By Rick Steves
With the self-guided excursions during this ebook, you’ll discover old immense Ben, bustling Trafalgar sq., and the Tower of London—home of the crown jewels. the way to retailer time and cash at the Tube, and the way to prevent the mobs on the altering of the shield. examine London’s world-class museums, the place you could hint Western civilization from the Magna Carta and Shakespeare to Van Gogh and Picasso. enterprise into Soho’s theater district for a glitzy musical or a scrumptious Indian dinner. finish an exceptional day at a local pub, sharing a pint and a talk with a pleasant local.
Rick’s candid, funny suggestion will consultant you to good-value inns and eating places in pleasant London neighborhoods. You’ll tips on how to get round via bus and at the Tube, and which points of interest are worthy it slow and funds. greater than simply stories and instructions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a travel consultant on your pocket.
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Gov. united kingdom. West London ▲▲Tate Britain one in every of Europe’s nice paintings homes, Tate Britain focuses on British portray from the sixteenth century via smooth occasions. The lately renovated museum has a great illustration of William Blake’s spiritual sketches, the Pre-Raphaelites’ reasonable paintings, Gainsborough’s girls, and J. M. W. Turner’s swirling works. fee and Hours: unfastened yet £4 donation asked, admission price for (optional) transitority indicates; day-by-day 10:00-18:00, choose Fridays till 22:00 (check on-line or name to confirm), final access forty five mins earlier than remaining; loose excursions often day-by-day at 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, and 15:00; at the Thames River, south of huge Ben and north of Vauxhall Bridge, Tube: Pimlico, Tate Boat museum ferry is going on to the museum from Tate Modern—see the following; switchboard tel. 020/7887-8888, www. tate. org. united kingdom. See the Tate Britain journey bankruptcy. Victoria Station From beneath this station’s iron-and-glass cover, trains leave for the south of britain and Gatwick Airport. whereas Victoria Station is legendary and an immense Tube cease, few travelers really take trains from here—most simply come to soak up the fascinating bustle. It’s a enjoyable position to simply be a “rock in a river” teeming with commuters and prone. The station is surrounded by means of enormous pink buses and taxis, shuttle corporations, and awful eateries. It’s subsequent to the most intercity bus station (Victoria trainer Station) and the simplest reasonably cheap accommodations on the town. Westminster Cathedral This cathedral, the biggest Catholic church in England and only a block from Victoria Station, is strikingly Neo-Byzantine, yet no longer very historical or very important to go to. Opened in 1903, the church has an unfinished inside, with a spooky, blackened ceiling anticipating the mosaics that are meant to be positioned there. whereas it’s certainly now not Westminster Abbey, part the travelers wandering round inside of appear to imagine it really is. Take the elevate to the head of the 273-foot bell tower for a view of the glassy place of work blocks of Victoria Station. price and Hours: loose access, £5 for the elevate; church—daily 7:00-19:00; tower—daily 9:30-17:00, Sat-Sun till 18:00, final journey half-hour previous; 5-minute stroll from bus terminus in entrance of Victoria Station, simply off Victoria highway at forty two Francis highway, Tube: Victoria, www. westminstercathedral. org. united kingdom. nationwide military Museum This museum isn't as awe-inspiring because the Imperial struggle Museum, yet it’s nonetheless enjoyable, in particular for children who're into infantrymen, armor, and weapons. And whereas the Imperial struggle Museum is proscribed to wars of the twentieth century, the nationwide military Museum tells the tale of the British military from 1415 in the course of the Bosnian clash and Iraq, with plenty of Redcoat lore and a great examine Waterloo. youngsters get pleasure from making an attempt on a Cromwellian helmet, seeing the skeleton of Napoleon’s horse, and peering out from a global struggle I trench via a operating periscope. fee and Hours: unfastened, day-by-day 10:00-17:30, Royal health center highway, Chelsea, Tube: Sloane sq., tel. 020/7730-0717, www. national-army-museum. ac. united kingdom. Hyde Park and within sight a few precious attractions border this grand park, from Apsley residence at the east to the newly renovated Kensington Palace at the west.