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I've been to London a few times, so know the place moderately well, but am taking the other half there to show her the sights etc. Basically, I know what I want to see, but wondered is there some sor… Read More
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1d, 10m agoPosted 1 decade, 10 months ago
I've been to London a few times, so know the place moderately well, but am taking the other half there to show her the sights etc.

Basically, I know what I want to see, but wondered is there some sort of website that has the sights plotted out on a map in order for a self tour, as that would make things a bit easier for navigation? Anyone know of such a thing? Maybe not a map, possibly a written guide like 'for so and so, take the tube to so and so, then walk down the road and see so and so, then take a left and you are at the next so and so'

Failing that, I shall just spend time figuring out the best route to get in as much as poss without going on a bus tour...Just I can't be bothered to spend time planning ;)

I do remember the last time I went, we just randomly walked and I got the ex to all the sights, don't remember how I managed that though!
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1d, 10m agoPosted 1 decade, 10 months ago
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#1
I am a Londoner & can help you nrps1 :)

Easient way to see most places in Central London in Bus tour. If you dont prefer this, get a 1 day bus pass when in London and hop on/off any bus (public transport) as you wish. This option works only if you know where u want to go & which bus to take. Another possibility is to use the TUBE (travel card again).

Most of the London undergraound stations have a pocketsize London Attractions Map (£1 or so) with nearest Tube Station info. An off-peak (valid after 9.30 am) Travel Card costs £5.40 (or £4.90 by Oyster card) and gives unlimited journeys in Tube /Bus/Tram in Zone1-4 (most places are covered).

Tell me where you are arriving in London & I can provide you more info.
#2
Well I'm getting a one day travel card, so thats that side sorted. Wasn't keen on buses as I have been several times before and walked it, so one can take in the surroundings better?

I guess the £1 attractions map would suffice, although I did wonder if there was an online one really ;)

I'm coming on Sat, and was planning to go to many places, all the usual things, including london eye, river tour, madam tussauds, going to a wine tasting attraction, and strolling across to tate modern, then crossing the millenium bridge for st james palace etc etc..

Forgot to mention the reason we are going is because I have tickets for The Blue Man Group in the New London Theatre in Covent Garden....so need to end up thereabouts for box office to get tickets and to have a meal beforehand.
#3
what about a duck tour, they seem quite fun ?
#4
amino
what about a duck tour, they seem quite fun ?


excuse me?!
#5
you get in to an amphibious coach/boat and they take you on a bus tour of London, then after they go into the thames on the same car/boat and take you on a river tour too
#6
Hi
I have used a website call 365tickets.com, i have found it cheap & helpful. I have just looked and it lists various different events and sites in london. The cool thing is you can book through them and print out your tickets or just use their info to know whats happening.
#7
Lost like MOST of your planned activities are around Westminster / Embankment/Tower Hill stations (London Eye, Houses of Parliment, Buck palace, Millenium bridge.

Going by tube is the best & £1 map is handy.

Amino suggestion is also good - Duck tour :)http://www.londonducktours.co.uk/
#8
*scooby*
Hi
I have used a website call 365tickets.com, i have found it cheap & helpful. I have just looked and it lists various different events and sites in london. The cool thing is you can book through them and print out your tickets or just use their info to know whats happening.


Well I went to the website http://www.2for1entry.co.uk/ as that is in conjunction with my train tickets I'll be getting, and saves me a fortune :D

Thanks anyhow!
#9
edi
Lost like MOST of your planned activities are around Westminster / Embankment/Tower Hill stations (London Eye, Houses of Parliment, Buck palace, Millenium bridge.

Going by tube is the best & £1 map is handy.

Amino suggestion is also good - Duck tour :)http://www.londonducktours.co.uk/


Ah right, I've already got a river tour ready from the 2for1 website :giggle:
#10
I walk by the Duck Bus nearly everyday, it looks quite fun, especially seeing it while walking across Lambeth Bridge.
The Bus Tours are good because most of them you can get off at any point and then get back on to a later one should you want to see any particular sight close up.
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#11
Think I may go for a bus tour then, sounds a good enough idea :) just hop on and off, I wonder if the All Day Travelcard is applicable for these tours?
#12
Sorry nrps1 :- One day travel card is for Public Transport and duck tours may not be included although you get a discount by producing the travel card (as with other river services)
#13
nrps1 - Also, I don't know if you have an Oyster Card but if you think that you might even remotely be coming to London again then it is worth investing in as it is cheaper to Pre-Pay on that than buy seperate tickets (even 1 Day Travel Cards).

I understand that now an Oyster Card will cost you £3, but you'll already make a saving on using it to travel about the London Public Transport System for the day (I think it is about ~£1 cheaper than buying a 1 Day Travel Card).

What [B]edi [/B]says is correct, also I'm not sure if it's travel cards anymore but Oyster Cards only, something worth checking either online or when you get to the tour bus.

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#14
X10 :- One day Travel Card in Paper is £5.40 (zone 1-4) and the same by Oyster is £4.90 + £3 Oyster deposit.


Frequent London visits may justify the extra Oyster charge £3 (or £2.50 after savings) !!
#15
I only go to london a couple times a year, so no, the one day travel (rail) card I will be getting covers train fare, bus and tube all in one, which will suffice :)
#16
edi
Sorry nrps1 :- One day travel card is for Public Transport and duck tours may not be included although you get a discount by producing the travel card (as with other river services)


I've already got the river tour sorted, just need to sort the bus tour on its own so wont be using the duck-mobile ;)
#17
Best wishes for the London visit nrps1 :thumbsup:

I hope you'd been pleased will all the info flooded here & thanks to all those who contributed. :-D
#18
Aye, cheers peoples, the bus tour might be a winner, I know what stations are good for which bits and bobs, and will get the tour map thingymajig :)
#19
Do you live far from London, how are you getting there??
#20
Hiya all, been and done the London thing now, was great. We arrived at Charing Cross, so I took her for a quick stroll to Trafalgar, then onto Picadilly Circus, we wandered to Leicester Square and had breakfast, then to Waterloo for the London Eye. Queued up for 30 mins to get tickets, then caught a river tour, came back to London Eye and queued for about 45 mins to get onto it. By the time we had done that, it was 5pm, so headed to Madam Taussads, which she really liked (they've done it up a lot since I last went 12 years ago!). We then had to rush to get to Covent Garden (typical, the quick tube journey on the Picadilly Line was messed up as the one bit we needed was closed, so had to go right round it grrr) but got our tickets for the show from the box office (wow, were 6 rows back from front right in the middle, awesome!) had a curry then hot footed it to the show, before the 2.5hr train/bus journey home.

By the way, the show was The Blue Men Group - it was AWESOME! Very amusing, enthralling, and a fantastic visual and audio experience. You simply HAVE to go to it! I got tickets from lastminute.com for half price, and got the best seats in the house pretty much.

Cheers for all advise people :)
#21
sounds like you had a fun packed day!, total cost must have been a bit considering everything you got to do :)
#22
Hey nrps1, glad you had a good time :)
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#23
Hi guys,

I'm planning a visit to London with my parents (who are coming from overseas) so any idea how many days we should spend (is 2 days enough?) and what are the must-see places?

As for the travel card, can I buy it online or do I have to get it there?

For accommodation, seems like the cheapest option is Travelodge at £49/night, but they seemed pretty far from the centre. Are there any other options?

Cheers!

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