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Hi there, We are visiting London next week and need a little advice from locals:

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By Traveller May 14, 2017
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Hi there, We are visiting London next week and need a little advice from locals:

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By Lynge Te Traveller May 14, 2017

1. Can you as pedestrian walk across Tower Bridge on street level (without payment)?
2. A good Italian Restaurant in the Covent Garden area (not a tourist trap, pls).
3. Best pub in The Russell Square area?
4. Any good advice anybody wish to add?
Tks so much for any response.
best rgds
Lynge (Denmark)

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Queens Larder and nearby Friend in Hand pubs are both pubs worth visiting in Russell Square area. There is a nice family ownedItalian in Goodge St area .
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Local April 4, 2019
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Hi Lynge,
1. Yes you can walk across the tower bridge as a pedestrian without a fee.
There is also a visitor centre with a glass floor I believe but this has a fee.

For restaurant guides TripAdvisor and opentable are quite good for reviews. It depends a lot on your budget.
Also always worth checking this site.
https://www.scoresonthedoors.org.uk//
Which will tell you the result of the last health inspection of the restaurant.

Walking from Westminster houses of Parliament along the river past the London Eye, through to the globe and then the tower bridge is quite a nice walk.
A
Local May 14, 2017
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Fumo is a lovely restaurant in St. Martins Lane
K
Local July 3, 2019
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You can walk across tower bridge without payment. For great views across London try walking over Waterloo Bridge. It’s a famous view with you seeing amazing views with the contrast of old and new London.

Li Veli on Long Acre in Covent Garden. Beautiful wine and food from southern Italy. Not touristy at all and well priced.

Lots of good pubs near Russell Square. Marquis of Cornwallis 31 Marchmont street. Also Friend at hand. There are lots in that area.
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Local April 5, 2019
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Yes, you can walk across Tower Bridge. Every now and then it is lifted to let larger boats through, buy not very often.

I would suggest Lambs Conduit St near Russell Square for a couple of old style pubs, e.g. The Sun

I cannot think of a good Italian in Covent Garden, but would recommend Trattoria MONDELLO in Goodge St, Fitzrovia. Its not far from Russell square and the area has many pubs and restaurants of all varieties
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Local November 14, 2018
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1, yes you can
2. Clos Maggiore
3. Pub - Lamb
4. What kind of activity you are after?
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Local July 3, 2018
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So what did you do, Lynge?
Local June 1, 2018
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Tower Bridge: Yes you can along tower bridge.
Italian: Orso (27 Wellington Street, London WC2E 7DB)
Try and visit The Shard for a sunset view
Local May 24, 2017
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The Yorkshire Grey Theobalds Road, WC1X 8PN is a nice place to have a drink. It is however in between Russell Square and Chancery Lane.
Local May 24, 2017
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Go to Cicchetti on Wellington Street in Covent Garden. The food is great and lots of small plates to share and all the staff are friendly Italians.
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Local May 20, 2017
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The Lamb is a quaint historical pub not too far from Russell Square. The food is fairly good and it has a nice selection of beers, but what's really special about it is the Victorian pub feel. It's also on a cute quiet road and it has a small beer garden out back. http://www.thelamblondon.com/
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Local May 15, 2017
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Tks Diana - very good advice, we will visit The Lamb.
Pedestrians can walk across Tower Bridge at road level, so I imagine that this refers to a walkway that is above this. You can certainly walk across to the south bank, and if you like high views then the Mayor's HQ next to Tower Bridge has a viewing gallery that is sometimes open to the public.
I hope this helps unfortunately I cannot help with the rest as I don't live in central London and mainly go out locally.
Local May 15, 2017
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Tower Bridge has a glass walkway but you need to pay.
There's a nice pedestrian bridge between St Paul's and Tate Modern which gives you great views. If you go to the Tate, the Switch House has a great viewing floor at the top and if you're not going to a special exhibition it is free.
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Local May 15, 2017
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Tks Marita. Appreciated!
Italian covent garden: Da Mario, Endell Street
The Lamb pub, nr Russell Square (Lambs Conduit st.)
yes, you do not pay to walk over the bridge and it's a very popular thing to do.
do not miss the Tate Modern, walk over the modern bridge by St Pauls across the river - and the majority of exhibits/pictures at Tate Modern are free to see.
A lovely place to treat yourself to a nice drink or cocktail is Madisons - overlooks St Pauls - go to One New Change shopping centre by St Pauls station, take the fast lift to top floor, Madisons you can eat (bit pricey) or just have drinks with a great view. Shopping downstairs is good too. Have fun in London, the best City in the World.!
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Local May 15, 2017
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Hi Sarah. Tks a lot, wonderful advice.
Hi. Yes, you can walk across Tower Bridge without paying anything. My favourite Italian near enough to Covent Garden is Boca di Lupo. No idea about pubs in Russell Square. Hope you have a great visit!
Hi,
Lynge if you like to visit the very famous Spitalfield market and Shoreditch high street I think you will enjoy
Local May 14, 2017
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1. Yes you can walk across! :)
2.. hmm, Covent Garden is a bit touristy so I tend not to eat there and therefore don't know what to recommend!
3. I really like the Princess Louise pub - it's relatively cheap, not far from Holborn station (Russell Square is nearby) and it's lovely inside (very traditional and wooden with lots of small rooms - they also do food too)
Hi Michelle. Tks, super, I will try Pricess Louise Pub. Great!
Hi there
You can walk across the bridge, no charge but a better bridge with views is Waterloo Bridge from where you can walk into Covent Garden.

