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Old 03-11-2013, 07:02 PM
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I am swimming over to the UK in October to assist the Guru booth and attend the London Drum Show. I am so psyched, this is a big deal for me, huge actually, I've never been to Europe. I guess you could call it a bucket list thing. Anyway, I will be terrorizing the city for Monday and Tuesday after the LDS is over and would really like to pick the brains of anyone who can suggest things I should check out. I have no clue other than bus tours. I am not sure if this is the best way to go or if there is a better way to spend the little time I have there. I would be greatly appreciative if you could chime in with your "must see" destinations.

I do want to confine it to London. So please help this clueless Yank with what you think, in your opinion, what it is I should be checking out.

Thanks. I am so jazzed about this trip, and especially meeting as many forum members as I can. Thanks again. And again.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:07 PM
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Larry, probably the best way to see many of the main sights, plus get an appreciation of the whole city, is to take one of the hop on hop off London bus tours. Certainly do this for a day, then return to visit stuff that takes your interest.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:13 PM
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I'm envious but happy for you. I've lead a sheltered existence due to monetary constraints but also hope to make it over there some day as well. Certainly to Andy's lovely estate...
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when i was there i bought a tube pass( probably called something else) that also works on the buses, get a london map, Fordor i think, and look at what interests you. the tube and bus lines are really simple to follow. dont miss the Tower or the Tower Bridge. Walk around Hyde park too, Kensington palace is there to visit. awesome town!!
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also larry, one thing that us americans will find strange and it was confusing at first, when you go to a pub to eat, the waiters only bring your order, they dont take it. you go to the bar to place it and they bring it over and set the table at that time, also for some reason they dont expect to be tipped?? we left 20% as usual anyway.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:13 PM
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hope to make it over there some day as well. Certainly to Andy's lovely estate...
Estate is way too grand a title. It's a cottage with a small bit of land :) BTW, you're welcome anytime.

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also larry, one thing that us americans will find strange and it was confusing at first, when you go to a pub to eat, the waiters only bring your order, they dont take it. you go to the bar to place it and they bring it over and set the table at that time, also for some reason they dont expect to be tipped?? we left 20% as usual anyway.
In the UK, traditionally, a tip is only given upon receipt of exceptional service, & entirely at the patron's discretion. However, it is becoming usual to tip 10% unless the service is especially bad, & as it's London, that will be most of the time ;)
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While you're in London, why not visiting the London Drum Show? it's a nice day out within the world of drumming :)

Haha, looking forward meeting you Uncle Larry...

My 2 c sites to see while you're there.

Piccadilly Circus
Leceister Square
Covent Garden
Trafalgar Square
Bugkingham Palace
Big Ben
Westminster Abbey
National Art Gallery (free)
St Paul's Cathedral
The Tower of London
Tower Bridge
HMS Belfast
The London Dungeon
Madame Tussaud
Hyde Park (and Hyde Park Corner if you fancy doing some speech, lol)
Oxford Street (nice for shopping)

There's a big drum store called Professional Percussion in Kentish Town, north London, Nothern Line on the tube if my memory's correct. (I've met Simon Phillips, Greg Bissonette and Dennis Chambers in that shop)

That's it my friend, that's all I've got on top of my head, a lot of these suggestions are at walking distance from each other, there's much more to visit, but if you only have a couple days, that should keep you busy :)
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Millwall vs. Charlton? Do you want him to come back alive? Actually reminds me of the time that I gave a kid I was teaching detention whilst in the players' tunnel at The Valley. Funny times.

Larry, there's a lot to do. If you're interested in history at all, the British Museum is just phenomenal (and completely free). Highly recommended.

