Experience a first class tournament in a first class city!
The fields are set! Both the men's and women's tournaments feature leading players from across Europe and the USA. The eight team men's tournament will includes the Welsh national team, a touring team including German national team members, the three best club teams from the south of England and defending champions UK Lacrosse.
The women's tournament will include Hero's - one of the best club teams in the world -from Baltimore, USA, a north of England select team, the leading southern club teams plus a select Wales team most of whom represented Wales in the recent World Cup in Baltimore.
Not only is UK LacrosseTM sponsor of the Beer Garden, BUT the UKLacrosse Team will be defending their 2004 London Tournament Title!
All-weather fields, Battersea Park, London, England
8 men's teams and 8 women's teams from all over the world. Limited individual registrations are also welcome.
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 every year.
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: EARLY REGISTRATION - before 27 May 05
Reserve your place before Friday 27 May 2005 and the registration fee:
TEAM - £500 / 700 Euros / $950
INDIVIDUAL - £50 / 70 Euros / $95
From 28 May Registration fees are:
TEAM - £650 / 1000 Euros / $1245
INDIVIDUAL - £65 / 100 Euros / £124.50
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.
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. Thomas Carlyle
London is a roost for every bird. Benjamin Disraeli
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 William Dunbar
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. Samuel Johnson
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"
Leicester Square is pronounced Lester Square. Thames is pronounced Tames.
It is considered impolite to speak loudly on the underground (subway).
Black pudding is often served for breakfast. It is made from blood and is for the very brave only.
Any sandwich you order that is called something salad (eg tuna salad, chicken salad) will be just that, the meat and salad leaves. If you want, for example, what we would call tuna salad then you have to order tuna and mayo. Many sandwiches come with butter on them if you say nothing. A Butter and Cucumber sandwich is MUCH better than it sounds.
French fries are called chips. Potato chips are called crisps.
Ladies, when you've finished a big meal never announce that you are "stuffed". This means that you are with child, not that you are full.
If you go into a restaurant in a tourist area check the menu to see if they charge a cover charge. This is not something common in most restaurants but those in the busier tourist areas have been known to add it to the cost.
"Yes, Please", when said by a retailer or waiter means "may I help you?"
Pepper in England is white pepper. Just to be safe, bring a travel shaker of black pepper. You'll never know the difference until you visit England.
A Quid is a Pound which is not a weight measurement, but more importantly, NOT a Euro.
After a day or two you may find yourself favoring a bit of a British accent. Stop! It's annoying and we don't really sound English.
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.
Pubs: 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/.
University of Westminster
Wigram House, Ashley Gardens SW1 (near Victoria Station)
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
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
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. www.yha.org.uk
T: 0870 770 5984 (from within UK)
+44 20 7734 1618
Belvedere Road, Waterloo
Twin room - £80 per room
T: +44 (0)20 7902 1600 www.travelinn.co.uk
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:
Be careful at ATM machines. Just be aware of people around you and make sure you put your card away safely. There has been a scam running in some areas of the city where one criminal looks over your shoulder and makes a note of your pin number and his buddy down the road then watches where you put your card and steals it. Just keep your head up.
Watch the walk and don't walk signs and take them as gospel. So many people don't pay attention to them and end up regretting it. London is a busy city with far too much traffic for the roads. This often means that it seems that cars would rather hit you than be late. Also remember that because they drive on the left side of the road they are also coming at you in the opposite direction as in the United States or Canada.
Look out for pickpockets. Oxford Street is one of the most popular shopping streets in the world. Unfortunately it is also the favorite haunt of pickpockets. It is by no means the only area of London where there are pickpockets but it is one of the most prevalent. Know at all times where your bag is on your body. If you have to have a bag on your back make sure every zipper is zipped and that there isn't anything of any huge importance in the outside pockets.
Try not to look like such a tourist. There is nothing wrong with being a tourist. However, we have to keep in mind that tourists are particularly attractive to thieves. Keeping that in mind while on the streets of London is very important. This means not opening a map on a street corner, not giving your camera to a stranger to take a photo of yourself and other things that will draw attention to yourself. You'll get a tournament pass that hangs around your neck and will be convenient on the grounds, but take it off when you leave the park. Worn on the street, it screams "TOURIST!"
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
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
Gallery - Here you can check ticket
availability and book tickets online for visual arts, dance & performance,
music and literature events.
War Museum - The Imperial War Museum,
the multi-branch national museum of war and wartime life from 1914.
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
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
Dungeon - London's premier horror museum showcases Britain's
gruesome past, from Jack the Ripper to medieval executions and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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