London United Kingdom, Greater London

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  • Museums (14538)
  • Theatre (11920)
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  • History (8652)
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  • Food (5464)
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How can you enjoy the sights in London while avoiding the crowds?

Kristen
Kristen, United Kingdom

27 days ago Report

Walk for ten minutes in pretty much any direction, and you'll see a stand advertising tickets for tour buses. The tickets will set you back on average £30 per person, but they're valid for 24 hours and the majority are "hop-on-hop-off- services. The routes are designed to go by every single tourist attraction (Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge etc.) so you hop on the bus wherever you want, hop off it when you reach an attraction you'd like to see, and hop back on the next bus to come past (hence the "hop-on-hop-off") Some of the buses have audio guides and tell you the history of London. They're great.

Did the theatre performances in London live up to their reputation?

Elizabeth
Elizabeth, U.S.A.

3 days ago Report

We visited the Globe for the second time and despite the heat and less than comfy seats, we thoroughly enjoyed the play which was magnificently acted. We noticed an actor from one of our favorite PBS shows was in the cast so it was great to see him in another role.

What is it in London that makes history come alive?

Anonymous, Location unknown

6 days ago Report

If you've even heard of Dickens, Chaucer, Shakespeare, the royal family, Churchill, the world wars - just walking along the streets they walked on is enough to make them and their experiences jump out at you. The fact that most of the tourist attractions' tours (eg: Royal Albert Hall, Churchill War Rooms, Kensington Palace, Tower Bridge, Tower of London, London Bridge Experience, Westminster Abbey) are all accompanied by audio and include re-enactments mean that your completely drawn in to the experience.
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Is there more to shopping in London than main street stores?

Sue
Sue, United Kingdom

29 days ago Report

Obviously Oxford Street and Knightsbridge are the popular shopping destinations but remember that brand- name stores are also situated on Kensington High Street. Covent Garden is equally worth a visit as there are a variety of shopping possibilities as well as the street entertainment !

What was the most entertaining thing you saw in London?

Anonymous, Location unknown

17 days ago Report

The people I talked to on a whim in a pub! It's one of the friendliest place to meet people and very casual. And no, not everyone is trying to pick up everyone. Of course, that also happens but it's quite entertaining since they are mostly quite polite once you get used to them.

Describe what other people like you would like about shopping in London.

Kristen
Kristen, United Kingdom

27 days ago Report

Whatever kind of shopping you like; London is the place for you. It has everything. From the Luxury stores like Harrods to Gothic boutiques and vintage clothing stores, to market stalls.

What did you discover about the museums in London that wasn't in the guidebooks?

Lucy
Lucy, U.S.A.

27 days ago Report

The Christopher Farr Rug Exhibition, Form Through Colour, features designs based on the original work of Anni Albers, Josef Albers and Gary Hume. All items on view can be purchased and the rugs and textiles based on the work of Anni Albers are particularly stunning. The exhibition is up at Somerset House through August 2014. Somerset House is about ten minutes away from the Cafe Royal Hotel.

How can you get the most authentic cultural experience in London?

Ann-marie
Ann-marie, United Kingdom

28 days ago Report

read a little about where your going...find out opening times/advanced booking/tickets etc...especially during off peak times of the year.....plan your visit and make sure you plan a safe route to and from your hotel...get a map or use you telephone or other devices for mapping a route!...leave i plenty time to make the most of your time.

Which fine art museums should a first time visitor to London start with?

Anonymous, Location unknown

17 days ago Report

National Gallery should be your number one as the guidebook said and then start off into all the castles if you are into classical arts. The Tate Modern is one of the world's best abstract and creative art museum. They shouldn't be missed.
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Was it cheap, fast, well-explained? What made it so easy to get around in London?

R
R, United Kingdom

6 days ago Report

Tube is reasonably cheap with an Oyster card. If you're going to catch it more than a couple of times it's cheaper to buy an Oyster. Buses are the cheapest though, but avoid rush hour. If going north/south within central London on the tube don't catch the circle line. You don't have to change, but it's much slower. If you want to get a seat on the tube in central London make sure you're travelling away from the big main line stations (KGX, PAD etc.) in the early evening and towards them in the early morning as most people will be going in the opposite direction.

Why would you recommend London for food?

Phil
Phil, United Kingdom

9 days ago Report

London of course has a seemingly endless choice of eateries butfor me Hungs on Wardour Street is our favourite Chinese, food is very good quality & very reasonably priced, well worth a visit. (nearest tube Leicester square)

What is it with people in London that makes them so watchable?

Stephen
Stephen, United Kingdom

17 days ago Report

There are all types of people, from all different of cultures. Their sense of dress and different attire makes it interesting to watch. There are so many good looking and beautiful people about, especially the ladies.

What's the best way to make the most of London on foot?

Anonymous, Location unknown

6 days ago Report

Plan your days and figure out which routes are the best combination of public transport and walking to allow to explore the city while making the best use pf your time. Places like Leicester Square you can leave for the evenings when most other places have shut (eg: tourist attractions and Covent Garden and Portobello St. markets)

What should you avoid to make the most of the nightlife in London?

Ann-marie
Ann-marie, United Kingdom

28 days ago Report

Avoid any of the scams that go on and be aware of men/women dressing up with painted faces...trying ton get you to take a photograph...they then ask for money and can be a little pushy...i seen the mostly at the steps going down from westminster bridge to the London Eye...keep your bags over your body and closed!!

Why do people recommend London for the parks?

Anonymous, Location unknown

17 days ago Report

London has a great number of large parks right in the heart of the city and littered all over the outer areas of downtown area. Try a few parks, they all have their own feel and it's a wonderful thing.
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What's the secret to sampling all the diverse food London has to offer?

Audrey
Audrey, United Kingdom

10 days ago Report

Research or pure chance you happen upon an interesting place to eat.
Store Street near the hotel has a good Thai restaurant and other smaller cafes

Where should people go if they don't want to eat in a tourist trap?

Anonymous, Location unknown

17 days ago Report

Wander off from the tourist zone onto the side streets, which could be literally, a couple streets away, where the locals all eat. It might seems hard at first but you will realized where are the tourists and where are the locals.

What makes London one of those classic city trip experiences?

Geoffrey
Geoffrey, Canada

20 days ago Report

In London there is 2,000 years of history, great restaurants, museums, art galleries & great theatre. It is a perfect city for walking and the tube and buses will take you almost any where when you get tired.

Why do people say London is best seen on foot?

Joanne
Joanne, U.S.A.

8 days ago Report

London has an enormous amount of green space. We were located in the Westminster district near Buckingham Palace and there was so much to enjoy just by walking through St. James Park. A stroll to the Thames brings you to the heart of the city. So much to see. An incredible city and the people are great. Don't miss Trafalgar Square.

Why is the atmosphere in London something people rave about?

Susan
Susan, United Kingdom

22 days ago Report

There are so many beautiful locations off the usual tourist routes that you need to explore and it's wonderful to soak up these places.

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