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I know this sounds silly but...

Favorite thing I know this sounds silly but the London tour buses really are a good start. They take you to all the great landmarks, give you loads of commentary and are done in several languages. You can get on and off at your leisure and with your ticket comes lots of discounts to London attractions. The best part is it saves on shoe leather and pepermint foot lotion!! When I have visitors from abroad I like to do this part first and then introduce them to the nightlife.

Fondest memory The River Thames. I love the River Thames, I have lunches on the boats in summer and whenever I have an evening out I always drive home along the Embankment because it is so beautiful. You can see the Houses of Parliament (Westminster Bridge), the Millenium Wheel (Waterloo Bridge). The whole river is lit up and the buildings look amazing. You can go on a river cruise from the Embankment or Waterloo bridge, have a nice meal and dance the night away to salsa music etc whilst cruising up and down the river. It is great on summer evenings. I think the River Thames is what I miss most when away from home. (Apart from Selfridges of course)!!

Aug 25, 2002

Visit the underground to...

Favorite thing Visit the underground to Victoria Station then walk to the area sights. A day pass to area 1 will fill up the day walking

Fondest memory Seeing Angus steak House & Pizza Huts on every other corner in Picadilly Circus

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Aug 25, 2002

When visiting London, you...

Favorite thing When visiting London, you absolutely must: Be a tourist! There is so much to do and see!

One of the best ways to hit the highlights is to take the 'hop on, hop off' bus. They have three 2 hour bus tours with live English commentary and they also have a 2 hour Big Language Tour with digitally recorded sights and sounds commentary in a choice of twelve languages. The price also includes a free cruise on the Thames River. The cost is 15.00 pounds.

Fondest memory Sightseeing with two of my best friends!

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Aug 25, 2002

Take a trip on the DLR...

Favorite thing Take a trip on the DLR (Docklands Light Railway) from the Tower of London down to the Cutty Sark through the docklands and then walk to the top of the hill at Greenwich and get a view of the city - the back in on the train to the West End for a good night out partying (of course) - the first bit is better on a sunny warm day I have to admit

Fondest memory What I miss: Mates - come on, I lived there for 23 years

Too many good memories to know where to start

Aug 25, 2002
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Go on a tour. There are lots...

Favorite thing Go on a tour. There are lots of different tour buses offering their trip around the sights of London, but one that's not so well-know but is perhaps the best is Frogtours. This is amazing. I did this during my last trip to London. It's £15 and you ride around in a big, ugly, yellow bus type thing. First, you get to see some of the sights and learn a little about them from a funny tour guide. And then, the best part, when the bus turns into a boat! They take you to a slope and the bus goes straight down into the water. Scary!! It's like something in a theme park but real! It's amazing and such a brilliant experience. You get a cruise down the Thames, past the Houses of Parliament and under the Westminster bridge and then you go back on to dry land and see a few more sights onland. The tour lasts about 80 mins and I'd recommend it to anyone. For more info, see the frogtours site. (Will put a photo on soon)

Aug 25, 2002

Take a double decker bus tour,...

Favorite thing Take a double decker bus tour, even though it's very 'touristy' you get to see the sights and you can decide which sights you can return to. The tours are fairly inexpensive are narrated through a set of headphones. If you're not familiar with the city, these tours also help you get your bearings.

Fondest memory The pubs! There are so many, it was hard to choose which one to go into. They all seem to have such a great atmosphere.

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Aug 24, 2002

go on a trip down the Thames...

Favorite thing go on a trip down the Thames by boat during sunset. Everything looked so different from the water, it was really cool.

Fondest memory What I miss the most when I'm not in London are the people that I met there. My group stayed at a place affiliated with the London City Mission, which was located in the Docklands. I miss just hanging out with them.

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Aug 24, 2002

Use the TUBE. Learn it,...

Favorite thing Use the TUBE. Learn it, embrace it, love it. The TUBE is your best friend in London. Study the tube map and integrate it into your daily no time youll be a pro. The London tube is not the best in the world, nor the prettiest, nor the most efficient. It was , however the largest and first of any large city. It will save you time , money and comfort. Its as much a tourist attraction as Big Ben many trains have you seen that has its own poster and is considered artwork?

Fondest memory Staying in Hampstead Heath and being so far underground at the tube stop that you had to take a rather long elevator to street level.The Sherlock Holmes silouettes on the tiles at the Baker Street stop..many good memories.

But the best was the time in 1985 when a blatantly American girl noticed the Westminster stop and blurted out accross the train car...'Ohhhh is the stop for like Big Ben and like everythinggg?' in a squeal of orgasmic proportions. I looked at her and said..'Yes...better hurry before the doors close.' At which she leaped out of the car and dashed up the stairs with an alacrity and squeal factor of 10.
As she dissappeared up the stairs and astonished/reserved riders exchanged smiles, I sighed said calmly..'In NY,,she would have been mugged by now...' which everybody laughed soundly.
Fun stuff that tube;-)

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See the city by river. I lived...

Favorite thing See the city by river. I lived in London for 18 years and
whenever I had visitors from overseas I would take them on
a tour starting with the boat from Embankment Station to
the Thames Barrier or Greenwich, then the boat back as far
as the Tower of London, and from there a number 15 bus back
to the West End, which goes via the City and St Paul's Cathederal. Get off the 15 at Covent Garden and wander the area. Walk from there to Trafalgar Square, then cut through
to Regent's Street and Oxford Street. It's a great way to get a feel for London's main sites and to see the city from
many different angles.

Fondest memory Well, after 18 years in London I guess that I miss relatives
and friends there the most, but then that wouldn't interest
most visitors :-). I miss the variety of theatres, there was
always something on that was worth seeing. I enjoyed growing
up in such a big city, the mix of architecture, the variety
of activities available and the large parks. Most of all though I confess that I miss the weather. Yes, I do. Living
in a part of the world where water is in short supply I miss
living in a city with a mighty river at it's heart, where
even in the hottest summers (yes, we did have those there)you could still hope that the rain would come and bring some
relief. On the other hand at least here you can reliably plan a garden party in the summer...

Aug 24, 2002

There are so many great things...

Favorite thing There are so many great things to see. Although I'm not usually a fan of big tourist attractions, the ones in London are so rich in history they can't be missed. As a first-time visitor, I found it very helpful to take a bus tour the first day to get an overview of the city.

Fondest memory Walking across the Tower Bridge to the Tower of London.

Aug 24, 2002

Get on one of the red London...

Favorite thing Get on one of the red London Bus Tours, it's about £12 for 24hours and you can hop on and off the bus when you like and they're along every 10 or 15 minutes when your ready to move on. You also get loads of great info from the guides on the bus that you might have missed otherwise.

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Aug 24, 2002

Take the Big Red Bus tour. It...

Favorite thing Take the Big Red Bus tour. It gets you acquainted with the city and you drive and can get off at the major sites and get back on a different bus and move to another site.

Fondest memory Walking from Hyde Park Coner to Bunkingham Palace taking in all the beauty of the gardens and parks in the middle of a huge city.

Aug 24, 2002

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