Travel to London, England part 2 – Episode 359

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Hear about travel to London England as the Amateur Traveler talks to Amber from

In this second part of a two-part episode ( part 1 is Travel to London, England – Episode 352) on London we start by talking about some of the logistics like how to save money on flights and transportation. Amber explains how to get from the airport, how to use the Oyster card on the London Underground (the tube).

We also talk about some of our favorite museums in London like the National Portrait Gallery, the British Museum, The Imperial War Museum, Britain At War Museum, Victorian and Albert Museum, Cabinet War Rooms, and the Tower of London.

For day trips from London Amber talks about the Hampton Court Palace, Windsor Castle, Greenwich with the National Maritime Museum and the Observatory, Kew Gardens (including when you can get free tickets), and Wimbleton.

We plan a night out at the theatre. How to get tickets, where to eat dinner and where to go after your play at a relative “affordable” at the Cellar Door or Waxy O’Conner’s bars. Then we also talk about options like the Globe theatre as well as great places for live music in London.

And just when you think there is nothing new to learn about London we talk about kayaking on the Thames, walking the Regents canal, and some of the local markets. We talk about the Big Bus tour and pub walk tours. And even after two episodes on London… we cannot cover all that there is to see in this amazing city.

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Show Notes

American Tour Guide in London
London Airports
London National Express
The National Portrait Gallery
The British Museum
The Imperial War Museum
Britain At War Museum
Drury Tea and Coffee
Kew Gardens
UK Holiday Schedule
Free things to Do in London


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I listen to your podcast all the time. Great job and thank-you.

I think that the Connecticut episode left out an important region which is perhaps the best region. The coast and center of the state are alright if you can tolerate crowds but the northwest part, from Litchfield to the Berkshire Hills, is the best. There is a reason why Meryl Streep, Henry Kissinger and many other celebrities and power brokers live in that area. In fact you could do a whole show on Litchfield County, and include the neighboring counties of Berkshire in Massachusetts, and Dutchess and Columbia in New York. It is amazing what you can see within those four counties. The amount of historical sights, museums, wineries, restaurants and backroads has taken me years to explore. Although I live in Vermont I find myself coming back to that area often.


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by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

3 Responses to “Travel to London, England part 2 – Episode 359”

The Lost Londoner


London is incredible. The sad thing is that most people that come here don’t realise how much there is to the city.



It was great to hear this second episode on the city I called home for nearly a decade. I realise that picking just three London museums is a thankless task, and whilst Amber’s selections were all worthy, I’d beg to add one more.
Whereas those museums have a national focus, the Museum of London is probably the best way to understand the city itself. It now has two branches – the original in the City, and the newer Museum of London Docklands near Canary Wharf … in Docklands.
Both have a great mix of immersive and ‘show cabinet’ style content and were amongst the highlights of our most recent visit in summer 2010. Indeed, we returned to the Docklands branch for a second visit, as there was far more there than we had expected.
One other market-related suggestion would be Brick Lane, just east of the City of London. The nearby Petticoat Lane market is a bit disappointing, consisting largely of cheap clothing you could find in bargain stores, but Brick Lane has an amazing variety along its length, from bric-a-brac to craft to food. You’ll also experience the large Indian influence on the area, as well as remnants of Jewish life in earlier eras. Throw in some world-class street art (including Banksy) and you’ve got a great way to spend a Sunday morning.

Chris Christensen


I agree with you on the Museum of London although I have not been to the newer one yet. Thanks for the suggestion of Brick Lane, I will have to check that out.

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