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10 mistakes tourists ALWAYS make in London

  • Опубліковано 22 лют 2024
  • Don't ruin your trip to London with these rookie mistakes!
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    0:00 - Intro
    0:22 - Where to stay
    1:31 - Touristy spots
    2:53 - Booking a cab
    4:22 - Rickshaws
    5:10 - Red phone booths
    6:06 - SPON
    7:18 - Questionable pubs
    9:01 - English food only!
    10:13 - The absolute WORST tourist mistake...
    11:49 - Tube etiquette
    13:37 - Landmark names
    14:38 - Conclusion
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  • @MeFreeBee
    @MeFreeBee 9 місяців тому +851

    I've been saying for decades the only point to Oxford Street is somewhere to keep the tourists away from the good bits. Glad you're with me on that.

    • @katrinabryce
      @katrinabryce 9 місяців тому +24

      Even Basingstoke would give you a better shopping experience than Oxford Street, and I'm not suggesting anyone goes there unless they happen to live nearby.

    • @clairenoon4070
      @clairenoon4070 8 місяців тому +2


    • @debbielough7754
      @debbielough7754 8 місяців тому +5

      I've been to London loads of times - Oxford Street twice, and one was cos I had an interview round the corner.

    • @TimWochomurka
      @TimWochomurka 8 місяців тому +13

      This is how people from New York City feel about Times Square.

    • @mrkiplingreallywasanexceed8311
      @mrkiplingreallywasanexceed8311 8 місяців тому +1


  • @euanforbes9510
    @euanforbes9510 9 місяців тому +341

    Something to add for the tube etiquette is moving away from the centre of the doors and let people off first. The amount of times I've been walked into or have had to try and squeeze past people trying to get on is infuriating!

    • @kr46428
      @kr46428 8 місяців тому +17

      Speaking from the perspective of someone that commutes via train in the US, this advice applies universally, not just to the tube (experienced this exact problem only hours ago with people trying to push into the train before letting everyone off)

    • @WeatherInOrlando
      @WeatherInOrlando 8 місяців тому +17

      There’s! More! Room! Inside! The! Train! If! You! Let! People! Off! First!

    • @natehill8069
      @natehill8069 8 місяців тому +7

      That should be true of lifts as well.
      One side: the entire world, other than a little box.
      The other side: a little box. Room for ~10.
      Which side should let the others go first?

    • @arctic_haze
      @arctic_haze 8 місяців тому +2

      This is pretty universal everywhere where people commute on trains / trams etc. So I think it applies only to car-only Americans and maybe visitors from small towns and villages.

    • @abalahalamatandra
      @abalahalamatandra 8 місяців тому +5

      Happens all the time in the subway here in New York. The other day I was getting off a train at my station with grocery bags in each hand. Saw a huge crowd of tourists on the platform waiting to get on as the train slid to a stop. As soon as the doors opened, this one young woman in the crowd pushed to get onboard before I could even step off. So I shouldered her aside HARD! Should have heard the gasps from everyone as her body went literally sailing backwards onto the platform. I said nothing, simply kept walking straight ahead with eyes forward. It was very satisfying, although I do feel bad that it was a woman I did that to. But it serves her right... and I must admit, a part of me felt like yelling: "Welcome to NEW YAWK!!" as a parting remark.

  • @markwardel6751
    @markwardel6751 8 місяців тому +434

    It's also terribly annoying when groups of tourists (especially with wheel along cases) uncertain of where to go decide to have a family conference about it right at the top (or bottom) of the escalators making it difficult for us 'late for a meeting' types to get by.

    • @theonlysjc
      @theonlysjc 8 місяців тому +39

      Even as a tourist just as confused as they are, I find it infuriating. Get to the side and out of the way for crying out loud!

    • @GuillermoLG552
      @GuillermoLG552 8 місяців тому +13

      Or in front or behind the ticket barrier.

    • @cyqry
      @cyqry 8 місяців тому +14

      @@theonlysjc I think this is something everyone with a bit of common sense agrees with. I have it all the time at work, people will get to the top of an escalator then look around, I have had to yell on more than a few occasions for them to move because others are coming up and these morons will cause an accident otherwise.

    • @theonlysjc
      @theonlysjc 8 місяців тому +18

      @@cyqry Exactly. If I'm in an unfamiliar place and I need to take a second to get my bearings, pull up an app, look at a map, whatever, I will first and foremost GET OUT OF THE WAY! You're exactly right, its a common sense thing. I'd go as far as saying it just simply a common courtesy!

    • @ugrasergun
      @ugrasergun 8 місяців тому +14

      @@theonlysjc The problem with common sense is that it's not so common.

  • @asaturner4097
    @asaturner4097 9 місяців тому +421

    When my American friend came over she really wanted to see "London bridge" so I took her there
    "This is London bridge, over there is tower bridge which is probably what you meant" 😂

    • @klimtkahlo
      @klimtkahlo 9 місяців тому +9

      Hahaha 😂😂😂

    • @johnpoole3871
      @johnpoole3871 8 місяців тому +25

      I thought London Bridge was in Arizona.

    • @asaturner4097
      @asaturner4097 8 місяців тому +33

      @@johnpoole3871 yeah "we" sold one of the old editions of London bridge but it was replaced with a different one

    • @TalesOfWar
      @TalesOfWar 8 місяців тому +19

      @@asaturner4097 The buyer also apparently meant Tower Bridge but bought it without properly checking lol.

    • @JackMitchell404
      @JackMitchell404 8 місяців тому +21

      @@TalesOfWar That's apocryphal, he didn't buy the wrong bridge and indeed the wrong bridge wouldn't have come up. My understanding is that Old New London Bridge (the one in Arizona) was deemed too narrow/ weak or something, so they decided to replace it with the current New New London Bridge and at that point the idea of selling it came up. The man in Arizona got exactly what he intended to get and did rather well out of it, we wouldn't be talking about his housing estate if he hadn't salvaged a condemned bridge.

  • @cousinnobody3452
    @cousinnobody3452 8 місяців тому +56

    There is actually a really good book called “Secret London”. It is full of hidden gems to visit that generally even Londoners don’t know about. And yes agree Oxford Street is just a direct route to trauma....

  • @brumplum
    @brumplum 9 місяців тому +293

    Just a quick note on the automatic doors on the Tube (Chube) - during the winter and if it's raining very hard when the train stops at a surface station, the driver will not necessarily open all the doors - to help the people inside the train avoid getting wet/cold. That is when you will need to press the button.

    • @nataliec6041
      @nataliec6041 9 місяців тому +78

      Retired Met Line driver here- this is not quite right- on the sub-surface lines, drivers can’t choose which doors to open. When arriving at a platform, driver will press the doors open buttons and all available doors will open. If the train remains in the platform for more than 45 seconds the doors will close but can be opened by passenger pressing the button. Any doors reopened by passengers pressing the button will again close after 45 seconds, or when the driver presses the door close button, which will close and lock all doors. (There is a facility for the driver to unlock but not open the doors until a passenger pushes the button, but this was too confusing because people were so used to having the doors open automatically that they would just stand there, wondering why the doors weren’t opening…. So we were told not to use this.)

    • @JasonDMurrray
      @JasonDMurrray 9 місяців тому +6

      It’s tube

    • @peterc.1618
      @peterc.1618 8 місяців тому +9

      @@nataliec6041 If you are catching a train from a terminus station, the doors are likely to be closed so that you need to press the button to get on.

    • @naquewack
      @naquewack 8 місяців тому

      @@peterc.1618 Yes, exactly

    • @peterc.1618
      @peterc.1618 8 місяців тому +5

      @@naquewack I jumped on the Elizabeth Line for the first time today to travel one stop. The train was fairly full and when we reached my destination, the doors didn't open and I couldn't see a button anywhere. Fortunately a more experienced Elizabeth Line passenger came along and reached behind the skirt of a woman standing by the side of the door where, quite low down, the button was located. So it looks like this new line doesn't have a policy of opening all the doors at every station.

