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    • cr1mson
    • By cr1mson 12th Mar 17, 10:07 AM
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    Ideas for day out in London
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    Ideas for day out in London 12th Mar 17 at 10:07 AM
    Going to use free tickets from Virgin Trains to go to London for day. Any tips of things to do and see? Was thinking of picking one thing to do in morning and then having a wee wander in afternoon to take in a few key sites.

    Was thinking possibly Churchill War Rooms as the morning thing but grateful for any other suggestions.
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    • TheGardener
    • By TheGardener 12th Mar 17, 7:46 PM
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    What sort of thing are you into? The Sir John Soanes Museum is a fav of mine - quirky and interesting if you like eclectic collections - and admission is free.
    On the 1st Tuesday of each month they open in the evening from 18:00 to 21:00 with the house lit by candlelight - the lighting that Sir John himself would have used. Its fabby.
    The Museum is at Lincoln's Inn Fields WC2A 3BP
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    • By p00hsticks 12th Mar 17, 11:36 PM
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    What sort of thing are you into? The Sir John Soanes Museum is a fav of mine - quirky and interesting if you like eclectic collections - and admission is free.
    On the 1st Tuesday of each month they open in the evening from 18:00 to 21:00 with the house lit by candlelight - the lighting that Sir John himself would have used. Its fabby.
    The Museum is at Lincoln's Inn Fields WC2A 3BP
    Originally posted by TheGardener
    And if the quirky appeals to you - you can then pop over to the other side of the Fields to visit the Huntarian museum
    https://www.rcseng.ac.uk/museums-and-archives/hunterian-museum/
    • StevieJ
    • By StevieJ 13th Mar 17, 12:40 AM
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    Imperial War Museum in Lambeth = Free
    British Museum in Russell Square = Free
    Fantastic places and free :-)
    ‘Hard as it is to say now.. I look forward to a United States of Europe, in which the barriers between the nations will be greatly minimised and unrestricted travel will be possible.’
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    • GDB2222
    • By GDB2222 13th Mar 17, 8:02 AM
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    The Wallace Collection is fabulous, too.
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    • ed11e
    • By ed11e 15th Mar 17, 3:41 PM
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    Museum of London is good. Free museum in the barbican near the tube station. Don't get lost the Barbican though. I did that last time I went there!

    The museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green is also worth a visit. Lot's of quirky things there plus stuff you'd forgotten existed like old toys and games machines.
    Last edited by ed11e; 15-03-2017 at 3:41 PM. Reason: Corrected a typo
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    • By smithers1981 15th Mar 17, 5:04 PM
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    National Art Gallery well worth a visit on Trafalgar square its free and features many famous paintings including whistlejacket my personal favourite by George Stubbs

    Amazing how close you can actually get to the works of art.
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    • By Katiehound 15th Mar 17, 9:58 PM
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    Trip down Thames to barrier
    Cutty Sark at Greenwich
    Naval museum, Greenwich
    Do your own walking tour of the city- up the Monument, St Pauls, Guildhall
    Ride the DLR
    The Eye, the Shard
    Kensington Palace- has Princess Diana dress collection exhibition just now, plus the rooms where Q.Victoria grew up
    Hampton Court Palace
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    • By GDB2222 16th Mar 17, 6:12 AM
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    Museum of London is good. Free museum in the barbican near the tube station. Don't get lost the Barbican though. I did that last time I went there!

    The museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green is also worth a visit. Lot's of quirky things there plus stuff you'd forgotten existed like old toys and games machines.
    Originally posted by ed11e
    Yes, the Barbican is a bit of a maze. But, there are lots of signposts.
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    • cr1mson
    • By cr1mson 18th Mar 17, 4:12 PM
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    Thanks all lot of fab suggestions!
    • mair1234
    • By mair1234 28th Mar 17, 11:02 AM
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    Try LittleBird for ideas?
    There's a site called LittleBird who have got lots of ideas for family days out in London. They've got savings on bus tours, river cruises and attractions like the Arcelor Orbit, London Bridge Experience etc.
    • ringo_24601
    • By ringo_24601 28th Mar 17, 11:05 AM
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    We like to go on the Clipper - it's an open boat ride you pay with contactless/oystercard and can take you from Embankment up to the O2. From there, you can wander round the O2, or go on the cable cars over the Thames. You can get the tube back and mill around the area near the London eye.

    BUT.. a trip to London isn't complete unless you've had a mooch around Covent garden. Avoid Leicester sq though as it is rubbish.
    • ed11e
    • By ed11e 28th Mar 17, 3:33 PM
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    We like to go on the Clipper - it's an open boat ride you pay with contactless/oystercard and can take you from Embankment up to the O2. From there, you can wander round the O2, or go on the cable cars over the Thames. You can get the tube back and mill around the area near the London eye.

    BUT.. a trip to London isn't complete unless you've had a mooch around Covent garden. Avoid Leicester sq though as it is rubbish.
    Originally posted by ringo_24601
    I agree, The clipper is great and well worth it. You see London from an entirely different perspective and see things you wouldn't normally, like the traitors gate at the tower of London. Some boats also have a little cafe on them so you grab a snack and a drink as you go along. Defiantly worth doing!

    If you go to Covent Garden, the London transport museum is well worth a visit.
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