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TripAdvisor Survey Results - London Didn't Fare Well

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TripAdvisor Survey Results - London Didn't Fare Well

Hardly a scientific study - surprising survey results. I think people with negative outlooks and expectations based on their home area will always find fault.


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11. Re: TripAdvisor Survey Results - London Didn't Fare Well

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12. Re: TripAdvisor Survey Results - London Didn't Fare Well

I only dislike the ones who insist on stopping suddenly in the middle of the pavement in the likes of Oxford Street :)

Other than that, what I love about London is pretty much 'anything goes'.

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13. Re: TripAdvisor Survey Results - London Didn't Fare Well

I'm not sure how London came out as the 28th "safest city". So what were the other 27?

And "ease of getting around" 17th? I don't see how it could be much easier?

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14. Re: TripAdvisor Survey Results - London Didn't Fare Well

GEJP is a wind up merchant and miserable git who enjoys upsetting others. I see his post has gone and I wouldn't give him or his views a second thought.

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15. Re: TripAdvisor Survey Results - London Didn't Fare Well

I have been visiting London for over 25 years and even lived there for a bit. I've encountered some rude people, but none more rude than what I've found at home but I never attributed it to me being a tourist. It's true London may be expensive, but I find the expense to be worth the experience. I place a high value on my time and London (England for that matter) encapsulates everything I find great joy in, history, architecture, culture, art, education, etc. so for me, it's money well spent.

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17. Re: TripAdvisor Survey Results - London Didn't Fare Well

I've stayed in London about fourteen times in the last four years, admittedly for one and two night stays. With judicious use of Priceline bidding and and looking for the best Premier Inns available, I haven't paid more than £69 for a room (in 3* or 4* hotels). I grant it was in Docklands on a couple of occasions, but I would still have had the options of a passable small hotel in an area like Bloomsbury.

London is really as cheap or expensive as you want it to be, both for food and accommodation. Flexibility about exact location can be useful at busier times, though.

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18. Re: TripAdvisor Survey Results - London Didn't Fare Well

The problem is that many tourists hardly ever go out of central London. In central London many of the people tourists are likely to meet are not British.

Some parts of London are dirty, I agree and the fault is the behaviour of people who throw their rubbish in the street. If you draw their attention to it, you get abuse.

As for prices, well, yes, it is expensive but salaries are often a lot higher than in many other places in Europe.

I really don't think London is more unsafe than lots of other large cities. You just have to use your common sense and not put yourself at risk.

Transport costs are outrageous, but we have one of the best public transport systems in the world.

I think we have some of the best shopping in the world. You can buy almost everything in London.

We have all types of ethnic cuisine restaurants, including some of the most renowned restaurants in the world.

We have wonderfull museums and historic buildings and many of them FOC to enter.

We have the best theatres in the world.

An NHS that offers free health treatment to foreigners (rightly or wrongly).

Taxi drivers who actually know how to take you to where you want to go.

I could go on and on. There have been lots of discussions on various forums regarding reviews and their validity. Many of them have to be taken with a pinch of salt and others you have to read between the lines.

There was an article on the news today saying that Margate was the 10th best place in the world to visit. That certainly proves so many of these kind of statistics should not be taken too seriously.

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19. Re: TripAdvisor Survey Results - London Didn't Fare Well

It is a difficult city. Visitors' London and the London of those who live and work there are different in a handful of ways: one or two Underground journeys at peak hour won't be harmful to a visitor but will take its toll on the spirit of one who does it twice a day, five days a week for years.

It can be expensive and it can be decent value, but needs some effort for the latter. At times people are markedly friendly and at other times there is next to zero love lost between those making their way on a bus or through a station. There is at times little middle ground: some days everyone appears to be looking out for themselves and on other days the helpful mode is in play.

'I thought we were entitled to have opinions.' Absolutely we are.

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20. Re: TripAdvisor Survey Results - London Didn't Fare Well

I have NEVER felt unsafe in London, and absolutely LOVE the public transport system - even at its worst. I also appreciate the various small and interesting places that are far-removed from the (frequently over-priced and over-crowded) main tourist sights.

I do like London - truly do not want to give the impression I don't :)