  • @chrislyne377
    @chrislyne377 9 місяців тому +133

    I hate those radioactive phone boxes

    • @Fuxy22
      @Fuxy22 9 місяців тому

      Yeah... why do they always smell of piss nothing else does in London usually...

    • @davidcook7887
      @davidcook7887 8 місяців тому

      Who actually pisses in them? I blame the tourists !

    • @carollewis3912
      @carollewis3912 8 місяців тому

      @@davidcook7887 The tourists get blamed for everything it seems. I wonder if some Lysol would 😣 help?

  • @JB-qf5ep
    @JB-qf5ep 9 місяців тому +210

    My tips
    1) I always suggest downloading Citymapper. The tube/buses can be initially overwhelming for tourists, and citymapper takes a lot of the difficulty out of that. I also say on the taxi vs tube thing, people are somewhat avoiding learning how the tube works and dont want to get lost from airport to hotel - but you need to get used to tfl modes of transport as early as possible. Realising how simple the systems are, as early as possible, will make your trip less stressful.
    2) Dont think Londoners are rude if they dont talk or look at you out in public. Londoners are assertive but they arent rude. But if you are here for longer than say a month, there is so much constant stimulation that you have to tune it out for the sake of your own mental health. If londoners behaved like tourists (noticing things, dawdling, looking at people or talking to them) the city would grind to a halt, so Londoners are in a constant state of 'keep it pushing'. In my experience though, Londoners are more likely to help you if you are struggling than in other places that people claim the people are 'nicer'. For example, I have dragged big suitcases up and down stairs all over this country. In London, someone always helps me up the stairs with it, but never anywhere else.
    3) Be aware that certain tube stations are also attached to extremely busy national rail stations. People pile from train to tube constantly in these stations. Unfortunately the underground concourse isnt always the biggest space and people are often in a hurry here. Euston and Waterloo come to mind in particular. In these places, have your contactless card/oyster/phone in your hand as early as possible - maybe even before you get on the escalator down to the tube. Pausing at these ticket barriers is going to piss people off. Other places have more barriers/more space so it isnt as bad, but at the big national rail stations with crammed undergrounds underneath, have your card ready to tap as early as possible.
    4) Have a meandering crazy night out that ends with getting a bagel at 4am on Brick Lane.

    • @camillastacey4674
      @camillastacey4674 8 місяців тому +4

      Citymapper is great and getting the bus can be a really cheap way to see a load of tourist attractions

    • @wightwitch
      @wightwitch 8 місяців тому +9

      Totally agree with you on the friendly bit, I've been here for 3 years now and people are so kind and friendly. They just don't tend to make random conversations with people, they will however leap to help someone in need.

    • @ChristopherX30
      @ChristopherX30 7 місяців тому +2

      So.....Londoners are merely the British versions of New Yorkers, huh?? 😂😅

    • @anubisunchained
      @anubisunchained 5 місяців тому

      thenks for the info

    • @markylon
      @markylon 4 місяці тому

      or better still use google maps

  • @onestepforward7314
    @onestepforward7314 8 місяців тому +40

    When we visited London last October, my wife made the mistake of opening one of the phone booths. She won't make that mistake again. It was one of the most disgusting, yet, memorable parts of our trip and I was lucky enough to catch it on video 😅

  • @AndreaAvila78
    @AndreaAvila78 9 місяців тому +25

    😂I went to London for only four days, twelve years ago. I didn't have a 📱 smartphone. I got a picture taken with the phone box😅😂! I was broke in London so I walked and walked all day long and most of the night. I wanted to see everything with almost to no money. I was hungry but happy! An unforgettable experience!

    • @clairenoon4070
      @clairenoon4070 8 місяців тому +6

      Best way to do it! Some of my happiest times in London were when I was broke. And so many things like museums are free.

    • @AndreaAvila78
      @AndreaAvila78 8 місяців тому +2

      @@clairenoon4070 😄💪Yes!

    • @cooltubeish
      @cooltubeish 21 годину тому

      Great comment. Really struck a chord, thank you 👍

  • @Antworkk
    @Antworkk 9 місяців тому +150

    If you're getting the train to London from somewhere else in the UK, adding a paper travel card to your ticket is usually so much cheaper than using contactless. A lot of stations outside London also don't have eTicket barriers, so getting the train ticket with travel card as an eTicket is also impractical. Paper tickets aren't obsolete yet!

    • @Gardening_Plot15
      @Gardening_Plot15 8 місяців тому +11

      Yes. I use that everytime i go to London from Outside of London.

    • @john_smith1471
      @john_smith1471 8 місяців тому +19

      Agree, from outside London i alway get the National Rail one day combo zone 1-6 travelcard, good value, couldn't quite understand Evan's comment about his beloved travelling from Marlow to East London, unless their stay maybe more than one day? if you travel through zone 6 to arrive in London the fare has to cover it.
      I still like the orange and cream NR paper ticket.

    • @wessexdruid7598
      @wessexdruid7598 8 місяців тому +3

      Particularly if your employer is paying for your travel.

    • @davidioanhedges
      @davidioanhedges 8 місяців тому +3

      If you are traveling in to the city, and are not planning on traveling around once there then it is cheaper ...
      If you also want to travel around whilst there for a few days then an oyster can be much cheaper

    • @halane4790
      @halane4790 8 місяців тому +1

      I don't know if it is still on effect, but there also used to be vouchers to get 2for1 tickets for many landmarks if you bought a 1-day pass for the underground from train stations.

  • @AthynVixen
    @AthynVixen 9 місяців тому +28

    First London guide video I have ever seen that is actually true , actually realistic and points people to some great areas. I often visit NYC after spending much of my life wanting to visit but aside from accidentally ending up in Times Square once (UGH) I have never been to most of the tourist spots. To me visiting places is getting to see what it's like to live there or just visit and experience as a local - just as local Evan does here :)

  • @aimee_
    @aimee_ 9 місяців тому +540

    For any family with children that are 11-15 years old reading this, I'd reccomend you not let them use their contactless card (if they have any), but get an Oyster Card for each one of them and ask the staff to apply a "Young Visitor" discount. It will only be valid for the time whilst you're visiting (max 14 days) and give you a 50% discount on your TfL travels. Children under 11 can travel for free!
    Also thanks Evan, it's a great video, should've watched it (especially the pub things) before I visited London last summer.

    • @aimee_
      @aimee_ 8 місяців тому +3

      @@Rhianalanthula Yup, this is also a way! We didn't get Tourist Oyster Cards because of what I had read from the website, you can't check it's balance in the TfL app. Still ended up not working because the staff set a kind of pin code on the cards. The Youngest ( < 11) didn't really look older so she just went through the gates with one of us

    • @aimee_
      @aimee_ 8 місяців тому +7

      @@artful1967 mate I know. But tourists with children under 16 can't get a discount on contactless, I even got this confirmed by tfl staff

    • @JackMitchell404
      @JackMitchell404 8 місяців тому +11

      @@artful1967 For visitors who don't have a contactless card in Sterling Oyster may well be the best option. There is the deposit which is likely to be lost, the faff of topping it up and the potential for credit lost at the end of the trip (though this can be recovered, it's just a pain) but if your bank is charging you a flat per-transaction fee for using your card in the UK, contactless will quickly become very expensive and Oyster fares are not more expensive.

    • @wharpblast264
      @wharpblast264 8 місяців тому +5

      @@aimee_ Same applies to any railcard discount. Oyster cards are updated so they apply the discount, cannot be done with a contactless card.

    • @iyoniread6396
      @iyoniread6396 8 місяців тому +2

      Yep I have one!

  • @SauROnmiKE
    @SauROnmiKE 5 місяців тому +9

    Another thing from a recent visitor: if you are visiting London and any of its museums during the busy periods, get an e-ticket if that specific museum has the option to. It's free, it's quick and you won't wait like an idiot behind thousands of other people in line that didn't have one. Saved me hours!

    • @georgehelyar
      @georgehelyar 26 днів тому

      The museums (musea?) are free but sometimes say there is no capacity left, but will happily sell you a ticket to whatever exhibition is going on, which gets you entry.
      Not so free but it gets you in, and also not that expensive.
      I went to the natural history museum and couldn't get a ticket on a school half term week, even in advance, so had to buy a ticket to the fantastic beasts exhibition (some Harry Potter thing I think, never seen it, didn't go to the exhibition).
      And yea either way just do it online and show the QR code on your phone as you go on, don't bother queueing.

