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    Hi,

    I know there's already a thread on London but it's not really relevant to what I'm asking. Basically, I've been a UCL for over a year and my mum is finally visiting me over February for 4 days with my aunt.

    I've been told to plan the few days - it's over 'reading week' which means I only have a few lectures. Can anyone help me? They've done Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and the Tower of London.

    Day 1 - I have my driving test booked in the afternoon, so we only really have the evening. I was thinking meal followed by a theatre show? Has anyone seen Avenue Q - is it good?

    Day 2 - They're quite into gardening so I was thinking Kew gardens? Does that take up a whole day?

    Day 3 - They've never been on the London Eye, so I need stuff around Central London so I can take them there as well.

    Argh :o: I've not bothered with much of the touristy stuff, and I don't really want it to be VERY expensive for me to tag along. Thanks for any help
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    Perhaps Maddam TussadS? London dungeon. A boat ride on the rvier thames. Chelsea gardens ive heard of it somewhere. Ice skating rink in lea valley? Hyde park. House of parliament.
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    (Original post by Sad3k)
    Perhaps Maddam TussadS? London dungeon. A boat ride on the rvier thames. Chelsea gardens ive heard of it somewhere. Ice skating rink in lea valley? Hyde park. House of parliament.
    Do you know how much a boat ride would be? I'd like to do it as well but not if it's extortionate.
    Ice skating is out I'd say, my Aunt is 60... :p:
    I was thinking Westfield as well.
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    How about picnic-y lunch in Hyde/Regent's park? That's a very 'London' thing to do. Sometimes there are art exhibitions in large tents, etc, so just check the dates. Avenue Q = brilliant, definitely that. Kew gardens is good if they're big into gardening, it's easy to make a day of it.

    Would they like something like Oxford Street shopping, maybe having a few coffees, etc? You could walk from one end of Oxford Street up past UCL, show them the portico (assuming they haven't seen it).

    I don't know, I'm not used to having to spend money!!

    Edit; the art museums are free, and in a nice part of London. You could go to the Tate etc, and walk past St. Paul's? It's so classy around there :love:
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    Take them clubbing or a rave.
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    Kew Gardens does take a whole day, it's a big beautiful place. Expensive though, and go during a weekday if you can so that there will be fewer annoying brats and their parents.

    I haven't seen Avenue Q, but Lion King and We Will Rock You were both excellent. *shrugs* Just let them choose any they want and give it a try? It can't be too bad. Also very expensive though.

    If the weather is clear and not raining, you could get on a river boat near the London Eye, if you are buying travelcards you will also get a discount for that.

    My parents like galleries and bus rides through London on the top deck (of ordinary buses, not wally-mobile tourist buses). They also like to visit Fortnum & Mason and buy some expensive biscuits as a treat. So we might go to The Royal Academy, buy some biscuits, then get a bus to Covent Garden, walk around a bit taking in the sights, visit the Actor's Church, then walk to Trafalgar Square and go to the National Gallery. That would be a good day out for them, but I imagine your mum is probably different.
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    (Original post by punkyrocker)
    How about picnic-y lunch in Hyde/Regent's park? That's a very 'London' thing to do. Sometimes there are art exhibitions in large tents, etc, so just check the dates. Avenue Q = brilliant, definitely that. Kew gardens is good if they're big into gardening, it's easy to make a day of it.

    Would they like something like Oxford Street shopping, maybe having a few coffees, etc? You could walk from one end of Oxford Street up past UCL, show them the portico (assuming they haven't seen it).

    I don't know, I'm not used to having to spend money!!

    Edit; the art museums are free, and in a nice part of London. You could go to the Tate etc, and walk past St. Paul's? It's so classy around there :love:
    Yeah I think my mum would like to see UCL actually. Yeah, they're not into high street shopping that much - they prefer markets. Does anyone know any good markets? Obviously I've been to Camden market but I'm not sure if it's quite their 'scene' :p: .

    Hyde Park might be a good idea - I could take them around Knightsbridge, Harrods, Natural History Musuem, then to UCL and finally London Eye. They'll have a day pass so travel isn't really problem and I'm fairly good at tubes :p:

    My mum specifically said she doesn't want to sit around deciding what to do, so I have to have things booked and stuff. Quite stressful, I'm definitely not cut out for this :p:
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    Apparently Avenue Q is amazing. I want to see it.

    The Natural History Museum is very, very good - my mum adores it and we spent 4 hours in there once. Consider the British Museum as well as it just has so much, plus the Great Court is gorgeous.
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    What's your mum gonna do at UCL? Fangirl at Bentham's head? :eyebrow:
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    (Original post by Couldxbe)
    Yeah I think my mum would like to see UCL actually. Yeah, they're not into high street shopping that much - they prefer markets. Does anyone know any good markets? Obviously I've been to Camden market but I'm not sure if it's quite their 'scene' :p: .
    Portobello market
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    The aquarium, it's amazing haven't been there in years.
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    (Original post by Bubbles*de*Milo)
    What's your mum gonna do at UCL? Fangirl at Bentham's head? :eyebrow:
    No? she's never actually seen where I go to university, I thought it might be nice to walk around the area because there are some nice parks. I don't think she cares about Jeremy Bentham, and neither do I as a matter of fact. :p:
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    Portobello market
    Yeah, i thought maybe Portobello Market, but I wasn't sure what kind of place it was.

    Definitely given me a lot of ideas, thanks guys. I think there's too much to do rather than too little
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    Your plan looks fine so far. Definitely Oxford Street and/or Harrods - you can window shop or buy something small if you or they don't have much money. It is the atmosphere as well. A picnic is a good suggestion but the weather isn't particularly suitable for that. Musuems, galleries etc are a good idea. Even a mini tour of your local area, it may be nice for them to see where you live and study.
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    The London Eye and walk along the South Bank?
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    good reductions to loads of shows here
    http://www.seetickets.com/gilt2010/
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    Tate Modern, National Gallery, V&A - all free (if you don't mind missing the displays) and really nice and a good way to spend an afternoon
    And the British and Natural History museums
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    You and your mum can come to my bedroom. It's free and very exciting!
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    What the hell is clarence house, I've lived in London all of my life!

    Kew Gardens is a mini trek and is gigantic so yea set aside at least half a day. Its nice though very beautiful.

    take them boating in hyde park if you like.

    There are tons of free/cheap things to do in London just have a look at visitlondon.com or something like that or write free things in london in google.

    I went to UCL too...Benthams a fag lol ..actually he was good for utilitarianism but thats for another thread
 
 
 
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