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starlagurl
post Apr 30 2009, 03:57 PM
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Are these on your list?
Oxford Street
Camden Market
Tower of London
St. Paul's Cathedral
National Gallery
British Museum
London Eye
Tate Modern
Covent Garden
Trafalgar Square


Got anymore to add, subtract?

I'm pretty sure the London Eye isn't all it's cracked up to be, thoughts?


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post Apr 30 2009, 06:33 PM
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I liked the London Eye, but it is really, really expensive.


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post May 1 2009, 02:42 AM
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I like the London Eye - I've been on it twice during the day and once at night - I think its better by night when London is lit up.

Oxford Street I would definitely give a miss - it is pretty much a high street chain shopping area, which takes the opportunity to charge twice the price for goods that you would pay anywhere else in the country.

The British Museum is absolutely fantastic (providing you like museums of course!) I honestly can't think of another museum - anywhere - that could compare to it. But don't go along thinking you can see it all in one day - you could spend at least 3 days in there. So, if you only want to use one day, the best thing to do is get a plan from the desk and select a few halls to look in.

Others I would add:

Take a trip down the river to Greenwich - there are some great places to eat here, there is a fantastic market where you can buy things actually made by the person selling them, the park in Greenwich is huge and also a nice place to have a picnic, plus there is the Royal Observatory there, which is also very interesting.

The science museum - This is also a cracking museum, plenty to keep you amused in there - and bear in mind that all the big museums in London are actually FREE to get in.

If you enjoy classical music, then listening to classical music by candelight in the crypt of St Martin In The Fields is beautiful.

I'll probably add some more later.


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post May 1 2009, 08:41 AM
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How expensive is it, Jeremy?


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post May 1 2009, 08:48 AM
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QUOTE(starlagurl @ May 1 2009, 09:41 AM) *

How expensive is it, Jeremy?


It is 17 Pounds right now. When I went the conversion to USD was 2:1, so it cost me $34 to take a ride on it. Right now with the conversion being a bit more favorable it is somewhat more affordable, but still about $25USD.


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post May 1 2009, 09:54 AM
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Whoah...for a one hour long ferris wheel! It might mean more to you if you actually knew your way around the city... I don't think I would get much out of it with my knowledge of London as it is.


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post May 1 2009, 10:05 AM
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Actually, its half hour laugh.gif

It is amazing up there though - you can see Windsor castle on a clear day.


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post May 1 2009, 10:59 AM
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I've been on it twice and think it's pretty good but it is expensive.


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post May 1 2009, 04:43 PM
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Add: Westminster Abby, Picadilly Circus, Queen's Gallery, St James Park, the Museum of Moving Images, Victoria Station, & a walking tour of Chelsea.

And I agree with going to Greenwich. After getting off the train from London, I followed my nose to the best fish & chips I ever tasted then spent all day at the maritime museum. There is also an observatory, planetarium, & a lot of little shops of English things to bring home.


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post May 3 2009, 04:18 AM
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QUOTE(travelmonster @ May 1 2009, 02:42 AM) *

I like the London Eye - I've been on it twice during the day and once at night - I think its better by night when London is lit up.



I agree I thought the London Eye was better at night.

I would add the following to the list:

Walking around Little Venice
Taking in the view from Primrose Hill
Columbia Flower Market on a Sunday morning
Taking in a show at The Globe


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post May 3 2009, 09:57 AM
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QUOTE(nixsboys @ May 3 2009, 05:18 AM) *

Taking in a show at The Globe


I did the tour there and it was actually probably in one of my top 3 things I did in London. I went a few days before a new show was opening [midsummers nights, i think], and they were doing a full dress rehearsal when we went into the theater. The guide let us sit for a good 20 minutes watching them practice. I wish I had more time to see the show but I was gone before it opened and would've had to see the one that they had on at the time instead.


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post May 5 2009, 12:04 PM
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Camden Market has gone downhill, I reckon Portobello is better, and Borough Market for food.

And I agree with Primrose Hill for the views.
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post May 5 2009, 01:52 PM
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QUOTE(sianeth @ May 5 2009, 12:04 PM) *

Camden Market has gone downhill, I reckon Portobello is better, and Borough Market for food.


I haven't been to Camden in like years. Was thinking of checking it out again but thanks for the warning - may stick to Portobello.


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post May 5 2009, 06:46 PM
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QUOTE(jeremystravels @ May 1 2009, 02:48 PM) *

QUOTE(starlagurl @ May 1 2009, 09:41 AM) *

How expensive is it, Jeremy?


It is 17 Pounds right now. When I went the conversion to USD was 2:1, so it cost me $34 to take a ride on it. Right now with the conversion being a bit more favorable it is somewhat more affordable, but still about $25USD.


I do love the London Eye - but you have to get a clear day to get the best views.

To lessen the expense, if you're going to do anything else that is in the same company group, you can get a discount by pre-booking. The London Eye is part of the Tussauds group and Merlin Entertainments.

They have a sale on just now until Friday 8th May, but you'll be able to use this link after as well - just search round the site: Tussauds Group Link

For weekend ideas, try this link: Weekend passes
You can combine quite a few of the groups attractions, depending on what you want to do...






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post May 5 2009, 06:51 PM
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QUOTE(starlagurl @ May 1 2009, 03:54 PM) *

Whoah...for a one hour long ferris wheel! It might mean more to you if you actually knew your way around the city... I don't think I would get much out of it with my knowledge of London as it is.



They do give you a map though...from what I remember...and the pods are never packed, so you've plenty of room to see out of every view. And it goes so slowly, that there's so much time to see everything - so although it looks like a ferris wheel...it only goes round once, at snails pace, so you get the chance to get all views and angles in the big glass globes


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QUOTE(travelmonster @ May 1 2009, 04:05 PM) *

you can see Windsor castle on a clear day.


Yeah, you can! Whyever did they build that castle on the Heathrow flightpath?? wink.gif LOL!


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QUOTE(nixsboys @ May 3 2009, 10:18 AM) *


Walking around Little Venice



frantics.gif Where is Little Venice in London?? I've never been (I don't think...)


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post May 12 2009, 11:15 AM
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QUOTE(starlagurl @ Apr 30 2009, 09:57 PM) *

Are these on your list?
Oxford Street
Camden Market



God no. Oxford Street is just a High Street, and Camden Market(s) have really gone downhill, with half of it shut / being redeveloped. Camden is still cracking for live music though.

I personally would add in the City of London - especially around Leadenhall Street; any of the Inns of Courts; Brick Lane/Shoreditch for an "edgy" night out; and anywhere along the Southbank.


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post May 12 2009, 11:18 AM
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QUOTE(kathryn77 @ May 6 2009, 12:56 AM) *

QUOTE(nixsboys @ May 3 2009, 10:18 AM) *


Walking around Little Venice



frantics.gif Where is Little Venice in London?? I've never been (I don't think...)


It's on Regents Canal, near to Warwick Avenue tube station. If you walk west from Camden Lock, you will eventually get there (and walk past London Zoo, too) :-)


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QUOTE(kathryn77 @ May 5 2009, 06:56 PM) *

QUOTE(nixsboys @ May 3 2009, 10:18 AM) *


Walking around Little Venice



frantics.gif Where is Little Venice in London?? I've never been (I don't think...)


Believe it or not it is just walking distance from Paddington or Warwick avenue tube stations.

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