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London: Some information

BANKS: They are open from 9.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. Mondays to Fridays. Some large banks are also open from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. on Saturdays.
CINEMAS: In spite of TV and home video, cinemas are still numerous in London. They are popular too - especially among learners of English. There are dozens of cinemas in and around Leicester Square alone.
HOTELS: They are expensive in London. The London Tourist Board can tell you about budget hotels, hostels, and other cheap accommodation. There are a lot of cheap bed-and-breakfast places in the area around Victoria Station.
LAVATORIES: The question to ask is: "Excuse me, where's the toilet, please?" or "Could you tell me where the nearest public lavatory is?" The automatic, music-playing "superloos" are popular. There are some in Leicester Square.
PARKING: This is very difficult and expensive in London, so go by bus, Tube, or taxi.
RESTAURANTS: There are a a lot of foreign restaurants in London - Chinese, Indian, Italian and many others. There are even a few English restaurants. Sandwiches and other snacks are good at many London pubs. Fish and chips - a British favourite - is good and cheap at the Sea Shell (49 Lisson Grove, NW1).
TAXIS, THEATRES: London taxis and theatres are the best in the world.

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