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Old 03-26-2008, 11:04 PM
 
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Try and go to the Houses of Parliament, the tours are fab and the public galleries well worth a visit. Not sure what is open/closed to non-UK residents tho....

UK Parliament - Summer Opening

It is an amazing slice of living history. I love Simon Hoggart's description, in The Guardian;
"...the Royal Gallery in the Lords.....is bling on a mega scale. The gold, scarlet leather, stained glass and gilt statuary - it is a mad Victorian's idea of what a medieval castle looked like, and it makes parts of Versailles resemble something knocked up by Mies van der Rohe." !!!
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Old 03-27-2008, 02:40 AM
 
Location: Boston and London
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Default Kew Gardens

Take a cab or the South West train to Kew Gardens. Also known as The Royal Botanical Gardens, this paradise is not to be missed. I do believe Britons are some of the most brilliant gardeners in the world. Kew Gardens promises to amaze, dazzel and leave you with permanent "jaw drop"!! London is an incredible city!
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Old 03-27-2008, 03:07 AM
 
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Madame Tussaud's wax museum, worthy the admission price and the long lines!
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Old 03-27-2008, 05:10 AM
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Location: Lincoln, UK
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My bad, we're staying in Kengsinton area.
Ooh which hotel? I virtually lived in the Copthorne tara for quite a while - it's lovely.
Agree with what Southdown said. I used to wander up to the V&A a lot.

Kensington gardens to Hyde Park is nice for a walk too. I went for a run in there one evening, got lost and came out on Bayswater Road/ Notting Hill Gate. There are some fantastic record shops along there.

Also for eating, if you like Thai food the Churchill arms near the top of Kensington Church street has a brilliant and reasonably priced Thai restaurant out the back - it's like a traditional English pub with a random Thai place stuck on the back! But there are an amazing variety of restaurants around there so you'll be spoilt for choice.
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Old 03-27-2008, 07:52 AM
 
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Don't forget the Tower of London.
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Old 03-27-2008, 08:38 AM
 
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I'm going to Europe for three weeks for a cross cultural class and we're going to be in London for three days. Any suggestions if we wanted to wander out on our own? Where to avoid and so on. Thanks.
Anywhere in central London should be fine - As in any big city be careful late at night. Go for the west end and theatre land and for a stroll try Green Park near victoria station which can be great when the sun is out. Most cabbies are very helpful. An open top bus tour on your first day can also be a very good way a seeing London at no risk. Have a good time!
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Old 03-27-2008, 09:18 AM
 
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That is one of the first things we're doing, a Hop On/Hop Off tour. I'm thinking three days isn't going to be long enough for what the city has to offer. I'm looking forward to it after all the replies, thank you very much!
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Old 03-27-2008, 10:15 AM
 
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Is the London Eye worth the price and the half hour it takes to go on?
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Old 03-27-2008, 10:21 AM
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Is the London Eye worth the price and the half hour it takes to go on?
If you've only got 3 days I reckon there are better things to do with your time really. It's OK, but like you say there is a lot of waiting around to get on, and you might be thinking about the number of other things you could be doing instead of getting a nice view of a bit of river and lots of people's coats.
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Old 03-27-2008, 10:48 AM
 
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That is one of the first things we're doing, a Hop On/Hop Off tour. I'm thinking three days isn't going to be long enough for what the city has to offer. I'm looking forward to it after all the replies, thank you very much!
Ride the regular buses!!!

If you get an all-day pass for the whole of London you can hop on and off the regular buses too, as well as the tube, plus it's much cheaper. 1 and 3 Day tickets | Transport for London (http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tickets/faresandtickets/1055.aspx - broken link) or What is Oyster? | Transport for London

Two of the routes (No's 9 & 15) have the beautiful old Routemaster buses, my grandfather was a London bus driver (and inspector) so I am very fond of them!

They travel the sightseeing and shopping routes, so are really useful (and a bit less touristy), see...

London Buses route 9 (Heritage) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

London Buses route 15 (Heritage) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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