NWR: London Bees… what are some must see/do things?

posted 3 years ago in United Kingdom
Post # 3
3698 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Take the boat down the Greenwich for the day. The observatory is cool and there are aome great shops and markets 

the London Eye is touristy but very cool if you’ve never done it. Just try to go on a clear day. 

I love the area around Covent Garden. Street performers, some cool market stalls to shop at, etc. 

I adore Marks and Spencer. I love their prepared foods and like their clothes. 

If you decide to leave the city, the city of Bath is awesome. So is bumming around the Cotswalds. 

Post # 5
10840 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Agree with @Glasgowbound: The London Eye is cool and so is Covent Garden. One of the best tourist things I’ve done is a ‘Duck Tour’ it takes you around all the great sights on land and water. One thing I haven’t done that I would love to is visit the ‘Crown Jewels’. 

Post # 6
679 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Not exactly a hidden gem but Westminster Abbey is my favorite place in London… I’ve been to London a few times and have to squeeze in a visit whenever I go!

Post # 7
158 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@brighteyedgirl:  i have been to london a few times and one of the best things i did was the jack the ripper tour.  The guy who did ours gave us a history of london was really good if not abit spooky just wrap up well.  i loved the tower of london was amazing if yr into history (i love henry the 8th etc).  I love the shows that you can go to.  My advice is to get an underground (like a subway) ticket unlimited as you can go anywhere with them. 

Post # 8
3016 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

I usually try to avoid the really touristy things b/c I dislike crowds. But just walking around in  fun neighborhoods and having English beers in pubs is so fun! My favorite English thing: chicken and mushroom pies!


Post # 9
5398 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

@brighteyedgirl:  I live near London, and I am a terrible, terrible person because I’ve done barely any of the touristy things lol.

The London Eye is pretty cool, as are a lot of our museums, my favourites being the Natural History museum (particularly the dinosaur bit), the British Museum (particularly the Egyptian bit), and the Science Museum. Most museums and art galleries are free of charge, though some may charge for certain areas/exhibitions.

I second checking out Covent Garden; there are some quirky shops in the area, and the street entertainers are fun to watch.

I also like Portobello Road market; again, there are some quirky stalls, plus lots of antiques, vintage clothing etc, and some great food stalls and cafes; worth a visit. Similarly, if you’re into food Borough Market is well worth checking out. I also love Camden: awesome food stalls, and loads of quirky shops, def one of my favourite places in London. Come evening they also have a good pub and music scene.

I adore Harrods as my dad works there and I’ve been many times; but it’s changed a lot 🙁 However, the Egyptian escalators and the Dianna memorial are worth a look, as are the food halls.

I’ve not been, but a lot of people like the Ice Bar near Oxford Circus (basically, a bar made of ice lol). If you want to do that though I would advise pre-booking before you come.

Afternoon tea is a pleasant, and quintessentially English, thing to do. I’ve been to both the Ritz and the Goring, and would recommend both; the Ritz was fancier, and the Goring more ‘homely’, both were lovely. Just check dress-codes as men are usually required to wear a jacket (though these can usually be rented/borrowed if necessary). Again, I would recommend pre-booking if you want to go to one of the more famous ones like the Ritz.

Check out the various shows, ballets, and operas. Lastminute.com offers tickets to popular West End shows at reduced prices, and you can get ballet and opera tickets (if that’s your thing) from as little as £25/$40 if you don’t mind sitting high up. My favourite theatres for the ballet/opera are the London Colliseum (great value) and the Royal Opera House (pricey). The Royal Albert Hall also has concerts and shows on. On a similar vein, the Globe Theatre do tours which might be of interest. 

Ronnie Scott’s is a famous jazz club worth a visit. Tickets are usually about £20/$30, and drinks are pricey, but they get some top-class musicians and the atmosphere is great.

If you’re into jewellery, check out Hatton Garden; it’s chock-full of jewelery shops and prices are good (don’t forget to haggle if you buy, esp if you get more than one piece). For clothes etc, check out the Westfield malls (one is located in Stratford, the other in White City); both are shopping heaven.

My mum really rates the Tower of London, though I’ve not been. Madame Tussaud’s and the Planetarium are also popular, though personally I’m not a massive fan.

That’s all I can think of for now!

Post # 10
3519 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Borough Market if you’re a foodie!

Post # 11
190 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

+1 on Borough Market and Greenwich! If you do go to Borough Market and like wine, you should also stop in at Vinopolis: http://vinopolis.co.uk/

I would personally avoid Covent Garden if you’re looken for more ‘off the beaten path’ experiences; it’s crowded and generally overpriced. But there is some fun stuff to do there, so if you’re not fussed about crowds then go! 🙂

You should also try and stop in at Fortnum and Mason, near Green Park: http://www.fortnumandmason.com/ the 1707 bar downstairs does awesome food and wine!

If you want to head into the City, walking up the Monument is a definite must and will be quiet during weekdays. Near there is St Paul’s Cathedral and also Leadenhall Market which is interesting. 

All of the above suggestions are good, too – enjoy!

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