Post # 1
DH and I have 5 days in London in January – not the most ideal for weather, but it’s not tourist season so hopefully things won’t be as crowded.
We’re staying pretty close to the city center and are planning to try and get as much in in 5 days as we can. I’ve been to London once before – about 18 years ago, so I have some ideas but I’d love to know what other bees would put on their must do list!
We’re hoping to see a musical (DH wants to see Jersey Boys) and I know he wants to see the Churchill War Rooms. What would you add to the list??
Post # 2
- Wedding: November 2014 - Mauritius
MsGinkgo: I live in London – it’s a great city. You have to go to the theatre and go around Leicester Square, Covent Garden always has loads of fun things on, market, nice cafe’s/pubs and restaurants etc, Soho for night life and quirky bars. Oxford Street for shopping, London Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliment (the typical).
There is the London Zoo, Aquarium (not as good as it used to be). Kew Gardens is also worth a visit if you like that sort of thing, glass artist Dale Chihuli had a load of work their. There are plenty of museums (V&A, Natural History etc).
There is a lot to see and do in just 5 days but would say a show, Covent Garden, Kew Gardens, Oxford Street and one or two of the museums.
Let me know if you wanted any more detailed recommendations!
And P.S. it will be cold and most likely rainy in January, but very pretty
Post # 4
Tower jewels at the tower of London. I love the London Eye. A trip to Greenwich is nice if you want to get out of the city for a bit.
Life you want to do a day trip, there are cool trips that go to Bath and Stonehenge.
Post # 5
Commenting to follow! I will also be in London this January!
Post # 6
Here’s a geeky thing I would recommend… Going to the Harry Potter Film Studios! If you like HP that is!
I’m from London and agree with what the other posters said; Covent Garden is great on the weekends, and Oxford Street for shopping. I never see the difference between Zoos I have been to, and when I went to San Diego recently I felt I wasted two of my days by going to the Zoo and Aquarium as you can do that in most countries…
Hampstead is lovely to visit, there is Hampstead heath there to wander round, and you could visit La Creperie de Hampstead too which has the best pancakes in London!
Hope you enjoy your time here!
Post # 7
- Wedding: A very pretty church.
The Westend – see all the shows! (The Book of Mormon was awesome if that is still on)
The British Museum/ Natural History Museum/ Tate Britain/ Tate Modern/ V&A/ National Portrait Gallery…
Soho is amusingly seedy if you’re into places with an edgy vibe.
If you really want to push the boat out you could do tea at the Ritz or similar?
I would personally avoid The Tower of London because confined spaces + huge numbers of International tourists often = some variety of flu.
A sightseeing cruise on the Thames would give you a different view.
London is also a very multicultural city so of you have time to do the research it can be a great opportunity to explore other cuisines in the various cultural centres of the city, it needn’t be all fish and chips.
Another possible day trip idea (as I can see a few PP on the subject). Brighton is a lovely, quirky seaside goodtime town
Post # 8
UKbee: we’re prepared for cold and rainy 🙂 we’re coming from canada where it’ll be colder and snowy. If you have suggestions for good places to eat that would be great. DH is a big fan of pub food, we’re not looking for fancy fare.
WasMissNowMrs: fingers crossed I can convince DH to let me buy something just to get a bag!
Glasgowbound: we’re debating the Stonehenge/Bath daytrip. I did it last time I was there and loved it.
Proinceas: I REALLY want to do the HP tour, DH not so much 🙁
Taiki: we’re getting flu shots (we’ll be in India first) and with that much time on an airplane we’re really going to do our best to not get sick (but it may be impossible). I think DH wants to do the tower but we’ll see. We’re hoping that it won’t be AS crowded in January
Post # 9
MsGinkgo: For me it’d be;
West end theatre show
Duck tour – perhaps weather pending, you see so much
Crown Jewells – I’ve never done this but would love to
Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham palace
And of course there’s shopping and lots of it!
