Visit London Blog » thames clipper Enjoy the very best of London Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:00:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Team GB’s London Sightseeing Recommendations Sun, 05 Aug 2012 13:00:43 +0000

Some of Team GB’s greatest athletes have been giving us their tips on what to see in London. Here are the results:

Afternoon Tea
Silver medal winning rower, Zac Purchase loves a traditional afternoon tea: “One of my favourite things to do is to have afternoon tea. It’s such a fantastic British tradition. Choose a good hotel or restaurant and dress up. Make an occasion of it, and you won’t need any more food for days!”

The O2 (North Greenwich Arena)
Bronze medal winner in the team Gymnastics, Louis Smith is a big fan of watching gigs at The O2. With big names like Cheryl Cole, Jessie J, Justin Bieber and J Lo all performing at the venue in the coming months, this Olympic venue has got a lot to look forward to.

Oxford Street
When she’s not perfecting her heptathlete events, gold medal winner Jess Ennis is a big fan of shopping on Oxford Street. Home to some of London’s greatest department stores, as well as that gigantic Top Shop, it’s no wonder Oxford Street is a favourite with this London 2012 legend.

St Paul’s Cathedral
Triathlete Helen Jenkins picked out St Paul’s Cathedral as her must-see London attraction. One of London’s most iconic landmarks, St Paul’s should definitely be on any history or architecture fan’s sightseeing bucket list.

The Thames
Silver-medal winning rower Mark Hunter, a qualified Thames Waterman, suggests a trip down the Thames as his unmissable London activity. If you’re not into rowing yourself, why not try one of the riverboat cruises or even a speedboat tour on London’s most famous river? You can even take a kayak down the Thames…

Nelson’s Column
The central Trafalgar Square landmark is a favourite for sailor Ben Ainslie. I wonder what Ben makes of Lord Nelson’s new hat?

Buckingham Palace
Wheelchair racer Shelly Woods picks the Queen’s official residence as her favourite place in London. Perhaps unsurprisingly, as Buckingham Palace will be where she finishes her marathon at the end of The Mall later in the summer.

The top three essential places to visit from a poll of the Team GB athletes are as follows:

What’s your favourite London landmark? Let us know in the comments below.

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Visit London Asks: What’s Your Favourite Way to Get Around London? Wed, 02 Mar 2011 12:30:39 +0000

This week we asked our Facebook fans how you like to get around London and got a huge response – more than 110 comments and counting!

Lots of you love the Tube, double decker buses are really popular, and the DLR and Thames Clippers also get the nod. Black cabs are some people’s favourite form of transport, not least due to the drivers, who you find entertaining and full of local knowledge (as well as “The Knowledge” of course).

But the most popular way to get around London is walking and since we reckon London’s a great city for exploring on foot, we’re really pleased you do too!

Do you agree? Join the chorus by telling us your favourite way to get around London in the comments below.

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Video of the Week: High on London Fri, 13 Aug 2010 13:44:39 +0000

We love this video, made by Matt Gosden and Rob Rackstraw in just 12 hours.

Look out for the tiny, toy-like buses, trains, diggers and helicopters they’ve captured moving around London. It somehow makes the city look like a children’s play area!

The London cityscapes were shot with kind permission of The Paramount Restaurant, Centerpoint Tower, London (

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Visit London Asks: How Will Oysterisation Improve Your Journey? Mon, 23 Nov 2009 13:00:19 +0000 Oyster CardDo you have a Pay As You Go Oyster card? Do you have to get a separate ticket when you travel on the trains to see friends out in places like Earlsfield?

Does it get a bit annoying?!

We’ve got good news for you! From 2 January, you’ll be able to use your Pay As You Go Oyster on National Rail services within Greater London. If you frequently travel across South and North East London, this is going make a nice difference to your journeys.

So, from 2 January, Oyster Pay As You Go will be accepted on all Greater London services operated by:

  • Chiltern
  • National Express East Anglia
  • London Midland
  • First Great Western
  • First Capital Connect
  • Southern
  • Southeastern
  • South West Trains

Oyster Pay As You Go will also be accepted on c2c services in Greater London as well as Grays, Chafford Hundred, Purfleet and Ockendon stations in Essex.

Even better, Oyster Pay As You Go will be accepted on all Thames Clipper River services from today. (We’ve already seen a Thames Clipper with a big Oyster flag making its way under Tower Bridge this morning.) The river is a hugely underused form of transport; hopefully this change in the ticketing will rectify that.

Download the new map showing the “Oysterisation” of London! Oyster Rail Services London January 2010

Does this make a difference to your journeys? Let us know!

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