I'll take you to the pub, too. You'll learn to drink British style.
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Oh, Larry, I forgot, go to the Ronnie Scott in Soho and check who's playing, you might be able to see the wonderful Michele Drees :)
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Piccadilly Circus
Leceister Square
Covent Garden
Trafalgar Square
Bugkingham Palace
Big Ben
Westminster Abbey
National Art Gallery (free)
St Paul's Cathedral
The Tower of London
Tower Bridge
HMS Belfast
The London Dungeon
Madame Tussaud
Hyde Park (and Hyde Park Corner if you fancy doing some speech, lol)
Oxford Street (nice for shopping)

There's a big drum store called Professional Percussion in Kentish Town,
Agree with the above, although I think Pro Perc just closed. :(

Depends what else you like to do. There's also the Camden Markets, London Transport Museum/gift shop (at Covent Garden), music stores on Denmark St, shopping on Oxford St, Harrod's and Selfridge's depot stores are an experience, Beatles store on Baker St (I think right by Mme Tussaud's), and various (flea) markets throughout the week, incl Covent Garden daily.

And if you love Indian food, there are a million places to eat.

You'll find London is a very walkable city for the most part, but definitely a good idea to get a pass for the Underground.*

If you just want a feel for the city and some touristy stuff, a bus tour is also the way to go. My wife and I did that the first time we visited London, but have been on our own every trip since.

BTW, you will fall in love with London and the people. It's easily my favorite city of the 3 continents I've visited.

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BTW, you will fall in love with London and the people. It's easily my favorite city of the 3 continents I've visited.

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so true, it kind of has a Boston feel about it, big but small at the same time. also the london eye is cool too, i am super afraid of heights but i have my picture inside of it to prove i did it. so much history its almost a cant miss city for visitiors. also larry be careful crossing streets, the cars closest come from the right, not the left.
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London Eye was great, the guide in our car knew how to take a picture!

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Well done, Larry! I'm planning to get some items off my bucket list too. Looks like I'll need to schedule a fait bit of time to fit in all those things ...
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There's a big drum store called Professional Percussion in Kentish Town, north London, Nothern Line on the tube if my memory's correct. (I've met Simon Phillips, Greg Bissonette and Dennis Chambers in that shop)
Wow. I didn't know it was that famous.
Sadly, it closed down a couple of years ago (I live close by) :(

I would avoid the madame tusseaud museum, as it will take you more than half a day and it's a bit too much of a tourist trap.

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It might make sense to also visit east London (Bricklane, the Up Market, Spitafields, etc.) interesting faces around. Hipster-watch basically. :)
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That's cool Larry. We expect to see a Larry "Abbey Road" photo.
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Congrats, Larry! I'm jealous. I've been once and would love to go back. I won't give you recommendations on what you should see but I can tell you that when I was there I found getting around on The Tube or their underground was super easy. So if you have a map and day to just do what you want, make sure and get a pass...

Oh and I will make one recommendation...The National Gallery was awe-inspiring...if you're into museums and paintings and such :)

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Just a note on money and traveling outside the US. Get your spending cash there, not in advance in the US. You'll spend less in transaction fees. You can also use a credit card almost everywhere, but there are fees for each use as well. In fact, best to bring cash, and exchange it there so you don't incur credit/debit card international fees. It's also smart to notify your credit card banks that you'll be traveling, so they know that any overseas use is authorized. I've been embarrassed in Canada a few times by forgetting to call ahead. (I've been embarrassed there for other reasons as well!)

Also, your US cell phone will cost a million bucks to use there. Either be very judicious with its use, get a calling card (read the fine print about connection fees!) use Skype to dial out (2.3˘/min) or simply plan to not make or receive any calls home.

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Thanks everyone for the suggestions. Thanks Jon for the currency advise, I'll heed it. OK the wax museum is out (thanks er-minio) the national gallery is in (thanks Mary). Pardon my ignorance but why do I want to go to Westminster Abbey, Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square (don't you have to dance there?) Picadilly Circus (Is it a real circus?) The Tower of London and the Tower Bridge, Hyde Park? Not negging them, I'm just trying to find out what exactly I am supposed do there, because I haven't the foggiest. (Appropriate adjective for a London trip, right mate?)

I'm pretty sure a music store is out, but fish and chips and a drink at a real pub with Dunc is in. I just need more info about what you do at these attractions. I have the where's, I need the why's now. Would love to find an open mic blues jam but that's not a necessity.

