Surviving London

Hotels
Travel Tips
Maps
Places to Eat

For those who are traveling from out of town or are unfamiliar with the city, we’ve put together a “Surviving London” guide, aiming to clue you up on some of the less obvious aspects of London. Before coming out to here for the festival you might want to look at these tips. They could save you time, money, and above all, hassle.

HOTELS

Central London is filled with a variety of Hotels and other accommodations that will suit all tastes and budgets. Whether you’re seeking pseudo-royal king size suites or are tolerant of just a bed and four walls, there will be something for you within a short walk or tube ride from our festival locations. However London is world renowned for being a very expensive place so we recommend you book your accommodation through Grange Hotels, the official hotel sponsor of Raindance.

Grange Hotels is the UK's leading independent hotel group and are offering Raindance visitors generous discounts on their hotel rooms. If you are looking for a central London hotel at a good rate, email James@raindance.co.uk for the secret username and password.

TRAVEL TIPS

If you take nothing else from these tips, please make sure you buy an Oyster card when traveling on buses or the London Underground. This is far better value for money than individual tickets. For a small price of £3 you can save £££s on journeys by charging your card up prior to traveling, For instance, a return tube journey may cost you £6 through buying individual tickets though it will cost only £2 when using Oyster. Even if you’re only here for a few days it’s worth buying. Do it now!

Please beware that, cosmopolitan as London might be, the Underground doesn’t run all night. Last trains typically run at around midnight. From then on it will be night bus hell (which can be confusing even for the experienced Londoner), so plan ahead if you’re hoping to attend any of the Raindance parties. It may be worth traveling by taxi if you’re expecting a late night.

London may famous for its’ iconic black cabs, but unless you really have the urge enjoy the “black cab experience”, we strongly suggest you use cheaper alternative taxis. Make sure you use licensed taxis however, as we’re sure you’ve seen enough films to know what could happen if you don’t...

Some handy websites and numbers are:

www.london-taxi.co.uk - 08700 802902

www.AddisonLee.com - 020 7387 8888 for a private car, and their rates are surprisingly cheap

www.londontaxicabs.net/ - Book exclusively online

And for information on where to find the nearest taxi rank to you, head here:

For further information relating to traveling in London, please visit the Transport for London website.

MAPS

Probably the best online map for London is www.streetmap.com. Just type in a postcode or street name and an easy to follow map will appear instantly. It's what we use at Raindance when we need to find the location of a meeting.

PLACES TO EAT

English food may have the cultural stereotype of having the blandest food in existence, but in reality London has some of the best restaurants in Europe, if not the world.

Whatever your budget they’ll be something suitable in the immediate surroundings of the Festival, from exquisite cuisine in the neighboring Chinatown to some of the most eclectic and quirky places to eat in the city.
 
We’ve compiled a list of Raindance favourites located in the Soho area:

Beatroot: Delicious vegetarian food to eat in or take away – moderately priced and healthy. Show your Raindance Festival Pass and get 10% off!
92 Berwick Street, W1F 0QD, 020 74378591


Ed's Diner: Have a burger and shake the way The Fonz did it. This 50's style hamburger joint is like stepping through a time-warp. They have great burgers at affordable prices. Show your Raindance Festival Pass and get 10% off! Ed's is located next to The Rex so you can't miss it.
19 Rupert Street, W1D 7PA, 0207 287 1951



Just Falafs: Probably the best falafels you’ll ever taste.
155 Wardour Street, W1F 8WG, 020 77341914

Itsu Sushi: A wide range of delicious sushi at an affordable price.
103 Wardour Street, W1F 0UG, 020 74794790

Hummus Bros: If it’s chickpeas you fancy then look no further than this quirky food outlet.
88 Wardour Street, W1F 0TH

Wagamama: Great Japanese food at very affordable prices.
14A Irving Street, Leicester Square, WC2H 7AB

Some great websites for restaurant research are;

www.london-eating.co.uk/

http://www.timeout.com/london/restaurants/

www.londonrestaurantsguide.com/

Also, visitors should be aware that the standard tipping rate in restaurants is 10%, and 0% in bars, unless you’re being waited on. Keep that money and buy yourself another drink!

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