I SEE LONDON

Destination: England | United Kingdom | Europe

Traveled: Late October/Early November 2012

Strategy: We planned to split our week in the United Kingdom between Scotland and England with accommodations in each of the capital cities. During our time in England, we devoted two days to visiting the major attractions in London and a third day touring the nearby sites/cities. See Part I of our United Kingdom adventure in Scotland HERE.

Accommodation: London House Hotel

Adventures: British Trains, Platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross railway station, The Underground, The British Museum, Big Ben, Parliament, Westminster Abbey, London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Natural History Museum, Golden Tours STONEHENGE, LACOCK AND CITY OF BATH - SMALL GROUP TOURRoman Baths, Bath Abbey, The Circle, Pulteney Bridge

Memorable Moment: Viewing the Crown Jewels via a moving walkway.

Takeaways: 1) London is huge. You'll spend more time underground than you anticipate. 2) It is amazing how many people can fit into a Tube carriage. 3) The Natural History Museum is geared towards children. 4) You can't see everything at The British Museum in one day. 5) Bath deserves more than two hours of your time. 6) Lacock is a living museum. 7) Stonehenge truly is a magnificent site in the middle of nowhere.
























Foodstuff: We loved starting the day with a full English breakfast, and the fish and chips were a favorite meal after a long day of sightseeing. Things to note: 1) At the pub, seat yourself and order beverages/food at the bar. 2) Indian food is popular in London. 3) Buy snacks at Tesco.



Recommendations: 1) Wear comfortable walking shoes always. 2) Learn how to use the Underground right away. 3) Have an idea of the top objects you wish to view at The British Museum before your visit. It can be overwhelming. The museum map highlights the most important pieces and can be a fun scavenger hunt. 4) Get to the Tower of London early to avoid the LONG lines. 5) Skip the queues by ordering tickets in advance. 

Next time: We would love to spend more time touring the English countryside. Bath deserves another visit.


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