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Grace, Idaho
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London Tours

My travel agent wants to book all my tours ahead: i.e. Tower of London, etc. Do I really need to do that? We are only going to be in London for a few days and would rather just see what direction we feel like going in. If we show up early for the Tower, can we just get in in pretty good time for a tour there? We will be there Oct 8,9,10th. Thanks for all advice.

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As you suspect you certainly dont need to book ahead, especially in October, well out of tourist season. Whilst there can be a benefit to buying tickets in advance to avoid queues, no need at this time of year and of course you'd lose flexibility, eg if its pouring with rain one day, you have a chance to go another.

If you but the right train passes you can also save money with 2 for 1 deals on the day, so you don't even lose out that way. daysoutguide.co.uk/attraction-types/2for1lon…

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We'll be there on those same dates and we most definitely are not booking tours ahead of time. The only exception will be if we decide to go out of the city to Bath one day. In London, I prefer to go with the flow and see what interests me. Enjoy your trip!

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There is really very little you actually need to book in advance in London. I would wait till you're there for Tower of London - and as mentioned, if you get a paper travelcard, you can use the 2for1 deals on a lot of things. The only thing you really need to book in advance are things like theatre tickets if you want to see a specific popular show. If you don't get a discount for booking ahead online, I'd wait till you're there.

One thing you might want to book in advance is Ceremony of the Keys at Tower of London if you're interested. Tickets are free, but you have to write for them in advance.


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Would second the Ceremony of the Keys suggestions. You're best doing it now though as it can take upto 2 months to get tickets.

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I think your travel agent is looking out for her commissions rather than your travel needs. For proof, you might check her prices against those offered directly by the attractions. Regular adult admission to the Tower of London is £17. A 2 for 1 discount is available as joeintheuk mentioned.

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<<A self-addressed envelope together with the requisite British postage stamps, or a minimum of two 'Coupon-response international'. Please note that American or other non-British stamps are not valid in the UK.>>

how much would I know how much to use USD?

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If you can print UK postage from http://www.postoffice.co.uk you'll need at least 90p of postage on the envelope for the return of tickets and confirmation from HRP for Ceremony tickets.

If you're going to print postage, better to estimate on the heavy side rather than the lighter side, although tickets, confirmation and the information sheet HRP sends shouldn't weigh more than 50gm.

If you'd rather send International Reply Coupons, send two.

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Postage printed from the website must be used by the next working, so isn't suitable for SAEs.

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