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Things to do in and around London (need suggestions)

By jmgarvin ·
I need some suggestions for a London trip I'm taking in early June. We'll be there for 3 days...

We plan on doing the Duck tours (the amphibious vehicle deally), hitting Stone Henge, and then maybe a museum or two....Is there something we HAVE to see in London? Is there something around London we have to see?

I think Stone Henge will probably take the good part of a day (for travel and touristy stuff) and the Duck tour is only about 1.5 hours.

I've heard the Thames river tours are pretty interesting, but it seems a little expensive to go from Waterloo to Greenwich Pier ($45/person)...

Also, what is the best way to get around London? The underground, taxi, bus, or combination?

As a side note:
We've seen the Tower of London, London Bridge, Piccadilly Circus, Windsor, Crown Jewels, Westminster Abbey, and the changing of the guard.

I know, I'm a difficult and stupid American ;-)

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by neilb@uk In reply to Leave London & go visit B ...

Bath is really nice - Georgian crescents, Roman baths and the like but London is one of the world's major cities with history from pre-Roman to the present all crammed together. If you know what you're doing, where you're going and how to get there, you can see and so much more in a day than anywhere else.

I've already sent jmgarvin round the London Eye then down the Thames to Greenwich, back through Canary Wharf to the Bank of England via the DLR, a short walk up to the Golden Gallery of St Pauls Cathedral and then a nice stroll to the Law Courts and into The Middle and Inner Temple.

Back to Fleet Street and then he just hops on a number 11 bus and it'll take him down then Strand, past all of the other London places mentioned in the "Da Vinci Code" and drop him off in the West End for Westminster Abbey.

What shall we have him do in the afternoon?

Bathe his feet...

Sleep...

Hmmm. what else is good?

A curry in Brick Lane! http://tinyurl.com/94na

Oranges and Lemons church tour...

"Oranges and lemons" say the Bells of St. Clement's
"You owe me five farthings" say the Bells of St. Martin's
"When will you pay me?" say the Bells of Old Bailey
"When I grow rich" say the Bells of Shoreditch
"When will that be?" say the Bells of Stepney
"I do not know" say the Great Bells of Bow
"Here comes a Candle to light you to Bed
Here comes a Chopper to Chop off your Head
Chip chop chip chop - the Last Man's Dead."

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http://www.rhymes.org.uk/oranges_and_lemons.htm to see what its all about (ignore the /winfixer popup, the site's well worth a visit).

Just thought I'd add a couple of links to the no. 11 bus. Alas, not a Routemaster any more.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Number_11_bus
http://www.londontourist.org/free.html for lots of other free stuff.

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by neilb@uk In reply to No.

Get a travel pass!

If you get lost, all TV satellite dishes point south. No. 1 of any road is always closest to Charing Cross. Unfortunately, some streets number up one side and down the other and some are odd numbers one side, even the other.

Visit the courtyard of Somerset House, have a picnic lunch in St James's park and feed the ducks, walk up Regent Street.

Stay for longer...

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Thank you all

by jmgarvin In reply to Things to do in and aroun ...

Later on, I'll post pics in my blog of what we did and where we went!

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Great time and money saver

by traveller2205 In reply to Things to do in and aroun ...

Hi there fellow travellers and tourists. I live in France and recently visited London.

I found it was a very expensive place and thought I would never be able to visit all the things I wanted especially since I was only there for two days.

A friend who organises group visits to London suggested I buy a London pass. It's basically free access to loads of attractions (at least 50) plus you can cut the queue. I chose the one with transport option because I was travelling all over london. The travel option gives you free travel by bus and underground in all zones.

I can't remember the exact price, I think I paid around ?50 for two days. I got it on a website called Gift tours.

Hope this helps.

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