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First time in London

We are planning a 4 day trip to London in June. Our family - 2 adults & 2 young adults (12 & 16 years old). What is a good safe area to stay at? Any recommendations on hotels (4 to 5 star). Restaurants? What we want to get out of this trip is WHAT MAKES LONDON, UNFORGETABLE?? What Attractions should we as a family experience to get the most out of this trip? i.e. museums, sites, culture, food. Within 4 days what is it that we need to do, visit, experience, taste. etc. to get the most out of this trip? What should we STAY AWAY from?

We are very active- we walk a lot. Love the outdoors, we are open minded to different experinces, foods, etc. We like SHOPPING!! We however are not so much into the night life/clubbibg, etc. We are more "day" or early evening people. Please provide as much info as you think you can. Answer the question, in your opinion, WHAT MAKES ROME UNFORGETABLE?? What will keep us talking about this trip for years to come?

ALSO--- I've heard of the London Pass. Is it worth getting? Any restrictions or problems with it?

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1. Re: First time in London

Welcome to the forum. As to safe neighborhoods, there are dozens. London is generally a very safe city. It is also one of the world's great walking cities. So much of what you want to see is in a relatively small area.

As to "must see or do" items -

- A "hop on-hop off" bus tour to get oriented

- The Tower

- Westminster Abbey

- St. Pauls

- The British Museum

- The National Portrait Gallery

- The London Eye

- The Cabinet War Rooms/Churchill Museum

- Greenwich (either to or from via river boat)

- Windsor Castle

- Hampton Court Palace

There are literally hundreds more, but these will fill 4 days - easily, and provide a lifetime of memories.

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All good advice from Tony, to which I would add Kew Gardens, especially if you love the outdoors. You will also probably very much enjoy walking along the river. I personally love the walk along the South Bank between Waterloo and London Bridge, but there are plenty of other places you can walk along the river.

If you're looking for 4-5 star hotels in London, be aware that they're not cheap, but there are plenty to choose from. Have a look at the reviews elsewhere on this site, and feel free to post back if you want help narrowing your selection down.

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The London Pass can be worth it, but it really varies by person. You should add up the cost of all the attractions you want to see and do a comparison to the London Pass. There are numerous threads on the topic if you do a search. Another option is 2for1 deals to get into attractions - this may be cheaper than the London Pass.

What type of attractions do you like? What are your interests. London offers something for everyone!

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Re: London Pass

Try searching on this page. You will find numerous threads on the subject, with both pros and cons.

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When you asked "what makes Rome unforgetable", I checked to see if you were going there, too.

Your trip sounds absolutely amazing.

How long will you be away for?

Are you really visiting all these places or is this some information-gathering project?

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Easy answer first: frequent poster hoogo has created a worksheet with respect to the Londonpass (which may or may not be a good buy, but the travel option is definitely not worth the money); see http://tinyurlcom/yo46ln for more details.

With respect to hotels, you may find a marked difference between four and five star properties in NoAm and in England, where stars are awarded for amenities rather than the hardware of the property. Two hotels that come to mind which may suit your needs are the Renaissance Chancery Court and the Marriott County Hall; one more to add is the Park Plaza County Hall.

theartgirl's list of FAQs at the home page is worth a read, as some of the links she's offered may answer some of your questions.

What will make London unforgettable are the things that you may wish to see and do, rather than things others may like. There are sights and attractions for all interests, including a few unusual sights that may (or may not) appeal - but it does depend on you.

London's markets may be of interest. Borough Market is a food market that appeals to almost everyone, and is worth getting up early for on a Friday or Saturday morning. If your 12 and 16 year olds are young women, they will definitely like a pilgrimage to Topshop at Oxford Circus, but something a little out of the ordinary is Leather Lane, a v swell market open on weekdays, visited by smart City girls who don't want to pay West End prices.

Knowing a bit more info can help us help you plan the Best Trip Ever. When will you be in London? Are you flying from IAD or BWI to LHR? Will you go from London to Rome or are you headed elsewhere in the interim; if so, will you fly or take the train?

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7. Re: First time in London

For culture, try a Friday evening discourse at the Royal Institution.

For food, Borough Market.

When you visit a museum, make sure you catch one of its free guided gallery tours.

Try a London Walk as well.

Websites for all these things can be found by googling the relevant names.

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Hi Newtrsvelr.

Great advice above; do read the (more recent) trip reports that others have left as they can provide useful information. They are in the stickys above the posted questions in the forum. And look through relevant old posted questions to see if any of the responses are helpful.

I'd be sure to visit Covent Garden and I'd also recommend Camden Lock which your kids will love

http://www.camdenlock.net/

re food: you can find great examples of every cuisine possible in London. Once you've picked a hotel, you can start thinking about restaurants.

As you will be visiting so many other countries, you should try to eat English, Indian, French and anywhere else you aren't visiting.

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