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Chiefs fan's guide to the London game

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From the FanPosts -Joel

I moved to London a year ago, and never expected to go to a local Chiefs game. Needless to say, I was pretty thrilled to hear that the Chiefs had a game this year. I know that it will be hard to muster the same homefield advantage that Arrowhead provides the Chiefs, but I thought I would do my part by trying to convince some of you to come to London.

It is impossible to justify the cost of a London trip simply to see a football game, so here are some logistical tips and fun things to do while you are here. This is a great place to visit, and some simple planning will make your trip more enjoyable.

Transportation

Most people will land at Heathrow Airport. Simply do NOT take a cab, or private transport - it will cost you a boatload, and it will be slower than public transportation. However, do go Heathrow Express - it is connected to all terminals in Heathrow, leaves every 15 minutes, and takes 15 minutes to get to Paddington Station which is close to the center of the city, and on the tube line. Buy a Return fare (that is Roundtrip to you and me), and you will save money (it is approx GBP 14 each way). An alternative is the underground, called the Tube. The Piccadily line connects Heathrow to central London, and costs GBP 5. It will take over an hour though.

Roads in London are awful so unless it is a short destination, avoid cabs. Uber does work if you have phone connectivity. The Tube and bus system is awesome, and should be your primary transportation method. Buy an Oyster card the first time you arrive at the Underground - and choose between unlimited for a period of time, or just put some money on the card, and then tap in and tap out of the stations. The Oyster works on buses as well, simply tap in to the bus (you don't have to tap out). Neither the Tube nor the Bus will take cash, so get an Oyster first thing, you will need it. Here is the link to the public transport website.

To Wembley stadium: Wembley is not in the center of town, rather it is in the far Northwest corner of London. Again, take the Tube to the station. There are two lines that go there: the Jubilee and the Metropolitan.

What Else do I do here?

So now you have arrived, what else can you do? London boasts history, arts, theatre, parks and great restaurants. Let me take you on a whirlwind tour that won't do it justice. I am happy to provide more direct guidance if people want to reach out to me.

History:

The Tower of London (take the tour - it is an hour - and GREAT), Churchill's War Rooms (experience the Battle of Britain, and how close London was to being invaded), Greenwich (see Naval Observatory - Greenwich Mean Time - beautful park), walk through Westminster (Buckingham Palace, Parliament, Big Ben, the Thames River).

Museums:

My favorite is the National Gallery which provides the greatest hits of art from pre-renaissance up to impressionists and can be reasonably done in a couple of hours. The British Museum is very cool with the Egyptian Art, the Elgin Marbles taken from the relief in the Parthenon, mummies, etc.. it is massive, and you will only be able to do a section of this museum. If you like modern art (I don't particularly) the Tate Modern or the Tate Britain are for you. Museums in Britain are free, so even if you want to duck in for half an hour, you can do it. The National Gallery is in Trafalgar Square which also is a great spot.

Theatre:

It is spelled theatre in London, so no, it is not misspelled. It is the one thing in London that is a great value. The West End is equivalent to Broadway, but costs 30-40% less. Like Broadway, you can get half price "same day" tickets to a number of plays though TKTS. However, if you want to go to Book of Mormon (highly recommended), or another play that is just out, you will need to book in advance - just use the internet, and book WELL in advance.

Parks:

London does Parks better than any other city I know. Royal Parks are the national parks, and in the center of London there are Hyde Park (go see speaker's corner), Kensington Park (see Kensington Palace, home of Kate and Wills), Green Park, St. James Park (next to Buckingham Palace), and my favorite, Regents Park. Make sure you bring good shoes. You will walk an amazing amount in London, and the sidewalks are often cobbled or uneven, so don't be a slave to fashion!

Restaurants:

Too numerous to mention. The days of British cooking being the butt of everyone's jokes are gone. London is a melting pot - even more than New York City. The ethnic foods are outstanding, and you should definitely get adventuresome. Use OpenTable to find a restaurant, and make a reservation. For midwesterners though, the steak will be expensive and not as good as KC, so opt for other dishes. Really, trust me on this.

Gameday:

Some notes on gameday. They don't do tailgating here - so go to a pub beforehand, and then hop the tube. Wembley is a great stadium, and really very few bad seats. It is big, so give yourself time to get from the tube to your seat. There is a really good Ribs joint called Rotisserie in St. Johns Wood (which is on the Jubilee line -so easy to get to the stadium). If people are interested, I could see if I could get them to open early, and have a mini-Chiefs warmup. I know some people can't go to a game without ribs.

Notes:

You get 1.55 dollar to each pound. Both the pound and the dollar have been strong recently, but the dollar has been stronger - so that is good news for.

The time difference is 5 hours to Eastern time, 6 to Central time.

Paris is a 2.5 train ride - so why not add a couple days in Paris? The Eurostar is a nice train - and an experience unto itself.

People speak English, but you will have to listen closely at first because it is really different. They tend to like Americans.

You have to call football, American Football, to distinguish it from soccer.

By November, days are getting short, but it won't be that cold yet. Bring sweaters that you can put on and take off. England is an island, and the weather is highly changeable.

Hotel rooms tend to be very small in central London. Booking a room in St. Johns Wood or Baker Street may be a good option. It is close to everything (including Chiefs) and not as crazy price-wise.

I am sure that I forgot about a million things, but I may update this as we get closer to the day. ENJOY London - it is a great city.

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