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Old 05-02-2013, 15:28
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On my visit to London (I'm English but don't live there), I enjoyed the open top tour bus. If it's raining you can sit downstairs. You can stop wherever you like enroute and then get on another bus with your ticket. Combine it with a boat trip (all comes with the same ticket) and go up the River Thames past the Houses of Parliament etc. I spent nearly a full day doing that, thoroughly enjoyed it and it was good value for money especially if you don't want to walk for miles.

The Tower of London was my favourite stop.

It's a beautiful city is London - enjoy.
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Old 05-02-2013, 15:29
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A tour trip on the river is always good, as is walking around the City on a Sunday. South Bank, Globe (not open yet for the season), the parks. As others have said, the Tower of London is cracking.

Just keep them away from Madame Tussaud's and make sure they download the TfL travel app.
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Old 05-02-2013, 16:12
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The best way i've found to see London is The Monopoly Pub Crawl

http://monopolypubcrawl.org.uk/
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Old 05-02-2013, 16:34
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Reading this thread makes me feel rather crap.

As a Londoner, I still haven't been to the Tower of London, London Eye, in a tour bus or on the Thames. Didn't visit Buckingham Palace until my early 20s.

I did once have a pigeon crapping on my coat sleeve - which got me screaming hysterically while flapping my arm madly, trying to get the white poop off - in Trafalgar Square when I was a kid, though. Does this redeem me?
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Old 05-02-2013, 16:39
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Another vote for Tower of London. Had a great day out here
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Old 05-02-2013, 16:49
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A river trip to Hampton Court Palace is worth a trip. If enough time Windsor Castle is great as well.
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Old 05-02-2013, 17:16
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The only place worth visiting, there's a comedian yeoman guard who does an hour tour (youtube him) he's bloody hilarious, almost makes up for the 20 robbery that takes place at the entrance
Aww that's really harsh...while I agree that The Tower would be my number one recommendation to anyone visiting London for the first time (because The Tower is utterly brilliant and you can easily spend 4-5 hours there being totally in awe) - I do not agree that the entrance fee is robbery.

Look at the sheer size of the place; keeping the grounds/buildings maintenance and personnel as it is must cost an absolute fortune.

If you want proper, decent rip-offs then look no further than Leicester Square and Covent Garden. 9.50 for a glass of wine in one of the local bars at CG. Fun times.
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Old 05-02-2013, 17:19
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Go for a return trip on the Dangleway - they need the business

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/modalpages/23863.aspx
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Old 05-02-2013, 17:24
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Does this redeem me?
No. You've never been to The Tower??

Are you mad?

Go there. Now.
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Old 05-02-2013, 17:35
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try visiting the shard. there are no tall buildings in the states.

try the london eye. that's OK

seriously start at trafalgar square,and stroll up to buckingham palace. have a look at the pelicans on the way. lovely stroll
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Old 05-02-2013, 18:21
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For a trip to remember, wave a large knife about outside Buck House.
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Old 05-02-2013, 18:23
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No. You've never been to The Tower??

Are you mad?

Go there. Now.
I will, but not alone. Next time a non-Londoner stays at my place, I'll encourage the idea of visiting there and use the guest as an excuse to see it myself. *thumbs up*
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Old 06-02-2013, 01:25
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My American friend tried to take me on a bus tour. I refused.
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