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3-10-15 - Welcome to London

An August 2014 Intake's Guide to London
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Loretta Richardson

on 12 March 2015

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Welcome to London!
March Orientation 2015
Transportation for London - The Options
Getting Around London
Oyster Card
Top Up – “Pay as you Go”
Buy/Top Up online, at any station or at convenient stores
Use for buses & tube
Contactless credit cards also work
Annual/monthly/weekly passes available
Student Oyster

30% of travel cards and bus passes
Only recommended for frequent underground users

16-25 Railcard
One-time £30 charge
34% discount on train/tube/bus tickets for
non-peak hours
if linked to Oyster
Can still apply if over 25 years old
Transportation for London - Rail Cards
Affordability
Features
Gym/Fitness
Ability
Canary
The Gym Group - Angel
Ironmonger Row Baths
Fitness First
Virgin Active
Till Leisure Center
Club Baltimore
LA Fitness
Reebok Sport Club
Open 24/7
£19.99/month
No contract
Swimming pool and gym
£30/month - contracts optional
Minimal Weights
Open till 9pm M-F, 6pm Sat/Sun
£45/month with contract
~£70/month without
£68+/month
6-12 month contracts
Small, pool & classes
£29 (student price)
No set contract period
£49
Pool, classes, on par with fitness first
£40-70
100's of classes, boxing, pool & spa
£110
Mobile Phones
Mobile Phones - Our Recommendation
Three Mobile
Mobile Phones - Providers
Mobile Phones - Overview
Need an Unlocked Phone
How to get unlocked?
Contact home carrier
Mobile shops around London - ~£25 cost
Phone Plans
SIM only: Pay-as-you-go, no contract
SIM only: Under contract – Length depends on agreement with carrier
SIM + Phone bundle: Under lengthy contract.
Not recommended


Things to do in London
Travel
Any Questions?
Food Markets
Top Picks
Borough
Brick Lane
Brixton
Clothes/Antigue Markets
Top Picks
Camden
Portobello
Spitalfields
Markets
Over 118 Market in London
"Mountbatten Inertia"
You'll get into a routine and quit trying new things & quit exploring everything London has to offer
We are on a budget & the weather isn't always amazing but ITS NOT AN EXCUSE
Get away from the dark of your flat hanging with friends to the light of a park or square. Get a change of scenery!
Entertainment
Common Hangout Spots
Angel
Shoreditch
Camden
Plays, Musicals, Concert
Day Trips and Parks
Museums, Monuments, Exhibits
Movies
Walking
Barclays/Santander Bikes
Bus
London Metro
Underground
DLR
Overground
Ferries
Emirates Air Line
Personal Drivers
Black Cab
Uber
Addison Lee
Transportation for London- Boris' Bikes
Location
?
Everywhere
Availability
?
All day, every day
Level of safety
?
Good question
The details
:
£2 for access
Additional £2 every half hour
£300 charge for failure to return bike within 24 hrs
£90 annual membership
Must use credit/debit card
Must be over 14 years old to ride
Don't forget to dock every 30 minutes... or your wallet won't forgive you

London mayor Boris Johnson: Perhaps only known for Barclays Bikes and U.S. tax evasion
London Buses - So hot right now
Some run around the clock
Look for “N” buses
Require an Oyster Card or contactless credit card
Overall Convenience
£1.50 per ride – cheaper than tube (without transfers)
Must 'hail' like a cab
£4.40 daily cap
What riding the 543 feels like
Transportation for London -The Metro
Tube/Underground/ DLR
More expensive than buses for short rides
Cost structure by Zone travelled
Zone 1: £2.30
Zone 2: £2.90
Frequent weekend closures
Early to bed:
Last trains before 12:30 am
First trains around 5:15 am
24 hour service begins Sept 2015

Getting confused with the Underground: A London right-of-passage
Transportation for London: The Extras
CityMapper App
THE must-have app
Directions, time estimates and estimated costs for Bus, Tube, Rail, Uber

Google Maps/Apple Maps

Travel For London Website
https://www.tfl.gov.uk
Top Up online
Up-to-date closure updates
London Nightlife
Pubs
Close ~ 11pm
Free entry

Bars and Clubs
Most open till 2:30 am
Few open past sunrise
Cover charges -
Expect £5-20
Arrive early to avoid cover
Very strict about overintoxication

Look up venue's dress code before arriving


Boris is back. He loves himself a good pub
Vodafone
O2
EE
Three
LycaMobile
Giffgaff

Service
Cost
Unlimited Data
- "All You Can Eat"
Free data abroad in most European countries + United States
£16/month for
Unlimited data
Reasonable Minutes & texts
Not the best service but best deal
Mobile Phones - The Extra Good Stuff
Data is everything in London

Minimize costs with Apps
Skype, Magic Jack, Viber, Facetime for free calls
WhatsApp, iMessage, Viber for free texting

