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1. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 316 posts) 10y

Hi All,
This is a slightly different post from anything you may have seen. I have been to London twice and am scheduled to make a third visit this December. Now, I have seen a lot in London but am positive I have missed stuff. Chances are, I won’t have enough time to get out of London this time since I am only there for three nights. Here is what I have seen so far in London:

a. Buckingham Palace and the change of guards
b. Tower bridge/Tower of London
c. Royal Observatory at Greenwich.
D. Madame Tussaud’s Wax museum.
e. Rock Circus.
f. Kew Gardens
g. The home of Charles Dickens
h. British Museum.
i. BBC Studios tour
j. Covent garden market.
K. The home of Sherlock Holmes at Baker Street.
L. Westminster Abbey.
M. Big Ben.

My question for all of you is “What have I missed that I absolutely need to see in London”? Any interesting parts of town, interesting stores, interesting restaurants? I would appreciate your ideas. Hope to get many responses.

Thanks,

Pranav

2. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 10y

London Dungeon (if there's time)

3. Posted by pfeiffer (Full Member 211 posts) 10y

Quoting pranavc

This is a slightly different post from anything you may have seen.

Trophy tourism, hmmm? I don't think that is so unusual. What about:
1. The Tate Modern
2. Sir John Soane's House
3. The Victoria and Albert
4. The Natural History and Science Museum

(You can see my partiality coming through?)

It was some time ago and perhaps you've seen enough on your own, but I also really enjoyed the organized walking tours of London I took many moons ago.

Just remembered -- in the theatre district last year there was a large (permanent, I think) exhibition on the history of theatre in London. I found it quite interesting. Your mileage may vary.

-Kevin
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Kevin Pfeiffer

[ Edit: Edited at Oct 10, 2006 4:26 AM by pfeiffer ]

4. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 10y

London Eye?

5. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 316 posts) 10y

Thank you for the prompt responses. Keep them coming. Great ideas so far!!

Pranav

6. Posted by pfeiffer (Full Member 211 posts) 10y

Quoting pranavc

Thank you for the prompt responses. Keep them coming. Great ideas so far!!

(Why do I feel like we're auditioning for a game show?)

<-- my favorite emoticon (but you all knew that I suspect)

-Kevin
--
Kevin Pfeiffer

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

Here are some you might not have done yet:

+ Goto Kingston upon thames and get a boat (or walk) down to Hampton court (the palace is great).
+ Bramah Tea and Coffee Museum in Southwark Street (london bridge),
+ Florence Nightingale Museum in St Thomas’ Hospital,
+ Imperial War Museum and Tibetan Peace Garden in Lambeth Road, SE1
+ The Type Museum in 100 Hackford Road, SW9
+ The Cinema Museum at 2 Dugard Way, SE11
+ Bankside Gallery behind the Tate modern.
+ St George's Cathedral
+ Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum at St Mary's hospital
+ Kew Bridge Steam Museum - Green Dragon Lane, TW8
+ London Wetland Centre at Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes, London, SW13
+ The Chislehurst Caves
+ Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner, London, W1J (also speakers corner is a laugh)
+ The Jewel Tower in Abingdon Street, London, SW1P
All are well worth visiting.
Jase

8. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 316 posts) 10y

(Why do I feel like we're auditioning for a game show?)

You're funny! Don't worry. I promise you are not auditioning for a game show. I really liked your suggestion to check out the "history of theatre in London" exhibition.

To Jase007:

Thank you for your list of ideas. I will look up these places on the internet to get a better sense of what to expect. Got a quick question. How much does those boat rides down the Thames cost? The last time I did one of those in London was about 13 years ago.

Once again, a huge THANKS to all of you for your ideas.

Pranav

9. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Highgate Cemetery. Karl Marx's tomb is there, and it's really just a fascinating, eerie place to visit.

Plus Abbey Road! That should have been first on your list! ;)

10. Posted by sen28 (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

I lived in london for 5 years... and I go back there once a year. The places I always return to FOR various reasons:

-Portobello market in Notting Hill on saturdays - great atmosphere- picturesque area- all sort of Londoners hanging around - a must.
-Walking around Old Street/ Liverpool street/Spitalfields area (best on Sundays but anyday is fine too))(These areas used to be industrial and were converted in recent years into fresh contemporary neighborhoods with contemporary boutiques, galleries, cafés - they're the equivalent of let's say SoHo and TriBecca in New York, except that their transformation is more recent (1996-98 and still developing.
-Design museum + walk around the area for the same reason than the point above.

-Tate Modern

And I would copy-paste the list of "pfeiffer", right here.

I personally would have done all that before thinking of Madame Tussaud and all the rest...Simply because the places you have seen so far are not what makes London an amazing place. This is why, I am sorry for being so direct, but to me, you haven't seen London yet.

Sen