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6-8 August 2004
Where: All-weather fields, Battersea Park, London, England
Who: 8 men's teams and 8 women's teams from all over the world. Limited individual registrations are also welcome.
Purpose: To provide lacrosse players with an excuse to come to London. You'll have a chance to play some good lax, see the sites and have a party! The game in the South of England is growing with new clubs forming and new players joining clubs - the tournament will also give these new players the opportunity to watch some good lacrosse. Our guests will experience a first class event in a first class city. This is a great event to participate in before playing in the E-Lacrosse Amsterdam Tournament, as well!
Contacts: E-mail any questions to: North America - John Weaver
Europe and Worldwide - Paul Terry
Host: The smooth running of the tournament is being organised by the South of England Men's Lacrosse Association. SEMLA is part of the English Lacrosse Association and is responsible for running the three men's leagues and for junior development within the area. The association currently consists of 20 clubs and more information is available from www.southlacrosse.org.uk
Cost: 1000 Euros / $1245
The registration fees includes use of fields, locker room and shower facilities, clubhouse, referee and trainer fees, as well as administrative, setup and clean up services and a party on Saturday night. Travel, hotel and local transportation will need to be arranged separately by the teams or players.
Play will start at around 10.30 each day and finish by 6pm on Friday and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Venue: Battersea Park
The E-Lacrosse London Tournament's all-weather fields are located in the Southeast corner of London's Battersea Park. Changing rooms and showers are provided in the adjacent clubhouse. Battersea Park's 198 acres are home to extensive sports facilities but also contain a variety of other features including a children's zoo, a deer park, an art gallery, a café and a large boating lake. Players and families can chose from a wide range of after or even between-game activities, from tennis, rowing and fishing to lounging along the banks of the Thames or taking an aromatic stroll around the Herb Garden. The park is surrounded by streets full of restaurants, pubs, comedy cafes, theatres, shops, cinemas and hotels.
More About Battersea Park:
Battersea Park is one of London's liveliest parks and one of the oldest public parks in the world. The park's classic design has inspired parks in many other countries. The area encompassed by the park has over a thousand years of history. It is believed Julius Caesar crossed the river here. In 1671 Colonel Blood hid here with the intention of killing Charles II and stealing the Crown Jewels. The Duke of Wellington fought a duel here in 1829 with Lord Winchilsea. By the 1840's it had become notorious as a place of lawlessness, with gambling, drinking booths, fortune tellers and vendors of all kinds. But that was soon to change.
In 1846 an act was passed making Battersea a Royal Park. It was laid out between 1846 and 1864 from designs by James Pennethorne and John Gibson. The site, which was originally flat and swampy, was built up using material excavated from the Royal Victoria Dock. Today, Battersea still retains many typically Victorian park features. There is a serpentine carriage drive, a formal avenue and an irregular lake. Flower gardens and shrubberies abound. The sale of the terraced houses along the park's perimeter on Albert Bridge Road and Prince of Wales Drive helped to pay for the park which they overlook. The landscaping was finished in 1853 and by 1860 the lake was excavated. Opened for all to use in 1858 by Queen Victoria, the park was seen as a way of giving the lower classes plenty of space for healthy recreation.
The park is bordered on one side by the Thames and there are excellent views across the river towards Chelsea. The most famous feature is the Festival Gardens, one of the attractions of the 1951 Festival of Britain. The park is also home to the 100 ft high Peace Pagoda, which was built beside the Thames by Buddhist monks and nuns in 1985 to commemorating Hiroshima Day. The pagoda is one of more than 70 built throughout the world. Henry Moore's carving of 'Three Standing Figures' can be seen near the lacrosse fields. Special events are held in the park including the Easter Day Parade, Bank Holiday funfairs and fireworks displays throughout the year. For much more information, visit www.batterseapark.org.
The City: London is best described in the words of great poets.
Forget six counties overhung with smoke,
Forget the snorting steam and piston stroke,
Forget the spreading of the hideous town;
Think rather of the pack-horse on the down,
And dream of London, small and white and clean,
The clear Thames bordered by its gardens green.
William Morris from 'The Earthly Paradise'
That monstrous tuberosity of civilized life, the capital of England.
London is a roost for every bird.
London, thou art of townes A per se.
Soveraign of cities, semeliest in sight,
Of high renoun, riches, and royaltie;
Of lordis, barons, and many goodly knyght;
Of most delectable lusty ladies bright;
Of famous prelatis in habitis clericall;
Of merchauntis full of substaunce and myght:
London, thou art the flour of Cities all
You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.
London, that great sea, whose ebb and flow
At once is deaf and loud.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
This melancholy London - I sometimes imagine that the souls of the lost are compelled to walk through its streets perpetually. One feels them passing like a whiff of air.
