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What are the top things to do on a first time visit to London?

By Traveller March 3, 2017
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What are the top things to do on a first time visit to London?

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By Shannon Traveller March 3, 2017

Any tips/suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Also as far as neighborhoods, which would you suggest to stay in that's pretty central to everything but not overly touristy?

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Interesting neighbourhoods- Greenwich is a must for great views/historical places. Southbank- very touristy but also a must. Quirky areas such as Shoreditch (go to Barrio east bar for 2for1 cocktails/churros). Posh upscale areas full of lovely buildings - Belgravia, Pimlico, Notting hill for portobello market, Kensington (check out the Italian gardens & Holland park) and I also encourage a wander down Kings Road in Chelsea (Try jaks bar for the super British interior!). Another residential area I love is St Johns Wood (where you can also walk to the famous Abbey Woods studios). Katherine docks is also a really pretty harbour at night. Also try visiting Trafalgar square or any of the big landmarks/bridges (especially black friars bridge) at night as its has a much better ambience and there will barely be any tourists, besides you!
Local July 16, 2017
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Stay in Hackney. Anywhere near an Overground station is good to stay. Lot's of good micro breweries and restaurants, the Olympic Park, Victoria Park.
Tons of theatres in London, West End is expensive so go online and look at some of the smaller venues, Southwark Theatre is great and about a third of the price of a West End ticket. It's about a ten minute walk from Borough Market as mentioned below.
The walk along the South Bank is also great, start at Westminster Bridge opposite the Houses of Parliament, and you'll pass the London Eye, the Royal Festival Hall, the Hayward Gallery, the British Film institute, the National Theatre, Tate Modern, and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Finish with something to eat or drink in or around Borough Market at the foot of London Bridge
Local March 6, 2017
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When in London it's fun to go off the beaten track and see places that aren't on the tourist trail. The prostitutes' graveyard in Redcross Way, near Borough Market , is very interesting. It's where they were buried during the Middle Ages because they couldn't be buried in church graveyards because of their occupation despite the fact that the Bishop of Winchester owned the brothels and pocketed the money. Just along from there is the Red Cross Gardens where Octavia Hill, one of the great Victorian reformers, built some of the first social housing in London. A little further afield, at Greenwich, is the Fan Museum and the Royal Observatory. Lambeth has the Museum of Garden History and Lambeth Palace. Nearby is Southbank House on Black Prince Road which is where the Royal Doulton Pottery used to have its factory. The outside is amazing. Just off Lambeth Palace Road is the Florence Nightingale Museum. A very good book is "Secret London, an unusual guide" by Rachel Howard and Bill Nash. enjoy my lovely home town an give her my love when you're there.
Traveller March 4, 2017
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London have a great underground system, I think something in zone 2 can do the trick for you. And if you can close to some station better. I prefer central and Victoria lines, I think they are faster. If you buy 7 days travelcard you can also use all bus in every zone for free, you can see all the city for free. And if you are walking person and is good weather you can walk for all the most known places of London. Enjoy
Local March 3, 2017
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The embankment pier, national art gallery, the shard - London Bridge , night life Camden