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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 :

http://london-tour.conciergedesk.co.uk/big-bus-main.htm

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,
http://www.visitlondon.com/
http://www.visitlondon.org.uk/
http://www.londontown.com/
http://www.explore-london.co.uk/

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 http://www.bigbus.co.uk/

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