and annual events taking place in January in London.
Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum is one of the big three museums in South Kensington, London. It is a wonderful Victorian building housing the weird and wonderful of the natural world.
KOKO Nightclub
KOKO is a Camden nightclub and music venue at the bottom of Camden High Street, London in a Grade II listed theater building.
Simply the best children's playground in London
The Diana Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens, next to Kensington Palace, the former home of Diana Princess of Wales, is a fabulous children's playground for kids up to 12 years. There's loads for kids to do in the Diana Memorial Playground including playing on the enormous wooden pirate ship.
Tower Bridge Lift Times
See photos of Tower Bridge lifting and find out about the Tower Bridge lift times and more.
How to See the Queen's Birthday Parade in London
Trooping The Colour is an annual event in June to celebrate the Queen's birthday. Find out how to get tickets for the seated stands.
Ever seen hundreds of gorillas running through...
The Great Gorilla Run is a chance for you to dress up as a gorilla and join hundreds of other 'gorillas' running through London!
Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill
Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill statue Bond Street London. Page 12.
Giro the Nazi Dog
Giro the Nazi Dog is the only Nazi memorial in London. Giro was owned by Dr Leopold von Hoesch who was the German Ambassador in London from 1932 to 1936.
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