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11. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1312 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I like to ride on the top of the HOHO bus (hop on hop off). The Big Bus is better than the Original Bus. You just need to bundle up if it is cold. It is a great way to get an overview of London. If it is too cold and they still have them, you can see quite a lot if you take the regular double decker buses and go up to the top level. You can't see anything on the tube.

I've also taken a HOHO bus in Barcelona and Copenhagen. I particularly like to take one to get over jet lag although that won't be a problem for you in London.

Christmas and Christmas Eve there will probably be church services, and I think the churches will be open and maybe have concerts

[ Edit: Edited on 31-Oct-2019, 03:56 GMT by greatgrandmaR ]

12. Posted by Hoonat (Budding Member 14 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Everything is wonderful in London. I stayed there for 3 months this summer and 2 weeks last year. I'm really looking forward to going back again, I miss the life there.

The Hop on-Hop off is not a wonderful experience unless you only want a tour and stay in the bus, otherwise it's a loss of time to get off and wait for the next one. On the other hand, public buses are not expensive, they also have a double-deck but of course no touristic explanation, I used them very often to travel around the city, I enjoyed it. But if you really want to try it and don't spend too much money, I can recommend the London Pass after calculation it really worth it and there is a Hop on and off included.

There so much to see in general in London. The city itself is a monument: Leicester Square is a lively place near Piccadily circus, you can also try the frees Harry Potter and Jack the Ripper tour (online strawberry tour), the Sky Garden is free too but you really have to book it in advance as it's often busy etc....lots of museums are free. Ho, don't miss the Changing of The Guards, it's incomparable.

I gonna go there with a friend in April next year and she doesn't have lots of money, but there are so many things to see and live. I absolutely want to lead her to Camden town, I miss the atmosphere.

I'm sure you will enjoy this trip and this beautiful city!

Have a great day.

13. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1049 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Hoonat

Everything is wonderful in London. I stayed there for 3 months this summer and 2 weeks last year. I'm really looking forward to going back again, I miss the life there.

The Hop on-Hop off is not a wonderful experience unless you only want a tour and stay in the bus, otherwise it's a loss of time to get off and wait for the next one. On the other hand, public buses are not expensive, they also have a double-deck but of course no touristic explanation, I used them very often to travel around the city, I enjoyed it. But if you really want to try it and don't spend too much money, I can recommend the London Pass after calculation it really worth it and there is a Hop on and off included.

There so much to see in general in London. The city itself is a monument: Leicester Square is a lively place near Piccadily circus, you can also try the frees Harry Potter and Jack the Ripper tour (online strawberry tour), the Sky Garden is free too but you really have to book it in advance as it's often busy etc....lots of museums are free. Ho, don't miss the Changing of The Guards, it's incomparable.

I gonna go there with a friend in April next year and she doesn't have lots of money, but there are so many things to see and live. I absolutely want to lead her to Camden town, I miss the atmosphere.

I'm sure you will enjoy this trip and this beautiful city!

Have a great day.

I’m very glad to know you love my home city so much. I agree with you about taking the regular buses over the HOHO - you might not get the commentary but you can see as much, if not more, for a fraction of the price. But I would advise visitors to calculate carefully whether the London Pass will really save them money, especially if not on a long visit. As you say, so much is free and you need to be sure you’ll be going to enough of the dearer places as if you only want to go to a handful you’re probably better off just paying for each separately.

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15. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1272 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Open on Christmas Day according to the Paris Tourist Bureau

Dalí Museum Paris, 11 rue Poulbot, Paris, 75018

Grévin Museum Paris, 10 boulevard Montmartre, Paris, 75009

Jardin d'Acclimatation, Bois de Boulogne, Paris, 75016 (a leisure park with lots for children)

La tour Eiffel, 5 avenue Anatole France - Champ de Mars, Paris, 75007

Musée de Montmartre - Jardins Renoir, 12 rue Cortot, Paris, 75018

Parc Zoologique de Paris - Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (Paris Zoo),
Croisement de l'avenue Daumesnil et de la route de la Ceinture du Lac, Paris, 75012 (Bois de Vincennes)

Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme, Hôtel de Saint-Aignan - 71 rue du Temple, Paris, 75003

Institut du Monde Arabe, 1 rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard, Paris, 75005 (mentioned earlier)

Musée Maillol, 61 rue de Grenelle, Paris, 75007 (nice restaurant in the basement)

Atelier des Lumières, 38 rue Saint-Maur, Paris, 75011 (reservation needed)

Aquarium de Paris, 5 avenue Albert de Mun - Jardins du Trocadéro, Paris, 75016

Château de Versailles, Place d'Armes, Versailles, 78000 (take the RER C to Rive Gauche station)

16. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1272 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I just noticed your daughters are adults so the Jardin d'Acclimatation is probably not an option. However, attached to it is the Fondation Louis Vuitton which is an amazing building (by architect Frank Gehry) just to look at and they have some exceptional visiting art exhibits so you might enjoy that. I did check and they are closed on Dec. 25 and Jan 1 but you could visit any other time while you are there. Here is their web site if you want to see what is there. Click here for the Fondationnnn Lois Vuitton

17. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1272 posts) 2w 1 Star this if you like it!

