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Old 05-03-2012, 02:56 AM   #1
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London Town

Going for three days to London with newest acquisition.
Outside British Museum I haven't made any plans. He has never been there, but I would still like to do something "different", not Madame Tussuad's etc.

Any ideas or suggestions?
May 9 to 12.
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Old 05-03-2012, 04:00 AM   #2
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London Eye?
South Bank
The Globe Theatre
Tate Modern
River Cruise
Tea at the Ritz
Soho
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Old 05-03-2012, 04:26 AM   #3
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Yes, I haven't been in the London Eye, that would certainly be worth a trip.
South Bank? I assume that means the south bank of Thames? Has it changed in some major way? haven't been to London in 18 years.
Tate Modern and Tea at the Ritz is already part of my London experience. But I have been told that there are many riverboats on the Thames these days so that could be worth a few hours.
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Old 05-03-2012, 05:13 AM   #4
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I would definitely visit the Natural History Museum if you get the chance. Also:

-Tower of London (Crown Jewels etc.)
-Hampton Court (the Maze!)
-The interactive London Bridge Experience (takes you back in time to tell the story of the bridge and life around it)
- The British Music Experience (a new interactive museum dedicated to the last 60 years of British popular music).
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Covent Garden
Camden Lock
British Library
Somerset House and Courtauld Gallery

South Bank has changed quite a bit, London Eye, Aquarium plus a few nice eateries.

You can also try things like a Ripper Walk through Whitechapel and Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood if your venturing East.
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Old 05-03-2012, 05:45 AM   #6
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You are in London! I am so jealous :P Its been months...

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I'm staying in High Street close to the new Olympic area. I'm thinking of going on a walkabout in that area if it is accessible (maybe they keep it on lockdown until the Olympic starts, al-Quada and all that).
The British Music experience sounds QI, where is it located?
I fly into Stansted and the first thing I'll get is an Oyster card to get around.

Really appreciate all the tips. Hopeing to avoid all the obvious tourist traps, have already done those.
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The British Music experience sounds QI, where is it located?
It's in the O2 Arena, so should be fairly easy for you to get to? Open every day Mon to Sun from 11am to 7.30pm (apart from Christmas).
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It's in the O2 Arena, so should be fairly easy for you to get to? Open every day Mon to Sun from 11am to 7.30pm (apart from Christmas).
From Stratford High Street to North Greenwich. DLR and then Jubilee if I interpret the map correctly. Some kind of special ticket too, seems you can download as you walk around. Fascinating.
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:38 AM   #10
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From Stratford High Street to North Greenwich. DLR and then Jubilee if I interpret the map correctly. Some kind of special ticket too, seems you can download as you walk around. Fascinating.
Tip much appreciated.
Sounds about right. Have a good time (hope the weather improves - not great lately), but at least it's under cover .
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Old 05-03-2012, 11:00 AM   #11
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How about the Imperial War Museum and/or the Cabinet War Rooms?
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The Cabinet War Rooms sounds interesting. Have to look into that. Didn't know they maintained those. The smell of Churchill's cigars would be worth the entrance fee alone.
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I wouldn't try and do too much. Seeing 2 or 3 things properly in a day is, IMHO, much better than rushing around and catching a glimpse of half a dozen. You'll need at least half a day to do anything like justice to the British Museum. I'd suggest trying to be there for when it opens at 10am. Try NOT to go on a Sunday. That's when it's the most crowded.
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Thursday through Saturday.
And yes, my intention is to do one in the morning and one in the afternoon. With a nice pub in between.
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Very wise . I recently spent a whole weekend at the British Museum and probably saw about half of it (hence my personal experience of the crowds on the Sunday!). Wonderful place. My favourites are the Egyptian and Assyrian collections.
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