  • @alexcooper6953
    @alexcooper6953 9 місяців тому +61

    Pro tip: remember to tap out at all stations and undergrounds on your journey. Or you might not be able to pass through the next barrier or it charges you more money.

    • @JackMitchell404
      @JackMitchell404 8 місяців тому +5

      Lots of National Rail/ Underground interchange stations have yellow readers on the platforms so that someone arriving at the platform by Oyster or contactless can touch out and continue their journey on a National Rail ticket without leaving and re-entering the station. It's really important that if you are staying entirely within the contactless fare area and you see such a reader, that you DO NOT touch out on it when you intend to continue your Oyster or contactless journey

    • @JivanPal
      @JivanPal 8 місяців тому +1

      > It's really important that if you are staying entirely within the contactless fare area and you see such a reader, that you DO NOT touch out on it when you intend to continue your Oyster or contactless journey
      It doesn't matter if you do, the system is designed with the awareness that this is something users might do, and will simply treat these as intermediate unnecessary touches along a single journey.

    • @captvimes
      @captvimes 8 місяців тому

      @@JivanPal No it does matter if you tap out it screws with the journey because you arent allowed to tap out on some cheaper journeys and they wont let you back in without paying more.

    • @JivanPal
      @JivanPal 8 місяців тому

      @@captvimes UA-cam doesn't seem to want to let my reply go through for some reason, probably due to length, but I gave an example of how it works, e.g. London Bridge > Woolwich Arsenal > West Ham, if you do/don't make a redundant touch at Woolwich Arsenal.

    • @captvimes
      @captvimes 8 місяців тому

      @@JivanPal The point i am making is if i get a ticket from brighton to newcastle if i tap out on the tube part even if i just want to go get some food it wont let me back on the same ticket i either have to find a friendly attendant or pay to tap back in.

  • @InaMacallan
    @InaMacallan 9 місяців тому +47

    The automatic door buttons were installed on tube lines that mostly travel overground; they are usually only set for commuters to use in the depths of winter at the extreme ends of the lines. So tourists are unlikely to need to use them!

    • @hannahk1306
      @hannahk1306 9 місяців тому +8

      They're also quite helpful if you want to get on a train which has been at the station a while and the doors have shut again 😆

  • @nodakjak
    @nodakjak 8 місяців тому +19

    Just got back from 17 days in London. Gorgeous weather, not one single day with rain. Did have a problem with the train strikes, had to not do one of our day trips out of London, but there's always something to do. The food was amazing - Indian, Turkish, Vietnamese, Italian, French, Thai, and even some pub food! I love this video, and agree with you 100%!

    • @queenbean7071
      @queenbean7071 8 місяців тому +2

      You chose a "good" time for weather for sure lol
      We've been having slot of heatwaves recently
      Sadly these aren't very good for the country as last year these resulted in a drought across slot of our countryside

    • @harrymarshall
      @harrymarshall 6 місяців тому +1

      ,, some really nice pubs in central London can be found in the meandering mews across the road and just south from the Berkeley hotel 😊🍺🎉

    • @deanosaur808
      @deanosaur808 2 місяці тому +2

      Sorry for the malfunctioning of the weather. Normal service's will resume shortly 😅🤣🤣

    • @RWBHere
      @RWBHere 2 місяці тому

      lol @@deanosaur808

  • @clarissathompson
    @clarissathompson 9 місяців тому +76

    Just a note with Mistake #8, You can order a Visitor Oyster Card before your trip like my mum and I did. We flew into Gatwick and used it to take the train into London and for transit throughout London. So handy!

    • @Jack-cq9pv
      @Jack-cq9pv 9 місяців тому +10

      The Visitor Oysters are OK but you can just use your contactless card to pay for the Tube

    • @clarissathompson
      @clarissathompson 9 місяців тому +17

      @@Jack-cq9pv I was travelling with a senior that has a meltdown every time her phone auto updates, lol

    • @ethelmini
      @ethelmini 9 місяців тому +10

      @@clarissathompson It's still a good point. Losing a bankcard is inconvenient at the best of times, but it'd be a nightmare in another country. The only downside is having money left on the Oyster card when you're done, though it can be reclaimed.
      The cards can be bought in lots of shops as well as in the choob.

    • @clarissathompson
      @clarissathompson 9 місяців тому +18

      @@ethelmini one of the main reasons I ordered them was so we could get on a train into the city from Gatwick without the hassle of getting tickets. I don’t know if you have ever travelled with someone over the age of 75, but I was managing an entire 7 week train and tour bus trip across the island with her and I had to find every simple option she wouldn’t fight me over. She also needed hearing aids but refused to acknowledge it, so the “look right” thing was essential for me, lol!

    • @hannahk1306
      @hannahk1306 9 місяців тому +16

      ​@@ethelminiThe visitor Oyster is actually cheaper than a standard Oyster and has a funky design with London symbols on for people who want to take them home as a souvenir (plus it's one less thing to worry about when you arrive). I definitely agree that using your expensive phone or bank card on public transport, especially in an unfamiliar city when you're tired from travelling, probably isn't a great idea.

  • @thedeutschman9905
    @thedeutschman9905 9 місяців тому +229

    Thank you for actually posting helpful advice and not just putting cliche mistakes like not looking right or forgetting to bring a raincoat which a lot of people already know about, this is one of the best tourist advice videos I have seen.

    • @evan
      @evan  8 місяців тому +5

      Glad it was helpful!

    • @neville132bbk
      @neville132bbk 2 місяці тому

      Well...yes.... except for the poor young high school exchange student from New Caledonia who was living in Rotorua (NZ)....being from an LHD region she automatically looked left before crossing Fenton St..the main street,,, and made the fatal mistake of stepping out into the path of the car on her right.

    • @stephaniejames6672
      @stephaniejames6672 2 місяці тому

      I agree. It’s time to stop shaming people.

  • @russetmantle1
    @russetmantle1 8 місяців тому +6

    Great vid! I'm a Londoner too and I haven't read through all 865 comments so far, but just thought I'd add a couple of things in case anyone hadn't mentioned them yet. 😅
    1) Indian restaurants in general are some of the best-value eats in central London. Dishoom isn't hugely expensive, but even it is pricier than many others that are also very good. If you're anywhere near Tottenham Court Road, I heartily recommend Palms of Goa on Charlotte Street. Particularly if you're a biryani fan - they do the most beautifully gently spiced biryanis with a really subtle depth of flavour with gorgeous floral notes. The owner Eugene is also very friendly. Tell him the redheaded Scottish lady who comes in for biryanis sent you (I don't think he knows my name, but he'll probably recognise me from that description).
    2) Something that only occurred to me could be a problem after someone who hadn't negotiated London transport on their own pointed it out to me: if you're using a contactless card or an Oyster card, you must both tap in and tap out at each end of the journey to make sure you don't get overcharged (the system needs to know how far you've travelled, or it will charge you the maximum price for the day). BUT that's only for trains. You only tap in on buses; there's no need to - or indeed any way of - tapping out on buses. So don't stress about tapping out on buses. Once you've tapped in, you can put your card away and forget about it.

  • @noahpalmer6653
    @noahpalmer6653 8 місяців тому +12

    Also don't just go on the underground everywhere. It's actually surprising that a lot of London you can cover on foot faster than the underground.

  • @sarah.93.30
    @sarah.93.30 9 місяців тому +99

    Would actually love a video on do's and don'ts of London busses. In Ireland there are strict rules that tourists simply don't / couldn't know.

    • @john_smith1471
      @john_smith1471 9 місяців тому +7

      What shouldn’t bus passengers do in Ireland? When I used buses a lot more, smokers sat upstairs, a sign said spitting prohibited, the conductor preferred small change coins and tickets had to be retained for inspection and an honesty box existed for uncollected fares.

