I will be in London for a weekend, never been before and am looking for advice on the things I should make an effort to see in a compact timeframe. While the tourist things would be great I am also looking for things like great pubs to go to, venues for live rock music, great walking routes to take in the centre of london, places to go that will give me the general feel for the place.
The walk from the city (Lloyds and swissRE buildings, down to the Thames, across the Millennium bridge to the Tate Modern is a good one. Even if you aren't generally into modern art, The main turbine hall usually has some great installation or other. about 8 years ago
For two days in central London, I would not suggest hiring a car but would instead suggest making full use of the underground, DLR, bus system, trains, and that good old faithful - your own two feet!
It's hard to suggest an itinerary for only two days that incorporates both tourist and local London but agree that a visit to a market - Camden, Portabello etc - would be good, perhaps pick one main tourist thing such as the Tower of London which I found amazing, take a walk along the Southbank or a trip on the river to encompass true London.
For a decent beer, then look at www.fancyapint.com or www.beerintheevening.com and try www.squaremeal.co.uk for good restaurants and also offers that are available. I like the KOKO Club in Camden for live music - check out www.viewlondon.co.uk for listings.
If you get time, then head to one of the parks - I like Richmond but it might be a bit too far out for you. I would stay well clear of places like Madam Tussauds or other tourist spots - these are pretty much the same the world over and instead would prefer to walk around the backstreets - something like www.walkit.com have some great local walks.
For art, I love the National Gallery or the Wallace Collection. Courtauld Institute of Art has some interesting stuff and I think the Tate is amazing. For history, I like the Natural History Museum but this in itself could take up a whole day! about 8 years ago
Like Rickson said, there's so much to do that you should start by considering your own interests. Since I don't know what you're into, how about a picnic or coffee on Primrose Hill; a ride on the Underground, starting and finishing at stations you've heard of; live music at a festival or a Camden pub (google for what's on while you're there).
I wouldn't bother with car hire for 2 days.
Far too many great pubs to recommend one without knowing what area you'll be in. I like obscure non-touristy ones, maybe where the regulars are watching a match. about 8 years ago
Have a look at Time Out's guide to upcoming events in London:
They're a pretty reliable source of information on what's going on...I would definitely recommend doing loads of walking. Forget public transport, you never get to see anything! almost 8 years agoAnswered by bob via Travellr.com
As well as site-seeing, have you thought about going to see a play or a musical in London's West End? It's a classic thing to do in London and you cannot witness such high-quality performances in many other places in the world! If you are into rock music then I would suggest We Will Rock You (http://www.wewillrockyoutickets.org) based on the songs of Queen, or perhaps Million Dollar Quartet (http://www.milliondollarquartettickets.co.uk/) featuring classic rock'n'roll songs by Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, amongst others.
I hope this helps and enjoy your trip to London! almost 8 years ago