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A Weekend in London

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A March 2007 trip to London by Joy S

10 Downing Street Photo, London, England More Photos
Quote: This is what we did on a cold, wintery weekend in London with our 3 year old son.

A Weekend in London

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Overview

10 Downing Street Photo, London, England
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With a population of 8 million, London is Europe's biggest city. It is a city with stunning architecture (old and new), great art galleries and museums, unmatched entertainment and it has a real buzz. There are complaints from some about the crowds, noise and transport problems, but in my opinion it is one of the culture capitals of the world and is brimming with things to see and do.There are years of history in London. Old traditions are still very much intact and the city abounds with the culture and charm of the past. London is also modern, lively and hip - there really is something for everybody.London is a year round tourist centre - few attractions close or significantly...Read More

Sunborn Yacht Hotel

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Hotel

Sunborn Yacht Hotel Photo, London, England
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The hotel is a custom built yacht hotel in Royal Victoria Dock near Canary Wharf. We booked through ratestogo.com and paid £90 for the room per night. The hotel quoted £150.00 per night. Breakfast was an extra £13 per person - our son was free of charge. The hotel is only 5 minutes from the City Airport. This might concern some people, as you can watch the planes take off and land quite close to your balcony, however there was hardly any noise in the rooms and there is no flight activity between 9pm and about 7:30am.There are 102 yacht suites and 2 luxury suites. Be sure to ask for a room with a view of the water - otherwise you may get a room on the other side of the ship which will h...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 3, 2007

Sunborn Yacht Hotel
1 Royal Victoria Dock
London, England
+44 (20) 7059 9100

Canary Wharf

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Attraction

Canary Wharf Photo, London, England
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We had never really visited this area of London before - there always seemed to be something more interesting to do. We decided on this visit since our hotel was close by, we should explore. The Isle of Dogs or Canary Wharf as it is usually referred to, is full of modern, sleek, shiny, towering blocks mainly inhabited by large companies in finance, law, and advertising. The centrepiece is Cesar Pelli's One Canada Square tower - the best known landmark of the area - it has a distinctive pyramid on top. We went inside as the marble lobby and shopping centre under the pyramid are open to the public. It has some nice shops, bars, etc., but not a lot of atmosphere and I thought it was a bit soulles...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 3, 2007

Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf
London, England

Changing of the Guard

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Changing of the Guard Photo, London, England
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London has many years of history and many long standing traditions are still very much alive - one of these is the ceremonial Changing of the Guard. It takes place daily from April to July and on alternate days the rest of the year at 11:30am. Dates and information are available on the website. It is free and is not ticketed so if you want to see the ceremony properly, you will need to get there early.The ceremony lasts 45 minutes and takes place inside the railings of the forecourt of Buckingham Palace. If you want a good view, you need to be there at least 1 hour early and position yourself near the railings. If you are not firmly anchored here you will miss most of the proceedings.W...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 3, 2007

Changing of the Guard
Wellington Barracks
London, England SW1A 1AA
+44 (20) 7839 137

The London Eye

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Attraction | "London Eye"

The London Eye Photo, London, England
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The London Eye is a feat of modern engineering - it is beautiful to look, at and the views when you are on board are stunning. It is located on the banks of the River Thames and was voted the world's most popular tourist attraction in spring 2005. It is 135 metres above London and is the world's tallest observation wheel.The capsules, or pods are made of glass and are sleek, modern, and totally see through. You get a 360 degree view of the city and beyond. Apparently on a clear day you can see 25 miles in each direction. I have been on it twice - both times on cloudy days, but you still get good views.The pods are air-conditioned (and heated in winter), have a large bench seat in the m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 3, 2007

The London Eye
South Bank of the River Thames
London, England SE1 9TA
+44 (870) 500 0600

West End of London

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Attraction | "The West End"

West End of London Photo, London, England
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The West End is largely considered the heart of London, with lots of theatres and bright lights. Piccadilly Circus with its neon lights and advertising is said to be a miniature version of Times Square (if it is, it really is in miniature!). Leicester Square is in the thick of the West End. It is the beating heart of British cinema and all the major films premiere here.The best part of the West End, in my opinion, is Covent Garden. It is a lovely area filled with restaurants, bars, markets, and nice shops. It has great shopping by day and the Royal Opera House by night. A visit to Covent Garden is a must, whether you intend to shop, sightsee, or just relax. The market is the focal point and ha...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 3, 2007

West End of London

London, England

Tower Bridge

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Attraction

Tower Bridge Photo, London, England
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Tower Bridge is possibly the most photographed and painted bridge in the world. It was built in 1894 and took 8 years to construct. It spans the Thames and from its high level walkways (140 feet above the river) you can enjoy panoramic views. We didn't go up there on this visit, but were content just to admire the view of the bridge from Butlers Wharf. You get the best views from either side of the river, if you go down the steps at the side of the bridge and walk along the riverside a little way.The bridge goes up when the commercial need arises. It is the only Thames bridge which can be raised. It is 60 metres long and the middle section raises to allow large vessels to pass through. Massive...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 3, 2007

Tower Bridge
Tower Hill
London, England SE1 2UP
+44 (207) 403 3761