Visit London Blog » TfL http://blog.visitlondon.com Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:06:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 London Video of the Week: Tyler James on his Favourite Walk in London http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/06/london-video-of-the-week-tyler-james-on-his-favourite-walk-in-london/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/06/london-video-of-the-week-tyler-james-on-his-favourite-walk-in-london/#comments Fri, 14 Jun 2013 11:07:46 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=33868

The Voice star Tyler James takes us for a “little wander around” in “completely random” Camden Town. “Nothing makes me happier than putting my headphones on and walking through London for about five hours,” says the singer-songwriter.

More about walking in London

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London Video of the Week: London in Motion by Jay Gordon http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/03/london-video-of-the-week-london-in-motion-by-jay-gordon/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/03/london-video-of-the-week-london-in-motion-by-jay-gordon/#comments Fri, 08 Mar 2013 10:30:00 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=32098

We know that London’s a 24-hour city, but this fascinating video demonstrates

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how people travel around the capital day and night.

The map illustrate the journeys made by London’s 3.1 million Oyster card holders during one 24-hour period. It was created using data from 16 million daily Oyster transactions, as well as vehicle-location data from the city’s 8,500 buses.

Find out more more at http://jaygordon.net/londonviz.html#sthash.Kne3K4Co.dpuf

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Five Tips for Travel in London During the Olympic and Paralympic Games http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/06/five-tips-for-travel-in-london-during-the-olympic-and-paralympic-games/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/06/five-tips-for-travel-in-london-during-the-olympic-and-paralympic-games/#comments Wed, 20 Jun 2012 16:00:29 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=27181

London is going to be busy during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. An extra three million journeys are forecast for the busiest days of the Olympics, which take place from 27 July to 12 August, and the Paralympics from 29 August to 9 September.

Follow these tips to keep delays and frustration to a minimum – and we suggest a healthy dose of patience as well.

1) Plan Ahead
Don’t dash out of the door and work out your route on the way. Prepare your travel plans in advance using the resources on offer, and remember that every day of the Games is different due to the multiple events taking place.

2) Use the Tools Available
Transport for London (TfL) have created wealth of travel resources for the Olympics, including interactive hotspot maps for public transport and roads which show day-by-day breakdowns of busy areas. There are charts of predicted wait times for each 30 minute period at every tube station and you can search for any temporary road changes in your area. For those with Olympic tickets, there is an online spectator journey planner. You can also sign up to Transport for London’s social media channels for the latest travel alerts.

3) Adapt to the Olympics
If you know your route will be busy, consider leaving earlier or later or taking a different way to avoid peak periods. For short journeys, cycling or walking could be faster – there are 47 tube journeys that can be walked in under 10 minutes. Consider using river transport like Thames Clippers too, as there’ll be extra boat services laid on.

4) Be Aware that Transport will Change
Bus services could be diverted because of temporary road changesand bus stops may be moved or temporarily suspended. If stations are crowded, TfL may introduce a one-way system or close altogether if they get too full. There will be extra services too – Tube and DLR trains will run about an hour later than usual and there will be extra evening services on the Jubilee, Central and District lines.

TfL has outlined planned changes and signs in stations will display the latest information, but it’s wise to check the TfL journey planner before you travel. You can also follow @GAOTG on Twitter or sign up for Olympic travel email updates to keep up to date.

5) Avoid Driving if at all Possible
TfL’s advice is to avoid driving in Central London and around Games venues from mid-July if you can. It also suggests motorists avoid the Olympic Route Network, 109 miles of road linking Games venues together. Watch out for areas where Olympic road events will take place, such as the Cycling Road Races on 28 and 29 July.

You can put any Olympic travel questions to TfL in a Twitter chat on 21 June at 1-2pm. Follow the hashtag #GAOTG to take part.

For more advice on travelling during the Games visit the Transport for London or Get Ahead of the Games websites.

