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Hi Please can somebody help me with my trip to London. Im going to see Britney spears on Saturday night @ the 02. I want to go early on Saturday morning to have a day in London first and do sigh… Read More
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8y, 3w agoPosted 8 years, 3 weeks ago
Hi

Please can somebody help me with my trip to London. Im going to see Britney spears on Saturday night @ the 02.

I want to go early on Saturday morning to have a day in London first and do sights like London Eye & Madam Toussards (sp). I would like some advice really on travel and some other sights to see when down there. I have never been before so would like to have a great time whilst there with the GF.

If i drive how much is it going to cost to park everywhere?

If i get the train where is the best stop to get off to get the to Hilton in Canary Wharf?

Please help!

Thanks
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8y, 3w agoPosted 8 years, 3 weeks ago
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If you are planning to do alot you will be spending alot of time in your car. Also i wouldnt advise driving in london if you havent been there before x i would get the train and narrow don to one or two things to see x i will ask my boyfriend about stops for you as i get confused x
banned 1 Like #2
dont drive there will too much traffic and you will run out of time it will also cost you too much to park
take the tube and get an oyster card to save money if going into london for more than just 1 day

oh and the nearest station to the hilton is south quay on the dockland light railway line but the easiest station to use will be canary wharf as it on the jubilee line
#3
Do not drive into central london.
You are best off leaving your car at Rayners Lane NCP. Real cheap parking overnight and getting the tube with an all zones pass.
1 Like #4
Oh and Oyster isnt worth it if you aren't going to be going back to london as you pay a £3 deposit on the card
1 Like #5
You need to get off the DLR at South Quay for the Hilton its 2 stops past Canary Wharf.

Enjoy Britney !!!
1 Like #6
Depends on if you're willing to do a bit of walking, but I'd recommend the British Museum, 10 minutes walk from Holborn Tube, free to get in, but mindblowing stuff in there (even if alot of it probably should be back where it belongs). Then do some window shopping around Covent Garden, and maybe get a restaurant deal off lastminute.com
#7
Thanks for all your help, I would be quite happy to leave the car somewhere near the hotel and then just hop on the tube.
#8
I have just tried to find the South Quay station on Trainline.com and had no luck. Does anybody know a station which i could get the train into first then join up with South Quay?

Thanks in advance, Rep Added for you all btw!
#9
South Quay is on the DLR so wont be on trainline.com have a look at [url]www.tfl.gov.uk[/url] for maps annsitlondod train info
[url]www.visitlondon.com[/url] will give you some ideas of where to go
#10
this is handy for planning tubes ... http://www.tubeplanner.com/
#11
Ok guys, I think im getting nearly there,

Have decided to get the train into london euston, Tube to canary wharf to drop off our bags, Then tube to the london eye & do London eye & Maddam Tussauds.

Then sunday have a lie in, Then either the Aquarium or London Zoo. Can anybody give me some advice on which would be better?

Thanks as always for all your help!
#12
kmac
Ok guys, I think im getting nearly there,

Have decided to get the train into london euston, Tube to canary wharf to drop off our bags, Then tube to the london eye & do London eye & Maddam Tussauds.

Then sunday have a lie in, Then either the Aquarium or London Zoo. Can anybody give me some advice on which would be better?

Thanks as always for all your help!


Sorry I didn't see this thread till just now and it's Sunday already so I am too late to help but I do hope you had a lovely time x x
#13
ClarityofMind
Sorry I didn't see this thread till just now and it's Sunday already so I am too late to help but I do hope you had a lovely time x x


I go next weekend, So any help would be really appreciated!:thumbsup:
#14
All this stuff is baffling me now, Nothing seems to be clear to me on the websites. Does anybody know how close the nearest tube station to London Euston is please? Im trying to work out the cost of the tube journeys and times etc. Thank you :thumbs:
#15
kmac
Ok guys, I think im getting nearly there,

Have decided to get the train into london euston, Tube to canary wharf to drop off our bags, Then tube to the london eye & do London eye & Maddam Tussauds.

