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England travel tips on money saving, personal safety, sightseeing, and enjoying your trip to the fullest from InfoHub suppliers and community members.

The Best Sightseeing Mile in London
Submitted by M16009
Follow the signed Thames Path on the south side of the river from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge. Its packed with sights - The Eye, The Globe Theater, Tate Modern, Borough Market, ships old and new and a lot more I'll leave you to discover. Just across the river lie St Paul's. The Tower of London and Big Ben and the best skyline in the world.
Submitted by M16009
Even the fittest of you will benefit from a few gentle stretches at the end of each day to prevent tightening of muscles.
Don't forget your camera
Submitted by M16009
Each day as you set out, check you have your camera in your pannier. Our routes are designed to pass by beautiful countryside and stunning architecture so you won't want to miss out.
Cycling conditions
Submitted by M16009
Particularly in rural areas, cycling conditions can change from day to day. Rain makes mud and makes vegetation grow so be prepared to cope with nature!
Submitted by M16009
As a general rule 10% is an acceptable amount to tip in a restaurant but it is not compulsory. Check your bill before you pay as some places add on a tip automatically.
What will the areas be like that you are visiting?
Submitted by M16009
You will be provided with a guide to all the areas you are visiting prior to departure. In addition to this we recommend the Rough Guide books and of course the internet. Even the tiniest of villages have their own website.
How much luggage to bring
Submitted by M16009
Your luggage is transported for you on to your next destination so don't worry about packing too much. Just keep what you need with you for the day in the panniers that come with each bike.
Antiques shops in England
Submitted by M17218
There are hundreds of antique shops in the conurbation of London but if you are looking for the best prices it is best to visit the small towns and villages away from London like Tetbury, Brasted, Petworth, or the 800 other antique shops in the rest of England.
Sailing in Britain
Submitted by M17218
The Solent, an area of approximatly 100 square miles of sheltered water between the Isle of Wight and the mainland of England, is ideal for a one or two day sailing trip. There are more than 10 interesting small ports and remote creeks to visit and although it is one of the most popular sailing areas with 1000s of boats a midweek trip can find the Solent almost empty of boats.
Best way to see England's crown jewels
Submitted by M17218
To avoid the crowds and long queueing times it is best to get to the Tower before it opens at 9.00am (10.00 am Sundays). There is usually a queue to get in so I suggest you arrive at 8.30.

As you go through the entrance you will find guides in the dress of Yeomen of the Guard (sometimes known as "Beefeaters") gathering groups to give guided tours. Ignore them and proceed straight ahead. You will come to a large flight of steps on your left. Go up the steps and diagonally across the courtyard to your ... view more right and arrive at the Crown Jewels Building. Enter and proceed along the empty queueing space to the Jewels. You will have plenty of time to study the jewels as there will be no one there.

After seeing the jewels return to the entrance and join a tour group. The Yeomen are ex-seargent majors from the British Army and are most entertaining. If you enjoy their tour a tip is usually appreciated.

Restaurant Tipping Policy in Britain
Submitted by M17218
I recommend all visitors to adopt the same policy as I use for tipping in restaurants:
- If the price list says "service included" I give no tip unless the service has been outstanding.
- If the service has been lousy or if there is something wrong with the meal then I give no tip and ask for the manager or head waiter and tell him what has been wrong. If they don't know they can't put it right.
- If everything has been OK I leave a tip of 10%
- If everything has been excellent I ask to ... view more speak to the head waiter or manager, tell him what a good job has been done and leave a tip of 15% to 20%. When things are excellent a compliment is deserved and appreciated.
Getting the most from your trip to London
Submitted by M15847
Don't be tempted to merely 'tick off' the main tourist sights, there is so much more to be gained from choosing a small area, walking around it and really discovering it. London is full of hidden gems that you will miss if you follow the tourist crowd - make your holiday a unique experience!
Holiday money
Submitted by M15847
There is no longer any need to bring Travellers' Cheques to England. Credit or debit cards are widely accepted all over the country. A small amount of cash is needed for buying cups of coffee etc - this can be obtained quickly and easily from a cash machine / "hole in the wall" (ATM)
Best London Guides
Submitted by M15847
In order to get the best out of your visit to a specific venue it is important to use a properly qualified Blue Badge guide. Check that your is!
Money saving Tips in Sri Lanka
Submitted by M19606
To make sure that all your surprises in Sri Lanka are good ones, I have put together a few Travel Tips that will help you to prepare for your stay in my mysterious island of Sri Lanka.

Internet: You shouldn't have much trouble finding Internet facilities in most towns. If your hotel does not have Internet or email facilities available, ask anybody where you can find a “Internet Café”. The locals will be happy to point you towards the closest store where you will be able to use the internet. Is cheap ... view more in main cities (Rs: 40 to 60 Per hour) but in rural areas (Rs. 4 to 8 per minute) as they use Dial-up line not ADSL.

International Calls: There are four main network operators on the island; Dialog GSM, Mobitel, Celltell and Hutchison Telecom. The cheapest is to get a mobile phone connection with one of these major companies. A local SIM card for around Rs. 500 (that will work in GSM phones from Europe, the Middle East and Australasia). You will find recharge cards at any corner store throughout the island.

ATM's: Commercial Bank has a wide network of ATMs accepting international Visa, MasterCard and Cirrus/Maestro cards. Other options include Bank of Ceylon, NationsTrust Bank, People’s Bank, Hatton National Bank, Seylan Bank, Sampath Bank and HSBC. ATM's have spread to all of the cities and major regional centres, though you can’t rely on the network paying up every single time.

Cash & Money changers: Any bank or exchange bureau will change major currencies in cash, including US dollars, euros and pounds sterling. Change rupees back into hard currency before you leave the country for the best rates. Money changers can be found in Colombo and the major cities, their rates are usually competitive.

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