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This was the best book I read that prepares you for the trip about things to expect and notice and do. The conversational tone of the book was refreshing after going through the pile of London travel guides. I WISH I HAD PURCHASED THE PRINT VERSION INSTEAD OF THE KINDLE. We were traveling very light (Rick Steves' style) for a long trip that included other countries, so I thought the kindle would be smaller, let you mark things ahead of time, enlarge maps, and improve your searches. But I found I...
London is massive and can feel overwhelming, but Rick Steves made it easy. I love the details he adds into his guides, like the information on a hidden rocketship carved into the American Memorial Chapel's panels at St. Paul's Cathedral. His practical hints save time and money, and I'd never travel in Europe without one of his guides.
This is the second Rick Steves guide that I've read and, just like his Paris guide, this book goes beyond the usual sights, restaurant & hotel recommendations, to give the reader helpful practical tips for such matters as using your smartphone in London, or tipping different service providers, etc. This guide is particularly helpful for an inexperienced traveler.
I do like Rick Steve's guides, yet sometimes his attitude can get abit annoying, like why would you want to see Big Ben? it's just anover sized tick tock clock you simple, ignorant, tourist idiot!My library had a 2011 version, so this being 2014, it's a bit dated,still, good for research.
My first experience with one of Rick Steves’ city guides; the sheer amount of guided tours in the book is truly impressive—they are a lot of work to write, and Rick is the best in the business at ensuring that each guided walk adds value to the experience.
Rick Steves is dorky, but his guide books leave you incredibly prepared and well-informed. He gives you a ridiculous amount of helpful information in his usual chipper demeanor.
Kind of regret spending so much time on this book. Rick Steve’s touches on too many things and he doesn’t go into enough detail about any of them. And while I’m on the subject I’m pretty sure Rick Steve’s didn’t actually write this book, he just put his name on other travel writers accumulation of work so he could make more money and I find that distasteful.
Rick Steve's London 2014 is a guidebook that is specifically for the American tourist. I wasn't really aware of this (my fault, probably) when I got it before my trip to London. Although I would imagine this would be a negative, it actually made the reading a lot more fun. At times, it was rather comical, the things one has to tell Americans, in case they do not know, like having to pack a passport or what a "civilization" means. Hilarious! So one can say that this book is thorough, in the sense...
I didn’t overthink this, it was available on my kindle the day before I left for London. I don’t think this is my favorite series of travel books, but I’m not sorry I gave it a try. It had the basic information I needed in a clear format, several times giving a faster better answer than what my husband was googling online. I wasn’t able to do any of the walking tours because my kids “feet hurt,” but then the book came in handy to help me choose the best bus tour around the city. Whatever my imme...
Rick Steve's books are great. Great tips on where to eat, sleep, sight see. We have planned both of our trips to Europe using his books!He has trip plans for the number of days you plan to stay - for every attraction he tells you how long you should expect it to take. He tells you exactly where the highlights of a museum are located so you can skip the stuff you don't want to see. Around every attraction, he lists a perfect place to grab lunch or a cup of coffee. He suggests great places to stay...
Thank you, Rick Steves, for always telling me where the clean public toilets are! I also appreciate how his writers tell readers little things to look for, like particular narrow streets or cool churches to pop into. I don't tend to take the advice about restaurants or hotels, but I always read the sections about touristy places to see how I can make them easier to visit. I star the places on a Google Map I've created for the trip, add the hours open and little notes in the notes section, and I'...
This author is very good! He tells you straight up what sites are worth the time and money, and which are basically tourist traps. It's easy to find the information you're looking for and even some that you didn't know you would need!We used this book's suggested route inside the British Museum when we only had 2 1/2 hours to see everything before it closed. It was great! I felt like we got to see some very important artifacts and while we were running through several rooms, I still enjoyed the
It's no secret Rick Steves is my travel guru; my Paris guidebook was personally signed by him. This book delivers everything Steves is known for: no-nonsense, practical travel hints; easy to follow directions for maneuvering local transportation; and especially his excellent narrated city walks. I'm set for my trip to London.
