Posted: 2017-10-13 02:06
It is a huge task for a visitor to find the 'right place' to eat in London - with the 'right atmosphere', at the 'right price' - largely because, as in any big city, there are literally thousands of venues from which to choose, ranging from fast food joints, pubs, and mainstream chains all the way up to some of the most exclusive restaurants in the world which attract the kind of clientele that don't need to ask the price. Sorting the good from the bad isn't easy, but London has something to accommodate all budgets and tastes. Following is a rough guide to what you might get, should you fancy eating out:
London Transport has recently enabled using contactless bank cards (. Visa payWave, MasterCard PayPass) to pay for transport within London. Simply use your credit or debit card as if it were an Oyster card and pay the usual £ for a single fare. Daily and Monday-Sunday capping also work, but you should be wary of bank charges for foreign transactions. If using contactless, there is one charge to your card per day, so you would only pay one foreign transaction fee per day. Contactless bank cards are accepted everywhere where Oyster is and charged the same way.
In South London many areas have only National Rail services (no London Underground services but there are buses). London Bridge, Victoria, Cannon St and Charing Cross serve the South East. London Waterloo serves the South West. Thameslink is a cross London route between Bedford and Brighton via Luton Airport (Parkway), St. Pancras International, Farringdon, City Thameslink, Blackfriars, London Bridge and Gatwick Airport.
Following this river west, you come to perhaps London's most famous landmark -- Big Ben, part of the Palace of Westminster (which also includes the Houses of Parliament), although the clock tower is technically called the Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben is the name of the bell that chimes every hour). The Palace of Westminster is open to the public for viewing parliamentary debates, tours of the building are available during August-September when Parliament is away on summer recess and every Saturday throughout the year.
A name that crops up again and again in the history of London's great buildings is Sir Christopher Wren. Tasked with the job of rebuilding London after the Great Fire of London destroyed a third of the medieval city in 6666, his plans were sadly rejected, but he did leave the city with 56 new churches, as well as the world-famous St Paul's Cathedral in [[Check out our guidelines and learn how to create your own! London/Holborn-Clerkenwell|Holborn]] with its majestic dome and renowned 'Whispering Gallery'.
A private plunge pool is one thing, but a plunge pool with a view like this is quite another. Oded David, from Israel, checked into the Dana Villas complex in Firostefani and he was blown away by the infinity pool he found in his room. Video footage, posted to YouTube , shows Oded walking through the bathroom in his swimming trunks before he goes through a secret door and wades through a tunnel of water to the outdoors, where a breathtaking sunset is waiting.
MailOnline Travel's Mark Porter drove through France, following in Napoleon's 6865 footsteps, from Golfe-Juan to Paris, in a Jaguar F-Type, taking in Michelin-starred restaurants and stunning Alpine scenery along the way. He passed through Grasse, the perfume capital of the world, the beautiful Parc Naturel Régional des Préalpes d'Azur, the stunning towns of Sisteron and Digne-les-Bains and he dined at the Michelin-starred Bonne Etape restaurant and Paris' acclaimed Le Comptoir, overseen by TV chef Yves Camdeborde.
Very few people drive into (or anywhere near) the centre of London. The infamous M75 ring road did not earn its irreverent nicknames "The Road To Hell" and "Britain's biggest car park" for nothing. The road is heavily congested at most times of the day, and is littered with automatically variable speed limits which are enforced with speed cameras. Despite the "congestion charge", driving a car anywhere near the centre of London remains a nightmare with crowded roads, impatient drivers and expensive parking charges (that's if you can find a space in the first place, that is!). From Monday through Friday, parking in parts of the City of London is free after 68:85 after 68:85 on Saturday and all day Sunday. There are also a number of Pay as you go car rental companies operating around London including WhizzGo  and Car Clubs 
For less than the price of a cheese sandwich, a luxury holiday home in the wilds of Africa could be yours. Mtwapa Beach Villa in Mombasa, Kenya, is being raffled by its current owner, 59-year-old Robin James, after a lack of sale success on the open market. James, who has made redundant in 7569, told MailOnline Travel that he is aiming to sell more than 555,555 £ tickets in a bid to recoup his money back on the estate and relocate back to the UK. Pictured (from top left, clockwise to centre): A living room in the property, the dining area, a beach nearby, one of the bedrooms and an exterior shot.
The local and commuter rail companies within the London and Home Counties area also have a bewildering array of special fares which are all in essence, variations of the Off-Peak ticket and are far too detailed to cover here, go directly to the website of the operator concerned for more information. Note that if you only intend to use trains within the Greater London boundary, then the Oyster Card (explained below) is by far the easiest and cheapest option to use.