W. B. Yeats
When it's three o'clock in New York, it's still 1938 in London.
Bette Midler "London Times 21 Sep 78"
For much more information on the City of London go to http://www.visitlondon.com/consumer/freeLondonBrochureIntro
Fit Right In!
Great London Events in August:
Jamaica Fun Day
Sun 3rd August 2003 at Tooting Bec Common at Battersea Park!
Fun in the Sun
Tues 12th August 2003, 1pm - 4pm Furzedown Recreational Ground.
Great British Beer Festival
Tue 3 Aug - Sat 7 Aug - Drink, music and other entertainment in the National Hall at Olympia (Kensington -Olympia tube). See: http://www.gbbf.org or http://www.camra.org.uk for more information.
Changing of the Guard
The Queen's London home is protected day and night by Her Majesty's Guards. The ceremony of handing over the duty of Queen's Guard from one regiment to another takes place 11.30 a.m. every day in the summer. This is usually undertaken by one of the five regiments of Household guards (Grenadiers, Coldstreams, Irish, Welsh or Scots) but is occasionally performed by other regiments (either British or Commonwealth) of which Her Majesty is head. Sentries are also posted at St. James Palace, the Tower of London and at Windsor Castle. Best viewed from the gates of Buckingham Palace.
Ceremony of the Keys
The Ceremony of the Keys is the traditional locking up of the Tower of London by night by Beefeaters and the regiment currently on duty at The Tower. It is one of the oldest and most colorful ceremonies of its kind, having taken place daily without fail for the last 700 years in much the same form as it is seen today. Tickets are scarce but can be obtained by writing to The Constable's Office, H.M. Tower of London, London EC3N 4AB stating several possible dates and the number of tickets required.
Mounting the Guard
The Queen's Life Guards and Blues and Royals (Household Cavalry) mount on alternate days at Horse Guards' Arch in Whitehall, traditionally the official entrance to Buckingham Palace. The Guard normally mounts daily at 11.00 a.m. (Sunday 10.00 a.m.). This ceremony is sometimes performed by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery or other mounted regiments.
Royal Academy Summer Show - 08 Jun - 16 Aug 2004
The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is the largest contemporary art exhibition in the world and a big event in the London art world. Royal Academy @ Burlington House Pricing: £5-8 (Green Park Tube)
We Will Rock You - thru 24 Aug 2004
The Queen musical by Ben Elton and the band hits the West End.
Jerry Springer the Opera - thru 08 Jan 2005
This is Jerry Springer's moment. Stewart Lee and Richard Thomas's creation is the most outrageous opera to ever hit theatre land. Cambridge Theatre on Earlham Street, Pricing: £50 - £80, (Covent Garden Tube)
London's Top Ten Musicals
1. The Lion King
2. Mamma Mia!
3. Phantom of the Opera
5. Bombay Dreams
6. Les Miserables
8. The Mousetrap
10. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Great Year-Round Sights in London:
Tower of London - As the Royal residences have opened up in recent years, Londoners have started to neglect what remains one of the finest tourist attractions in the city. Armaments Museum and Crown Jewels are on-site. Tower Hill, Pricing: £7.80-12, under-5s free (Tower Hill Tube)
Museums - The British Museum at the Russell Square Tube (blue line) is huge and has lots of mummies. Victoria & Albert, The Natural History & Science Museums are within walking distance of each other. The National Gallery is a testament to the extraordinary purchasing power of Victorian Britain. The permanent collection of the National Gallery is one of the world's finest museums. There are over 2,300 paintings from the period 1260 to 1900, including masterpieces by Botticelli, Monet, Constable, Van Gogh and Rembrandt. Holbein's The Ambassadors, The Hay Wain by Constable and Jan Van Eyck's Arnolfini Marriage are just some of the major attractions of the National Gallery.It's on Trafalgar Square and is free (Leicester Square or Charing Cross Tube). The Tate Britain's Permanent Collection is Henry Tate's vision of a national gallery devoted entirely to British art and is free (Victoria Tube).
Founded in 1753, The British Museum is the oldest museum in the world. It´s impossible to visit the whole place in a day. The best way is to choose a collection or exhibition that interest you and visit them. The highlights are: the Rosetta Stone, in the Egyptian Room, whose discovery led to the deciphering of hieroglyphics; the Elgin Marbles, a series of pediments, metopes, and friezes from the Parthenon in Athens, in the Duveen Gallery; the legendary Black Obelisk, dating from around 860 B.C., in the Nimrud Gallery and the contents of Egyptian royal tombs (including mummies). The egyptian exhibit is one of the most important and impressive galleries we've seen. Entrance is FREE. More information at http://www.britishmuseum.ac.uk.
