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Message posted by TraceyD on 17/1/2014 at 10:21am
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DH and I have decided to visit that there London for a few days for our anniversary next month. We've been to London before and are aware of all the usual touristy things to do, which we'll no doubt do again, but just wondered if anyone can recommend anything to do that is a bit different. I'd love some good locations for the best photography shots too.

We're staying in Twickenham and travelling in by train as it was much cheaper to do it that way, so our evenings will probably be spent there, so anywhere decent to eat would be appreciated too.



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Have you been on a river boat trip? Highly recommended, as is a walk along the south bank of the Thames, you coulf go and look at the Globe Theatre, the Clink, the London Dungeon if you like that kind of thing, and there are good opportunites for photos too.

Then you could cross the Millenium Bridge, if you haven't already and have a look around St. Paul's. A bit further east into the City is the London Underwriting Centre, Mincing Lane, which is a fantasic modern pink granite building with I think good photo opportunities.

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If you are a bit morbid there is a tour of Jack the Ripper sites in the evening. I personally think that the City of London is more interesting than the West End. I would advise caution on the tube and public places if you look like a tourist, also places like Speakers Corner in Hyde Park is known for pickpockets . The "Eye" is an expensive rip off and the cost of cabs is a nightmare, but there are loads of buses, get yourself an "Oyster card", don't pay cash. Enjoy!

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A day out in Greenwich is always worthwhile. The refurbished Cutty Sark looks excellent, Walk in the park to the observatory and you get great views across the City, you can get a riverboat back to Westminster.

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We usually book a show for the evening. There are some great real ale pubs around theatre land too.
Waterloo trains run quite late to Twickenham too.
There's a Thai restaurant a few miles from there that was featured on one of Gordon Ramsey's programmes, the F word. It was very nice.

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A great day out IMO is as follows:

1. Start at Tower Hill tube station and the Tower of London (you can go in but just as nice to look at).

2. Cross Tower Bridge to the south of the river and walk along the bank, past the new Town Hall (look out for Boris).

3. Walk past (or go in) HMS Belfast and the 3/4 scale model of the Golden Hind (Drake's round-the-world ship).

4. If you like your food, aim for lunch at Borough Market which is just south of London Bridge (the one after Tower Bridge) - not sure when it's on but at least at the weekends and has an amazing choice of food from all over the world.

5. Continue along the river all the way to Waterloo Bridge, passing Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and ending up at the South Bank and Barbican theatre etc.

6. Cross Waterloo Bridge, continue up past the Strand and into Covent Garden - always busy but still a great place.

7. If you've got the energy, carry on to Leicester Square/Piccadily Circus and then down to Trafalgar Square (and the National Portrait museum, if you're into that).

OK, most of that is well-known but they are the places I keep going back to and, best of all, you can do it all for free, as long as you manage to control yourself in the shops

If you haven't already, the museums (Science, Natural History, V&A) are essential viewing and all within walking distance of each other (the British Museum is, IMO, a bit dull and not worth the trip).


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My sister uses this site a lot: Top Table for meals.
You could also have a look at Groupon, wowcher etc
And don't forget if you have any Tesco vouchers they can be used towards some attractions etc.

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As you are staying out in Twickenham - if into rugby take a stadium tour?
http://www.rfu.com/twickenhamstadium/worldrugbymuseum/twickenham-stadium-tours

Think they are about 16 a head

As above loads and loads of free stuff to do in london

If you are into shows then consider going to TKTS office in Leicester Square in morning and seeing what offers they have for that day or next day. You can easily get half price tickets for different hsows

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greenwich market and the cutty sark. walk along the south bank. walk round st katherines dock and the tower, the charles dickens pub.. brick lane for a curry. camden passage N1 for antique shops. covent garden to see the street performers and maybe hear some classical music buskers, usually some nice outdoor food available.
borough market for nice food stalls(a bit pricey but where else do you get ostrich burgers.?) a walk through southwark by the thames stopping in some nice pubs. y'know what, i fancy a day down london meself now.... only 45 mins away for us.

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Quote: Originally posted by nelmo on 17/1/2014A great day out IMO is as follows:

1. Start at Tower Hill tube station and the Tower of London (you can go in but just as nice to look at).

2. Cross Tower Bridge to the south of the river and walk along the bank, past the new Town Hall (look out for Boris).

3. Walk past (or go in) HMS Belfast and the 3/4 scale model of the Golden Hind (Drake's round-the-world ship).

4. If you like your food, aim for lunch at Borough Market which is just south of London Bridge (the one after Tower Bridge) - not sure when it's on but at least at the weekends and has an amazing choice of food from all over the world.

5. Continue along the river all the way to Waterloo Bridge, passing Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and ending up at the South Bank and Barbican theatre etc.

6. Cross Waterloo Bridge, continue up past the Strand and into Covent Garden - always busy but still a great place.

7. If you've got the energy, carry on to Leicester Square/Piccadily Circus and then down to Trafalgar Square (and the National Portrait museum, if you're into that).

OK, most of that is well-known but they are the places I keep going back to and, best of all, you can do it all for free, as long as you manage to control yourself in the shops

If you haven't already, the museums (Science, Natural History, V&A) are essential viewing and all within walking distance of each other (the British Museum is, IMO, a bit dull and not worth the trip).




We did this vwry thing on our recent London trip. Only difference is we walked from Tower of Lomdon to St Katherines Docks before heading across the bridge to Borough Market. Also, after HMS Belfast and the Globe there is the Clink Prison on Clink Street. I agree, a wonderful day. We didnt do Covent Garden that day though, after St Pauls we headed for the famous Gordon's Wine Bar. Fabulous!


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We did a walking tour of the Temple area and courts of law, very interesting buildings, lovely gardens, some of which are open to the public.

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Oh, yes, it's nice around the Temple, and near there in Fleet Street is Prince Henry's Room, which is interesting, used to be open in the afternoons and was/is cheap but you would need to check.

If you are interested in markets, there is one at Leather Lane near Holborn which is not too far from the Temple, and Hatton Garden with the jewellery shops is also near.


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You can pre-book tickets to the observation platform in the Shard for a pretty good photo shoot session. From memory they are 'reasonably' priced if bought in advance...... or 100 per person on the day!

Alternatively, you could try the Japanese restaurant on the 23rd floor of the Hilton Metropole Hotel, Edgware Road, where you can share a meal and take some snaps too.

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The trendy hangouts now are around Liverpool St Station - Spitalfields market, Brick Lane (Indian restaurants and other trendy eateries, including the last bagel shops), Truman Brewery where arty types are strewn about. Good photography stuff!

I'm fond of the Museum of London; and next to it are parts of (the Roman) London Wall.

Around Waterloo it might be worth investigating graffiti at Leake St tunnel wikipedia and at the skatepark under the Festival Hall. The South Bank walk is great. Best view of Tower Bridge is from Design Museum's Blueprint restaurant.

Near Borough Market is The George, down an alleyway - National Trust owned pub and former coaching inn.

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If you visit St Paul's pop over to One New Change shopping centre they have a roof terrace with fanatic views over London
http://www.onenewchange.com/11the-roof-terrace.aspx

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Thanks so much everyone, some really good ideas. Loving the sound of the south bank walk, I love the area around Covent Garden too, did that last time I was in London with my daughter when we came to see Let It Be.

Will be following up on lots of those, thanks again.



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