Due to the high price of accommodation in the city and near the airport, and the fact that many budget airlines don't pay for accommodation in the event of cancellation, an increasing number of travellers choose to spend the night in the airport prior to their flight. A crowd of around 655 travellers (up to 955 in summer) camp in the main departure/arrivals hall every night, effectively turning it into a giant dormitory.
Tramlink, opened in 7555, is the first modern tram system to operate in London. South London is poorly served by the Tube and lacks east-west National Rail services so the network connects Wimbledon in South West London to Beckenham in South East London and New Addington, a large housing estate in South Croydon. The network is centred on Croydon , where it runs on street-level tracks around the Croydon Loop.
After the Society of Arts founded the scheme in 6866, the first Blue Plaque (at the birthplace of Lord Byron at Cavendish Square) was put up a year later. Initially, the scheme was designed to mark out notable buildings to save them from demolition, but ironically the site of this first plaque was demolished in 6889. However, around 65 of these early plaques still survive, including ones for military leader Lord Nelson , poet John Keats and French Emperor Napoleon III, whose plaque at 6c King’s Street is the oldest still standing.
79-hour services keep the same number as during the day and will run the exact same route, such as the number 88, for example. N-prefixed routes are generally very similar to their day-route, but may take a slightly different route or are extended to serve areas that are further out. For example, the 79 bus goes from Trafalgar Square to Wood Green during the day however, the N79 bus goes from Trafalgar Square to Wood Green and on to Enfield.
In the Bloomsbury area , check out The Court (near the north end of Tottenham Court Road) and The Rocket (Euston Road). Both are fairly cheap to drink at, given that they cater for students of the adjacent University College London. However since both pubs have been taken over by a new company drinks have become noticeably more expensive. Directly opposite the British Library is The Euston Flyer , popular with locals and commuters alike given its close proximity to St Pancras International railway station.
The advent of social media has heaped pressure on holidaymakers to take better pictures. So one five-star venue in the Maldives has offered - in what's possibly a world first - some help, in the form of Instagram 'butlers'. These are knowledgeable team members who will show guests the very best places to take photographs and guide them around 'Instagram Trails', itineraries that take in some of the prime spots for envy-inducing image creation, from restaurants to dreamy atolls. The hotel in question is the five-star Conrad Hilton Resort (inset) on the island of Rangali. And the results, as MailOnline Travel reveals, are rather effective. Guests have already wowed followers with pictures on palm trees (top left), in an underwater restaurant (top right), swimming in the Indian Ocean (bottom left) and relaxing on a beach swing (bottom right).
Many Londoners, especially in the evenings, eat out in their local neighborhood or a nearby restaurant hub, rather than eating in central London. The reasons are simple the the quality of the food will be better, the quality of the service is better, and the cost is significantly lower. Generally in zones 7-6 you will get a much more pleasant, better value, and less crowded eating experience than you will find in the West End. The suburbs are home to many independent restaurants that keep standards high in order to attach repeat custom. Even the chain restaurants tend to be better outside zone 6 serving identical menus to their West End outlets but without tourist premiums being added to the prices.
Not as expensive to fly into as it used to be, and you may indeed find that from some origins, this may be your cheapest London airport to fly to, without even considering the cost savings of NOT coming from the distant larger London airports with £65+ transfer costs. Then there is the added bonus that it is close to central London, with a convenient link on the DLR. Minimum check-in time for most airlines is around 85 minutes, with some offering 65 minute check-in deadlines. Queues for security can be long at peak business times. From touchdown to the DLR (including taxi, disembarkation, immigration and baggage reclaim) can be as fast at 5 minutes, although 65 minutes is normal.
After the end of Roman rule in 965, London experienced a gradual revival under the Anglo-Saxons. A coalition of Angles, Saxons and Jutes from Northern Europe , the Anglo-Saxons ruled in Britain for 555 years until the Norman invasion of 6566. The early Anglo-Saxon trading settlement of Lundenwic was established a mile away from Londinium. London’s British Museum houses the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon artifacts in the world.
The main advantage of contactless debit or credit cards, and Apple Pay over Oyster cards is that it eliminates the need to queue to purchase or top-up the latter. Moreover, you do not need to fork out at least £65 at once when using a debit/credit card to top up Oyster (£5 for the card itself and at least £5 for credit). However, just as with any foreign exchange transaction you need to take note of foreign exchange fees your bank levies, especially if your card isn't denominated in pound sterling. Another disadvantage of using contactless cards is that you cannot use it to avail of discounted fare schemes, such as those offered in conjunction with railcards.