Tourist resources for London
The main London Visitor Center near Piccadilly Circus at 1 Regent Street is open every day; check out the Visit London Web site at www.visitlondon.com to download free info before you travel. The Guardian newspaper has an excellent Web site chock-full of cultural happenings, arts listings, and restaurant reviews by Tom Parker Bowles (son of Camilla) at www.guardian.co.uk. Legendary hop-on-hop-off Routemaster buses have been phased out, but you can still ride one: choose from two “heritage routes,” the No. 9 between Trafalgar Square and the Royal Albert Hall that passes Hyde Park, Knightsbridge, and Piccadilly Circus, and the No. 15 between Tower Hill and Trafalgar Square that rumbles by the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Fleet Street. They run every 15 minutes between 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. and accept Oyster cards. When on foot, a mini-A-Z street atlas is a priceless investment; pick one up at bookshops and newsagents for less than $10.