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Tell me of your homeworld, Britons

Travelling to London next week. Need advice on packing for the weather. [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Jul 8, 2014 - 12 answers

Midwest US to UK beer arbitrage

My wife wants to bring an American craft beer to a former colleague who is primarily a real ale drinker in the UK. He is pretty game to try anything (and is more of a hophead than I am) and we would like to get him something he can't get there and that is a bit different (so no American Belgians for instance) but also worth the hassle. What should we get? We are in Chicago and probably have to get it from Binnys.
posted by srboisvert on Jun 27, 2014 - 20 answers

Walking in the Lake District

My mom and I are planning on taking a walking trip in the UK's Lake District in May. We're currently considering booking with Contours Walking Holidays to walk Cumbria Way. They provide maps and routes and arrange accommodations and baggage transportation. However I haven't been able to find much in the way of reviews for them -- possibly because each person's trip is so different. My question is basically whether using Contours is the way to go here (perhaps someone reading this has personal experience with them?) or if I should be looking at a different company or some other way to make arrangements. [more inside]
posted by pupstocks on Feb 4, 2014 - 10 answers

Planning trip to possible ancestral town in SW England, but what to do?

My extremely-uncommon and forever-mispelled last name—Huxham—happens to also be the name of a tiny village right outside of Exeter in SW England. My ancestors left Britain from the port of Plymouth on the other side of Devonshire, so I feel fairly confident this might be where my last name comes from. However, even though I have the means and the desire to visit this hamlet…what do I do there? Just start knocking on doors? Should I contact the parish priest and/or tourism board? [more inside]
posted by huxham on Jan 21, 2014 - 11 answers

Help me feed my 20-something wanderlust. Difficulty level: Wheelchair

I'm like every other post-college twentysomething in lots of ways: I make too little money, watch too much Netflix and indulge in an existential crisis oh, about once an hour. Also, like many in my cohort, I love the idea of packing up a ratty old duffel bag and heading off to some far corner of the world to taste, see and do all I can, while maybe giving myself either a leg to stand on once I return to the job market here or the warm-n-fuzzies that come from volunteering and/or service learning. All pretty standard fare. Here comes the doozy of snowflake: I'm in a wheelchair and have certain difficulties with speech fluency, owing to my CP and spastic diplegia diagnosis. Try as I might, I can't get myself to give up on the dream of spending a year or more abroad, even with all this in my way. Help me get there, oh beautiful hivemind? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jan 19, 2014 - 16 answers

Lloyds UK bank account suspneded while I am in the USA!

Hi all, So my UK Lloyds regular bank account was suspended while I was in the USA and now they want me to show up in a local branch. I have spent three days on the phone explaining to them that I cannot because I am in the USA at the moment. They insist that I do and until then all my funds are frozen! Nightmare! It looks like I will have to fly home just to show my face at the branch so I can access my funds. Anyone had anything like this? Do I really have to fly back to the UK just to ID myself? Thank you!
posted by seatofmypants on Jul 15, 2013 - 12 answers

Cheapest way to get UK cell service with US phone

My husband and I are traveling to London later this week for a 10-day trip (yay!). For part of the trip I'm going to be at a conference, and he will be doing some work things, so we need to be able to get in touch with each other, either via voice calls or text. I'm trying to figure out the cheapest way to accomplish this. [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker on Jun 10, 2013 - 10 answers

Towns to use as a home base in Scotland?

My family will be spending 10 days road tripping through Scotland in May. There will be four adults (myself, my husband, and my retired parents), and one 18 month old toddler. What towns will work best as bases for exploring surrounding areas? [more inside]
posted by asnowballschance on Apr 25, 2013 - 5 answers

Can you recommend companies for travel insurance? (For UK resident)

Can you recommend companies for travel insurance? (For UK resident) [more inside]
posted by philipy on Apr 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Advice on planning a solo UK trip

I'll be traveling around the UK for the last two weeks of June (Oxford, Bath, Edinburgh, York, London). I've never traveled abroad solo and would appreciate some tips/advice! [more inside]
posted by ilicet on Apr 23, 2013 - 29 answers

Appropriate corporate travel policy for cost conscious SME in the UK?

You run a growing private limited company in the UK. Turnover between 2 and 5M with a close eye on costs. Your employees sometimes need to travel at weekends or in their own time in evenings. You keep them happy, and remain profitable. How? [more inside]
posted by BOfH on Mar 27, 2013 - 6 answers

Visiting the Forest of Dean

Looking for travel advice on going to the Forest of Dean. Complication: no car. [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on on Mar 26, 2013 - 2 answers

Easter Weekend, starting in London, going where?

