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1. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 8y

Im in London over Easter for a city break, go shopping see a shop - might see some sights might not (been to see the majority before!!) but we would like to go to the British Museum as there is a special exhibition of the Terracotta Army on until 6 April.

You can buy tickets in advance at £12 with a booking fee of £2 on line otherwise they release 500 tickets each day for the exhibition.

OK so here's my quandry - do l pre book tickets which sort of then ties us down and we dont really want to make plans or do we try to turn up and get tickets and take the chance of missing out totally? Has anyone been to the exhibition (is it actually worth it?) Or does anyone know what demand has been like?

It is Easter and therefore school holidays too which l suppose l should bear in mind!

Im staying in central London and if anyone can also recommend a few good places for 2 girls to head out too for drinks and the like l would appreciate that too - just checked the wiki but theres no information (yet!)

Cheers

Heather

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 20, 2008, at 1:22 AM by Purdy ]

2. Posted by bertles86 (Inactive 108 posts) 8y

Well going out in central London if you're a tourist then, the West End/Soho.

Around Covent Garden is always busy but not cheap.

If you want a proper night out then jump on a tube to Camden or somewhere like that, cheaper and more like the true London.

3. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 8y

500 tickets a day to an exhibition of the Terracotta Army is not a lot at all. Normally there seems to be thousands of people @ the British museum. To see the exhibition for a few quid on top of the free general entrance, I don't see how those tix won't sell out in a hurry. I'd get them ahead of time. It'll be Easter and I'm sure with the time off, there are people from outside of London who'll want to go as well.

London bars are some of the best in the world. Most people I know agree with me haha. There are great ones out in the West End/Soho areas as bertles86 said. Though, on a weekend night, you may run into a few hooligans and drunkars (part of the experience ;) ) and there will be long lines at the city's top clubs. The clubs are so revered that there is an actual London nightclub ticket office. If you buy tickets here, you're guaranteed to skip any queues and that helps a ton. It's located basically on Piccadily Circus though I think they're only open on Friday and Saturday nights. Have fun, you'll probably be out till 4 AM lol

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 21, 2008, at 11:50 PM by NantesFC ]

4. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 8y

Quoting NantesFC

500 tickets a day to an exhibition of the Terracotta Army is not a lot at all. Normally there seems to be thousands of people @ the British museum. To see the exhibition for a few quid on top of the free general entrance, I don't see how those tix won't sell out in a hurry. I'd get them ahead of time. It'll be Easter and I'm sure with the time off, there are people from outside of London who'll want to go as well.

London bars are some of the best in the world. Most people I know agree with me haha. There are great ones out in the West End/Soho areas as bertles86 said. Though, on a weekend night, you may run into a few hooligans and drunkars (part of the experience ;) ) and there will be long lines at the city's top clubs. The clubs are so revered that there is an actual London nightclub ticket office. If you buy tickets here, you're guaranteed to skip any queues and that helps a ton. It's located basically on Piccadily Circus though I think they're only open on Friday and Saturday nights. Have fun, you'll probably be out till 4 AM lol

Your saying what l sort of already knew - looks like we will just buy the tickets online and be done with it!!

Of a weekend lm usually out until 4am so that makes no difference whatsoever!!!!!!!!!!!! Need to get into discussions with my cousin as to where we will go on the Saturday night, must look out for that ticket office though thanks for the heads up!!

5. Posted by Bogman (Budding Member 61 posts) 8y

If you arrive in the line at around 8 am you should get your choice of time for that day. If you arrive in the queue after 9 am you won't get tickets at all. Yesterday I had several of my students line up there to get tickets for our group and it was no problem. Thing is you may get tickets for that day, but they still have a designated entrance time....you get the tickets at 9am but you may have to come back at 4 pm for entry. Still ties you down.

By the way, I wasn't all that impressed with it. Overrated by far, but then again I've seen the real thing in China which was incredible.

6. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 8y

Thanks for your advice!! Will email my cous and see what she thinks!