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1. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 8y

Well, I just booked a ticket to London for next week. Will only be there for a day and a half:( but so it goes. Does anyone have recommendations on something I must do while there, or things that aren't as "important"? Thanks for the help!

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

Abbey Road!

Just saying.

3. Posted by laurim (Respected Member 260 posts) 8y

It's been a while since I was there but I think they have doubledecker bus tours of the city where you can get on and off at will or just stay on for the complete tour. That way, you see all the main sites as quickly as possible. I enjoyed the Tower of London tour. I also made sure I was by Big Ben when it was about to toll and used a public phone to call home so they could hear it.

4. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 8y

Maybe you can focus on the temporary things to do in London. (I mean most of the sights will still be there, to visit in the future)

As a designer you might be interested in the expositions at either one of the two Tate Museums.

There are also some rumours, that Egypt wants to claim the Rosetta Stone, and bring it back to Egypt, So a fast visit to the British museum could be something.

Musicals sometimes seems to run forever, but you'll never know, if you like a musical, go and see one.

If it's a first time going to London, I would at least recommend to make a walk on the South Bank, from the Houses of Parliament to the Tower bridge. On this walk you will see a lot of the main attractions.

5. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 8y

See nothing in particular; just get off at Green Park and walk through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, then head up Pall Mall, then up to Trafalagar Square and hang around there for a while before heading up to Leicester Square and Covent Garden.

6. Posted by sofe1978 (Respected Member 127 posts) 8y

The Natural History Museum is FANTASTIC I have lived in the UK for nearly 30 years now and had never been until last December and loved it.. so much to look at.

Other than that.. the Houses of Parliament are a fantastic building to look at.. take a walk/boatride/bus down the Thames becuase there is heaps to look at... the London Eye is another great thing to do/see.

If Shopping is your thing then Oxford Street is great.. particularly Selfridges.

My only advice not to waste your time with is the London Dungeon.. went a few years ago and it was soooo disappointing.. queued for ages and it felt like a real waste of time.

Hope this helps a bit.

7. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 8y

Here's a day, maybe, catching a lot of things I think are important:

From London Bridge station, walk along the South Bank - past the replica of the Golden Hinde, past the 'Clink' (the historic london jail, not the tacky dungeon). You soon get to the Tate Modern in the old Bankside power station - this is free and really good, so wander around there for an hour if you're at all interested in modern art. Have lunch in a cafe at Gabriel's Wharf. Keep going along the South Bank past the National Theatre and the Millennium Wheel (worth a twirl if its a nice day and the queues aren't too bad). Cross Westminster bridge, you're at the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Wander up through St James's Park to Buckingham Palace, then through Green Park to Picadilly. From here, walk down Picadilly to Picadilly Circus, then up Regent Street to Oxford Street for the shopping, if you're into that. Cut down to Chinatown for some good cheapo chinese dinner, then along to Soho for a few cocktails.

8. Posted by SuperBrat (Full Member 107 posts) 8y

Dont miss out on the markets! Spitalfields, Portobello are definites if you have time.
I thought the Tower of London was expensive for what it was, but thats just me. Love the Tate, British Museum and the theatre! (Cheap tip - go and ask when they're doing readings for new shows - this is when the actors rehearse their lines, so its not always in full costume, but its good fun to watch a behind-the-scenes set!)

9. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 8y

Thanks so much for the help guys!