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First time in London

Destination(s): London

London's magical little streets and bustling sights will have you soon planning a second trip. While the bulk of attractions are centrally located and walking is highly recommended to soak in the British charm, exploring London on all its iconic modes of transport is half the fun of visiting this city. Hop on a red double decker bus across Tower Bridge, hail a black cab to take you to afternoon tea at the Ritz and ride the Underground to out to Kew Gardens. But before setting off, purchase a London transportation card called an Oyster card at any Tube station for easier travel option around town.

London is divided into many neighborhoods and is separated by the River Thames. For the most part first time visitors will stay on the north side of the river with the exception of the busy strip known as the South Bank, home to the London Eye, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern. Knightsbridge and Kensington are known for shopping, green spaces and museums yet are also gorgeous residential areas full of Georgian and Victorian homes and mews. Mayfair, Soho and Covent Garden house London's finest theatres, restaurants, nightlife and those famous gathering areas of Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square. The splendor of UK royalty and government are located in Westminster and Victoria while The City, a name given to London's original square mile, is London's banking and justice hub.

This little first timers guide will point in the direction of the do not miss sights, top museums, the best of British cuisine and London hottest night spots. Grab an umbrella and some comfortable walking shoes and let London lure you. read more about First time in London

Big Bus Tours

Big Bus Tours

  • 48 Buckingham Palace Road
  • tel:+44 20 7233 9533
  • Visit website
  • London, SW1W ORN
The Only Running Footman

The Only Running Footman

  • 5 Charles Street
  • Westminister
  • tel:44 20 7499 2988
  • Visit website
  • London, W1J 5DF
Argyll Arms

Argyll Arms

  • 18 Argyll Street
  • Soho
  • tel:44 20 7734 6117
  • London, W1F 7TP
British Museum

British Museum

  • Great Russell Street
  • Great Russell St., WC1
  • tel:020/7323-8299
  • Visit website
  • London, WC1B 3DG
Houses of Parliament & Big Ben

Houses of Parliament & Big Ben

  • Westminster Palace, Old Palace Yard, SW1. Join line at St. Stephen's entrance
  • tel:House of Commons 020/7219-4272
  • Visit website
  • London
Wagamama - Kensington

Wagamama - Kensington

  • 26 Kensington High Street
  • tel:44 0 207 376 1717
  • Visit website
  • London, W8 4PF
Corney & Barrow

Corney & Barrow

  • 3 Fleet Place
  • tel:44 20 7329 3141
  • Visit website
  • London, EC4M 7RD
Victoria and Albert Museum

Victoria and Albert Museum

  • Cromwell Road
  • Cromwell Rd., SW7
  • tel:020/7942-2000
  • Visit website
  • London, SW7 2RL
Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

  • 13 Buckingham Palace Road
  • At end of The Mall (on the road running from Trafalgar Sq.)
  • tel:020/7766-7300
  • Visit website
  • London, SW1A 1AA
The Wolseley

The Wolseley

  • 160 Piccadilly, St. James's, W1
  • Westminister
  • tel:020/7499-6996
  • Visit website
  • London, W1J 9EB
Lamb & Flag

Lamb & Flag

  • 33 Rose St
  • Off Garrick St., WC2
  • tel:020/7497-9504
  • London, WC2E 9EB
National Gallery

National Gallery

  • Trafalgar Square
  • N. side of Trafalgar Sq., WC2
  • tel:020/7747-2885
  • Visit website
  • London, WC2N 5DN
The Guards Museum

The Guards Museum

  • Birdcage Walk
  • (Wellington Barracks)
  • tel:+44 20 7414 3271 / +44 20 7414 3428 / +44 20 7414 3430
  • Visit website
  • London, SW1E 6HQ

Dedicated to Her Majesty's Household Division which protects the Sovereign and Royal Palaces... in other words, dedicated to those who wear the red tunic and bearskin hat! Small and quiet, The Guards Museum is a perfect place to learn more about the royal guards and even have your photo taken in that famous regimental tunic and hat. On display are uniforms, helmets, instruments, medals, a tent from the Crimean War and more. There's a little shop next door to the Guards Museum and you might even catch the new guards forming at nearby Wellington Barracks before the Changing of the Guard ceremony at London's Buckingham Palace. read more about The Guards Museum

