I'm gonna travel to London for a week or so at the end of March with my father. I think visiting the main tourist attractions shouldn't take more than a few days. So that leaves us with a couple of free days. I'd like to go clubbing (or to see some pop/rock gig.), and to take lots of photos.
My dad, on the other hand, isn't that excited about clubbing. He'd like to visit museums (he is interested in history, crime and mystery novels, ...), and just to walk around in London doing nothing.
I'd appreciate any information on interesting museums, things to see and do besides the most popular tourist attractions, and on upcoming club/concert events. I've got to find a **/*** hotel too.
hi! well if u want museums uve chosen the right place, London natural history museum and the science museum are the two best museums in the world. INCREDIBLE. i cant remember which one i prefer... i think the science one is best, and very cheap, a couple of quid/(pounds) for the day. pop n rock; there are literally hundreds of bands every nite in london, and a good place to buy tickets is www.ticketmaster.com have a look around for dates and stuff. err just walking around london is well cool, use the tube to get from place to place as its very goood, buy a day card for 5£ and you can go anywhere. id reccomend CHINA town and book a go on THE LONDON EYE, look for a website for that.. its so cool!!! there is a million things to see and do in london, esp the museums; they take a full day to take it all in. when u arrive have a look at a guide book or two, theyre everywhere and all free. perhaps a boat tour along the thames or open bus trip (also cheap) could be fun.
there are also LOTS AND LOTS of clubs and bars, london has a booming nightlife culture, and you would be made very welcome, as britains love unusual nationalities like estonians! you will probably get asked about "the weather over there " alot! haha.
perhaps the london dungeons could be fun but that is a little expensive, but unforgettable.
hope this helps, london is fantastic, but for a country person like me a bit much if i stay there more than a few days. im sure youll love it. if i missed anything please email me again!
ps dont miss some of the street performers outside the TATE art gallery. and around the london eye, theyre really fun!!
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yes, i recommend getting the magazine TIME OUT once you're there (available from all newsagents) as it gives, in detail, all the gigs and general entertainment happening each day in london.
The museums in london are fascinating, one that i'd recommend to your dad if he enjoys crime novels is the sherlock holmes museum! its at 221b baker street, and if your father enjoys reading the stories, he'll really enjoy looking around the house/museum!
I know you didnt mention this, but while you're in london, you MUST go to camden market.. (the best day to go is sunday, but any day is booming) go early, there's LOTS there to enjoy.. dont just go to the indoor market directly to your left as you exit the train station, go up the high street until you cross the bridge as there's an indoor market as well as exotic foods, it is THE place to go for all things unusual and there are ALWAYS gigs going on around there...
hope that's helped.xx
The British museum is definitely among the best in the world. And it's free! Walk there from Totenham Court Rd Station. Be warned: you could easily spend more than one day in this museum.
Of course, you cannot miss the Tower of London. This is extremely expensive (£14 ea) and touristy, but this is for a reason. Again, you could easily spend a day looking through the towers there. You get off at Tower Hill for that.
I don't know if your dad would like this, but I really love the Imperial War Museum too. There is another day to spend here. Again, this museum is free.
Hope this helps.
Thank You for Your replies, Mart, Naomi, Peter. I'll make sure that we'll visit these museums, and I'll get "Time Out" magazine too.
And more questions. In which district would it be most convenient to find a hotel in, and how expensive are the taxis? So far I've narrowed the selection of hotels down to three: Bonnington in Bloomsbury, Best Western Burns Hotel and Express by Holiday Inn Park Royal. Which of these has most convenient location public transportation-wise?
The Bonnington looks to be in a really good location wise right near Russel square tube station which is definately a good move, Taxis vary in price depending on where you're going to but there really is little need in central london the tube is the best was to travel
As an older gal (ha ha - 34 y.o.), I agree with Mdog and Bronyaur. Science museum and natural history museum rocked. Portrait museum was okay too. Take your dad to the Tower of London and then go over to the pub Drawn, Quartered & Hanged. Bit touristy, but lots of fun.
If you're dad's into it, consider a Jack the Ripper tour. We went on one and my boyfriend and I were on it with about 6 cops. They had a blast. Did a bit of a pub crawl and went for Indian food. Great fun had by all!
Glad someone else appreciates the Imperial War Museum...I love it there, its one of my favourites...for all its kinda depressing, I always enjoy a trip there!!!You may want to check out the British Museum, really cool...the National Gallery is one of my favourites too...Im really into the whole old masters stuff so if you are partial to a bit of Rubens head on down!If youre more up for contemporary stuff maybe see whats going on in the White Cube in Hoxton Square!!!The V & A is great too!!!!!
I would say if you want to get in on some markets....DO NOT MISS Portobello on a weekend!!!Its amazing, so vibrant and a lot going on there at the weekends...everything from vintage clothing, to recent graduate designers, brik a brak,fruit, jewellery!!Fabulous atmosphere!Get off the Tube at Ladbroke Grove and your right amongst the cool stuff, i prefer that end to the Notting Hill end to start off with!
Nightlife...things around Brick Lane and Shoreditch are really cool!!!!
Thanks for more replies! I'll keep all the musems and markets in mind, if I manage to get to London. Organizing this holiday is a mess right now and I'm thinking of calling it off this time. Neither me and father haven't got a week off to travel until April, and mom (who doesn't speak English at all) wants to come along too. And guess who'd be translating everything everywhere. All that doesn't have a positive effect on my plans to go clubbing.