Churches - Specifically St. Paul's (red line) and Westminster Abbey (yellow or green line).
Palaces - Approaching Buckingham Palace from Trafalgar Square is a nice walk. Kennsington Palace (Princess Di's old residence) and the Palace Gardens are very nice. Windsor is a day great trip.
Parks - Hyde Park is very large and features speaker's corner on Sunday mornings. Regent's Park is beautiful with flowering gardens even in the winter and a wonderful zoo on the grounds. All of the parks near Buckingham Palace are nice too.
Shopping - Harrod's in Knightsbridge (blue line) is closed Sundays and very expensive on the other days. Oxford Street, from Hyde Park Corner to Oxford Circus (red line) and Regent Street are fashion streets. Covent Garden (blue line) is an upscale flea market while Portobello Road around Notting Hill Gate (red, yellow or green) is a real flea market on Saturdays.
Afternoon Tea - Break from tournament or tourism. Stop by any hotel or our Tea Tent for "Afternoon Tea". Our favorite is the clotted cream and jam on scones!
The West End - One night, walk from Covent Garden to Leicester Square to Piccadilly Circus. Detour anywhere that looks interesting like Soho or Chinatown. These areas are all pretty safe.
Double Decker Bus Ride - Take the regular city buses and sit up top. Or take the 'Official London Sightseeing Bus' for narration and get on or off at your leisure.
Big Ben - You'll get a great view from Trafalgar Square or get up close in Westminster (yellow or green). Trivia: The bell, not the clock is called Big Ben.
Thames River Activities:A number of boat tours and ferries operate on the Thames River. Here are the most useful for visitors.
Catamaran Cruises offer tours with an entertaining commentary, from Embankment Pier to Greenwich. Boats leave every 30 minutes from 1030 to 1715, and cost £6 one way, £8 return. An all-day pass costs only £8.50.
Circular Cruises depart from Westminster Pier (Victoria Embankment) and travel as far as St. Katherine's Pier in the Docklands and back in a circle. Cruises depart every 30-40 minutes and cost up to £5.60, with a cheaper option of getting off at London Bridge Pier costing £4. You can also take boats the other direction to Hampton Court, Kew, and Richmond.
City Cruisers offer a range of trips, including service between London Bridge and Westminster Pier, and a Pool of London hop-on, hop-off shuttle. calling at St. Katherine's Pier, Butler's Wharf, HMS Belfast, London Bridge City Pier, and Tower Pier.
Note: with narrated cruises the crew will pass a hat at the end of the trip and you will be expected to toss in a quid or two as a tip. Be prepared with a handful of change.
London is not as wet or cold as you think, but the weather is changeable. Be prepared with an extra sweater you can put on or take off, and a folding umbrella or waterproof hat and coat. In summer it can also turn unexpectedly hot, or cold and windy.
Travellers checks are not accepted in shops (or only with a terrible rate of exchange). Currency exchange services are available in areas frequented by tourists, at least during business hours. However, the best exchange rates are obtained through ATM machines, which are widespread in cities and towns throughout the UK. If you use a debit or service card there will be a small service charge ($2-$3) for each withdrawal; a credit card will charge you interest from the time of withdrawal but you will get the same good exchange rate. This is very definitely the cheapest, safest and most convenient way of obtaining cash as you go. There are ATM machines very close to all the hotels we use.
Tipping in the United Kingdom is discretionary. One or two pounds is the standard tip for hotel service personnel such as luggage handlers and door attendants.
In bars, tips are not expected unless the barman serves the drink at your table. Order and collect your own drink from the bar in a pub. If you are eating in a pub you will usually order and pay for food at the bar in advance - no need to tip the person who brings food to your table.
Taxis and hairdressers expect a tip of 10-15%. Usually we round the sum up to a convenient amount, eliminating small change, or say "Take £xx" ; for instance, for a taxi fare of £7.20, say "take £8."
Some restaurants include service in their prices. Most will add a suggested service charge (10, 12½ or 15%) or leave a space on the bill for you add service. (If the management charges service in a restaurant, you can leave a small amount of cash for your waiter in recognition of exceptional service, but this is not obligatory.) A few unscrupulous places will add service and then leave space on your credit card slip for a further amount to be added. Look carefully at the menu and/or the bill, but if you are not sure, just ask the waiter if service is included.
Hot snacks, sandwiches, cold and hot drinks etc will be served near the field. In addition there is a cafe approximately five minutes walk away on the other side of the park. Some of the city's best restaurants are just north of the park in Chelsea, Knightsbridge, Brompton and Kensington.
