1 Day in London

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Mar 9th, 2008, 05:17 PM
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1 Day in London

I will be in Paris for 9 nights and I would like to go to London for the day. Could someone please suggest some must-see sights or itineray that can be accomplished in 1 day. Thanks!
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Mar 9th, 2008, 06:25 PM
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Not sure what you're into. A fun day could start with a tour of the Tower of London, then cross Tower Bridge and enjoy all the sites along the Thames and then ride the London Eye. Just one idea of many!
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Mar 9th, 2008, 07:43 PM
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The Tower is great, but isn't that practical during a day trip to London. For one - you need to get there very early to avoid the crowds/long lines. And - just the merest overview of the Tower takes at least 2 full hours.

London is massive and has hundreds of sites/sights. Tell us what sorts of things interest you.
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Mar 10th, 2008, 12:14 AM
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i loved the red hop on/off bus
i went on every line and stayed the first time without getting on and then chose the sights when i got my bearings
i loved the commentary with the live guide although im sure theres the touch of' tourguid ad lib ' stuff going on to tweak the history into a more palatable dollop for the tourist
i also did the thames cruise included ..bought the bus pass the next day too
do watchfor the colourd symbol on the bus' front..the different colours signify different routes ...theres a little map you can get
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Mar 10th, 2008, 05:34 AM
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Tower is just a personal favorite. I loved it so much that I can't imagine missing it on any trip to London (even a second or third!), but I get what you're saying about the lines and times janisj. I just thought being in that general area on a day in London could be fun. It is hard to advise if we don't know what you like.
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Mar 10th, 2008, 11:47 AM
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Assuming you haven't been to London, you would probably want to walk by the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey, and through St. James Park past Buckingham Palace. See Harrods if you are interested and have afternoon tea somewhere, perhaps at the Richoux branch across the street or at Fortnum & Mason.

If you arrive early and leave late, you could do the Hop On, Hop Off bus ride as well.
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Mar 10th, 2008, 03:48 PM
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I will be arriving early in London from Paris and would like to see the most that London has to offer in 1 day! Of course I would like to tour Tower of London, because I understand that it is great to see, but I would also like to see Buckingham Palace, Harrods, Westminster Abbey. I just need help with planning an intineary from my arrival in London to finishing, because it seems a bit overwhelming!
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Mar 10th, 2008, 05:34 PM
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What time are you arriving??
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Mar 11th, 2008, 02:09 PM
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I will be arriving in London by 8:00am.
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Mar 11th, 2008, 02:14 PM
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Then yes - you can easily visit the Tower of London. It opens at 09:00 Tues-Sat and at 10:00 Sun/Mon.

So depending the day of the week you are visiting London -- go directly to the Tower and you will get in w/o much of any queue. Then after touring the Tower you can jump on one of the Hop-on-hop-off buses right there and it will drive you past the other sites you want to see. You can get off anywhere (Harrods, Westminster Abbey, wherever)

OR - if you are visiting on Sun or Mon, you can take the tube to Leicester Sq. From there walk just south to Trafalgar Square, then along Whitehall towards Big Ben. You will see Parliament/Big Ben/the River/Eye. Get on the tube at Westminster station and get off at Tower hill. That will get you there just before the 10:00 opening.

Afterwards - again jump on a H-o-H-o bus.
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Mar 13th, 2008, 02:39 AM
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We did a day-trip to London from Paris and found success by mapping a route in advance and asking a number of questions on this board.

We used the laminated Borch map of London ($8.95) and realized that this was basically a "walk-by" adventure and organized tours of the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace would have to be sacrificed. There was no Changing of the Guard that day so that decision was made for us.

We arrived at Waterloo International (moot now) a tad after 9am, picked up coffee and danish near Jubilee Garden and had breakfast overlooking the Thames on the south end Westminster Bridge. This was a “pinch yourself” moment for two Anglophiles.

There was something very peaceful about our wonderful 10:00am flight on the The Eye. A Discovery flight (tour-guided) would have been preferable but our schedules did not mesh.

It started to drizzle on our walk to the clock tower but had subsided during the 20 minutes we gawked at Parliament.

After picking up a couple of one day 1-2 zone Travelcards we restricted ourselves to a 45 minute tour of Westminster Abbey. Amazing...even snuck a photo or two.

We had an outstanding stroll to Buckingham Palace via a stop outside #10, through the Horse Guards Parade and St. James Park and down the Mall. We leisurely sipped tea at the Queen Victoria Memorial and then walked around to the Palace gift shop where a teenage clerk attended to us with unsurpassed courtesy and professionalism.

The sun was now shining quite brightly as we wandered through the city streets to Victoria Station. Yet as we emerged from the tube at Notting Hill Gate the clouds reappeared to escort us to Geales for arguably the best fish and chips in London. I can only confirm that they were the best I ever tasted. We made our way out the door the same time as Joan Collins, who was a complete sweetheart.

We were sure to “mind the gap” on the ride to Piccadilly Circus where some more souvenir shopping was in order followed by sitting around the fountain with the locals and writing out postcards.

On our walk to Trafalgar Square we made a restroom stop at the McDonalds in Piccadilly and the unique bathroom set-up there was anecdote alone for a trip to London.

At the National Gallery we observed Van Gogh’s remarkable “Sunflowers” and subsequently picked up a lovely Sunflower umbrella.

We phoned the States across the street from Nelson’s Column prior to taking the Tube to Tower Hill. A leisurely walk around the Tower of London (what is the deal with the playground on the east side…?) brought us to the Tower Bridge and we happened to catch the 5:30pm raising as we crossed.

South of the Thames we did more shopping and strolled along The Queens Walk to London Bridge.

After sharing a Guinness we boarded a double decker bus for Waterloo and our trip back to Paris.

Your itinerary will differ but hopefully this can give you an idea of what can be enjoyed in the great city in a single day.
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Mar 13th, 2008, 08:06 AM
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bdj: " . . . the Tower of London (what is the deal with the playground on the east side…?) "

The Tower is not a movie set - people actually live w/i the Tower and some have children/grandchildren. The Yeoman Warders and others have apartments inside the Tower walls. There is even a pub/club.
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Mar 13th, 2008, 10:58 AM
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Aha! So much for my theory that Henry VIII's two favorite pastimes were beheadings and the teeter-totter.

Also, we did not take the earliest Eurostar from Paris. Doing so would gain you another hour...
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