Travel and Tourism
Tourism in the UK
These pages sets out some introductory information about tourism opportunities for people coming to Loncon 3.
This will include things that you can do in the vicinity of the convention, and links to help you plan other things to do if you’re taking the opportunity to have a longer holiday.
There are a number of other science fiction and fantasy-related events taking place in the British Isles just before or just after Loncon 3 and these are detailed on this page
If instead you're interested in taking a two-week tour of England and Wales before the convention (organised by Ron and Val Ontell, who have been running similar tours in connection with Worldcons since 1987) you can find more information here.
You might also want to take a tour around London.
Tourist attractions close to ExCeL include:
- The Thames Barrier: London’s main flood defence is a barrier that can be lifted out of the river bed to stop high tides from flowing in and flooding central London. It’s just to the south of the ExCeL site, although unfortunately the visitor centre is on the other side of the river and there is no river crossing nearby… yet! The monthly test of the Barrier will be on 13 August between 9:35AM and 12:05PM, although they may begin closing and re-opening the gates up to an hour before those times. Thames Barrier Park, on our side of the Thames, is one of the best places to see the barrier. Fans can take the elevated walkway over the Royal Victory Dock at the west end of ExCel. It's about a 20-25 minute walk. You can come back to ExCeL via the DLR if you wish: Pontoon Dock station is next to the park.
- Maritime Greenwich: now a World Heritage Site. Points of interest include the Greenwich Meridian (which is lit up by laser at night), the Royal Observatory, the Royal Naval College, the National Maritime Museum and the Queen’s House.
- Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park: following the 2012 London Olympics, the north section opened in July 2013 and the south section is due to re-open in spring 2014.
- And, just recently announced, Books about Town is coming to London this summer. Find all 50 unique BookBench sculptures, designed by local artists and famous names to celebrate London's literary heritage and reading for enjoyment. The benches have been inspired by Douglas Adams, J M Barie, Malorie Blackman, Cressida Cowell, Stephen Hawking, Rodyard Kipling, C S Lewis, George Orwell, Terry Pratchett, Jules Verene, H G Wells, John Wydham and others, and can be visited via four trails
As you’ll deduce from those links, there’s a wealth of information to explore at the Visit London website and the national tourist information sites:
There’s also some general information available here about hotel accommodation in the UK.