London is home to an enormous variety of excellent restaurants, with the finest global cuisine offered in a multitude of highly original, imaginative venues. Traditional English cooking is as popular here as its international food but is bland by comparison to the Indonesian or Indian fare in town. The nicer London restaurants are run by talented, creative chefs with flair and enthusiasm.
The pubs of London are legendary. Here are all the pubs near the fields. Review them for us while you are there and we'll use the reviews for next year!
Barclay Court Hotel (14 Hafer Road)
British Flag (103 Culvert Road)
Chelsea Reach (189 Battersea Park Road)
Duke Of Wellington (105 Meyrick Road)
Faraday & Firkin (66 Battersea Rise)
Forte Travelodge (206 Southampton House 192 York Road)
Fox & Hounds (66 Latchmere Road)
Legless Ladder (339 Battersea Park Road)
Pine Tavern (71 Plough Road)
Somers Arms (2A Rochelle Close)
The Beaufoy Arms (18 Lavender Hill)
The Beehive (197 St. Johns Hill)
The Bolingbroke (1 Cobham Close)
The Castle (115 Battersea High Street)
The Cedars (5 Lavender Hill)
The Chopper (70 York Road)
The Cornet (49 Lavender Gardens)
The Dog & Duck (110 Battersea Rise)
The Eagle Ale House (Chatham Road)
The Eagle Tavern (231 Battersea Park Road)
The Falcon (2 St. Johns Hill)
The Four Chimneys (317 Battersea Park Road)
The Galleon (Lavender Road)
The Gardeners Arms (109 Chatham Road)
The Greyhound (136 Battersea High Street)
The Grove (279 Battersea Park Road)
The Holy Drinker (59 Northcote Road)
The Latchmere (503 Battersea Park Road)
The Mess (225 St. Johns Hill)
The Meyrick (148 Falcon Road)
The Prince Albert (85 Albert Bridge Road)
The Prince's Head (Falcon Road)
The River Rat (2 Lombard Road)
The Significant Half (Northcote Road)
The Spiky Hedgehog (136 Falcon Road)
The Stag (96 Westbridge Road)
The Windsor Castle (36 St. Johns Hill)
Walsh's (228 York Road)
There is a variety of accommodation in London - ranging from hostels to 5 star hotels. Read our tournament specific Hotel Guide or Dirt Cheap Lodging below. Also more information can be found on all levels of accommodation @ www.visitlondon.com/plan_a_visit/staying/.
DIRT CHEAP LODGING! Hostels and University Accommodation
University of Westminster
Wigram House, Ashley Gardens SW1 (near Victoria Station) Or International House, Lambeth Road SE1 (near Waterloo Station)
Special group rates can be negotiated. Normal rate - £24.50 per person. For University of Westminster accommodation contact:
T: +44 (0)20 7834 1172
F: +44 (0)20 7828 9257
London School of Economics
Twin room £22.50 per person
T: +44 (0)20 7955 7575
F: + 44 (0)20 955 7676
Astor Hostel Victoria
Only accommodate people between the ages of 18-35. Offers dormitory rooms for 4-8 people:
8-bedded room - £16 per person
7-bedded room - £17 per person
6-bedded room - £17 per person
5-bedded room - £18 per person
4-bedded room - £19 per person
T: +44 (0)20 7834 3077
F: +44 (0)20 7932 0693
YHA Oxford Street
£22.60 per room
Have to be a member of the Youth Hostel Association to stay here. Can join on arrival at hostel - Individual membership costs £14.
T: 0870 770 5984 (from within UK)
+44 20 7734 1618
QUALITY LODGING AT GREAT PRICES!
Southampton House, 200 York Road, Battersea
Twin room - £70 per room
T: +44 (0)20 7228 5508
F: +44 (0)20 7978 5898
10 Drury Lane, High Holborn, London
Twin room - £75 per room
T: +44 (0)20 7208 9988
F: +44 (0)20 7831 1548
HOLIDAY INN www.holiday-inn.co.uk
57/59 Welbeck Street
London, W1G 9BL
T: +44 (0)20 7935 4442
F: +44 (0)20 7487 3782
E: Reservations@holidayinnoxfordcircus.com Twin room - £80
London, SW18 1EG
T: +44 (0)20 8877 5950
F: +44 (0)20 8877 0631
Twin Room - £75 per room
106-110 Belgrave Road
London, SW1V 2BJ
T: +44 (0)20 7630 8888
F: +44 (0)20 7828 0441
Twin room - £92 per room
100 Cromwell Road
London, SW7 4ER
T: +44 (0)20 7373 2222
F: +44 (0)20 7373 0559
Twin room - £86
Belvedere Road, Waterloo
Twin room - £80 per room
T: +44 (0)20 7902 1600
Heathrow airport is so large it is actually 4 separate airports, or terminals, with a fifth planned. Be sure you know which terminal your flight will land at or depart from.
