London Town and the UK
Mapeleaf , here we go then. What to see in London. I will accept questions after the lesson is over.
The place is loaded with stuff to suit all interests and tastes..........
There are certain essentials you've got to have.
#1 web sites and do your homework. There are deals to be had that will save you money, if you book/pay in advance at your end.
( links galore)
The above will either tell what's what or link you to the right place.
#2 maps, underground, bus and street maps. Know where you are. Or you could get lost and never be seen again, ever. It's nearly 1000 sq. miles of concrete jungle out there.
Don't look shocked, the natives are friendly and you'll soon pick up the language.
#3 Time Out Magazine. London's bible as to what's happening. Print published every Thursday.
#4 Open Top Bus Tour http://www.bigbus.co.uk/ourtours.htm
This will show you the sights in comfort, the "I wanna go there dad and the, that one sucks, dad" sights. You'll see all the historical sights from the Tower of London in the east to Buck House and Big Ben in the west.
ah you're smiling again.
OK -- next. The London Eye --- the biggest ferris wheel in the world.
You can see the whole of London, whilst they play "I can see for miles and miles" by the Who.
No, we can cancel the music. Poor taste. Fine.
It's on the south bank of the Thames and not a million miles from The Globe reconstructoin, Shakespear's theatre. Culture abounds along with history
Covet Garden -- pubs, boutiques, pubs, street theatres, pubs, London Transport Museum, pubs, oh yeah restaurants/cafes, large crowds, but a bundle of fun. Everything for the modern mom and dad and the odd thing here and there for les bambinos
No good casting your eyes to heaven, this is fun or meant to be.
Now you will of seen from your bus ride, 2 paras. back, that the main attractions of historical interest are all close together and easily visited.
See web site for details :wink:
London also has acres and acres of parks for resting tired feet and getting a little peace and quiet, whilst the kids play tag with the water fowl.
Yes it's hilarious fun till the geese and the swans want there turn doing the chasing.
Theatres, this is where Time Out is invaluable. Tells you what's on and how to get tickets.
Travel -- special tube tickets are what you want, webs above. Don't use it in the rush hour.
Coz it's a sodding madhouse. You didn't come here for the native hoards to carry you and your family into some office building and do 10 hours hard labor in the Bank of England or behind the counter at Fortnum and Mason's Grocery Shoppe.
regular bus services will take you anywhere in London. Have a ride in a trad London Black Cab. If there are 3 or 4 of you, the cost isn't bad. Say from Marble Arch, along Park Lane to Hyde Park and the kids can ask why you aren't staying at THE HILTON.
No, you tell 'em. They're your kids. Yes I know it's my city, tell 'em the Beatles have taken it over.
Now if you want a breath of fresh air, with the river as a backdrop and a drop of history thrown in and more parks and olde worlde charm, then venture west and scale the new frontiers at Windsor, Hampton Court or Richmond. They are all different and ideal for courting couples, newly weds and rekindling old flames. The kids ? use your imagination.
All are a short train ride from London Waterloo Station.
Yes you will find McD's, Pizza Hut and other items of New World Charm just about everywhere in History City.
So have fun, phun and don't forget that pubs serve good lunches, choice, taste and value and many o them allow kids in but they can't buy the drinks though. Why ?
Coz State Nanny will be cross, just like Mary Poppins