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Deepak
Mumbai, India

London

On 2-3 days business trip. Things to do/see and street shopping suggestions

i'm staying near trafalgar square in whitehall place area (Central london)......out of 2-3 days trip, will have 3-4 hours to see around. pls suggest - 1) Places to see; 2) Things to do; 3) Street shopping area?

Thanks!


6 Answers

answered by
Laurel from Calgary

You are right near the National Gallery and National Portrait Galleryif you like art. You are also not far from the London Eye if you just walk across the river.


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  1. National Gallery (attraction)
  2. National Portrait Gallery (attraction)
  3. London Eye (attraction)
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answered by
Simon from London

If you've never visited London before you are starting in an ideal location. You don't say if your time is all together or in brief interludes. However, as a suggestion: 

Walk! You are in one of the world's greatest cities and you see nothing when using the underground. 

I am currently working in Whitehall and love to stroll around the area. 

By planning - either as a long walk or shorter strolls ; 

Whitehall down to Parliament Square, passing the end of Downing Street where the UK Prime Minister resides, down Birdcage Walk, right and past Horseguards Parade. Then The Mall to Buckingham Palace. Linger awhile and enjoy.  

Then through Green Park to Piccadilly. The Ritz for tea? 

Along Piccadilly to Piccadilly Circus. Then back to Trafalgar Square and home for a rest. Lots of vibrant life, great views and great buildings to enjoy 

As stated elsewhere National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery are here in Trafalgar Square 

Theatreland is around here - try picking up last minute tickets at reduced prices in Leicester Square  

Part 2 or can be joined. 

From Piccadilly Circus go up Regent Street where some top brands have shops to Oxford Street - one of the premier shopping streets in the world but full of internationally known shops. If you are feeling rich try Bond Street. 

A better shopping experience with smaller quirkier shops together with street performers and a wide selection of restaurants can be had in Covent Garden. Cross The Strand 

Walk home along The Embankment and go onto Hungerford Bridge and Golden Jubilee Bridges to enjoy iconic views - The City and St Pauls one way and The Houses of Parliament and The London Eye the other. 

Above all, enjoy!


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  1. Whitehall (attraction)
  2. Parliament Square (attraction)
  3. Buckingham Palace (attraction)
  4. Green Park (attraction)
  5. Piccadilly (attraction)
  6. Piccadilly Circus (attraction)
  7. Trafalgar Square (attraction)
  8. National Gallery (attraction)
  9. National Portrait Gallery (attraction)
  10. Theatreland (attraction)
  11. Covent Garden (attraction)
  12. Hungerford Bridge and Golden Jubilee Bridges (attraction)
  13. London Eye (attraction)
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answered by
Casey from Boston

Covent Garden is a beautiful area full of shops and restaurants also close to other main attractions and China town! The New Covent Garden Market hall is something to see with lots of local vendors selling their beautiful artwork and special items like handmade purses, clothing, jewelry, etc. inside the hall. While in Covent garden (the stop on the tube is "Covent Garden") check out Neal's Yard which is an alleyway found in the area. Both Wild Food Cafe and 26 Grains can be found here and they are great spots for a unique, healthy meal. 


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  1. Covent Garden (attraction)
  2. New Covent Garden Market (attraction)
  3. Neal's Yard (attraction)
  4. Wild Food Cafe (restaurant)
  5. 26 Grains (restaurant)
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answered first by
Maria from Dublin

Hi Deepak,

Is this your first trip to London? If you have already seen the touristy things: Tower Of London Buckingham Palace etc. why not take the time to see some exhibitions that are once-offs - Ai WeiWei exhibition in the Royal Academy of Arts or the Pop exhibition in the Tate Modern Have dinner with amazing views in Gherkin at Searcys. For shopping you could go to New Oxford St for all the usual high street shops or, better still try Covent Garden where you'll find much nicer shops and a great atmosphere.


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  2. Buckingham Palace (attraction)
  3. Royal Academy of Arts (attraction)
  4. Tate Modern (attraction)
  5. Gherkin (attraction)
  6. New Oxford St (attraction)
  7. Covent Garden (attraction)
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answered by
Callum from Gillingham, Medway

London IS expensive but there's loads to see or do anywhere! 

Things to do - There's the Tower Of London and the London dungeons, the London Eye, Natural History Museum, Tons of theatre productions (my sister is currently starring in CATS the musical which is only in London until January so you should definitely go and see! 

You can also take an awesome walk over the top of The O2 Arena which my girlfriend and I have done and it was spectacular! well worth the effort and chilly british wind that hits your face quite hard while you're up there.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! London is also a fun little excursion if you're bored.

Best shopping area is probably Oxford Circus area for all your fashion and general shopping needs. Harrods at Knightsbridge is an experience in itself, let alone shopping in there so that would fulfill a must see and shopping trip in one.

Camden Market could be interesting for you if you'd like to see a more bohemian view of the city with many stools and street food joints it shows the slightly stranger side of life in London and is a very interesting place to shop and visit!


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  1. Tower Of London (attraction)
  2. London Eye (attraction)
  3. Natural History Museum (attraction)
  4. The O2 Arena (attraction)
  5. Ripley's Believe It or Not! London (attraction)
  6. Oxford Circus (attraction)
  7. Harrods (attraction)
  8. Camden Market (attraction)


answered by
Adam

If you're there on a Sunday, check out the Brick Lane Market for street shopping.


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