I will be in London in mid-March, my BFF and I will have three whole days to explore. I need help with organizing the days/sites to visit and whether it is cost smart to book the open top tour or rely on public transportation to get around.
Can you offer Joan some help with this itinerary? Why not post a reply?
23 Feb 15, 09:30
most people try and cram too much into their holiday, but i think you've gone the other way -- you've got too little! i think you can fit in a couple more bigs things at least.
if you let us know what kind of things you're interested in, maybe we can offer some suggestions. then we'll have a go at fitting them into the days.
if you're looking at the bus tour as a way just to get around, then it's definitely not worth it. it is very pricey. the routes are limited and you will be stuck to using a few routes. they also start running later and stop running earlier than normal buses. you'd be better off just getting a pay-as-you-go oyster card and using that. you will be able to use the buses and the underground 24-hours a day, and the price will be practically identical (maybe just a couple of quid more) but if you actually want to enjoy the tour, then that is different. you might want to read Craig's reviews to see what they're like:
..lol..I thought I had a lot planned. I'm interested in exploring the city and its historical flare on a budget...I am also a foodie so we can include some eateries as well... Our lodging is in the vicinity of Hype Park. Thank you for your help!!!!!
1 Mar 15, 12:10
and we would opt for getting the Oyster Card
1 Mar 15, 14:32
An oyster card is definitely the way to go
people always recommend Borough Market (review) for foodies. its got a lot of stalls in an undercover Victorian market, selling posh food -- it's not your normal kind of food market. might be worth a look. you can have lunch there as well. there are lots of nice cafes and outdoor cafes in covent garden as well, within the central piazza (check out Craigs review on his blog). remember to peer over the balcony in the piazza as well, at the cafe's downstairs
there are quite a few free walking tours every month, around some really good places (like Somerset House). check out our guide to free stuff -- http://www.londondrum.com/events/?cat=5033. i particularly recommend this one (but you'll have to get lucky with the date -- maybe you won't be here in time)
1 Mar 15, 23:26
Thanks for all of the tips...I will definitely look into the foodie recommendations. One more thing...how would you group the attractions I listed above (based on vicinity)...so I can plan the days accordingly...Thanks a mil
2 Mar 15, 14:02
i would just do the ones that are close together, because you can easily waste half an hour on the bus or tube getting to each
so you can have the tower of london/tower bridge and st pauls together
london eye, big ben, parliament and westminster abbey
You're awesome with responses ....I truly appreciate your dedication and prompt responses. So I did a little research to get an idea of how I should arrange my itinerary...(boy am I spoiled with your hospitality)
My sample itinerary Sunday: Day 1)Tower of London/Tower Bridge and St. Paul's Cathedral (Have a scheduled meeting 2 hours lapsed time) Monday: Day 2)Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, 10 AM Buckingham Palace (Changing of Guard) Odd day in March Tuesday: Day 3)London Eye, Big Ben, Parliament and Westminster Abbey
(Should I rearrange the days?)
1) Okay! so on what day will Kensington Palace fit? (Based on the map, this is very close to my lodging) 2) Would "Convent Garden" go with Piccadilly Circus? 3)I would love to partake in the "London Teas" experience during the weekday...where can I find a reasonably priced well presented opportunity? Based on the availability in schedule? 4) I will add National Gallery on Day 2 (located next to Piccadilly Circus) 5)Would "Bourough Market" go with London Bridge? 6) Add a stroll through Hyde Park (very close to lodging, but on which day)
After adding these activities/locations do you think I have enough? I enjoyed the Craig blog, very insightful
3 Mar 15, 12:46
if it was me, i would probably do day 3 on day 1. because you can start with the London Eye and get a good look at the city from the sky, and see some big exciting landmarks like Big Ben. that would be a good first day. and there's less walking as well so you won't knacker yourself out.
but its not me -- its you! you should start with the one that interests you the most. do the one that is most exciting to you
if you want a stroll through Hyde Park, and are feeling very energetic, then you could actually walk all the way to kensington palace at the far end (but it's a long way!). if you do it, then i recommend skirting the north side of the lake in hyde park, crossing over the central bridge, and then doing the south side of kensington gardens, because then you will be able to get a look at the albert memorial and the royal albert hall as well. you could probably fit that into the afternoon on day two -- if you get up early and do piccadilly circus and trafalgar square before the changing the guard ceremony. last entry into kensington palace is at 4 PM, so you should have plenty of time. you'd probably have to scrap the national gallery on that day though
the only posh teas I've seen are at The Ritz and Fortnum & Mason. You won't be able to do the Ritz now because it will be booked up, but you can try and go for Fortnum's (fortnumandmason.com/restaurants/afterno ... ernoon-tea) i'm pretty sure that there's a dress code though -- you might end up having to walk around dressed smartly all day.
they also do an afternoon tea at harrods, in their restaurant, and that might fit in better with your itinerary, because you can walk there from hyde park. you will definitely need to book all this stuff up in advance though
Borough Market is right next door to London Bridge (did you mean Tower Bridge? because that is not the same as London Bridge -- London Bridge is by The Shard)