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london by night, what is the best thing to do

by tabando

Me and my husband will arriving in heathrow at 10:55 pm on Oct.31 and our connecting flight will be at 08:30 am on Oct.31. We don't have to worry about our bags as it will be transferred to the next flight, can anyone suggest what can we do. We are not into a night club stuff... would cruise by the river Thames will still be available. Please let us know and we are very thankful for all your help.

Re: london by night, what is the best thing to do

by hawkhead

Is your flight at 08.30 on 1st Nov? I doubt very much if there will be any river cruises available and in any case, you won't be in central London until around midnight at the earliest. If you're not into night clubs, then I don't know how else you could occupy the hours. If you are intending on coming into central London, then you would have to keep an eye on whether the underground would be running when you need to return. I honestly think your best plan is to book a hotel near Heathrow, so that you can be nearby for your check-in the next morning.

Re: london by night, what is the best thing to do

by zuriga

Did you maybe type in the wrong dates? Do you really land at 8 a.m. and then have your other flight at 10:55 p.m.? If you do have a day to spend in London, I'd suggest taking one of the hop on, hop off bus rides around the city for starters. That way, you'll get to see the different areas. A lot of the buses start at the Victoria Station but do pick people up at other locations, too. There's a lot to see and do in London... get a good guidebook and read up or look for tips here on VT.

Re: london by night, what is the best thing to do

by colin_bramso

You must have typed the dates or times incorrectly, I think you mean that you arrive at 10.55pm and leave next morning at 08.30.

It will be after midnight by the time you clear security/Immigration and there's really nothing to do in London on a cold night. I agree with the earlier advice that you book into an airport hotel.

Re: london by night, what is the best thing to do

by cubsur

Yes the typed dates are confusing the issue! October 31st is Halloween of course, not a night to be about and about.

Let's wait and see if original poster can clarify arrival and departure times.

Re: london by night, what is the best thing to do

by Dabs

If you are arriving at 10:55pm on Oct 30 and flying back out at 8:30am on Oct 31, get a hotel room at the airport and get some sleep. London's tube stops running at about midnight and there certainly aren't boat cruises after midnight when you'd arrive into the city.

Re: london by night, what is the best thing to do

by leics

Agree with the above.

Assuming you arrive at 10:55, you will not be out of the airport before 11:30 at the very earliest (even without bags). Getting into London will take at least another 30 minutes or so......and when you get there most places will be closed, apart from late bars/nightclubs etc.

Better to book an airport hotel and get a bit of sleep.

Look at or google 'heathrow hotels'. Make sure you check transfer to/from the terminals: Heathrow is a very large airport, and many hotels are some distance away. Presumably you will need to be back at the Terminal by around 6.30am? If so, make sure breakfast is available before you need to leave or, if not, that you are not being charged for it (p[lenty of places to get nrekfast at the terminals).

Travel Tips for London

A city of life

by TinKan

London is a city of art, history and theater and you need to see all of it to understand the people and the culture of the people that live here.

The buildings and parks have been around for a long time and are well established and should be visited.

Most of the English government is situated here in the capitol and so is the financial market so there is a modern side to it. We were able to go to the theater and see the musical “Cats”.

We were lucky enough to have a great concierge that was able to find us tickets for a sold out show. The tickets he was able to get us were in the pit area and they were some of the best seats in the theater.

Royal Festival Hall and Hayward Gallery

by irisbe

Royal Festival Hall and Hayward Gallery on the South Bank
The Royal Festival Hall opened its doors in 1951. With over a 1000 events a year, varying from large-scale classical concerts, over ballet, films and opera, the Festival hall resembles about 150 000 hours of music since it start and its Foyer attracted over 2,5 million of visitors each year.

The Festival hall is opened 364 days a year frm 10 am till 10 pm.

There are daily free concerts you can enjoy.

In 1968 Her Majesty The queen opened the Hayward Gallery, a purpose-built, modern art gallery. It is considered an example of “brutalist” architecture of the sixties. I would think it must be what we call at home “functionality”: it didn’t had to look nice, it has to be functional and the lines were very strict and lots of concrete is used. The terrace at 2 high is a nice place for a drink. If you have time enough and the sun settles not too late, you can watch a magnificient view when the sun touches the horizon and colours the Thames orange.
Unfortunatly we didn't stayed that long but with bit of imagination I can figure out how beautiful it must be.

There is a sign on which you can see what building(s) you are looking at at the other side of the Thames.
There is also a sign that says not to put anything at the edge of the balcony `-)
ok ok... it was just for the picture :)

Illustrious Houses of God

by mrclay2000

Not all of England's elite have been interred in Westminster Abbey. Many of London's favorite sons are buried in various other churches throughout Greater London, while many celebrities and luminaries enjoy some other association with the less distinguished churches and cathedrals. Take St Margaret's in front of Westminster Abbey, a small Gothic venue so often unnoticed in comparison. Samuel Pepys, John Milton and Winston Churchill were all married in this church, and Sir Walter Raleigh lies buried in the chancel.

Say "cheers" instead of thank you.

by drkate

Locals almost always say "cheers" when they are saying goodbye. This replaces the "thank you" at the end of a conversation. Your "cheers" will surely make you seem like a local. Try to avoid saying both "cheers" and "thank you", that is a dead giveaway.
Enjoy jolly ole England.

The Year of the Monkey (2004)

by Mariajoy

Any cultural guidance?? Hahahahahaha!!! Go to Soho in January for the Chinese New Year celebrations.... you will be packed so tightly with several million strangers in a few tiny streets, that their physical features will be permanently etched on your brain.... But remember... this is London so no matter how close you are (and your face may be just inches from theirs)... don't make eye contact!!! AND under no circumstances speak to them!! This would just be considered weird :)))

If you do go to the New Year festivities - be warned - it's not for the claustraphobic - and if you think you are gonna get a table in a Chinese restaurant without making a booking - forget it!!!!! (and attempting to say "Gung hay fat choi" to waiters won't get you a table either!!) There is a noodle bar just off Leicester Square - you will pay at least four quid for a box of "Vegetarian" noodles (1lb of noodles - 2 mange tout and a baby sweetcorn if you are lucky) Then take it somewhere you can sit - like in Trafalgar Square - but of course its January so they will have gone cold before you get there!

Any request for assistance or directions from police will be ignored - they too will not make eye contact, let alone offer friendly helpful advice!! They might just tell you to "Move along" in a more ummm... colloquial manner!!!


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