    • @jonathanwessner3456
      @jonathanwessner3456 9 місяців тому +1

      To be faitr, they are posted in Gaelic Irish.... (joke)

    • @katrinabryce
      @katrinabryce 9 місяців тому +5

      @@john_smith1471 Last time I was in Dublin, I bought a Leap Card and used that on the buses and trains. It seemed to work much the same as buses anywhere else.

    • @tazzat8026
      @tazzat8026 8 місяців тому +7

      Like make sure you order a pizza for the hostages and dont forget vegetarians

    • @hannahheutte9473
      @hannahheutte9473 8 місяців тому

      If there's a person with a or pram/shopping trolly its nice to give them the seat next to the wheelchair area so they dont have to block the isle. Also, generally its good to step to the curb and give your bus a wave down because there are generally a few different routes on one stop. Other than that, just standard bus stuff; have your card ready, hold onto railings, blah blah blah.

  • @edwalker598
    @edwalker598 8 місяців тому +7

    Another tip If you are going to one of the famous museums/galleries (especially in the summer and the Natural history museum): Go first thing in the morning and do the famous exhibits as soon as you get in then go to the less popular exhibits when it gets busy. This way you can actually get up close with things like the Rosetta stone or Da Vinci paintings without feeling like you're at the back of a music concert. The less popular exhibits stay pretty quiet all day so they can be left until later.

  • @AndrewStothard
    @AndrewStothard 8 місяців тому +12

    Some other tube related tips - there are some stations you should avoid if possible. Like Covent Garden at the weekend (because you'll be waiting 15 minutes for a lift), or Bank. And there's some connections on the tube map that involve a decent walk, like from the piccadilly line to the jubilee line at green park.
    Also, remember the tube map isn't geographical. So sometimes there could be two stations that look a decent distance apart but are virtually next to each other, like Queensway and Bayswater. Even time you have to change lines it adds at least 15 minutes to your journey so it can be significantly quicker to get off at a different station and walk a few minutes than going to the station with the exact name of the place you want.

  • @waziotter
    @waziotter 9 місяців тому +250

    So you say not to mis-name the bridges but then refer to the Millennium Bridge? Every Londoner knows it’s REALLY called the *Wobbly* Bridge!

    • @robtyman4281
      @robtyman4281 8 місяців тому +16

      Except it hasn't been wobbly since 2001. I'm a Londoner and never refer to it as the 'wobbly bridge'. The last time I called it that was in about 2005!

    • @jacklovejoy5290
      @jacklovejoy5290 8 місяців тому +10

      Hasn't been Wobbly Bridge since 2001

    • @lolah6448
      @lolah6448 8 місяців тому +5

      still call it that, even though I was about 2 when it stopped moving.

    • @TalesOfWar
      @TalesOfWar 8 місяців тому +4

      It's the MINELLium bridge! You have to pronounce millennium wrong to get it right!

    • @JackMitchell404
      @JackMitchell404 8 місяців тому +4

      @@jacklovejoy5290 Yeah, but it will always be the only bridge that did wobble

  • @abalahalamatandra
    @abalahalamatandra 8 місяців тому +15

    As a New Yorker, I feel like almost all of these points apply to NYC as well. We’re well-versed in these dos and don’ts. So, I guess I’d feel right at home in London! 😂

    • @JustAnotherNameYo
      @JustAnotherNameYo 3 місяці тому

      This just what I was going to write. I guess that's why Londoners blend so well in NYC. Except for the whole accent thing😅

  • @michaelocyoung
    @michaelocyoung 8 місяців тому +3

    "I want to build a pub, but I also want to build a treehouse." Perfect descrip - I love Waxys.

  • @glitterpuss1
    @glitterpuss1 8 місяців тому +4

    I was crossing Westminster bridge and after the 79th time of hearing a whiny American kid scream ‘I wanna see Big Ben’ and mom saying ‘yeh I think it’s near the ferris wheel’ I had to basically tap him on the shoulder and say look up. I couldn’t be arsed to tell him it’s the bell…

  • @RodZamora_is_the_best
    @RodZamora_is_the_best 9 місяців тому +25

    The first mistake you made was calling London, the City of London. The City of London is the old fortified citadel which is now home to one of the two biggest financial districts. Thats why the airport in London is called London City Airport not The City of London Airport. Keep up the hard work, love your videos.

    • @tadleygreen
      @tadleygreen 7 місяців тому +2

      Yes - in fact, at the start of the video, you were in the London Borough of Lambeth, looking across the river to the City of Westminster. The City of London is a mile or so to the east of there, also on the north side of the river.

  • @AniMewAlex
    @AniMewAlex 8 місяців тому +30

    As a British native myself I do strongly recommend everyone who is visiting the UK to keep an open mind about the traditional food as it is a lot nicer than people and the sterio type like to make it out to be. Recomended meals to try include Fish and Chips (seen by most as the national dish and which tastes similar to Japanese fried Tempura), the Sunday Roast, The English breakfast and Sheppards pie, though the first 2 alone will already be good enough.
    For the fish and chips I recommend using either salt or vinegar on the chips or at least one of each for extra taste. They kind of look like takeaway places from the inside as the whole point is to get them from a proper fish and chip shop instead of a pub or restaurant. With The Golden Chippy fish and chip shop being the biggest lore in London for tourists, though poppies is also a popular fish and chip shop in London.
    That being said I still advise trying Fish and Chips on the coast instead as they generally just tend to taste so much nicer but if you won't be on the coast, you'll know where to go. For international food, I recomend either Italian, Indian or Japanese. Seriously though, I would honestly find it a lot more open minded and respectful to give the food a fair chance as that's part of the whole cultural experience, hence emerging yourself in the culture. If you don't like it then fair enough but an open minded try will never hurt and British food is a lot nicer than people make it out to be.

    • @AniMewAlex
      @AniMewAlex 8 місяців тому +1

      @@davidgilbert8614 These are worth while points to take into consideration and to be fair I did also mention my recomended international foods to try as well as the most popular British dishes. At the very least as long as people try some fish and chips or an english roast then they are still trying the food but it's still right to give the local food a fair chance as that's part of the point of visiting the country to begin with, hence cultural emersion.

    • @carolinamaciel4628
      @carolinamaciel4628 8 місяців тому +4

      I agree !! British food is underrated. I tried Pie and Mash at F Cookes and loved it

    • @charleshayes2528
      @charleshayes2528 8 місяців тому

      @@AniMewAlex Did you mean "worthwhile" points, rather than "well while"?

    • @charleshayes2528
      @charleshayes2528 8 місяців тому +1

      @AlexTheUmbreon5 As you say, Fish and Chips can be much nicer, which means that some can be less nice, i.e.; nastier. I love good Fish and Chips, I also love Tempura, but even good F & C tends to be heavier than Tempura, because of more batter overall and more fat/oil in the batter and that is not to mention soggy and undercooked batter, esp. when the fat from the undercooked fish drains onto the chips underneath. The problem for a tourist is that they won't know what counts as good and may wonder why British people rave about a soggy, greasy, heavy lump of fish. Oh, by the way it is "Shepherd's pie" - but only if it is lamb, otherwise it is Cottage Pie for beef - possibly because English doesn't really use the term "Cattleherd" to refer to a person.

    • @AniMewAlex
      @AniMewAlex 8 місяців тому

      @@charleshayes2528 Oh yeah lol thanks for pointng it out, it's been corrected now.

  • @webbpaje
    @webbpaje 9 місяців тому +22

    I moved to London this year and my parents are currently visiting and I'm happy to know I've already taught them the majority of these 😂

  • @gavinpowell4607
    @gavinpowell4607 3 місяці тому +22

    You don't make mistakes as a tourist, you have adventures.

  • @catt5236
    @catt5236 9 місяців тому +11

    The only thing I would add is (because some of my family live in other countries, so I know from experience tourist from big countries like the US & Australia try to do this) don't think that you can go from London to Scotland & see all you want to see in Scotland during a day trip. Travelling to & from Scotland will take a whole day in itself. Scotland is a whole country & you might see a fraction of it if you go for a weekend. Edinburgh might be a nice weekend trip but you can't get there, see Edinburgh & do anything there, then get back to London in a day. It's literally not possible, don't even try. Same applies to any of the Northern cities in England & also to Ireland. A day will just about cover your travel, you'll need at least one more day to see anything, but I'd recommend three days to actually enjoy it.

