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Londonsteppers' Guide For Londontown

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This is our guide for maximizing your first or next London trip, utilizing travel skills and tips we have garnered over 18 years of "Londonstepping." This guide's suggestions and places to visit are not ranked in any particular order or importance, but are all an integral part of one of our typical week long outings in London. We wish to point out that Gatwick is our preferred airport, Brit Air our airline, and also taking the Gatwick express to London Victoria is recommended (discounts from National Rail, and buy/print train vouchers ahead). Get off the beaten path and "STEP LIVELY."

Good for
  • Couples
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

23 Places

10 City Tips

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23 Places

Tower of London

Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Borough Market

Flea & Street Markets

V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum

Art Museums

Tower Bridge

Bridges, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Observation Decks & Towers

Hyde Park

Gardens, Parks

Westminster Abbey

Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites

British Museum

Art Museums, History Museums

Trafalgar Square

Points of Interest & Landmarks

St. Paul's Cathedral

Churches & Cathedrals

Harrods

Department Stores, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Natural History Museum

History Museums, Natural History Museums

National Portrait Gallery

Art Museums

Sherlock Holmes Museum

Speciality Museums

Spice of India

Restaurants

Notting Hill

Neighbourhoods

Jack the Ripper Walking Tour with London Walks

Walking Tours

The Liberty Bounds

Restaurants

Highgate Cemetery

Cemeteries

ZSL London Zoo

Zoos

The Swan

Bars & Clubs

Hampton Court Palace

Castles, Historic Sites, Mysterious Sites, Gardens

Apsley House

Speciality Museums

mike e's City Tips

  • Please do cue up for the London cab to get to your accommodation, it is well worth it, you will walk plenty later, they recently changed the line cue a bit, just follow lines and signs. London is huge and thrift is wasted on other ways to get to the hotel. We've done them all, trust me.
  • Firstly, get a passport picture for use at London Victoria. Since the Olympics, they require that you waste time and money for a photo id card (machines at station). This is a nuisance step to get a Travelcard. Have a picture ready before arrival, you will need it to purchase your Travelcard. The card is a must, no Oyster card- these are really for sporadic travelers, and frankly are uncool and may slow you down in the Tube turnstyles.
  • Start your days with a pre planned agenda(that ties in with your entire itinerary).Your daily plan should be realistic and know that you will be doing lots of " Londonstepping", pace and expend time accordingly. Even a Travelcard wont stop the almost endless walking. Remember the card is good for buses too, do hop on and off to facilitate your trek faster(and you see more above ground).
  • London is quite safe, but pickpockets abound, secure your valuables and cash. Oh, The Tube shuts down by midnight, don't get stuck in Whitechapel after a Ripper tour too late, it seems a bit harrowing(but kind of exciting). Night buses can be tricky to figure out by sign alone, ask the driver, you will get to bed eventually.
  • Relinquish your mobile devices for the trip, or at least minimize, it is a vacation, tell people about it when you get back. We bring a nice camera with full hd video, one with a great optical zoom lens, but not as big as one of those nerdy SLRs. So many people rely on WiFi, we say why for? Old school is the way, look away from your IPhone, you will see more. The last thing we needed was good WiFi, it's London.
  • We tip cabbies 10-15%, any more is a waste. Don't tip at pubs, for beer that is. Spend more money on your hotel if you stay more than 3 days, I have slept in 3,4, and 5 star hotels, and we feel 4 star is the best bet. Although , I must admit a 3 star Holiday Inn Express, though a small room, is clean and efficient, and was a good choice when we were a bit younger, not that I'm a geezer.
  • If you choose to visit Highgate Cemetary, remember one side is guided and one side is free to explore on your own(east side). We chose to do it alone, why pay for some "mack" to waste your time with banter , showing you what is interesting to them? It is also cheaper on the east side. We loved the entire visit, took many moody pics. and had proper footwear, it is London and this place is damp and slippery, but oh so cool. I pictured a vampire Christopher Lee all over and had a rollicking time communing with the "glorious dead" and yes , flipping off the old Carl Marx corpse(picture taken).
  • If you have time and your itinerary allows, do take a day trip out of town. Our first was of course Stonehenge, and after 5-6 days in town you may feel like a slower paced break. Find the train station that serves the area or place you are going, Waterloo for example and buy a "cheap day return" and flash that Travelcard, you may get a discount.
  • We highly recommend a bit of "mucklarking" on the Thames bankside when possible. A nice place to do so is down from the Millenium Bridge between St.Pauls and the Tate Modern( which kind of stinks really,though the Picassos are nice). Just look closely for the precarious and narrow stairs leading down to the river, and look for treasures, at least you will find old clay pipe pieces. It is not what you find, just doing it with the views you have is really cool. Another place is below Tower Bridge. If you are a trend setter, you may induce others to follow, we always seem to be the first ones down.
  • We travel to London on shoulder seasons almost exclusively in May, less tourists to deal with and it is a bit cheaper. The flowers of early Spring are all over and temperatures are usually good( as for weather, pot luck). Tourist season is often warmer than I like it. I live in Florida, and I don't need hot days on my London tours, although the Sun is nice for pics.
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    Tower of London
    Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    mike e Says:

