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Short weekend in London, West End--what to do?

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1. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 9y

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I'll be going to Wales on business in about a week or so, and have two days (from Friday noon to Sunday noon) at the end of my trip--9/28 to 9/30 to hang out in London. I've booked a place near the Paddington metro station and was wondering what people suggest I do with this very limited time period.

I was in London and the UK before--but that was about 25 years ago before when I had just finished college--so it will kind of be like starting all over this time around. I saw the Parliament buildings and Westminster Abbey in detail on that trip--so something new maybe this trip would be a good idea. I'll probably cruise through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, but other than that, I have no idea what to do.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

2. Posted by hmclehto (Full Member 142 posts) 9y

You have such a short time that maybe the best thing would be to get onto one of those hop on hop off busses. This way you would see quite a bit of the city and have commentation as well. Have lunch in a lovely english pub (plenty to choose from on your travels) and then continue your tour.
Maybe in the evening have a dinner somewhere around Covent Garden or maybe even book yourself a ticket one of the famous West End musicals....
Maybe next day Portobello markets, you're staying near there anywhere. No point trying to do too much just enjoy the atmosphere. I miss my old hometown of seven years......

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 12, 2007, at 1:57 AM by hmclehto ]

3. Posted by travelbug_ (Respected Member 110 posts) 9y

Hi there,

I think the hop on hop of bus in London might be good for you. Check out the link below :

You pay 20 pounds and it is valid for 24 hours and you can hop on and off. It also says that if you book online you can get a free river cruise and walking tour. Sounds like a good deal to me.

Hope you have a great time in London :-)

4. Posted by travelbug_ (Respected Member 110 posts) 9y

lol hmclehto we must have written atthe same time . As they say great minds think alike rotfl

5. Posted by bob flinn (Full Member 173 posts) 9y

for a guide to what's on in London take some time to browse these web sites to help you narrow your search,

I agree that the hop-on, hop-off buses are a great way to see a lot in a short time and their maps will show you where items of iterest are located the best web site is

Enjoy your visit, come back adnd see the rest of the country, for ideas look at the YHA web site,
each of the regions has lots of interesting information, especially the Lake District and Northern Scotland.