Then sunday have a lie in, Then either the Aquarium or London Zoo. Can anybody give me some advice on which would be better?

Thanks as always for all your help!


Taking the train to Kings Cross is a bit cheaper than Euston and is very close by anyway.

London Eye is easy to get to and you can get there via bus or tube very easily but I would definitely recommend an oyster card, which will make everything more convenient and a lot cheaper to travel in London (only costs a few pounds and they'll reimburse you for the card any any funds when you return the card)

The London Aquirium is disappointing to say the least but they're going through a mutimillion ound transition at the moment, so hopefully it's improved.
London Zoo apparantly is a bit disappointing in comparison to zoos across the country because it's the worlds oldest zoo but can be a decent time out.

Madame Tussauds is quite close to the station, remember to collect a two for one leaflet from your departing station , which apparantly has to be used the same day.

I would highly recommend a boat ride down the Thames when you go on the London Eye and you can purchase unlimited trips on the boat ride as well. ;-)

Let me know if you require any further advice and what kind of stuff you prefer doing and I'll help you out during the BBQ but remember there's an excellent night life scene in London and it's a very entertaining city. ;-)

Have fun.
#16
kmac
All this stuff is baffling me now, Nothing seems to be clear to me on the websites. Does anybody know how close the nearest tube station to London Euston is please? Im trying to work out the cost of the tube journeys and times etc. Thank you :thumbs:


Oyster card costs £3, and a journey to the places you need will cost literally a couple quid in each direction but put some extra money on just incase and you can get a full refund upon returning the oyster card.

Checkout [url]www.tfl.gov.uk[/url] and enter the postcode/train station etc that you're travelling and it'll be easy.

The nearest Tube station is probably Kings Cross, which is on the same stretch of road. :thumbsup:
banned#17
kmac
All this stuff is baffling me now, Nothing seems to be clear to me on the websites. Does anybody know how close the nearest tube station to London Euston is please? Im trying to work out the cost of the tube journeys and times etc. Thank you :thumbs:


Beleive it or not - the nearest tube station to London Euston - is Euston! Entrance is inside the railway station.

As for costs - just grab a one day travel card. No point in an Oyster card if you are only there for a day.
banned#18
realfriendlyman


The nearest Tube station is probably Kings Cross, which is on the same stretch of road. :thumbsup:



LOL.... You sure you really live in London!!!!!
#19
kmac
I go next weekend, So any help would be really appreciated!:thumbsup:


ohhh I see lol

Well what people have advised you about taking the tube is spot on. Don't try and drive through the city without knowing it better than the back of your own hand as there's lots of one way zones, the congestion charge and so much traffic it can drive you totally batty, not to mention end up being dangerous and costly.

Get a couple of day trip cards to use on the tube and buses, or oyster cards and then you're free to move around as and when you wish.

It's easy to eat anywhere if you're happy to pop into little cafe's, diners, pizza places or burger bars etc, larger restaurants such as steakhouses usually need pre-booking.

The tfl ( transport for london ) website can guide you as to tube journeys, I'll find the link for you.

http://journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk/user/XSLT_TRIP_REQUEST2?language=en

Once you're actually in London, grab a copy of the underground system from any station. There's maps on all the tubes also and at every station.

Check this site out before you leave also as they use it to list which tubes if any have disruptions. Mostly a tube comes along every three minutes or so so you shouldn't have any problem getting around like this. There are noticeboards on the platform which will say when the next train is expected.

Keep close to each other, you don't have any children with you do you? If so you'll want to be holding their hands pretty much while you're out and about if they arent used to this city. It's busy and bustling and many people will walk *through* you rather than go around. Don't step out in front of the traffic expecting it to stop and allow you to cross, it wont. Use the walkways and be careful.

