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Our family will be travelling to London in the last week of July 2015.  We are a couple with a 20 year old son and a 14 year old daughter.  We will be reaching UK in installments and have also to visit a couple of family members in a span of 2 weeks.  So not sure how much sight seeing we will be able to do.  

My request is that if you could please suggest some places to see.  Our relatives are spread out in Ealing, Hunslow, Essex, Brighton and Hayling Island.  

Also do let us know what type of currency do we carry with us and how much? As I believe a lot will be used in transportation.

Thank you
Regards
Rusita

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Hi Rusita,

If this is your first trip to London I would suggest concentrating on London's top 10, working your way through this list depending on your interests, although I would leave out Madame Tussauds unless you really want to see it.

http://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/sightseeing/london-attraction/top-ten-at

The Visitlondon.com site is full of great information so it would be worth you spend some time checking things out on it.

Given where your relatives are it looks like you will be doing quite a lot of travelling so I hope you have quite a bit of time.

As for money, British pounds are the only currency you can use except for a very few outlets that might take Euros but that's pretty unusual. Most places take credit or debit cards. As you have so much transportation, have a look at passes from Transport for London who run the tubes, buses and some mainline train services:

https://tfl.gov.uk/  

The cheapest fares and the easiest to use are with an Oyster card, this is explained on the Transport for London site which has maps and general info so again, have a look around the rest of the site. You can buy an Oyster card before you leave your country.

I hope this helps and that you have a good trip, catching up with family and seeing some of London.

Regards
Sue
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All things London - you name it, I either know it or can find it very quickly. I'm particularly good on restaurants and sightseeing but you can try me on anything!

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I've lived in London for about 30 years and am an avid consumer of all aspects of London life. I love exploring and get out and about every week to see new sights or revisit old favourites. I'm the on hand expert for friends and family and visiting friends of friends. This year I have set up a company for visitors to London offering a tailor made design and planning service called It's Your London. I like to help people enjoy this great city so would like to join your site as an expert. I've travelled extensively myself so have a good idea of what information visitors and potential visitors will need.

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Gold Partner of Visit London. Institute of Travel and Tourism. Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

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My blog is the main publishing vehicle at the moment: londonlivingsue@blogspot.com

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Degree in European Studies. Post graduate Diplomas in Careers Guidance and Personnel Management.

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