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My Mission: Discovering London In Only Three Days! by missfrog on 26 April 2005 11:45am
 
If I want to discover the town, ( I have seen a fair number of monuments already), where should I go? Are there good but cheap restaurants you would advise me to go to? Is there a concealed London, with less tourists, that I should see?
Actually, I'd like to know where lies the border between tourism and traveling in London.
Thanks.
Raph
 
Re: My Mission: Discovering London In Only Three Days! by Wild in Africa on 26 April 2005 5:51pm
 
It's not difficult to discover. You just turn right out of Heathrow airport and keep going for about 10 miles and there it is, all big and shiny! Won't take you three days unless the Motorway traffic is REALLY bad.

Seriously though, like any major world city it depends what you want to see and what your personal taste is.
My personal favourites might be:
The British Museum in Bloomsbury
A Premiership football match (Tottenham highly recommended)
The London Eye (the big wheel on the Thames)
The Ram Brewery in Wandsworth
A walk in Richmond park
Lots of cheap restaurants apart from the usual big McUrgh.
I'm sure others on this site will keep going with their personal faves but my advice is don't try and do everything. Be a bit selective and do a few things you really enjoy rather than knacker yourself going everywhere.
 
Re: My Mission: Discovering London In Only Three Days! by Katie J on 26 April 2005 6:19pm
 
I love Notting Hill...go to Portobello market and explore (can be busy though and you have to check the day it is held on).

In Central London (Bloomsbury area):

I agree with WIA, the British Museum is great. You can have high tea in the centre...at the top of the Library...and don't forget to see 'Ginger' (Egyptian mummy) and the Elgin Marbles...and the rest!!

Nearby the British Museum is Regent's Park...where I often go for a picnic...so big that there's always space (lovely fountains, flowers and sculptures).

Nearby is Charlotte Street which has loads of great places to eat ... you can take your pick! For a great pub visit the Fitzroy Tavern and ask for a 'man in the box' (beer).

Nearby is University College London - yes I am biased as I went there - but it is beautiful (classical architecture) and you can go in and look around. Ask to see Jeremy Bentham...who's 'body' (or head or something) sits in a box in the cloisters!!

Have fun whatever you do!!




 
Re: My Mission: Discovering London In Only Three Days! by perfectbitch on 26 April 2005 10:28pm
 
If you take Katie J's advice (and you should it's a great area. I've lived here nearly 20 years) you could also visit Holland Park which is nearby. It is a sort of park come wildlife sanctuary and has a pleasant little cafe where you can sip tea and watch the Norland Nannies in their distinctive uniforms wheel their charges for their afternoon constitutional. At the south end of the park is the Commonwealth Institute which has occasional exhibitions and concerts. My mail address is on the vitals so let me know when you are going to be in London and I'll let you know about any cheap or free things to do that coincide with your visit.
The Tate Modern is free although special exhibitions are charged for. The restaurant on the top floor is the place to go for a cuppa. You get a tray with a pot, milk jug, suger bowl and a tea strainer and then you can sit by the panoramic windows and enjoy the view of this city. The tea is a little pricey but the experience is well worth it.
Nearly all the museums and some of the galleries are free but with charges for the specials. The Natural History, Victoria and Albert, and The Geology Museums are all on Exhibition Road in South Kensington. The Natural History Museum is my favourite as instead of gargoyles, it has different animals. This theme is continued inside the building which is almost as interesting as the exhibits themselfves.

If it's a nice day and you can afford it, try the London Eye. Have fun.
 
Re: My Mission: Discovering London In Only Three Days! by floss on 27 April 2005 5:36pm
 
Kew Gardens are really nice and I think there is a tube station nearby.
The science museum is right next door to the natural history museum, both are worth a visit.
The London eye is a must.
 
Re: My Mission: Discovering London In Only Three Days! by davekaz on 28 April 2005 10:15am
 
Hi there Missfrog!
I think that the Tower of London is a must see, having been in London many times, I didn't actually see the tower until 2002, and that was a in a rush, I spent 1 1/2 hours there but it was definitely not enough, but as I was travelling via Stansted airport from Dublin to Rome, I had a couple of hours to spare so, decided on there!! As it's a very famous landmark you could get caught up in long queues of "photo clickers" but I was lucky - as I had a short time there I didn't go on the guided tour, but I believe they are EXCELLENT, and they take about an hour. Other than that, Covent Garden is quite nice, on some days they have "street theatre" which is very entertaining, depending on the act. The cafes around there are a bit pricey but got a coffee take out, and sat on the ground watching the performers - an hour well spent - this was a Saturday!! Certainly go on a bus tour, and the "eye" is most definitely worth it!! As I'm not a local I can't tell you of little nooks and crannies in detail, but you find them anyway!

Happy travelling
 
Re: My Mission: Discovering London In Only Three Days! by Valarie on 28 April 2005 9:05pm
 
If you find yourself in Kensington or near Hyde Park, I highly recommend the Kensington Roof Gardens: http://www.roofgardens.com/the_gardens/map/. I was there on Easter Sunday of this year, and we were the only ones on the rooftop. It was really an extraordinary thing to have this amazing view of London in such a quiet, secluded garden that featured palm trees and flamingos.
 
Re: My Mission: Discovering London In Only Three Days! by perfectbitch on 29 April 2005 10:45am
 
Thank-you Valerie. Only lived here nearly 20 years and never been. I shall give it a try soon.
 
Re: My Mission: Discovering London In Only Three Days! by missfrog on 29 April 2005 3:28pm
 
Thank you all, I'll have a look at all this with my fellow travelers. I have already been in the tower of London and enjoyed it very much! I remember the Beafeater asking "Are there any Englishmen here?...Surprisingly enough, yes...Irishmen?...Hmmm, better not rise your hand too high....Scotsmen?...yeah, yeah, I've seen you....Welsh? ...oh no, there are quite a few of them...Americans? Lower your hand, quick!...... But worst of all, are there any French in there?"
And we were just the three of us
 
Re: My Mission: Discovering London In Only Three Days! by missfrog on 29 April 2005 3:28pm
 
Oops! I think, there's a problem, I began an answer and finally put it in other words but both are appearing. Oops!
 
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