    • @clairewillgress2221
      @clairewillgress2221 7 місяців тому +1

      Unless you use the sleeper train, arrive early am and leave in the evening. If you plan it instead of two nights in a hotel it's probably not too expensive either.

    • @harrymarshall
      @harrymarshall 6 місяців тому

      ,, I once saw two American visitors setting off from the southcoast of England after lunchtime w golf clubs by train to visit Scartland for a quick look round bc,, I'd already heard her introduce themselves as Mr and Mrs Wallace to the ticket office as they got their CHECK BOOK, out !! 😂 and later call after him saying Bill, Bill there's no porters to carry the luggage across the platform bridge and I'd asked , 😂is that really William Wallace?? and she said oh yes! We're just going to see his heritage for the day 😂😂😂🎉
      I was half tempted to become their instant luggage handler just for the enormous tip that would have ensured 😂🎉 but I thought I'm trying to live my own life and besides it was far funnier to see them announcing to the world every calamity of shifting enough bags for a small African nation 😅😅😅 and I'm sure she added that it'll b no problem for her husband really as he used to be a quarter back 🎉😂 as if I really cared 😂😅🎉

  • @michaelmcnally1242
    @michaelmcnally1242 9 місяців тому +19

    Available by mail order from the London Transport Museum is the fabulous book "Beyond the End of the Line", a bunch of walking tours starting from the terminal stations of most of the Underground lines. Maybe that sounds weird but walking is fun.

  • @meursaultscourtroom8886
    @meursaultscourtroom8886 8 місяців тому +6

    My tip, try to go to restaurants, grocery stores, use the tube, etc at times that are not the busy time for locals. Go to breakfast later, don't be on the tube at rush hour....you'll be less annoying as you try to figure things out, you'll be less stressed and you may actually find someone not in a hurry to help/talk to you. Remember you are on vacation and the people trying to get to work are not! Definitely get outside of London, just like New York and Paris it has a bit of generic busy big city vibe.

  • @abrr2000
    @abrr2000 8 місяців тому +3

    The reason there's a button to open the door that doesn't open the door, is phychological. It was found many generations of trains past, that adding a fake rubber button calmed passengers down and dramatically reduced their sence of being stuck, reducing the claustraphobic affects of being on the train surrounded on all sides by a solid metal tube with no way out.

  • @GuillermoLG552
    @GuillermoLG552 8 місяців тому +3

    Tip here, the Tube is priced by zones, but the busses don't have zones, it is one price, and if you change busses within a hour, you don't pay again. A single bus fare is £1.75, and is capped when using a contactless payment system (credit card, Apple pay, Oyster card, etc.) at £5.25 a day. However, if you really want to save money, you can put a weekly bus only pass on an oyster card (or buy a paper pass) for £24.70. I would urge you as a tourist to use the busses, and see London, yes it takes more time, but what is your rush? An Oyster card cost £3 (you can buy one at many Tube stations, like Heathrow) but you can redeem the £3 plus any credit left on the card at stations that sell them.

  • @tomchitling
    @tomchitling 6 місяців тому +2

    Best tips I've seen. Tip no 11: On the under ground most platforms have an entrance and an exit. Never stop by the entrance, Move down and wait about a carriage length from the exit You'll get on the tain far more easily, as everyone gets off near the exit, leaving space for you to get on.

  • @mildlydispleased3221
    @mildlydispleased3221 9 місяців тому +191

    The pain of standing behind a tourist wearing a baseball cap, manoeuvring a massive suitcase while attempting to scan a paper ticket on the oyster reader is immeasurable.

    • @londonspade5896
      @londonspade5896 8 місяців тому +9

      When you've got 2 trains to catch for work and if you miss one, you miss the other, and will be late. No no dear. Take Your Time.................... Please.

    • @janetpendlebury6808
      @janetpendlebury6808 8 місяців тому +25

      You could ask if they need any help?

    • @653j521
      @653j521 8 місяців тому +6

      @@janetpendlebury6808 Not as much passive aggressive fun?

    • @JustSomeBloke1
      @JustSomeBloke1 8 місяців тому +5

      @@janetpendlebury6808 I take it you missed the bit about never talking to anyone on the underground? 😀

    • @theonlysjc
      @theonlysjc 8 місяців тому +6

      As an American that's been to London, and coming back again soon, I never understood the complete hate for ball caps or those wearing them. Just a cultural difference that I find strange. I will be wearing something to blend in or not wearing one at all this trip.

  • @nevillemason6791
    @nevillemason6791 8 місяців тому +3

    I'd add to you list the following. If you're not in a particular hurry try and avoid using The Tube which can be very hot and very noisy on some lines. You don't get to see anything of London travelling through dark tunnels. Take the bus if possible to view London. It'll be slower than The Tube (but might be closer to your destination) and a lot more interesting.

  • @sylverscale
    @sylverscale 8 місяців тому +5

    I've had my first Indian food in London probably around 25 years ago. It was a small restaurant somewhere in nowhere London, with worn green carpet and the nicest people ever running it. The food was amazing. Creamy, delicious, we had a whole variety of foods recommended to us. We even got some on the house (guess they usually don't have barely English speaking tourists there 😁).
    Very fond memory. 😊

  • @cal_wdwrd
    @cal_wdwrd 8 місяців тому +2

    'Rishi you snack, let me in' I'm crying hahaha

  • @Siddif
    @Siddif 8 місяців тому +1

    Good to see an American calling out the food stereotypes!
    There is a lot of good food here both home grown or assimilated and each part of the UK has some unique dishes solely found in each region.

  • @MartinJames389
    @MartinJames389 8 місяців тому +3

    Yes, the tube is quick, but buses are often better. In most places they have reserved lanes, so they don't get snarled in traffic, and they have windows from which you can SEE where you are and what's going on.

  • @rocykel
    @rocykel 9 місяців тому +33

    Here's a tip for ya! Don't trust the advertised train travel time from Victoria Station to Gatwick if you have a plane to catch. Got me stranded over night in Crawley as the bloody train took more than twice as long as promised. The airline staff sighed and booked me for the next flight the day after, and I could tell it wasn't uncommon...

    • @AndreiTupolev
      @AndreiTupolev 9 місяців тому +1

      Or in other words "make sure you get on the right train"

    • @rocykel
      @rocykel 9 місяців тому +4

      @@AndreiTupolev I was on the right train. It just took more than twice as long as it was supposed to. About 75 minutes. Advertised as 33 minutes.

    • @DeterminedFC
      @DeterminedFC 8 місяців тому

      @@rocykel sounds like you took the slow train

    • @rocykel
      @rocykel 8 місяців тому +2

      @@DeterminedFC I got on the train I had a ticket for, bought from the guy in the booth who said it would take 33 minutes. This was in 1998, BTW.

    • @kripolik
      @kripolik 8 місяців тому

      @@rocykel That's 25 years ago. Things change.

  • @minimim89
    @minimim89 8 місяців тому +4

    The paper cards still make sense. Especially if you are just travelling through London. Unfortunately, "all trains go to London" in the UK, so chances are, you'll need to change there, often changing the station as well. In that case, the tube ticket is included with your train ticket.
    Also, when you add it to you ticket to London, it is much cheaper.

    @HDEFMAN1 8 місяців тому +2

    A light hearted guide to the city. Thanks for the heads up. I had not heard of Trainpal

  • @k1r4n97
    @k1r4n97 8 місяців тому +3

    Just a tip from a British-Indian who lives in London: Dishoom food is average at best (if you genuinely like Indian food) and you have to queue for a long time usually. For a bit more of an authentic experience I recommend The Punjab in Covent Garden. Nowhere near as busy but more delicious food that’s still been adjusted for a more Western palate. You can’t pre-book it but they say the average wait is no more than 22 minutes, which is way faster than Dishoom.

