For thirty pounds you expect more than one short trip around and not have to pay extra for photo book to tell you what to look at. Get better view of sites form river boat and from the roof of St Pauls. Do get nice views of Big ben and of the Guerkin but no better than the ones from my room at a nearby hotel.
Unique Suggestions: Book the river thames cruise as does cut about 20 percent off the separate prices and also the cruise gives you something to do while you wait for your time to go up the London Eye which often has a long wait.
Fun Alternatives: Go to St Pauls cathedral and walk up the steps to the roof where get equally nice views as part of 10 pound admission.
So you're sitting in the car, going to wind the window down, and trying to photograph the place that you love. A large gang of people come by, you are just going to shoot the scene, and one of them stands right in front of you and grins like an idiot! I got impatient, waved my hand aside and told him to get out of the way!
Thinking about it later, he might have thought we were looking for directions? Sorry mate, I'll try to think before I speak next time.
Think before I open my mouth.
So we took the new camera out and I tried to get a photo from near Silvertown. I had the camera on a tripod and Chris parked up on this bridge around 3 miles away from Canary Wharf. What a laugh! I was trying to do it quickly, so that we didn't have to stay parked too long. Most of the photos came out blurred and I managed to snap one of the little levers off the tripod too! That was easily fixed again once we got home. I had also loosened the camera somehow, but thankfully it never came off the tripod until I was back in the car, otherwise it would have been buggered up.
Using the night mode on the camera doesn't make the pictures very good either, it makes the photos look like paintings. So next time, I am just photographing it on normal mode and then fiddling with the photos on my computer until I think they look good.
remember - london is divided into six zones. its important because the more central zone the more expensive it is. the first zone that includes all main tourist attractions and whole central london. expensive when it comes to - accomodation, shopping, public communication service, literally as everywhere life in central london is quite expensive compared to rest of london, and even more expensive compared to rest of europe. end of the story.
Unique Suggestions: try walking instead of taking public transport, the traffic is very heavy in central london, so by walking u usually see a bit more, do a good eco-bit for a planet and keep fit :D
Fun Alternatives: have a look around greater london not only central locations there are many interesting places in suburbs too. for example - old cementary in gunnersbury, brick lane in east london, RAF museum in colindale, wembley stadium, indian temple in neasden - that is 8th world wonder belive me!)
and dont shop in oxford street - its overrated - try carnaby street instead smaller but more sophisticated.
oh go on... if u need more suggestions just drop me a line and i will try to help u. cheers.
Although the London Eye has great views, it is not worth the money to ride it. If you try to take pictures, even without flash, the picture will come out with a reflection from the curved wall.
Unique Suggestions: Go early in the day to avoid the crowds, I went at about 11 am and there were only 4 other people in my pod
Fun Alternatives: Don't waste your money, for great views just the same, walk up to the very top of St. Paul's Cathedral.
ie: The Tower of London, St. Pauls, Hampton Court Palace, Greenwich Park Observatory, the London Dunegons...
Unique Suggestions: Although they are classic places to visit they are EXPENSIVE!! Last time I went to HCP it was £14!! If you are a budget traveller I would suggest to pick one place and ignore the rest or just photogragh the outside! Westminister Abby is interesting but it's always crammed with tourists who have no idea of what being courteous is about. The tombs are interesting but a bit boring if you aren't an enthusiast St. Pauls is another one. They have raised the price as they are doing some restoration work at the moment... You can't even take pictures inside because of the scaffolding.
The Tower of London is a very interesting place and one I would go to see if given the choice. You can get free tours and the Yeoman of the Guard are quite happy to answer any questions you throw at them. They can appear standoffish but don't be afraid to go and talk to them. They are a well of knowledge & are quite witty too.
London Dunegons are a complete waste of money! I wouldn't even bother!
Fun Alternatives: London has some beautiful buildings for sure but I would suggest just going on the London Eye (for about £8) and getting an arial view!
If your bus gets stuck in London traffic, like ours did and you end up getting off it after two hours, in frustration, then you too will have felt like the victim of a tourist trap.
Although I did quite enjoy listening to the Spaniards behind me whining for the entirity of the two hours I was trapped on it. It felt natural on this trip to just listen to everyone's complaints.
Unique Suggestions: Bring a snack. You could be there a while.
Fun Alternatives: Walk, damnit, walk!!!
Walked in here to get out of the rain. Man.... talk about an assault to the senses! Lights! Noise! Music! Video Screens! Souvenir Stores! On floor after floor!
Unique Suggestions: Maybe I'm just too old for this place. In fact, if you travel to London w/kids, I'd take them there. They'd probably love it!
Fun Alternatives: Get a pint.
It's an expensive ripoff. If you want to see life size candles then go right ahead.
The queues are just horrendous!
Unique Suggestions: Try to at least have your picture taken with some you like! And if you can go and have a look at the workshop - although you have to pay extra for that too!
Fun Alternatives: I'd not waste anytime trying to see wax dummies - go to Hampstead village early in the morning or hang out at a movie premier and spot the real thing. There are celebrities everywhere in London. You just have to know where to look.
With its trendy riverfront location and a huge, new building, you would have thought that you'd find tons and tons of art to enjoy. This was not the case.
You have to hike up a zillion staircases to get to the galleries, and then its like a rat maze as your browse the meager collections.
Dont get me wrong, there are some gems there, but all in all, I found it to be a waste of time and effort.
Unique Suggestions: Since admission to the Tate is free, I cant complain too loudly, just expect to spend a fortune if you stop at their shoppes or the cafe, and if you plan on seeing their feature exhibit, plan on standing in line for a good hour or so to get in.
I did enjoy a few (a rare few) pieces they had there. I got to see a Monet painting (I believe it was called, Water Lillies) and a couple of interesting erotica paintings and a nice statue.
Fun Alternatives: My alternative suggestion would be the British Museum.
Again, admission there is free, however it is of course more "history" than "art", so that will very much depend on your own personal preferences.
I greatly enjoyed the British Museum and have plans to visit there again to see some of the numerous exhibit areas I didnt have time to see the first go at it.
The concierge was fabulous, the hotel very grand, and despite the rooms being small they were...more
Junction A1/A66 Richmond, near Darlington, Scotch Corner, North Yorkshire, DL10 6NR, United Kingdom
Good for: Families
When walking in the centre I saw there was an Ibis hotel right there. I haven't stayed at this one...more