London

London, much like Paris, is a huge city where you can always find something new to do each time you go. The pollution is a little bad, so be prepared for that. Also, keep an eye on the streets. At every crossing you will see the words “Look Right” or “Look Left,” because even they know they’re driving on the wrong side and it’s very easy for people to get hit by cars.

People are generally very friendly and will help you with directions. So explore and enjoy!

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On every street crossing

Things to Do

Everyone knows you should try to see a theater show in London. However, try to book tickets in advance if possible or buy them last minute on the same day from one of the many booths around town for a discount.  If it’s important to you to see the show, then buy in advance.

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Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theater

Picadilly Circus/Leicester Square – Obviously you have to go to Picadilly Circus just to get a picture of the famous sign.  There are also many places to shop around there.   Leicester Square is close to Picadilly Circus and is full of movie theaters and fun restaurants.

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Picadilly Circus

 

Covent Garden – A really cute, and in my opinion, typical London-type shopping area.  There are often people performing free shows for money.  There is lots of nice shopping and a few restaurants and pubs.

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Covent Garden

Camden Town Market – This is a really fun area with all sorts of very interesting people and shops.  The best time to go is during the weekend where you can head further down the street to an even bigger market than on the rest of the road where you can get lost in a maze looking for interesting items to buy.  There are also many tasty food booths on the weekend near the big market area.

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A street in Camden Town

Changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace – A wonderful and exciting free parade that goes most days around 11:30.  However, you need to get near Buckingham Palace at least 30 minutes before for a good place.  Be sure to check the schedule for days and times.

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Changing of the Guard

The V&A Museum is amazing! It’s difficult to describe everything in the building. There are over 4.5 million objects. It’s definitely worth a visit!

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One of the many galleries at the V&A Museum

Food

If you want authentic British food, try some fish and chips at a pub.

Otherwise….

Head down to the Chinatown area. It’s a lot of fun to walk around and the food is very good.

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Chinatown

Or try the area of Shoreditch, full of shops and hipster hang-outs. There are many good restaurants here!

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Shoreditch on a weekend

Hotels

Suggestions for nice areas:

Camden Town (maybe not for grandparents though)
Covent Garden
Notting Hill
Hampstead Heath (a little farther north but very cute)
Kensington
Mayfair/Soho

I can recommend the Xenia Hotel in the Earl’s Court/Kensington area. Clean rooms, nice staff and good location.

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Xenia Hotel

 

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