Getting into/from London - quickly
The Paddington Line tube station serves Heathrow with the Heathrow Expres, and the trip takes only 15 minutes, but it is not a cheap way to go, at £12 one way for adults. Several airlines now offer you the option of checking in for your outbound flight at Paddington station before boarding the train to the airport. The Express serves all four Heathrow terminals. Web site for Heathrow Express.
Getting into/from London - cheaply
Piccadilly line tube serves all 4 terminals, and at £3.40 for adults it is the way to go if you are budget-minded. The trip takes an hour, and tickets are available at the luggage area. You'll need the all-zone ticket (or the all-zone Travelcard).
Getting into/from London - mid-price
The Heathrow Airbus Shuttle goes every half-hour and costs 6GBP adult one way. Details of the route are at the shuttle website http://www.airbus.co.uk.
Hotel shuttle - several large hotel chains have a "presence" at Heathrow. You can get to these hotels by using the Hotel Hoppa Bus (cost 2GBP). Alternatively, Hotelink http://www.hotelink.co.uk/ operate shuttles from both major London airports to hotels in the city. Cost from Heathrow is £14.
If budget isn't even a word you recognise, the simplest option for transportation into the city from Heathrow is one of the traditional black London taxis. Prices to the city centre run about £55. If you're only mildly aquainted with financial constraints, consider a minicab, which should cost about £35 for the same trip. Private Hire Comapanies often add a waiting time/Car park surcharge to fares and Black cabs charge more at night.
Gatwick is smaller and better organised than Heathrow. There are two terminals, connected by a monorail service. It is also much easier to drive in and out of - especially for foreign visitors not used to driving on the left.
Getting into/from London - quickly
Gatwick Express runs very frequent shuttle trains to/from Victoria Styation. 5AM to midnight trains run every 15 minutes. The trip takes about 30 minutes, and costs £9.50 one way for adults and £4.75 for children under 15. See the web site at www.gatwickexpress.co.uk. There are also Thameslink trains from London Bridge, Farringdon, and King's Cross for £9.50.
Getting into/from London - cheaply
In this case, cheap transport isn't that big a savings. Connex South Central trains to/from Victoria are £8.20 one way. A better deal is the Flightline bus, with a ticket good for 3 months costing £7.50 single/£11 return. Flightline is on the web at www.speedlink.co.uk.
If you have money to burn, a black taxi costs £50 to/from central London, with a minicab kicking in at about £35 for the same trip. Alternatively, Hotelink http://www.hotelink.co.uk/ operate shuttles from both major London airports to hotels in the city. Cost from Gatwick is £20.
A shuttle bus connects Luton Airport to Luton train station. It leaves the airport every ten minutes and takes approximately twelve minutes to reach the station. The fare is only 1.60 pounds. From the station there are two direct lines to central London: the Thameslink line and the St Pancras line. The fare is approximately 9.60 pounds for a single journey, which takes 25 minutes. It is also possible to hire a taxi from the airport to central London. The fare is usually between 40 and 45 pounds.
The airport, 30 miles north-east of London, has its own train station under the main terminal building. Trains to central London run every 30 minutes to Liverpool Street Station and take approximately 45 minutes. The fare is 12 GBP for a standard single ticket. There is a coach service leaving from the airport every hour which takes approximately 100 minutes.
* All transportation prices are correct at the time of publication (2/25/4) but are, of course, subject to change.
The Paranoid Tourist should:
Battersea Park is located in South London, just south of the river Thames (the river that runs through the heart of the city).
By Train - both Battersea Park station and Queenstown Road Battersea station are close to the Park. (The nearer of the two is Battersea Park.)
Battersea Park station is on the main line into Victoria station (one of the main railway stations in London). Trains are frequent and the journey time is less than 5 minutes. Underground lines that stop at Victoria Station include the District, Circle and Victoria lines.
Queenstown Road at Battersea station is on the main line into Waterloo station. Trains are also pretty frequent but the journey time is a couple of minutes longer. Eurostar trains to Paris, Brussels, Lille etc all leave from Waterloo station. Underground lines that stop at Waterloo include the Northern, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines.
By Bus - Buses from central London (Liverpool Street in the City and Oxford Street in the west End) and south west London (Wimbledon, Streatham Hill, Tooting) take you to Battersea Park. These bus routes are numbers: 44, 344, 137, 44 and 156.
By Car - Parking in London is often expensive and limited. The streets are very narrow and they drive on the left, often in quite a rush. There is also a congestion charge of £5 for entering Central London from Monday - Friday between 7am - 6.30pm. Battersea Park is just outside this congestion zone but more information is available from www.cclondon.com. For all these good reasons you are recommended to travel by public transport and stay near Battersea Park. However, if you wish to drive, directions to the Park are available by using this route planner; www.theaa.com/travelwatch/planner_main.jsp.
