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October 15

UK or US: unavoidable covid travel edition

I'm in Italy, and need to leave for a few weeks for visa reasons (to avoid running out of my 90 days in the Shengen zone while paperwork sorts itself out). Covid-wise, is the UK a safe place to wait this out? [more inside]
posted by niicholas around London, England at 11:17 AM - 18 answers has best

October 1

[also uk] one hour without car insurance - problem?

Another UK car question. Just bought new insurance but I won't be covered for one hour in the early morning of the first day of cover. How worried should I be? [more inside]
posted by rd45 around England at 5:00 AM - 7 answers has best

[uk] Car MOT about to run out, should I get it tested in order to sell?

I'm not sure what to do for the best. My car's MOT is about to run out (runs out on Sunday) and I won't be able to drive it anywhere apart from to the MOT test centre after that date. It's still taxed for a further month, and insured until July next year. I know I don't want/need this car anymore and mean to sell it. It's a pretty knackered old thing but due to its make/model it's still likely to sell relatively easily. I think it's unlikely to sail through its MOT but should pass without to much work being needed. [more inside]
posted by dance around England at 3:58 AM - 8 answers

September 23

What is involved in a US citizen flying to the UK for a week and back?

My mother lives in the US, but my sister and her children live in the UK. My fully vaccinated mom has been planning on flying to London and back in October to visit them, and she says that she can't do this because the travel restrictions don't lift until November. I believe she is confused and those restrictions only apply to UK citizens going to the US. What are the actual rules for US citizens flying to UK and back as of October 20th? Is there a simple guide I can give to my mom to reassure her? [more inside]
posted by JZig around London, England at 9:31 AM - 7 answers has best

August 10

Covid Testing Rules for International Visitors to UK/Scotland

I'm a fully vaccinated citizen of the USA. I'm planning on a trip to Scotland, where the self-isolation rules have recently been lifted, and where the definition of a "vaccinated" person have been updated to include those vaccinated in the USA. But it still seems that I have some protocols to follow, involving taking a test on and before Day 2. My questions center around this process. [more inside]
posted by avoision around Scotland at 5:56 PM - 8 answers has best

October 7, 2020

Help my cat be a transatlantic jet-setter, COVID edition

Some time in the next two months I (US-based, US citizen) will be starting an extended visit to the UK as part of setting up for a relocation to join my fiancee (UK-based, UK citizen) there. I would like to bring my cat with me. Prior to COVID this process was reasonably straightforward but options look very limited now. Maybe there are more options/solutions available than I think? [more inside]
posted by 4rtemis around London, England at 12:26 PM - 10 answers

October 6, 2020

Best Berkshire country walks

I'm in the UK for the foreseeable future, caring for a sick parent. Help me stave off cabin-fever (by going outside). [more inside]
posted by girlalex around Newbury, England at 4:11 PM - 9 answers

October 2, 2020 the rain...during 'Rona times

Am going to London tomorrow with my husband and three small children. For sightseeing and fun. much of what we would normally do is either fully booked (due to it being a rainy Saturday in October) or closed due to the 'Rona. Any tips, which won't break the bank, and possibly not already all over the "10 best things to do in London with the kids!" lists as I've scoured them all!! :-D Thanks all. Dropped the ball on this one...shoulda checked the websites BEFORE booking train tix. Kids are 9, 5 and 5 (twins).
posted by dance around London, England at 3:42 PM - 5 answers

August 5, 2020

Tips for driving from Belfast to London (UK) with kids

We have to drive from Belfast to London (taking the ferry to Stranraer, I think, unless you can think of a better way to go!) at the end of August/early September. We have young children who are hardly ever in cars (and will struggle with the long distances) and so will need to stop once, or probably twice, overnight. Ideas? General tips for car travel with kids? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe around Belfast, Northern Ireland at 9:24 AM - 13 answers

April 13, 2020

Statistics on UK manual braking habits saving lives?

