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June 7th, 2011

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09:40 am - Plotting my England/London trip
Okay, my UK buddies:

What's worth seeing in London if I only have about 24 hours there?

It will be on a Sunday, and I'm already planning to go to church at All Saints Margaret Street. I also kind of want to visit Westminster Abbey, and/or St. Paul's Cathedral. (I realize that on a Sunday both will be more difficult, but that's the one day I have free while I'm over there, so.)

Tell what I'm missing! And preferably not museums or galleries (I get stuck in them!), or anything super far out in the suburbs unless it's really worth my time.
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Date:June 7th, 2011 04:50 pm (UTC)
Yay ASM! I wonder if you'll see anyone I know...

If you want to do the Abbey, then you could get the Tube to Embankment and walk down the Thames and past Parliament to the Abbey - it's a nice walk. Westminster Cathedral is also worth a visit and in the neighbourhood, but that may be rather a lot of churches (of course, you could go to Evensong at the Abbey and hear the choir; you won't get a chance to sight-see at the same time, because they're a bit evil like that, but on the other hand you can see it in action and they close really early on a Sunday anyway.)

Date:June 7th, 2011 05:14 pm (UTC)
I'd definitely recommend walking along the Thames if you can. I haven't spent too much time in London but each short trip this has been my favourite part. :)
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Date:June 7th, 2011 05:21 pm (UTC)
I bet you I will. I expect to possibly meet people who know my fiance's priest, too, as he served there for a while (iirc).

Oh, the walk down the Thames is a good idea. *makes note* And I don't know, that is a lot of churches for one day, but oooh, Evensong....
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Date:June 7th, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC)
For walking along the Thames I'd suggest starting at Westminster Abbey (since you plan to visit it anyway), walking past the Houses of Parliament and across Westminster Bridge (with more good views of the Houses of Parliament and also eastwards along the river towards St Paul's) and then heading eastwards along the south bank as far as you feel like going. Before you've gone all that far you will reach the London Eye, a giant Ferris wheel built for the millennium which is well worth a ride in. If you go far enough along the south bank, then you could cross Blackfriars Bridge whuch would leave you not too far from St Paul's.

The Tower is another attraction worth seeing.

If you're into shopping, a lot of the big stores along Oxford Street will be open on a Sunday, though they tend to open later than on a weekday and not before 10am. (But the best bookshops tend to be in the Charing Cross Road.)

As for going round Westminster Abbey and St Paul's, the main thing is to avoid the services. I imagine that you can find the times of these on their websites. Most services tend to be held in either the morning or the early evening, so the afternoon may be a good time.

It's easy to end up walking so far that your feet get very tired. The trouble is that a lot of the attractions are not far enough apart for it to feel worth taking the Underground or a bus, but over the day the distances add up. If you do take the Underground (aka the Tube), try to fit in a jouney on the Jubilee line starting or finishing at Westminster station, as the scale of that part of the station is fantastic - it's almost like an underground cathedral!
Date:June 7th, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC)
On my last visit I made Evensong at Westminster Abbey. Downside: you don't get to go through and see the touristy bits. But, the choir is magnificent, and it's nice to see the building in its proper use.
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Date:June 7th, 2011 10:42 pm (UTC)
I'm starting to think that this visit might be mostly "churches plus a bookstore and some walking." :)
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Date:June 7th, 2011 05:02 pm (UTC)
My best wishes to the happy couple.

If you could let me know your travel dates, I'll refrain from plying you with questions regarding your own upcoming nuptial-type festivities until you get back.

We need to actually chat sometime.
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Date:June 7th, 2011 05:22 pm (UTC)
I'll shoot you an email. Yes, we should certainly chat soon--maybe I'll finally managed to catch up with SPN now that I'm a little more relaxed and Doctor Who is done for the spring.
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Date:June 8th, 2011 11:40 pm (UTC)
Darn, I was going to suggest the British Museum.
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Date:June 8th, 2011 11:57 pm (UTC)
Man, if I go there, I think I will need a whole day. :-D It's up at the top of my list for next time I'm in London (whenever that may be).

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