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Perla from Oregon asked

Some spare time in London, what should we do?

March 31st we will have a 2-4 hours in the afternoon to do some exploring. We should be near the main city center and we just need to be back to Piccadilly Circus for dinner, so if we could be near that place when it comes close to dinner that would be great!

An adult with 2 teens, so something that would be fun for all 3. Inexpensive and not too time consuming. What do we have to see?

London (United Kingdom)

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Kim from Canada

Do you like to walk??

My best suggestion would be to start by taking the tube or a cab to Saint Paul's Cathedral as your starting point. Explore the Basillica then walk along Ludgate Hill west to Fleet St. I always love popping down the side street to see St Bride's Church which feels all tucked away behind the street facade. With teenagers it's almost a must that you stop and take at least a photo at Ye Olde Cock Tavern before checking out the Royal Courts of Justice in all their impressive gothic architecture. From here you're got a little loop, it's fun to walk up Aldwychand see all the broadway shows on offer, but don't forget to go south a street and check out the courtyard at the Somerset House which depending on when you go they may have the fountains on. Past the Strand you'll want to go up Wellington St and make a left heading into Covent Garden which is always a must visit. Back down a little south you can head to the infamous Trafalgar Square where you can take a break and climb up on the Lions for a photos. Take a peak at the beautiful National Gallery even if you don't have time to visit and keep going north to Leicester Square From there it's a hop skip and a jump to end in Piccadilly Circus. About 2 miles all together when all's said and done and depending on how fast you walk and how long you stop at each place you should easily be able to do it in 2-4 hours. 

This will give you some of what I think are great highlights of London in the most compact way. If you have a little bit of extra time walking south to the Victoria Embankment Gardens is always a nice breather from the buildings and a chance to see the Thames River. 

Hope that helps!

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Oh and the best part is it's free!

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  6. Royal Courts of Justice (attraction)
  7. Aldwych (attraction)
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answered by
Sonya from United Kingdom

What about a museum or gallery, my favourites are the Natural History Museum and National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, all for free!

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dana from Portland

If you are Harry Potter fans, take a walking and tube journey through London with a muggles tour

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Christa from Quincy, Massachusetts

Do you like Walk ?

My best suggestion would be to start by taking Harry Potter Walking Tour London (2.5 hrs approx). Join a unique movie and TV sightseeing walking tour experience in London and go on area to see incredible sets and historic points. Local guides provide fascinating insights into the industry and there are multiple tours available, including Gangster London and Harry Potter Tour of London locations. Don't miss out.

Good luck !!

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caroll from Newyork

You may have “done” the The British Museum, Tate Modern or many of the capital’s countless other admission-free cultural attractions but what about the Museum of London? Situated between Barbican and St Paul’s Cathedral , it’s a great place to explore when you have a spare hour or two.

 Second you can Go on a magical discovery of the locations featured in the 8 Harry Potter movies. On this walking tour you not only see the main filming locations,

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