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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.
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.
Children's Clothing Size Conversion Chart. Page 6.
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.
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.
Bringing your toddler to London? These London attractions will keep your under 5 year olds entertained while entertaining the adults as well.
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.
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.
Find out where you can find free London tube maps online and in paper form. Plus more useful information for using the London Underground.
Children's Shoes Size Conversion Chart with UK, US, and European sizes. Page 7.
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.
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.
Find out more about the official online Journey Planner to help you find the most direct route using public transport.
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.
Find out about the weather, what to wear, highlights, public holidays, and annual events taking place in October in 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.
Lord Mayor's Show takes place in London annually on the 2nd Saturday in November. The procession starts at Mansion House and goes to the Royal Courts of Justice for the new Lord Mayor to swear his oath of allegiance to the queen.
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.
A list of London travel guidebook reviews.
You can beat the exchange rate by staying in one of these recommended cheap London hotels.
Find out how to get free children's tube travel in London.
Find out whether dogs are allowed on the London Underground, along with restrictions and byelaws in relation to London transportation.
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.
Avoid traveling at peak times on the tube as these are the commuter times and it can be horribly crowded.
What to do at Halloween in London. This list is updated annually.
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.
George Bradshaw's 1862 Hand Book to London has been reproduced in 2013 giving an insight to Victorian life in London.
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.
Women's, men's, and children's clothing size conversion charts plus women's, men's, and children's shoe size conversion charts.
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.
Find out about the weather, what to wear, highlights, public holidays, and annual events taking place in November in London.
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.
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 change UK phone numbers to dial from outside the UK.
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.
Get it know your pounds and pence with this guide to UK currency.
Afternoon tea is a wonderful tradition in London. Here are our favorite afternoon tea locations with reviews to help you choose where to book.
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.
Which London Travel Oystercard is best for visitors to London? This was a question froma reader. Find out the answer here.
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.
There is lots for kids at the Museum of London Docklands including a dedicated area called 'Mudlarks'. Find out more... Page 4.
London Underground trains do not run 24 hours, seven days a week.
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.
Men's Pants / Trousers Size Conversion Chart with UK, US, and European sizes. Page 4.
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.
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.
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.
How to choose a cell phone (mobile phone) for your vacation in London, England.
Men's Shoes Size Conversion Chart with UK, US, and European sizes. Page 5.
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.
Find out about the weather, what to wear, highlights, public holidays, and annual events taking place in December in London.
The tube is the local name for the London Underground system.
Have a look around London even when you're not here via the various webcams placed around the great city of London.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Men's Shirt Size Conversion Chart with UK, US, and European sizes. Page 3.
Everyone loves a tea party so here's a list of recommended places to go to for afternoon tea in London with kids.
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.
Directions on how do you find the Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens, plus further information about this delightful statue.
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.
Kings Cross Harry Potter Platform 9 3/4 London. Page 13.
It is cheaper to use an Oyster card than cash to pay for London Transport journeys on the tube or buses.
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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.
We all need to need where the best loos are in central London whether we're visiting or local.
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.
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.
Camden is world famous for its markets which attract more than 100,000 visitors every weekend making it one of London's top attractions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Follow this suggested walking tour to see popular locations for London street art.
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.
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.
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.
Kew Garden visitor information including how to get there, what to see, when to go, plus plenty of visitor tips.
There are many Harry Potter film locations in London and this gallery should help you identify some of them including Grimmauld Place. Page 9.
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.
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.
Find out where you can enjoy free music in London on a regular basis.
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.
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.
Find out what's happening in London this year for New Year's Eve to make sure you have the best night out ever!
The Orangery at Kensington Palace is a wonderful location to enjoy a well-priced afternoon tea.
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.
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.
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.
Women's Shoes Size Conversion Chart. Page 2.
The London Eye 4D Film Experience is included in the London Eye ticket price and is a fantastic 4D film to entertain you before your trip on the London Eye. The 4D effects are superb and this short film has the only 3D aerial footage of London.
Women's Clothing Sizes Conversion Chart with UK, US, and European sizes.
