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Help me make sense of London!

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Help me make sense of London!

We are on our first trip to London and have 4 days (Tues-Fri) to see the city. Questions:

1) Are there certain attractions which can be grouped together and seen in the same day since they're close in distance?

2) What would be the best way to see the main tourist attractions? self-guided v. with tour

3) Which sites can we see from the outside and which should we have a tour guide?

4) We'd like to walk the city as much as possible. Which walking tour companies would you suggest?

Thanks for any help!

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1. Re: Help me make sense of London!

If you get a guide book (or just look on Google maps) you will easily see which attractions are close together. Or just tell where you want to go and we can group them for you.

As to where to visit, you tell us. We don't know you or your preferences. I could say visit the fan museum, it's amazing. But that's no use if you don't like fans.

A good guide book is where you need to start. There must be a reason why you want to visit London so you probably have a list of places you want to see already. Why you would ditch this for places suggested by random strangers online I don't know.

So the library or Amazon is your next stop.

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2. Re: Help me make sense of London!

this has also been posted on the UK forum

do you have 2 tripadviser accounts ??

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3. Re: Help me make sense of London!

That was my husband's account, made my own. Just learning where/how to post.

Thanks for the help.

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This is a useful map


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1) Create a map for yourself in Google Maps. All you need is a Google account. As far as I remember off the top of my head you can have up to three layers and can plot 1,000 points. You can also pay for a better account which has a larger number of layers/points, but it shouldn't be necessary. If you plot the places that you want to see on the map you will very easily be able to work out for yourself how to group them. There is little point in anyone here telling you what to group together as we don't know what you want to see.

2) I don't think there is any need to use a guided tour for London. I think it would be very limiting to have to follow a group of people around with a tour guide. It's much more interesting and practical to invest in a guide book and organise your own visit. Given that London is overall quite a safe place to be, that we have an excellent public transport system, and that the native language is English, there really is not need for a tour.

3) Again, I don't think that you need a tour guide anywhere, apart from a few places which you can only visit as part of a guided tour (e.g. Ranger's House in Greenwich).

4) You can self-guide a lot of London walks. There is quite a prolific industry of producing self-guided London walking books these days. A favourite of mine is 'Do Not Alight Here'. You may want to use the tube, bus, DLR, Overground, tram, river, cable car, and national rail while here, but if you are up for a lot of walking you can see most of the city centre on foot.

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6. Re: Help me make sense of London!

Hi Nelda!

Someone recommended this site to me recently for planning purposes. Since my trip is all but planned the info came too late. Perhaps it will help you.


Happy planning!

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7. Re: Help me make sense of London!

I suggest you go to a Library or Bookstore and get a couple of Travel Guides for London and a map

The travel Guides will group attractions together and give information on them

You read them and either Mark in the book which things interest you or make a List/spreadsheet

there are also many good sites for Free London things and what is currently going on in London




to get around London you walk./bus/Underground/train - London Transport site


London Walks is an excellent company for walking tours- been on at least 6 of them over my visits to London

they have many with Themes like Legal London or Dickens London or Beatles London

And they also have many Day Walks outside of London as well


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8. Re: Help me make sense of London!

Lots of articles and resources here: https:/…edit

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9. Re: Help me make sense of London!

I found Tripomatic useful for locating places of interest and transport. Unfortunately they've 'improved' it so much now it is more difficult but just to get a hang of the groupings I think it would be good. It also links to the websites with opening hours etc.

Yes you certainly can group the main things people usually want to see so you can walk between them and plenty of parks to take a break in. Start with one point of something you desire, work around it and get the timings/distances, get to know it. Then move to another.

When you get stuck ask again.

Don't take a tour guide. It will be dull, you'll be stuck with their timings and trying to hear them rather than looking and discussing it yourselves. You'll also miss lots of spontaneous things you see on the way.

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10. Re: Help me make sense of London!

The map on page 17 of this visitors guide is perfect for your needs.


It shows most of the main attractions so you can see where they all are and how close they are to each other.