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Rick Steves London 2016 Paperback – December 22, 2015
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Gene Openshaw is a writer, composer, tour guide, and lecturer on art and history. Specializing in writing walking tours of Europe's cultural sights, Gene has coauthored 10 of Rick's books and contributes to Rick's public television series. As a composer, Gene has written a full-length opera (Matter), a violin sonata, and dozens of songs. He lives near Seattle with his daughter, and roots for the Mariners in good times and bad.
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This became our bible for a quick, 2-day visit in London. Even though we have visited a couple of times previously, it has been a long time so we needed a guide we could trust. It provides useful information about how longs things take to see, what sights are really not that outstanding (particularly when time is very limited), and when to go to avoid crowds as best you can. I valued his honesty and candor since we had more things to do than we had time for; he helped us hone in on what would be the best use of our time and resources.
Based upon our experience with the Amsterdam guidebook and this one, his books have become our "go to" resource when travelling.
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I like to have this type of information in paper form since 1) it is easier to share between people traveling together, 2) you don't have to worry about glare from the sun on your tablet or phone interfering with your ability to see the material, 3) I have found flipping back and forth between sections (i.e. restaurants vs. things to do) is very cumbersome with an electronic book. The print copy of this guide is great since it is relatively narrow so it can be stowed easily as well as the pages and book cover are flexible and lighter weight. This helps when trying to travel light, plus you can always tear the book apart if you wish, only taking the relevant pages with you.
Ok, that's not ALL I can say. This was our first trip to Europe and we spent six days in London, armed with this book and the London Pass. The book tells you what's worth going to or not worth going to and the best times to get in to avoid the crowds. We found the recommendations to be generally spot on, and it helped to get the most out of our trip. Next time we travel overseas, we'll be picking up the Rick Steves book for wherever we end up going.
For a week in London, my advice it to take this book, get the 6-day London Pass (with Oyster card), and download the Citymapper app. All of those contributed to us having a great time.
For me, the best parts are the new-travellers guides. Has a long list of items to remember, things to do or not to do, how to be careful, how to get around, etc.
With this book, and a good London vistors map, you would be all set