    What visit to London would be complete without it? This is our favorite old construction, history oozes here. Spend the money to get in, get a 2 for 1 advance ticket online if you can. There are great photo ops all around the complex, so in or out it is a must see.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you have time, and can arrange it about 2 months earlier, do see the Ceremony Of The Keys at the Tower of London. We have done so several times and I find it too cool to describe easily, suffice to say that you should see this at least once in your life.(imagine hearing and seeing the old "halt who goes there?" Then the answer, "the Queen's Keys".) So ancient a ceremony can't be missed! You would be surprised to know how few English/Londoners have really participated.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 1,610 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • TOWER OF LONDON 22/05/2017
    • A marvelous historic British royal castle 22/05/2017
    • Tower of London
    Phone:
    +44 870 756 6060
    Price range:
    US$43 - US$43
    Hours:
    Sun - Mon
    10:00 - 16:30
    Tue - Sat
    09:00 - 16:30
    Other:
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    Borough Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    mike e Says:

    This is a foodie paradise, and easily our favorite market. Your eyes will give way to your nose and stomach, and yes everything looks good. This is a must see, unless you don't like great food and company.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • The cider man and his barrels of luscious liquid gold are a must see and do. The 8 percent alcohol variety is a potent , "oakey" wonder. PIE MINISTER is a favorite of ours, as are the Game Sausage on a stick. (Borough Market). Don't miss the paella, it is the best. The mushroom pate lady sells some mean awesome pate, though a nice dude is usually there selling it.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 1,610 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great little market 22/05/2017
    • Culinary tour 22/05/2017
    • Borough Market
    Address:
    8 Southwark Street
    London SE1 1TL
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7407 1002
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    10:00 - 17:00
    Fri
    10:00 - 18:00
    Sat
    08:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum
    Art Museums
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    mike e Says:

    There is something for everyone here, and for free . This is fast becoming our favorite museum, and the food isn't bad either. We feel this is well worth your time.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The food here is not bad. Don't bother paying to see any special exhibits, there is enough to see for free.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 1,610 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pink Floyd Exhibition, Brilliant! 22/05/2017
    • Just became one of my all time favorite museums 22/05/2017
    • V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum
    Address:
    Cromwell Road
    South Kensington
    London SW7 2RL
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7942 2000
    Hours:
    Fri
    10:00 - 22:00
    Sat - Thu
    10:00 - 17:45
    Other:
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    Tower Bridge
    Bridges, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Observation Decks & Towers
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    mike e Says:

