Post # 1
DH and I are going to Paris for 10 nights next month for our belated honeymoon.
We’ve decided to take a day trip to London, which DH is extremely excited about. According to the timetables for the EuroStar we could be there for about 12 hours, from 8:30am to 8:30pm.
I’ve been looking at the “Original London Sightseeing Tour” in the double decker buses, which looks promising. They run from 8:30 to 4:30 I think and you can get off at any stops you’re interested in exploring more thoroughly and hop across three tour lines. It also includes a free River Thames cruise.
So I’m wondering what you think is must see if you only had a limited time and what you should skip?
I’ve taken a look at the tours and the ones that pop out to me are Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben & Parliament, The London Eye (ferris wheel), London Bridge, 10 Downing Street, Tower of London, Shakespeare’s Globe, Harrods and British Museum.
Obviously we won’t be able to see a performance at the Globe, since that is at night and I’m afraid that we wouldn’t have enough time to go to the British Museum because it’s huge, although I’ve heard it’s fantastic. Also, as a huge Harry Potter fan I’m afraid I need to stop at King’s Cross Station (and wouldn’t mind stopping at Charing Cross Road and Tottenham Court Road, just to say I was there).
What would you say is worth seeing? Anything not worth the hype?
Post # 3
London bridge is just a bridge, Tower bridge is the good one (towers and opens up) which is what most people mean by London bridge, it’s a common mistake. you have Tower Bridge, The Tower of London next to it and St Katherine’s dock is just next to the Tower, lovely but tourists always seem to miss it.
River cruise is always good and you get a discount if you have a one day travelcard (bus and underground). The number 15 bus does a very similar route to the tour bus and much cheaper if you get a travelcard from any underground station,that bus route does Tower Hill/Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral and Trafalgar Sq. For Buckingham Palace get off at Trafalgar Square and walk up St James’s Park – close to Horseguard’s Parade and 10 Downing Street and another 5 min to Parliament and Westminster Abbey (then just cross the river for London Eye).
The Globe is across the river from St Paul’s Cathedral so pretty close.
Not a lot to see on Charing Cross road and Tottenham Court Rd if you are pressed for time, I wouldn’t bother.
Museums: National gallery at Trafalgar Sq and if you get the tube west then you have the victoria & Albert, Natural history and Science Museums in South kensington but that would eat up all your time.
Harrods is in Knightsbridge, also in the west but Selfridges is by Bond St underground and Fortnum & Mason is by Piccadilly Circus so nice and central.
One day is not enough to see it all so best to plan what you really want to see, plan ahead and don’t rush it. London is great.
Good luck with the weather!
Post # 4
Wow what a wonderful trip – you will have a great time!
The bus tour is a brilliant idea. There’s a few of the sights that you will see that don’t really warrant getting off and investigating further if your pushed for time – London Bridge, Big Ben, Houses of Parliment etc, as just to see them and take some pictures will probably be enough.
The London Eye is worth a trip as you will get a lovely view and some fantastic photo opportunities so I would definitely squeeze that in if you can. I may be wrong but I actually think its pretty close to the Train station you will come from so you could always do it at the end of your day sight seeing.
I would also suggest a visit to Covent Garden if you have time. Its lovely to stop there and have lunch and it has lots of street entertainers etc.
You may find it hard to fit everything in that you’d like to do as London is a big place and getting around will take longer than you might think. However you will still get a great overview of an amazing city and i’m sure you will have a great time!
Post # 5
I hated Picadilly Circus. But I loved Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and St. Katherine’s Dock. I’m sure the locals could tell I was a tourist when I spread out my arms and spun around in a circle while crossing Tower Bridge in the rain. I walked all over that area, and it was wonderful. Afterwards, I caught a boat which dropped me off by the Houses of Parliement.
It was a wonderful day.
Post # 6
I’d probably skip the museums as a museum is just that – they’re no different than any others!
Buckingham Palace IS amazing, but you do have to book a time in advance so if you want to ‘go with the flow’ it may not be for you, but it is awesome to do and it’s great when you see it on TV and you’re like *OMG I’ve been in THAT room!!!!* (which is totally what I did when I watched the Olympics opening ceremony). just a thought though – check if it’s running when you go – they only do tours over the summer. Sept might just be okay though.
Harrods is good, so I would go there, but that’s the only big store I’d be bothered about seeing if you could only see one. Otherwise Fortnum & Mason (nom) and Selfridges (food hall nom). Liberty is nice, but not something I’d bother with if you only had a day.
For food, try MeatLiquor for some pretty cool ‘underground’ kind of food. They’re the best burgers in town http://www.meatliquor.com/
I’d second the London Eye, too – but be wary of queue times, they can be HUGE.
Piccadilly Circus isn’t really much – I think Oxford/Regent Street is probably better to go to. Covent Garden is pretty nice, too.
And I’d go for the sightseeing tour. You might be able to get a different bus for cheaper, but you wouldn’t get all the info on the tour – and that’s the best bit. I haven’t done it, but I’m sure it’s good.
The weather should perk up a bit by September. the weather here has been RUBBISH go I hope it’s nice for you!!!
Post # 7
There is so much to see and to get as much out of your trip as possible stick to the hop on off bus tour, you should get most of what you want squeezed in and can take snaps rather than get off at the stops. Good luck, you have a busy day ahead. I would pass on the london eye, if you take the open top tour you will see all of what you do on the london eye and have better pics.
Post # 8
I would most definitely go to Covent Garden it is a lovely place to have lunch and shop, like pp have said. The South Bank is amazing. I love it’s my go to bit of London. It’s where the London Eye is – fab views.