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Old 06.07.2016, 12:36
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Re: Looking for tips for a trip to London

A little tip: get to know the bus routes in London before you go. The tube, of course, is essential but you can end up walking quite far and I like to save my legs for the museums and art galleries, as I often have to walk around twice

We have been to the planetarium a couple of times with different sets of friends. And twice everyone in our group fell asleep.. yet everyone pretended the show/info/demo was great. It was only later in the evening restaurant/ pub, a few drinks down, all admitted to sleeping as soon as the lights went out and the stars appeared.

We haven't been back since

Enjoy. London is really fantastic. I loves it.
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agreed. avoid the car. worse than useless in london. travel by tube/bus. also the 'boris bikes' are handy for getting around.
I was addressing the point of getting out of London - if they do a "tour" round out to Oxford and the Cotswolds a car is the best option.

But inside London - walking/bus/tube/bike is the best choice.
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^^^^^ London bridge is a bit boring - do you mean Tower Bridge by any chance?

Yeah. That one too...
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Re: Looking for tips for a trip to London

The Victoria and Albert museum is amazing: www.vam.ac.uk


If you want to see a West End show, you can queue for returned/cheaper tickets at Leicester Square http://www.tkts.co.uk/leicester-square/ Yes, you have to queue, no you can't "guarantee" what you see but if you go with a few options in mind, I doubt you'll be disappointed.


And even if the idea of Shakespeare bores the very arse off you (yep, it happens...) then the Globe is still very much worth a look: Shakespeare out in the open is really quite the experience. http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/
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And even if the idea of Shakespeare bores the very arse off you (yep, it happens...) then the Globe is still very much worth a look: Shakespeare out in the open is really quite the experience. http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/
Shakespeare does not bore me, but I need subtitles. I tried to see Macbeth - the movie just looks awesome - but 10 minutes in I had to give up.

I manage to adapt to the difficult accents, i.e. Sheffield -Newcastle - Edinburgh, in modern movies, but add funny accent to funny English and my brain freezes.

On the other hand, I sat delighted thorough a whole act in the Kabuki-za...
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Re: Looking for tips for a trip to London

i used to know a couple of small Italian family run hotels in Russell Square. I am not sure they have restaurants apart from breakfast and nice areas to sit and drink coffee/tea - but no shortage of restaurants there around. Check if that area is of interest and I will look them up.

How many in your party and what are the ages?

Which London airport are you arriving, then I can give you advice how to get in.

Oddly although arriving into London City Airport would usually be the most expensive, you might find you are lucky to get a low price, if it is a time not used by business people or maybe one way, not both.

a couple of areas not yet mentioned, Camden Town (Northern line tube, black colour) . full of market stalls of many variety and you can do the little canal trip on the boat from the bridge. Camden town is so busy on weekend you can not get the train from it, you can only arrive, so then get a train from either Chalk Farm or Morning Crescent - that just depends in which direction you walk, but there are masses of stalls and it is very trendy with young and older people.
the other is Brixton, (Victoria tube end, light blue colour) has varying areas with different stalls, not as big as Camden, but is a growing area, head towards Brixton Village, then ask someone where the container market area is. There is the o2 Brixton Academy, music venue, but you need to book in advance.

Rest your feet for a couple of hours and do one of the boat trips from under Westminster Bridge.

Someone mentioned London Buses, note on the top of each one is either a letter of a couple of letters, if you look up journey on tfl.gov.uk it should indicate the bus stop by that indicator
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Re: Looking for tips for a trip to London

Lots of excellent suggestions- if you go to Tower Bridge, head across the road to the old Kathryn's Docks, and the across the river to Southwark and the George Inn for the Shakesperian experience, and do NOT miss Burough Market for the best British and international food.
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