London Pocket Guide

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Covering over 600 square miles, London is by far Europe's largest city. But don't let this put you off - many of its most famous landmarks are within walking distance of each other. From Big Ben and Westminster Abbey you can wander the streets only to find yourself at the bright lights of Piccadilly Circus. The English capital is also perfect for those who enjoy living life at a fast pace. With 47% of the city's population between the age of 16 and 44, there are fewer places on the planet with as much energy as London.

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In The Guide

  • Cheap Eats Where's good for 'sausage and mash' and other traditional favourites.
  • Neighbourhood Watch A breakdown of the English capital's coolest areas.
  • Budget Tips Ways to save money, what's to do for free and more.
  • A Day in London... We give you our ideal day, complete with a trip up the London Eye and an evening in the West End.

London City Reviews

  • 70%


    Beautiful City

    This was my first trip to London. The architecture is beautiful. I come from New York City so I'm used to the fast pace feel and metro system so that didn't bother me. The people were kind of rude for the most part but hey... NY isn't much better haha. There is definitely a lot to do. I went to Stone Henge and Bath which were both great trips. There are bars everywhere. Food sucks though.

    Insider Tip:I stayed at the St. Christopher's Village Hostel right by London Bridge and the metro. Descent place for a good price. Also, I booked a trip to stone henge and Bath online before I got there and it was a good all day trip. I recommend getting the London Pass with the Oyster Card. Basically it gets you into all the attractions you want and covers your metro and bus fare. I wouldn't do more than 1 or 2 days though.

  • 80%


    If you plan to stay longer than a few days, bring plenty of cash. London is the most expensive city in Europe. Avoid the tourist traps, head to East London or West London for plenty of local charm.

    Insider Tip:Scope out any of the currency converters (Bureau de Change) long Praed Street, they give the best rates in the city by far. If you're camping in the city, be gone before 7am. Locals love to call the police on anyone sleeping outdoors, and even though the police are friendly it's still a hassle. Don't be rude to the cops and show them that you're responsible (not drinking or doing drugs, no trash left behind, no fires, etc).

  • 80%


    Avoid the tourist traps!

    London is magical! Once you do the necessities (palaces and gardens and mainstream attractions), you NEED to see London's east end (especially Shoreditch area). It's a beautiful art scene with amazing cafés and food joints! Beware: London is the MOST expensive city in Europe, if not the world! Bring lots of cash / a good credit card, and hunt for currency converters (aka "Bureau de Change) along Praed Street, they have the best rates by far.

    Insider Tip:The police are friendly if they catch you camping in parks - just be polite and show them that you're being responsible (no drinking, fires, drugs, etc and don't be a dirtbag). If you must camp in the city, camp wekk after sunset and leave before 7am; if random strangers see you they WILL call the cops on campers.

  • 80%


    Favourite City

    It was my first time in this great city, and I fell in love instantly. I especially love the small side streets. Lots of life, lots of culture, lots of very helpful, friendly people.

    Insider Tip:Get on a bus, ride a few stops and get off. Then jut explore the area you're in. Pretty awesome way to get to know a city.

  • 70%


    Pounds are not dollars

    The exchange rate for dollars to pounds is a bit high compared to places in Europe. We easily spent $20 each on a sandwich and drink for lunch. The sights are pretty amazing, especially parliament.

    Insider Tip:-Bring an umbrella (and thats coming from a guy that lived in Portland) -get a map -rent a bike if you can. London is a bit more spread out than it appears. -The people are pretty nice if you give them a chance

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