Same person who is going to Paris for three days.
Looking for the must-sees when we're there. Staying near the Kensington Palace.
We want to see the London Bridge, Big Ben, not sure what else.
Is Stonhenge out of the way? More importantly, is it worth it?
Want to be realistic and enjoy ourselves and get a taste of London.
Any good restaurants any one could recommend also would be appreciated.
Same person answering you!
We went to London for 3 days a few years back and rented a dorm room in South Kensington. Again, I'd concentrate on the stuff you really want to see. I spent one day walking the boardwalk along the Thames. Starting at Buckingham, I walked down past Westminister, then to Parliament, then to the river where I passed the London Eye, St. Paul's, London Bridge and finally the Tower of London (amongst other things). I didn't stop in to see anything (it cost a fortune and it was the end of our trip), but the walk gave me a good feel for London. The next day we visited Abbey Road (a must!), Highgate Cemetery, and did more walking - and the final day we met up with friends and ate in Chinatown. Although I know I'm missing something in there...
I'd highly recommend concentrating your visit on the core of London, and not wasting too much time travelling from one site to another. Three days simply fly by...enjoy!
Gelli, I hope the reason you didn't go and see the Tower was because you had been there before!
The Tower is one of the places where you can get a feel for the old London, the way it used to be a few hundred years ago. It is especially worthwile seeing when you are reading a book on British monarchs as your travel literature. Queen Anne Boleyn was beheaded there and they still keep the block. The crown jewels with one of the largest diamonds ever found are a must.
Just be there early and try to come on a weekday, as the Tower soon fills up with loads of tourist buses and you have to wait in line for the ticket. Alternatively buy your ticket beforehand.
There is also St. Pauls Cathedral if the Tower is too crowded. Much larger and far more grandious than Westminster Abbey, it is the place to go for the typical "church tourist".
As for food, supermarkets are easy to find and if you stay in a place with a microwave, you can safe a lot of money. The sushi they sell in trays is especially tasty and very fresh.
The British Museum is well worth a visit, if you've never heard of it then don't be put off by the name and assume it's a museum about Britain - that would be very boring indeed! - it's a museum for human culture worldwide and includes a significant percentage of all the treasures the British stole from the countries that made up their empire.
you only have three days so I wouldn't even think about going elsewhere (Stonehenge). Obviously the easiest thing to see "the whole city" is one of the hop on hop off tour busses like Big Bus co. You'll get a commentary and see the sights. You can hop off if want to have a closer look. Start early in the morning. Ticket is valid 24h and you'll also get a river cruise. So next day i would spend on the museums and do a evening cruise and maybe a dinner around Covent Garden. The last day would be for shopping; you have to see Harrods and then the usual Oxford st or High St Ken or good alternative is one of the many markets or kings Rd in South Ken.
Definately stay in London as there's so much to see and do in 3 days. I suggest:
Covent Garden - old theatres, cool shops, nice restaurants
Camden Town - funk clothes shops, hippy market, great bars
Notting Hill / Portobello Road - Great market, antiques, funky clothes, cool bars
All the main tourist haunts like Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, London Eye, Buckingham Palace etc.
If you need any specific help just let me know, Im there every day!