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1. Posted by elliot_aus (Full Member 61 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Im goin to the UK in a coupla weeks, and have NO plans what so ever on what to do when i get there!!
What do people recommend I do when i first get there? Will i be really jet lagged, and wanna find somewhere to crash?
Im travelling from the US.

anything that is an absolute must when i first arrive??

2. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

There's loads to do in London. Depends how long you're here for and what you want to get out of your trip. I see from your profile you're 17. If you can get away with being 18, get off the tube at Westminster and have a little walk round, stopping at a pub every few hundred yards for a pint, jet lagged or not you'll be ready for a good kip by the time you get to Trafalgar Square.

Seriously though, there is so much to do and it there is a lot going on around Leicester Square, Covent Garden, Westminster etc. I would think the first thing you would want to do is find somewhere to crash though. Try and get to a Premiership game in London. Maybe Fulham, Spurs, Charlton or Crystal Palace, although getting tickets might not be easy.

3. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 318 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Things to do in London

1) Watch the change of guards at Buckingham palace at noon.
2) Madame Tussaud's wax museum
3) Tower of London
4) Tower bridge
5) BBC studios tour
6) Walk down Oxford Street
7) Charles Dickens' house near Russell Square
8) Sherlock Holmes' residence at Baker street
9) Spend every evening at Covent Garden
10) Big Ben
11) Westminster Abbey
12) Royal Observatory at Greenwich
13) Wimbledon Tennis Museum

Things to do outside of London

1) Visit Windsor castle
2) Alton towers
3) Stratford-on-Avon
4) Bath
5) Lake District

Message me if you need information about these places. Hope this helps.

Take care,


4. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Quoting pranavc

5) BBC studios tour

Hiya! :)

Is that a good tour? What's involved in it?


As for what to do....

I'd stop by Picadilly circus, Trafalgar Square, Shakespere's Globe Theatre, Hyde Park, National Gallery and shop! Harrods, Camden Markets and Harvey Nichols just to look (has designer names that are very expensive).

You may find this creepy, but I've always wanted to do a Jack the Ripper Tour....they walk around to important places in the case. Like I said, creepy, but interesting none-the-less.

Katie ;)

5. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 615 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Look guys, I'm biased. I'm a Northerner. But lets try to give visitors the impression that there's more to English life than London.
Yes London's great and there's a lot to see, but it's by no means the be-all and end-all.
Pranavc, you summed it up neatly:
Things to do in London - 13
Things to do outside London - 5
Put politely: nonsense. But you're forgiven because you're not a native.
If you're at all bothered about scenery, you have to travel at least 200 miles out of London, either west to Cornwall or north to the Peaks, Pennines or Lake District (which is where I live, luckily).
Yes there's history in London, but there's an awful lot more than that outside it. Western civilisation as we know it (whether we like it or not) owes much of its existence to Manchester - the heart of the Industrial Revolution. And it's not all boring museums - nightlife is made by people not places and Manchester is as good as any (I'm not from there, I just like it).
I shouldn't really need to explain the history of Liverpool either. And there are loads more.
And Scotland REALLY IS a different country. People think it's an extension of England, but the residents are different, and you will have to go to New Zealand to get comparable landscape.

And even I haven't seen it all, having lived here all my life. A few months ago I came across what is widely believed to be the best-preserved Mediaeval castle in England. Have you ever heard of Skipton? Exactly.
OK, if you're 17, then maybe you're not into castles, but you see what I mean?
Explore a little. Otherwise you've only done what everyone else has.

6. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 318 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


For elliot_aus: stevieh is right. My list of things to do outside of London is not a complete list. It's just the stuff I have done over two trips to the UK. Do not limit yourself to that list and explore beyond that. In addition, mtlchica is also right. Do the "Jack the ripper" tour. I've heard it's really good.

For mtlchica: The BBC studios tour was pretty good. I did the tour a few years ago while I was in London. It's an interactive tour that takes you through the various parts of the studios. There are times when they actually make you read out stuff and tape you. They kinda show you what you're like doing what the TV people do. It's pretty neat but the basic layout of the tour is not that different from the CNN studios tour in Atlanta or the NBC studios tour in New York City.

Hope this helps.


7. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I was there for just a few days, so I opted to walk along the Thames starting from about Parliament and moving - well, towards the Tower of London. Lots to see along the way, either right along the river or up the street a bit. It was a walking tour more than a "visiting" tour, but it gave me a good overview.

The next day I headed straight for Abbey Road, but that's just me...

8. Posted by elliot_aus (Full Member 61 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Thanks heaps for the help! I will be 18 when i get there - so that will be ok! made sure i was so i could drink :D

anyone be there when i get there? someone wanna be a travel guide?
arriving in late June


9. Posted by chalkers (Full Member 51 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hey Elliot,

Im an 18 year old Aussie that will be arriving in London on the 30th of June. My mate and I are planning on staying for about 4 months, 3 of which we will spend working in a pub.

We are both in the same boat as you, no idea on where to go or what to do etc...

We are plying in from Toronto, how about yourself??

Good Luck,

10. Posted by applegirl (Full Member 144 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Buy Time Out magazine as soon as you get here, it's a weekly magazine with listings of gigs, exhibitions, clubs, films and so on.

Walk along South Bank.
Watch London from the gigantic 'ferris wheel' - The London Eye.
Visit China Town and Soho.
Buy an A-Z map and explore London outside West End if possible.