About the Abbey Road photo, Bernard Purdie claims that's him in the photo lol. The guy just doesn't know when to quit.

I think I want to see Abbey Road Studios too, I think. Any reason why not?
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:28 PM
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions. Thanks Jon for the currency advise, I'll heed it. OK the wax museum is out (thanks er-minio) the national gallery is in (thanks Mary). Pardon my ignorance but why do I want to go to Westminster Abbey, Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square (don't you have to dance there?) Picadilly Circus (Is it a real circus?) The Tower of London and the Tower Bridge, Hyde Park? Not negging them, I'm just trying to find out what exactly I am supposed do there, because I haven't the foggiest. (Appropriate adjective for a London trip, right mate?)

I'm pretty sure a music store is out, but fish and chips and a drink at a real pub with Dunc is in. I just need more info about what you do at these attractions. I have the where's, I need the why's now. Would love to find an open mic blues jam but that's not a necessity.

About the Abbey Road photo, Bernard Purdie claims that's him in the photo lol. The guy just doesn't know when to quit.

I think I want to see Abbey Road Studios too, I think. Any reason why not?
The Natural History Museum is superb if you have an inquiring mind. Larry, I'm going to do my best to stay on for a day after the show (if you're not sick of me by then). It's logistically difficult to do, but how often am I going to get such a great hang opportunity?

As for Abbey Road Studios, I used to know some people in there, but I strongly suspect they're all gone now (they were all 10+ years older than me at the time). You can't just wander in to the studio. I'll ask, but I'll probably be told to go pound sand :(

Still not sure if Grea's making a star appearance ;)
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I think Grea and Daisy are in. We still need to know who else wants to hang on Monday and and Tuesday. Henri? Duncan? I do have an inquiring mind and I like museums. Natural History Museums, Art Museums, especially are right up my alley, thanks Andy.
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also larry be careful crossing streets, the cars closest come from the right, not the left.
And don't forget to brush your teeth and wash behind your ears too Larry! Nah, just sour grapes and jealousy from me. Have fun. Let us know if the toilet water runs down the opposite way as in the U.S. Important stuff..
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Is the plan you asked about a few weeks ago still the go-ahead option, Larry? Just wondering. No big deal either way but it does change things logistically slightly.

In terms of what to do. Wander. Take it in. Picadilly Circus is like our equivalent of Time Square - at least the advertising boards are. Not a huge amount to do there unless you like steak, theatre or are a Freemason. Trafalgar Square has the National Portrait Gallery.

Thing is though, the centre of London is very compact. You can walk between all of these places in under an hour and the Underground is often even quicker. London is a big city but the majority of what tourists go to look at is within half a mile to a mile. To give you an idea of the suburban size, I live some twenty-seven miles from the centre of London but London actually officially starts about ten miles from me - but the 'middle' is Charing Cross (where Trafalgar Square is, near enough) and that's close to just about everything.
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I think Grea and Daisy are in. We still need to know who else wants to hang on Monday and and Tuesday. Henri? Duncan? I do have an inquiring mind and I like museums. Natural History Museums, Art Museums, especially are right up my alley, thanks Andy.
Larry if you like museums,you have to visit the British War Museum.Facinating stuff.There's a simulated bomb shelter,and bombing.There's also a trench warfare exibit that's pretty realistic.Lots of equipment,vehicles and one of the only surviving Tiger tanks in existance. Down the block,there was a pub that served great fish and chips,and cold beer.

If you get a chance,visit the original Hard Rock Cafe.I hope Bonzo's snare drum is still mounted on the wall downstairs.

If you go to Buckingham Palace,do it at the changing of the guard.Very cool stuff.

And remember.......when taking the underground....mind the gap.:)

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And don't forget to brush your teeth and wash behind your ears too Larry! Nah, just sour grapes and jealousy from me. Have fun. Let us know if the toilet water runs down the opposite way as in the U.S. Important stuff..
Just for the record, you're envious. Jealousy involves 3 people. Hey Larry is that Island Beach State Park in your avi by any chance?