Personal Hotspots or Tethering
Useful when internet isn't cooperating

CAREFUL
if data plan isn't unlimited
Local Stores
Ability Towers
Groceries
Waitrose
M&S
Co-Op
Sainsbury
Tesco
Iceland
Cost
Drugstores
Boots
Superdrug
Others
Primark
24 Hour Store
Amazon.co.uk
Canary Wharf
Slim Jims
£39/month + contract
Limited Hours - weekend usage costs extra
Andrew's London Bucket List
Hot Tub Cinema

Book of Mormon/West End plays
UBS/company discounts

Rugby/Cricket/Premier League

London Tough Mudder '15

Jack the Ripper Tour

Use the Barclays Bikes at least once

London Vault - underground art/ music shows


Boris loves his bikes... Soon becoming "Santander Bikes"
Transportation for London - Personal Drivers
Uber
App is required
Watch out for Surge Pricing
Must link credit/debit to account

Black Cab
Expensive, but can be cheaper than Uber during Surge Hours
Be careful
with unlicensed cabs
Book via phone or online

Addison Lee
For longer distances
Imitation: the sincerest form of flattery
-Taxi driver
Urban Ski at your own risk
Please don't be this guy
Finding Flights
Airports
Additional Transportation
Lodging/Money Exchange
Visas
Visas - Applying
Research
Applying
If issued Shengen Visa
Eligible countries - not all are included
Check relevant embassy websites for all requirements
Most visiting visas are for a period of 90 days
Must pre-book trip & have all relevant documentation
Need a visa letter from Mountbatten
MUST arrive at the country that issued the visa
Because the UK is not a part of the Shengen Treaty
Non-Americans must obtain a separate travel visa before visiting European countries outside the UK
(UK = England, Wales,
Northern
Ireland, & Scotland)
Know when to go! - Do your Research
Housing
Currency Exchange
HostelWorld.com
Airbnb.com
Homeaway.com
Booking.com
Tube ATM's
Airport ATM's
M&S
Post Office
National Rail Services
Around the UK
Don't forget your railcard
Megabus
Around the UK, Belgium, Netherlands & Germany
EuroStar
Brussels & Paris
Stansted - Gatwick - Luton - Heathrow - City
Account for travel time to the airport when considering flight times.
It can take 1+ hours to get to the different airports depending where you are coming from
Embrace the cheap airlines
Ryanair
EasyJet
Sites to help
SkyScanner.com
Edreams.com
BudgetFlights.com
Flight Fox
Hostel Tip
Pack a lock
& a towel!
Be flexible - Read the fine print - Book early!
Find Your Own Entertainment
Web Deals
Groupon
Living Social
Wowcher
lastminute.com
Wahanda
Other Sites
TimeOutLondon.com
TheNudge.com
VisitLondon.com
Londonist.com
London Bucket Lists
Travelling
Everyday Necessities
Joeana's Bucket List
Rooftop restaurants / bar
Wimbledon
Festivals / concerts
Christmas Markets
Santa Run
Emirates Air Line Tram
Olympic Stadium
Hampstead Heath
Mudchute farm
Abbey’s Road
Pub crawls in Putney, Parsons Green
Richmond Park
Guy Fawkes Day
Carnival
Notting Hill Bookstore

Tara's Bucket List
British Culture
British Culture and Communication
British people are not as outwardly friendly

Less direct than some cultures

People always talk about the weather

Conflict Resolution
One Pound
One Quid
How's it going?
Line
Restroom
Thank You
Cents
Trash
Vacation
Elevator
Pants
Friend/Colleague
Drunk
Double Fisting
Fanny Pack
You alright?
Queue
Toilet or Loo
Cheers
Pence or P's
Rubbish
Holiday
Trousers
Mate
Pissed
Double Parked
Bum Bag
Lift
British Sayings and Colloquialisms
Day/Month/Year
not
Dates
Month/Day/Year
BUT
Time
24 hour/Military time used
7:00 pm written as 19:00
Pronounced as "Seven"
Things to do outside of London
Bath – Roman baths
Brighton – beach town
Edinburgh – Harry Potter


Harry Potter studio tour
Dublin – Guinness headquarters
Oxford
Stonehenge
Cornwall
Lunch at The Borough Market
London Film Festival
Dinner at Camden Night Market
V&A Alexander McQueen Exhibit (14 March – 2 August)
Warner Bros. Studios - Harry Potter Tour

The Scoop - Outdoor Cinema
Harrods
London Pillow Fight
Climb the O2
Secret Cinema
Afternoon Tea at Sketch
Careful with Ryanair and easyJet
Canary Wharf is on top of a shopping mall
ASDA
- £ (Grocery/Household/Clothing - 15 minute walk)
Boots
- ££ (Convenient - near work)
Tesco Metro
- ££ (Grocery - American section, Chinese section, Indian Section, etc.)
Tesco Express
- ££ (Grocery - Two within 5 minute walk)
Waitrose
- £££ (Groceries/Household/Clothing - near work)
M&S
- £££ (Grocery - near work)
Stratford Westfield Shopping Mall (20 minute tube ride – Primark)
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