Arm yourself with a pen and notepad, and go to the travel section of your local public library. Better still, sign up as a member of the public library, if you haven't done so already (shameless plug for public libraries).
May 18 is a Friday. On arrival in London, buy that week's edition of Time Out. That'll give you enough (cultural) pointers too.
Leezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 54 Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2411 times:
Depends on what your interests are. There is plenty to keep you occupied in London for 2.5 days.
I'd recommend taking one of the hop on hop off sightseeing busses, they are not that cheap but when you are tight for time, allow you to see all the major sights fairly quickly without the hassle of getting there by tube and allow you to do more with the time you actually have.
Alot of the attractions will be very busy on weekends, so I'd probably just settle for visiting them and taking pics from outside, the exception being the London Eye. Definately worth it for the views. Most of the museums in London are actually free, so you can take your pick of what you want to see.
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Speedbirdie From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 909 posts, RR: 53 Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2388 times:
Quoting Go3Team (Reply 3): Having just been to London, and having 3 days to see everything, we got everything done in 1.5.
Pray tell what you did?
London is a huge place and after living just west for 27 years, I never tire of it. Infact I enjoy a good day out in London!
Just last week I visited the Science Museum, a great place to learn about our past and future. Also next door is The Natural History Museum.. Fantastic place, both free of charge!
Trafalger Square is glorious! There is nothing better than sitting there with an ice cream and watching the world go by! And if you are lucky, there will be some kind of show on (well there is everytime I go there).
Then the walk down to Buckingham Palace is lovely and around the park there to feed the ducks!
I would also suggest a day in Camden Town. A Wonderful place, full of vibrance and colour! The markets there are great and its just a wonderful place to visit. It used to scare me as a kid but I soon discovered that drug addicts are half dead most of the time so they wont actually beat you up!
Do cross the Millenium bridge, Do visit the London eye and walk up the embankment and watch the street performances, Do go to Kensington and visit Harrods, Do visit the largest toy shop Hamleys, Do go for a walk down Oxford Street and have fun! But please dont visit East London!!
I wish I could show you around but I am on holiday..
I really hope you have fun, seeing everything in London doesnt just last 1.5 days!
Enjoy your stay!
Some "Must' Do's" in London for someone with your profile:
1. Ride the London Eye for a unique perspective. Admire the engineering behind it.
2. Take the Heathrow Express and see how they get it right.
3. Visit Westminster Abbey to understand what 'God and Country' means.
4. Get a taste of Pageantry and see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.
5. Take a London Cab and see how clean a cab can be. But don't knock on the glass partition with your umbrella and expect the cabbie to call you '"Guv'nor".
6. Have a pint in a Pub.
The MOST important must-do in London is to avoid getting killed. LOOK RIGHT before crossing the road!
EMA747 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 1163 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2332 times:
My number one must do in London? Myrtle Avenue of course!
As others have said most of the museums are free so I'd recomend doing some of those. The good thing with them being free is that if they don't float your boat you can just leave and go to another one and not worry about wasteing moeny.
Also just walk around, there is lots going on. As you are there for a couple of day I reckon you'll soon figure out they areas you want to go to.
Have fun in London.
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This is very true. Some people want to see museums, others want to see street-life, etc.
It's really about your personality and preferences.
For example, I'm not someone who only wants to see the touristy side of places I visit, or the posh parts of a city. I also want to get a feel for life there and for the different layers of the place. So, I agree you could do a tour of the main tourist sites for a day (basically looking from the outside)--because those are the historical heart of the city in many ways--but then take your last day and get away from the tourists and get off the beaten track a bit. You'll also find better (and cheaper) restaurants and shops more easily that way.
A few things to add:
If you like charming country-in-the-city feel, you should check out Hampstead, and the heath.
I think Speedbirdie's list is really good, and Camden is great (the really big market is only weekends though it is interesting during the week too). But one disagreement:
East London is fascinating. You can see so much of the city's history by taking a ride on the docklands light railway. The old port and warehouse areas of the city from its river-based past, later industrial decay and the results of the WWII blitz, bleak post-war high-rise housing projects, new development, different waves of immigrants, etc. If you take it to Greenwich and go up the hill by the observatory, you get some beautiful views too.
Also, East London has some incredible street markets, which to me are one of London's best features. Read up on them if you are interested. I'm more into fruit-veg and that kind of thing then trinkets, so my personal favorite is the least touristy of all: the Ridley Road market in Hackney. It's very vibrant, lots of Jamaican, African, and some Pakistani/Bangladeshi fare along with some of the classic old Cockney market traders. It's a great way to see the incredible ethnic diversity in London and how everyone just gets along too.