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I spent a month in London during college and several days on another trip.  There's far too much to see and impossible to cram it into a few days.  My favorite thing to do was hop on the tube and get off somewhere random.  I found all sorts of amazing things that way.  But given your time constraints, try and figure out what you're really interested in and spend some quality time there.  Pick up "Time Out" when you arrive to find out what's happening in the city (concerts, plays, interesting restaurants...).  There was a huge gay pride parade in the city the last time I was there and we were able to plan activities around it knowing streets would be blocked off, tube stations closed etc. 

If you're at the National Gallery (Trafalgar Square), stop for a spot of tea and a snack in the Crypt at St Martin's in the Fields.  Very cool.  The church also has free concerts on weekends and a flea market in the courtyard during the week.  The National Portrait Gallery is also nearby and amazing (can you tell I spent a lot of time in Trafalgar square?  I loved the architecture and history of the area--if you have a chance to go to the Museum of London, you'll see what I mean).  I could've passed on the British Museum--the only British thing I saw was the Peat Bog Man and artifacts from the Roman Empire.  Amazing collections but just seemed like a lot of culture theft IMO and constantly packed.  Plus it's huge and overwhelming--I spent 3 days there and saw less than half!!!   I'd rather spend an afternoon at the Tate Gallery.  Wow.  http://www.tate.org.uk/ Or the Victoria and Albert.  http://www.vam.ac.uk/ The V&A is dedicated to the decorative arts and contains lots of period costumes, furniture, jewelry, textiles, pottery...If you like military history, the Imperial War Museum is amazing.  Site of the former Bethleham Hospital for the Insane (where the word bedlam comes from).  St. Paul's Cathedral is also an amazing place, especially if you're a Di fan.  Easier to navigate than Westminster Abbey, but WA has more interesting memorials and graves.  And you'll get close to Big Ben and Parliament.  Covent Garden is fun and near some of the theaters, so you might be able to combine 2 trips in one.  I'd rather go to Charing Cross Rd or  Portobello Rd than Covent Garden http://www.portobelloroad.co.uk/ (slightly different feel--CG was trendier/younger with chain stores like the Gap and reminded me a bit of Garnet Ave in PB; Portobello felt more like San Louis Obisbo--antique stores, used book and record stores, thrift shops, small unique shops and boutiques plus lots of street vendors, buskers and character).  Get a tube pass good for 1 or 2 days so you can go wherever you want--it's well worth the price.  I agree--a Thames tour is a great way to see the city.  We took a night tour and had a great time.  Little pub on board didn't hurt!  If you love to shop, don't miss Harrod's or a trip to  Sloan Square. 

Norwich is a favorite place in England.  Read up on Edith Cavell before you go.  She's buried at the cathedral there.  The cathedral itself is amazing.  I spent an afternoon at the University of East Anglia's museum.  What a hidden treaasure! 

Have a great time!  I can't wait to go back.
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Oh thanks for reminding me beachbride and busy bee!! We loved our rivercruise on the Thames (it was included with our red bus tour along with a fish and chips lunch at the sherlock holmes pub.) DH and I also went to St. Pauls - we walked the whole way to the top! Make sure you wear really comfortable walking shoes!!!


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Originally posted by busybee busybee wrote:

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If you're at the National Gallery (Trafalgar Square), stop for a spot of tea and a snack in the Crypt at St Martin's in the Fields. 

As a Londerner I was going to give you all of my wisdom, but I think a lot of you got there first. As busybee says, definitely pick up Time Out, they also do guides. PM me if you want to borrow mine. Also there is an internet site called thisislondon.co.uk which has a lot of stuff to do, and more touristy stuff at the bottom. The National Gallery also has a great resturant/bar at the top with an amazing view. A bit pricey but well worth it for just a drink.

I would DEFINITELY get the bus trip, the easiest place to pick it up is Trafalgar Square or between Leicester Square and Piccadilly.

Now I am being lazy and have forgotten to read the other posts so I may repeat some things:

The Tate Modern, Brick Lane market (also fantastic currys), Brixton Market, for shear fascination, most museums are free (thanks to our Mayor), and just walking around Soho is great. There are a MILLION places to shop but for good and cheap, go to Oxford Circus the the biggest Hennes, Top Shop, Benneton and Shelly's Shoes (also a visit to Office shoes in Covent Garden and their sale shop in St.Martins Lane is a must if you love shoes) and for a bit of style avoid Harrod's and head for Harvey Nicols in Knightsbridge or Selfridges on Oxford Street.

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My husband and I just got back from London and we were very glad that we took the time to attend Evensong at Westminster Abbey. 

Every day at - 5:30pm (I think) they have a choral service - the voices of the choir and the accoustics of the church are amazing.  I will never forget it.  Even if you are not a religous person (like me) it is well worth your time.

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Evensong is Beautiful, and you can visit the Houses of Parliament beforehand, then look around the Abbey afterwards. Like most locals, I have never actually done either of these! I only visited the Tower for the first time a couple of years ago.
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Wow!  So many great ideas.  I think I would have to spend a few weeks in London to get to all of your suggestions.  We are going to spend two days there and one of them will be the day I arrive in England so I think I'm going to get a tube pass and just wander around and see what I can see.  I think the second day we'll do more of the same but try to see a few of your suggestions as well.  Then on to Stonehenge and Bath for a day before heading to Norwich.  I can't wait!  Thanks again for all your suggestions.
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Everything is fun there,

Some cool stuff to do might be to get a curry in Brick Lane (east london), check out greenwich which is very pretty and has nice shops and markets. 

I love Kew Gardens.  Its great any time of year especially winter with the glass houses.

Get some decent fish and chips.

I'm jealous.  I'll be there in May, hopefully.

Oh and if you're a nerd like me, then the natural history museum has to be a must, the beautiful carvings of animals are spectacular and its free, like all the museums, so you can just pop your head in.

Tube pass is good but try getting the buses too, I think its the 8 that goes past st pauls and all the fun stuff so you get to see a load of stuff. 

Time out is a good guide as it has off the beaten track stuff.  The best thing to find your way around is the A to Z map.

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I have been to London 3 times and would LOVE to return someday.  Everything mentioned is a wonder to see.  I must say, for others reading this and getting ideas, that the first time at St. Pauls in the basement were Diana's gown and all kinds of things on the wedding.  The next time, they were separated and all trace of her had been removed!  As to Harrods.....up on the top floor, outside, is the most charming little place to eat.  It overlooks the rooftops and you feel like you are in Mary Popins land.  And if you like babies and baby clothes as much as I, well all I can say is....I want to be buried in the baby dept. of Harods!  It is paradise.
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When are you going, its really cold at the moment. I'm going next week, so I've sworn to my mum that the weather will be much better from the 15th onward!
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Originally posted by EleanorSofie EleanorSofie wrote:

When are you going, its really cold at the moment. I'm going next week, so I've sworn to my mum that the weather will be much better from the 15th onward!


I'm going on the 20th.  I'm really hoping it will be a bit warmer then since I am a San Diego weather wimp.
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