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London

Where to visit for out first time out of the country?

Where would be a good place to visit in London for our first time out of the country?


8 Answers

answered by
chuck from Portland

Need to know more about you, traveling as family, what do you like. How much time. When are you going.

London Eye is the ferris wheel is a bit pricey but allows you to get a great view of London from above. take it near sunset and you can get great evening and night photos of London.

Westminster Abbey is a great church with a lot of history and you get to see some important tombs in the church. like Robert Peel, Darwin, etc.

Big Ben can be seen right outside westminster

Victoria & Albert Museum is also great museum focusing more on statues and architecture.

Natural History Museum is ok, don't go out of your way to see it, the natural science museum in Washington DC is better.

Watch a soccer match. Tickets to a queens park rangers game is cheap and alot of fun if you cannot afford an arsenal or chelsea game.

get an english breakfast, most recommend place would be Regency Cafe.

With the anniversary of WWI, they remodeled the Imperial War Museum (Stop L).

National Army Museum is smaller but is laid out in following english history, so is fun in that way.

visit a big soccer stadium such as arsenal or chelsea, only fun if you love soccer.

British library, very quick visit less than 2 hours has important books and text on display such as the magna carta

Saint Paul's Cathedral is a joke, do not go unless BIG BIG princess diana fan.

Museum of London is under rated, great if you want to learn about the history of london. it is small so about 1/2 a day

go to a concent at St Martin in the Fields, can buy tickets online. It was excellent

grab a show, we saw war horse which was excellent

get indian food, you will not find any better in the US. I recommend Durbar Tandoori Restaurant.

get a real fish and chips, Poppies Fish & Chips, Spitalfields is excellent.

The British Museum is excellent and will take a whole day. This is a do not miss

Borough Market is a joke, if you live anywhere they have a farmer's market which is any good. Do not go. Portland OR has much better farmer's market.

Tower Of London is a must go, go when they open and head straight to the crown jewels first to avoid the crowds.

If you have time get out of london a bit like to Greenwich

buy english candy, their chocolates are a lot better. GET the LION BAR, amazing

Do a tour of the Shakespeare's Globe or take in a play.

Tate Modern is a joke, LACMA in LA is better

National Gallery is ok

Go to Fortnum & Mason and buy some proper english tea and get a real scotch egg.

Do not go shopping in england the quality of goods and prices are better in the US.

By the way, if you are wondering we saw all that in 7 days.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. London Eye (attraction)
  2. Westminster Abbey (attraction)
  3. Big Ben (attraction)
  4. Victoria & Albert Museum (attraction)
  5. Natural History Museum (attraction)
  6. Regency Cafe (restaurant)
  7. Imperial War Museum (Stop L) (attraction)
  8. National Army Museum (attraction)
  9. Saint Paul's Cathedral (attraction)
  10. Museum of London (attraction)
  11. St Martin in the Fields (attraction)
  12. Durbar Tandoori Restaurant (restaurant)
  13. Poppies Fish & Chips, Spitalfields (restaurant)
  14. The British Museum (attraction)
  15. Borough Market (attraction)
  16. Tower Of London (attraction)
  17. Greenwich (attraction)
  18. Shakespeare's Globe (attraction)
  19. Tate Modern (attraction)
  20. National Gallery (attraction)
  21. Fortnum & Mason (attraction)
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answered by
Ragan from Nebraska

we took 2 of our kids to Europe for the first time last June, part of the trip was 4 days in London, we stayed in a Premier Inn London City Old Street Hotel which was ok..think a little better than Motel 6 but inexpensive for the area! We went everywhere! but really we didn't have a "plan" just sights everyone wanted to try to get to..we wandered into a gorgeous parade celebrating the anniversary of the British Marines and we saw the Queen! They loved the London Eye, well worth the fees. depending on the ages of your kids, the best advice I can give is plan to not plan..we have the best stories from getting yelled at in St James Park by the "chair" police because the kids didn't know they couldn't accept the offer of people leaving their chairs early! We bought the Oyster card for use in the tube and on buses. This can be bought online and early, we started with 25 pounds and had to add another 10 but left with some still on it..it doesn't expire. 

Do your best to read all the regulations for the airlines and prepare your kids for possible inspections! Heathrow is ruthless in their by the letter rules, we have flown many many times and only there did we have an issue! If you are a family you can approach the entry points together with all passports and papers. If you would like any other tips please just send a note! Have fun! And take your patience!


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. London (city)
  2. Premier Inn London City Old Street Hotel (restaurant)
  3. London Eye (attraction)
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answered by
Peter from Munich

Also go to the House Of Parliament and see Big Ben. Not far from there is the London Eye. A big ferris wheel right oh the Thames. Prices are a bit expensive, but maybe you can find some deals online or coupons at the hotel.

When I visited London, we spontaneously rented a car and drove to Stonehenge Rent it just for one day to drive there and go back. Maybe they have bus tours to Stonehenge.

If you like architecture visit Victoria Station. you might even get off there if you take the train from the airport. It depens which airport you fly in to London.

Buckingham Palace is also worth mentioning.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. House Of Parliament (attraction)
  2. Big Ben (attraction)
  3. London Eye (attraction)
  4. Stonehenge (attraction)
  5. Victoria Station (attraction)
  6. Buckingham Palace (attraction)
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answered by
Sarah from Hamburg

if you want to get away from the touristy areas, check out east London. I love the Broadway Market. It's in Hackney and you can spend an entire day there, eating hipster crepes and relaxing in the adjacent London Fields Park.
Or you could visit Brick Lane to discover street art, tons of little stores and galleries and cute cafés.

Have fun!


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Hackney (attraction)
  2. London Fields (attraction)
  3. Brick Lane (neighborhood)
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answered by
Bridget from Minneapolis

If this is your very first time, I'd suggest starting your trip with a visit to the Tower Of London. Get there early in the morning and try to take the first Beefeater tour. It's definitely a tourist attraction, but it's also a real historical fort, and you learn a lot of interesting and relevant information about the history of England. I think it would be a good introduction to the country, and it's definitely a good starting point for your day, it's a very short distance from the Tower Bridge!


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  1. Tower Of London (attraction)
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answered by
Peter from Los Angeles

Definitely make time for a general city hop on hop off off tour Trafalgar Square Big Bus London.  Great way to see London and revisit places you found interesting.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Trafalgar Square (attraction)
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answered first by
Lynn

First of all, take the Big Red Bus Tour... its a hop on/hop off tour, but stay on the bus until you have gone the whole route.  This gives you the lay of the land as far as the city goes.  Then you can hop off somewhere, look around, hop on again & go to the next area that looked interesting (your ticket is good for 24 hours).  My favorite is the Tower Of London; Saint Paul's Cathedral & Trafalgar Square & Piccadilly Circusare good areas for exploration. Its worth going into Westminster Abbey. The museums are great & free, too!  Good for a rainy day; a walk through Hyde Park is nice, and on Sunday mornings head to Speakers' Corner (10 AM)... its the best free show in town!  You haven't said how long you will be in London, and I've given you a lot of touristy things to see & do, but they are on the tourist track for a reason.  Just walking around taking in the atmosphere of London is great, too, especially along the Thames.  Enjoy your trip!!

 


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Tower Of London (attraction)
  2. Saint Paul's Cathedral (attraction)
  3. Trafalgar Square (attraction)
  4. Piccadilly Circus (attraction)
  5. Westminster Abbey (attraction)
  6. Hyde Park (attraction)
  7. Speakers' Corner (attraction)
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answered by
Margot from Belgium

Go eat at Borough Market. Cheap and nice to walk.


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  1. Borough Market (attraction)




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