Vacation: London in late summer (in Off-topic)


AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] July 24 2009 1:55 AM EDT

So RVT and I are going to London for the last half of September. I've never been on a real vacation, and she only go to spend two days their when she went. I know we have some UK folks here, and have already bugged poor JW and GL to death I think. I'd like to hear from anyone else who has visited (or has wanted to) and find our what you think we should see...

idiotz July 24 2009 2:03 AM EDT

Have fun in advance. :p

AdminShade July 24 2009 2:05 AM EDT

who's RVT?

Lochnivar July 24 2009 2:07 AM EDT

his lady friend, and a one time CBer who farmed me on her NUB

AdminQBGentlemanLoser [{END}] July 24 2009 4:53 AM EDT

:D It's no bother mate! ;)

The biggest question is what do you enjoy doing? Museums, Theme Parks, wining and dining, dancing the night away, shows, etc.

Then there are all the usuals. The Tower of London, London Eye, London Dungeons, Waxworks, Planetarium. That sort of stuff.

Depending on the weather, I'm always fond of a boat trip down the Thames. ;)

QBJohnnywas July 24 2009 4:59 AM EDT

Boat trip down the Thames!! From Waterloo Pier to Greenwich and back again, some of the best scenery in London!!!

AdminG Beee July 24 2009 6:40 AM EDT

Done the London thing back in April and it was great fun.

Thames trip on the boat was the highlight although the weather was great so that helped a lot.
Went to the Tate Modern gallery but that was definitely something I'd give a miss if I were to go back - not my thing... Lot's of other great museums to check out other than the Tate imo.

Also, had a great Chinese meal at GL's house courtesy of his local takeaway and then went for a few beers with him after. He's always good for a beer or three :)

Have fun.

PS. Give London a miss next time and come to Edinburgh instead. ;)

AdminQBGentlemanLoser [{END}] July 24 2009 5:09 PM EDT

Oh and join me for a beer in Canary Wharf! (Or somewhere else in docklands!) ;)

Wasp [Demon Forging] July 24 2009 5:32 PM EDT

Check out some of our museums. Such as the Imperial war and Science museums. All around Kensington area. Also check out the London dungeons and madaam tussauds wax works thing. Theres the London eye at the Embankment. Lots of good stuff around there. Also have a look at the markets at Camden town, they can be interesting. Leicester Square is fun, go see Chinatown and trocaderos etc. Lots to do there really. Check out the houses of parliament and the palace gardens all that crap lol : )

{Wookie}-Jir.Vr- July 24 2009 11:44 PM EDT

Wow, have fun novice! I've never been myself, hope it goes awesome!

RVT July 26 2009 9:28 AM EDT

I'm RVT :).

Thanks for all the suggestions. Is There anything outside London that we can't miss? Bristol, Brighton, Bath.....?

QBJohnnywas July 26 2009 10:07 AM EDT

Bath is lovely and is only about two hours journey time out of London. But the rail line it is on is the most expensive in the UK. You can get a coach there, but that's a longer journey, about 3 and a half hours. (Bristol is another twenty minutes or so away)

What makes Bath lovely is it's architecture, the Roman baths and the Abbey. It is a lovely place to walk around. (Bristol has some nice parts, and is a student town. Most of the things that make it good are things you can do in London though.)

Train fare is about ᆪ45 sterling return fare each from London. About 75 USD each. Add another ᆪ20 pounds each to Bristol.

Brighton is a good town to visit for a weekend, some great bars, restaurants, the pier, some interesting little windy lanes for shopping and stuff and some good clubs.

Fast train from London gets you there in about 45 minutes and is pretty cheap, about ᆪ20 return.

kevlar July 26 2009 12:16 PM EDT

I have always wanted to see Stonehenge. It says it's 90 miles from London.

Marlfox [Cult of the Valaraukar] July 26 2009 12:25 PM EDT

Awesome, have fun Nov!(And RVT!)

QBJohnnywas July 26 2009 12:26 PM EDT

Stonehenge is on the way to Bath, if you go by road. But you can't go too close, it's fenced off.

AdminQBGentlemanLoser [{END}] July 26 2009 6:17 PM EDT

I went to Uni in Brighton, it's a nice place, if you like Students, Drinking and the Seaside. ;)

If you like castles, thre are some amazing ones you could see. And activities like "Go Ape" (Arial Assault Course, exillerating, but draining), or various White-knuckle rides, or some excellent nature reserves.

It really depends on what you like, and what you want to do.

InebriatedArsonist July 26 2009 7:00 PM EDT

I'm with G_Beee on this one, Novice. Edinburgh is a must-see destination (Princes Street is still sort of blurry).

If you're intent on staying in London or at least in the immediate area, there's still plenty to see. Visiting the House of Commons can certainly be entertaining if there's business on the legislative calendar, and the adjacent location of Westminster Abbey will give you a time-saving two-for. The London Eye is interesting, so I hear, but somewhat expensive. The Tower of London complex is touristy, but worth a look. The Imperial War Museum and the British Museum are also good destinations.

QBJohnnywas July 27 2009 3:07 AM EDT

All the museums are free to enter...

AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] July 27 2009 3:21 AM EDT

RVT noticed that today... also apparently there is some sort of architectural open house going on while we are there, so I'm expecting to spend a lot of time just running around town from place to place.
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