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London Guide

Updated on July 10, 2012

London Guide (Dont try this in London)

Stay away from expensive shops
Everyone wants to jump in to the classy shops, but if you don't have a tight grip on your wallet then you better watch what shop you drift into. These shops will lure you in and you might get tempted into spending a fortune. One of these shops is Harrods, my advice unless you are at a point were you bank is hard to break then stay clear. These people specialise in the art of separating you from you cash. To be honest I would rather shop at Liberty, it is a very unique department store , costs you way less and it gives you more of a feeling that your money is going to something you will use. There are a lot of boutiques and the store is known for fashion so you are not missing out.
Don't Whatever you do Get on a Tourist Bus

I will warn you now because I know you will end up doing it, you will spend more time looking at the back of other intoxicating buses rather than attractions. For a family you are guaranteed to pay at least $120, for that you would at least expect good commentary. Let me explain that you will most likely not be able to hear the tour guide due to the traffic unless he is shouting. One of the worst things though is that these buses do not stop anywhere close to where you want to be in terms of the attractions. Instead I recommend you to get on a bike, hire one , buy one do anything to get your hands on one because it will be a way better experience. You do not have to pay for congestion charge, you are not paying any buses and you can just lock your bikes up and go on whatever attractions you want.Do not be tempted to walk the street of claustrophobia

Oxford street is one of the most crowded streets in London, especially on the weekend this place is a no go zone. If you go shopping on the weekend then be prepared to be in a human traffic jam outside and inside any shops you go into. My recommendation is that if you are not fussed about where you go then visit Edgier East End instead. This is an assortment of independent boutiques selling creative and modern clothing and furniture.

Hyde Park
Now don't get me wrong this is one of the best parks in London and it is constantly visited by tourists. There are always events and there is always something to do there , but you need to be aware that you will not meet many Londoners here. The boat higher and roller skating is nice but if you want a real park experience try and visit Richmond Park. This is 2500 acres of park and it has 650 dear , located in the South West of London it is a great place to visit. You can even rent out bikes to ride around and enjoy this large beautiful area.
West End Theatre
Every year I have to ask people why they pay $67 for a ticket to go to theatre and experience what I feel is an average time. Yes the cast is star studded but are the plays really worth that price, I feel the west end try's to generalise and appeal to the mainstream market. It is good but for that price for a single ticket I am not that keen. Instead I would visit the Local theatre in the north of London called Tricycle, it's cheaper and it gives a better experience.

Madame Tussauds
This is one to look out for, do not be fooled to see a long line and think that it is worth it. These lines have been known to last for up to 3 hours just to get into the attraction and if this doesn't bother you maybe the $42 admitting fee will blow your socks off. No? Well inside you will be please to know there is no crowd control and that there is a feeling of over crowding. Instead I would go to the New Galleries at the museum of London which was recently put through a $30 million makeover.

Gordon Ramsay's Restaurant
Great place to go but recent mr Ramsay has been under scrutiny about his restaurant , that he is running out of ideas. One of his restaurants lost a Michelin star and it just gives me the feeling that there maybe not much to earn from spending hundreds on a night out. For your money think about it are your really going to remember that meal, is it going to fill you up? Instead try Gemma Tukey's restaurant one of Gordon Ramsay's prodigies that is running her own restaurant. This place is constantly wowing critics and has already received two Michelin stars at 27 years of age.


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      Debbie Pinkston 

      6 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      Thanks for the information! I plan to be in London next year so I'll keep this info handy.


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