Frequently asked questions (FAQ)



Where to go shopping in London?
What to do in London? How much money should I take?
Where to find good and affordable accommodation in London?
What nice sandy beaches are near London?
Should I buy a London Travelcard or Oyster Card before arriving from overseas?
How can I get to London from Stansted airport?
Where is the best place for a picnic in the Peak District?
What can I do in the UK for 4 days?
What to do in London?
What to do in Cornwall?
What to do in London – music, concerts, jazz…?
Please recommend some great places out of busy London
What are the good restaurants in London?
Where to go with my boyfriend?
Where to go with my girlfriend?
Where can I leave my luggage in London?
London in 3 days
Dorset ... what to do
London – how much does it all cost?




Where to go shopping in London?

Top brands from Zara, Gap, H&M, Esprit, Next, French Connection, Top shop and other clothes shops can be found on Oxford street (www.oxfordstreet.co.uk), Regent street (www.regentstreetonline.com) and Carnaby Street (www.carnaby.co.uk).

Primark (www.primark.co.uk), selling affordable clothes, can be also found on Oxford street.

For "young fashion", vintage, hand-made clothes etc. we would recommend Spitalfields Market and Brick Lane (Sunday, close to Liverpool Street tube station, more info on: www.oldspitalfieldsmarket.com). Portobello market (Saturday, Nothing Hill) and Camden Market are also good places for shopping.

For "Haute Couture" go to Harrods (www.harrods.com) or Harvey Nichols (www.harveynichols.com).

More shopping? Go to Westfield shopping centre (one is close to Sheppard’s Bush tube station, uk.westfield.com/london, second is close to Stratford tube station, uk.westfield.com/stratfordcity).

More info on London markets: check London markets guide… www.mintytrips.co.uk/london_markets_guide.html. More info on shopping: check Shopping in London guide… www.mintytrips.co.uk/shopping_in_london.html

 

What to do in London? How much money should I take?

Walking along the river Thames from Tower Bridge to Parliament you will see the best of London: Tower, Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast, Globe theatre, Tate gallery, Southbank, London Eye, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Parliament (follow this guide www.mintytrips.co.uk/london_in_one_day.html).

From Parliament we would suggest to go to Buckingham palace and then back to Trafalgar Square where you can visit National Gallery.

You can close the day by going to a theatre (buy discounted tickets at TKTS office at Leicester Square. TKTS website: www.tkts.co.uk/) and have a dinner in Chinatown or Soho.

Find more info about London historic icons and attractions here www.mintytrips.co.uk/london_historic_icons.html and about London galleries and museums here www.mintytrips.co.uk/london_museums_galleries_guide.html. Most of the museums and galleries are for free.

Next day you can visit London markets ( www.mintytrips.co.uk/london_markets_guide.html - we recommend Camden market or Spitalfields Market), St Paul's Cathedral and Greenwich.

Food: sandwich costs around £3, take-away food around £5-6. Drinks: glass of wine £4-5, beer £3, coffee £1.50, Coke around £0.60.

 

Where to find good and affordable accommodation in London?

London hotels, B&B, hostels, university campuses etc.: www.mintytrips.co.uk/accommodation_london.html

 

What nice sandy beaches are near London?

We recommend sandy beaches between Bournemouth and Swanage (Dorset). Studland Bay beach is the best (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Studland). Check more info about Dorset and Swanage here: www.mintytrips.co.uk/dorset_jurassic_coast_one_day.html.

 

Should I buy a London Travelcard or Oyster Card before arriving from overseas?

We would recommend Oyster card. Here is more info about the Oyster card: www.tfl.gov.uk/tickets/14825.aspx. If you are going to use tube and buses very often simply add 7 day Travelcard to your Oyster card. It costs £29.20 (zones 1-2).
You can buy the Oyster card online: visitorshop.tfl.gov.uk/oystercard/product/oyster-card.html (it will be delivered to your home country).
Here are some good tips regarding London public transport: www.mintytrips.co.uk/getting_around_london_using_public_transport.html
 

How can I get to London from Stansted airport?

1) Fastest: getting to and from Stansted Airport - by RAIL
The Stansted Express runs every 15 minutes and reaches London Liverpool Street in 46 minutes. Trains depart from Stansted Airport rail station, situated directly below the terminal. London Underground connections are available at Liverpool Street and Tottenham Hale. Trains depart every 15 minutes. Express class single fare £22.50 (£21.50 online booking). For London Underground services, change at Tottenham Hale (Victoria Line) or Liverpool Street (Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines). For more details please check www.stanstedexpress.com.

