Rick Steves' London
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Updates since the 2014 edition
St. James's Palace is a half-mile northeast (not northwest) of Buckingham Palace.
The Westland Hotel, near Kensington Gardens, has closed.
Mooli's restaurant, in Soho, may close and/or move to a new location in 2014.
Evan Evans' guided bus tours to Bath via Salisbury and Stonehenge may vary the order of its stops en route (depending on the day of the week).
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Updates for those still traveling with the 2013 edition
British Midlands (bmi) has merged with British Airways.
The City of London tourist information office is near the Millennium Bridge (not the Jubilee Bridge).
The Essential London Walk is no longer offered.
Certain parts of the Imperial War Museum are closed for renovation (the First and Second World War Galleries, as well as the atrium, which normally displays airplanes, tanks, and artillery). However, plenty remains open at the museum, and a visit is still worthwhile (the atrium and WWI gallery are due to reopen in summer of 2014).
The Cartoon Museum is no longer closed on Monday. Hours are Mon–Sat 10:30–17:30, Sun 12:00–17:30.
Visitors hoping to capture some of the Olympic afterglow can (starting in July 2013) visit the newly revamped Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, about seven miles northeast of downtown London. The northern part of the park will reopen on July 27, one year after the opening ceremonies, and will feature footpaths, gardens, playgrounds, and picnic-friendly greens. The southern part of the park, highlighted by the twisty red ArcelorMittal Orbit, is slated to open in spring of 2014. Visitors will also be able to swim in the same pool where Michael Phelps won his 18th gold medal at the Aquatics Centre, which is being converted into a public pool.
Cartref House B&B, on Ebury Street, has closed.
Westland Hotel has dropped its rates for 2013, with standard doubles going for around £130–135.
Barn Cottage, a B&B near Gatwick Airport, has closed its doors.
Admission to the Cutty Sark is no longer by timed ticket; advance booking is still a good idea, but not crucial.
Debbie and Micheal Beckett no longer rent a room in their home.