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annie38 Avatar
8y, 8m agoPosted 8 years, 8 months ago
i am hoping that some of you travellers or even londoners can help me a little. After getting the ryanair 1p flights me,dh and 3 kids (13,11 and 4.5) are heading to london (from belfast) - just for the day on a thursday. We are flying into stansted. None of us have ever visited london before. Can anyone tell me
- most cost effective way of getting into central london
-some free sightseeing??
-best places to eat
Heat and rep will be generously given to all
Many thanks
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8y, 8m agoPosted 8 years, 8 months ago
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#1
I always tell people to go here http://www.southbanklondon.com/page/map
Cheapest way into London from stansted is by coach takes about 1/12 hrs or best to get the train into Liverpool st but will cost about £70 return. than taxis or buses/tubes around London £40 plus food/drinks for the day £50 min believe me London is not cheap the 1p flights will cost you around £300
#2
There are various coaches that go into Central or East London (Stratford). Takes around 1 - 1.5 hours. You can get the train to Liverpool street , which is quicker but could be more expensive.

Most of the galleries and museums are free. Science Museum is good for kids.

Try [url]www.toptable.co.uk[/url] for places to eat, special offers and reviews by people who eaten in the restaurants.

Enjoy
#3
Hi, the coach will take forever, but if you get off peak travel cards for 2 adults and 2 children (the four year old will be free) it will cost you £66.90 and that will include return train journey to Liverpool Street and free bus and underground all day in London. (the top of buses is good for sightseeing, get a bus to the Tower of London from Liverpool street, then from the Tower to Trafalgar square, then to South Kensington for all the museums) Look at Time Out online, there's loads of free things to do and you can eat cheaply (toptable is a good idea) - have a great time.
#4
A great restaurant in central London that cost £6.90 for a two course lunch or £7.90 for three courses, and dinner for £9.90 and £10.90 is Bistro 1. I am fussy about where I eat, and I've been going there for years.

You should definitely get a Oyster card as soon as you can.
You can buy them from Stansted or if you fly in too late, you can get one at Liverpool Street. They cost £3, you don't need additional identification, just fill in a form and hand it in. The £3 is returned when you hand back your card at the end of your stay.
A zone one journey using Oyster Card is £1.50, without one the same ticket will cost you £4!!

Any more info, just ask...have fun

Link to Bistro1 menu and locations;
http://www.bistro1.co.uk/menu/index.php
#5
chrysha
Hi, the coach will take forever, but if you get off peak travel cards for 2 adults and 2 children (the four year old will be free) it will cost you £66.90 and that will include return train journey to Liverpool Street and free bus and underground all day in London. (the top of buses is good for sightseeing, get a bus to the Tower of London from Liverpool street, then from the Tower to Trafalgar square, then to South Kensington for all the museums) Look at Time Out online, there's loads of free things to do and you can eat cheaply (toptable is a good idea) - have a great time.


Very good idea about the travel cards but are you sure you can use them on the stansted express if you can it will save money big time.
#6
[SIZE="4"]COACH TO STRATFORD[/SIZE]
I live near Stratford (15 mins local bus away, 500m from edge of the proposed Media centre) so Stratford is convenient for me. If I travel during non-peak/ungodly hours I prefer the bus as it takes 45 mins same as the more expensive train.

If you plan to get the coach, get the National Express into Stratford. Stratford is the closest London point (zone 3 but the coach stop is Meridien Sq which is next to train station, so it means you dont have to sit in a coach for too long and have a bum ache. as you know traffic in London is not very fast-moving). From Stratford there is the Jubilee line (Canary Wharf, Greenwich) and Central line (20 mins-ish?) to get into central London.

If you have Quidco, the National Express link gives you 30p back. I'd suggest you do it x 5 so you get 30p off each, just make sure you get the same dates.

[SIZE="4"]STANSTEAD EXPRESS > TUBE everywhere[/SIZE]
If you only have a day to spend I'd be tempted to take the fastest route ie train. You can take the direct fast train Stanstead Express (45 mins too), dont take the one with many stops pay same price but stops everywhere! You can choose to stop at Tottenham Hale (zone 3, Victoria line, quite fast into central London) or Liverpool St Station where it terminates. At any of these stations you should purchase a One Day Travelcard (ODT) there. That's one each, kids I think go free up to a certain age, you best check with the tube station office when purchasing. Don't worry they're only usually 2 counters or 1 open usually. Tott Hale will not have too many people like central London. You can also get ODTs from Liv St station (zone 1).

The ODT will let you go on as many journeys as you like on that day so you will be able to get back to Tott Hale or Liv St station (depends on your ticket) when you finish and get on the return journey of your Stanstead Express ticket back to Stanstead. These ODTs do not work on the S.Express, but work on most inner city trains only (within your zones on yr card). In typical Ryanair fashion, leave plenty of time for check in and expect flight to be delayed ;)

For the tube/underground, if you want to estimate how long it takes, generally speaking about 3-5 mins per stop unless the stops are farther away (esp in suburb). Try to read up about where you might wanna go, target those free ones unless there is something you absolutely must catch (eg exhibition of the century).

ODTs lets you travel within the specified zones (eg zones 1, zones 1-2, zones 1-3, etc). If you plan to move around a lot, try travel light and keep your documents close to you not exposed/flashed. There are always some opportunists in crowds, I generally tend to avoid crowded places.

[SIZE="4"]Suggestions[/SIZE]
I've broken London into a few areas.
[SIZE="3"]1.[/SIZE] National Gallery, which is in front of Trafalgar Sq. Behind NG is Leicester Sq, Piccadilly Circus (signage, Eros statue fountain), Chinatown, Shaftesbury Ave or Strand (theatre/musical land), Soho (alternative), Covent Garden (street performers, musicals, cafes)

[SIZE="3"]2.[/SIZE] Westminster - i have found that no matter where you bring them kids everywhere remember this the best, must be the big clock face. This is near the London Aquarium, the London Wheel, South bank area (which you can walk along the river). Think they have the Duck type of vehicle but I have never had that.

[SIZE="3"]3. [/SIZE]If you get to St Pauls Cathedral (St Pauls tube station, central line a few stops from Liv St station), you can spend the day there and then get to the Millennium bridge across to the Tate Modern.

[SIZE="3"]4. [/SIZE]You can also do a London bus ride. There is the official London Tour bus and someone talks about different landmarks as you whizz by. If you wanted to stop somewhere to look around the area, you can pick the next tour bus that comes by. If you had a friend who is a Londoner they could probably take you on the 19 bus to Knightsbridge (Harvey Nicks, Harrods for the lights factor, Hyde Park (walk walk).

[SIZE="3"]5. [/SIZE]Marble Arch-Oxford Street-Oxford Circus-Tottenham Court Road (street full of electronic shops)-Kings Cross (see the fabulous architecture at Kings Cross esp in glden sun). The local bus route will take you on a slow-ish bus ride along the busiest shopping streets.

[SIZE="3"]6.[/SIZE] South Kensington area - Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), National History Museum (dinosaurs, bones), Science Museum (esp for kids, has Imax). Think there are family tickets and most are free anyway.

HAVE FUN.
#7
waterloo
Very good idea about the travel cards but are you sure you can use them on the stansted express if you can it will save money big time.

Hi, yes, I've double checked, you can use them on the Stansted Express from 9.15 am onwards.
#8
if you have a psp then download , passport to london , good maps and info on that .
#9
chrysha
Hi, yes, I've double checked, you can use them on the Stansted Express from 9.15 am onwards.


ooh i didnt know that re: stanstead express + travelcards :thumbsup:

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