2) Cheapest: getting to and from Stansted Airport - by BUSES
Stansted Airport's bus and coach station is opposite the main terminal entrance. Coach tickets can be bought at the ticket desk in arrivals (open 06:00 to 01:00), in the coach station (24 hours, seven days a week) or on board. Bus fares and times are subject to change, so please confirm with the operator before you travel.

a) Service: easyBus - destination: Baker Street, London - frequency: up to every 20 min - journey time / fare: 75 min / from £2 - more information: www.easybus.co.uk/london-stansted
b) Service: National Express A6 - destination: London Victoria - frequency: up to every 10 min - journey time / fare: 85-100min / from £10.50 - more information: www.nationalexpress.com
c) Service: National Express A9 - destination: Stratford and London Liverpool Street - frequency: up to every 30 min - journey time / fare: 45-60min / from £8.50 - more information: www.nationalexpress.com
d) Service: Terravision A50 - destination: London Victoria - frequency: up to every 30 min - journey time / fare: 75 min / from £9 - more information: www.terravision.eu
e) Service: Terravision A51 - destination: London Liverpool Street - frequency: up to every 30min - journey time / fare: 55 min / from £9 - more information: www.terravision.eu
f) Service: Terravision A52 - destination: London Stratford - frequency: up to every 30 min - journey time / fare: 40 min / from £6 - more information: www.terravision.eu

3) Door to door: getting to and from Stansted Airport - by TAXIS
Find more info here: www.stanstedairport.com/transport-and-directions/taxis

Check here for more details: www.mintytrips.co.uk/getting_to_from_london_airport.html
 

Where is the best place for a picnic in the Peak District?

We would recommend the hills around Castleton are quite good for a picnic.
You can go for a short walk around the Castleton via Mam Tor hill "Shivering Mountain" (length: 9 km. Grade: easy. Suggested maps: OS Explorer Map - Peak District, sheet OL1), visit Peveril Castle or famous Blue John Caverns (www.bluejohn-cavern.co.uk).
 

What can I do in the UK for 4 days?

Visit Peak District ( www.mintytrips.co.uk/peak_district.html) or Lake District ( www.mintytrips.co.uk/lake_district_keswick_via_ferrata.html). It´s great for walking, hiking, cycling... great English countryside.
 

What to do in London?

Living in London for 8 years we had many friends coming to visit us here and they all had the same question :) "What should we do in London / What should we visit?"

So... we have put together a weekend self-guided tour (weekend programme "what to do in London"). Following the tour your will see the top London icons (British Museum, Tower, Shakespeare Globe Theatre, Tate Gallery, London Eye, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and also Wax Museum...) and you will also have a chance to visit London parks and great London markets (we recommend Sunday Spitalfields market and lunch at Brick Lane). Find the weekend programme here: www.mintytrips.co.uk/weekend_in_london.html.

London in one day (self-guided tour)... www.mintytrips.co.uk/london_in_one_day.html

Weekend in London (self-guided tour)... www.mintytrips.co.uk/weekend_in_london.html   

London for free... www.mintytrips.co.uk/london_for_free.html

 

What to do in Cornwall?

We suggest to visit Land's End, Porthcurno beach, Minack theatre (you can walk from Lands End to Minack Theatre... amazing walk with great views; approx 15km, difficulty: easy), Penzace, St Michael's Mount. Here are some photos, maps, accommodation tips etc.: www.mintytrips.co.uk/cornwall.html

Walk from Penzance to St Michael's Mount (easy walk along the coast, approx. 7km) - www.stmichaelsmount.co.uk.

 

What to do in London – music, concerts, jazz…?

We recommend:

  • TKTS (www.tkts.co.uk) - half priced and discounted theatre tickets. You will find it at Leicester Square
  • Southbank Centre (www.southbankcentre.co.uk) or Barbican (www.barbican.org.uk) for classical music
  • Cargo club (www.cargo-london.com) - great concerts. Famous London clubs: Fabric (www.fabriclondon.com) and Ministry of Sound (www.ministryofsound.com/club).
  • Jazz - Ronnie Scott's (www.ronniescotts.co.uk), Jazz Cafe (venues.meanfiddler.com/jazz-cafe/home), 606 club (www.606club.co.uk)

 

Please recommend some great places out of busy London

WALKING AND SIGHTSEEING TRIPS

WALKING / SIGHTSEEING / BIKING TRIPS / HORSE RIDING

SIGHTSEEING

  • Bath, Cambridge, Oxford, Windsor Castle, Salisbury (close to Stonehenge)

COAST

MOUNTAINS

 

What are the good restaurants in London?