By Cab - The famous "black cabs" provide a safe, luxurious and reliable way of going anywhere; however, they are expensive and are at the mercy of London's ghastly traffic. The fare structure is complex and involves both distance and time taken. Black cabs seat either four or five passengers, and newer ones can take wheelchairs. They can be hailed in the street if the orange "for hire" light is lit up. Not all "black cabs" are black. All licensed cabs have the license on display and the driver wears a badge.
In London there are two different kinds of cabs. You won't be there long before you see mini cab offices. Mini cabs are just people with cars that work through an agency. The attraction of a mini cab is that they can be cheaper. However, they are not required to be licensed, unlike black cabs, and are not required to pass 'the knowledge' which proves they know their way around the city which is not easy.
If you do take a mini cab, make sure you get the price to your destination before you get into the cab. Black cabs run on a meter but there should be a clearly visible fare structure in the cab. Mini cabs are not allowed to solicit business. In other words, you have to actively call them or go to their office to order one. Black cabs, of course, can roam the city looking for business. Often in the early hours rouge minicabs will go out looking for business. Do not get in one of these cabs regardless of how good a deal it sounds. If they will break the law once who is to say they are safe?
Getting Around London:
The fastest way of traveling around London is the Underground, or "the tube" (note that a "subway" is a pedestrian underpass). Simple maps are widely available showing all the tube stations and the various lines, which are named and color-coded; pick the line that you want and also the direction, shown as northbound, eastbound etc. Tickets can be bought inside the tube stations. The fare structure is based on zones, concentric rings numbered 1-6; the central zone (Zone 1) covers most of the main sights. A single one-way fare in Zone 1 is £1.50, a carnet of ten Zone I single tickets costs £11.50. You can change trains and still use the same ticket unless you have gone through a ticket barrier. Most stations have escalators, a few have lifts (elevators) and some have stairs only. The system can get severely overcrowded during rush hours (8 am to 10 am and 4 pm to 6 pm). There have been instances of pick-pocketing but otherwise the system is basically safe. The system shuts down at around midnight.
Buses are slower than the tube but are cheaper and you can see more as you travel. Bus maps are widely available, though not always easy to follow; bus routes run along most main roads in central London. Public buses show their route numbers front and back; most are red, red and yellow, or grey and green. Bus stops are marked with a red-and-white sign, round with a horizontal bar through the middle, and usually display the number(s) of the buses that stop there. (If the bus stop sign has a red background, it is a "request" stop, and you must hold out your arm to signal the bus to stop for you; to alight at one, tell the conductor or press the bell-push.) You pay the bus driver (or conductor) when you board; buses carry limited amounts of change, so try to have the exact fare if possible. The fare structure is similar to that on the tube except that there are four zones. Single tickets cost £1.00 in central London; you need a new ticket if you change buses. Like the tube, buses are best avoided during rush hours.
If you are going to be doing much traveling in London, consider buying a travel card. It will give you unlimited travel on all forms of public transport (except for N-prefixed night buses, Airbus and a few others) after 9:30 weekdays and all day on weekends. Travel cards can be purchased at any tube station and are usually worthwhile if you are making three or more separate journeys in the day. Weekly travel cards are also available - you will need a passport-size photo, which will be laminated into an ID card at the tube station.
Canals and Waterways:
The early 19th century saw a proliferation of canals built into and around London, usually for goods transport. These canals fell out of service as rail transport became a viable option, but now they offer a relaxing way to travel about the city. For an overview of London canals see the excellent British Waterways site at http://www.british-waterways.co.uk.
Regents Canal travels for 2 1/2 miles through northern London from Little Venice to Camden Lock. On the way it passes London Zoo and Regent's Park. The London Waterbus Company runs enclosed narrow boats from Camden Lock (Camden Town) and Little Venice (Warwick Avenue). Boats leave every hour weekdays between 1000 and 1700, and every 30 minutes on weekends. There are a variety of tickets which can also include entry to London Zoo.
Jason's Canal Trips (www.jasons.co.uk) travel the same route in open-sided boats, leaving 60 Blomfield Road in Little Venice at 1030, 1230, and 1430 daily from April to October, with an extra 1630 departure from July-August. There is no 1030 sailing in October.
Jenny Wren offers cruises traveling from Camden Lock, and also operates dinner and Sunday lunch cruises from the Waterside Cafe at 250 Camden High Street. The dinner cruises leave at 2000 Tuesday through Saturday, and last 3 hours. Sunday lunch cruises depart at 1300 and last 2 1/2 hours.