I've been rereading your original post and you won't be in Paris very long. I'd skip Versailles and the museums. Paris is spectacular at Christmas and there are things you can't see any other time of year so why not concentrate on those? The wonderful Christmas Market that was on the Champs Elysées has been moved to the Tuileries and is pure magic. There is another nice one in a lovely setting at Saint Germain des Prés. The department stores are amazing at Christmas. Galeries Lafayette have over-the-top Christmas decorations that change from year to year. Here is what they looked like in 2015. Click here to see my blog entry for Paris Christmas Markets

The underground mall at the Louvre (you don't have to get in line or pay entrance fees for the shopping center) is beautifully decorated. It's called the Carrousel du Louvre and you enter at 99 rue de Rivoli. Just walk in and follow the others.

All of these will be open Dec. 26 and that seems to be when you are free in Paris. If you do all this, you will have a very full day and a unique experience that can only be had at Christmas. Versailles will always be there and you can visit some other time. Same for the museums. Come back and visit those later; enjoy Christmas in Paris. It's beautiful. We were there before Christmas so there were groups out caroling in the streets and lots of concerts in the churches but I suspect by Dec. 26th that will be over. You certainly can still enjoy the beautiful decorations though.

Have a wonderful time.

18. Posted by Hoonat (Budding Member 14 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting ToonSarah

Quoting Hoonat

Everything is wonderful in London. I stayed there for 3 months this summer and 2 weeks last year. I'm really looking forward to going back again, I miss the life there.

The Hop on-Hop off is not a wonderful experience unless you only want a tour and stay in the bus, otherwise it's a loss of time to get off and wait for the next one. On the other hand, public buses are not expensive, they also have a double-deck but of course no touristic explanation, I used them very often to travel around the city, I enjoyed it. But if you really want to try it and don't spend too much money, I can recommend the London Pass after calculation it really worth it and there is a Hop on and off included.

There so much to see in general in London. The city itself is a monument: Leicester Square is a lively place near Piccadily circus, you can also try the frees Harry Potter and Jack the Ripper tour (online strawberry tour), the Sky Garden is free too but you really have to book it in advance as it's often busy etc....lots of museums are free. Ho, don't miss the Changing of The Guards, it's incomparable.

I gonna go there with a friend in April next year and she doesn't have lots of money, but there are so many things to see and live. I absolutely want to lead her to Camden town, I miss the atmosphere.

I'm sure you will enjoy this trip and this beautiful city!

Have a great day.

I’m very glad to know you love my home city so much. I agree with you about taking the regular buses over the HOHO - you might not get the commentary but you can see as much, if not more, for a fraction of the price. But I would advise visitors to calculate carefully whether the London Pass will really save them money, especially if not on a long visit. As you say, so much is free and you need to be sure you’ll be going to enough of the dearer places as if you only want to go to a handful you’re probably better off just paying for each separately.

Well, it depends if you want to visit a lot or not. Indeed I prefer making the most of London life, it is incomparable to anywhere else. But for people who really want a touristy tour, some visits are very expensive like the Shard or Tower of London and the Pass save money. But of course, it worth it if you make lots of visits and you're right, you have to check and prepare your trip before. It's a calculation.
Yes, I love so much your city but also people there. I made friends and I worked in London, much easier than in France I dare say.
I also when to Brighton and Birmingham. The train tickets were so cheap that I couldn't help it.
I didn't sleep a lot during these months but I loved it.

Kind regards

19. Posted by Albertbrown (Budding Member 2 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

There are many things you can do at Islington area in London. The iconic tower bridge is just in the proximity and a visit to London Canal Museum is a good idea indeed.

20. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1003 posts) 1w 1 Star this if you like it!

>There are many things you can do at Islington area in London. The iconic tower bridge is just in the proximity

Tower Bridge is at least 1.2 miles from the part of Islington nearest to it, which certainly isn't 'in proximity'!

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