London In A Day

  • swimbikerun

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    Dec 19, 2011 4:42 PM GMT
    My boyfriend and I are going to Europe next year and London is our first stop. We've only a short time there and it will be Sunday as well!

    Can any Londoners assist with what might be best to see?

    Also if anyone can recommend a nice poofy little B&B that'd be just great! icon_razz.gif
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    Dec 19, 2011 4:54 PM GMT
    swimbikerun saidMy boyfriend and I are going to Europe next year and London is our first stop. We've only a short time there and it will be Sunday as well!

    Can any Londoners assist with what might be best to see?

    Also if anyone can recommend a nice poofy little B&B that'd be just great! icon_razz.gif
    Poofy or poofter?
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    Dec 19, 2011 5:17 PM GMT
    I'm not a Londoner but I'd say skip the Tower of London. Everybody says it's such a waste of time going inside.

    You'll manage to see a lot in a day especially if you're going there in summer.

    Maybe this will help you plan your itinerary for your short trip.

    http://draideventures.blogspot.com/2009/07/london-vacation.html
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    Dec 19, 2011 5:28 PM GMT
    Extend your stay, as Europe's biggest city you can live here a lifetime and not see it all. I have lived here all my 34 years and still come across new treasures all the time. However if you only have a day:

    I would recommend the Tower of London if you take a tour with a Yeoman of the Guard or Beefeater, the history of the place is gruesome and fascinating! It will take a whole afternoon so a good idea would be to start at Trafalgar Square in the early morning (for Nelson's Column and the National Gallery). Take a walk from there up the Mall. Stop at Buckingham Palace for a picture. Walk back through St James Park and through Horse Guards parade to catch the Changing of the Guard at 11am.

    A short walk along Whitehall is Number 10 Downing Street and then Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.

    From Westminster Bridge you can then take a boat ride up the Thames to Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. The boat trips are guided and you will learn about the historic buildings that line the Thames and London's history as a centre of trade and commerce from the Roman age plus you will get some great photo ops.

    Then you can spend the afternoon at the Tower and get the boat back in the evening with a sunset over the city!

    Dinner at Balans on Old Compton and couple of Cocktails at Profile on Wardour Street will finish off a great day in my favourite city.

    Have fun.



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    Dec 19, 2011 5:33 PM GMT
    If you want a good, small London hotel, you might want to check out The Levin, in Knightsbridge. I like this place because it is walking distance to a lot of things you might want to see - in the short time you have, like Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Buckingham Palace. A lot of great little shops are along Sloane & Beauchamp and you can walk to them from The Levin. Check it out. If you want to run anyplace by me, let me know & I'll be happy to give you my take, if it is a place I'm familiar with.

    http://thelevinhotel.co.uk/index.html
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    Dec 19, 2011 5:33 PM GMT
    I'd go to a Chelsea game at Stamford Bridge... but that's probably just me.
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    Dec 19, 2011 5:49 PM GMT
    This is a brilliant itinerary. And if it omits any sites of special interest to you, Allistair's recommended route can accommodate many other key sites with minor adjustments.

    Alistair_London saidExtend your stay, as Europe's biggest city you can live here a lifetime and not see it all. I have lived here all my 34 years and still come across new treasures all the time. However if you only have a day:

    I would recommend the Tower of London if you take a tour with a Yeoman of the Guard or Beefeater, the history of the place is gruesome and fascinating! It will take a whole afternoon so a good idea would be to start at Trafalgar Square in the early morning (for Nelson's Column and the National Gallery). Take a walk from there up the Mall. Stop at Buckingham Palace for a picture. Walk back through St James Park and through Horse Guards parade to catch the Changing of the Guard at 11am.

    A short walk along Whitehall is Number 10 Downing Street and then Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.

    From Westminster Bridge you can then take a boat ride up the Thames to Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. The boat trips are guided and you will learn about the historic buildings that line the Thames and London's history as a centre of trade and commerce from the Roman age plus you will get some great photo ops.

    Then you can spend the afternoon at the Tower and get the boat back in the evening with a sunset over the city!

    Dinner at Balans on Old Compton and couple of Cocktails at Profile on Wardour Street will finish off a great day in my favourite city.

    Have fun.



  • swimbikerun

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    Dec 19, 2011 5:53 PM GMT
    Awesome! Thanks for all the great responses guys!!!
  • training_guy

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    Dec 19, 2011 9:09 PM GMT
    The Tower of London is amazing, full of history, if you do go read up on it before hand & you will get so much more out of it when visiting. Also you are right next too Tower Bridge there which is iconic & very impressive IMO.
    There's so much to see, I spend so much time looking up, so many of the buildings are magnificent.icon_biggrin.gif Enjoy!

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    Dec 19, 2011 10:17 PM GMT
    London on one day? Good luck with that.

    At least go to the British Museum. Awesome ancient history section...one of the best in the world. I could spend a whole week there.