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Tourism Information Services in London

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Today many tourism companies now exist only online. However there are a few places in London that you can still visit to find out information about the city. In this article we will talk you through the various places you can go to find out information about London, ask for directions and gain assistance in planning your trip.

London Tourist Information Centres

If you want to make the most of your trip to London but don’t know where to begin, head to one of London’s many tourist information centres. There you will be able to pick up free maps, brochures and guide books which will help you find your way around and make plans for your time in the city. The friendly staff at the information centres will be more than happy to answer any questions you have about London and will also be able to recommend things to do and places to visit! At some of the tourist information centres you will also be able to book theatre, guided tours and attraction tickets. There are tourist information centres all over the city, many of which are located in the underground stations.

The London CIC

The London CIC is located between the Millennium Bridge and St. Pauls Cathedral.

 

City information centre

Whether you are in need of directions or require suggestions for days out in London, head to the city’s information centre. In order to get there you will simply need to cross the Millennium Bridge from Tate Modern. You will find the centre between the bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral. The City Information Centre is the only officially recognised tourist information centre in Central London. It is open between 9:30am and 5:30pm Monday to Saturday and from 10am until 4pm on Sundays.

A great benefit of the City Information Centre is that the employees are multilingual so that they can interact with tourists from other countries. The team can speak a number of languages including French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Romanian and Lithuanian. You can also pick up free maps, leaflets and guides which will help you navigate around the city and make the best use of your time there. The City Information Centre’s Time Out guide is fantastic. It includes a lot of information about the city including its history, the various walks and tours available, an overview of the architecture and an insight into its hidden gems.

If you are looking for a hassle-free way to book tickets to theatres, sightseeing tours and famous London attractions, then head to the City Information Centre. You can also pick up an Oyster card there and may even be lucky enough to pick up jump-the-queue and fast-track tickets to various attractions in the city.

Greenwich Tourist Information Centre

Greenwich Tourist Information Centre is based in Pepys House on the Old Royal Naval College site. There you can speak to the lovely advisors who will provide you with information about Greenwich and London. You can also find out about the various events taking place in the city, as well as where to find the famous tourist attractions. The Greenwich Tourist Information Centre is open every day 10:00 am until 5:00pm

Greenwich Tourist Information

The Greenwich Tourist Information centre is located in the same building as Discover Greenwich.

Tourists in London

If you are lost in the city or simply need a little help with planning your trip, then head to one of the London tourist information centres featured in this article. Alternatively, if you have access to the internet you can simply visit the websites of the city’s various tourism companies. Although not many of London’s tourist companies have physical premises anymore, they do exist online and usually have telephone numbers which you can ring to get in touch with friendly and helpful advisors.

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The World Travel Market, 4th – 7th November 2013, Royal Victoria Docks, London

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The World Travel Market is an annual event that takes place at ExCeL, London. It is the leading global event for the travel industry and provides the perfect opportunity for businesses across all sectors to meet, network, negotiate and conduct business. It is the event of the year for many businesses in the travel industry including tourist boards, airlines, cruise companies, hotels and travel technology.

The World Travel Market

The WTM provides the perfect opportunity to network with other businesses in the travel industry and gain meaningful new leads.

Why attend the WTM?

Around five thousand companies, representing one hundred and eighty four countries and regions, exhibit at the World Travel Market. Attending the exhibition will provide a great opportunity for you to connect with other participants and improve your business opportunities. You will also find the content invaluable and will acquire market intelligence that will give you an advantage over your competitors.

There are three hundred and fifty speakers at the World Trade Market. This year the event will be opened by Sir Stuart Rose, the former chairman and CEO of Marks and Spencer. Sir Stuart will be interviewed by veteran BBC presented Stephen Sackur about his career and the advice he has to offer those starting their own businesses.

Event plan

The World Travel Market takes place between the 4th and 7th November. Although the events taking place on Monday are for invited exhibitors only, there are plenty of things happening on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, open to all professionals in the travel industry. On Tuesday the main focus will be on UNWTO Ministers’ Summit. Wednesday’s event plan will focus on responsible tourism, as it is World Responsible Tourism Day and Thursday will be dedicated to the World Travel Market’s business day. A number of different sessions and events will take place over the four days including speed networking sessions, where you can get to know the other exhibitors and the Travel Tech show, where you can learn about all the latest developments in travel technology.

