Don't Feed the Pidgeons
I would advise against feeding the pidgeons in Trafalger Square outside of the National Gallery.
I came across this woman as I was exiting the gallery and she had been feeding the birds. The birds started swarming and hopping onto her shoulders and head and she finally gave up and tried to walk away quickly but the pidgeons followed her until she was across the street.
Quite a funny scene for myself and the others who were witnessing it.
I used the EasyInternetCafe services while in London. The prices were some of the most reasonable that I found and there is always a free spot to use.
I would buy a 5 day pass with unlimited internet use for 7 pounds at the Tottingham Court Road site just off Oxford Street.
You are only able to use the pass you buy at the site that you bought it at. If I went to another location in London other than the Tottingham site, I'd have to buy a different pass there.
You can buy 1/2 hour, hourly passes at the going rate at the time you buy them (prices vary somewhat during the day.) Or you can buy 24 hour, 5 day, 7 day passes up to 30 days.
The service is very easy to use and in many of the locations there are food services offered. At the Tottingham location there is a package delivery service and a Subway restaurant.
London in one or two days
I have an old guidebook to London that was published during World War II. There's a small insert piece of paper that explains that due to the war, they cannot publish the full set of maps they usually do. There is only one fold out city center map with the underground stations marked and some of the main streets. What really makes me laugh, though is their suggestions for itineraries for one or two days' sightseeing. I really don't know how you could fit it all in! Surely they don't suggest you do all these things? I wonder if they're saying that any or several of these for morning and afternoon would be sufficient though they do mention that it's a "very hurried day". I expect you could do it if you were just walking past all these sights and not going inside. To reproduce it:
One Day. Morning:
National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Whitehall (passing Gov't Offices, Royal Unitied Services museum and the cenotaph), Parliament, Westminster Abbey and cathedral, Buckingham Palace (exterior), St. James's Park, London Museum Lancaster House, St. James's Palace (exterior).
Lunch in the Piccadilly or Leicester Square area. (phew!)
Afternoon: Regent, Oxford Streets, Wallace Collection, Drive thru Hyde Park, Kens. Gdns, Piccadilly, Royal Academy, British Museum, Lincoln's Inn walk, Law Courts and Temple, Fleet Street, Ludgate Hill, St. Paul's
They go on to suggest dinner and theatre if you are staying overnight.
An Alternative might be:
Morning: Twr London, Monument, Bank of England, Royal Exchange, Guildhall, Cheapside, St. Paul's. Lunch. Law Courts, Temple Gardens, Embankment, County Hall, Parliament, Westminster Abbey, National Gallery (open evenings of certain days).
A bit more doable. Two days:
Charing Cross, National Gallery and Portrait Gallery, Whitehall, Parliament, County Hall, Westminster Abbey (Lunch) War Museum, Lambeth Palace exterior, Tate Britain, Westminster Cathedral, St. James's Park, London Museum, Green and Hyde Parks, V&A museum, Nat. Hist. and Science Museums.
Twr. London, Monument, Royal Exchange, Bank, Guildhall, Cheapside, St. Paul's, (lunch) Holborn, British Museum, Oxford St., Wallace Collection, Regent's Park, Zoo
Longer stays suggest things like the Dulwich Picture Gallery, the "new" Horniman museum, Windsor, Hampton Court, Kew, Richmond, Epping Forest, Croyden Airport
Oh yes, that's the main international airport, Croyden. In another old book i have, published in the 50's, it mentions London Airport (Heathrow) that is under construction. In that book, the Museum of London has moved to a wing of Kensington Palace.
Old guidebooks are fascinating!
Shopping in London
Shopping in London
You will find loads of stuff to buy in London. Each area has its own speciality. As in any big city, I wouldn't dream of finding them all, it's a life long quest. Above is an alley found in the financial district with antics, art galleries, jewelery stores, a bit pricy but what the heck, a little dreaming is never a bad thing.
Visit the BAFTA Awards
London's Leicester Square is host to the British Academy Film & Television Awards. Our first day in London we saw the technicians setting up - covering the grassed square with walk boards. We arrived a bit too late to see very much the next evening - the crowds were huge! We did see the celebs arriving, although a bit dissapointing - I expected stretched limos but just private cars & taxis drove by. Not wanting to push in we wandered around & managed a snap of Ruby Wax - on a television monitor Ha Ha