first trip to London

Jul 16th, 2007, 05:00 PM
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I was in London in June with first timers. I recommend that on your first full day you take a boat down the Thames. Get off the boat at the Tower of London and explore it. (Or go on to Greenwich on the boat and get off at the Tower on the way back.) On Friday night, take the pub walk along the Thames offered by London Walks. It starts at about 6:00 p.m., costs 15 pounds, takes 3-4 hours and is wonderful. Go to the Churchill Museum/Cabinet War Rooms. I have never before visited a "war museum" but this place is fascinating and awesome -- in the true sense of the word.
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Jul 16th, 2007, 05:40 PM
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" It starts at about 6:00 p.m., costs 15 pounds, takes 3-4 hours and is wonderful"

I don't think any of the London Walks itineraries cost £15 (even the away days/explorers out of town trips are only £11)

Walks in London are £6 - or £5 if you buy a walkabout card.
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Jul 16th, 2007, 07:19 PM
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oops, thanks for the price correction, janesj.
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Jul 17th, 2007, 02:28 AM
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The hop on hop off tour buses are a good value way to see London. Guide Friday are a good firm to look out for. I know they cover most tourist destinations in western Europe. All I have been on have been informative and fun.

If you are planning to "do it yourself" there are some good suggestions and descriptions of what to see here.
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Jul 17th, 2007, 04:25 AM
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Why does anybody respond to such a lazy person? There are a zillion guidebooks and previous discussions. Does this person except to go through life being spoon fed everything? Try actually putting out a little effort!
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Jul 17th, 2007, 04:50 AM
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Why is it, almost every time someone requests fellow travelers opinions of things they like to do, there is almost always an ugly response????

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Jul 17th, 2007, 04:56 AM
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Historian and author Andrew Duncan has a couple of good books for self-guided walking tours:
Walking London: Thirty Original Walks In and Around London and Secret London: Exploring the Hidden City, With Original Walks And Unusual Places to Visit - I used the first and found it excellent. If you do the Hampstead Heath walk, seek out the Holly Bush pub in Hampstead.

You're not going to find many "brew pubs" in London. Best to make use of to find some outstanding pubs and focus on "real ales" (cask conditioned).
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Jul 17th, 2007, 06:21 AM
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Hello again. I was responding to thank everyone again and then realized I should probably specifically respond to lmhornet. I do not want to start an argument, but I don't want others to not respond to first time travelers in the future. I do have multiple travel books and I am educating myself on the area before our trip. I just like to have conversations (even if they are on a forum) with individuals who have experienced an area before. For those who did leave kind replies, please do not stop future efforts. It is greatly appreciated by those posting. Also, I do not consider myself a lazy person. I am a physician completing a masters in public health while volunteering in our community and completing research. As I mentioned, I just enjoy reading others opinions, outside of what I read in guidebooks and on websites.
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Jul 17th, 2007, 06:25 AM
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I also wanted to reply to audere_est_facere. Thank you for the information about Tottenham. My husband is huge fan and his main focus for our trip is visiting White Heart Lane. We were supposed to be attending the match on Saturday the 27th. I guess there is a change because of a tournament, so our new hope is to attend a game on Thursday the 25th. I have a feeling we may be staying longer if we need to to be able to attend a match. Also, my husband informed me your screen name means "To dare is to do.", which is the club motto. He enjoyed it a great deal. Thanks again for your kind replies.
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Jul 17th, 2007, 09:08 AM
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The game on 27th Oct is at home to Blackburn. Have you got tickets? If not it's not that easy - but for this game far from impossible.

If there is a game on the Thursday it will be a UEFA cup game and getting tickets for that will be much easier.
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