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Rick Steves' London 2011 Paperback – October 19, 2010

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Product Details

  • Series: Rick Steves
  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing; 2011 Edition edition (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598806653
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598806656
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 4.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,215,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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London, London, London... I just came back from a wonderful (and hot) trip to Europe. My best advice? Do your homework before traveling. Buy Rick Steves' books, research in advance what you want to visit and how to get there. I love the walking tours included in Steves books. In London the tube (subway) takes you pretty much everywhere. Organize your calendar by blocks (2 or 3 hours) flexible enough that you can change them around in your schedule. Group activities by geographical areas (that is how the book is organized). You will save precious time and lots of "surprises". I was tempted to give the book 4 stars because some of Steves comments are silly but I skipped them and concentrated on the great tips and well organized walks described in this book. Some of my tour friends had other travel guides and Rick Steves was the best by far. At the British museum and the Westminster Abbey I found Steves' followers, everyone agreed that this book made their travel much easier.
I recommend the specific city guide instead of the Best of Europe because the later was not detailed enough and it did not include the useful "walking tours". The only thing I did not use on this book for was the hotel recommendation (because my tour company arranged the hotels). Still, this book was worth every penny I spent on it.
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I lived in London for 3 ½ years and have visited Europe several times in the past decade and Rick Steves' books are always the first travel guides that I turn to in my travel planning. If cost and time are a factor to you in your travels then Rick Steves' guides will prove indispensable.

I took his books with me on my travels to Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, France and Great Britain as well as on my return trips to these countries. His tips on what to see and what to skip have proved invaluable. Thanks to him, I discovered this lovely little day trip outfit called "Mad Max Tours" which my husband and I joined during a recent trip to Bath, England. His tips on what is worth seeing in the British Museum and National Gallery saved us from `museum overload' on our subsequent trips to these fabulous and immense museums. I used to walk mindlessly along the numerous rooms and exhibits in these museums, until, 3 hours later, I walk out like a zombie overwhelmed with what I saw.

I highly recommend Rick's city guide to London. This guide is budget-minded, time-conscious and makes a point of touching on every major sight in these cities. It also includes walking tours, museum guides, shopping, accommodations, maps, recommended day trips and even kid-friendly attractions/activities. All of his guides include costs, location, subway/train stops, hours and descriptions (and his straightforward opinions) on each place.

Shortcomings? Well, trust me, no travel guide is perfect. Eyewitness, for instance, has wonderful colored pictures and loads of visuals but little practical information. Fodors and Frommers have too much text and almost no pictures. As for Rick, I used to gripe about his sparse selection of hotels in certain cities but he has now improved on these.
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An independent pre-Christmas trip to London (Dec 8-13, 2010) was extremely enhanced through "Rick Steves' London 2011" both through pre-trip planning and on-trip reading. The guidelines for visiting the National Art Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, and the British Museum were extremely helpful. These museums are so large, that the Steves' focus assists in seeing the best artwork and historical images within a two hour visit to each museum. Rick's suggestion of an Oyster Card for Underground Tube travel was efficient and effective. The Underground and City Maps at the opening of the book were excellent as well as the hand-drawn maps for walking tours of areas of London. "Rick Steves London 2011" actually enhanced the satisfaction of my six-day trip to London.
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This book is packed with useful and extemely up-to-date information (I found this series to be one of the most accurate and up-to-date of the travel books). He really gives you the inside scoop on how to see London on a budget. I found some tips to be a little too cheap but that's my personal taste so no points were deducted - it's always great to have the option. Concise and clear cut directions were given on how to get to attractions (Legoland) and how to optimize each experience. The top attractions (Tate Gallery, British Musum, Westminster Abbey, etc.) were given a in-depth commentay and very detailed review that provided valuable advise. I especially appreciated the various sample "walks" for each neighborhood in London that gave easy directions and notes for what to look for along the way. This book is ESSENTIAL for traveling and I found the corresponding website (ricksteves.com) provided helpful information as well. Sections of the book gave good reviews and tips on where to eat, shop & sightsee and even more importantly, which ones to avoid! This book even provides some bargains to readers only. I highly recommend this book to anyone traveling to London.
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By WNYer on December 18, 2010
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"Get the most out of every day and every dollar" is quoted on the back of Rick Steves' London 2011 book and this is an accurate summary for this guide. Included are self-guided tours to the more popular tourist sights in London but one also learns where "the locals go for lunch and how to avoid mobs" at the most popular sights including the London Eye and the Changing of the Guard. An important factor for any tourist: how to get around by bus and on the Tube (subway). Good value hotels, restaurants and pubs are described which is important to know especially with the current low-value dollar exchange! I especially appreciated the Appendices sections: Tourist Information; Communicating (how to use mobile phones, call to other countries, useful help numbers,the British accent, Public Transit routes, the Internet, Mail); Resources (other helpful books to borrow/purchase, podcasts, recommended movies); Holidays and Festivals; Conversions and Climate (Interesting tips include: "When counting with fingers, start with your thumb. If you hold up your first finger to request one item, you'll probably get two."); Essential Packing List; Hotel Reservation Form; and the British-Yankee Vocabulary section (I would buy this book just for this section alone! HINT: Never say you are wearing a "fanny pac"! Look THAT one up to save a lot of embarassment!) The book also contains an albeit small but nicely summarized English History and Contemporary Politics section.
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