I thought about giving you ideas about what to do when you get here, but I am definitely the last person that should give sightseeing tips. I thought I would focus a little bit more on things specific to staying with us rather then London in general. Once again please ask questions if you want to know anything.
Cell Phones: If you have a smart phone, the biggest thing to help keep your phone bill from exceeding your mortgage is to make sure that you turn the data off. Some phones will automatically disable the data when it reaches another country but some won’t. If you anticipate needing your phone much it might be worth it to add some sort of international calling, but at the very least I would at least check with your provider so you can know what your rates are before you come. We have two Blackberry Curves from the states that are unlocked and have pay as you go sim cards. We usually use them to make calls back to the states because we can get the best prices on international calls, but we also plan to give them to whoever is staying with us to use while they are here. We can’t really finance hour long chats with Guam every day but they will be very handy in communicating together while you are here, both with us and your fellow travelers.
Where am I?: As far as books on London go, there are many excellent ones that will give you great ideas on what to do. To find your way around, there is only one worth your time, London A-Z. It is like an easy to read Mapsco for London. We have two copies that you are welcome to use while you are here to help you get around. (and the people here pronounce the letter z like zed, which is weird. )
What Do I Wear?: For the love of all that is holy please bring the most comfortable shoes you have. The walking is the hardest part of the trip. Period. Your feet will thank you if you pick mostly tennis shoes. Repeat after me: Nikes are my friends. You can check weather.com before you come to know the exact weather, but for the most part, always have a jacket and dress in layers. Bring an umbrella that is light enough to keep with you at all times.
Food: We can give you some great recommendations for restaurants that try to taste like American food in England. We aren’t big on cottage pies and baked beans for breakfast and don’t get much into the true English food. There are lots of good websites that can recommend wonderful restaurants. We will always have breakfast food and I cook dinner every night except Saturday (pending any crazy circumstances) and you are welcome to join us for as many dinners throughout your stay as you would like. The only thing that we ask is that you let us know your plans if you want dinner. We don’t have a lot of food storage space, and I like to order a few days ahead, so it would help if I knew how to plan.
That is about all I have to say on coming to London for now. Maybe there will be some additions after we have some company but all we can think right now is how excited we are to get to start seeing people from home again!!!!!!!!