The Albrights in London and Paris

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Hello Bob, Patsy, John and Jane!

I hope this information helps you make the most out of your trip.

I added a small portion for Paris as well. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at

Sometimes, taking a taxi with 4 people can be cheaper than taking the tube. ** The Taxi prices are calculated using the taxi fare calculator website. However, it might not be accurate. The best thing is to ask the concierge at your hotel for an estimate before you book your taxi. Booking a taxi might cost up to £2 .


Indian food in the UK is absolutely delicious; however, if you have a sensitive digestion, it is not the best traveling option since it is often made with lots of heavy cream. We love the chain EAT, they have good and hearty meals. If ever you are hungry and pass by one, check it out. There are lots of pre-made sandwich shops and they are very convenient, though not the most delicious.  Our favorites are M&S grocery and Boots.

If you want a fresh cup of coffee (Starbucks style), we suggest you try Costa Coffee or Nero; they are British versions of Starbucks. However, if you see an independent coffee shop, pop in! Many of them are unique and quaint. Since we did not stay visit the area of your hotel, we can’t recommend any specific ones.

If you walk North, towards Kilburn High road, you will be within 5 minutes on the high street, with lots of British chain stores. There are pharmacies (Boots & Superdrugs), grocery stores (Tesco & Sainsbury). Basically, if you need anything during the trip, it is the place where you will find it, and it is so close to your hotel.

European banks have credit cards with chips and pins. If your credit card is chipless, make sure you always have with you an i.d.  (driver’s license) and a pen can come in handy. You are most likely to be the only one paying and signing.

Your hotel is the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale (Plaza Parade, London, ENG NW6 5RP, United Kingdom). 


Currency British Pound £
Language English
Shops Opening Hours And Holidays Stores: 9 am – 9 pm Sunday until 6 pm.Pubs are open until 11 pm
Must Try Foods and drinks Fish and Chips, Magners Cider (apple or pear), Sunday Roast, local beers
Must See Sights Tower of London, London Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, British Museum
Taxi Starting price is £ 2.40 – The final price will be displayed in the meter and prices may vary on the time of day and holidays. For more information; visit the Transport for London taxi page. There are no extra charges for luggage or additional passengers.Some taxis may accept credit cards or debit cards, and there is a maximum charge of 10% or £1. American chipless credit cards should work, but we are unsure since we never used them in a taxi. It is always a safer bet to have cash.World Taxi Meter is a website that calculates the approximate taxi fare.
Tip Tip is not common in the UK. You can leave 5-10% for a service you are really happy with.
Tax Tax is included in the price. You pay what is on the tag.
Emergency Contact Police #101 – Ambulance #999
Time Zone UTC +0  (+1 British Summer Time)


Tube: Since you will be using public transportation only a few times, the easiest method of payment is cash. (Usually Londoners have an Oyster card that they tap on the yellow card reader).
 A single trip costs £4.70 and  you can buy the tickets from a ticket machine or agent at underground stations. Some newsagent shops also sell tickets.
 Please note that you cannot pay cash on the bus and need to have a travelers card. For this reason, we do not recommend visiting by bus.
The closest tube station is Kilburn Park, on the Bakerloo brown line. Click here to access the standard London tube map. You can print it or save it to your kindle.On the same tube line as your hotel, you can get to :-Oxford Circus : the main shopping street-Picadilly Circus : overrated street corner-Charing Cross : Traflagar Square, National Gallery-Embankement : North side of the Thames-Waterloo : South side of the Thames, London Eye.



This is the map of London with its main touristic attractions.

Click here to view the map in its own window.


Tour London on a Tourist Bus!

The Original Tour 1 day £29 – 2 days £403 routes to choose from.Click HERE to see the map with the three routes and stops. Closest departure point by tube: Picadilly Circus  (Brown line – no change needed)Yellow Route From Coventry Street.

Red Route From Haymarket – the stop is outside the Theatre Royal.


Closest departure point by taxi: Marble Arch  £9 – £10

Yellow & Red Routes From Speakers’ Corner – the stop is located at Speakers’ Corner at Marble Arch on Park Lane. <… >Our bus stop is the last on the right hand side.

Big Bus London1 day £24 – 2 days £38Click HERE to see the map with the two routes and stops. Closest departure point by tube: Picadilly Circus  (Brown line – no change needed)The stop is located on Regent Street.


Closest departure point by taxi: Marble Arch  £9 – £10The stop is located in Speaker’s Corner.

Which bus should you choose?Well it is probably best to choose on the spot.Both companies offer similar routes and all major touristic landmarks are covered.
Things you need to keep in mind:
-Start and End time (which company offers the most hours?)-The line. Is there a lot of people waiting in line? It means you might have to wait in line at the other stops and you can end up spending time waiting for a bus.-The frequency. The more there are buses, the faster you will get around.


 Hang out at Harrods!
1-Get a taxi there for £15 or £ 17.2-Dare the tube! buy your tickets at the machine of the Kilburn Park station. Take the tube direction Elephant and Castle. Get off at the 7th station, Picadilly Circus.Switch for the blue line and take the tube direction Ealing Broadway. Get off at the 3rd station, Knightsbridge.Walk on Brampton Road away from the park. Harrods will be to your left.
 Harrods has many upscale restaurants. One of the them is The Tea Room, open from 11 am to 8 pm (Sunday from 11:30 am to 6 pm). The afternoon tea prices are more reasonable than I expected. Click here to see the menu.
 Here is an article of the best afternoon teas in London. Click here to see it.

Nice places to eat near the Hotel:

the closest Pub is called Queens head 1 Kilburn High Rd

It has decent food and it’s a good place to drink.

2-minutes walk

The Salt House63 Abbey Rd

It is recommended for its Sunday Roasts and nice atmosphere.

8-minute walk

Kish Persian Restaurant7-9 Kilburn High Rd

It’s Persian Iranian restaurant with great reviews.

It’s not expensive and open from 11 am to 12:30 am – According to one of the local London newspapers recently, ‘Kish’ in Kilburn was voted second-best takeaway restaurant in the whole of the UK.

1-minute walk

Ekin Barbeque House240 Belsize Rd

Turkish Barbeque  – not expensive and very good reviews.

5-minute walk

Elgin Bar and Grill255 Elgin Avenue

Apparently everything is good there – except the bathrooms!

10-minute walk





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