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What a first timer should do in London
We are some must do’s in London? It’s a week long trip so some off the path stuff would be neat too! Thanks.
I loved a lot of the main tourist spots: Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, British Museum. Even if you’re not into museums, many of them are free so you can wander through a bit and if it’s not to your taste, you won’t feel like you’ve wasted money.
I did read some advice to go see the British Museum a little bit at a time (max 2 hours per day). They have a LOT of interesting stuff and it’s easy to get brain fatigue! Wish we could have followed that advice but it was not particularly close to where we were staying so we just did the one day and my brain was definitely overloaded by the time we left.
If you do the hop-on/hop-off bus you can hit a lot of the main spots and you can even do one leg on a short river cruise.
We also did a day trip to Stonehenge, Windsor and Oxford, which was nice. Took the tube to the bus station (Paddington?) and the tour left from there. Viator had a number of options.
I agree with [USER=184]@MidSouth Skier[/USER] about the British Museum. Some other recommendations: Check out the Borough Market under the bridge. It’s a fun outdoor venue with lots of delicious food options.
Walking tours of London ([URL]http://www.walks.com/[/URL]) GBP 8/10 with a diverse range of topics
Docent led tours at the National Art Gallery in Trafalgar Square. I went for one in the morning and the guide was so good I stayed and went on the afternoon one too 🙂
If you like modern art, the Tate
Kew Royal Botanic Gardens
Globe theater for Shakespeare
Churchill’s Bunker/War Rooms and the Imperial War Museum if you want some WWII history
St. Paul’s/Westminster Abbey (both offer guided tours with clergy). Our guide at the abbey invited us back in the evening for seats in the main nave for a choral performance and service, very cool.
There really is no dearth of things to do. Your week will fly by! 🙂