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City breaks to London from Dublin are perfect for art lovers who can enjoy the eclectic mixture of classical portraits at The National Portrait Gallery or the quirky style of Andy Warhol at The Tate Modern. And for those die-hard fans of Harry Potter, Dr Who and Sherlock Homes, there are a number of walking tours exploring film locations. Take in the beautiful skyline on one of the many bridges running throughout London with our cheap weekend breaks to London from Ireland. Enjoy a trip to the theatre and see one of London's most prestigious musicals. Wander around Liberties admiring the high-end couture or stroll through Selfridge’s food hall taking in the mouth-watering culinary creations. Of course, no trip to London would be complete without a visit to Buckingham Palace to watch the changing of the guard.
The currency is the pound (GBP), which is divided into 100 pence. ATMs are available in all towns and Visa, MasterCard and American Express are widely accepted; visitors with other cards should check with their credit card companies in advance. Foreign currency can be exchanged at bureaux de change and large hotels, however better exchange rates are likely to be found at banks. Travellers cheques are accepted in all areas frequented by tourists; they are best taken in Pounds Sterling to avoid additional charges.
With iconic attractions such as the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Tower Bridge, visitors to this eclectic city will be kept busy with the multitude of sights to explore. Visit the stoic lions on Trafalgar Square, be bowled over by the grand interior of St Paul's Cathedral, or take a stroll through St James Park and watch the famous changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, and you still haven't scratched the surface of London's attractions.
Venturing more into the heart of the West End, follow the crowds to the bright montage of lights and billboards at Piccadilly Circus and from there take in Chinatown, Soho and Covent Garden. For those with an appreciation for history and the natural world, the superb British Museum and Natural History Museum in South Kensington are a must on any London vacation. The south bank of the Thames draws visitors with the London Eye, the London Aquarium and the über-cool Tate Modern.
An easy and pleasurable way to see the major sights is on one of the London's red buses or, weather permitting, on foot. Many visitors use the underground to travel the short distances from sight to sight, missing the opportunity to gain a better picture of this vibrant city. A boat tour down the river Thames is also a great way to view some major sights and to learn more about the central role this river has played in London life, or just relax while you ponder what next to see and do in London.
Local time in the United Kingdom is GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).