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1. Posted by guiny (Respected Member 143 posts) 8y

Hello! I am going to visit London for the third time but planning to visit places I have never been before and here I am seeking for advice.
I plan to visit Madame Tussaud's. I read on the website it is £10 cheaper after 5pm. But is it worth? As the museum closes at 6pm I wonder if one hour is enough to see everything.
The City. I have never been to that part of London. I plan to visit The Bank Of England Museum, St. Paul's Cathedral and with luck and time Shakespeare Globe Theatre.
Is this region safe? Is it dangerous in anyway?
I know it might sound a silly question, but as I said I have never been to that part of London.
What is the best way to go to the Shakespeare Globe Theatre from Paddigton Station? I took a look in the map and there is not tube station near it.
I will visit London just for one day in the end of december. How is the weather at this time of the year? Is it likely to have snow? rain? Or just being cold?
I would like to visit Harrods in my way back to Paddington. Is it a okay visit or is it very crowded?
Thanks a lot!

2. Posted by baluba (Respected Member 407 posts) 8y

I'm afraid I can only answer some of your post but...
1 hour is not enough to see all of Mme Tussauds, if you like that sort of thing, it is quite incredible. Just dont poke anyone to see if they are real, its embarrassing.
City of London is as safe as any other part of London, probably safer. Usual precautions.
End of December means the weather will probably be cold, poss rain, unlikely snow.
Harrods will be heaving. Just after Christmas the 'sales' start. Harrods sale is very popular and 10 zillion people go each day. It will be worth going just to see 12 crazy women fight over a napkin.
Most places are walkable between tube stations. Cant think where the Globe is but sure someone else will. If there is not a tube, there will be a bus.
Have fun!!!

3. Posted by holidayer (Budding Member 22 posts) 8y

For the Globe: The Theatre is by the Thames river (south side) and the nearest tube station is London Bridge. Make your way towards the river by following the directions and crowds (there’s always quite a few people making their way in that direction!). It’s a very very pleasant short walk with nice pubs and great views of the river. Hence very popular with tourists.

The Globe is magnificent, with great atmosphere and perfect for a Shakespeare play. A great time is to be had and very cheap tickets are available if you’re willing to stand (not me!)

4. Posted by guiny (Respected Member 143 posts) 8y

Thank you very much for the sugestions. That's exactly the kind of help I am after.
After visiting Shakespeare Globe Theatre I plan to visit the Bank of England and St. Paul's Cathedral. I already know I will have to walk. What is the best and quickest route? Which one is better (considering location, route and time saving) to visit first?

5. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 8y

Just a note on the Globe, it's seasonal theater (london weather not being the nicest in winter).
It's still open for tours, but no shows this year left. More Globe info
it's not far from other things like the wheel, aquarium, & tate gallery if you keep heading down the southbank towards Waterloo. Clink prison, Mayflower & southwark cathedral heading towards London Bridge.
Either way it's only a 10-15min walk.
Weather wise, wrap up warm, something rainproof also. take gloves, scarf and woolie hat is always a good idea if you walking around riverside as there can be a blasting wind.

Have a fantastic time though

6. Posted by guiny (Respected Member 143 posts) 8y

Thank you very much for your reply.
I only intend to take a tour of the Globe Theatre. I only have one day in London. I will be arriving in Paddington around 10h00 and I will leave back to Wales at 19h00. I only have time to see some attractions that I missed in my last visit. I decided to visit the Globe Theatre - maybe its museum as well -, St. Paul's Cathedral, Bank of England, Sherlock Holmes Museum, Madame Tussauds and maybe Harrods, but it depends on time and conditions, for example, I was told it is not a good idea to visit Harrods after Christmas.
I am open to suggestions and ideas. Thanks :)

7. Posted by TOBY TYKE (Budding Member 86 posts) 8y

Hi Audry http://www.walkit.com/index.php Try this link for finding best and quickest ways to walk in London we used it this year

8. Posted by guiny (Respected Member 143 posts) 8y

Thank you! That's exactly the kind of help that I need.

9. Posted by claireh (Respected Member 318 posts) 8y

My suggestion would be this....jump on a tube at Paddington to Bank, go to the Bank of England Museum (done by 11.30/12), quick bus ride to St Paul's where you can spend 20-30 mins before crossing the footbridge over the Thames. You can then take the short walk to the Globe Theatre and have some lunch at Gabriel's Wharf (google it). Where are we now...2.30/3pm? From there you can get a bus/tube to Harrods or head to Madame Tussauds. Harrods will be very busy so it is unlikely you will be able to fit in both unless you really rush.

It will be cold, I'm afraid (usually between 0-5C). So bring your scarf & gloves. May be raining/snowing, so be prepared. We do not have snow very often, though.

10. Posted by guiny (Respected Member 143 posts) 8y

Thank you, Claire! I was just wondering. Is this way better than go straight to London Bridge and visit the Shakespeare Globe Theatre/Museum first? Will I need to take a bus from the Bank Of England to St. Paul - or vice versa? Is it very far? I thought the Bank, St. Paul and Shakespeare Globe Theatre where all in walking distance.
I think I will skip Harrods and very likely Madame Tussauds and Sherlock Holmes Museum this time. I don't think I will have enough time.
Are there good places to eat near the Bank?
Thanks again!