Covent garden is lovely this time of year, lots of markets and craft areas where you can pick up something for a song, lots of street entertainers ( these guys are REALLY good ). China town is gorgeous, very cultural and alive. There's loads of really excellent museums depending on what interests you have. I can see the canary wharf tower from my window so I know just where you're staying.

It's a lovely idea to take a boat down the Thames and a trip on the london eye. This will give you a birds eye view of the city. You'll love london if you love the buzz of life and fast pace of the city and it's people.

Enjoy your weekend, let me know if you have any questions x x
#20
guv
LOL.... You sure you really live in London!!!!!


Lol, my bad....this keyboard is broken to bits at my cousins house and keeps missing out letters and goes back etc....so I made a typo. :oops:

But, yeah, Kings Cross is about 20 mins walk down the road but if you wanna save money with the train, I would recommend to get off at kings cross station (which is cheaper than Euston for trains) and then there's Kings Cross underground a few mins walk away. :thumbsup:

Half the keyboard is literally smashed. :oops:
#21
RFM mentioning Kings X reminds me, Kings X is traditionally a red light district but if you do want some saucy fun Soho is the place to go ( I dont mean for ladies of the night, though you can get them too! ) but for "interesting" bars, clubs, bookstores etc.

Not that I'm condoning that in any way of course lol
#22
ClarityofMind
RFM mentioning Kings X reminds me, Kings X is traditionally a red light district but if you do want some saucy fun Soho is the place to go ( I dont mean for ladies of the night, though you can get them too! ) but for "interesting" bars, clubs, bookstores etc.

Not that I'm condoning that in any way of course lol


Yep, Soho is definitely known for that. :giggle:

There's a lot of great clubs around Picaddily and I used to be a promoter for the best exclusive clubs in London and still have my contacts. ;-)
#23
Due to coming from North Wales all the trains seem to come into Euston first,

Is Canary Wharf really 1hr away from the train station?

Is Baker st the nearest station to Madame Tussauds? that looks to be an 1hrs journey to get there, Is the London eye in walking distance from there?

The 02 arena says its 5 mins from canary wharf - http://journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk/user/XSLT_TRIP_REQUEST2

Says its 40 mins, Im Confused!:?;-)

Sorry for the hassle, Im not used to the tube etc
banned#24
realfriendlyman
Lol, my bad....this keyboard is broken to bits at my cousins house and keeps missing out letters and goes back etc....so I made a typo. :oops:

But, yeah, Kings Cross is about 20 mins walk down the road but if you wanna save money with the train, I would recommend to get off at kings cross station (which is cheaper than Euston for trains) and then there's Kings Cross underground a few mins walk away. :thumbsup:


Not sure why a broken keyboard would make you say Kings Cross tube station (a 15 minute walk) is nearer than Euston tube station (a 1 min walk!) to Euston BR.
#25
this is the kind of thing you need to be checking for...

JUBILEE LINE: Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 June, suspended between Green Park and Stratford. Two rail replacement bus services operate.

your journey is going to take longer because of engineering works. They're doing this a lot lately due to updating to be ready for the blooming olympics. There will be bus replacement services though, you'll still get there but it will take longer x x
#26
Madam Tussauds map.. closest tube Baker street, ( the planetarium is right by tussauds also )

http://www.madametussauds.com/London/PlanYourVisit/LocationMap/Default.aspx
banned#27
kmac
Due to coming from North Wales all the trains seem to come into Euston first,

Is Canary Wharf really 1hr away from the train station?


Nope

Is Baker st the nearest station to Madame Tussauds? that looks to be an 1hrs journey to get there, Is the London eye in walking distance from there?


Baker street is the nearest.... its 3 stops from Euston Square. Allow 30 minutes - including walking from Euston to Euston Square.

London Eye would then be a bakerloo line train - again allow just under 30 mins for that.

