My husband and I will be in London on an overnight layover in mid-March, and we haven’t been to London since we were kids.
We’re staying at the Renaissance at Heathrow and won’t get there until 4:30 or 5 p.m.
We’d love to head into London for dinner and incredibly brief sightseeing (even if it’s just glancing at a couple sights and not actually going into them).
Questions: — Is our best bet to head back to Heathrow after checking in and taking the Tube in? — Where would you go eat dinner? We are not picky and would prefer something not too pricey. Just mid range. — How would you sightsee on a Monday night? Should we try to book a night taxi tour?
Best bet to get into London will be to take the Heathrow Express, which takes about 15 minutes to get from Heathrow direct to Paddington Station. You can catch some tube lines from there (I can't remember which ones at the moment) that will pretty much get you anywhere you end up deciding on. I travel occasionally to London for work and that's my normal route into the city.
I live near Heathrow. You can take the Heathrow Express train to Paddington Station in 15 minutes. There are other cheaper Tube trains but they take about an hour as they stop at every local station. At Paddington, you have the choice of 4 Tube lines - Circle, District, Bakerloo, and Hammersmith. You could easily go down to the Thames and see Big Ben, the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, etc. Leicester Square is fun at night as it’s the theatre district so open late. There are thousands of restaurants in central London. I would suggest you pick a landmark, or area you want to see and the look at Trip Advisor for suggestions. I would be hesitant to book a tour since your time is limited and if the plane is delayed you’ll miss it. TimeOutLondon is also a good source of information about upcoming events.
if i had only one night, i would see Big Ben, Parliament, and the London Eye.
Same, I wouldn't waste time eating. But you can't see big ben, he's under construction.
He is? Well, all of it looked great when I was there 3 years ago. Hopefully he'll be done when i go again next year.
the other sights are still worth seeing even if Big Ben is being worked on. the great thing about London is that it's so walkable and lots of attractions are clustered together. i would skip eating too. maybe i'd grab something while walking around. i'd rather see the attractions than burn the time with sit down dining.
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Post by dottyscrapper on Feb 12, 2019 23:17:46 GMT
Taking the Heathrow Express is the quick way to get to central London as others have mentioned. The last train from central London back to Heathrow is around 11pm I think. You could take an evening bus tour to see the main sights. It’s an open top bus though so take something warm to wear. www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/place/24520904-see-london-by-night There’s two tours per evening so you would still have time for a meal either before or after the tour depending which time you choose to go. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from especially round Leicester Square which is the theatre area of London.