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1. Posted by JJforever (Full Member 114 posts) 10y

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August 31st midnight Leave Winnipeg,Canada arrive in gatwick airport london at 1:45pm. Take national rail at 14:55 towards Victoria station. At Clapham junction take south towards Waterloo arrive at 15:40. We have a hostel about 4 blocks away from waterloo. We will then checkin at around 16:30 i would say. Now we want to start seeing some goodies:). We want to see Westminister Abby,Buckingham Palace,Big Ben and London eye that late afternoon and the london eye i guess a little later in the eve. We are coming back to london on the 13th of september and we leave to go back home on the 14th. So we(me and my wife) will see the other places those days before we go home like: Ken.gardens,Trafalgar square,tower of london, and london bridge. We then leave for Paris via Eurostar at 8:01 the following morning(september 2nd). Just wondering how this all looks to you guys and what you would do diffrent if any. Also if a bustour helps us to see all these for cheap etc please let me know. Thanks a bunch.

happy travels,
Joey

2. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

Hi Joey,
looks like your well organised with the exact times or you've got a good sence of humour Trains running on time he he he.
What your looking at seems fine, you may not see the inside of Buck palace or the Abbey (depending on what time you end up going).
You can walk along the river front from Waterloo to Westminster bridge in about 10-15mins at a leasurly stroll. From there it's just a matter or walking accross it to the palace of Westminster (big ben) the Abbey up to Trafalgar square then down to Buck Pal.
I think you'd rather see Tower bridge, as london bridge itself is just an ordinary bridge (although the area around it interesting). This area from Tower bridge towards london then waterloo bridges has some great attractions:

1 - Tower of london
2 - HMS Belfast
3 - The needle (memorial to the great fire)
4 - Southwark Cathedral
5 - The Clink prison and London Dungeons
6 - the Mayflower (an replica sailing ship)
7 - The Globe theatre (Shakespearian replica)
8 - Tate modern
9 - St Pauls
10 - London eye
11 - National aquarium
Walking along the Victoria embankment.
Hope you enjoy your time

[ Edit: Edited at Jun 23, 2006 12:49 AM by Jase007 ]

3. Posted by Martincka (Budding Member 18 posts) 10y

Beware of the london pickpockets! Got robbed in the most peaceful pub, they took all of my documents and money, I was lucky to get on the plane and home the next day! So keep all ur stuff in ur pants if u have to!

(from this event on I don't want to visit london ever again, I'll go there only if I have to change flights )

Good luck

4. Posted by JJforever (Full Member 114 posts) 10y

Okay im kinda stuck now. Im really int photography as well and i need some nice night shots of these places im going to. I want to see these places and im wondering if you guys can help me choose which ones to see in the afternoons and which ones to see in the evening etc. I want to see the following while in london:

1)Trafalgar square
2)Tower of london
3)Big ben
4)buckinham palace
5)kensington palace
6)kensington gardens
7)westminster abby
8)london bridge
9)millenium bridge
10)st pauls

We are in london on the 1st of september and at our hotel at around 4:00 or so. So we have the late afternoon and evening of that day. Then on the way back from our trip we have the 13th at around 1-2:00pm till the 14th at around 8:00am. Then were back home at 1:00pm to canada. Thanks so much for the help

5. Posted by claireh (Respected Member 318 posts) 10y

Tower Bridge is beautiful when the sun is setting (presumably you mean Tower Bridge rather than London Bridge - which is possibly the most boring bridge in London??)

6. Posted by SuzanneP (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y

OKay, here's my recommendation for day/evening stops:

1)Trafalgar square - Day
2)Tower of london - Day
3)Big ben - Evening
4)buckinham palace - Day
5)kensington palace - Day
6)kensington gardens - Day
7)westminster abby - Day or Evening
8)london bridge - Evening
9)millenium bridge - Evening
10)st pauls - Day

The bridges, in my experience, are the best to do at night. They are all lit up and when you walk out on them everything along the banks is lit up, and it's just beautiful. Lights on the water, etc. Big ben is also lit up very well during the evening.

One thing: you should take a look at a map and see how close some of these things are, because (for example) you can do Westminster and Big Ben at the same time, as they are literally across the street from each other. The millennium bridge is also right down the street from St. Paul's.

7. Posted by rasberries (Inactive 154 posts) 10y

joey,

i'm from winnipeg too but i am leaving london at 10am on
sept 1.. just 3 hours before you arrive.. isnt that hilarious.

8. Posted by jza80 (Full Member 54 posts) 10y

It's better to take a tour of london on one of those buses near big ben. It's a hop on hop off bus. You'll get to places quicker and see more if you're under time constraint.

If you get to a an attraction that you'd feel disinterested, you can stay on the bus and move on to the next stop.

9. Posted by JJforever (Full Member 114 posts) 10y

but with the bus tours isnt the experience of walking through the city etc etc alot less? HAs anyone gone on these tours that can tell me if they are worth it? also do you think its cheaper to go on the bus tour instead of spending train ticket money to get to these places? also one more annoying question,lol, do you get to go inside these places with the bus tour??

10. Posted by JJforever (Full Member 114 posts) 10y

Quoting stayhungry

but with the bus tours isnt the experience of walking through the city etc etc alot less? HAs anyone gone on these tours that can tell me if they are worth it? also do you think its cheaper to go on the bus tour instead of spending train ticket money to get to these places? also one more annoying question,lol, do you get to go inside these places with the bus tour??

Anyone know?thanks