I live fairly close to London - out near Heathrow Airport. I am fairly familiar with trains/tubes. (Not so familiar with buses though). If anyone has questions on getting from the airports to London, or getting to the event from their hotel, this is the thread to ask. Hopefully I or one of the other London-based folks will be able to answer. I will also be adding some useful site links into this first post as we go along. Links ============ [link=http://www.baa.com/]BAA[/link] - London airport information. Pick your airport from the list for airport and local travel information. [link=http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/]TfL[/link] - Transport for London - information on buses and the Tube [link=http://www.thetrainline.com/default.asp?href=&T2ID=1768_2005725132324]Trainline[/link] - The TrainLine - get information on rail travel into London. Find train times, book tickets. I use it mostly for train times - have never booked through them. [link=http://mwprices.ft.com/custom/ft2-com/html-currency.asp?]Currency Converter[/link] - Find out just how much the trip will cost in your local currency Other Hints/Tips ================ [ul] [li] Most bank ATM cards can be used to get money here though you will probably incur a charge. However, if you have never used your card overseas check with your bank before coming - a friend of mine found a card from a US credit union that wouldn't work here. Cirrus and Maestro are the main ATM networks. If you have a card for something else post it here and I will try to find out what bank machines handle it. [/li] [li] Credit cards - Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted. If you have never used your card overseas or you don't travel a lot have a word with your bank before coming. Let them know you will be using your card in the UK so they don't think it has been stolen. [/li] [li]Travel from the airport: Black cabs can pick passengers up at the airport terminals for the trip into London. They are your most expensive option, however. Heathrow is served both by train and tube. Gatwick has a fast rail service into London but I am not sure on frequency or cost. Check the Gatwick section on the BAA website linked above. [/li] [li]Chip-and-PIN: Just about all places that accept debit and credit cards here now use the Chip-and-PIN system. Your card is put into a reader and you enter its PIN number to verify a purchase. If your card doesn't have this facility then you might have to ask to sign instead.[/li] [li]For those coming from the US - our power is different than the US and electrical items like laptops, phone chargers, hairdryers, etc. might need current converters. The plugs are different as well so even if your item is dual current you will probably need a plug converter. Try a travel store or a place like Radio Shack for these.[/li] [li]As pointed out below by DarthBreezy, UK DVDs and VHS tapes will not work in US players. The DVDs have Region 2 encoding (unless they are billed as suitable for any region) and the VHS won't work due to differences in the UK TV system. So give those a miss. CDs are OK though, but they will be more expensive than in the US. PS2 and X-Box games are also region-encoded.[/li] [/ul] More hints to come as I think of them. If you have questions just ask! With less than a month to go, I am stickying this in case people need travel helps & hints.