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Itinerary Help - 2 Days in London

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Itinerary Help - 2 Days in London

We are in London for two full days (a stopover on the way home from Paris). Please, how does this sound to you all? We are early thirtysomethings with a finite amount of energy and will be weary from 4 days in Paris. However, it will be my wife's first time in Europe and we may not get to go back for a long time, so want to see what we can while we are there.

Arrive Saturday night, orient to area (staying at Darlington HP)

Sunday: Covent Garden, London Eye, then National Gallery &/or Portrait Gallery, Leicester Square at night

Monday: Westminster Abbey, Tower (maybe) and afternoon tea. Then go to hotel and pack for Tuesday am flight.

Is this do-able? Any feedback you might have would be much appreciated!!! Cheers!

Mike

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1. Re: Itinerary Help - 2 Days in London

I highly recommend the tourist bus tours, especially for first-timers and short-timers :)

www.bigbustours.com/uk/html/uk_home.html

http://www.theoriginaltour.com/

They are a good way to get the 'lay of the land' (and rest up a bit) - once you have made the rounds, you can hop off/hop on at your whim. There is just so much to see and this will give you a real sampling. The tickets are good for 24-hours and will also serve as a way about town.

BTW I prefer the National Gallery, but I'm a Turner and Constable fan...

T

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2. Re: Itinerary Help - 2 Days in London

Yes, that's perfectly doable, but I'd go to the London Eye first as it's on the other side of the river and the others are all in the same area on the opposite side. You'll also see Trafalgar Square as it's right in front of the National Gallery.

Westminster Abbey could be done in the morning and you can do the Tower in the afternoon quite easily with plenty of time for a late afternoon tea.

I'm sure that some of the other TALFers will even tell you what the best buses to get are for maximum sightseeing en route.

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3. Re: Itinerary Help - 2 Days in London

gemfinch: I would definitely do the Tower of London. It's the only castle in London and the tour with the Beefeaters is very enjoyable. And you can also see the Changing of the Guard there, if you're interested in that.

I don't see any shopping on your itinerary except Covent Garden. I would definitely try to see (whether via bus or walking) the shops on Oxford St., Regent St. and around Piccadilly Circus (walkable from Leicester Square).

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4. Re: Itinerary Help - 2 Days in London

Hi. If this is your first and only trip to London, then I

highly recommend the following:

first day, take a trip on a rde bud [city tour of London], it lasts

about two hours, but the ticket expires after 24hours, so you

can use the bus for sightseeing and traveling around. Try to

squeeze in the British museum, its free and near RUSSELL ST,

along the bus tour. Along the way you'll catch as glimpse of

BIG BEN, TOWER OF LONDON, CLEOPATRA'S NEEDLE,

WESTMINSTER ABBEY, ETC, so you'll see a lot. Along

south kensington, you'll find the Victoria Albert musuem, also

free and a wonderful place to tour.

Check out a tour company called Premium tours, they offer

many side trips [bus] that take you to castles, or places like

stonehenge.

Basically in London, try to take the city bus tour, see a museum, a castle [tower of london] do some shopping

portobello markets or covent gardens will offer choices...

and hit a pub, at almost every block. When I went I

spent a week, and saw LEEDS CASTLE, CANTERBURY

CATHEDRAL, THE CUTTY SARK, THE WHITECLIFFS OF DOVER

AND TOOK A RIVER THAMES CRUISE, FOR ABOUT 70 POUNDS

STERLING, WHICH INCLUDED ADMISSIONS TO THE SITES.

IT WAS AN ALL DAY TOUR. I ALSO WENT TO HAMPSTEAD,

HIGHGATE CEMETERY, SAW A PLAY AT THE FORTUNE THEATRE, WENT TO THE BRITISH MUSEUM AND THE V@A,

SHOPPED AT PORTOBELLO MARKET AND KENSINGTON CHURCH STREET, AND OF COURSE, TOOK THE CITY BUS

TOUR. IT WAS MY ONLY TRIP SO FAR, BUT I CRAMMED IN

ENOUGH SIGHTSEEING FOR A LIFETIME. GOOD LUCK!

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5. Re: Itinerary Help - 2 Days in London

You should be able to do both galleries- they are next door to each other and both well worth it. (you could always choose particular rooms if you are pushed for time. ) Its also close to Trafalgar Square so you can fit that in too.

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6. Re: Itinerary Help - 2 Days in London

The open top sightseeing buses are great but walking is fun as well and you could easily use Sunday to walk around and see most of the things on your list.

Start by taking the Bakerloo Line from Paddington to Embankment. Turn right out of the station and cross the Hungerford Jubilee footbridge over the River Thames to the South Bank and The Eye - great views (from Bridge and Eye!)

Then cross Westminster Bridge to Parliament Square and Westminster Abbey (Not open on Sundays except for services but if you just want to see the outside this will save you coming back on Monday).

Then walk up Whitehall past Downing Street and cut left at The Horse Guards into St James Park. Views of Buckingham Palace and there's a really nice cafe in the middle of the park. Cut over to The Mall and walk under Admiralty Arch into Trafalgar Square. The National Gallery is on the north side of the square and the National Portrait Gallery is behind it and to the right. St Martins In The Field is close by and the crypt is another good spot for a light lunch.

There are a couple of side roads you can take to go into Covent Garden where there is bound to be somethng happening of interest and you are also close to Leicester Square although most find it loud and tacky. You can then continue on to Piccadilly Circus where the Bakerloo Line will take you back to Paddington.

On Monday you could then head for The Tower of London by tube (Circle Line) or bus (Number 15 goes all the way) and get there early before the crowds build up. Buy your tickets in advance on the web or from any underground station. The head back to the west end from Tower Hill tube to Westminster and The Abbey.

Hope that helps and have a great time.

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7. Re: Itinerary Help - 2 Days in London

Thank you all so much! We really appreciate your insight. Mike

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8. Re: Itinerary Help - 2 Days in London

Totally doable.

Westminster Abbey is in the same area as the London Eye and Big Ben in case you want to combine them.

Also, pubs close at 11pm and dinner is not served past 10:30 im most places. Just to keep in mind.

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