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London in 24 Hours

Only 24 hours in London. How would your day planner look?

Not the "lunch with mum" types of things, lest you want complete strangers visiting your relatives and acquaintances.
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Old 12.07.2008, 17:14
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Re: London in 24 Hours

Last time I was there I spent the whole 24 hours looking for platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross Station. I didn't find it. I didn't see Harry Potter either.
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Re: London in 24 Hours

24 hours in London? I'd spend several of them travelling to somewhere outside of the place...
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Re: London in 24 Hours

If i had 24 hours in London I would do what all the other tourists do.
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etc etc you get my point...or IF the weather was nice I'd sit in covent garden drinking beer and eating good food.
The list is endless of things to do in the city so it depends on you as a person including your interests and budget.
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24 hours in London? I'd spend several of them travelling to somewhere outside of the place...
I plan to stay with a friend in Windsor for a few days.


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If i had 24 hours in London I would do what all the other tourists do.
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British museum
etc etc you get my point...or IF the weather was nice I'd sit in covent garden drinking beer and eating good food.
The list is endless of things to do in the city so it depends on you as a person including your interests and budget.
Sure, but if you've already done that... what's off the beaten path?
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Re: London in 24 Hours

What day of the week? If a Sunday, Brick Lane, if a Saturday, maybe Portobello. If it's gorgeous out, hang out on Primrose Hill or Hampstead Heath. If it's raining, National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery.

Great views from the top of the National Portrait Gallery - a great free museum anyway - and also from the top of Waterstone's on Piccadilly.

What do you want to do? Shopping, museums, people watching, eating good food? What kind of budget?

I would avoid Covent Garden or Camden - even for a drink - awful and full of tourists.

If you've got plenty of money and want to browse shops, sit with a coffee or good food and people watch - there's Marylebone High St, Notting Hill, places round Kensington etc. with nice shops and nice cafes.
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Thanks. While I am planning a personal trip, I thought I'd keep this thread as general as possible for others. Granted, most of us have been there.

I'm just wondering what your perfect day in London would be comprised of:
Breakfast, activities, lunch, more activities, and so on.
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Re: London in 24 Hours

I guess it would depend on a) the weather b) my finances and c) weekend or weekday.

If it's a sunny day, pack a good book and swimming stuff, go to South End Green near Hampstead Heath, get breakfast in any of the cafes or pick up picnic stuff from the delis or M&S, browse Daunt bookshop and then head to Parliament Hill or to the Hampstead Ponds. If it gets too hot, could go for a swim, either in the Ponds or in the Lido.

If it gets rainy, there's a nice gallery up at the Iveagh Bequest in Kenwood with a great selection of Old Masters.

Later on, head to the Freemasons, or up to Spaniards, Bull and Bush or another of the pubs around the Heath with nice beer gardens.

Alternatively I might choose Primrose Hill, also good delis, shops and pubs along Regents' Park Road and a great place to people watch.

If I was feeling active, I might head for a walk along a canal - heading to the East End, past Hackney to Stratford there's exploring to be done around where they are building the 2012 Olympics site. Got to check where you can walk though but it's being built over a series of canals with paths where some wandering can still be done.

Another great place for a walk is beyond the South Bank - either head east from Tate Modern, taking in London Bridge (and Borough Market on Friday or Saturday), Tower Bridge and the Design Museum or start at Greenwich , explore Greenwich, the park and the Georgian buildings and walk round the bend of the Thames, past old docks and with Canary Wharf opposite head to the O2.
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