Saw only a 10th of this place and it was fantastic. Picasso, Van Gogh, Van Dyke and more. You could spend days here and still not see everything.
Hi! We felt the same way. We took a "hop on/hop off" bus tour on our first day. it was worth the price. There are several different companies to choose from but they all seem to offer basically the same tours. We paid 37... More
Hi! We felt the same way. We took a "hop on/hop off" bus tour on our first day. it was worth the price. There are several different companies to choose from but they all seem to offer basically the same tours. We paid 37 pounds each for our tickets and yes that sounds like a lot, but you get a lot for that. You can take a cruise on the Thames as part of the excursion. You really can hop on and hop off - they have lots of stops and lots of buses running, so you won't have to wait long. You can stop at the National Gallery for a while and then catch the bus again after you have seen Trafalgar Square and St. Paul's Cathedral, and St. Martin's In-the-Fields (if you want). You don't have to get on where you got off - you can walk for a while and then pick the bus up again. You will get a map showing the routes that the buses take, and it isn't bad for finding your way around with on foot although I would suggest you use the GPS on your phone. After you have done a day on the bus, you will have a better idea of what to go back to see next. Some people are in to "views" - if that's you, there's the Eye, the Shard, and the "Walkie Talkie Building (just ask or Google it) - all of which provide great views. The viewing gallery at the top of St. Paul's was closed when we were there a week ago, though. Lots of major cultural sites are free - the Wallace Collection, the Tate Gallery, the British Museum, and the National Gallery to name just a few. If you like military stuff there is the national War Museum, the Churchill War Rooms, and the Tower of London to look at - but there are fees to be paid for the last two - not sure about the War Museum. Most of the things that i mention are within walking distance of each other - or at least, they are a short cab or Uber ride apart. If you plan to use the subway (The Tube), you should get an Oyster Card and load it up with a few pounds'-worth of transfers. The card is easily obtained and easily re-loaded at the Tube stations. There are also London Passes that cover a lot of different activities at reduced prices. Check those out. I don't know if this helps - it might be too much information - but hopefully it will be of some use to you. Oh - and if you are flying in to Heathrow I would strongly recommend taking the Heathrow Express to get downtown. 15 minutes from Heathrow to Paddington Station. Get a general round-trip ticket - you can use it any time to get back to the airport. You will see a purble stripe on the floor that leads you to the Heathrow Express platform, and there are ticket sellers along that route. They can take cash, debit or credit. Finally, Londoners are (at least in my limited experience) courteous and helpful if you approach them with a question. So don't be afraid to ask someone if you are lost or unsure about how to get somewhere.