Masala Zone Soho

Masala Zone Soho

  • 9 Marshall St., W1
  • Soho, Westminister
  • tel:020/7287-9966
  • Visit website
  • London, W1F 7ER
Sketch

Sketch

  • 9 Conduit Street
  • tel:44 870 777 4488
  • Visit website
  • London, W1S 2XG
Tate Modern

Tate Modern

  • 53 Bankside
  • Bankside, SE1
  • tel:020/7887-8888
  • Visit website
  • London, SE1 9TG
Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

  • 20 Dean's Yard
  • Broad Sanctuary, SW1
  • tel:020/7222-5152
  • Visit website
  • London, SW1P 3PA
Chutney Mary

Chutney Mary

  • 535 Kings Road
  • tel:44 20 7351 3113
  • Visit website
  • London, SW10 0SZ
Mahiki

Mahiki

  • 1 Dover Street
  • Westminister
  • tel:44 20 7493 9529
  • Visit website
  • London, W1S 4LD
British Library

British Library

  • 96 Euston Rd., NW1
  • St Pancras
  • tel:020/7412-7332
  • Visit website
  • London, NW1 2DB
Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

  • Tower Bridge
  • At Tower Bridge, SE1
  • tel:020/7403-3761
  • Visit website
  • London, SE1 3AA
Tower of London

Tower of London

  • 202-203 Grange Road
  • Tower Hill, EC3
  • tel:0870/756-7070
  • Visit website
  • London, EC3N4AB
London Eye

London Eye

  • Westminster Bridge Road
  • (Riverside Building County Hall)
  • tel:+44 870 500 0600
  • Visit website
  • London, SE1 9TA

Many Londoners were none too happy when in this Millennium Wheel as was first known was erected to commemorate the "turning of the century". Now known simply as the London Eye, locals have softened and have even taken a ride or two in one of the 32 capsules which hold up to 25 people each. Views up to 25 miles can be observed on a clear day and evening rides are available to see an illuminated London. Weddings, private events and children's birthday parties are held within the London Eye's pods. Even with pre-booked capsules expect lines; however, entertainment in the area is abundant with street performers, a playground and a carousel. Grab the camera because the best part of the London Eye is the most breath-taking view of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament across the Thames at ground level. read more about London Eye

Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens

Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens

  • West Carriage Drive
  • tel:+44 (0)20 7298 2100
  • Visit website
  • London, W2 2UH
Portobello Road Market

Portobello Road Market

Since 1837 Portobello Road has hosted a market of some sort or another. Made famous by the movie Notting Hill, the market will not disappoint despite attracting serious crowds. Known prodominently for antiques found at the south or Notting Hill Gate end of the market, there are several sections worth a peak although finding a bargain might be an option. After the antiques, jewelery and souevnirs the market thins as people bail out on Westborne Grove, but keep going and you'll find colourful fruit & veg stalls and mouth watering street food vendors. The third section is fashion, both new and second hand, which extends along the street under the motorway. Don't forget to go behind the stalls where you'll find nifty little shops. Oh and don't forget to take a camera!
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Harrods

Harrods

  • 87-135 Brompton Rd., SW1
  • tel:020/8479-5100
  • Visit website
  • London, SW3 1JJ

"The Corner Shop", as Knightsbridge locals call it, is probably the most famous store in the world, selling everything from its ubiquitous green-and-gold branded carrier bags (its best selling item) to a 12.5kg solid gold bar, its latest ultimate luxury accessory. It may not have all the latest fashions these days (look opposite in Harvey Nichols to find those) but it's not far behind and for all but the hardest to please shoppers it's usually a great experience. Harrods began on its present site in 1849 as a small grocer's shop. These days 15 million customers per year come to explore its 7 floors and 4.5 acres. Don't miss the daily cornucopia in the fabulous Food Halls and return by night to see its famous terracotta façade, illuminated by 13,500 lightbulbs.


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