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Old May 12th, 2012, 06:31 AM
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Ahh, I wish there were more time! We've decided to leave a few key pieces out just because of the lack of time.. We'll be back one day! Westminster Abbey was on the list but just seemed like it was lower on our interest priorities. I'm not a fan of tourists or tourist-like attractions that aren't worth the visit due to the lines and swarms of people. If it is something I should look into though, let me know!

Thanks soooo much @HG001London - I love hearing from Londoners about what to do! I have a friend who lives near there who is helping us as well I may try to squeeze in one or 2 of those in and/or swap them out with things less intriguing. Let me know if you have any other restaurant suggestions (that are affordable), I loved looking at the Opera Tavern website, looks delicious and definitely like something I'd like to add... Any suggestions for good inexpensive fish & chips?

Also, I checked the website for the discount tickets. I found 2 tickets to Wicked (which was one of the top choices on our list) for £58.00. Is that reasonable or can they be found cheaper at TKTS?
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Old May 12th, 2012, 07:35 AM
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" I found 2 tickets to Wicked (which was one of the top choices on our list) for £58.00. Is that reasonable . . . ."

Impossible to say w/o knowing the exact seat location.

As for Westminster Abbey being a tourist attraction . . . yes it is, and has been for oh, maybe 1,000 years. Same w/ the Tower. Don't worry, just because they attract tourists doesn't make them 'touristy'
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Old May 12th, 2012, 07:55 AM
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hey there,

No problem, glad to have been of help

Wiked is an excellent show, really was very good- saw last year- the only thing is that it is not in the nicest part of london in my opinion. The immediate surrounds around Victoria are a bit grotty i think and is separate from the main theatreland bit of london. Its a tricky one as it is a great show

here was my review

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUse...n_England.html

as you will read it is really important which seats you can as the high seats are very high (cant make out much facial detail ect etc) but for stalls or first level circle then £58 for 2 is pretty good. There is a nice restaurant round the corner from it

http://www.aboutthyme.co.uk/

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaur...n_England.html

Its really nice food but i would avoid at lunch time as is quiet at lunch time but full and buzzy in evenings. Not massively cheap but you can look at menu to get feel, its not too bad though for the quality of food.


This is cool little fish and chip place. Its Bring your own alchahol, which keeps the cost down

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaur...n_England.html

and this is a london fooie blogger's review (good pictures)

http://londoneater.com/2010/04/14/go...-from-grimsby/

and has great fish and chips and amazing mozarella sticks. Its is Marlybone which is a posh little area 5 minutes north of Oxford street (Bond street station is best) via the cute little square of St Christopher's place

http://www.stchristophersplace.com/

Hope these help
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Old May 12th, 2012, 08:07 AM
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Good Fish and Chips in Covent Garden

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaur...n_England.html
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Old May 12th, 2012, 08:09 AM
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To put you at ease - there is nothing to fear about that theatre or neighborhood.
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Old May 12th, 2012, 08:10 AM
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the first few review are bad, but my bf worked nearby and said he always loved the fish and chips there, its a cool little frontage too (flick through the tripadvisor pictures)
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Old May 12th, 2012, 09:04 AM
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Looks like the seats for Wicked are in the Circle seats W 23-25
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Old May 12th, 2012, 09:05 AM
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Love the fish & chips place! Definitely going to check it out
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Old May 12th, 2012, 10:25 AM
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One more questions.. Are reservations a must during the week? Our dinners will be on Tuesday and Wednesday. Are walk-ins acceptable like they are here in America or are reservations required?
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Old May 12th, 2012, 10:26 AM
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Oops.. *question. lol
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Old May 13th, 2012, 05:49 AM
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My two pence worth.

You really should make an effort to see the Tower of London. We spent about 5 hours there and did not see every nook and cranny.

The cabinet war rooms in my opinion is also great to see. We spent a couple of hours there too. It is right near the London Eye just over the bridge so you can do both.

I would also skip the HOHO bus.

Be careful about theater times. You mentioned having dinner and getting to the theater at 8PM. As I recall most theaters begin at 7:30PM or 19:30 so double check.
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Old May 13th, 2012, 06:01 AM
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Dinner reservations are good idea imo since you want to get in and out at a specific time to ride the Eye and make a show. At the good/popular restaurants, reservations are essential. At least that's been my experience.
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janisj, apologies i didn't mean to suggest that area was to be feared, what i meant was just that is wasn't as nice an area (in my opinion) as where many of the other theatres are, I just find it a little bit less attractive and a tiny bit run down (although it has got much better over last few years).

As the poster only has 3 days in london i thought maybe nicer to pick a theatre around covent garden as the surrounds are so nice to enjoy as well with lots more eating places .In my honest opinion i didn't think it was the nicest place to recommend for such a quick stop in london and there also are not that many great eating places around that area in my opinion, so i thought perhaps theatreland was a better all round choice.

like i said though the show is really very very good and while it may not be as pretty as it could be you're right there is absolutely nothing to fear about the area and my only point about the theatre was that it does go rather high up compared to others but my tripadvisor link to my review describes that is is really nice theatre design wise!!

Hope this clears things up a little, apologies that i didn't make it a bit clearer
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Old May 13th, 2012, 10:19 AM
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"i thought maybe nicer to pick a theatre around covent garden"

Wouldn't one normally pick a show based on whether they want to see the show, not because of which theatre it happens to be playing in (unless one really isn't interested in theatre and just wants to tick 'going to a play/musical' off a list.)

Millions of folks have seen Wicked at the Apollo Victoria - and none starved to death.
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And to bring things full circle, there's a Nando's down the road from the Apollo Victoria!
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ok i was genuinely trying to help make the whole of the trip as nice as it could be, i really don't think there was any need to be so mean, and thats why i went to trouble of posting a further post to put it all in context, as i did not suggest she would starve in that area (i actually post a link to the "about thyme" restaurant down the street.

I wanted Danielle to have a wonderful trip, theatre,food scenery etc etc but never dreamt it would get me mocked like this.
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Old May 13th, 2012, 01:11 PM
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i did not say to her to go and see a rubbish show in another area, i just thought that if you could see equally good if not better shows in other nicer areas in a 2.75 day 1st trip to london it would be better on the whole for Danielle as she would not only see a great show but experience a lovely area and a better choice of dining options. The holiday is not just about the show but also about the rest of the trip and i was trying to make it as nice as possible, i did not once suggest she was trying to tick a box i was just trying to make the entire trip lovely.

Danielle i hope you have a wonderful trip, and if it seemed like i was suggesting u were trying to tick a box, truly i wasn't. I hope from my posts here and on your paris thread it was clear i genuinely want you to have a wonderful time
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