Delayed Mini honeymoon in London (in January) what should we do?

posted 2 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee

What types of things do you both enjoy? My SO and I were recently in London for ten days. We stayed near Hyde Park which was very nice. I would suggest mapping out what you want to do first and then finding a place to stay. If most of the attractions you are interested in are in Westminster then stay there rather than wasting some of your time riding the tube back and forth since you don’t have tons of time. 

My SO was a history major, so we went to a lot of different museums like the Churchill war rooms, natural history museum, etc. We also went to Kensington Palace, but mostly we just walked around and enjoyed our surroundings. We knew we would visit again in the future, so we didn’t feel the need to pack every single thing we could into our first trip there.

ETA: You should look up the two for one deals with a travel pass. I’m not sure if they offer them every year, but when we went we got a 10 day travel card and then we were able to print out coupons for various attractions to get in BOGO. I’m not sure if it’ll be worth it for you to spend the money on the travel card, but it saved us a ton of money! You can get free meals at restaurants and most of the attractions in the area do it even the popular ones. We were able to ride the London Eye multiple times because it was so cheap. 

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by  beetee123.
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

In London I like the Tower of London, British Museum, Camden Markets, shopping on regent/oxford streets, west end shows, dinner at the oxo tower, St. Paul’s cathedral (better view from the top than the London eye in my experience), Westminster Abbey, the various parks, changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. The London Dungeons was good for a laugh once too. My husband enjoyed the Churchill warm rooms. I’ve had high tea at the Ritz and Claridges – both were great. I also love the Covent Garden area.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Tower of London, London eye, I’m an English teacher so I love Shakespeare’s Globe theatre. I really liked the London museum. 

You can also take guided day trips to places like Bath and Stonehenge so I’d recommend those as well. They drive you but you don’t really have to,stay with the guide the whole time – you can wander a bit on your own

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - The Wayside Inn

I lived in London for a while, and I was also a history major! All the suggestions so far are great. If you like museums, definitely take advantage of being there in the off season. Places like the National Gallery (although not so much the British Museum) are nearly dead in January. I was studying art history there, and I’d drop by the NG for an hour or so and have galleries nearly to myself. It was really amazing.

The Imperial War Museum is the main museum that the Churchill War Rooms are a branch of – it’s free to visit, absolutely HUGE, and they just reopened after a long renovation! Definitely worth checking out.

I loved wandering the city and stumbling upon roman ruins, but I know there are also some walking tours that will take you right to them. The Museum of London also has some great info about the Roman era of the city (and every other era, too!)

Tower of London is expensive but definitely worth the price if you’re history buffs. I recommend getting there early in the day and planning to spend several hours there.

Climb to the top of the Monument on a clear day for the best view of London.

You can save a LOT of money by staying outside the touristy areas, so it might be worth it to you to calculate the amount of time you’d lose on the tube vs. how much it costs to stay more centrally. Google Maps is a great way to plug in some addresses and see where they are in comparison to where you want to be. Like NYC, often what matters more is proximity to the right tube line, rather than being close as the crow flies. 

Have fun planning! I’m in the midst of figuring out a January honeymoon, too 🙂

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

London is massive, and th attractions are all spread out, so choose your hotel based on proximity to the Tube/Underground rather than any specific neighborhood or city (London is actually a collection of many many small cities and towns into a huge metro area, and most of what people call “London” is really not London city proper). Leicester Square is my favorite area for hotels but it’s also quite crowded there so it might not be everyone else’s favorite.

January in London will be cold, probably rainy, maybe snowy, so concentrate on indoor stuff to do. The London City Museum is great. There are several Haunted/Ghost tours which are always fun, and usually happen at night so you can do other things in the daytime.  A walk through the Portobello Road markets area on a weekend day is always a treat, so long as you’re bundled up. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

the town of Windsor is also rally cool. You can take the train out, see the castle and wander around the city. 

I also love taking a boat down to Greenwich. The trip itself down the Thames is beautiful and Greenwich is fun. You can visit the observatory and the city is full of shops and restaurants. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

MsGinkgo:  We just got back from our honeymoon in London the other night (still recovering from jet lag!).  One of the best things we did was not to stay in a traditional hotel, we found a short-term apartment, it was a bit less cost-wise, but the best part was the added space and privacy, plus we had a kithcenette which allowed us to go the grocery store and have snacks and breakfast in our room instead of having to go out every morning.  Of the places we stayed, the Docklands is very nice (but can be $$), in East London location is everything (the South side of the rail tracks was dodgy, the north side alright).  Look around, right now the BBC Proms are going on and there are a ton of cool (and realitively cheap) concerts going on.  BTW there seems to be construction everywhere right now, and in terms of getting around the Oyster card (where you pre-pay a certain amount that you can reload) is a better vaule than buying tickets everytime.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

MsGinkgo:  If it makes him feel better, you’re not actually renting or staying in someone’s house or apartment, no one actually lives there.  There are companies that rent and maintain the apartments specifically for the purpose of having travellers stay in them.  For exapmle when we were in Cardiff the company we went through was called A Space in the City, we found them through booking.com. There are several in London that you could go through. 

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