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Old 10.03.2014, 07:36 PM
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Hotels:

I wouldn't bother to stay near Wembley stadium, no point as it is so easy to get to on the tube and you will be paying a premium price to stay somewhere out of the way for no good reason. Instead I would recommend you stay nearer central London and use public transport to get around.

Top of the range hotels. These are 5 star hotels that the team, the Roar and the NFL commissioner have previously stayed in while visiting London. Will cost top dollar:

The Landmark London Hotel (known as “NFL house” during the week of the game) - http://www.landmarklondon.co.uk/en

Grosvenor House - http://www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/tra...arriott-hotel/


Premium budget, 3 and a half star. Hotels of a good quality and reasonably priced:

Premier Inn Euston - http://www.premierinn.com/en/checkHo...london-euston/


Budget, 2 star. Cheap. Somewhere to leave your bags and sleep:

ibis budget London Hounslow - http://www.ibis.com/gb/hotel-6465-ib...ow/index.shtml

Money:

Today (10th March 2013) 1 US Dollar equals 0.6 British Pound Sterling (unfortunately this is not good for Americans visiting Britain).

Getting from the Airport to your hotel:

Most Americans arrive into London via Heathrow airport and you’re best bet is the Heathrow Express train, it’s a direct train that gets you to London Paddington station in just 15 minutes. It costs about a 1/3 what a taxi would cost for the same journey. From Paddington you can take the tube, bus or a taxi to your hotel.

If you have booked an NFL on Location package your hotel will be:
Lancaster London Hotel, Lancaster Terrace, London. W2 2TY
http://www.lancasterlondon.com/

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About London:

Be prepared for diversity. As the heart of the British Empire, London saw huge immigration from the Caribbean, India and parts of the Middle East at the turn of the 20th Century. In recent times as Britain is part of the EU (European Union) new immigrants have begun to arrive from Eastern Europe and many students come from China to be educated at British universities.

London truly is an international city.

Getting around:

Public Transport. London has one of the most extensive public transportation systems in the world.

The London Underground, also referred to as the Tube, in particular is easy to understand. This is a underground subway system and the biggest piece of advice I can give you is to pick up a free pocket sized tube map (available in most of the major tube stations) that details the routes and stations available. Study it before you travel and use it to plan your journeys. If you get stuck or lost the transport for London staff at the tube stations are friendly and will help you find your way.

Buses:
London's iconic and world famous red double decker buses provide one of the largest and most comprehensive bus networks in the world. London Buses publishes a variety of bus maps. Some are traditional street maps of London marked with bus numbers and some are "spider" maps. The maps are displayed at most major bus stops, and can be downloaded in PDF format from the TfL (Transport for London) website.

Bike hire:
A public bicycle hire scheme in London. Known by locals as “Boris bikes” after London’s charismatic mayor Boris Johnson who introduced them

Oyster card:

To use the Tube or Red London buses you should buy yourself an Oyster card from any underground station (£5 deposit which is refunded when you return the card at the end of your stay) and top it up with pay-as-you-go credit. You can swipe this Oyster card when you enter & exit the tube and when you board a red London bus to pay for your journey. You will save some 60% on the fares by doing this and this is also the cheapest and easiest way to travel on the tube and the red London buses.

All tube, red buses, bike hire and oyster card are all run by transport for London, this is their website and you can use it to plan your journeys, get information about delays find out more information - http://www.tfl.gov.uk/

Black cabs (taxis):

London's famous taxis (black cabs) can be picked up from a taxi rank outside the main train stations or hailed on the street. These are independent busineses with the taxi diver normally owning his own taxi. Nobody knows more about how to get around London and where to go (and avoid) then London’s black cab drivers – if you do use a black cab talk to the driver and he\she will be able to tell you some good places to go.

Traveling at rush hour:

Like many major cities, London has a ferociously-busy rush hour, running from about 8am to 9.30am and then again at about 4.30pm to 6pm. Avoid travelling during these times if you can as the trains, tube and buses are usually extremely cramped, slow and unpleasant during rush hour.


Tipping:

When eating out a 10% tip for good service - and only for good service - is the general rule. Be sure to check your bill because a gratuity might already be included, typically itemized as a Service Charge.