    • @evan
      @evan  8 місяців тому

      I will not hear any Dishoom slander so you’re opinion is now WORTHLESS

    • @MikeJohnno
      @MikeJohnno 8 місяців тому +1

      Agreed - it’s good but certainly not best

  • @roberthomma1837
    @roberthomma1837 3 місяці тому +1

    A hidden gem is the Abbey Wood Campingsite. Lovely camp site and only a 10 min walk to the Abbey Wood station where the Elizabeth Line takes you to central London. And staying there is really affordable.

  • @RCassinello
    @RCassinello 9 місяців тому +4

    Fantastic video by the irrepressible Evan Edinger. Thank you so much for all the time, effort and post production that went into this amazing film about my favourite city. :)

  • @marsdeat
    @marsdeat 9 місяців тому +34

    Honestly, this was helpful for me. I already knew all of this, having lived in the UK all my life and being pretty familiar with London... But I'm planning a trip to London with an American friend, so it's good to get a reminder of things that might not be second-nature to him as they are to me.

  • @chbmckie
    @chbmckie 9 місяців тому +2

    I loved the cameo from 10 Adam Street! Such a great spot to take some photos while your on the strand 😂

  • @clsisman
    @clsisman 9 місяців тому +3

    Fellow Londoner here: all this is great advice, nice job, even! But yeah, definitely room for a part 2. Buses, theatre, the south London transport problem, etc.

    • @evan
      @evan  9 місяців тому +3

      Even ? 😾

    • @clsisman
      @clsisman 8 місяців тому

      @@evan Goddamn autocorrect 🤣

  • @john_smith1471
    @john_smith1471 9 місяців тому +7

    I agree about using the cheapo Piccadilly line fares from Heathrow airport, however for myself if I’m jet lagged, shattered and not slept for 24 hrs after a long haul flight and my accommodation is near Liverpool Street or Canary Wharf, I’d pay a bit more and use the less frequent but faster Elizabeth line ( still called cross rail on TrainPal) full size walk through cars, a/c, some traditional transverse seating, ambient lighting & much quieter than 1972 built tube stock.

    • @TalesOfWar
      @TalesOfWar 8 місяців тому

      Do they still do the express to Paddington? Given the Elizabeth line takes about as long as is much cheaper.

    • @john_smith1471
      @john_smith1471 8 місяців тому

      @@TalesOfWar Heathrow Express still exists but is expensive and only takes you to Paddington, some Advance tickets might be cheaper, Elizabeth line continues across London and has connections to some of the underground and national rail stations .

    • @richatlarge462
      @richatlarge462 3 місяці тому

      ​@@john_smith1471Heathrow Express to Paddington always works for me, because I pick a cheap hotel about a 5-minute walk from Paddington station

  • @winklepicking3202
    @winklepicking3202 9 місяців тому +2

    Not been to London since the 90’s, we used to go every Christmas for shopping and dinner in Harrods and to see Father Christmas, we used to take a cab everywhere…. We’d need a bank loan to do that now 🤣🤣 plus they stopped feeding of the pigeons in Trafalgar Square, used to love that.

  • @davidcronan4072
    @davidcronan4072 9 місяців тому +15

    You can also use the new Elizabeth Line to get to and from Heathrow, it's quicker than the tube and costs the same.

    • @asmazinabelheddad3916
      @asmazinabelheddad3916 9 місяців тому +1

      Costs double

    • @starseekergem
      @starseekergem 9 місяців тому

      It doesn't actually, it's got a surcharge on it because the airport owns the train tunnel.

    • @asmazinabelheddad3916
      @asmazinabelheddad3916 9 місяців тому

      @@starseekergem what matters is that the traveller ends up paying 12.8 £ vs. 5.5£.

    • @john_smith1471
      @john_smith1471 9 місяців тому +1

      It’s less frequent than the Piccadilly line, but after a long flight I’ll pay the extra.

    • @asmazinabelheddad3916
      @asmazinabelheddad3916 9 місяців тому

      @@john_smith1471 if you wish sure, but that's not what my answer was abt. It was a correction to the original comment saying "it costs the same" as the tube.

  • @hannahk1306
    @hannahk1306 9 місяців тому +7

    It can *sometimes* be cheaper to use a paper ticket including zones 1-6, if travelling from outside London. You'll also have a paper ticket if just travelling through London.
    Plus, you need to be *really* careful with ticket splitting - your train must stop at all the split stations on your tickets for them to be valid, otherwise you may end up having to buy another ticket or pay a hefty fine (not exactly worth the £2 saving). Also, if you use a ticket splitting service that gives you paper tickets, you'll have to carry all of them and make sure you're using the right one in the barriers.
    If you don't want to get your phone or card out on the tube, you can get a visitor's Oyster card delivered to an international address.
    Also, some National Rail trains *do* open their doors automatically on certain sections (there'll be an announcement if so). But even if they don't, you still need to wait until the button's illuminated if you don't want to be that muppet.
    Finally, if you want decent pub food, you need to find a nice rural village pub, preferably serving local produce. The best parts of the UK are also outside of London: the National Parks, the seaside towns (although a little dilapidated nowadays), the historical sites, less crowded cities with plenty of their own places to visit (usually less touristy than London too). I'd recommend spending a week or two in the Lake or Peak Districts, Scotland, the West Country or Wales (particularly North Wales) if you want a proper UK holiday. York is supposed to be quite nice too, then you could head out to the Yorkshire Dales. By all means visit London and its tourist attractions, but don't spend all your time there.

    • @harrymarshall
      @harrymarshall 6 місяців тому

      😅😅😅 I love how many comments say this kinda thing ,, sure Britain is diverse and very different to London and especially as some London parts are very metropolitan and cosmopolitan ,, but I wouldn't send visiting American backpackers that definitely don't walk a mile in their own country to the mountainous trekking zones of off-road Britain 😂 at most I'd point out somewhere superb and quaint and 45minutes by train that has plenty of fish n chips and ice-cream, a gorgeous beach and welcoming inns with real gourmet home cooked meals like Rye in Sussex
      or even Arundel slightly further along with its fantastic castle ,, wildfowl waterpark w geese ducks and swans and delightful butterfly garden
      And then there's Windsor! ,, Home to an amazing riverside town with England's largest royal castle open to visitors,, it also boasts Legoland 🎉
      Simply get to Windsor by tube to Heathrow airport and then take an overland train a coupla stops
      If u can drive and like rollercoaster parks,, Thorpe Park is just outside London to the west between Staines and Chertsey it doesn't involve any mountain climbing and there's plenty of cotton candy chicken nuggets huge plushies to win and ice cold beer in safety plastic bottles 🎉😂🎢 cheers 🍺🌭🍟

    • @sihollett
      @sihollett 4 місяці тому

      For the Marlow example given, the off-peak contactless cap is the same as the paper off-peak Marlow to Z1-6 Travelcard: £25.20. Though contactless may split your travels into a Marlow-Hayes & Harlington return, plus a Z1-5 cap, to save a whopping 30p, as that is the cheapest fare option for any return journey from Marlow to London that penetrates the capital deeper than Paddington. But 30p is peanuts and not worth quibbling about, plus you can get railcard discount (33%) on the paper ticket that you can't on the contactless (which may perhaps give you less than 2% discount vs a full price paper travelcard).

  • @boylinify
    @boylinify 8 місяців тому +2

    As a Londoner of too many years to mention, I thought this was a pretty good guide. One thing I’d take issue with is, that although Dishoom is good and all that you’ll find plenty of other decent and cheaper curry places (and you won’t have to queue). Also, if you’re a family especially, a treasure trail is a good way to see part of the city and learn some history as you go. Only about £10 a pop.

  • @arielaquarius9777
    @arielaquarius9777 9 місяців тому +12

    My dad made the red phone booth mistake 😂 it was hilarious seeing his reaction!

    • @Albanwinter
      @Albanwinter 8 місяців тому +3

      Just think, back in the day when I first started going over there I had to use the phone booths. There were no cell phones.

