Something iv noticed is, lots of people need to be asked twice! It may sound odd, but trust me.. If someone dont answer you the first time, ask again, youll probably get a reply.
Oh bring an umbrella (brolly), especially in winter! And keep a very close eye on the weather forecast.
Some possible itineraries to kickstart your plans
Travel is an intensely personal thing, and thankfully there is no 'one size fits all' solution. Each traveller needs to customise their itinerary to suit their available time, budget and personal interests, but starting with a blank sheet of paper can be an intimidating thing - especially for a city as large and complex as London - so here are a few suggestions to get your creative juices flowing.
What follows are a few suggestions for diverse attractions in certain areas that could be easily grouped together. This will probably be a 'work in progress', but hopefully it should help to kick start your planning process - just bear in mind that certain areas offer so much that you could easily occupy yourself for more than one day.
KENSINGTON: Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Albert & Victoria Museum, Albert Memorial, Royal Albert Hall (including a performance), Kensington Gardens (including the Diana Memorial Fountain, Diana Memorial Playground and Peter Pan statue), Kensington Palace
WESTMINSTER: Houses of Parliament, Parliament Square, Westminster Abbey, London Eye, London Aquarium, Florence Nightingale Museum, boat cruise, South Bank complex (including a performance)
VICTORIA: Buckingham Palace, The Mall, St James' Park, Westminster Cathedral, Victoria theatres (including a show)
LEICESTER SQUARE: Trafalgar Square, National Portrait Gallery, stroll through Soho, Covent Garden, London Transport Museum, theatres (including a performance)
BLOOMSBURY: British Museum, stroll around the various squares in Bloomsbury including Russell Square, British Library, Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, St Pancras Station, Kings Cross Station, various bits of London University (University College London, University College Hospital, Birkbeck College, Senate House, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, School of Tropical Medicine)
REGENTS PARK: Regents Park, wander around the Georgian squares, London Zoo, boat trip on the Regents Canal, Little Venice, Camden Lock Market (by boat)
Hopefully this has given you some food for thought, and with a little research, London will be your oyster! Happy planning!
If you visit central London in winter, you will see street vendors selling warm chestnuts. These are very nice, and are in no way associated with the dodgy hotdog/hamburger stalls you will also see. Make sure you try the chestnuts, they're very nice.
Can we have our Skylon back please ?
In July 2008, there was a bit of a press splash about an idea to re-create the 'Skylon'.
The 'Skylon' was an impressive piece of public art, and was probably the most talked about feature of the 1951 festival of Britain. It was only standing (if that is wthe right word) for a year because of fears that it might collapse and / or be struck by lightening.
The long (300 foot) elegant object was designed in such a way that it seemed to float, vertically, over the south bank of the Thames. A design for the 21st century would look the same, but new technology means it might last 60-100 years.
I really hope that the idea comes off. I hope even more that thgey place it nect to the London eye (the giant wheel) so people like me can make a few off-colour smutty jokes about the two together.
Playing Pub Pool
In many pubs in London there is a pool table for you to play. If there is somebody playing on the table and you want to play, the usual custom is to put your money for the game on the table, so others know that you are playing next. The usual amount per game is 50p or £1.