    This is a London icon and snapping pics. is a given, remember to walk across, and see both Thames pathways. We get on a Heritage Routemaster bus and ride across also when we can(old school). If you feel curious, do the tour , inside is a Victorian marvel.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The inside Tower Bridge tour is not for all, but the workings and the bascules are so well built and thought out that I found it pretty cool and worthwhile. It is rather cheap also, as entry fees go.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 1,610 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must see 22/05/2017
    • A Must See In London 22/05/2017
    • Tower Bridge
    Address:
    Tower Bridge Road
    London SE1 2UP
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7403 3761
    Price range:
    US$16 - US$16
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:30
    Other:
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    Hyde Park
    Gardens, Parks
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    mike e Says:

    This is the largest and the most beautiful of all the parks, and is our favorite. We love it at all times of day, the Bayswater side is the most lovely. People and dog watching are always entertaining here. Please do take time to find your spot and bench and picnic at least once in this truly magical and romantic park. Get yourself a bit off the beaten path(if not too wet) and check out the rather old trees, you will likely see more nature that way, its getting to the point for us that I seem to recognize some of the local creatures, ha!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The park does close, so look to get there before its too late. The squirrels can be cool and/or aggressive, feed at your discretion. And if you derive no pleasure from watching old dogs play here, well, you are a not a cool " Londonstepper."
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 1,610 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A large park in central London 22/05/2017
    • Beautiful 22/05/2017
    • Hyde Park
    Address:
    Rangers Lodge
    London W2 2UH
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7298 2100
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    05:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Westminster Abbey
    Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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    mike e Says:

    This is the real deal; you wont see a better example of a Gothic Medieval cathedral than this, not in London anyway. Do not miss the Royal entombments. Elizabeth I and Edward the Confessor are great in effigy. You may find 2 for 1 discounts. We travel in May and this is not too likely at that time. Take time to appreciate the skill and beauty of the stonemasons' mastery. Observe closely the "buckled" fluted columns that have supported the roof for nearly 1000 years.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Remember that pictures and video are verboten, so though it is a must see, you will have to memorize it. Be sure to wait for the bells to toll, it is awesome.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 1,610 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Loved the architecture and history 22/05/2017
    • Beautiful 22/05/2017
    • Westminster Abbey
    Address:
    Broad Sanctuary
    London SW1P 3PA
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7222 5152
    Hours:
    Mon - Tue
    09:30 - 15:30
    Wed
    09:30 - 18:00
    Thu - Sat
    09:30 - 15:30
    Other:
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    British Museum
    Art Museums, History Museums
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    mike e Says:

    Well , well, the Rosetta stone. It is something to see, if you can get a good picture, consider yourself lucky. This is "the" museum, and is a must see. We love it, don't miss the Assyrian Gates. The Egyptian items are pretty slick and are the most you'll likely see out of Egypt.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Good luck with that Rosetta Stone photo, it can be a mad house, even in mid May.( we never see London in June, July or August, its too busy)
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1,610 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Mind Boggling array of artifacts from around the world! 22/05/2017
    • One of the best. Don't miss 22/05/2017
    • British Museum
    Address:
    Great Russell Street
    London WC1B 3DG
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7323 8299
    Hours:
    Fri
    10:00 - 20:30
    Sat - Thu
    10:00 - 17:30
    Other:
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    Trafalgar Square
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    mike e Says:

    I love British naval history and Old Nelson was awesome. We end up here at some point, maybe just to climb onto the lions, or at least watch people try. The National Gallery is here and is great museum. Oh, the one plinth they change for art is usually a garish folly, and demeans the greatness of Nelson. Still, its worth a gawk. Go in the N. gallery and see real art.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Remember to look up and give the Lord Admiral his props, we do. ( I recommend visiting his entombment in the vault at St.Pauls).
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #56 of 1,610 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • 4 day get away. 22/05/2017
    • Busy Historic Square 22/05/2017
    • Trafalgar Square
    Address:
    Centre of the City
    London SW1A
    England
    Phone:
    0473344937
    Other:
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    St. Paul's Cathedral
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    mike e Says:

