This is somewhere l am long overdue a visit - l live in the UK - have travelled a bit around the world having been bitten by the bug 4 years ago BUT bar Heathrow l have not been into London City! So flights are booked, hotel booked even a show! But what l would like if possible is things to do and things not to even bother with cos they are over priced and crap!! For example - the London Dungeons - go for it or steer clear!
Id say avoid all the cak such as London Dungeons, Madame Tousaudes (sorry Ignore my bad spelling, its late and Im tired!!ha ha!no excuse!)blah blah blah all those touristy things you can see anytime anywhere in the world pretty much!Things like Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, all the big sites like that are pretty much what London are all about and seen as It going to be your first time here you may as well see them for the experience!Also a walk down the Thames is always nice to get a good perspective of things and you can see London Bridge and stuff!Actually Ive been living in London almost 4 years now and a couple of months ago me and a friend realised that we hadnt actually done any touristy stuff since we were kids and came on trips with our parents....so armed with a map and our travelcards we went all around everywhere and it was kind of cool!So I say spend a day just visiting all the big sights off your own back (dont waste money on those mincey tours!)then spend some time doing museum stuff....check out what exhibitions are on at the time your going...if not I recommend the National Gallery (its my favourite, lots of Rubens!) if not the Saatchi or Tate are always poplular and I also really like the Imperial War Museum!!!Or check out the White Cube in Hoxton!
If your interested in shopping, obviously you have Oxford street which is all the big high street stores (best avoided at weekends!)Portobello is always fun as is Brick Lane....
Nightlife....personal choice but Shoreditch area is always good!!!!As is Brick Lane in the evenings and Soho!!!
Have a great time!!!
There is lots to do, and yes i'd agree with twinkle best to avoid the real touesty ones (overated, and the dungeon is not as good as it used to be since they refurbed it. Time of year (weather)will dictate what is best to do, things like Greenwich, via brunels tunnel are great (all the museums are close by. Hampden court is another place, if the suns out it's a nice walk along the river front to kingston.
I was there 3 whole days at the end of a two-week trip, so time and money were issues. I enjoyed a long, long walk along the Thames from Parliament to the Tower of London. It was free and you got to see a lot of sites along the way, which you can pay (a whole lot, in my opinion) to visit. And don't forget Abbey Road - free AND so exciting!!
I would steer clear of the London Dungeon.
I liked the London Eye, that's probably worth a spin. Also Tate Modern is really good.