London tour is cheap. It’s real!
Review No. 1.
London was pleasantly surprised at the airport: all the terminals of the British capital are connected to the suburban train stations, so you can get to the city center in just 15 minutes. After landing at Gatvick, I took the train to Victoria station. The ticket cost £ 12. It is, of course, expensive, but very convenient. The centre can also be reached by bus. They are cheaper, but also go to the final destination longer.London underground. London underground is considered the oldest in the world. Trains began to run here in 1890. London tube (you can say underground, the British will understand) even brings claustrophobia: low walls, hung with advertising, narrow tunnels, no huge halls at the stations there. At the end stations – quite dirty: garbage walks through the passages. The London underground is quite expensive for its visitors. A week pass in one zone (the metro is divided into four zones – depending on the distance from the center) costs 20 pounds. The cost of a single subway ride is 1 pound 17 pence.
Parliament in London. I highly recommend a tour of the British Parliament. However, once it is necessary to warn: in order to get there, you need to be patient and stand in line at big Ben hour and a half. However, the expectation is worth it. Security measures in Parliament are strict. In the Holy of holies of English democracy you will be allowed only after you fill in the guest registration cards, leave all your Luggage and photo-video equipment. On the ground floor there is an exhibition-forum “What you do not like in our Parliament.” Here everyone can formulate their claims to parliamentarians on a piece of paper and attach it to a special stand. The information is then collected and published in separate books. So England listens to its subjects and discusses with them the problems of parliamentarism. Entrance to the Parliament is free for everyone.
Tower of London. In the former residence of the English kings now roam the actors in the costumes of Beefeaters (famous London guards), who are happy to tell you about the history of the tower: torture, intrigue, executions and much more. Be sure to take a look at the Museum of Royal jewels and the Museum of Royal shooters located on the territory of the tower. Don’t forget to visit the medieval Palace shop (armor like real!) and to fill in the “medieval” New Armouries café. A ticket to the tower of London is relatively expensive – 15 pounds for adults, 10 pounds for students (if you have an international student card ISIC). A language tour in Russian in the tower of London will cost 3 pounds. Located inside the tower, the Royal jewels Museum can be visited free of charge. Entrance to the Museum of shooters – 2 pounds.
And more about London prices: the Most expensive Museum in London – Madame Tussauds. The ticket price is 21 pounds. For the money you can take a picture with Putin, Blair, Chirac, Saddam Hussein and almost all the English kings. But a ticket to the British Museum costs 4 pounds (students are allowed there for free). A visit to Westminster Abbey will cost £ 5. I can not say a few words about fashion stores. Go out on the shopping trail is best on some street in the center. I recommend Bond street, Picadilly, Oxford street, King’s road. Be sure to check out Harrods and Selfridges. For accommodation in a double room in a hotel in Central London will have to pay from 40 pounds and above. However, I recommend to go the other way and live on the outskirts of the so-called “redbrick” – the house of the famous London red brick. This pleasure will cost at least 80 pounds, but I assure you, choosing “redbrick”, you will not regret. In the morning you will definitely bring oatmeal, and for lunch Fish and crisps (the famous potato chips with fish). But dinner is better in a London pub. A light dinner of three components will cost you an average of 10 pounds.
Review No. 2.
On the subway, etc. cheaper to travel by week or day travel (Travelcard). They are valid on almost all modes of transport (except taxis). You can buy a Zone 1 (center) or two of the Central zone. A larger number of zones does not make sense. If you do not go often, it makes sense to buy Carnet (10 metro tickets at once). Travel only by bus (Buscard) and just travel by bus is cheaper than metro. To get from Heathrow by metro – 3.80 (1 hour), on Heathrow Express – 13 pounds (20 minutes). A good site for W/d: www.qjump.co.uk. By the way, if you go on a tour, country tours like Windsor are just a lot of money (the city is also not far behind). It is much more pleasant to buy a train ticket and get yourself, and for sightseeing support to buy on the spot or audio guide or a book in Russian, which is even better, because it and the house still look. Most noteworthy museums are free (even cheaper for students).
Continuing this topic, I will tell you a little about the possibility of using discounts when visiting museums. Decided to visit Sherlock Holmes? Baker street is an unremarkable street. There is a small Museum of Conan Doyle and a shop where you can buy Souvenirs: an old gramophone, a picture with a sea landscape, a keychain with the muzzle of the Baskerville dog and Coca-Cola. Even at the exit of the subway on the way to the Sherlock Holmes Museum you will be met by Mr. Holmes himself, will give you his business card with the address of his house. In the Museum you can buy hats Sherlock Holmes, “his” tube and many,many other things. And downstairs, under the Museum, there is a restaurant “Mrs. Hudson” – with a Russian menu and unthinkable prices. Needless to say, the Riga Baker street autentichnee looks like a Soviet film about the famous detective compared to English.
Madame Tussauds Museum, firstly, quite small, and secondly, dolls are usually very little like the originals. Gorbachev, for example, is recognized only by a spot on his bald head. The only thing that makes a really big impression there is a five-minute attraction at the very end of the exhibition: you are put on a small car that passes several halls with moving dolls on the rails. Everyone has heard a lot about Madame Tussaud’s Museum. But about MOMI – Museum of the Moving Image, in our Museum of Cinematography, not everyone knows. It’s a Museum of wonders. You will be shown the history of the creation of cinema from silent to modern horror films. By the way, there is presented and Soviet cinema, even goes uncle in uniform and “speaks” in Russian. However, there is something unconvincing.
London, British Museum (British Museum) – the world’s largest collection of antiquities from Babylon, Assyria, Egypt, India, Greece, Rome and other countries. Open Monday to Saturday from 10.00 to 17.00, Sunday – from 14.30 to 18.00. Admission is free.
National gallery (National Gallery) – a collection of European art from the XIII to XX century. Open Monday to Saturday from 10.00 to 18.00, Sunday – from 14.00 to 18.00. Admission is free.
In Batla, in the Museum “Yesterday’s world” after the inspection you can go to the garden, where a cafe, Playground, mini-Golf course. For mini Golf you need to pay separately, but the Museum ticket came with a coupon with 50 pensofal discount. The result of “hunting for discounts” can be an unusually extensive excursion program. You will have to pay in full only for Windsor castle (Royal residence), the tower of London and two Greenwich Museum complexes. Although grinvicha attractions also have a discount in the booklet DLR railway, which leads to Greenwich (from the Terminus we only have to cross the tunnel under the Thames).
Learn how to use preferential “family” tickets – for two adults and two children – in museums, to attractions, explore the possibilities of the railway for distant travel – in Bristol, York, bath. On Saturday, the train ticket London – bath – London, for example, costs 37 pounds. And on weekdays and Sundays – 27. In July-August – in season – to “expensive” Saturday is added Friday. There are one-day bus tours to the same bath and back for 10 pounds in the booklet of the bus company “National Express”. (Tickets are sold at the bus station behind Victoria station.) However, with fixed departure times and twice more by a long way. But what’s the rush to tourists?
For travel inside London is beneficial to purchase a “travelcard”. They are for a day and a week (for a week you need a photo). Recently, there are two types of “travelcard” – “Week-end travelcard” and “Family travelcard”. A weekend card is 25 percent cheaper than two cards per day. Family – for families of any composition: from one adult with one child to two adults with four children.