American Citizen Services at the US Embassy in London. Page 7.
All you need to know about Petticoat Lane Market near London's Liverpool Street station, plus other markets in the area.
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.
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.
Find out how to book Up at The O2, including how to get a discount and the restrictions. Page 4.
Tips and advice on using the London Underground system.
Doggett's Coat and Badge Race is an annual rowing race on the The River Thames in London.
There are many Harry Potter film locations in London and this gallery should help you identify some of them including the Millennium Bridge. Page 12.
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.
The UK Mars is one of the most popular chocolate bars in the UK so I had high hopes for it in the comparison with the US Milky Way.
There are many Harry Potter film locations in London and this gallery should help you identify some of them including platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross Station. Page 13.
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.
There are many Harry Potter film locations in London and this gallery should help you identify some of them including the Leaky Cauldron at Borough Market. Page 10.
If you love fragrances, when you visit London you may well enjoy these London perfume shops for their expertise and unique English style.
A day in London for families with children of all ages. It starts at the British Museum and then takes in a free children's playground.
The no.11 London bus has a great route for sightseeing: through the City of London, then Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square.
London lights up at Christmas - literally! Check out these photos of London's West End taken in the evening when it's really worth visiting the big stores on Oxford Street and Regent Street. And it won't cost you a penny!
Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill statue Bond Street London. Page 12.
There are many Harry Potter film locations in London and this gallery should help you identify some of them.
Find out about the weather, what to wear, highlights, public holidays, and annual events taking place in January in London.
A review of using an Oyster Card on London Transport.
The Museum is part of the V&A family of museums, houses the national childhood collection and is housed in a large Victorian building in east London.
The Four O'Clock Parade is at Horse Guards, the official entrance to Buckingham Palace even though it on on the other side of St. James's Park.
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.
Little Venice is a real contrast to the busy London visitors expect to find. It's calm and peaceful and a great place for a canal walk.
You don't have to hide away when it rains in London as there are plenty of things to do on rainy days too! Here's a list of them.
Opening hours for the summer opening of Buckingham Palace.
Always stand on the right of the London Underground escalators.
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.
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.
See photos of Tower Bridge lifting and find out about the Tower Bridge lift times and more.
There are many Harry Potter film locations in London and this gallery should help you identify some of them including the Ministry of Magic entrance. Page 5.
The London Dungeon moved to the South Bank from March 2013. It's now bigger and better and just as much fun. Find out what to expect with my review.
Information on prices and how to get London Zoo tickets, including ways to save money.
Find out how to travel like a local so you do not look like a tourist in London.
Have you see the Heathrow Airport pods at T5? Find out about this fun free transfer system at this London airport.
Driving in central London incurs a 'congestion charge'.
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.
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.
The Horniman Museum in south London gives you the opportunity to explore the natural and cultural world for free. Founded by the Victorian tea trader, Frederick Horniman, in 1901, much of the original collection of is still on display.
The Science Museum was founded in 1857 with objects shown at the Great Exhibition held in the Crystal Palace. The permanent displays are free and they have exceptional temporary exhibitions for all the family.
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 Waterloo & City Line is the shortest line on the London Underground system but it connects two useful areas of London so is well worth knowing about.
Photographs of UK Currency
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.
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 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.
Uh oh, your parents are coming to London and you want to show them the sights. Of course, you want to impress them but need to keep the costs down. So where should you take them? Let me help you...
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?
The Wolseley is a grand restaurant on London's Piccadilly worth visiting for its grand interior as well as its Eggs Benedict.
Eating out can be a costly experience for families in London but these London restaurant all offer 'kids eat free' deals.
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.
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.
Huge debate raged on this topic I asked for suggestions. I've used the criteria of: central London, must be open regularly and not seasonal or part-time, well-established, i.e. not going to shut down as soon as I finish this list, and must sell it ready to drink even is they don't have a cafe. So here it is: the best hot chocolate in London.
There are many Harry Potter film locations in London and this gallery should help you identify some of them including the Reptile House at London Zoo. Page 11.
Find out about Brick Lane market the trendy part of London's east end, plus other markets in the area.