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3 Nights in London

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6y, 6m agoPosted 6 years, 6 months ago
Im going to london with my girfriend from thursday 27 may until sunday 30 may and was wondering if you could help with some questions. We are both 21 and looking to do as much as possible whilst there, we are staying in the hoxton hotel on the thursday night and at the park plaza westminster bridge for the friday and saturday.

Where would you advise us to go over the 3 days im trying to get a schedule together on what to do each day.
Any advice on where to shop ? what attractions to visit ?
What to do in the nights want to see 1 or 2 west end shows. whens the best time to get them, where from and what shows would you recommend. What else could we do on the spare night or two that we dont see a show.
Also where to eat is a concern we will have a big breakfast in the mornings might have a snack lunch time and hopefully eat out in the nights. I have got a taste london card if anyone has got some good tips where to use that ? I might also transfer some clubcard vouchers into planet holywood vouchers is this a good idea for the saturday night ?

Sorry if this is to many questions and ive probably forgot some, but if i got some good information together it would make the whole trip a lot easier thanks for your time.
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6y, 6m agoPosted 6 years, 6 months ago
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#1
I always recommend a night in the Comedy Store, just near Leicester Square. I usually go in there to kick the night off before hitting a few clubs. The food in there is awesome too.

There's so many places to eat there you can be sure you'll find something :) .
#2
http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/ will be a great help

normally only valid if you are travelling by train.
#3
For your breakfast after the night in the Park Plaza I recommend County Hall Premier Travel Inn just round the corner...eat as much as you like for about £7 last time I went and it was the full works :thumbsup:
#4
I went in march with the girlfriend, we saw both thriller and the lion king.#
Thriller was really good, especially if your a michael jackson fan, though its more like a concert than a piece of theatre in my opinion.
The Lion King was an amazing production, and if you liked the film it's a must see. Great show.

But you might be looking to see what i'd call real theatre, like Les Miserables or Phantom of the Opera.

Go see the Lion King!

http://www.lastminute.com/lmn/pso/catalog/Product.jhtml?POSITION=1&PRODID=780186679&CATID=109212

Thats a show on the thursday at 7:30 and dinner at 6:00 (a pizza and a side salad) for £36.
Or the Sunday matinee for just under £40... =)
#5
More please, I'm going same time :)
#6
Well for shopping check out Westfield in shepards bush or Oxford Street.
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Shopping at Westfield's is good if you're looking to do a lot of shopping in one place and relax inbetween - but most of the shops are chains that you'd find anywhere. If you do go - there is a Wagamama's on the exterior strip and the tube station couldn't be closer. You could also look for cheap gigs on at the Empire and the Walkabout next door to that is usually crammed and has plenty of cheap food/drink.
Otherwise - Bond St/ Oxford Circus, Selfridges - Harvey Nicholls - Harrods - Liberty - Fortnum & Mason are great places to have a browse around. The food courts alone are great.
Have a good look on lastminute.com for meal/show deals. It would help if you let everyone know what kind of things you like - for example type of cuisine or taste in music and even your budget.
There's a great deal on here
http://www.lastminute.com/lmn/pso/catalog/Product.jhtml?PRODID=709142935&CATID=22
and also lunch in The Roof Gardens' restaurant (Babylon) or tea and cake at the Ritz is a real treat. Again look at lastmin or toptable for decent deals and a browse at what you might like.
If you're looking for generic nice places, you'll find plenty of places in Leicester Sq/ Piccadilly Circ. They are usually full of life and packed with tourists. The streets there are bustling all night long. Tiger Tiger, Sway and Loop Bar are a good start - but you'd have problems getting in if you're a male only party.
Clapham Grand is good as an all rounder, Shoreditch is a bit edgier and then there are more unusual places like Madame Jojo's or exotic like Gilgamesh or Mahiki's. The Absolute Ice Bar is quite novel too.
Soho is great for night life, but be aware that a lot of bars/ clubs are 25+ in London - mainly in Soho.
If you venture towards South Kensington and Knightsbridge places are slightly more reserved and a bit more pricey.
I would suggest Covent Garden for places to eat and street entertainment as well as shopping. It's popular with tourists and has so much to offer. I particularly like Belgo - an underground restaurant with a vast selection of flavoured beers. The banana one is great. The Lobster festival will be on around the end of May start of June too. Book in advance so you don't have to queue to be seated.
Attractions - when we have friends and family visiting - we usually group areas together. For example, a waterboat ride, The Eye and London aquarium. There are usually BOGOF's available and as a couple it can be romantic. The IMAX is also close by and worth a visit. And of course - Big Ben and The Houses of Parliament are right there.
If you want to go to Madame Tussauds or The Dungeons - I suggest you get there at the crack of day if you want to use a BOGOF or buy in advance online because the queues are ridiculous and could ruin the whole point of going.
Personally - I would suggest you make time for the museums. Natural History Museum and The Science Museum are next door to each other and within 10 mins walk of Kensington Gardens & Hyde Park - and just across the road is the V&A ( I wouldn't bother with the latter with so few days). The British Museum is also great but a bit more out of the way and again probably too time consuming.
I wouldn't bother with Planet Hollywood - it's very gimmicky and the food's not great. The novelty wears off very quickly. Your money and vouchers would be better spent elsewhere.