Post # 10
- Wedding: November 2014 - Mauritius
MsGinkgo: Ah you will be much better prepared for the weather then! I wasn’t sure if you were coming from some lovely warm environment :p
There is this pub in Covent garden called Henry’s which I go to EVERY time I am there. It isn’t a real ‘hole in the wall’ British pub but it’s lovely. The Ship Tavern in Holborn, The Dog & Duck in Soho, The Harp in Charing Cross are all really nice too.
In terms of restraunts I love Bodean’s (more of a BBQ/Steak House) in Fulham Broadway, 21 in Covent Garden (Italian) and if you want real English grub then Battersea Pie Station also in Covent Garden is amazing.
I would stay away from any of the regular coffee shops etc as they are the same anywhere 🙂
Post # 11
CatyLady: a Duck Tour? Please tell me more!
UKbee: thanks! That’s super helpful. The trip advisor lists are so long they’re daunting, I’m trying to have an idea of where we should eat before we start out so that we don’t end up somewhere really crappy or miss the chance at somewhere really great. DH is one of those people who goes from fine to famished in about 30 seconds and then he wants to eat RIGHT NOW and it can be a total pain if we don’t have a plan.
Post # 12
- Wedding: November 2014 - Mauritius
MsGinkgo: I know there are just so many places – it’s also personal taste, what you like/don’t like, what’s great to one person is not to another. The problem is you just can’t get around them all! I have been to so many nice little places but find it hard to remember now, there was somewhere I came across not too long ago but can’t for the life of me remember now, I know if was in Soho lol you will be fine 🙂 Hopefully that will give you some idea’s, to be honest in the nice area’s most places will be lovely and serve DH and you well.
Hope that you have a lovely time, we are getting out and going to Mauritius for our honeymoon in 2 weeks!
Post # 13
Les Miserables was one of the best things I’ve ever seen!! Amazing 🙂
City of Angels will be on at the Donmar Warehouse when you’re over there. I have actually not seen this musical which is supposedly a classic, but the cast is out of this world (Samantha Barks, Hadley Fraser and Tam Mutu). I wish I had the opportunity to go!
As for other attractions, I would make time for one of the markets. Borough Markets is fantastic and close to other landmarks you may visit.
The British Museum is a MUST
The changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace is also amusing to watch. There is so much fanfare it’s a really cheerful atmosphere.
And finally, I would go to either St James’s Park or Regents Park 🙂
Post # 14
MsGinkgo: It is so “touristy” but we did a double decker bus tour of the city (one of those hop on/off) and it really helped us get our bearings and make a list of what we wanted to visit more closely later in the trip.
I also recommend Crown Jewels at the Tower of London.
Post # 15
Where to start?! I lived there for two years and it’s my favourite city in the world!!
1) Borough Market – if you love food, you must go here. (http://boroughmarket.org.uk)
2) Tate Modern Gallery- free entry (except for special exhibits); wander around and have a coffee while taking in the view of the Thames (http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern)
3) Covent Garden – must eat a Cornish Pasty (or two)!
4) Find and eat at a Busaba Eathai (it serves modern Thai, and is my favourite restaurant): http://www.busaba.com (I highly recommend the Pandan Chicken)
5) If you’re there before January 11th, you must go skating at Somerset House – it’s like being on a film set, it’s so magical (http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/ice-rink)
6) Last minute tickets to a West End show are great…
7) Oxford Circus/Soho is a great area for shopping and taking in the wintery sights!
8) Take a day trip on the Mega Bus to Oxford (it only takes about an hour: http://uk.megabus.com/oxford.aspx). Oxford is stunningly beautiful. If you go, you must have a pint at the Turf Tavern.
9) Trafalgar Square always takes my breath away. While there, you can eat at the Cafe in the Crypt, which is in the basement of the St Martin in the Fields Church (http://www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/cafe-in-the-crypt/). It’s kind of fun to eat while walking on top of tombstones (maybe that’s just me).
10) Westminster Abby! You can take a tour, or you can attend mass there. The choral music is stunning. I love visiting large cathedrals and hearing the choirs – gives me goosebumps, and it really helps you sense the history of the place. It’s also next to Big Ben and the Parliament buildings so you can see those while you’re in the area. (http://www.westminster-abbey.org/home)
If I think of more, I’ll post again!