TOP TIP: in summer months stay in student rooms at the LSE (see accommodation page for details).

Architecture: One of the glories of London is the variety of styles of architecture (one of the glories of London is the variety of everything.) In Chester you can view every major style of architecture since 800AD in one street (Watergate street), however in London you have to travel a bit.

'The Big Issue' a dreadful magazine is sold by the 'homeless' on the streets in a scheme that we've seen operating in every big city we've visited.

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See these and you've sucked the best out of London's architecture.) For architecture/design on a small scale the steel gents urinals at the back of St Martin's in the Fields Church, just north of Charing Cross are a marvel of both function and design - and keep the pavements dry when people stagger out of pubs.

These worthy descendants of Clochmerle close automatically during the day and open at night (like jasmine, but not as sweet) - they really have to be seen to be appreciated! Banks: normally open - , the number of high-street banks is getting smaller.

If Americans complain about the cooking assume there is under 3Lbs of meat per person per meal - and so on.

See our trips page for details of how to rent one of the Queen's own guesthouses on her Sandringham estate.

We much prefer the 'Salvation Army' (and we're not christians at all) which, surprisingly has a less cultish grip on the problem.

For another opinion see HERE Blue Plaques - mark the residences of famous people - who have to have been dead at least 20 years.

If using Trip for hotels remember that reports by American reviewers are either too prissy (imagine Princess Leia from Star Wars, or any girl from the same Valley) or too gushing (have seen Amelie and Mary Poppins at least fifty times).

If Brits complain about the food then it really IS bad.

Click HERE Abortion - see pregnancy Accommodation - see our Hotels page.

You can arrange a hotel through the tourist office, Thomas Cook or at the Airports and Train Stations.

The taxi, which comes with a 1.6 litre petrol engine instead of the 2.5 litre diesel one fitted in the majority of the capital's cabs, is designed to mix innovation and tradition - embracing the large round headlights and over-sized grilles that have been synonymous with London taxis for decades.