Shows again would be subjective. Sister Act, Lion King, Wicked, Thriller are just a few of the top shows. I suggest you don't bother with Stomp or a Cat On A Hot Tin Roof if you're looking for the West End experience.

Hope you have a great time.
#8
Thanks Mr. Whiskers.:)
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Around you you will have

Covent Garden
Leicester Square
Chinatown
Oxford Street
Camden
Soho
Picadilly Circus
Buckingham Palace
London Eye

Obviously Oxford Street is good for shopping but is usually ridiculously busy.
Chinatown for some really good Chinese restaurants
At Picadilly Circus they have the rainforest Cafe which is pretty cool. Also a Ripleys Believe it or not musuem but it's quite expensive.

Camden is good for a night out.
Around Leicester Square there are loads of cinemas and also theatres to watch shows.
Covent garden for street performers (if thats your thing) with restaurants and a market.

Best to get your tickets for a West End show from one of the many places in and around Leicester Square either on or the day before you want to go as this seems the cheapest option.
#10
Thanks for your replies everyone it looks like ive got a lot of options to choose from which ill have to narrow down.
Disco does that include the underground for the BOGOFs, or does anyone know any other places to get some vouchers from?
#11
welshboy
Thanks for your replies everyone it looks like ive got a lot of options to choose from which ill have to narrow down.
Disco does that include the underground for the BOGOFs, or does anyone know any other places to get some vouchers from?


You can't get BOGOF on tube tickets. Invest in an Oyster card if you think you'll be back, otherwise get a travelcard for the zones you'll be travelling in (probably just zone 1) which is cheaper if you travel off peak (after around 9am).

Having said that - most places are within walking distance of each other and it'd probably be your best bet to just get a decent street map.
#12
Ive read that if i buy my tube tickets from a national rail station and not a tube station so that the travelcard has got a national rail logo on it should work with the 2 for 1 offers is this correct ?
Also i am travelling up by bus and will be arriving in victoria coach station so does anybody know where the closest national rail station is to that ?
Thank you.
#13
welshboy
Ive read that if i buy my tube tickets from a national rail station and not a tube station so that the travelcard has got a national rail logo on it should work with the 2 for 1 offers is this correct ?
Also i am travelling up by bus and will be arriving in victoria coach station so does anybody know where the closest national rail station is to that ?
Thank you.


I've never had a problem using the vouchers without tickets, there are plenty of other vouchers available online usually. Try google-ing them. Otherwise, from my recollection - Victoria bus station is only around the corner from Victoria Train Station. You can buy tickets from tube stations witht the logo on as well over the counter or from the self serve machines.
Only the Oyster card wouldn't have the logo on it.:thumbsup:
#14
there is a good thread on MSE if you can find it...just search "tfl" or "london"
#15
Oxford st is just too busy and is full of the same shops you will find on any high st, just a bit bigger.

I would say pay a visit to camdon its got a bit more of a london feel to it, great choice of food on the market.

Harrods is worth a visit even if just to wander round and wish...the jelly bean section is great.

Rather than spending a fortune its nice to just wander down the river banks where the eye is on a fri and sat night to see the entertainment...the atmosphere is great.

* as monkey wiskers said get a street map, i have a little book i paid a few £ for from WHS, it is really handy and couldnt do without, has a great map and handy guides. Its well worth its money.

* again as monkey wiskers suggest, the history museum is a must, i could spend all day in there, plus its free...me and hubby love it even without the kids.
[mod]#16
There is so much to do in London but I personally prefer the Westminster area. If you get off at Oxford Circus you can take a stroll through all the shops up Regent Street and then stroll on down to Westminster to see all of the attractions. Spend some time admiring Trafalgar Square.

Might not be your scene but Shoreditch is very "trendy" for a night out. I have just come back from London today after a course at Westminster and I forgot how beautiful the area was.
[mod]#17
Also, take a trip to Spitalfields Market. It is amazing.
#18
magicjay1986
Also, take a trip to Spitalfields Market. It is amazing.


or Brough Market (as featured on Masterchef), some of the stalls are lovely....:thumbsup:

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