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17 Oct 2006  research, history minded
4.0 of 5 bubbles based on 14 votes

first trip to London, 5 days

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: London, East Molesey
  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Never been before, Theater
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Tourists
  • Seasons: Summer
  • 1. Westminster Abbey
    Westminster Abbey, London, England

    enormous and breathtaking, a must.

  • 2. Buckingham Palace
    Buckingham Palace, London, England

    If you are lucky enough to be there when the palace is open to the public, it is a must see. Queen's dresses on display and some of her jewels, wow. The opulance and splendor are there to awe, and they do. Seeing the gardens and the hallways the royals traverse is wonderful and insightful. One of my favorites!

  • 3. St. Paul's Cathedral
    St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England

    Enormous and breathtaking. So enriched with history and opulance, a must see! It will be a repeat attraction for me, no matter how many times I go to London. Read up on it before you visit, so many details to see.

  • 4. Houses of Parliament
    Houses of Parliament, London, England

    We did not go in, but you need to see it. Big Ben clock, London Eye, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament all can be seen in one spot. The Westminster tube station lets you out onto the square...perfect!

  • 5. Hampton Court Palace
    Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey

    half day trip, by train, again... history people will really enjoy this. Not too much to see and do otherwise, we did not tour gardens. Imaginations and history knowledge add a lot to the trip. Love it!

  • 6. Imperial War Museum
    Imperial War Museum, London, England

    A MUST FOR Military HISTORY LOVERS!!!!! you could get lost in this place, so much to see and experience....relics, artifacts, machinery, photos, movies, etc.

  • 7. British Airways London Eye
    The London Eye, London, England

    relaxing and breathtaking, the ques to get tickets are long, getting on takes no time at all. The guide book gives you a north, south, east and west view description, points out what you should look for and what you are looking at. Really nice if you can time it right and have just a few people in your pod with you.

  • 8. Museum of London
    Museum of London, London, England

    Enjoyed this museum, history minded person! Not large at all, can be seen fairly quickly, even brousing. Boggles the mind when you put the items in time perspective, how did these items ever make it to today.

  • 9. Texas Embassy London

    Great Tex-Mex atmosphere, food and music. Like being at home, except for the double decker busses passing by the windows. Right off of Trafalgar Square. Really enjoyed this place.

  • 10. Cabinet War Rooms
    Churchill War Rooms, London, England

    history people only, not enough to see unless you enjoy history. We loved it.

  • 11. Tower of London
    Tower of London, London, England

    History gallore, we hit this site just about 2 hours before they closed, perfect timing, no lines at all!!!! I viewed the jewels for as long as I wanted, the grounds and history are fantastic. A must see.

  • 12. Kensington Palace
    Kensington Palace, London, England

    Princess Diana photo & dress display is amazing. Tour of palace is nice, enoyed picturing the current Queen frolicking as a kid here.

  • 13. Downing Street
    Downing Street, London, England

    The White House of the UK, gated and guarded well....you can see it from the street though.

  • 14. St. James's Palace
    St. James's Palace, London, England

    Nothing much to see, but again a history delight. Very near Buckingham palace...at least walk by.

  • 15. Victoria and Albert Museum
    V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England

    Massive museum, be prepared to look all day or just hit the areas of art that interest you. Amazing!

  • 16. National Gallery
    National Portrait Gallery, London, England

    Huge museum, we had just been to the Louvre...so we were museum'ed out. Amazing paintings and an amazing building.

  • 17. National Portrait Gallery
    National Portrait Gallery, London, England

    Interesting gallery, portraits only....many faces I knew, many I didn't. Skip if you don't have much time in london.

  • 18. City Inn Westminster
    Doubletree by Hilton London - Westminster, London, England

    My husband and I stayed at this hotel on our first trip to London. We are quite picky with our choices and were very pleased with this hotel. Admitted Trip Advisor junkies, we read all the reviews of this hotel and others in London before booking our trip. Our big "musts": cleanliness, location, ambiance, and as close to 5 star quality as possible. CLEANLINESS: This hotel was immaculate! Not one complaint. Everything looked and smelled new. The room and bathroom were spotless. LOCATION: tucked just two blocks down from the Tate Museum on a super quiet street. The best form of transportation to a Tube station is via the bus. There is a bus stop just about a block away, towards the Tate, that will take you directly to the Westminster Tube station. You could walk there as well in about 10 minutes. The hotel is not in a busy tourist area with cars and buses whizzing by. AMBIANCE: my husband and I dislike fussy and overly ornate decor. The hotel is beautiful with classic, clean lined furniture and decorations. Not too modern and perfectly comfortable. There is a small cafe that had a nice breakfast menu, which we used several times. Coffee and tea is free in the rooms, we really enjoyed that perk. This is a large hotel, but it remained very quiet. It was pleasant to return to after very long days of site seeing. There is a bar on the second floor that is very nice. You can kick back and have a bite to eat or drink anytime of the day. My husband and I rank this hotel with 4 stars. We were treated well and had absolutely no issues with this property. We did not utilize the business or spa facilities. Once we were up, we were out the door and then back after dark, so much to see and do in London. Our room was quiet large, considering most rooms in Europe are tiny. It had a big bathroom, small dinette area and the living room and bedroom had floor to ceiling windows. The bed and linens were superior and comfy. Room service food was delicious and quick. When we return to London this hotel will definitely be our first choice.