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"The London Pages"

Or as we call it the fast collection. Giving you information and links to the most important attractions, venues and organisations in and around London.

London On Foot
Tailor made walking tours in the City of London. From Romans to the latest 21st century architecture, all interests catered for! Half a day or full day walking, times to suit the customer. These are not standard walks, every walk is different.
Very detailed London information - great coverage of all the parks.
Great selection of tours in England from London
This site has a phantastic selection of tours all over England and starting from Central London.

Ye olde English (Londone) Towne Cryer at your service
London town crier, Peter Moore, generates interest in your event or product or festival both as a Town Crier, or Toastmaster for all your major functions. Click and listen to him.

Live Webcams - BigBen London
Check the time with BigBen London and see what the weather is like.
Possibly the most famous clock face and chimes in the world, Big Ben is actually the name of the biggest bell (13.5 tons) inside The Clock Tower (320ft) which forms part of the Houses of Parliament.
Houses of Parliament
This is a working institution. It is in a superb building by Barry and Pugin with medieval survival, (Westminster Hall). For entrance to the visitors' galleries during debates, queue outside St Stephen's entrance when parliament is in session. Allow for 1.5-2 hours for a visit.
The Tower Bridge Experience
Tower Bridge has stood over the River Thames in London since 1894 and is one of the finest, most recognisable bridges in the World. At the Tower Bridge Exhibition you can enjoy breath-taking views from the high-level Walkways and learn about the history of the Bridge and how it was built.
Westminster Abbey
Important information for visitors, 20th Century Martyrs - Ten New Statues, Panoramic 360 deg views of Westminster Abbey, Historical Enquiries, Sounds of the Choir, Organ and Bells - All attractions of London
Probably the most comprehensive list of all attractions in London with descriptions, maps and full information.
Short or longer visit to London
The LondonPass will save you money
FREE entry to over 50 top London attractions!


London Informations

AIRPORT ENQUIRIES Gatwick tel 01293/535353 ; Heathrow tel 0870/000 0123 ; London City Airport tel 020/7646 0000 ; Luton tel 01582/405100 ; Stansted tel 01279/680500 .

AMERICAN EXPRESS 30-31 Haymarket, SW1 tel 020/7484 9600; Mon-Sat 9am-6.30pm, Sun 10am-5pm. Piccadilly Circus.

BANKS Opening hours for most banks are Mon-Fri 9.30am-4.30pm, with some staying open half an hour later, and some high street branches opening on Saturday mornings.

CAR RENTAL AutoEurope Tel. +44 (0)800 169 9797

CONSULATES AND EMBASSIES Australia, Australia House, Strand, WC2 tel 020/7379 4334 ; Canada, MacDonald House, 1 Grosvenor Square, W1 tel 020/7258 6600 ; Ireland, 17 Grosvenor Place, SW1 tel 020/7235 2171; New Zealand, New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, SW1 tel 020/7930 8422 ; South Africa, South Africa House, Trafalgar Square, WC2 tel 020/7451 7299 ; USA, 24 Grosvenor Square, W1 tel 020/7499 9000 .

CULTURAL INSTITUTES French Institute, 17 Queensberry Place, SW7 tel 020/7838 2144 ; Goethe Institute, Princes Gate, Exhibition Rd, SW7 tel 020/7596 4000 ; Italian Cultural Institute, 39 Belgrave Square, SW1 tel 020/7235 1461 .

DENTISTS Emergency treatment: Guy's Hospital, St Thomas St, SE1 tel 020/7955 4317 (Mon-Fri 8.45am-3.30pm).

ELECTRICITY Electricity supply in London conforms to the EU standard of approximately 230V.

EMERGENCIES For police, fire and ambulance services, call 999.

HOSPITAL For 24hr accident and emergency: Charing Cross Hospital, Fulham Palace Rd, W6 tel 020/8846 1234; Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, 369 Fulham Rd, SW10 tel 020/8746 8000; Royal Free Hospital, Pond St, NW3 tel 020/7794 0500; Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel Rd, E1 tel 020/7377 7000; St Mary's Hospital, Praed St, W2 tel 020/7886 6666; University College Hospital, Grafton Way, WC1 tel 020/7387 9300; Whittington Hospital, Highgate Hill, N19 tel 020/7272 3070.