I carried this book the entire time during my trip to London. While this may not be the most comprehensive guide, it offered the whirlwind traveller some pretty good foot walking tours as well as the 'best bits' guide to popular museums.Handy and recommended.
Helpful in getting an overview of neighborhoods and big sights. Amusing little puns and funny lines make reading a guidebook fun (because who just sits and reads a guidebook? Apparently me. But still.).
I buy the updated version every time we go to London, and it is always worth it! We like to take our children with us, and Rick's tours are great. The Southwark walk is our favorite, along with a visit to Shakespeare's Globe. We find something new every trip, thanks to Rick Steves.
An amazingly portable size considering the wealth of information inside! Also worth noting is the highly readable style and enticing layout which includes many black & white pictures.
This is a very comprehensive guide to London, sprinkled with humor, honesty, and a very vast descriptive vocabulary.
The perfect book for my first time in London. I loved it! It was funny, and very helpful. I highly recommend this book.
I often use Rick Steves books when I travel and this London book maintains his usual high standards for completeness and accuracy.
I was going to go this year (2021). I'll go next year. It covers most of the big sights in London. Good hotel and restaurant info plus the theatre, although obviously you need the current year's edition.Rick Steves is the best at this in my opinion. If you're going to go anywhere in Europe get his book.Only 4 stars because no guidebook is a 5 star.
I read the 2016 version of this guide book. When you plan a trip to London this book is essential. It is full of good tips and tricks. And also full of general advice of what attractions to see, and good places to eat at.
Read the 2017 version and loved it. Helped me plan my trip in just a couple days. I feel like I have a good grasp on what to expect and plan for once my vacation begins. Will definitely read Rick Steves whenever I head to Europe.
Excellent knowledge of this great city. Worth the price.
Rick’s guide to the heart of the former British Empire is singularly one of his best guidebooks out there. Then again, he’s been updating and republishing this one for more or less two decades, in some form or another. It’s got almost everything: maps of both the west and east ends of London, a current Underground map (although you can get one for free at most tube stations), self-guided tours of the major museums (British, Tate British, National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery, and others),
Yes, he's geeky, and yes, he's awkwardly funny, but Rick Steves loves Europe and he shares his passion with thoughtful advice and surprisingly biting, sarcastic humor, and truth. His suggestions are more than useful, they're worldly wise. For the great behemoth of London's museums, overwhelming warehouses of the world's civilizations, he urges readers to spend the extra three or four pounds and get the audio tour. This is sage advice when you have over a million artifacts to gape at and a thousa...
Five stars for a travel guide? Yup. My wife and I recently got back from our first trip to London, and this book was an immense help. Other London travel guides give you pretty pictures to look at; this one gave us the practical information we needed to make the most of our limited time. It contains helpful -- and detailed -- information on, for example, getting to and from the airport and how to get around efficiently and economically on public transit, including primers on using pay-as-you-go
After numerous recommendations, I thought this would be the best source when planning for my trip to London. When I got to London, I found a completely different city experience than the one described in the book. London is a huge sprawling metropolitan city that requires transportation between many of the places most people would want to visit. (The Tube is very easy to use!) There is no single 'sight seeing district', there are places of interest miles apart from one another.Then there's the f...
Yet another good Rick Steves travel guide. This one focuses on one of my favorite cities in the world- London. As usual, I suggest totally ignoring his "where to stay" recommendations except for Number Sixteen which is located at 16 Sumner Place in South Kensington which is a good neighborhood. He recommends many cheap dumps I wouldn't be caught dead in because his standards for accommodations is far below mine. He does much better with food recommendations. As a tea-holic, I love it that he inc...
Since I found Rick Steves's Mediterranean Ports book so informative, I went with his guides for my Eurotrip this year as well. Planned on spending a week in London, so I opted for his city-specific guide. The guide does include info on day trips from London too.This guide was very helpful. Everything was categorized by neighborhood so that helped with planning my itinerary. And there were some great recommendations. For instance, he recommended buying Tower of London tickets from Trader's Gate n...