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Q: London travel advice 

I gave my son a trip to on his birthday. It's time to fulfill that promise.

Is there some special time we should go there this summer? Suggestions on accomodation and things like that?

I don't even know what questions to ask, I'm a beginner when it comes to travel. I'm on a rather strict budget and I'm no stranger to adventures.

I hope all you wonderful people from London and can help me out!

Q: London travel advice 

@drbjork book well enough in advance! (learned that the hard way for a similar promise)

Q: London travel advice 

@egonw That's why I'm looking into it now. Thinking of July or August.

Q: London travel advice 

@drbjork I like the magic of Inns of Court, the Barbican, and 1000s of random neighbourhoods but many things have changed since I've been there last time!

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@drbjork (I've lived in london for the past 4 years) what kinds of things do you and/or your son wanna see?

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@drbjork I know about a handful of festivals and things - Pride (London or even Brighton) is in July (Brighton in early August) 🏳️‍🌈; Notting Hill Carnival is in late August

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@noctiluca I think @Linuxtjej would love to see London Pride! When is that?

Q: London travel advice 

@noctiluca My son is very much into book, writing, fantasy and Harry Potter. I think most of the authors he currently reads are American, though.

I'm the kind of guy that are easily bored by mainstream tourist attractions. I'm more interested in meeting people and their stories, particularly those that doesn't fit the mainstream narratives.

Q: London travel advice 

@drbjork I was going to suggest the Harry Potter usual suspect attractions, but you might enjoy niche bookshops - Daunt Books in Marylebone, for example, though of course it's not an attraction per se.

You might enjoy wandering around Notting Hill outside of carnival - the area has a really interesting cultural history and architecture (Trellick Towers), alongside the more recent tragedy of the fire at Grenfell

Pride is 6 July!

Q: London travel advice 

@noctiluca @drbjork speaking of book shops, Word on the Water is worth a visit. It's currently located on Regent's Canal near Granary Square. The canals themselves are also good for a nice walk (and maybe a coffee at the Camden Markets afterwards, but it's often very full there).

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@daniel_bohrer @noctiluca @daweaver @anne @masu @mplouffe @twsh @saper @kensanata

Thank you for all advice! I appreciate it very much. 👍

Q: London travel advice 

@daniel_bohrer @noctiluca @daweaver @anne @masu @mplouffe @twsh @saper @kensanata I'm back to planning my London trip. I'm not good at planning. Would you say first half of August is an good time for visiting?

Q: London travel advice 

@drbjork @daniel_bohrer @noctiluca @daweaver @anne @masu @mplouffe @saper @kensanata

I don't see why not. London doesn't shut down in Summer the way some cities do. But, accommodation is generally more expensive in August than, say, February.

Q: London travel advice 

@twsh @drbjork @daniel_bohrer @noctiluca @daweaver @masu @mplouffe @saper @kensanata

My folks and I have stayed in the dorms of the London School of Economics - in summer, when they weren't full of students. Dorm-style accomodations, with common bathrooms for example, but relatively inexpensive.

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@anne Interesting idea! I'll check that!

Q: London travel advice 

@drbjork
For someone who's a reader, it could be a lot of fun to read fiction set in London or non-fiction about London - the places will have meanings!

For museums, there's a history-of-the-city museum I really liked.

If he's into Shakespeare, or has to read it for school, the rebuilt Globe theatre would be a great place to see some.

And it might not be to your taste but I have to mention Kew Gardens.
@noctiluca

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@anne @drbjork oh nwo that you mention fiction - Rivers of London series is a fantasy/crime fiction series set in London - it's a super fun read, and there are walks along the hidden rivers of London which could pair nicely!

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@drbjork I live in London. One obvious thing is the big museums and galleries which are all free.

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@twsh Nice! Any particular museum you would recommend?

Q: London travel advice 

@drbjork These are some of the big ones:

sciencemuseum.org.uk/
nhm.ac.uk/

My mother took me to both when I was a child.

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@drbjork I went to London once and did some of the usual touristy things but my favourite was taking the train to Greenwich to look at the prime meridian.

Q: London travel advice 

@drbjork Book early, and travel early if you can: schools are still in session until about 20 July.

Harry Potter Studios is a full day trip; there are unofficial and self-guided walking tours of Potter locations in the central area. Ditto for Paddington Bear of the movies.

Greenwich is full of maritime and naval history, the tea clipper Cutty Sark is a highlight. Very nice cafe by the old observatory, too. I second the tips for Marylebone and Notting Hill.

Top deck of the bus, near the front, is a great way to see the city.

Schedule in a meal of fish and chips. Unless it's baking hot, Sunday roast in a pub is traditional.

Q: London travel advice 

@drbjork
a lot has already been mentioned (museum are great, I also enjoyed the potter studios a lot). There are a lot of nice markets around the city where you can get really good cheap food. In Greenwhich is a really big one. There is also a boat from greenwich through London, which is part of public transport and therfore an afordable Themse ride. There is also some skyskraper rooftops you can visit for free to enjoy the view.

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@eskarina My son is really scared of heights, so I guess skyscraper rooftops is out of the question. 😉 A ride on the Thames sounds good, though! Thanks!

@drbjork @eskarina
The RiverBus boat trip is really a good idea, especially if you want to visit Greenwich.
To get the maximum out of it you need to pay by Oyster card, make sure you top up enough money. Then a trip is about 6£. Start at Westminster Pier or opposite at London Eye and the trip to Greenwich takes about 30-40 min. Also sit outside at the back of the RiverBus.

@marcuse1w We'll be staying near King's Cross. Are there river boats nearby? Someone told me that RiverBus to Camden Market could be worthwhile too.

@drbjork
The official Transport for London (TfL) river bus is on the Thames and public transport.
Kings cross is not next to the Thames but it is almost inevitable that you go there (not far)
There is also Regent canal (right behind Kings Cross station, nice walk) and you can make a boat trip from Little Venice to Camden Lock (or vice versa). Also nice but if you have to chose one take the RiverBus, if you are interested in Greenwich at all that is.

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