The 02 arena says its 5 mins from canary wharf - http://journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk/user/XSLT_TRIP_REQUEST2

Says its 40 mins, Im Confused!:?;-)

Sorry for the hassle, Im not used to the tube etc


It would be 5 minutes.... if you can walk on water!

have a look at a tube map!!!
banned#28
ClarityofMind
Madam Tussauds map.. closest tube Baker street, ( the planetarium is right by tussauds also )

http://www.madametussauds.com/London/PlanYourVisit/LocationMap/Default.aspx



LOL... shows the last time you went!

Planetarium no longer exists!
#29
guv
LOL... shows the last time you went!

Planetarium no longer exists!


oooh really? Did they move it somewhere else or is it totally gone?

Yes my kids are a bit beyond the madame tussauds thing now. They like going to the theatres and museums.

They're going with my OH to see War of The Worlds at the theatre soon, for Father's Day. OH can't wait, tickets were sold out six months ago... girls are no longer interested!!
banned#30
ClarityofMind
oooh really? Did they move it somewhere else or is it totally gone?


Madame Tussaurds now occupies the dome! Annoying, 'cos I wanted to take the kids to see that!


They're going with my OH to see War of The Worlds at the theatre soon, for Father's Day. OH can't wait, tickets were sold out six months ago... girls are no longer interested!!


Ooooh. Jeff Wayne! Not sure how its gonna go without Phil Lynott!
#31
guv



Ooooh. Jeff Wayne! Not sure how its gonna go without Phil Lynott!


I reckon they're all gonna come home singing at the top of their lungs lol

I'm only letting them go because it still has Richard Burton's vocal narration ( leastwise hubby said it does! ) I totally fell for Richard Burton the first time I ever heard his voice on what was a tape of WOTW. Used to play the bits of him speaking as I went to sleep at night when I was a kid :-D
banned#32
ClarityofMind
I reckon they're all gonna come home singing at the top of their lungs lol

I'm only letting them go because it still has Richard Burton's vocal narration ( leastwise hubby said it does! ) I totally fell for Richard Burton the first time I ever heard his voice on what was a tape of WOTW. Used to play the bits of him speaking as I went to sleep at night when I was a kid :-D



Oooooooollaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh:p
#33
guv
Oooooooollaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh:p


tease :-D :thumbsup:
#34
All of the sites you list are pretty expensive, although there are offers around for some. If you're taking kids then I'd seriously consider the Science and Natural History Museums (South Kensington Tube) both free and 5 minutes apart and easily enough to fill a day between them (the Natural History museum Dinosaurs gets very busy) and if the kids have seen Night At The Museum 2 they'll enjoy them even more.
Another unique trip is a BBC Backstage tour http://www.bbc.co.uk/tours/tours.shtml with a CBBC tour or a more general tour depending on the age of the kids. We went a few years ago on a Saturday and saw dress rehearsals for the Joseph I dreamed a Dream thing, and had Graham Norton wave at us as he drove out of the main entrance..This isn't free, but less than madame tussauds I think, and if you do see a celebrity they're actually real!
If you like Chinese food I'd also recommend Wong Kei's on Wardour Street in china town famous for speedy and sometimes a little bit impolite service, but very good value and delicious. If you'd like to eat with a celebrity then Wagamama in Covent Garden is very trendy, and you can often get a 2 for 1 voucher in Time Out, we saw Nigel Planer, between the Matinee and Evening show of We WIll Rock you, and then my daughter nearly got run over by Mylene Klass as we were leaving.
Would definitely recommend the Oyster Card though, dispenser machines in the ticket halls of every tube station, and the route planner on the tfl site is very useful
Canary Wharf is worth a walk around too, especially if you watch the apprentice as you'll recognise the view from alot of the aerial shots in that show (although the boardroom is actually fake in a studio somewhere). Also take a walk across Westminster Bridge and past Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament if you go on the London Eye.
You'll have fun whatever you do,

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