Hi,I'm a student travelling to uk for study, I will be stopping over in london summer (may/june) with only 3 nights and so about 2 days.
Wondering if anyone would have recommendations on what is "must see" in london? There are so many on travel websites (like the shakespere globe, HMS belfast, Tower of london just to name a few) that all seem equally attractive! tt's a good thing except for the short duration we're there.
also is it worth it to get a one day londonpass? i hear it helps cos you dont have to q then, seeing tht i'll be there in summer
much appreciated, thanks!
Hi jo2010, it really depends on what you like doing and also on what budget you have. Most of the museums and galleries are free so you could choose the ones that interest you most. As you're coming in the summertime (hopefully it will be hot!), you could go to one of our beautiful parks such as Richmond Park, and have lunch or row down the river.
In terms of the travelcard, again it depends on where you're going as the price of the card depends on which areas you'll be travelling to. Hope this helps.
Two of my favorite things about London are the parks and the markets. I would definitely try to go to at least one of the major parks near central London(Hyde, Regents). Primrose Hill near Regents park has great views of the city.
For markets, it depends on the day. Saturday is great to head to the Portobello Antiques Market. Borough market is also an excellent choice (food market -- open Thurs - Sat.).
There are also some great free museums. The Natural History Museum and Science Museum are great, you should go to one, also the Tate Modern art gallery if you're interested in that.
I think a nice way of seeing the city is by boat from the Thames, so take a short boat trip. Some of the boats are operated by Transport for London (the public transport service) and are therefore dead cheap. Walking around the South-Eastern bit of the city of London is also a good way to see the sights - Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and St Pauls Cathedral are all in very close proximity to each other. At the other end, make sure you walk from Trafalgar down Whitehall to Westminster Abbey and Palace - the Houses of Parliament.
I agree about parks. The view from Primrose Hill is great, and Regent's park is just across the road and very nice in summer. Madame Tussauds is on the other side of Regent's Park but you'll want to avoid that in summer hols unless you've got some kind of priority 'cause the queues are ridiculous.
Whenever I go to London for the day I try to do at least three things.
You could get a map and decide what you wish to do and how to plan the route.
The London Eye is very popular, you can also do a Thames river boat tour, this is all close by to the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben and Westminister Abbey.
Westminister Abbey do an audio tour which is very interesting and would take about three hours.
As you have already been told the museums are free, I love the Natural History it is my favorite, but there is so much to do I could easily spend a whole day there. On the way to the museums (Science, Natural History and Victoria and Albert are all next to each other) you could visit the Peter Pan statue in Kessington Gardens, Harrods is not too far away which is worth buying something small for the Harrods carrier bag!
There is so much to do, nobdoy would ever have the same experience.
Tower of London is a brilliant day out, I recentley visited again in Feb, you would see the Crown Jewels and famous Ravens, Bloody Tower etc.
If you mean a one day tube travel pass, yes definately worth it, I always get one in with my train ticket.
Natural History Museum is fantastic, not just its content but the building itself! I'm biased because I work there, but even so! Science Museum is almost as good .
Tate Britain is also fantastic, fantastic section on the Pre-Raphaelites.
British Museum is good too, however, usually it's best to go wanting to look at one particular thing, it's a big museum and you're probably not interested in all of it.
They are all free so LondonPass not needed...do try and get to the NHM early though, it gets busy quickly.
Many people will tell you the London Eye is good, it is, but it's exceptionally expensive, and while it does give you good views there are other places that do as well.
St. Paul's is beautiful and very inspiring...I think you have to make a "voluntary donation" to get in, which isn't really voluntary. Try going to one of the services, I recommend Evensong in the evening; it's not too long, there isn't a sermon and you don't have to be a Christian to appreciate the incredible beauty of the choirs that sing there (it's a choral service with minimal audience participation)...you don't have to pay for it then and you can wander around before and after the service before the verger chucks you out.
London will have galleries and museums that suit just about every niche interest...so it's worth researching that.
If you enjoy the theatre then I can recommend Wicked at the Apollo Theatre just outside London Victoria station...saw it the other day and it blew me away! Do book in advance...
Do buy a Travel Card for the Underground, I think they've put the prices up again but it's still not bad value.