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Heading to London.Whats there to see?


389 4 | 31  
11 Jun 2007 /  #1
I'll be stopping by in London for 5 short days before i make my final destination to my home country.I have ticket booked for the 30th from here in NY so i should be in London the 1st of July.

So,my question is for those who live there or those who have been there and know around...whats there for me to see in 5 short days?Its short time but still, i don't just wanna sit in a hotel room or watch pigeons play.I wanna get out and see the city.

Also, I've been hearing things are really expensive there.Like just getting out and eat lunch and stuff.I was recommended to take food from here lol, how ghetto is that now.

Any ideas and suggestions are welcome :)
Eastender - | 45  
11 Jun 2007 /  #2
some websites you might find interesting
.visitlondon.com/
uknetguide.co.uk/Entertainment/Article/Visiting_London.html
OP 389 4 | 31  
13 Jun 2007 /  #3
I've looked over there but can't seem to find it helpful.

Its better to have ideas from locals who live there and stuff,so maybe you can tell me yourself what are some nice sites to see there.
Tim Woods  
13 Jun 2007 /  #4
be prepared to be shocked by the cost of eating anywhere. it's absolutely true that even a simple sandwich can be pretty expensive.

as for things to see . . . so much! my personal favourites are a trip to the british museum and one to the national gallery. both in central london and both free.

what kind of things do you like to do?
szarlotka 8 | 2,209  
13 Jun 2007 /  #5
I am, and no doubt others will also be, happy to suggest a few places to see in a short trip to London but it would help narrow it down if you could give us an idea what sort of places! Cultural sites, the big touristy places, places to eat, clubs, pubs, parks, museums. It's a big place !

Cost of living is high but there are still some relativey cheap places to eat and drink if you are prepared to travel around a bit.
peterweg 37 | 2,321  
13 Jun 2007 /  #6
St pauls Catheral and Pasternoster square
Walk around the City, look at the Gerkin etc
Houses of Parliament, Big Ben etc
Trafalgar Square
Covent Garden
Soho
China town
Leister square The Fantastic Four premier was there last night. Wave at Jessica mmm..
Harrods
British Museum and all the others.
etc
Everywhere you look you will find history. Building have blue plaques on them indicating famous people having lived there.
OP 389 4 | 31  
14 Jun 2007 /  #7
What i'm interested doing during this five days?I'm looking to have fun and not be bored basically.I'd like to go to a club/pub defiantly, amusement park maybe.If british museum is really free than i might consider going there.

I hope to have a local park where i'd stay as i like to play football.

Speaking of football, i know its off season for EPL but, is there any exhibition games being played between june 1st and 5th?I'd love to see any game.Or at least see the Stamford Bridge stadium and new Arsenal Stadium.Hope to get a chance to just go in and take some pics.
Amathyst 19 | 2,702  
14 Jun 2007 /  #8
Camden Market
OP 389 4 | 31  
14 Jun 2007 /  #9
A shopping mall?

What is that place like?
Zgubiony 15 | 1,554  
14 Jun 2007 /  #10
Probably like a shopping mall ;)
Amathyst 19 | 2,702  
14 Jun 2007 /  #11
A shopping mall?

What is that place like?

Hell no, its on the locks and its pretty cool you can pick up all sorts of stuff plus some nice cheap places to eat round camden, plus you couldnt go to London and not go to Camden market
OP 389 4 | 31  
14 Jun 2007 /  #12
I don't think I'll be buying anything in London lol. If simple meal is expensive, i could only imagine what something like football jersey would cost me.I think I'll pass. ;)

Hell no, its on the locks and its pretty cool you can pick up all sorts of stuff plus some nice cheap places to eat round camden, plus you couldnt go to London and not go to Camden market

