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First time travellers. Melbourne to London (music lovers)

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First time travellers. Melbourne to London (music lovers)

My partner and i are doing our first overseas trip from 12th to 27th of Feb 2014. (yes winter, we love it) we are in our early 20's

we are rock n roll fans so naturally we are cramming many beatles/stones related things into the trip, but would also like to see as much history as possible re the royals and oxford, stone henge, oscar wilde, science museums etc.

we would also like to pop to paris on the train for 2 nights to do the bare minimum paris things, the eiffel tower, the louvre, the moulin rougue and the catacombs etc.

two nights in Liverpool aswell to do the cavern and beatles tours and soak up the atmosphere in general!

what i would love to hear is from people of similar interests who have experienced the things i have mentioned or know of something we might love doing in any of those cities! we are into vintage clothes, pubs and experiencing anything amazing. not so much into hiking or anything. but would love to do a day or two driving through the countryside etc.

we will be staying with a friend in london so we wont need to pay for accomm there, she lives near notting hill.

any suggestions on sites, events, must see's or must eats! budgeting tips or clothing tips, are all welcome! as i said its our first international experience and we want to cram as much as possible into our two week adventure :) any bizarre practical advice would be great too!

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1. Re: First time travellers. Melbourne to London (music lovers)

Arrival and departure days should be removed from the equation, as there likely will not be a great deal of sightseeing you can do then; that gives you 11 days for your travels.

Book the train from London St Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord at www.eurostar.com Booking is available now through 20 January, so you will be able to book your trip in just over a month. Doing so will give you the best choice of train times and fares.

National Rail trains for the journey from London Euston to Liverpool LIme Street go on sale about 12 weeks in advance of travel dates. Fares are due to rise next year, but check train times and fares now then book as soon as your dates are firm and tickets go on sale at www.virgintrains.co.uk

Should you wish to visit Oxford you should check www.firstgreatwestern.com for discounted rail fares, again about 12 weeks in advance. Tours to Stonehenge and Bath are offered by International Friends, Evan Evans and Golden Tours.

Should you make the journeys as above that will take six days out of the 11 you have for your holiday. If you add a day's drive in the countryside, perhaps coupled with the visit to Oxford, you will leave just four days for London.

You would like to 'experience anything amazing' - can you hint at what that might include for you?

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2. Re: First time travellers. Melbourne to London (music lovers)

Notting Hill is a central point to be based, being on the Tube Lines Central, District and Circle,

Checking bus routes Notting Hill is in the Council area of Kensington and Chelsea www.tfl.gov.uk

Off Bayswater Road Notting Hill is Kensington Gardens, and on the opposite side of the gardens is

Kensington Palace, home of William and Kate.

"Must see's" are endless and you need to read up and plan your time in London www.visitlondon.com and you can do free things www.londonforfree.net

London markets www.streetsensation.co.uk/markets.htm

Oscar Wildes London home is at 34 Tite Street Chelsea, and you will see a blue plague on the wall.

Between Whitechapel and Stepney Green on Mile End Road, you will find Captain Cooks home.

Entertainment info www.theatremonkey.com www.timeout.com You can purchase cheap theatre tickets at the Ticket Booth in Leicster Square www.tkts.co.uk/leicster-square

To visit Liverpool, trains www.virgintrains.co.uk Buses www.nationalexpress.com www.visitliverpool.com

Trains to Oxford and to Salisbury www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk Bus departs from outside Salisbury station to Stonehenge.

Car rental rates www.autoeurope.co.uk Route planner www.viamichelin.com

www.visitbritain.com

Accommodation on the road www.venere.com

Edited: 23 September 2013, 06:31
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3. Re: First time travellers. Melbourne to London (music lovers)

If you want to tour the childhood homes of John and Paul you should book your tickets on the National Trust website in advance. This is because the houses are small and numbers allowed inside limited. The NT buses visitors to the homes from central Liverpool.

nationaltrust.org.uk/beatles-childhood-homes/

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4. Re: First time travellers. Melbourne to London (music lovers)

Have you considered flying in to Britain... not necssarily arriving in London... and then home from Paris? It will give a bit more time. You are trying to cram a lot in so optimising your flights will make a huge difference.

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5. Re: First time travellers. Melbourne to London (music lovers)

Good point Itsmeagain2.

Alice you could book a multicity air ticket and fly into London and out of Paris ie: www.airsingapore.com www.emirates.com

Liverpool could be your last visit in the UK, then fly Liverpool to Paris www.easyjet.com

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6. Re: First time travellers. Melbourne to London (music lovers)

check out the music/musical instrunment shops on Denmark Street. Keith Richerds refers to it in his book.

lonelyplanet.com/england/…69767

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7. Re: First time travellers. Melbourne to London (music lovers)

Are you following the similar thread on the London pages posted by Tim and Jen entitled 'Rock and Roll'? On it I've just recommended to them smallcarbigcity's one and a half hour Beatles tour of London. You get a private guide and travel in a classic Mini cooper.

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8. Re: First time travellers. Melbourne to London (music lovers)

If you are staying in Notting Hill, this might be of interest;

www.thesourcemag.net/index.php…

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9. Re: First time travellers. Melbourne to London (music lovers)

good point! i will suggest that to my travel agent too :) thank you

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