Before the coronavirus, I was learning to drive in England (thanks, Metafilter for recommending that I switch instructors). When we came to a stop at a crosswalk, the first thing we had to do is "make it safe": to pull the manual brake up, protecting pedestrians ahead of us in case of a rear-end collision. My buddy back in the States, however, insists this is ridiculous and refuses to believe that braking like this saves lives. Is there any safety data out there that I could cite to uphold the UK braking style? [more inside]
posted by johngoren around England at 2:26 AM - 38 answers

February 25, 2020

Handling liability coverage for an international rental car?

My credit card comes with Primary collision damage waiver for rental cars up to $75,000. Great. What it doesn't come with is liability. I don't own a car anymore so I don't have regular car insurance. I only drive internationally - soon to be Northern Ireland AND Republic of Ireland. What's the best way to deal with liability coverage?
posted by rileyray3000 around Northern Ireland at 2:35 PM - 7 answers

February 24, 2020

Switching cities mid-vacation and switching back again?

How exactly does it work when you leave City A in the middle of a vacation to also visit City B, and then want to come back to the same lodging? Do you need to get two reservations at Hotel A-ville, or do you just eat the cost of days spent in City B? Does this work differently in VRBO, as opposed to a hotel (where coming back to a different room at the same rate is acceptable)? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt around London, England at 1:33 PM - 14 answers

February 15, 2020

Stops on train route from Oxford UK to Bath?

For a big milestone birthday (60!) I'm going to the UK for the first time in May. For part of my trip I'll be alone. I was thinking I would take a train to Oxford, then rent a car in Oxford and drive to Bath, breaking my journey for the night. [more inside]
posted by primate moon around England at 5:14 PM - 8 answers

January 27, 2020

CycleFilter: Any advise on riding Way of the Roses this summer?

I'm planning to ride the Way of the Roses in the UK this summer to commemorate my 50th birthday (or, at least, I'm using that as an excuse). It occurs to me someone in this community may have done this, or something like it, so here I am. [more inside]
posted by uberchet around England at 2:38 PM - 3 answers

January 19, 2020

London area museums

If there's one thing I like, it's a museum. So I am going to London in April! Please tell me what you think of what I plan to see, and please tell me about other museums or points of interest you like. I am interested in history and beautiful things generally, and have a special interest in the Napoleonic war era and Roman Britain. [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks around London, England at 9:42 AM - 28 answers

January 18, 2020

Help me select the right Yorkshire town

Hello everyone and especially UK members: I (girly swot from New England) plan on having a solo month-long holiday this summer in God’s own country. Help me choose a town for my base camp? [more inside]
posted by henry scobie around England at 3:50 PM - 7 answers

October 28, 2019

What must we do in London?

We're a U.S. couple in our early 40s, traveling to London for four days in early December (just the two of us, no kids). This is our first-ever trip there. What are the absolute must-sees/must-dos? We are open to just about anything, and cost is generally not an issue. Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell around London, England at 9:06 AM - 40 answers

October 19, 2019

Tipping your host in the UK?

if you’re staying at an Airbnb in the UK (with some cleaning services included), how much should we tip our hosts? [more inside]
posted by gtrwolf around London, England at 4:09 AM - 8 answers has best

October 2, 2019

Hotel in London with a bath?

I'm heading to London for a wedding in December and am likely to be tired and cranky for the first day after flying in on a red-eye flight. I'm looking for a nice hotel which is easily accessible from Victoria Station that has a large bathtub I can soak in because I miss having one at home. Preferably under £200/night. There's only me, and I don't mind if the room is small as long as there is a deep bath. Is this doable and does anyone have any recommendations? The places I'm finding so far only have them in super expensive suites.
posted by Kris10_b around London, England at 6:42 PM - 6 answers has best

September 24, 2019

Bewildered by British speed bumps

Question from an American learning to drive in England about the right way to go over bumps in the road that you can straddle. [more inside]
posted by johngoren around England at 2:37 AM - 18 answers