  • Caravan Restaurant & Bar (www.caravanonexmouth.co.uk/)
  • Vegetarian restaurant near Covent Garden - Food for Thought (foodforthought-london.co.uk)
  • Indian food - Tayyabs (www.tayyabs.co.uk)
  • Best sushi - Akari (www.akarilondon.co.uk/gallery.html)

 

Where to go with my boyfriend?

  • Circus Space (circus skills like flying trapeze, tight wire walking and acrobatic balancing)... www.thecircusspace.co.uk
  • Private karaoke... www.luckyvoice.com/bars
  • London in a Mini Cooper... www.smallcarbigcity.com/
  • The London speed boat experience... www.londonribvoyages.com/ or
  • Wine tasting experience at Vinopolis... www.vinopolis.co.uk/winetours/index.php

 

Where to go with my girlfriend?

  • Chocolate Walking Tours... www.chocolateecstasytours.com/public_html/tours.htm
  • Visit to Kew Gardens... www.kew.org
  • Circus Space (circus skills like flying trapeze, tight wire walking and acrobatic balancing)... www.thecircusspace.co.uk
  • Private karaoke... www.luckyvoice.com/bars
  • Wine tasting experience at Vinopolis... www.vinopolis.co.uk/winetours/index.php

 

Where can I leave my luggage in London?

Excess Baggage: www.left-baggage.co.uk/locations.php

 

London in 3 days

First day

  • We would suggest a walk around the river Thames from Tower Bridge to the Parliament. You will see the best of London: Tower, Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast, Globe theatre, Tate gallery, Southbank Centre, London Eye, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Parliament. From Parliament you can then carry on to Buckingham palace (via St James’s Park. Hyde Park is another 5mins from the Palace) and then back to Trafalgar Square (via Piccadilly Circus). You can close the day by going to a theatre (buy discounted tickets at TKTS office at Leicester Square. TKTS website = www.tkts.co.uk/) and have a dinner in Chinatown or Soho. We have put together a weekend guide for you, check it here: www.mintytrips.co.uk/weekend_in_london.html

Second day

Third day

 

Dorset ... what to do

Dorset is a great place for walking, biking, sightseeing and relaxing.

Highlights: World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Impressive Old Harry Rocks. Superb cliff top coastal walk of The South West Coast Path National Trail. Relax in Studland Bay - miles of white sand backed by sand dunes. Boat trip along Impressive Old Harry Rocks. Great seafood :)

Sights and interesting places: Corfe Castle (beta.nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle/), The Swanage Heritage Steam Railway (www.swanagerailway.co.uk), Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door (www.lulworthonline.co.uk/).

Check some photos and tips what to see, where to stay and eat here: www.mintytrips.co.uk/dorset_jurassic_coast.html

 

London – how much does it all cost?

MONEY

1] transport... max £8.40... day Travelcard (see Transport for London website: www.tfl.gov.uk/tickets/14416.aspx)

2] food (per person, per day)... £15-25

3] theatre, shows, culture, tickets to London attractions and sights... £10-40

4] accommodation... depends whether you are looking for hotel or hostel... check www.booking.com to get some prices (hostels, hotels and university campuses: check www.mintytrips.co.uk/accommodation_london.html)

WHAT TO DO IN LONDON

Living in London for 8 years we had all our family and many friends coming to visit us here in London and they all had the same question :) "What should we visit?"

So... we have put together a weekend self-guided tour (weekend programme "what to do in London"). Following the tour your will see top London icons (British Museum, Tower, Shakespeare Globe Theatre, Tate Gallery, London Eye, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and also Wax Museum...) and you will also visit London parks and great London markets (I recommend Sunday Spitalfields market and lunch at Brick Lane). Find the weekend programme here: www.mintytrips.co.uk/weekend_in_london.html. Hope you will find it useful.

DAY TRIP - ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE

You may also consider a day trip out of busy London. We suggest Seven Sisters Country Park, Eastbourne and Brighton... www.mintytrips.co.uk/seven_sisters_eastbourne_brighton.html or Sunny Dorset & World Heritage Jurassic Coast... www.mintytrips.co.uk/dorset_jurassic_coast_one_day.html.

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