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London’s Quirkiest Souvenirs http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/06/londons-quirkiest-souvenirs/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/06/londons-quirkiest-souvenirs/#comments Mon, 18 Jun 2012 09:00:26 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=27073 While it’s likely that your visit to London will be unforgettable, a souvenir can be a great way to bring back happy memories – as well as to show off to your friends! We’ve put together a list of some of London’s quirkiest souvenirs, which are guaranteed to remind you of the eccentricity and diversity of our great city. If you think we’ve missed any gems please let us know in the comments!

Travelcard Cushion

In celebration of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, graphic designer Ashley Allen created a fantastic travelcard-inspired cushion. Lined with royal purple and representing a travel ticket to Buckingham Palace, this trendy piece will ensure you can relax like royalty.

Selfridges Pantone 109 Spork

If you miss hanging out in Selfridges‘ many cafés and bars, perk up your mealtimes with this handy spork, coloured in the department store’s signature yellow. Not only does it make forks, knives and spoons redundant, but  its vibrant colour means that you could probably use it to eat in the dark.

Lulu Guiness Phone Box iPhone Case

Available from Fortnum and Mason, this patent leather iPhone case  is a stylish replica of London’s iconic red phone boxes. Don’t leave it lying around, however, lest you return to find it full of tourists cramming themselves inside to take photos.

Samuel Johnson Cufflinks

Carnaby Street’s Things British shop sells these cute cufflinks, which display Samuel Johnson’s classic quote: “when a man is tired of London..he is tired of life.” Sure to be a great ice-breaker at parties!

London 2012 Olympic Games Wellington Boots Pin Badge

While wellingtons are lamentably not part of the Team GB kit, this fun pin badge will ensure you get a gold medal for style.

Hermes Foot from the British Museum

Entering the British Museum’s shop is like stealing into a Pharoah’s tomb: it’s full of wonderful objects but you just can’t take them all at once. We particularly love their plaster cast of Hermes Foot, taken from an unknown statue and which – according to the Museum – makes an excellent door stop.

House of Commons Port

After a tour of the Houses of Parliament, you can check out the gift shop that contains dozens of quirky souvenirs. Grab a bottle of House of Commons port for a delicious taste of power.

Wimbledon Net Measure with Pouch

If you can’t fit Andy Murray in your suitcase, you can at least take your tennis game to the next level with this pretty net measure (used to measure the height of the net from the ground) from the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum.

Do you have any quirky souvenirs of London?

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London Underground Stations Get Wi-Fi http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/06/london-underground-stations-get-wi-fi/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/06/london-underground-stations-get-wi-fi/#comments Fri, 01 Jun 2012 13:28:09 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=26761

Ever been sent a vital email or been tagged in an embarassing Facebook photo while waiting for the next tube train to arrive? You’ll soon be able to take direct action, as London’s underground stations are now being Wi-Fi enabled. 

By the end of July you’ll be able to access the internet for free at around 80 stations thanks to the partnership between London Underground and Virgin Media. Oxford Circus, Stratford, Liverpool Street, Leicester Square and King’s Cross will be among the first to offer the service, and although the 80 stations are mainly in Zone 1 or near the Olympic Park, places like Heathrow will also be covered.

Want to test it out? Why not leave a comment here or on our Facebook page next time you’re waiting for a train?

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London Cycle Hire Scheme Now Open to Casual Users http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/12/london-cycle-hire-scheme-now-open-to-casual-users/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/12/london-cycle-hire-scheme-now-open-to-casual-users/#comments Sun, 05 Dec 2010 13:00:46 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=17810 London’s Barclay’s Cycle Hire Scheme has moved into the next phase – it’s now open to casual users as well as signed-up members.

Now anyone with a Visa or MasterCard credit or debit card can borrow a “Boris bike” after paying a small access fee (either for 1 day or 7 days). Your first half-hour of riding is free, after which you will be charged.

The best use of the bikes is to take short journeys from A to B in Central London.

Since the scheme launched in late July, it has proven immensely popular with Londoners, who have taken thousands of journeys on the bikes so far.

Read more about the Barclay’s Cycle Hire scheme in London.

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