There are also cruises along the River Lea, leaving aboard the Pride of Lea (Tel 7515 8558) from Gillender Street (Bromley-by-Bow) and including trips to Waltham Abbey, the London Canal Museum (www.canalmuseum.org.uk), or the East Ring Cruise.
British Waterways, the organization which oversees the operation of Britain network of canals and navigable rivers, has a free leaflet called "Explore London's Canals" outlining 6 walks along London's canal towpaths. Website: www.british-waterways.co.uk
The Big List of London Attractions:
Buckingham Palace - the official site for the palace
Buckingham Palace - basic visitor information for kids and families.
British Museum - the official site of one of the world's great museums.
British National Space Centre (BNSC) - news and information from Britain's astronomy and space agency.
Chelsea Physic Garden - Chelsea Physic Garden, founded in 1673 by the Society of Apothecaries, is one of Europe's oldest botanic gardens.
Covent Garden - events, history, nightlife, and theatre information.
CoventGardenLife.com - Covent Garden guide to the best restaurants, shops, bars, hotels, and things to do in the liveliest area of London.
F.A. Premier League Hall of Fame - vote for the next hall of famers, view the biographies of the present, free downloads, panelist profiles, press and progress reports.
Freud Museum - visitor information, history, news and reviews.
Focus on Hampton Court Palace - former home of Henry VIII and other kings & queens of England. Take a tour with The Discerning Eye.
Royal Tennis Court - Hampton Court Palace - history of real tennis, the royal courts, and Hampton Court Palace.
Handel House Museum - Information about what visitors can expect from the Handel House Museum. Description of the House, details about events, exhibitions and group bookings. As well as the contact details for the Museum. See map
Hayward Gallery - Here you can check ticket availability and book tickets online for visual arts, dance & performance, music and literature events.
Imperial War Museum - The Imperial War Museum, the multi-branch national museum of war and wartime life from 1914.
Institute of Contemporary Arts - programme of events.
Kew Royal Botanic Gardens - visitor information, events, history, shopping, and horticultural information from Kew Gardens.
Kew Bridge Steam Museum - housed in a magnificent 19th Century Pumping Station, centred around the station's five world famous Cornish Beam Engines, two of which can be seen, in steam, every weekend.
London Butterfly House - The London Butterfly House home page for information on a great day out, school trips or facts about tropical butterflies, their origins, lifecycle and appearance
London Canal Museum - London Canal Museum, the London museum of canals, boats, the ice trade, and ice cream.
London Dungeon - London's premier horror museum showcases Britain's gruesome past, from Jack the Ripper to medieval executions and more.
London Eye - information and news on the world's largest observation wheel. See the wheel live on the webcam and experience unrivalled views of London. Full booking information and admission prices are detailed.
Londonpass - Free entry to London tourist attractions - Get free entry to many London attractions and take advantage of free travel - special deals, free entry, discounts and London maps, London sightseeing couldn't be easier.
London's Royal Parks - There are over 8000 acres of park land in the heart of Englands capital, still owned by the crown, with free access to all. Visitors or local, we welcome all to the Royal Parks.
London Transport Museum - Discover our fantastic displays of buses, trains, trams and trolleybuses, our great changing programme of exhibitions, events and activities, and the latest news,shopping and information.
Millennium Bridge - All about the new Millennium Bridge - London's newset landmark.
Millennium Experience - official website for the Millenium Dome, Greenwich's newset visitor experience.
Museum of Garden History - information on the world's first Museum of Garden History. The Museum is concerned with Garden History, historic garden tools, the history of Gardening, Garden Design, and gardeners.
Museum of London - the largest, most comprehensive city museum in the world. The Museum of London tells the fascinating story of London from prehistoric times to the present day.
National Army Museum - History of Britain's armies from the era of the Redcoat to Bosnia. Extensive collections, realistic models and reconstructions bring the soldier's story vividly to life.
National Gallery London, The - the National Gallery houses the country's collection of Western European painting.
National Maritime Museum - The largest maritime museum in the world covering every aspect of ships and seafaring, in peace and at war, from pre-history to today.
National Museum of Science & Industry - comprising the Science Museum, National Museum of Photography, Film & Television and the National Railway Museum.
Natural History Museum - The United Kingdom's national museum of natural history.
No. 10 Downing Street - news and information on the national government and government buildings and properties.
Ragged School Museum - The Ragged School Museum features Victorian education, and the history and culture of the East End of London.
Royal Academy of Arts - official website featuring history, collections, events and news of the Academy.
Royal Air Force Museum - Britain's national museum of aviation.
Sherlock Holmes Museum - located at 221b Baker Street, the museum of London's greatest fictional detective.