When buying a drink in a bar or pub, you are not expected to tip the bar tender as you are in the United States as this is not done in Britain.


Tourist places to visit:

The is a lot to do in London, most American tourists like to visit:

Big Ben, the houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Tower Bridge, Madame Tussauds, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London.

The museums in London are some of the best in the world and are completely free (no charge) to visit. The following museums/galleries are all worth a visit depending on your particular area(s) of interest:

The Victoria and Albert Museum - The world's largest museum of decorative arts and design - www.vam.ac.uk
The British Museum - The British Museum is a museum dedicated to human history and culture. - www.britishmuseum.org
The Science Museum - London museum and library of science, covering all areas of science and technology. - www.sciencemuseum.org.uk
The Natural History Museum - A museum exhibiting a vast range of specimens from various segments of natural history - www.nhm.ac.uk
The Tate art gallery - Houses the United Kingdom's national collection of British art as well as international modern and contemporary art - www.tate.org.uk
The Tate modern art gallery - A modern art gallery. Britain's national gallery of international modern art - http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern
The London Transport Museum - Dedicated to conserve and explain the transport heritage of Britain's capital city - www.ltmuseum.co.uk
The Imperial War Museum - Dedicated to the civil and military war effort and sacrifice of Britain and its Empire during the First World War - http://www.iwm.org.uk/


Shopping:

Oxford Street - World famous home of high street fashion stores & international brands. Europe's busiest shopping street. - www.oxfordstreet.co.uk/

Regent Street - Just off Oxford Street, one of the major shopping streets in the West End of London. - http://www.regentstreetonline.com/

Westgate shopping centre - Modern shopping centre - http://uk.westfield.com/london/

Covent Garden - Many small independent boutiques and places to eat. Lots of street theatre here too. - http://www.coventgardenlondonuk.com/

Portobello Road market - The world's largest antiques market - http://www.portobelloroad.co.uk/

Dover Street market - In exclusive Mayfair, particularly famous in the London fashion circles. - http://london.doverstreetmarket.com/


Food (eating out):

Bodeans – A small chain BBQ places in London. Shows American sports on the TV. The Soho branch (just off Oxford Street) is particularly popular with British NFL fans. - http://www.bodeansbbq.com/

Chinatown - Home of many inexpensive but high quality and authentic Chinese, Japanese , Korean, Thai & Vietnamese restaurants and shops - http://www.chinatownlondon.org/


Food (not eating out):

Get to know your local Tesco, ASDA (British name for Walmart), M&S Foods or Sainsbury's supermarkets where you can pick up inexpensive lunches and snacks for back in your hotel room.


West end show:

London's world famous West End & Theatreland should be high on your to do list if theatre and live shows are you thing. Head to Leceicster Square and you will see wall to wall theatres with tickets available on the door to most . Comperable to New York's Broadway. - http://www.londontheatre.co.uk/


Parks:

London has some beautiful green spaces in the middle of the busy city (think Central Park in New York). Regent's Park, Primrose Hill, Kensington Park, Green Park or Hyde Park. Each provides excellent paths and beautiful scenery. - http://www.royalparks.org.uk/


London Zoo:

London Zoo is the world's oldest scientific zoo. It was opened in London on 27 April 1828. - http://www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo/


The Law:

Unlike in the United States where you have to be over the age of 21 to purchase alcohol the law in Britian is that you must be over the age of 18 to buy alcohol.

Smoking is banned (£200 fine if you light up) inside bars, restaurants and other enclosed places where people visit or work.


Embassy of the United States in London:

Address: 24 Grosvenor Square, London W1A 2LQ
http://london.usembassy.gov/


Language:

Although in Britain we speak English there are a few differences between American English and British English that you should be aware of:

Fries (American) = Chips (British)
Chips (American) = Crisps (British)
Candy (American) = Sweets (British)
Sweets (American) = Deserts (British)
Sidewalk (American) = Pavement (British)
Cop (American) = Police (British)
Trash (American) = Rubbish (British)
Trash can (American) = Rubbish bin (British)
Parking lot (American) = Car Park (British)
Overpass (American) = Flyover (British)
Transmition (American) = Gearbox (British)
Stick shift (American) = Manual (British)
Gas (American) = Petrol (British)
Gas pedal (American) = Accelerator (British)
Trunk (American) = Boot (British)
Counter-clockwise (American) = Anti-clockwise (British)
Cell phone (American) = Mobile phone (British)

The "first floor" in the UK is the floor above ground level. We call the ground level the ground floor. - This confuses a lot of American visitors.
"Biscuits" in Britain are your cookies/crackers.

