3 Days in London!

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1. Posted by Liquid (Budding Member 17 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I have not done the legwork yet on planning out the particulars of my long weekend in London, and I have not been there in 8 years, so someone throw a couple ideas at me on things to keep me busy. I am 29 and will be travelling alone or with a companion.

I saw the sights a decade ago, but want to do it again. I do not plan on renting a car. I plan on 3 full days in the city. I am a big soccer (football) fan, but not sure which weekend I am going so cannot make plans for any matches.

I know there is so much to do, but if you have a moment, just give me the ones that are your favorites. Also, give me those little spots that you frequent and what makes London .. well.. London.

Thanks for any info you can give me,


2. Posted by Jase007 (Respected Member 8870 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi there,
3 days, mmm lots to do. London has changes a fair bit in the last 8 years, so i'd recommend you get a weekend travel pass and wander. I* usually find thaty the best things are found when you are just drifting around a city, that way you don't feel like you have a list to tick of and no pressure on time.
Some suggestions of things:
The south bank is a great area (from tower bridge through to westminster).
central london (trafalgar square) has had a face lift and is now padestranised.
The royal parks (hyde, Richmond, Kew).
River cruise
Greenwich observatory, cutty sark (tea clipper)
Musemes (Albert, national, science, tate modern)
Theater - lots of good shows on at the moment.
Depending on the time of year, the Globe theatre (a replica of a shakespearian theater) has plays on.


3. Posted by Liquid (Budding Member 17 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thanks Jase.

Just a few more questions if you don't mind.

When you say a weekend travel pass, is that like a all encompassing public transportation pass (Tube and busses)?

I will be travelling in June, any later than that and I think it may be too hot, but I could be wrong. I will be reading up as much as possible, but there is no better info from those that live there and those that have experienced London recently.

I missed Greenwich observatory the last time around. Is that far from downtown London?

Thanks for any info you can give.

4. Posted by jen23 (Full Member 73 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

You can get a 3 day travelcard that includes hop on/hop off tube (subway)& bus. Current cost is £18.00 or so, Anyways, you buy it anywhere underground, like an ATM machine in the wall. The card works in zones, so the larger the area of London you want to cover, the more zones, therefore the higher the price for the ticket.
You can buy it online otherwise. Don't be decived - you can walk to most places in a matter of minutes.

Recommended sights to see /Tourist bits:
London eye, buckingham palace, changing of the gaurds, Big Ben, Westminster, shop on Oxford street, see the market at covent gardens, see a play/theatre in lecister square, see a gig at Wembley, go on a river boat along the thames, Madame Toussads is a must, tower of london has the jewels, have lunch viewing st pauls cathedral, various museams. Need I go on??

You can easily fill 3 days in London, just choose what takes your preference. It might benefit you to purchase a 'London Pass' that gives you access to most of the mentioned above for about £60.00. Check out www.londontown.com for info.

hope this is of help.

5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I did 3 days in London 2 years ago. It was quick - but I'd always dreamed of going, so I wanted to make the most of it. I spent the first day walking along the Thames - they have a nice walking patht hat goes by lots of the main attractions. I also walked across Abbey Road - an absolute must for any Beatles fan. We also went to Highgate cemetery (Karl Marx has a massive headstone there), Covent Gardens, chinatown, and did lots of just walking around.

6. Posted by Jase007 (Respected Member 8870 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Liquid

I missed Greenwich observatory the last time around. Is that far from downtown London?

I think all the other questions have been answered, the observatory, you can either get ther by tube, train or boat. I'd suggest getting off on the north side of the thames, near the science muesem and walking through Bunels tunnel to Greenwich (the park is quite nice too).

7. Posted by Caesar (Full Member 74 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

For the clubs-nightlife i'd skip the West End if not for a few drinks . There you will find just tourists and few real Londoner vibes. I enjoyed the most partying in Old Street clubs which are a bit more alternative but the atmosphere and the fun is great!

For the sights i always love to do the Southwark itinerary; this year i added the Strand and the old Inns of Courts quarter which has many nice buildings and many hystorical pubs and places (many saw hystorical persons living there or spending there time)+ St. Paul's cathedral.

8. Posted by Liquid (Budding Member 17 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Just wanted to say thank you for those that have posted so far. All your info is being noted and I have been looking into a lot of the things mentioned. Exactly what I was looking for from all you folks. Keep the info coming if anyone else has some lil hole in the wall places that I should not miss.