A great Italian which is family run is Pomodoro which is between Covent Garden and Leicester Square. It's family run and specialises in food from the Napoli area of Italy. It's also inexpensive.

Have fun

Kat
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Local May 14, 2017
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Hi Katrina, Tks, sounds good!
Polpo is really good, top of covent garden but not cheap. Il Cucciolo
8 Old Compton St, Soho, London W1D 4TE and the one next door are cheaper family run Italian cafe's on the edge of Soho/Covent Garden.

Yes you can walk across Tower Bridge except when it goes up for the ships twice a day I think,

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Local May 14, 2017
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Tks a lot. Very useful.
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Yes
2. Every restaurant in Covent Garden tourist trap, it's the middle of London
Most are good, try a small side street
Local May 14, 2017
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Tks for your input.
Try Massimo (Covent Garden)
Local May 14, 2017
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Tks again, I will look on Massimo.
Check out the Mitre pub in Holborn....👍🏻
Local May 14, 2017
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Check out the Mitre pub near Holborn! :)
Local May 14, 2017
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Hi Sooz. Thnak you very much. That was some good hints. Appreciated.
Yes, The Mitre Pub I have heard about, will try. Tks.
As Questions 1 and 3 have been answered by other people.
For questions 2, I can suggest Rossopomodoro, Home Slice and if you want to take the short walk towards China Town, there is Princi. All these 3 places have very good pizzas for a reasonable price.

Question 4. Take the time to check out Borough Market. They have all sorts of food related things there like artisan chocolate, ice-cream, honey (yes, honey), beer, breads, and more.
Local May 14, 2017
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Tks Avery, very helpful for me.
Hi there

You can walk across Tower Bridge as a pedestrian with no charge.

For Italian restaurants, you could try Polpo in Covent Garden or Boca di Lupo in Soho. Definitely worth visiting Locanda Locatelli for the best pasta dishes, near Soho/Marylebone.

For pubs, I like Sun & 13 Cantons which also does great good.

Ronnie Scott's is always a great night - it's a retro jazz club in Soho.

Enjoy London!
Hi Lili, tks a lot. that was a lot of good advice, I will certainly try one or two of the italians you mention. Tks again!
If they have an Oyster card there's capping. You won't pay more than £8 a day within zones 1-3 no matter how much you travel. Rush hours don't affect this. Zones 1-3 is more than enough to see all touristy places in London
Local May 14, 2017
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Hi again. Excellent advice, thanks!
Hi there
Yes you can walk across tower bridge on street level without payment
I don't know about Covent Garden but there is a very good & affordable Italian place in just off Oxford Circus station called Vapiano. My housemate agrees they serve the best tiramisu in town.
Don't know about good pub in Russell sqare, but I'm sure you'll find sth. Look for the ones that do live comedy shows.
Buy yourself an Oyster card to travel across London
Local May 14, 2017
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Hi Monika, Tks a lot. It is very helpful for me.
1. yes, all bridges are free
2. Da Mario, 63 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9AJ
3. For pubs - check google maps reviews, always a good shout, so look for something over 4 stars
4.For touristy places - book in advance and have a look here if you'll take trains https://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/2for1-london

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Local May 14, 2017
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Hi Ilona - tks a lot. I will check on Da Mario.
Hi lynge,

I'm not sure about some of the answers to your questions, but I know you can walk across Tower Bridge without payment, no problem.

Some advice about London:

- London is a commuter city and travel prices will reflect this. It is more expensive (and a lot busier!) to travel during commuter rush hours, so if you can avoid travelling on public transport before 10am and between 5pm and 6.30pm, do.

Any more questions let me know!
K
Local May 14, 2017
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Tks a lot Katie, very helpful!
Hi ,

all bridges are no fee for walking
2) are you looking for a chain type restaurant or something different ? bella italia perhaps? you can check the menu online.

3. best pub is different for everyone, best one to do is walk along and find one you like the look of, if you are looking for cheap drinks wetherspoons is popular.
Local May 14, 2017
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Hi Jack. Tks, very helpful. I am looking for an Italian cosy place, GOOD food and no chain type.
Second the Wetherspoons suggestion, their prices can be half the price of others. More money to spend on dinner
1. Yes, absolutely.
2. Orso is very good.
Local May 14, 2017
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Tks a lot Carey. Very helpful. I will check up on Orso.