Due to a last-minute work trip and a big difference in plane ticket prices, I have from Thursday evening through to a 2 PM Heathrow departure Monday free to go exploring. Where should I go and what should I do? [more inside]
posted by psycheslamp on Mar 19, 2013 - 7 answers

Prepaid SIM for iPhone 5 in the US?

I have an iPhone 5 purchased unlocked in the UK. I travel regularly to the US for 1-2 weeks at a time, often in situations where WiFi is not an option, and would like to be able to buy a pre-paid US SIM primarily for data. Now that the iPhone 5 has been out for a few months, has anyone finally gotten onboard with pre-paid nanoSIMs for the 5? Or is cutting down a regular SIM still the only option?
posted by olinerd on Dec 19, 2012 - 3 answers

Driving right on the left side of the road

Canadian wishing to drive in Scotland and the Hebrides - never drove on the left side before - how to prepare? [more inside]
posted by seawallrunner on Oct 29, 2012 - 29 answers

Heathrow to Cambridge with lots of luggage

I need to get from Heathrow airport to Cambridge, with lots of baggage. [more inside]
posted by penguinicity on Oct 15, 2012 - 14 answers

Best 3g SIM card for Western Europe?

What are my prepaid 3g data+sim options for Western Europe? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom on Jul 12, 2012 - 3 answers

A guide to Hadrian's Wall

I'm taking a week to hike Hadrian's Wall in mid-to-late August, and I'm looking for a useful guidebook. [more inside]
posted by SpringAquifer on Jul 10, 2012 - 3 answers

It's a porcine emergency!

Where can I find wild boar sausages in London (UK) or the London area on a Sunday? [more inside]
posted by terrierhead on Jul 1, 2012 - 6 answers

Cellphone options for senior travelers in London

The recently-retired senior generation of my family is traveling from US to London in October. They are arriving separately and splitting up for a couple of different side trips, and want to be able to stay in touch by cell phone. What are the easiest, cheapest options for cell phones that they can purchase ahead of time? [more inside]
posted by kimdog on May 23, 2012 - 6 answers

What specialty food items should I bring back from Paris and London?

What specialty food items should I bring back from Paris and London? I am traveling to both places in May. Can you recommend some unique and delicious food items I can bring back with me? (Any other travel recommendations are welcome as well!)
posted by thelastgirl on Apr 12, 2012 - 27 answers

Is late May into June an OK time to visit London?

Is late May into June an OK time to visit London? (I'd like to avoid the peak travel season and wading through crowds of tourists and students on holiday.) [more inside]
posted by eeby on Mar 31, 2012 - 8 answers

How to WWOOF not quite forever?

Six months in the UK sandwiched between continental European travel for an American WWOOFer who'd rather not get visas if she can possibly avoid it. Your tips? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 25, 2012 - 5 answers

Buying iPhone apps in another country?

How do I buy an iPhone app for a friend in another country? also Travel & Veggie growing apps you can recommend would be very welcome. [more inside]
posted by Wilder on Feb 29, 2012 - 1 answer

Look Mom, Big Ben... Parliament...

Help me plan my mom's first trip to the UK/Ireland. [more inside]
posted by buzzkillington on Jan 18, 2012 - 24 answers

`ello Guvna!

3 Days in London, England in April 2012. My wife has never been before. What should we not miss?
posted by blue_beetle on Jan 4, 2012 - 29 answers

London loot that New York can't match?

Things that are actually cheaper in the UK (than the USA)? [more inside]
posted by artemisia on Sep 10, 2011 - 35 answers

London's calling, and I ain't got no swing.

I'm going to London! As a travel noob, what do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on May 31, 2011 - 51 answers

Temporary storage for stuff before moving to London

Moving out of the UK in a week to travel abroad. Will move back to London in September. Where to keep stuff throughout this period? [more inside]
posted by noztran on May 22, 2011 - 7 answers

day hikes outside London

Metafilter, what is the best day hike in the British countryside, accessible by public transport from London? [more inside]
posted by larthegreat on Apr 5, 2011 - 16 answers

Help my Daughter Get to France

What is the best way for my adult daughter to live in France or the UK for a year? [more inside]
posted by LarryC on Mar 23, 2011 - 17 answers

What show(s) should I see in London?

I will be in London on business in late April, and would like to see at least one play or musical while I'm there. Can you please recommend a good (or critically-acclaimed) play or musical, or a website where I can find recommendations? I'll be there alone and will be looking for individual tickets - is it likely I'll be able to get singles for sold-out shows on the day of? Thanks for your help!
posted by smilingtiger on Mar 18, 2011 - 14 answers

Going from Heathow to Bristol.

