I am pretty new to the forum and wanted to introduce myself. I am a junior high history teacher here in Texas and a major fan of the band. I have been a fan since about 86 and have since the band every tour since the Prayer Tour usually for multiple shows when they have visited Texas. I am coming to London for the anniversary show and it will be my first time in the UK and I am psyched about my trip! I am still in the planning stages of my trip and I am about to buy my plane tickets and start booking hotels. I plan on spending a week in London and then another 7-10 days traveling throughout England and Scotland. I hope to meet other fans while I am in London for the show since I will be alone and don't know anybody there. I will check on here for any fan meetups, gatherings, etc. Anyone have any tips for a first time visitor to the UK?
Welcome. If you fly into Heathrow take the Heathrow express to paddington. Watch the people selling tickets. They will try to sell you vip tickets. Don't fall for it. Get the basic.. Get an oyster card. This is the card you use with the tube. I put twenty quid at a time on it.Get a tube map. I used the black cabs a lot too. Now this is my thing and people will tell you it's not necessary but I always get pounds in cash before I fly over to the uk (i live in pa. I use wells Fargo to get the pounds)then if I need more when I'm over there I use my card. It actually saved you time to have it with you. Like I said it's my thing. I love England. I'd visit every year if I could.
Welcome to the community zarec I personally enjoyed walking around in different neighborhoods and taking things in at the pedestrian level. Old European cities are organized so differently than US cities so it's lovely to just meander a bit like a local. Of course there are plenty of the big touristy things, and those double decker buses are fine if you just want to see the big things from the street all in one day. My two favorite touristy things to do was Harrod's food hall (yum!) and the Tate Modern Museum (free! but you should give a donation).