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Which time period is preferable for summer visit to London?

Old Aug 19th, 2014, 09:34 AM
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A day trip from London to Bath/Stonehenge/Windsor would run $740 http://www.viator.com/London-attract...f=02&aid=g4291 for 5 people not including getting to/from Victoria Station. I guess that is affordable? The admissions for this tour run just $293 so for the savings from just this one tour you have paid for a rental car for a few days and a night somewhere else.

Many here are poor readers, who suggested to commute from the country to the city?

Everyone on Fodor's thinks there is only one unique London visit that fits all, has to be a full week, include an Oyster card, and a visit to the V & A museum even if you hate decorative arts. Why?
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Old Aug 19th, 2014, 09:54 AM
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Tom. We actually did the Bath/Stonehenge trip while staying in Bath for three nights when we were in the UK fifteen years ago. This trip is all about London and places close by, close being the operative word. I appreciate your help in trying to cut costs, but we’ll take the train or bus to places nearby. We don’t usually drive overseas. Used to, but not anymore—too stressful and didn’t enjoy it.
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Old Aug 19th, 2014, 10:08 AM
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Haven't checked on the admission fees but off peak train tickets return to Salisbury for four adults and a child booked ahead run just under $200, and the bus from the train station to Stonehenge should be pretty cheap. No earthly reason to pick an expensive tour. And why pick viatour in the first place? London Walks does Salisbury and Stonehenge for 16 GBP over the train fare and admission, free for kids.

Checked fees for Stonehenge - 47 GBP for this group. Also your link. No way would I take that stupid viatour trip - Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath on the same day??? No way. Especially with a senior and a kid. Less is more.
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Old Aug 19th, 2014, 10:24 AM
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London is as expensive as you want to make it! Museums are generally free and you can eat gourmet or in sandwich shops. It is fairly easy to be budget conscious on a trip to London if you are ok with eating lunch like the locals and taking your sandwich or salad or whatever to a nice park and eating it. In the rain you can find places with sit-down areas for affordable. Just avoid places right off the tourist places.

Sounds like you will be fine - and definitely June over August if you have the choice!

Happy planning!
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Old Aug 19th, 2014, 10:25 AM
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To clarify… We stayed in Bath for three nights and went from there to Stonehenge, I believe with a RS tour. I recall that it was a small group and not very expensive. But it was a trip from Bath and back to Bath, which by the way is a very lovely town!
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Old Aug 19th, 2014, 10:59 AM
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>

Many here are daft. The implication was clear.

And why would you publicize a completely ridiculous tour to prove your own truism even though the OP seems wise enough to avoid dropping $740 on such an outing.
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Old Aug 19th, 2014, 12:35 PM
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Just playing around with expedia, found that for the third week of June Charlotte to London is $1400 round trip, but Charlotte to London then return Bristol (near Bath) to Charlotte is only $1100. Not just cheaper but a much better use of time and better trip.
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Old Aug 19th, 2014, 12:48 PM
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then return Bristol (near Bath) to Charlotte is only $1100. >>

only an american could say that Bristol [large city of nearly 500,000] is near Bath [less than 100,000 inhabitants].

but it's a good tip and a night or two in Bristol would be time well spent.
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Old Aug 19th, 2014, 01:06 PM
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Getting to Bristol and spending a couple of nights would blow through that $300 real fast.
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Old Aug 19th, 2014, 01:22 PM
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thursdaysd - I'm not sure that 2 nights in Bristol would be any more than two nights in London, though i take your point about the cost of getting there, especially for 5 people who are against renting a car.

What we don't know of course is what the OP is planning to do with the other week - they apparently have 2 weeks but only one in London. though rereading the opening post, i may have got that wrong and it may only be one week in total.

in which case, just staying in London would clearly be preferable, economically and practically.
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Tom - because you got mad when we tried to tell you (mostly nicely) that sneaking a child into a hotel room to save money wasn't a good idea, you didn't ask about other money saving techniques. You likely spent too much on your trip . . . But that is on you. Entirely your fault. So don't pass the same erroneous ideas on to others.
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annhig - I was figuring the time in Bristol was in addition to the time in London, not instead. In any case, Expedia doesn't seem to have a Bristol-Charlotte routing that doesn't involve two stops, so that's out!

janisj - oh, THAT guy. I thought he had mercifully taken himself off. I notice he didn't bother to post a trip report.
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Old Aug 19th, 2014, 03:49 PM
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Well now… this thread has taken an unusual turn!

Tom. We will be staying in London for one week and are not interested in dividing that time up between two cities. If you’d like to start a new thread for other posters about combining London and other cities, fine, but that’s not what I was asking. And the Charlotte airport would not be our originating airport, so I don’t know where that came from.

For others. Even though I’m asking about one week only for London, the time period for possible travel is longer, to give us some flexibility. We want one week for London since it is such a major city. And, though I hesitate to bring it up since I know it might (it will) create more confusion, my husband and I will be continuing our trip into northern England and Scotland for another week or so. But don’t ask more about that part of our trip since I haven’t begun anything yet. We know we want to go to York and Durham, then into Scotland and that’s as far as we’ve gotten with the plans. Our son, daughter-in-law and grandson will travel elsewhere, as yet undecided. It is only the week in London where we’ll be doing things together. Therefore we will be booking multi-city (open-jaw) flights, them from the Midwest, us from Charleston..

I hope this clarifies my post. My apologies for the confusion. I do appreciate all the help and hope it continues.
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Old Aug 19th, 2014, 04:01 PM
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Are you sure the 12 year old won't be in school until the end of June?

Janisj thank you for pointing out the sunset hours. Have been trying to convince DH that we need to go in June rather than September.
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Good idea to ask about your 'Northern' plans separately - start a new thread when you are ready.
Several 'Northern' locals to help you on here including me (I live in the North Yorkshire Dales but know the wider Yorkshire area very well).
Plus Janis has travelled extensively in the area, is especially good on Scotland and talks excellent sense.
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Old Aug 19th, 2014, 11:50 PM
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Kathleen it sounds like you know what you want to do - good for you! If we can help any more with you London planning just let us know! A week in London will give you a good amount of time to enjoy it!
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Old Aug 19th, 2014, 11:58 PM
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All good, June, probably appartment, aircon not required in June not on the selection criteria.

Now northern cities.....
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