Monthly Archives: March 2009

Liverpool and London

I know that my last 2 blog posts have been about Liverpool.  But I just want to share one last thing I recently read in the media about my home before I start a new topic.  Liverpool is known for many things…like football, European Capital of Culture 2008, and La Princesse.

As you all know, it’s also where the Beatles began.  Liverpool Hope University has announced they are offering a Master of Arts program on “The Beatles, Popular Music, and Society”. The school hopes the program attracts attention locally as well as internationally.

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London Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive

London is known for being one of the most expensive cities in the world…but it doesn’t have to be if you do your research beforehand. Here are a few tips to start you off based on my own experience and investigation:

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Things to Do:  Admission to view the permanent collections at most art galleries and museums is free. However, there are fees to view  visiting exhibitions.  If you like art,  I recommend the Tate Modern and a short boat ride away, the Tate Britain.

Where to Stay: easyJet, one of Europe’s leading low cost airlines, has launched, easyHotel. With five locations in London, you’re sure to find an area that’s convenient for you. Keep in mind that similar to the airline, easyHotel offers low / no frills budget accomodations.  Rooms are small and spartan. They can only be booked online. If you can, book early for the best deals. Remember, you’re on vacation visiting one of the most exciting cities in the world, you’re going to be out seeing the sites and shopping, not hanging out in your room.

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Theatre/Shows: Great deals can be found on tickets for same day performances. There are a few websites where these discount tickets can be purchased including the Visit London website.

Food: Meals can be expensive when you travel. I think pubs offer great deals plus a chance to quench your thirst with english beer.  They are a step above the international fast food restaurants found throughout any major city. Last month I read about a restaurant chain in London that offered “pay what you want” during February, Little Bay. Don’t know if they will offer it again but it appears to have been a success.

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Transit: Take advantage of the extensive public transit system. With the Oyster card system, you can can top up with money so you can pay as you go or you can get unlimited travel for a set period of time. Consider taking public transit to and from the airport as well since it’s very convenient.

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Hope this provides you with an introduction to London. If you have any tips or suggestions to share, please leave a comment.

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