A March 2001 trip
to London by Jaysour
Quote: This was our first trip outside the United States. London surely had the history and sights to fill a week to the brim. Minus the cold and rain, it was wonderful.
But London itself had so much to offer newbies from America, from Buckingham Palace to local fish-and-chips.
There is so much history in London, and that is where to start. Such places as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Tower of London, Covent Garden, and so much more give you a real view of history.
At Buckingham Palace you can view the changing of the guard and the parade of guards during the day, while the Tower of London has the royal jewels on display, as well as crowns worn by all the royalty dating back many, many centuries.
And do not forget the modern life of London, from Picadilly Square to Victoria Station. The life is hustle-and-bustle, and all the newest fashions have arrived in this area.
* Be careful of cars. They DO NOT stop for you, and being from the US, remember that traffic is on the opposite side - this affects pedestrians as well.
* The Convent Garden and Nottinghill areas have swap meets all the time. Check with your hotel. They helped us out.
* While in London, take a day or so out of your schedule and ride the CHUNNEL to Paris. We did, and it was well worth it. It is like a 4-hour ride (I think). Take it early in the morning, enjoy the day, and return late in the evening. It was a great idea.
Although I would suggest that, for fun, you take a taxi ride in the little black taxis.
Restaurant | "Any English Pub"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 10, 2005
You may want to try and come during a palace guard change and parade. But remember that it will get crowded fast, so stake your spot for your photo ops.
Buckingham Palace Road Pall Mall
London, England SW1A 1AA
+44 (207) 321 2233
Also within in the complex are the royal jewels, which included the crowns of many of the past kings and queens of England that ruled over the centuries. It surely brings history to the future when you see these artifacts. At the end of this mini-tour were the jewels of the royal family, from scepters used during coronations to necklace and rings worn by some of the most famous people in England.
It is truly a must-see while in London!
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Tower of London
London, England EC3N 4AB
+44 (207) 709 0765
Attraction | "Madame Tussaud's Museum"
The work and likeness of these famous people is striking. You can easily spend a good half-day just looking at the intricate workmanship of these wax figurines. From the Fab Four to Elvis himself, it is truly amazing.
All the wax people are grouped and put in settings that add to the air of the place. Enter the garden party with the likes of Governor Arnold and the singing styles of Tom Jones. From history to pop culture, it is all here.
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London, England NW1 5LR
44 (870) 999 0046
All kings and queens are buried in this abbey. As you walk along, you see the different names of royalty and realize you have stepped back in time. The decor is amazing and so ornate that it takes several minutes to stare up and round to soak it all in.
20 Dean's Yard
London, England SW1P 3PA
+44 (20) 7222 5152