So its like bazaar.You get second hand stuff and stuff?lol I'll check it out if i find the place.
Amathyst 19 | 2,702  
14 Jun 2007 /  #13
lol Camden markets sells, hand made jewellery (pretty cheap) and stuff like that - as for eating, it really doesnt have to be expensive, its like any big city, you can get a slice of pizza and eat on the go or you can go in some "English Cafe" and have cup of tea and baked potatoe also cheap, honestly London is as expensive or cheap as you make it if you're there only a few days - a football shirt would probably cost about £40.00 / £45.00 depending on the team :) but you can get knock offs (fakes)...
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
14 Jun 2007 /  #14
camden is top of my list too
Amathyst 19 | 2,702  
14 Jun 2007 /  #15
So its like bazaar.You get second hand stuff and stuff?lol I'll check it out if i find the place.

correct - there is a very nice vegi cafe there too which is cheap and very nice :)
OP 389 4 | 31  
14 Jun 2007 /  #16
Na don't get me wrong.It just that first thing i was told about London is that its very expensive eating there.And than you mentioned that place and i immediately assumed that place was like where kings and queen shop at lol. So i was like na i think i'll pass.

Well,here in NYC you could eat pretty decent launch for 10 bucks and that does not include Mcdonalds and BK's lol.I think NYC is pretty expensive city as well just like London but despite that you could still eat nice meal for decent price here.You have Indians/Pakis all over the city making beef and chicken gyros on pita less than 10 bucks and its really good.

I actually don't think will buy any football jerseys anymore.I'm more interested in going to see Stamford Bridge or new Arsenal Stadium and take some pics.Actually i found on this site 75 min stadium tour for only 10euros (surprisingly lol) stadiumguide.com/stamfordbridge.htm and i think i'll give them a call when i get there and see the stadium.
King Sobieski 2 | 716  
14 Jun 2007 /  #17
wait til you walk around all day then get back to your hotel and blow your nose. it takes ages to clean that snoot out of the snout.
OP 389 4 | 31  
14 Jun 2007 /  #18
lol what the ***** was just now eating my dude.

Looks like you are very concerned about that.lol i almost fell of my chair at first.

I have a New York State driver license, will i be able to drive with this in London if i was to rent a car?
szarlotka 8 | 2,209  
15 Jun 2007 /  #19
i could only imagine what something like football jersey

They retail at around £40 for the bigger clubs.

I have a New York State driver license, will i be able to drive with this in London if i was to rent a car?

Yes. but to be honest I wouldn't bother driving in London. Public transport is still pretty good and the roads in London are very busy. Not to mention that parking costs are very high too. If you plan to stay only in London, don't bother with a car.
Wroclaw 44 | 5,387  
15 Jun 2007 /  #20
Any ideas and suggestions are welcome :)

You could try the late night Jack the Ripper tour. You'll find more about it on-line.
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
15 Jun 2007 /  #21
If you plan to stay only in London, don't bother with a car.

dont forget dirty rip off congestion charge
szarlotka 8 | 2,209  
15 Jun 2007 /  #22
Never paid it yet. I point blank refuse to drive into the congestion zones. Bloody Red Ken - loonie
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
15 Jun 2007 /  #23
I point blank refuse to drive into the congestion zones.

i guess thats the point... and all this plumf about charging us in relation to how many miles we drive is a bit naughty... and they have just introduced a 2O mph speed limit in my 'hood... moan moan moan etc etc
OP 389 4 | 31  
15 Jun 2007 /  #24
Yes. but to be honest I wouldn't bother driving in London. Public transport is still pretty good and the roads in London are very busy. Not to mention that parking costs are very high too. If you plan to stay only in London, don't bother with a car.

Yea, i probably won't rent a car.I was just curious.

How does the transportation work?Here in NY, we buy metro cards that can be used for trains and buses.There are weekly unlimited ones,monthly unlimited ones and one day.

You could try the late night Jack the Ripper tour. You'll find more about it on-line.

What is that?
Wroclaw 44 | 5,387  
15 Jun 2007 /  #25
jack-the-ripper-walk.co.uk

I've never done it, but you might find it interesting.