  • @BOABModels
    @BOABModels 9 місяців тому +2

    You're right about Zone 1 - we lived in Ealing for 3 years and now we pretty much stay there whenever we need to visit. Ealing Broadway is a terminus for Central and District lines plus the new Elizabeth line and trains go through there. Paddington is like 10 minutes.

  • @hlt8770
    @hlt8770 9 місяців тому +4

    LOVE Waxy O'Connor's. They have a fireplace. I've done a bit of a tour of pubs and tearooms with fireplaces in London. It's a wonderful way to spend a winter visit. Highly recommend you do a travel video cataloguing the same. :)

  • @AlexSanchez-ii8de
    @AlexSanchez-ii8de 9 місяців тому +8

    great video. When you quoted Theresa May saying “the country I love”. I was dead laughing 😂. Thanks Evan

  • @angry.bookworm
    @angry.bookworm 8 місяців тому +1

    I moved to the UK and live in Cardiff so I am obviously not a Londoner at all but I've reached that point where I've visited enough I can spot tourists. Love videos like this, Evan!
    (And got trainpal ages ago because you mentioned it previously, it's actually so good!)

  • @ecoomber
    @ecoomber 8 місяців тому +6

    As someone who moved to London nearly 8 years ago from Canada and constantly has to teach visiting friends and relatives... I agree with just about everything Evan said -- really all but the Spoons comment... I love Spoons! haha

    • @ung_anthat
      @ung_anthat 8 місяців тому +4

      I find you get what you pay for in spoons. It's nothing special but it's also quite cheap. Good value if you're trying to save a bit of money

    • @alrafter1593
      @alrafter1593 6 місяців тому

      I don't go to London but when in any town I always look for a Spoons if I want a drink , usually using their app. They are much cheaper than anywhere, always clean with friendly staff. The main thing is you don't feel as if you are being watched by the locals because you are a stranger to them, as you do in some pubs in a strange town. Just thought I would look at the prices in Spoons in Central London and using the Wetherspoons app picked a pub near Tower bridge. The price of their guest real ales was £4.75 a pint. The local Spoons that I go to where I live charges £2.34. That's less than half the London price. I dread to think what othe pubs charge in London..

  • @missqueeniestea
    @missqueeniestea 9 місяців тому +4

    You can’t fool me, the real London bridge is in Lake Havasu, Arizona

  • @thomaswilson3437
    @thomaswilson3437 8 місяців тому +4

    I’ve come through London many times and really can’t fault any of your tips, although the one tourist thing I always recommend is a tour of the Tower with a Yeoman Warder. Complete tourist thing but I’ve always enjoyed it. I also ate at the Lamb and Flag, but quite by inebriated accident. BTW, my wife and daughter tell me they met you at Playlist some time back….

    • @queenbean7071
      @queenbean7071 8 місяців тому

      There's so much to do in London! Even as a brit living outside the city the amount in there is insane!

  • @aaronhurst4379
    @aaronhurst4379 5 днів тому

    Great list! Also on the topic of being in the way - don't stand right in front of office entrances! I used to work near Bank station in the square mille, and many times had to ask people seemingly consulting Google Maps to get out of the way so I could scan my fob to get in

  • @cpmahon
    @cpmahon 9 місяців тому +21

    Evan, I feel silly. I thought you were from New Jersey but now I've realised you're from Punnsylvania! Great video by the way.

    • @evan
      @evan  9 місяців тому +7


    • @cpmahon
      @cpmahon 9 місяців тому +14

      @@evan I said Punnsylvania, not Pennsylvania!!!! My attempt at humour failed.

    • @bobtheskutterbot
      @bobtheskutterbot 9 місяців тому +7

      @@cpmahon I thought it brilliant.

    • @elliesconcerts
      @elliesconcerts 9 місяців тому +2

      Don't worry Justin I thought the joke was funny 😂😂

    • @jasonglasser1621
      @jasonglasser1621 8 місяців тому

      @@evan if you're from New Jersey, your experience of Pennsylvanians would mostly be Philly people, maybe some of the Amish in the outskirts. As a Pittsburgher, your classification of all of Pennsylvania is a bit questionable (having said that, I don't drive so couldn't really tell you how our drivers are, just that they're not really the same as Philly drivers, or being stuck behind an Amish buggy)

  • @cogliostro1986
    @cogliostro1986 8 місяців тому +5

    I became a Londoner after less than 24 hours in the city. I was muttering "These damn tourists!", even though I was a tourist myself. I take pride in not having made one single mistake in this video. Cheers, bruv!

  • @GeorgeFoot
    @GeorgeFoot 9 місяців тому +1

    Wonderful 4k50 footage Evan, I love the care you take with production values

  • @Krzyszczynski
    @Krzyszczynski 3 місяці тому +1

    The Elizabeth Tower (usually still referred to as Big Ben) is far from being the "one-and-only" clock tower in London!
    There's a highly picturesque one at the site of the old Caledonian Market in Islington, a longish but do-able walk from Kings Cross station. I spent an agreeable afternoon once tracking it down, having glimpsed it from afar and wondered what it was.

  • @irismeeow
    @irismeeow 9 місяців тому +5

    i really appreciate the effort that has gone into this

  • @TalesOfWar
    @TalesOfWar 8 місяців тому +2

    A good way to see stuff. Walk. Just... choose a direction and walk. If you're worried about getting lost, try and stick near Underground stations so you can at least work you where the hell you are and how to get back to where you're staying. Just walking along the river will take you to lots of historic places and all the interesting lesser known places in between. There are lots of little interesting alley ways quiet spots just moments away from crazily busy open spaces.
    Also, the Elizabeth Line is another option to the Piccadilly Line if you're coming in from Heathrow. Nicer, shinier, new trains with air con lol. The carriages are also regular loading gauge so less cramped.

  • @AdZS848
    @AdZS848 9 місяців тому +2

    Loved the video... Good job! I left the UK in 2014 and there's new stuff here I didn't know about. Definitely make a part 2

  • @beauthestdane
    @beauthestdane 9 місяців тому +5

    If you want to see London Bridge, go to Lake Havasu Arizona...

  • @larrytron1992
    @larrytron1992 4 місяці тому

    As a Brit, I highly approve of this video and the accuracy of your London lingo 👍
    Every time I'm down in London for a company meeting, I really enjoy my time there. I did want to move there before the pandemic but I'm aware of the cost-of-living and high levels of stress throughout the city

  • @cameroneridan4558
    @cameroneridan4558 9 місяців тому +4

    TfL is amazingly connected but the tube is kind of expensive. Buses are a lot more affordable. And if it's warm, I can definitely recommend the Santander bicycles for getting around the city centre. They're either 1 or 2 pounds each to have for a day, and you get 30 minutes free before it charges you another pound or two. If you bring the bike to a station and lock it up, you can rent another one out for free for 30 more minutes. It's a bit finnicky, but it works well if you're going from point of interest to point of interest - 2 pounds for the use of a bike for the whole day is well worth the mildly annoying 30 minutes at a time use.

    • @TalesOfWar
      @TalesOfWar 8 місяців тому +1

      As a northerner, London transport prices are cheap as chips compared to how much we have to pay for a far crappier service. The joys of most of the UK transport systems being run by private companies and not local transport executives like they used to be. It's slowly changing in some places with devolved powers, but they're only just coming in so it'll be years before it makes a real impact. We really need proper London style integrated mass transit everywhere in the UK, especially the main urban areas. Liverpool to Leeds (I guess Hull can be included, if it's good) via Manchester and Bradford is screaming out for a region wide transit system. Imagine how much easier it'd be for people to get around if we had a Crossrail like system from coast to coast? Even just Liverpool to Manchester then Leeds would bring in massive benefits to the entire country and help diversify the economy greatly. Something like that with the full HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail and a wider more regional web of trains, trams and busses would be amazing. We have the money to do it, just no political will, sadly. Everything gets concentrated within the M25. Unless it directly benefits those inside of it, like the first phase of HS2 to Brum, with the rest kind of maybe, possibly, might, kind of happen.

  • @dianadeedy1025
    @dianadeedy1025 9 місяців тому +5

    Love this! Please make more about restaurants, off the wall sites!