LAUNDRY There are self-service launderettes all over London. Duds'n'Suds is a good central outfit with TV, pool and pinball: 49-51 Brunswick Shopping Centre, WC1 tel 020/7837 1122 (Mon-Fri 8am-9pm, Sat & Sun 8am-8pm; Russell Square).

LEFT LUGGAGE AIRPORTS Gatwick: North Terminal tel 01293/502013 (daily 6am-10pm); South Terminal tel 01293/502014 (24hr). Heathrow: Terminal 1 tel 020/8745 5301 (daily 6am-11pm); Terminal 2 tel 020/8745 4599 (daily 6am-10.30pm); Terminal 3 tel 020/8759 3344 (daily 5.30am-10.30pm); Terminal 4 tel 020/8745 7460 (daily 5.30am-11pm). London City Airport tel 020/7646 0000 (daily 6.30am-10pm). Stansted Airport tel 01279/680500 (24hr).

TRAIN STATIONS Charing Cross tel 020/7839 4282 (daily 7am-11pm); Euston tel 020/7320 0528 (Mon-Sat 6.45am-11.15pm, Sun 7.15am-11pm); Victoria tel 020/7928 5151 ext 27523 (daily 7am-10.15pm, plus lockers); Waterloo International tel 020/7928 5151 (Mon-Fri 4am-11pm, Sat & Sun 6am-11pm).

LOST PROPERTY AIRPORTS Gatwick tel 01293/503162 (daily 7.30am-5.30pm); Heathrow tel 020/8745 7727 (Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat & Sun 8am-4pm); London City Airport tel 020/7646 0000 (Mon-Fri 6am-9.30pm, Sat 6am-1am, Sun 10.30am-9.30pm); Stansted tel 01279/680500 (daily 5.30am-11pm).

BUSES tel 020/7222 1234.

HEATHROW EXPRESS tel 020/8745 7727. TAXIS (black cabs only) tel 020/7833 0996.

TRAIN STATIONS Euston tel 020/7922 6477 (Mon-Sat 6.45am-11pm, Sun 7.15am-11pm); King's Cross tel 020/7922 9081 (daily 8am-7.45pm); Liverpool Street tel 020/7928 9158 (Mon-Fri 7am-7pm, Sat & Sun 7am-2pm); Paddington tel 020/7313 1514 (Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm); Victoria tel 020/7922 9887 (Mon-Fri 7.30am-10pm); Waterloo tel 020/7401 7861 (Mon-Fri 7.30am-8pm).

TUBE TRAINS London Regional Transport tel 020/7486 2496.

MOTORBIKE RENTAL Scootabout, 1-3 Leeke St, WC1 tel 020/7833 4607. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-1pm.

POLICE central police stations include: Charing Cross, Agar St, WC2 tel 020/7240 1212; Holborn, 70 Theobalds Rd, WC1 tel 020/7404 1212; King's Cross, 76 King's Cross Rd, WC1 tel 020/7704 1212; Tottenham Court Road, 56 Tottenham Court Rd, W1 tel 020/7637 1212; West End Central, 10 Vine St, W1 tel 020/7437 1212. City of London Police, Bishopsgate, EC2 tel 020/7601 2222.

POSTAL SERVICES The only late-opening post office is the Trafalgar Square branch at 24-28 William IV St, WC2 4DL tel 020/7484 9304 (Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm); it's also the city's poste restante collection point. For general postal enquiries phone 08457/740740, or visit the Web site:

HOLIDAYS January 1, Good Friday, Easter Monday, First Monday in May, Last Monday in May, Last Monday in August, December 25, December 26; if January 1, December 25 or 26 fall on a Saturday or Sunday, the holiday falls on the following weekday.

TELEPHONES A variety of companies have public payphones on the street, the largest one being British Telecom (BT). Most phones take all coins from 10p upwards, though some only take phonecards, available from post offices and newsagents, and/or credit cards. International calls can be made from any phonebox, by dialling 00, then the country code; to reach the operator, phone 100, or for the international operator phone 155. London phone codes changed in 2000, and all London numbers are now prefixed by the new area code 020. The old 0171 numbers are now prefixed with a 7, while 0181 numbers have an 8 in front of them.

TIME Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is used from October to March; for the rest of the year the country switches to British Summer Time (BST), one hour ahead of GMT.


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