It's about murder most foul.
szarlotka 8 | 2,209  
15 Jun 2007 /  #26
How does the transportation work?Here in NY, we buy metro cards that can be used for trains and buses.There are weekly unlimited ones,monthly unlimited ones and one day.

Very similar in London.
Amathyst 19 | 2,702  
15 Jun 2007 /  #27
watch out for thieiving pick pockets in busy times :( also you might want to try the london tourist bus (open top red double decker)

people watching is and also very entertaining London :)

Imperial War museum

Tate Modern

Have a walk across london bridge and a walk around the locks some cheap pubs around there and nice to sit out if the weather is nice - if you dont want to eat in a bar then buy a sandwich and just sit somewhere nice...

Go and look at the changing of guard at the palace (never done it you could tell me all about it on your return)

These are all free things, round Covernt Garden there is always street entertainment which is free (if you look the other way when they come for payment)
away guy 10 | 343  
15 Jun 2007 /  #28
...whats there for me to see

Well the UK is now like 'Little India and Little Africa " but besides that you see many nice girls to shag , most of them wont be british though ..
Matyjasz 2 | 1,544  
15 Jun 2007 /  #29
Camden Market

A lot of strange characters hanging around Camden. I tested my assertiveness skills by refusing to by a leather jacket from some turk/Pakistani/arab looking guy. He lost about 45 minutes trying to convince me to buy it, with no luck of course. Boy was he pissed off. :))

Camden was great. :)
OP 389 4 | 31  
15 Jun 2007 /  #30
jack-the-ripper-walk.co.uk

I've never done it, but you might find it interesting.

It's about murder most foul.

Thanks,I'll see what i can do with that.

Very similar in London.

Well, i have reserved fake hotel in London which is located in 80/81 Clapham Common South Side.I don't know how central this location is but i'm guessing its not really in central location.So during my five days, since i won't be staying close to where entertainment and stuff is, i'm gonna have to need a transportation card.I'm going to buy me a five day unlimited buses/trains transportation card.But is there difference between buses or trains?like when i buy that transportation card, will i be able to use it in any bus or train?

The reason i said i reserved fake hotel is because i need a visa first.I'm gonna send this hotel's address to British embassy here in NY and when they see i have reserved a hotel in London which they will most likely make them believe that i am visiting London and i'm not ******* around, that way than they'll give me visa.But once i get in London, i might not even go to that hotel lol, if i find cheaper stay i'll go elsewhere.

watch out for thieiving pick pockets in busy times :( also you might want to try the london tourist bus (open top red double decker)

people watching is and also very entertaining London :)

Imperial War museum

Tate Modern

Have a walk across london bridge and a walk around the locks some cheap pubs around there and nice to sit out if the weather is nice - if you dont want to eat in a bar then buy a sandwich and just sit somewhere nice...

Go and look at the changing of guard at the palace (never done it you could tell me all about it on your return)

These are all free things, round Covernt Garden there is always street entertainment which is free (if you look the other way when they come for payment)

Thieving pick pocket.... is it really big of a deal with that there?Cause believe it or not i actually have never seen them here before,well maybe once or twice.

London tourist bus....are you kidding?We have similar thing here and only people i see hop on on that thing is elderly people,three times my age people.lol

When you say walk around the locks.... what do you mean?Locks are middle class neighborhoods?

Changing of guard....as an substitution not as guards changing clothes lol.One guard stand all night at the palace and then other guy comes in to replace him.So whats the thrill about that?The first guy must be passing something really special and in very unique way to the second guy.

Covernt Garden...This sounds good...where is this located?I mean i should have asked for addresses everything yall recommended because i'm coming as newbie in city so am i suppose to find Camden Markets,Locks and Palaces and Covernt Gardens... :(

Well the UK is now like 'Little India and Little Africa " but besides that you see many nice girls to shag , most of them wont be british though ..

Nice girls to shag?You mean like girls that are hairy?

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