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Yea Dunc, I think I'm getting my own room, you know, in case I get lucky lol. I will have Grea and Daisy to contend with lol. But as a parting gift, you'll be receiving a life size cardboard facismile of yours truly. Unclothed in all my glory, and fully extended lol.

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Larry if you like museums,you have to visit the British War Museum.Facinating stuff.There's a simulated bomb shelter,and bombing.There's also a trench warfare exibit that's pretty realistic.Lots of equipment,vehicles and one of the only surviving Tiger tanks in existance. Down the block,there was a pub that served great fish and chips,and cold beer.

If you get a chance,visit the original Hard Rock Cafe.I hope Bonzo's snare drum is still mounted on the wall downstairs.

If you go to Buckingham Palace,do it at the changing of the guard.Very cool stuff.

And remember.......when taking the underground....mind the gap.:)

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They sound like good suggestions, thanks Steve. Maybe I'll try and steal Bonzos drum as a souvenir. Kidding! Sheesh! I will at least try and make the Buckingham guards crack a smile.
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Piccadilly Circus
Leicester Square
Covent Garden
Trafalgar Square
Buckingham Palace
Big Ben
Westminster Abbey
National Art Gallery (free)
St Paul's Cathedral
The Tower of London
Tower Bridge
HMS Belfast
The London Dungeon
Madame Tussaud
Hyde Park (and Hyde Park Corner if you fancy doing some speech, lol)
Oxford Street (nice for shopping)
Great list, Henri. Assuming that's too many for young Larry to cram in in a couple of days, which would you consider the "must sees"?
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Well if nothing else I can dress up the full-size cutout and use it on Bonfire Night for a Guy...

Good stuff mate. It's ages away anyhow, the offer stands, obviously.
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The best chippies are on the coast: if you're confined to London try to find a good pie and mash shop. That's about as "London" as you can get.
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The best chippies are on the coast: if you're confined to London try to find a good pie and mash shop. That's about as "London" as you can get.
What's a pie and mash shop? They sell pies? What's mash?

Among all these great suggestions, of which I will be taking as much as I can, I want to see the real London. Real Londoners doing London-ish stuff. Pie and mash sounds London-ish, but wtf do I know?
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What's a pie and mash shop? They sell pies? What's mash?

Among all these great suggestions, of which I will be taking as much as I can, I want to see the real London. Real Londoners doing London-ish stuff. Pie and mash sounds London-ish, but wtf do I know?
Pie and mash shops are essentially cafes which serve, amongst other things, minced beef pies and mashed potato. This typically comes with liquor, which is a sort of sauce or gravy made principally from stewed eels (the water in which they are stewed) which such shops also serve. The traditional pie and mash shops are in the East End of London and date back to the 19th century, I believe.
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Wow. I didn't know it was that famous.
Sadly, it closed down a couple of years ago (I live close by) :(
That's sad news, Pro Perc is were I bought my first Zildjian cymbal back in 1980, they had a smaller shop, also in Kentish Town, then they opened a much larger store down the road.

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Larry, Andy, yes I agree, such an opportunity to all hang around together in London is not going to happen that often, lol, it would be a great event if we could all be together for at least one day after the LDS, with Grea, Daisy, Duncan and whoever from the forum who could attend, you can count me in, I don't know what job I'll be doing in the UK and where I'll live, but I won't missed such an opportunity, that's for sure :)

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Great list, Henri. Assuming that's too many for young Larry to cram in in a couple of days, which would you consider the "must sees"?
Funnily enough, during the summer holiday in 1980, I visited most of these sites in an hour stucked in my wife sister's Mini by night, lol, she would say "here's Trafalgar Square" or "thats Bugkingham Palace", the quickest ever tour of London sight seeing :)

I've been every summer after that on holiday in London until I moved to the UK in 89, I've seen all these sites many, many times, it all depends what makes you tick obviously, but as Duncan mentioned, many of these sites are just walking distances from each other, within a couple of hours you'll have seen a large amount of central London.

Covent Garden is a nice place to hang out, with many little market stands and street performing artists.

Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus have huge Music mega store, like HMV, Virgin and Tower Records, they're gold mines, I use to spend days in them, they're so big :)
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Larry, Andy, yes I agree, such an opportunity to all hang around together in London is not going to happen that often, lol, it would be a great event if we could all be together for at least one day after the LDS, with Grea, Daisy, Duncan and whoever from the forum who could attend, you can count me in,
David too :) I'm so looking forward to this. The first "official" multi national DW forum meet up! (hosted by Guru Drums, ahem) UK, USA, Germany, France, Australia - already confirmed. What about Switzerland eh Bernhard? Come on, you know you want to. It's near the coast! :)
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Thanks Henri. I might have to chat with a travel agent to organise stuff because I'm a travel noob and organisating isn't my strong suit (in the same way as diplomacy isn't Charlie Sheens's forte). I suppose at the travel agency will ll see me coming and rub their hands ...
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Thanks Henri. I might have to chat with a travel agent to organise stuff because I'm a travel noob and organisating isn't my strong suit (in the same way as diplomacy isn't Charlie Sheens's forte). I suppose at the travel agency will ll see me coming and rub their hands ...
Just one quick point on the issue of hotels.

Try to get a hotel that isn't too close to the centre of London. Hotels in the centre will be very expensive. Finding one even just a few miles out will reduce the price significantly and London's transport system (for all of the complaints us natives make) is actually very, very good. The Underground is superb and the busses are regular. As a result, it's simple getting from one part of London to another. The only caveat is that the Olympia (where the LDS is held) is on a branch line and more problematic - the trains are less regular.

I know that in the past, exhibitors stay at the Hilton which is around the corner from the Olympia so that is also a very real option.
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If you get a chance,visit the original Hard Rock Cafe.I hope Bonzo's snare drum is still mounted on the wall downstairs.
Yes it is. I was there a couple of weeks ago and it's there along with one of his Ludwig kits (it's set up a bit like the Tom Angles thread LOL, but there it is!).

Here are some ideas from my point of view:

Getting Around: You can get around easily by using the London Underground trains (‘tube’ trains), which go everywhere. Buy a ‘travelcard’ and you can go anywhere on the underground trains and the buses for a day – this costs about 7-8 pounds). I would also suggest you buy an ‘A to Z’ map book which is a useful pocket-sized reference map book showing the streets with an index in the back – you can find these in almost any shop at the side of the street it will help you find your way around the streets when you come out of the tube station. (This is better than downloading maps from Google in my opinion!)

The two things I would most recommend (if you are visiting London for the first time) are:
1. London Eye –the big wheel just across the river from the houses of Parliament (and Big Ben the clock tower). You can ride it (you go round once which lasts about 30 minutes)and you can see great sights of London from high up –you can see Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace. Nearest tube stop: I would suggest you go to Westminster (for Houses of Parliament) and walk across the bridge.
2. London Bus Tour is very good and a great way to see lots of the sights and learn a bit of the history of the city. Buses leave from one of the streets between Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus (Haymarket might be the right street) . It’s an open-top bus so choose a nice day and sit upstairs!

Music stuff:
As everyone has said, good drum shops are a bit of a dying breed in UK. Pro Perc is gone, Footes has moved to 41 Store Street WC1E. But Denmark Street is not bad for music shops (not specifically drums though) and the North end of Charing Cross Road also.
Hard Rock Café is on Piccadilly (near to Hyde Park Corner tube stop) and does a great burger.

Nice places to walk around, see the people and take in the atmosphere of London:
Leicester Square (Leicester Square tube stop) – a big open square with some restaurants, and large cinemas where they have the premieres. Lots of activity going on here. A couple of streets north of Leicester Square (Gerrard Street) is Chinatown: lots of great Chinese food (we were there for Chinese New Year and it was pretty lively)
Piccadilly Circus –the Times Square of London with the big advertising screens and some nice shops (Piccadilly Circus tube stop)
Covent Garden – nice arty piazza area with small shops, cafés and some street theatre. (Covent Garden tube stop)
You can easily walk between these three areas – they are quite close and they are all together on the blue (Piccadilly) tube line.
From Leicester Square you can also walk to Trafalgar Square which is quite nice – it’s the place everybody goes on New Year’s Eve, and to celebrate. Nelson’s column (a big column with a statue of the famous general Nelson from history) and the National Galleries (art) are there.