Personalise your WTM experience

With so much going on at the World Travel Market, it will take superior organisation skills to make sure that you attend all of the talks and demonstrations that interest you. In order to make planning your WTM experience a little easier, the company have created the My WTM Application. The application works a little like a digital diary, enabling you to plan and personalise your experience. Using it, you will have access to all of the information about the event, along with its exhibitors, speakers and other event features. You can also use it to connect with exhibitor’s and make appointments with companies you are interested in doing business with. It is certainly a handy tool that will improve your WTM experience. The application can be downloaded to computers, digital tablets and smartphones.

Exhibiting at the World Trade Market

After a hugely successful four day run last year, WTM are hoping to further their success this year with an increase in visitors and event participation. If you are interested in exhibiting at the event, there is still time to get your application form in! You will need to visit the WTM website and submit a stand enquiry which will be reviewed by the panel.

The Excel, London

The World Travel Market is hosted annually at the ExCeL in London.

 

If you are a professional working in the travel industry, looking to increase your brand exposure and gain meaningful business leads, then this is a must-attend event! Not only will you benefit from gaining new business contacts and connecting with other businesses, but you will also gain access to the latest upcoming trends and forecasts in the industry, which will help you to improve your business plans.

The World Travel Market runs from the 4th to the 7th November 2013 at ExCeL, London.
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Hint Hunt – the new, fun Escape Game in London

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Fed up of seeing the same old tourist attractions in London? Fancy doing something a little different with your friends or family? Take a trip to Hint Hunt, the new live escape game based in Euston. This clever and thought-provoking game is a great way to spend an hour and is sure to provide entertainment for all of the family!

London Euston Station

Hint Hunt is the new fun escape game based in Euston, London!

What is Hint Hunt?

Hint Hunt is a live game experienced designed for groups of between three and five people. Basically you are locked in a small room and get one hour to complete a number of different puzzles and solve a number of mysteries. The challenge is simple, you need to complete the challenges and get out before the clock hits zero or you may be ‘locked in forever.’ Hint Hunt currently have four game rooms, three of which are identical, so you could technically invite fourteen other people and have a competition to see who does the best!

Family fun

If you are looking for something different to do in London, then you don’t really get much different than Hint Hunt! This fun and exciting game is perfect for playing with your family and friends. It is something you can all do together and will prove to be a memorable experience! Hint Hunt does have some age restrictions in place due to the complexity of the live game. Children must be a minimum age of nine years old, if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian, or fifteen years old if they are attending with friends. They have stated that the game is suitable for pregnant women and that even people suffering from claustrophobia have enjoyed participating in the game, so you should not let either of these things put you off having a go!

Team building

The creative challenges presented by Hint Hunt are the perfect team building exercises for businesses and schools. Attending a game is a great way to get employees and students working together and they are sure to have heaps of fun, whilst building up useful skills! Hint Hunt requires participants to assign their own roles and responsibilities, using both individual and team efforts to complete the challenge. The game requires participants to combine their skills and knowledge to discover hidden objects, codes, keys, riddles and clues so that they can escape the room in sixty minutes! If you are planning a team building event for your work place or class, then it is definitely worth considering Hint Hunt, especially if you are looking to do something fun, fresh and exciting!
Booking a game
If you fancy booking a game then you will need to reserve a slot online. Due to the popularity of Hint Hunt, you may find that it is booked for weeks in advance, so if you are planning a special trip to the capital it is worth booking as soon as you can! Hint Hunt offer peak and off peak prices which also vary depending on whether you have five members (maximal), four members (optimal) or three members (minimal). Prices start at just seventeen pounds per person off peak.

Hands up for a game of Hint Hunt

Hands up if you’re up for a game of Hint Hunt? It’s suitable for all the family!

Reviews

So far Hint Hunt has received numerous rave reviews on each of the main review websites. It seems like people of all ages are enjoying the experience and are left talking about it for days after! If it sounds like the sort of thing you and your friends or family enjoy, then we definitely suggest booking a game and letting us know what you think! Whether you are looking to escape a rainy afternoon in the capital or simply want a go at trying something new, Hint Hunt will be an hour of your life you never forget!
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