    Here we have the one church in London that you really need to check out, perhaps above all others. Wren's masterpiece is magnificent indeed, and even if you don't dig religious stuff and things related, you will like touring this wonder. The reverence paid to England's naval heroes is touching and speaks of great heroic valor, and boy did they get a send off ! (of course there are other notables here , not only military). Do try to get to those imposing stairs and see the "whisper gallery" in the dome. We also recommend going all the way to the top for views and such. See the resting places of Wellington and Nelson in the crypt(vault). As we cross the millennium bridge and look up at the dome, even at night , I cant think of many more comfortingly beautiful images of this, our favorite and familiar foreign city.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You may find a 2 for 1 entrance voucher online before you fly to London. (if you are lucky) There is an elevator, and it is guarded, so to use it you need to be in some physical need (a knee brace may not do to convince them, I did not ride as I was not deemed worthy).
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 1,610 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A grand cathedral church 22/05/2017
    • St Pauls 22/05/2017
    • St. Paul's Cathedral
    Phone:
    +44 20 7236 4128
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    08:30 - 16:00
    Other:
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    Harrods
    Department Stores, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    mike e Says:

    We love Harrods, though it was better when Fayed owned it. The Food Halls here are a draw for us, being foodies and all. There is something for us all here. The items can be pricey, as you would expect, but you will find something to savor, and it will be reasonably priced. The floors are nicely laid out with the good stuff, and yes, you'll pay through the nose, but hey, its Harrods. They do take U.S. dollars, but the rate is not the best.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Mainly, try to eat here somewhere, all is good quality, and the food halls are surprisingly affordable. The afternoon tea service in "The Georgian Restaurant" is elegant and delicious. If you splurge on afternoon tea, do it here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #83 of 1,610 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Another department store 22/05/2017
    • A site to see! 22/05/2017
    • Harrods
    Address:
    87-135 Brompton Road
    London SW1X 7XL
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7730 1234
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:30 - 18:00
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Natural History Museum
    History Museums, Natural History Museums
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    mike e Says:

    We tend to base in South Kensington, and as luck would have it , this cool museum was just down the road, so we checked it out. It is more enjoyable than you may expect and the building itself is rather well done brick and masonry that spews Victoriana and one can practically" feel" Darwin as you stroll about. We have been several times since our first visit, and will no doubt return.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The aviary is a great hallway filled with "stuffed" preserved birds, including a couple of Do Do's. This area alone is worth your time.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 1,610 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great educational place 22/05/2017
    • Better Museums to see.... 22/05/2017
    • Natural History Museum
    Address:
    Cromwell Road
    South Kensington
    London SW7 5BD
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7938 9123
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:50
    Other:
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    National Portrait Gallery
    Art Museums
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    mike e Says:

    This museum is worth a look and is pretty close to the National Gallery. The range of characters is impressive. You will find some surprising pieces to observe as well as the expected, all painted superbly.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Like a Local
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #39 of 1,610 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • well worth visiting 22/05/2017
    • Amazing Museum 21/05/2017
    • National Portrait Gallery
    Address:
    2 St. Martin's Place
    London WC2H 0HE
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7306 0055
    Hours:
    Thu - Fri
    10:00 - 21:00
    Sat - Wed
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Sherlock Holmes Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    mike e Says:

    What can I say, I love Holmes, and we like this place very much. It looks right and with a little imagination, its 1888! See this place, you will dig it too. Jeremy Brett was and will always be our favorite, none better.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Its not to expensive, so just do it. London and thrift are not too compatible.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #250 of 1,610 things to do in London
    • Disappointing to say the least! 22/05/2017
    • Very expensive 22/05/2017
    • Sherlock Holmes Museum
    Address:
    221B Baker Street
    London NW1 6XE
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7935 8866
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Spice of India
    Restaurants (Indian, Asian)
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    mike e Says:

    This lovely and authentic little gem is a Bayswater standard and offers the good stuff at the best prices in London. We love eating here and like the buzzing about of the attentive wait staff, very old school. The food is rather good.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The Naan is fabulous and the food is authentic and is pretty inexpensive. The place is smallish, so maybe get there earlier for dinner and you will have better luck with seating. We find the ginger ale a nice accompaniment to a meal.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2,480 of 17,371 restaurants in London
    • Great little local restaurant with delicious food 11/05/2017
    • Leasure in London 27/04/2017
    • Spice of India
    Address:
    12 Bathurst Street
    London W2 2SD
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7262 5603
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    18:00 - 23:30
    Sat - Thu
    12:00 - 14:30
    Other:
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    Notting Hill
    Neighbourhoods
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    mike e Says:

    This is a trendy, hip and attractive area to explore and such, and it is on the way to Holland Park, which is usually part of our agenda when nearby. The movie made it seem a bit cooler than reality, but we like a brisk walk up and down to see what has or has not changed.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Holland Park is nearby and the Kyoto Gardens there are a great place to picnic lunch in Japanese verdure. (we enjoyed the company of two male peacocks for lunch, and I fed one as they walked right up and said hello, hanging out the whole time.)
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #70 of 1,610 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must see if you have a few days in London 20/05/2017
    • Always the best place to stay away but not far from the center 18/05/2017
    • Notting Hill
    Other:
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    Jack the Ripper Walking Tour with London Walks
    Walking Tours
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    mike e Says:

    I recommend this once, especially if you are game for a bit of 1888 style gore history, which we were. This tour is usually well done and if you have the right guide, you may "feel" the terror.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • Do the tour as late as possible for best effect, and at the end, look about, you will find yourself in old Whitechapel and after what was just told you, you may wish you weren't.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #116 of 678 Tours in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very interesting tour 09/05/2017
    • Very interesting 02/05/2017
    • Jack the Ripper Walking Tour with London Walks
    Phone:
    +44 20 7624 3978
    Other:
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    The Liberty Bounds
    Restaurants (Bar, British, Pub)
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    mike e Says:

    This pub is across the street from the Tower of London complex and in the right booth, has good views of Tower Bridge also. The reason we love this pub is twofold. First the beer is great and priced decently ,second , is that they serve Old Rosie Cider which at 8% alcohol , is just perfect. Tie one on and check out the Tower complex, even if you already did, Rosie makes it better a second time around.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Breakfast is cheap here, but there are better, spend money on Old Rosie cider instead. The food looks good, but honestly, we go here to drink.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #959 of 17,371 restaurants in London
    • Back after 3-4 years 20/05/2017
    • British Heart Foundation lunch! 19/05/2017
    • The Liberty Bounds
    Address:
    15 Trinity Square
    Tower HIll
    London EC3N 4AA
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7481 0513
    Price range:
    US$9 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Highgate Cemetery
    Cemeteries
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    mike e Says:

    Highgate Cemetery is a place that we put off for a few years, but finally saw the last time around. We are glad we did and we recommend it. There are 2 sides , east and west, and the latter offers a tour guide and costs a bit more to enter. I say see the east side and explore it at your own pace, besides, who wants to hear some "mack" show and tell you about what they think is cool. I can easily picture a vampire Christopher Lee stalking about and it is a really moody place offering many great pics. (sepia is cool). Bring proper footwear as it is often damp and slippery, and you will want to make your own paths going for that closer look and pic. (rules be damned). Also, when you see old Karl Marx Lying there, give him the old American Finger salute, it is a humorous pic. to be sure ,even if it is impish.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The east side is cheap to enter and fulfills our need to commune with the dead in Victorian surroundings. (gloomy doomy goodness)
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #59 of 1,610 things to do in London
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    • Soothing the Soul 22/05/2017
    • A place of peace and contemplation 22/05/2017
    • Highgate Cemetery
    Address:
    Swains Lane
    Highgate
    London N6 6PJ
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 8340 1834
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$7
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    ZSL London Zoo
    Zoos
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    mike e Says:

    This may not be the biggest or the best, but we liked it. Where else can you dodge the cold and rain to eat your snatched up lunch with a couple of giraffes in their enclosure? (yes, it smelled a bit, but we had to eat) . There will likely be groups of kids, so be on alert to avoid the noisy buggers.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You may find a 2 for 1 online before you travel, it is not really too cheap, so there it is. Oh, if you don't know, the zoo is in Regents Park, and the bus gets you closer than if you try to walk across the park (as we foolishly did).
    From the community
    Ranked #173 of 1,610 things to do in London
    • Great day! 22/05/2017
    • 22q at ZSL London Zoo 22/05/2017
    • ZSL London Zoo
    Address:
    Regents Park
    Outer Circle
    London NW1 4RY
    England
    Phone:
    +44 344 225 1826
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
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    The Swan
    Bars & Clubs
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    mike e Says:

    First, let me say that this pub serves great fish and chips. Secondly, it is directly across from the Italian Gardens of Hyde Park. The beer is also rather nice.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Sitting outside and people watching with a pint is cool enough for us, let the weirdos go see the pantomime Broadway type shows. The term pantomime is actually what the Brits call it, and man is that stuff boring to us, I mean the Lion King set to song and dance, please.
    From the community
    Ranked #42 of 1,277 Nightlife in London
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    • First Class 07/05/2017
    • Great London Pub, close to Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens, good food, drinks and musci too 06/05/2017
    • The Swan
    Address:
    66 Bayswater Road
    London W2 3PH
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7262 5204
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 22:30
    Mon - Wed
    08:00 - 23:30
    Thu
    08:00 - 00:00
    Fri
    08:00 - 00:30
    Sat
    10:00 - 00:30
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    Hampton Court Palace
    Castles, Historic Sites, Mysterious Sites, Gardens
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    mike e Says:

    It is no wonder that Wolsey was doomed when Henry VIII saw this brick marvel. We put this off our must list for a few years, and running out of day trip options, decided to see it. I must say it was one of the coolest daytrips we could have stumbled upon. Yes, I was always curious about it and knew its history pretty well(history buff), but we found it much better in actuality than any t.v. show could convey. The Tudor kitchens are great, and the food is enjoyable. They do have costumed characters including old Henry and the grounds are fabulous. The brickwork is" too good" and very impressively preserved. The interiors are just right to stroll through, all in all a great place.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • We took a train to get there and our Travelcard got us a discount. The palace is a short walking distance from the train depot. You may opt to take a ride on the Thames via boat. Oh, I bested the famous maze of hedges in my first go through very quickly, it was as if I had been there before. I swear to thee o' reader.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in East Molesey
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    • A facinating insight into English history and royal court life. 22/05/2017
    • Great place to visit 21/05/2017
    • Hampton Court Palace
    Address:
    A308
    East Molesey KT8 9AU
    England
    Phone:
    +44 870 752 7777
    Price range:
    US$35 - US$35
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Apsley House
    Speciality Museums
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    mike e Says:

    Apsley House, a.k.a" Number one," is a special place to me because I love this part of English history and the Napoleonic wars particularly. The "Iron Duke" is a war god who lives forever, and though this moniker came not for his exploits, but rather for the huge iron shades over the windows, he is the definitive British commander of men, and from a time most needed. I feel intimate with the details of Waterloo, and touring The Duke's home just opens the history to my eyes as well as my mind. We recommend seeing this slice of 19th century" Dukedome", and pay heed to the great military man who saved Europe from Bonaparte. His tomb is under St.Pauls.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • This is not an expensive entry and is worth a look, don't miss the Napoleon statue by the stairs. This is a manly military exploit trophy extravaganza, imagine Wellesley living here knowing that the stuff that surrounds him was largely given in gratitude for saving the 19th century world.(awesome)
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #130 of 1,610 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very well done- 20/05/2017
    • Quite Amazing 20/05/2017
    • Apsley House
    Address:
    Apsley House 149 Piccadilly
    Hyde Park Corner
    London W1J 7NT
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7499 5676
    Price range:
    US$13 - US$13
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