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    Hi,
    I am planning a trip to London with the GF but without our kids on Tuesday, we will set off at around 5am, hoping to arrive in London at 10am, We need to call into bedfordshire at 8am Wednesday morning so we will also need somewhere to sleep either in London or in Bedford on Tuesday Night,
    Neither of us have been to London before so we do not know what to expect and any info would be grateful,

    The places I have pencilled in for visiting are :-

    Picadilly circus. for its Las vegas style neons
    Soho because its also near piccadily circus
    The london eye, which I think is roughly £20 each
    Trafalgar square
    Tower of London to see the Beafeaters, crown jewels etc,
    Buckingham palace to watch the Changing of the guard.

    Do you think we will get all these things in in one day or should I choose less attractions, also, What do I do with the car?.
    Can I park it out of town and use the underground to visit all the places?.
    Can anyone recommend a good B and B with a place to park our car?.

    Many Thanks for any help, Brendan + Kathryn

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    Hi Brendan,

    I live in london (well sort of!) and you are gonna love it. 1 day isnt much at all, but you can definitely visit all of the relevant attractions on the Tube. Not sure about B&Bs, but its not worth driving into the centre and parking its a bit of a 'mare, find a B&B, leave the car there and tube it in. Buy a travel card and that will cover all tube and bus journeys for the day. Try and go to Soho/Chinatown (they are one and the same) at night as its lit up and buzzing, even early in the week, great choice of bars and restaurants. Tower of London is fantastic. I love the South Bank, the Tate and Tate Modern are there, along with some nice bars and restaurants, just a short walk away from the Tower

    www.visitlondon.co.uk is a good source of info.

    Cheers

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    Hi, Thanks for the advice, I will look into b and b's on the outskirts right away, what area is considered far enough away for parking but close enough for easy tube access?. I'm coming down the M1 from Yorkshire,
    10 miles from the centre or more or less?. Many Thanks,
    regards Bren

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    I'm currently looking out of my office window at HMS Belfast and Tower Bridge, and reading your text has made me realise something. I come here every day, and I've never done the tourist thing in London, except for the London Dungeons, which I highly recommend. There's a couple of places just outside the congestion charge zone that offer secure parking, but I don't know if they do it over night.

    As Marly said, there's a lot of places that are better at night. I love walking home along the Thames after work in the dark, the river side is lit up so well. The bit that I do is between Tower Bridge and London Bridge on the North side of the river.

    Where ever you go I'm sure that you'll have a great time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vec-trance View Post
    I'm currently looking out of my office window at HMS Belfast and Tower Bridge, and reading your text has made me realise something. I come here every day, and I've never done the tourist thing in London, .
    Yeah, I'm 35 years old and only live in Yorkshire, Yet i've still never been to the heart of London, The closest I got was a visit to a place on the outskirts in 2004,

    We are both looking forward to it,
    regards Bren

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    Whilst in T Square National Potrait Gallery is free

    http://www.npg.org.uk/live/opening.asp

    If you want the Natural History Museum its free also. South Kensington on the District Line

    http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/getting-here/index.html

    Will be more as I think of it............

    nearly forgot the girlfriend Harrods same stop as Natural History museum....take a credit card
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    Quote Originally Posted by John35 View Post
    nearly forgot the girlfriend, Harrods same stop as Natural History museum....take a credit card

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    Harrods is worth going into for the food halls, they are something else, but once you are in there you may need mortgage to cover the chocolate bill.

    Piccadilly Circus is just 2 mins from Soho, so see that at night too, theres not much too it, its a 5 minute visit. If youve only got a day then the museums are probably out, just stay central, there is so much to do.

    If you are coming in from the north then it makes sense to get a B&B in North London somewhere, Zone 2 or 3 on the tube is pretty quick? Last tubes in london run until about 12-12.15 from central london on a week night. I live about 10 stops from leicester Square in Zone 3 out west, and thats 30 mins, with tubes every 3-4 mins. The central london stations are all very close too, so if its 1-2 stops away then go for a walk, its probably quicker and definitely more interesting, just take a map!

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    HI - I used to live in Stanmore - just outside Watford. and work in London What I would do coming from Bedford is.
    Drive to Stanmore (Jubilie Line) Park up and just leave the car there. Take the Tube all the way to Waterloo - hop out and walk over to the London Eye.
    From the EYE use the new foot bridges across the Thames to Trafelgar square - and from there you can go and do all you want!! - Just remember that your car is in Stanmore so you can go back up there and hunt out a BB which will be cheaper!!
    Enjoy - and remember the camera !!

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    When we went to the London Eye we went on a DuckTour (Clicky here) while we were there, and it wasn't brilliant, enjoyed it more than the Eye, lol.

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