Walk from the station to the London Eye, (go on it)
Walk or take a river boat to the Tate Modern, (go in for a few minutes - it's free!)
Walk to Shakespeare's Globe and take a tour
Eat at one of the many restaurants facing or near the river
Walk to the replica of the Golden Hinde and admire it from outside, (not worth going onboard IMO!)
Walk to Southwark Cathedral and go in
Return on foot to Waterloo station and the Eurostar
Take the Northern line to Charing Cross
Walk along Charing Cross Road and visit the second-hand bookshops
Eat at one of the many restaurants in the Charing Cross area
Return to Charing Cross station and catch the tube back to Waterloo and the Eurostar
Hope this helps.
There really is no comparison - Brussels is interesting but for beauty there are dozens of European cities which are more attractive and interesting - and I bet you even the good folk of Belgium would agree.
London is a vibrant and pulsating place, steeped in history at every turn but also at the leading edge of where the world is probably going. No ornament (it's a higgledy piggledy maze but that makes it all the more human) but you don't have to worry about heading for this attraction or that (though there are many if you want them) - just find a space to suit you and stand there and breathe it in.
flyeaa: I read the responses on the Brussels forum, and yeah, they were not particularly welcoming.
Along with the other suggestions posted above, you can take a city bus tour to get an overall view of the main attractions, and then choose one or two that really appeal to you and spend a little bit of quality time in them.
LeeB's suggestion is a very good one.
You might like to throw in a visit to one of the 'hot' exhibitions during the day - you may need to pre-book to ensure entry or avoid queuing. F'rinstance, you could see the Kandinsky at the Tate Modern & have a late lunch upstairs in the restaurant with the stunning views of St Pauls across the Thames.
Thereafter you could walk along the river back to the station to Eurostar to Paris or wander along the South Bank taking in the views & historic sites. Maybe a ride on the London Eye as it's within walking distance of Waterloo.
If you keep things to a minimum to can comfortably experience some of London's top notes.
So a bus tour, exhibition, great lunch/afternoon tea & a gentle stroll can be done. Avoid shops & crowded attractions too far from the Eurostar - too many travel logistics <stress>.
Flyeaa, We returned from Brussels trip last week and must say we enjoyed our stay. The people we met in Brussels were warm and welcoming, unlike some posters on this forum. Don't let them scare you off from enjoying what the city has to offer. Brussels can be enjoyed in a day whereas a day trip to London might be a bit ambitious.
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