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Short time in London

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Short time in London

Will only be in London for a day and a half - first time there. What are "must sees"?

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In terms of 'seeing', just walk around London. The view from the South Bank, where the London Eye is, is excellent. Though I wouldn't waste my time actually queuing and going on the thing. Across the bridge (walk) are the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey, which are gothically fabulous, most people just 'walk by', but tours are available parliament.uk/visiting/…

St Pauls Cathedral is another appreciated from the outside, but it's much easier to do the inside than for Westminster, either pay the £12 or whatever it is for a ticket, or attend a service (perhaps Evensong) to get a sense of what it is about as a building.

Otherwise there are plenty of free museums you can dip into:

V&A

Science

Natural History

all more-or-less together in South Kensington, each full day visits (although you can of course just go in and out), down the road from Harrods (which is nice enough but more Dubai than London in many ways, and probably you don't have enough time

the British Museum, which is fantastic and ironically mostly NOT British but not particularly close to anything else

and then art galleries

Tate Modern - by the London Eye

Tate Britain (further down from Westminster)

National Gallery - handily located next to semi-obligatory photo-by-fountains in Trafalgar Square

Buckingham Palace is ugly, but you can stand outside and watch the Changing of the Guard, if that's the sort of traditional pomp you are looking for

Then there's the Tower of London, which is potentially long lines but has the tourist trap Crown Jewels, and the adjacent iconic Tower Bridge.

So take your pick from those, ignore tourist traps such as Madame Tussauds, London Dungeon, anything to do with Sherlock Holmes, anything buffet restaurant or a restaurant calling itself 'something Steak House' 'something Pasta', or 'something pizza', and anything on Leicester Square. Walk down a side road for a few minutes and you'll find a better place to eat.

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tfl.gov.uk/cdn/…visitor-guide.pdf

Page 11 of the above guidebook lists the top museums and galleries in London, most of which are free. And page 17 shows where they all are in relation to the underground stations.

A guided walk with www.walks.com around the main sites would be worth doing, or you could go with them on a ghost walk or a pub guided walk in the evening. A visit to the theatre is a "must-do" as well.

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A similar past discussion that might be worth a look-see.

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4. Re: Short time in London

Think of what made you decide to come here in the first place and go there.

Failing that - a guidebook.

Otherwise - the Tower of London.

Edited: 16 July 2014, 13:05
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<<<Otherwise - the Tower of London...>>> and a fish-n-chips or at least a chicken tikka masala. ;-)

Edited: 16 July 2014, 17:09
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