I'm going to London from 20 to 23 of May. I'm going to Calais by car and then take the ferry to D'Hover. From D'Hover I would like to go by car to London. Do you think it is a good idea to go to London by car, or would it be a better idea to leave my car somewhere outside london and go by public transport?
I'm also looking for a cheap place to sleep, any ideas? We are with 5 people so we could share a room...
What can we do/visit 3 days in London? Are there any places close to London that are worth a visit also?
In all honesty it depends on where in London you are going, central London is a nightmare to drive in thats up to about zone four on the underground which really is the best way to navigate london!
But for just three days I would ditch the car and go public! stay in the centre and you will find masses of things to do, a must see is the TATE Modern, it's a fantastic art museum and really good fun with loads of cool exhibits, other than that pick up a Time out (http://www.timeout.com/london/)
at any newstand and it will give you all of whats on of shows and exhibitions. Have a mosey around Covent garden all throught the year they have street performers out and about it's always a great atmosphere!(one of my favourite places)
places to stay:I'm sure you could find a hostel easily try this link http://www.astorhostels.com/prices.htm and check out what they're recommending right here on travellerspoint!
hope this helps bit?
Honestly, would think your better off leaving the car in Calais. Come over as a foot passenger on ferry and either train or coach it into london. For such a short time frame, it's probably not worth the cost/effort of bringing a car over, and also it will be of only limited use in London itself, if any use at all. You will see allot more and have more options without a car (car's in London are not fun or cheap).
If you really want to get out of London for a day trip, Windsor or Oxford are the obvious suggestions, although there is more than enough to keep you occupied in the city itself. You could also try going to more outer London places (i.e a day out to Key Gardens and Hampden Court Palace in the SW or to Greenwich in the SE)
If you want a quick tour of London, try the Duck Tours that leave from near the London Eye. They go theough the main part of London - Big Ben, Houses of Parliament etc - then it goes past the MI6 building and onto the River Thames. A bit weird when you come out again and see all the water draining out of the engine!! (I think they were used in the D-day landings in WWII) The tour guide I had was pretty funny, and it's a different way to see the main sights of London. The London Eye is also worth doing.
Thanks for the information all! I'm just still not convinced if I'll stay outside or inside the center. Do you think this makes a big difference in price?