Sherlock Holmes Museum - a virtual Sherlock Holmes museum tour, Holmes stories online, Holmes and Conan Doyle biographies, even a chance to write your own Holmes mystery!
Sir John Soane's Museum - The magnificent house and collection on the famous architect. One of London's best kept secrets!
St. Paul's Cathedral - official website of the cathedral - history, visitor information, shop.
Tate Gallery - covering British and modern European art.
Tideway - The River Thames - the internet information service about the tidal Thames - includes essential boating information.
Tower of London - detailed information on every tower, the ravens, the crown jewels, ghosts of the Tower, history of the Tower, all the executions within the Tower itself or Tower Hill and all the traditions and ceremonies of the Tower.
Tower of London Tales - An audio tour of the Tower of London. With tales of kings and queens, heroes and villians, torture and murder, you could almost be there in person.
Victoria and Albert Museum - the world's largest museum of the decorative arts is home to 145 galleries, including national collections of sculpture, furniture, fashion and photographs.
Walking Tour of Regents Canal - a pictorial journey along the banks of the Canal.
Wallace Collection, The - The Wallace Collection is both a national museum and the finest private collection of art ever assembled by one family.
Westminster Abbey - official site of Westminster Abbey - Place of Worship and House of Kings.
Tower of London Virtual Tour - Tower of London -- Britain's Crown Jewels, British Historical and Travel Destination Site.
1st 4 London Theatre Tickets - Offers theatre tickets to musicals, plays and comedies in London. Also offers tickets to music concerts.
Albemarle of London: Theatre tickets, news and information - Guide to theatre and entertainment in London's West End.
Discount london theatre (theater) tickets for musicals and shows - Leading guide to whats on at London theatres and the whole of the UK. Comprehensive listings, reviews.
London Theatre Guide - Online - Latest news, reviews, and listings from London's Theatreland. Including seating plans, maps, and tickets.
London Theatre Guide Online - The Official London Theatre Guide buy tickets online, and get the latest theatre news, listings.
London Theatre Tickets - News, information and what's on in London's West End Theatre, tickets and booking information.
thats all i need - Easy to use site for booking theatre and hotel breaks. Good selection with access to all West End Shows.
TheatreguideLondon - Reviews of London shows by professional critics, with no compromising ties to ticket agents or producers. If it's bad, we'll say so; if we say it's good, you can trust us.
www.visitlondon.com - Includes information on what's on, where to eat and where to stay.
http://www.timeout.com/london/ - Time Out's guide to London
http://www.londontown.com/ - General info on London
www.thisislondon.com - Latest news on what's happening in London
http://www.tfl.gov.uk/ - Includes journey planner and information on all methods of transport within London, including Tube (Underground), Buses, Trains, Coaches, Trams etc.
http://www.cclondon.com - Congestion charge website
EATING OUT / BARS
http://www.london-eating.co.uk/ - Guide to restaurants and bars for all occasions.
http://www.toptable.co.uk/ - Restaurant guide
http://www.visitlondon.com/plan_a_visit/staying/ - Guide to all levels of accommodation in the City
http://www.laterooms.com - Last minute hotel booking site
www.southlacrosse.org.uk - South of England Men's Lacrosse Association website www.englishlacrosse.co.uk - England Lacrosse Association website
THEATRE / OTHER ATTRACTIONS
http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/ - Online booking for theatre, music and many other attractions
MUSEUMS / GALLERIES
http://www.nhm.ac.uk - The Natural History Museum
http://www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk - The British Museum
http://www.vam.ac.uk - The Victoria and Albert Museum
http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk - The Science Museum
http://www.museum-london.org.uk - Museum of London
http://www.iwm.org.uk - Imperial War Museum
http://www.tate.org.uk - Tate Galleries
http://www.sherlock-holmes.co.uk - Sherlock Holmes Museum
http://www.npg.org.uk - National Portrait Gallery
http://www.madame-tussauds.co.uk - Waxworks museum
In case of accidents, London is well equipped with Accident and Emergency facilities in major hospitals. Treatment in A&E is free, although charges start if you need to be admitted to hospital. All drugs prescribed also attract charges. It is therefore essential that you have your own private medical travel insurance.
The Royal Dental Hospital in central London will carry out emergency dental treatment. Expect to be billed for all treatment.
All emergency treatment is given on a "need to see" basis, so be prepared to wait, sometimes for 2 or 3 hours, if your complaint is not life threatening. If you are seriously ill, treatment is immediate.
If you cannot get to an Accident and Emergency Unit yourself, go to the nearest public telephone box, and dial 999. Your will then be asked which service you require: Police, Fire or Ambulance. If you need an ambulance, simply say so and give the operator your location when asked. It is essential that you respond to questions as they are put to you. By doing this you will receive a much faster service.