Friday, August 7, 2009

What to do in London - London attractions that you don't want to miss

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A friend of mine dropped is dropping by London for the weekend and was wondering how she can make full use of the 48 hrs she has in London.

After I pointed her to my suggested one day in London itinerary, I realised that there is so much more to do in London and here are some that I have written about.


London attractions

Tower of London - not to be missed, the Beefeaters'' tour guide is well worth the entrance fee.

St. Katharine's Docks - while you're at Tower of London, why not pop by docks just east of it? Marvel at all the yachtes lazing under the sun.

The Royal Parks - quite a number of them actually, with Regent's Park, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens highly recommended.

Boat rowing in Hyde Park - row across the Serpentine with your loved ones, or grab a paddle boat if you so prefer.

Shakespeare Globe Theatre - fancy catching Midsummer Nights Dream at the Globe Theatre that is a replica of the one a couple of centuries ago?

Covent Garden - this is the top tourist spot in London bustling with activities seven days a week - definitely not to be missed.

London Transport Museum - set in a corner of Covent Garden. Beware, for this is a huge time sucker.


Markets

Notting Hill Portobello Market - no trip to London is complete without a trip to London's most famous market. Portobello Market was also the setting for Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts' 1999 runaway hit "Notting Hill".

Columbia Road Flower Market - a bit out of the way but a fantastic way of spending a Sunday morning. Offers fantastic photo opportunities.


Shopping

Selfridges - now celebrating its 100 year anniversary, this grand old dame has been dominating London's Oxford Street since the turn of the century.

Burlington Arcade - catch a glimpse at how Londoners used to shop when going out for shopping was a treat and window shopping was unheard of.

Twinings tea shop - a favourite English pastime. An entire array of varieties is available here.

Hope and Greenwood (Purveyors of Splendid Confectionery) - be transported back in time when you were a kid. Also visit Mrs Kibble's Olde Sweet Shoppe for a sweets galore, be sure to ask for some flavours to try before buying.

Playin' Games - are you a boardgame geek? If so, you'll be right at home at Playin' Games.

If that's still not enough for a weekend? I'll be coming up with another guide on Covering the best of London in a weekend. Look out for it!

Alternatively, get a headstart with London Lonely Planet City Guide or London (DK Eyewitnesses Travel Guide).

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