Date format:

Today is the 10th of March 2013.
Americans write this as 3/10/13.
British write this as 10/3/13.


Other Advice:

We drive on the left side of the road (the opposite side to the United States) – this takes some getting used to! Please be careful when crossing the roads.

Check if your cell phone will work with GSM networks as we do not have CDMA, also be careful of high data charges, maybe rent a cell phone or pick up a British Sim card to avoid high data charges.

London police are usually happy to help with directions, questions and even the odd photograph if they are not busy. Unlike in the United States, British police don't usually carry firearms.

You will need adapters and voltage transformers for your electrical appliances to use them with a British power supply. - http://www.amazon.co.uk/US-UK-Plug-T...dp/B0006OFKNC/

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Friday the 7th November (2 days before the game):

Cruise and cocktail party - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

A gentle evening cruise on the river Thames. From the river you will see many of the London famous sites including the Palace of Westminster, Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London while sipping cocktails.

You will also have the opportunity to ride the London eye (a giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames) from the top you will get a great birdseye view of London).

This exclusive event is aimed mostly at those with NFL on location packages, however the is now an opportunity for others to attend too, contact NFL on location for more details.

http://www.jaguars.com/news/unionjax...e-8e89a568c7b9


Saturday the 8th November (day before the game):

NFL All Access:

Starting about 10am the NFL is holding a big fan rally type event outside Wembley stadium. It’s a big NFL get together. Alumni from the Jaguars (Jeff Lageman, Fred Taylor and Tony Boselli) and Cowboys will be present, Current player & coaches (and owners) of both teams, Jaxon de Ville & Roar of the Jags cheerleaders will all be attending.

NFL merchandise , NFL theme games, beer and American food will also be available.

The will be an opportunity to get autographs from the players and hear from Coach Bradley talking X's and O's.

http://www.nfluk.com/events/NFL-All-Access.html


Union Jax Party:

In the evening, starting at 5:30PM, the will be a Jaguars fan party. This will be held at Marylebone Sports Bar & Grill, right next to Marylebone train station.

http://www.jaguars.com/news/unionjax...2-5a7a3af8d3b7


Sunday the 9th November (game day):

NFL Tailgate Party:

NFL UK will hold a big tailgate party for fans pregame. It'll start at 11am and be held in the Wembley stadium car park right outside the stadium.

The will be lots of American food and beer (Budweiser) as well as apperances from NFL alumini and both the Cowboys and Jaguars cheerleaders.

http://www.nfluk.com/events/tailgate.html

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Geez Baron, where was this when I needed it last year? This could've saved me days and days of research. But awesome nonetheless.
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Wow, this is nice, thanks for helping out our American friends! I'm a Niners fan at heart but the Jags have become my favs when they play here (except last year!) so I'll be there front and centre to help out any lost looking fans!
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Geez Baron, where was this when I needed it last year? This could've saved me days and days of research. But awesome nonetheless.
Thank you. I hope it helps our friends from Florida, when they prepaire to visit us please point any you know of in this direction.

Sorry if it is a bit late to help you but I hope the is something in it (maybe the bits about Museums and galleries) that might help even someone who has visited London before.

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Wow, this is nice, thanks for helping out our American friends! I'm a Niners fan at heart but the Jags have become my favs when they play here (except last year!) so I'll be there front and centre to help out any lost looking fans!
Glad to hear you have adopted the Jags as they play in the UK for the next 3 seasons. Thanks for your kind offer of helping our American friends.
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At least not forget we call these trousers, not pants:



We wear pants undeneath our trousers.
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Bumping this as I have added information about the NFL on Location hotel and the Friday night cruise and cocktails event.
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