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#1 ScanmanDan

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 04:01 AM

As small compensation for being manacled to me for 30 years SWMBO and I are off to London town for two weeks R&R in late October and from there hence to the continent for a river cruse to Budapest.  While the good lady has many, many things planed for us to do ;)

 

I was wondering if any of you folks out there have any suggestions for the few not so in the guide book things to do. We are staying near Tower Bridge and are planing on getting around by foot, taxi and public transport.  Any advice?  Thanks in advance.

 

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 04:20 AM

I've travelled the world and its my favorite city.  I know it well

 

Buy and Oyster card when you get there and you can top it up as you use it.

 

West Minster Abey

Tower of London

British Museum

Walk the Mall from Trafalgar Square  and see Green Park and St James Park the Buckingham Palace.

HMS Belfast

Grab a Beer at St Stephen's tavern across from Big Ben

Walk White Hall to Trafalger square and see 10 Downing and the Horses Guards, then walk St James park after seeing the Churchill War Rooms to Buckingham

Science Museum

Museum of Natural History

Imperial War Museum

Kensington Palace

Royal Air force Museum (100% must see) take the tube to Colindale Station

St Paul's Cathedral

Take in a Play in the Theater District.

 

I could go on and on.

 

Great city. TONS to see


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Posted 03 September 2017 - 05:58 AM

There are major works at the RAF Museum Hendon this year, BoB Hall is closed. No Ju-87, Ju-88, Me-110 and Sunderland. But the entrance is free.

When you walk from Colindale tube station, pass the museum and continue walking for a few minutes you will come to Hannants London store. But have a look at their website for opening times.

 

London Eye

A day trip to Brighton (British Airways I360)

Camden Market

Greenwich

 

As Ron says, a great city and tons to see.

Don´t Forget to make a stop at Vienna, when you go down the Danube to Budapest.


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Posted 03 September 2017 - 06:13 AM

As Ron says, a ton of things to see!

I would add the Golden Hind II is not a far walk from the Tower Bridge; if you are into tennis at all, take the tube to Wimbleton, then take a bus (we walked) to the tennis stadium. they have a surprisingly good tennis museum there.

The museums are crazy good. A day trip to the SE to see Bovington Tank Museum is a possibility, too: best tank museum in the world.

You are going to have to make a second trip to see it all!


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Posted 03 September 2017 - 06:34 AM

I've travelled the world and its my favorite city.  I know it well

 

Buy and Oyster card when you get there and you can top it up as you use it.

 

West Minster Abey

Tower of London

British Museum

Walk the Mall from Trafalgar Square  and see Green Park and St James Park the Buckingham Palace. 

HMS Belfast

Grab a Beer at St Stephen's tavern across from Big Ben

Walk White Hall to Trafalger square and see 10 Downing and the Horses Guards, then walk St James park after seeing the Churchill War Rooms to Buckingham

Science Museum

Museum of Natural History

Imperial War Museum

Kensington Palace

Royal Air force Museum (100% must see) take the tube to Colindale Station

St Paul's Cathedral

Take in a Play in the Theater District.

 

I could go on and on.

 

Great city. TONS to see

Just to add to some of Ron's suggestions, although bear in mind it's over 20 years since I worked in London so may be out of date:

"Walk the Mall from Trafalgar Square  and see Green Park and St James Park the Buckingham Palace." - You may wish to pause in remembrance at the Guards memorial. 

Whitehall: plenty of pubs and bars if you fancy a buit of refreshement.  The Red Lion in Parliament Square; the Old Shades; the Clarence; the Silver Cross; and round the corner in Northumberland Avenue, the Sherlock Holmes.

Covent Garden is well worth a visit.  Also has the shortest stretch of tube line between two stations - Leicester Square to Covent Garden on the Picadilly line.

Endorse the museums: the Science and Natural History museums are well worth a visit, as is the RAF Museum.  While there, it's a short walk to Hannants Colindale shop, but check opening times on their website.

If the Albert in Victoria Street is still there, they used to do a great breakfast.

There are plenty of sightseeing buses and river boat trips.

And noting where you're from, you may wish to go see the Earls Court Road, it's not that far from the Science & Natural History mueums iirc.

 

Whatever you decide to do, have a great time.


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Posted 03 September 2017 - 06:54 AM

Green Park, Piccadilly for the RAF Bomber Command memorial, always a pilgrimage for me when I visit the Smoke.
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Posted 03 September 2017 - 06:56 AM

There are major works at the RAF Museum Hendon this year, BoB Hall is closed. No Ju-87, Ju-88, Me-110 and Sunderland. But the entrance is free.

When you walk from Colindale tube station, pass the museum and continue walking for a few minutes you will come to Hannants London store. But have a look at their website for opening times.

 

London Eye

A day trip to Brighton (British Airways I360)

Camden Market

Greenwich

 

As Ron says, a great city and tons to see.

Don´t Forget to make a stop at Vienna, when you go down the Danube to Budapest.

 

Leave your wallet behind. 



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Posted 03 September 2017 - 07:23 AM

Borough Market - great place to grab a bite to eat.
Take a walk along the South Bank
Tate Modern
All near where you're staying.
Avoid taxis - public transport is fine, especially using google maps to find tube stations.
Use the Transport for London website to plan any journey's, you can use this on the hoof, using your phone's gps.
If you want to see a play, the National Theatre, at the South Bank Centre, has some offers starting at about £15.
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Posted 03 September 2017 - 07:45 AM

The Springbok pub.



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Posted 03 September 2017 - 09:18 AM

The one thing you MUST do is stand on the right hand side of the escalators in tube stations - unless you really, really want to learn some new swear words. 


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Posted 03 September 2017 - 09:34 AM

Same here in Vienna.



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Posted 03 September 2017 - 10:16 AM

....And it's only an hour up the road to Duxford, which in turn is very close to the US cemetary at Madingley. Two places well worth a visit.

 

Also, the 11 Group HQ at Uxbridge is fascinating, and an amazing time capsule where you can almost taste the history.

 

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 11:18 AM

Bletchley Park is also worth a visit and easy to reach by railway.



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Posted 03 September 2017 - 12:47 PM

And when you go through the turnstiles on the underground, KEEP MOVING!!! Don't just stop, looking at your phone, you WILL be trampled!!!

 

But yes to all the suggestions. If you can get away a bit further, can I suggest the FAA Museum at Yeovilton, although the food their recently has not been so good.  The exhibits make up for it though.

 

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 01:30 PM

If the weather is nice, consider getting an open-top bus ticket for the day. You can jump on & off as you wish and the views and crowds are far superior to the tube. Costs a bit more, but worth it as long as the weather is OK. Big "if" in London.

 

The RAF museum is a bit out of town, about 30 minutes on the tube & then a 10-15 minute walk. Well worth it though.

 

Science Museum & Natural History Museum are attached. They are absolutely superb and you could spend all day in both. Across the road is the V&A Museum, also worth a look. All free.

 

The British Museum is massive and, again, you could easily spend all day there. And free.

 

National portrait museum is worth a go. As is the Imperial War Museum. National Maratime Museum is also cool.

 

You may notice, I love museums. Avoid shopping, it's a bloody nightmare.


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