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Postby RagDoll » Thu Jun 11, 2009 4:09 pm

I am going to London next week for a couple of nights. We've basically got two days to fill and I was just wondering if anyone (especially people who live in/around London) can recommend things to see/places to eat/drink? I am keen to do some of the typically touristy things (e.g. go to the Tower of London), but would also love to hear about some places off the beaten tourist trail.
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Re: Tips for London

Postby captainf » Thu Jun 11, 2009 4:19 pm

Well I spent 16yrs living in west London and only visited the center on about 3 occasions..

You could always go and see a musical at the west end? Go on the London eye and get a nice view over London.. mind you dont bother if visibility is poor.
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Re: Tips for London

Postby RagDoll » Thu Jun 11, 2009 4:27 pm

We're going to the Lion King Musical, so can cross that off my list :)

I quite fancy the London Eye, so will see how that goes.
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Re: Tips for London

Postby Bel Bel » Thu Jun 11, 2009 4:58 pm

We went on the eye and it was great but it's best if it is a clear day

one of the duck river trips would be good. you get on a small boat and it does a tour on the river pointing out places of interest and you get to see everything from a different perspective

http://www.londonducktours.co.uk

On the typical tourist front:
Also try london zoo, sea life cente by the eye (i loved touching the star fish), madamme tusaudes, london dungeon


Here is a good site for ideas
http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/attractio ... marks.aspx
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Re: Tips for London

Postby liberalleague » Thu Jun 11, 2009 8:06 pm

If you want to do any shopping while you're there, I have some more ideas rather than the usual Oxford Circus thing. If you like alternative aned vintage, look around Shoreditch/Brick Lane/Hoxton (there's also tons and tons of really trendy bars and clubs round there). There's also Camden Town which is a laugh. And the new Westfield Shopping centre in west London.
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Re: Tips for London

Postby dipsydoodlenoodle » Fri Jun 12, 2009 9:02 am

Bel Bel wrote:madamme tusaudes,


I was going to suggest that. There is also Rock Circus (a smaller Madamme Tusaudes). I've asked my mam and bf for 2 years to go to Madamme Tusaudes for Christmas' and Birthday presents...(they both ignore it so I've stopped asking now :().

There is Windor Castle, Houses of Parliment/Big Ben, Harrods, Kensington Palace, there is a park quite close to it. An open tour bus of London would be good as you can get on and off and go and see lots of places. (I went to London in December and it rained all day so we just went shopping and didn't get to see anything, plus Kings Cross was closed temporarily whilst the police and police dogs arrested all the drunk football hooligans on the train we needed to be on).

Don't forget to visit platform 9 and 3/4's at Kings Cross.
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Re: Tips for London

Postby RagDoll » Fri Jun 12, 2009 11:44 am

Thanks for the advice everyone, keep it coming, especially from people that know London well :)

Also, does anyone know anything about the visitor Oyster cards you can purchase? I've heard they're worthwhile, what does everyone else think?
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Re: Tips for London

Postby Bel Bel » Fri Jun 12, 2009 12:03 pm

don't know about oyster but a travel card is about £14 and you can get on and off the tube as many times as you like with one of those


Hamleys toy store is also worth a visit
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Re: Tips for London

Postby dipsydoodlenoodle » Fri Jun 12, 2009 12:50 pm

Yea the travel cards are brilliant; I only got one for the tube when I went; I actually bought mine via thetrainline.com; no doubt you can just by then from the tubey stations. It just saves queuing, and if you are using the tubes a lot you save quite a bit.
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Re: Tips for London

Postby earthchild » Fri Jun 12, 2009 1:05 pm

Hi Ragdoll,

I live in London!
and i fully recommend visiting Camden, theres 3 markets (one of them is inside old horse stables!) there that have all sorts of weird and wonderful things, plus theres a massive food section in the market where you can eat and a really nice pub overlooking the canal called Lock 17. Its also filled with so many diverse people and you can never really feel out of place there which is one of the things i love about it.

If you love chinese food, Soho in the west end is a good place to visit.

for shopping theres the usual Oxford street/Regent street and Canarby street which are all very close to one another in the west end.
I have also been to Westfields in Shepherds Bush which is quite a good shopping centre, although theres not much else to do in shepherds bush.

Oyster cards definately save you alot of money! a single tube fare is £4 but with an Oyster is only £1.60,
although i have to say i have never heard of 'Visitor' Oyster cards.

If you like parks, Hemel Hampstead although near the outskirts of london is really big and beautiful, and you can get great views of london on the top of the hill.

London Zoo maybe somewhere you might like to go, thats near Camden aswell.

erm, if i think of anymore places ill write another post!
what sort of non-touristy things woudl you like to do ?
i can ask my work colleagues for suggestions aswell if you let me know! :)
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Re: Tips for London

Postby Bel Bel » Fri Jun 12, 2009 1:10 pm

earthchild wrote:If you like parks, Hemel Hampstead although near the outskirts of london is really big and beautiful, and you can get great views of london on the top of the hill.

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Did you mean Hampstead Heath? Hemel Hempstead is quite a way from London??
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Re: Tips for London

Postby earthchild » Fri Jun 12, 2009 1:14 pm

LOL !!! yeah i meant Hampstead Heath :oops: :oops:
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Re: Tips for London

Postby dipsydoodlenoodle » Fri Jun 12, 2009 1:16 pm

I wondered that too; but I thought I obviously was wrong since I'm so far away. I was going to say didn't it have a big oil depo which was set on fire lol.

Hampstead Heath, looks a better place to visit lol
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Re: Tips for London

Postby liberalleague » Fri Jun 12, 2009 2:43 pm

I'd definitely get an Oyster card, they're only a fiver and as people have said, the discounts are really good. You can keep it for when you next go to London or just give it to a mate.

Yeah on the topic of parks, there's also Primrose Hill, and at the top of the hill you can see the whole skyline of London. Quite romantic - me and my boyfriend go at night and have a few drinks up there whenever I'm in London to see him :D
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Re: Tips for London

Postby rufio89 » Fri Jun 12, 2009 3:02 pm

you can sometimes get free oyster cards sent to you if you look online...
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