  • @ccityplanner1217
    @ccityplanner1217 8 місяців тому +3

    The tube once (in the 1990s) tested having passengers push a button to open the door. Ultimately they decided not to but didn't bother to remove the buttons on the Central and Jubilee lines. The trains on the Metropolitan, District and Circle lines have buttons because when the train sits in a station for a long time, the doors close on a timer to save energy.

    • @RTWuk
      @RTWuk 6 місяців тому

      Quite often the buttons work in the 'open' suburbs but not in the centre. Stops rain/heat coming in outside of the centre, speeds things up in the centre.

  • @Albanwinter
    @Albanwinter 8 місяців тому +1

    Yeah, just getting an Oyster card for Underground. My phone doesn't belong outside of my waist pack at any point except an emergency. I have purchased zones 1-6 in the past because I was traveling all zones for those two days. So yep, it really does all depend on where you're planning on traveling to while in the city.

  • @swymaj02
    @swymaj02 9 місяців тому +3

    Which is why Spoons for the win. For us students, at least, it's either that or Harvesters.

    • @barvdw
      @barvdw 9 місяців тому +1

      yeah, I, too, have a love-hate relationship with Wetherspoons. Their menu is a bit generic, but they are pretty consistent, and they managed to snatch up a lot of prime locations in beautiful historic buildings. Old historic pubs, old cinemas, old stables, I've seen it all.

  • @HeidiSholl
    @HeidiSholl 8 місяців тому +1

    I tried to make a joke once at a pastry stand in a train station in London, and it went down badly. I needed to put my card in the reader, and made some quip about how it's getting more frequent these days, and the guy looked me up and down like I was crazy. Back home in the Midlands, the person you're talking to will most likely join in, and you have some lovely banter. I always miss the Midlands banter when I'm in London

  • @brittanyclairemay9803
    @brittanyclairemay9803 7 місяців тому +1

    😂 I'm English (married to a yank) and this is one of the most spot-on tips and tricks I have seen on UA-cam, and I find it hilarious it's coming from an American. Absolutely accurate, and thank you for saying the quiet bits out loud.😂🇬🇧

  • @LucasBenderChannel
    @LucasBenderChannel 9 місяців тому +8

    I think this video will have legs, as in: It'll find a pretty consistent audience of travellers. Not one big burst of attention, but gradual growth :) Good job on all the shoots! Even with the grey weather, the city looks lovely!

  • @patsyhowse1919
    @patsyhowse1919 8 місяців тому +1

    Sevenoaks is 35 odd minutes from Charing Cross (25 ish min from London Bridge). Beautiful hitoric town, one of the bet places to live in the UK. Henry VIII lived here, Princess Diana was schooled here. Lots of very old buildimgs, some 1400s. The town is a 10min walk from the station.

  • @rozaroz5259
    @rozaroz5259 3 місяці тому +1

    You're just second to none, mate! as always got me in stitches X

  • @Nuski457
    @Nuski457 9 місяців тому +3

    Please do more of these, wouldn't mind seeing London with your fine pun game!

  • @jamesl9371
    @jamesl9371 8 місяців тому +3

    I stayed in Greenwich and it was amazing. Very interesting and easy to get to the popular tourist spots

  • @DoomsdayR3sistance
    @DoomsdayR3sistance 8 місяців тому +1

    On the Underground, I've spoken to a few people that were trying to figure out if they were on the right platform. The underground can be confusing, no shame in asking others to confirm it goes to the station you're expecting. Also another one, do not block the doorway when trying to board any train or underground train, people always disembark before others embark, so if you're standing AT the door, you'll slow everything down and some people will bulldoze through you if you're in the way. Instead stand to the side of the door and if there is nobody leaving the train, then you can get on.

  • @its_gotta_be_kole
    @its_gotta_be_kole 8 місяців тому

    I travelled there in 2021! Stayed in zone 6, had a oyster card got a week pass for zones 1-5 and paid each time to use the tubes and buses in zone 6. Found some free admission places, walked around all day every day in zone 1 used the tubes often. I’m planning to go again next year for my 30th birthday, tips and advice are welcome and appreciated!!

  • @gmoney9992
    @gmoney9992 8 місяців тому

    My wife and I will be back in London the Spring of 2024 for our 25th anniversary. We were there in 2010 on a tour so this time I am planning everything myself. Your video is very helpful! Thanks for the great work!!

  • @MindSetReset
    @MindSetReset 8 місяців тому +1

    😂😂 Funny London review for tourists. Enjoyed this 💯

  • @ccityplanner1217
    @ccityplanner1217 8 місяців тому +4

    "Big Ben is the bell not the tower" - to Londoners, this quote is the paradigm of annoying pedantry, along with "a tomato is not a vegetable, it's a fruit".

  • @WeatherInOrlando
    @WeatherInOrlando 8 місяців тому +1

    If the tube station you’re trying to enter has a massive queue outside it, PLEASE pull up Google Maps and look at which station is next closest. They’re usually less than a 10 minute walk away and Google Maps will tell you how busy every station is. As a goth I go to Camden a lot and there can be huge crushes of tourists trying to get into Camden Town station to leave at peak times. What they don’t know is that Mornington Crescent station is an 8 minute walk away and it will be empty

  • @chelled.4622
    @chelled.4622 8 місяців тому

    Great sound quality for being out and about Evan :) as always the visuals are spot on.

  • @StanleyV64
    @StanleyV64 5 місяців тому

    Very well produced, and lots of very good tips. This is more accurate than most other videos I've seen and was very entertaining too. Thanks!

  • @jaybehkay2438
    @jaybehkay2438 8 місяців тому +2

    This just came up in my recommendations! Perfect timing, I fly to London in a week 😁

  • @stevenartw
    @stevenartw 6 місяців тому

    Thank you Evan! That was so very helpful and also delightful! You are a natural!

  • @endlessteatime4733
    @endlessteatime4733 9 місяців тому +46

    pLEASE make a part two.
    I'm from a small-ish European city but moved to Tokyo this year and while there are worlds between Tokyo and London, I ended up recognising a lot of what you mentioned from tourism in Tokyo. The tube tickets and public transport situation, tube etiquette (I feel you on that, I wanna revise my kanji in peace during my morning commute) and most of all, the touristy spots (especially the shopping street - Takeshita Street here in Tokyo, which used to be a cool street lined with trendy shops but has devolved into tourist trap hell)

    • @LauraAnimalgirl
      @LauraAnimalgirl 8 місяців тому +4

      I wish I'd known about Suica cards before I went to Tokyo! It would've made travel so much easier, especially as I don't speak Japanese!

    • @Gleifel
      @Gleifel 4 місяці тому +2

      To be fair since companies stopped selling IC cards in physical form and I didn’t realise you didn’t need a physical one to have an apple wallet one for the longest time, to my great embarrassment, I was relying on tickets to get around tokyo. Luckily I eventually realised I was able to get a pasmo on my phone and started using that instead.

    • @endlessteatime4733
      @endlessteatime4733 4 місяці тому +1

      @@Gleifel ah that's true, with the suspension of service, it's a different situation now and the phone apps aren't as accessible as the physical cards. I think the service wasn't suspended yet altogether when I wrote my original comment. Have they suspended the welcome suica cards too? I thought those are still handed out. My friend who came to visit in September got one.

    • @Gleifel
      @Gleifel 4 місяці тому +1

      @@endlessteatime4733 so suica to my knowledge is also suspended but tourists specifically can still buy temporary IC cards (including for pasmo). French friends were visiting recently and they had this thing called Pasmo passport. The reason for either suspension is the same so the result for either card was the same I think (global microchip shortage).

    • @endlessteatime4733
      @endlessteatime4733 4 місяці тому

      @@Gleifel Welcome Suica is also a temporary card, like the one your friends used. And thanks to you, I now know what a Passport Pasmo is too. I see an ad for it every morning but hadn't realised it's not a normal Pasmo until you explained it. I was so confused why they would let that ad stay during a suspension of service. 😂

  • @maritatroncone725
    @maritatroncone725 8 місяців тому

    Very informative and some things to think about for my upcoming trip to see family. Hello from New Jersey.