Art and Culture:
Museums: British Museum has lots of ancient artefacts of Egypt, Greece, China etc (Great Russell Street, Holborn tube stop).
South Kensington tube stop has several museums all on Exhibition Road (South Kensington tube stop) such as:
Natural History Museum has dinosaur bones, interesting evolution themed stuff.
The Science Museum also which my kids loved, with lots of stuff about technology, space, travel etc, plus experiments and fun games and shows for kids.
Victoria & Albert Museum is all about design, arts and crafts.
All the museums are FREE (but you are expected to make a donation of 5 pounds)
Art Galleries: National Gallery at Trafalgar Square (Charing Cross tube stop) is very good. I also like the National Portrait Gallery which is next door (I like portraits of people). There is a very good modern art museum called the Tate Gallery but it’s a bit further away from the central areas.

Shopping:
Harrods is the most impressive of all the big stores and has a touch of class about it. On Brompton Road (Knightsbridge tube stop).
Hamleys is a great big toy store (if you have kids with you or want to get something for them). Halfway along Regent Street (nearest tube stop is Oxford Circus)
There’s lots of other shopping on Oxford Street too (Oxford Circus tube stop).

For restaurants my favourites are:
Café Pacifico: Tex-mex food, margaritas etc – I have no idea how authentic it is, but I do like it! Langley Street, just off Long Acre (between Leicester Square and Covent Garden).
Wagamama – A chain of large Japanese noodle restaurants. They are all over London. Reasonably priced, fresh, healthy and delicious!

There are many, many other things you can do in London, but these are my favourites.

There is some more information on most of these items here:
http://www.visitlondon.com/things-to...en-attractions

Hope you have a great time!
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Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus have huge Music mega store, like HMV, Virgin and Tower Records, they're gold mines, I use to spend days in them, they're so big :)
Yeah... HMV has gone into administration... so there is not much left really :-)

A couple of things more. Obviously what you want to see depends on who you are... personal interests, etc. so, things I like and things I liked and visited when I first moved to London a few years ago:

- tate modern, the café at the top is lovely
- as said, bricklane/etc is a cool mix of people, interesting things
- primrose hill, you'll get an amazing view of london from the park, nice pubs around, it's just behind camden town if you visit there
- consider going on top of the shard, it's pretty cool. Been there last month
- borough market, the promenade around london bridge
- area around the BFI (Waterloo)
- camden market is not that interesting (mostly crappy stuff and FULL of tourists to the point it is impossible to walk) but the market structure is interesting, still worth a visit. Hint: get out at the Chalk Farm road station.
- national portrait gallery - check for temporary exhibitions.

If you ask for directions, it's pronounced "LESSER" square. They drop some letters from Leicester. :-D
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Just to make a minor correction to Bonzo CR's post.

Admiral Nelson. Admiral Nelson. Admiral Nelson.
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Admiral Nelson. Admiral Nelson. Admiral Nelson.
But you should ask them why do they have a statue of Napoleon on Trafalgar square. They love it!
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If you like Indian food, as I mentioned there are a ton of great restaurants in London. My personal fave is Durbar's, 24 Hereford Rd, a short walk from either the Bayswater or Notting Hill Gate tube stops.

You're really going to love the city, and you'll kick yourself if you don't stay an extra 2 or 3 days, because you'll definitely want to go back and see & do more.

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Just to make a minor correction to Bonzo CR's post.

Admiral Nelson. Admiral Nelson. Admiral Nelson.
Ha! Yes. ADMIRAL Nelson, sorry. Good point.
Wrote that in a hurry!
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Ha! Yes. ADMIRAL Nelson, sorry. Good point.
Wrote that in a hurry!
I'll forgive you this time!

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