I'm landing in Heathrow this Sunday at 9pm and my final destination is Bristol. What's the best way to get there? [more inside]
posted by falameufilho on Mar 12, 2011 - 9 answers

Best tips on how to travel with a kid in the U.K.

What's different about getting around with kids in the U.K.? [more inside]
posted by madajb on Mar 4, 2011 - 15 answers

Do I need a driver's license to re-enter the US from a visit to the UK

Do I need a driver's license to re-enter the US from a visit to the UK? [more inside]
posted by eustacescrubb on Feb 25, 2011 - 12 answers

Bedford to Solihull on Christmas via public transport?

I need to get from Bedford to Solihull near Birmingham, UK, on Christmas Day, ideally via public transport. I have no idea if this is possible but it's looking like it might not be. Help! [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Dec 7, 2010 - 10 answers

US iPhone in the UK

In a couple of weeks I will be traveling from the USA to England and would like to use my iPhone 3G while I am there. I would like to purchase a sim card from three.co.uk because that's the network all my family (who live in the UK) use. Am I correct in assuming that I'll need to jailbreak first before I can use a different sim card? [more inside]
posted by ericthegardener on Nov 13, 2010 - 13 answers

What are the most popular, clichéd touristy things to do in London?

What are the most popular, clichéd touristy things to do in London? You know, like posing with the Queen's guards, taking a ride in the Eye, and eating fish and chips.
posted by nitsuj on Jul 27, 2010 - 37 answers

Twelve hours in Manchester/Glasgow

How should a couple fill a day while getting from Manchester, England to Milngavie, Scotland (possibly via Glasgow)? [more inside]
posted by TrarNoir on Jul 24, 2010 - 7 answers

I need a good location for solo writing in the UK, July

I’m London-based and I have a car. I need the focus of being away from home in a new and engaging locale in order to write. I need somewhere in mainland Britain, driveable in 1 day from London (a long drive is fine) where I can find reasonably-priced accommodation. [more inside]
posted by Hugobaron on Jun 14, 2010 - 16 answers

A prepaid with international roaming?

I'm traveling from the US to the UK next week (first time international traveler), is there a prepaid cell phone that will work both places? Will my non-chipped credit card work? [more inside]
posted by 445supermag on Apr 29, 2010 - 12 answers

What's the best way to get wireless internet in London and other parts of the UK?

What's the best way to get wireless internet in London and other parts of the UK? [more inside]
posted by gingerbeer on Apr 15, 2010 - 8 answers

What are some interesting ways to go from the UK to France?

What are some interesting ways to go from the UK to France? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Apr 7, 2010 - 10 answers

What to do in Dublin / Wexford / Hay-on-Wye / Hereford / London?

Traveling through Ireland, Wales, and England next week, with essentially ONE day each in Dublin, Wexford, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford, and London. Anything off the beaten path that we should check out? [more inside]
posted by D.Billy on Mar 1, 2010 - 19 answers

Looking for Accom in UK

I'm looking for hotel suggestions in the following cities: London (Kings Cross) Liverpool (Lime Street) Bristol (Bristol Parkway) Looking for a cheapish accommodation (ideally under 75) with FREE Wi-Fi. Will be traveling around so a sublet won't work this time. Any help would be appreciated.
posted by KathMuse on Feb 21, 2010 - 9 answers

Small UK (USB) Plug.

I'm looking for a small UK plug with USB a connector to charge my phone with whilst travelling. As small as possible please!
posted by nam3d on Jan 28, 2010 - 4 answers

Traveling inside UK from London

Will be visiting London again - in either September or October. I need to know the best (least confusing) reasonably priced way to travel to Whittington Castle in Oswestry, Shrophire - there will be 2 adults in my party.
posted by pamspanda on Jan 4, 2010 - 5 answers

Replacement UK ID card

I've lost my UK identity card for foreign nationals and was planning to travel in 3 weeks. Is there any way to get a replacement, fast? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 10, 2009 - 3 answers

Using IPhone data plan in UK

I'm going to Great Britain for two weeks and will be splitting time between London and Cambridge. I have an IPhone and have signed up to use ATT's international data plan while in the UK. The plan is limited to 20 MB of data. Also, I don't plan to use my IPhone to make phone calls while there. Just access the web to navigate around. [more inside]
posted by jingo74 on Aug 2, 2009 - 6 answers

Is the London Pass worth getting?

Is the London Pass worth the price, for tourists who will be in London for six days? [more inside]
posted by jayder on Jun 22, 2009 - 9 answers

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