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« on: March 09, 2009, 12:18:26 PM »

So, the GF and I have planned a trip to London sometime this spring/summer.

As its my first time there, I was wondering if anyone knows of any good/cheap places to live, and what things to REALLY go see whilst in London.

My only plan so far, is to go see a musical, preferably Chess, but as far as I can tell, it doenst show anywhere :-(
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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2009, 03:48:43 PM »

You really should see the British Museum, it's phenomenal.  That's pretty much a must-see.  You could spend a day in that Museum alone.

I also really enjoyed the Imperial War Museum, and if you're a history buff, you'd appreciate it as well.
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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2009, 04:05:18 PM »

How about the Texas Embassy Cantina?  The location is tied to the former White Star shipping line.
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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2009, 05:07:07 PM »

Off the top of my head:

British Museum
Natural History Museum
Buckingham Palace
Westminister Abbey
Tower of London
Tower Bridge
St. Paul's Cathedral
Thames boat ride
London Eye
Harrods
Piccadilly Circus
Trafalgar Square
etc.
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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2009, 05:26:57 PM »

How long are you going? While I love London, there are some wonderful places just outside the city as well. With rail, it doesn't take long to get anywhere.
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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2009, 05:29:15 PM »

I could spend all day at the Tower of London, so I would say that should top your list. After that how about an Arsenal game?
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« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2009, 06:18:30 PM »

Quote from: Jag on March 09, 2009, 05:26:57 PM

With rail, it doesn't take long to get anywhere.

...and you will only pay an arm and a leg, too! slywink

I try to stay as far away from London as possible so I can't be much help I'm afraid.  What I will say is prepare to pay quite a bit for lodgings because everything in London costs more than the rest of the country.  A phenomenon known as London weighting.  People there even get paid higher salaries because of it.  Also, if you're planning to drive around you should be aware of the "congestion charges."

As far as things to do, don't forget London Zoo.  I was underwhelmed by it but most people seem to love it.  Use the Tube to get around, but have at least a glance at the website/map first so you know what to expect.  I know some idiots people who live in London so I'll ask them for their thoughts.
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« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2009, 09:34:02 PM »

thanks guys  - some good suggestions already! We'll be there for an extended weekend, so something between 3-4 days all in all I guess.

oh, and as for soccer... *shudders* not really my thing ;-)

Anyone know if its possible to actually see stuff in Buckingham Palace? I'll be the tourist wearing Musketeer outfits and challenging the queens guards to duels ;-)
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« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2009, 10:29:55 PM »

Go on a pub crawl, or at least visit a pub each evening. Pubs are central to English social life. If you want to interact with the locals at all, that's where to do it. You can also order some delightfully vile food in pubs.

We rushed through the British Museum in one day. I wish we'd had a week for that museum alone.

Oh, and learn to use the Tube. It's easy, safe, and economical. Mind the gap!
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« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2009, 10:37:46 PM »

Going on a pub crawl in London would cost a fortune!  The Tube is definitely the best way to get around.  Pick out each place you want to visit, and on their website/literature they will tell you which Tube station is nearest.
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« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2009, 11:00:56 PM »

I liked the Imperial War Museum.  The Tower of London is fun too.

I liked the Buckingham Palace tour.  My friend that was with me says that she was surprised at how much she enjoyed visiting the Palace and that it's now on her highly recommended list.  IIRC the Palace is only open to the public one month out of the year generally at the end of Summer.

I really enjoyed going out to Portsmouth to see the HMS Victory, probably because I've read too much Patrick O'Brian and C. S. Forester -- it's at least a half-day trip though.
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« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2009, 02:36:16 AM »

HMS Belfast is moored near Tower Bridge...she's a WW II cruiser that fired some of the first shots of D-Day.
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« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2009, 09:46:51 PM »

Hey Raz, I asked some of my girlfriend's family who live in London for you, and they want to know:

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What type of things does he like?
Nightlife? Sightseeing? Normal tourist stuff? Shopping? Markets?
Let us know and we will come back with lots of ideas.
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