I grew up in South Australia, went to Sydney University, moved to England in 1986. I am a software engineer for BBC R&D Prototyping, based in London.
Greater London, United Kingdom
You may also want to speak to the British Consulate: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/find-an-embassy/asia-and-oceania/ ...or the UK regional passport centre (which, for Australia, appears to be in NZ): http://ukinnewzealand.fco.gov.uk/en/help-for-british-nationals/passports-old/contact-us/ Sam almost 9 years ago
There are good (and bad!) things about London at any time of year. I think for most people the best way to have a good time, whenever you visit, is to avoid crowds, much the same as for any big city: - try not to travel at rush hour -- the worst of it lasts from around 7:30 to 9:30 in the morning, 5:00 until 7:00 in the evening - places like galleries and shopping centres are best visited during the week rather than at the weekend - Thursdays and Fridays, especially in the evening, can be much busier than the other weekdays - mornings in central London (until about 12:00) can be surprisingly un-busy -- if you want to go shopping or see something that you think will be busy (like an exhibition) get there first thing, and plan your day to be somewhere less busy by lunchtime - Oxford Street and other shopping areas are very busy before and just after Christmas - the Tube is generally a surprisingly friendly place, but it can get very hot and overwhelming when it's crowded in mid-summer - there are more tourists in summer (especially August) but, of course, they tend to stick to the main attractions (around Oxford St, the Tate Modern, etc.) - school holidays (look on the web for dates) make some places much busier, so avoid those dates if you can Some of my personal seasonal favourites in London: - central London on Christmas or Boxing Day -- places like Horse Guards Parade, and around Trafalgar Square - spring walks in Hyde Park - summer picnics in Richmond or Battersea Park - snow on any of the parks or commons - cycling along the Thames any time it's sunny - chilly early mornings in autumn in central London when it's grey and damp when most people are still at home - long evenings in mid-summer -- often still light until about 10:00 about 9 years ago
When you say 'cheap flights', do you mean low-cost airlines like EasyJet and RyanAir, or just cheap(er) flights on any airlines including national carriers like BA? For personal flight bookings (i.e. not at work), I've used Trailfinders (largest UK travel company) and found them to be very helpful. They should be able to answer your question about the 'best time' to book. In my experience, it's actually hard to predict when the cheapest time is to book, unless there's some kind of deal available. Here's a list of European low-cost airlines: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_low-cost_airlines#Europe What country would you be booking the flights from? I've never bought flights from the airport -- not sure that you can. over 9 years ago
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