Bumming around London for a few days...

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1. Posted by Jess_Bear (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys,
I'm going to the UK in two weeks, and meeting up with one of my very good friend s whom I haven't seen in two years (she lives in Switzerland), and we're touring around London for two or three days. I've been to London before, seen the top twenty attractions (though would like to go shopping again), and I have no idea what to do with my friend while we're there. We're both twenty-somethings and love to explore. Mayhaps we both should go shopping?
What would you guys suggest for cheaper alternatives to keep us both occupied? Free museums and such?


2. Posted by bob flinn (Full Member 173 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Jess, I've sent a message to your other posting, for this one you can visit all the museums for free, that is a good idea, most of them will occupy the best part of a day. Try the Science Museum first, something for everyoine there.
you can take a ticket on the "Big Bus" for a cost of £20 it covers 24 hourrs use touring all the tourist highlights that you seem to have done already, you can hop off and hop on at any of their stops and you get a short river trip thrown in.
There are London guides on the internet like ttp://uk.visitlondon.com/
much will depend on the weather, right now it is clear sunny skies and great for wandering.
Have a cool time with your friend,

3. Posted by miromar (Respected Member 175 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


Try Camdem and Portobello market, they are fun places, and the shopping is awesome! (diferent stuff, guaranteed!)

Have fun!

x x Miromar x x

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 27, 2007, at 6:20 AM by miromar ]

4. Posted by janesgarde (Budding Member 41 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Jess
Yes, Camden Market is a goodie! Try a wander over Hampstead Heath if you want some open space, thee are good views over London.

Also, a walk along the South Bank from Westminster Bridge going east, stoppong if you like at the Tate Modern, The London Eye, (book beforehand on the net and collect your tickets from a machine), Sir Francis Drake's Golden Hind is moored, to London Bridge and the Design Museum and keep walking you will get into the old East End, cobbled streets etc. THe walk takes in a huge number of styles and near London Bridge there is a food market, I can't think of its name, just west of London Bridge.

Or take a train to Brighton for the day,

5. Posted by GeorgeIOW (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Jess Bear. I live on the Ise of Wight .in the Uk..
And I have done a bit of travel .
But as above .
I too love the London markets.
Specialy Portobello market but beware of some thing for nothing gift .
and a Good Sunday market to is Brick lane .
enjoy your bargain hunting.

6. Posted by Jess_Bear (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Very cool. I'll check out the website and plan for a few places. Thanks everyone!

7. Posted by Maneck (Budding Member 31 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Another cool thing to do is go to a pub in Wapping called the Prospect of Whitby or the Captain Kidd, these are one the oldest riverside pubs in London cool ambiance, great beer n food
have fun

8. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'll also be in London for 3 or 4 days. Exactly which museums are free and which ones are worth visiting? I know I can search online but I prefer personal experiences :)

Oh, sorry if it seems like I'm trying to take over your thread :(

9. Posted by sunicol (Full Member 93 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

There's SO much to do in London it's incredible. You've been told some bits already but I'd also suggest the National Gallery on Trafalgar Sq. Check out the Dutch Master - Holbein, his painting called The Ambassadors has a weird grey splodge on the bottom but if you look at the pic sideways it transforms into a skull - VERY cool!! Also, Hampton Palace is a lovely day trip. One of my fav walks is start at Big Ben (Westminster station & turn right - you can't miss it!) then walk up Whitehall Rd towards St James (you'll see the guards), walk through the archway into St James Park then meander down to Buckingham Palace. It's easy to wander back up to Picadilly/Covent Garden/Trafalgar Sq from there :). If there for a week get a weekly travel pass or if you only want to do a daily one be advised that buying it just after peak time makes it cheaper. Enjoy.

10. Posted by lilylla (Budding Member 40 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Kew Garden - nice place