QUOTE(Tequila @ Apr 2 2012, 06:29 PM)
Looking for advice from anyone who knows London.
We will be there at the end of June for a band gig in the Victoria Embankment Gardens (Sat 30th 2-4pm).
We are travelling down (as a family) on the Friday and leaving on the Sunday. We'd like to see some of the sights/highlights around the band committment before returning home.
We'll be staying in a Premier Inn at Hangar Lane and travelling by tube for the most part. My son wants to go to Pudding Lane as he's done about The Fire of London at school. I fancy the Eye.
Nearest tube to your hotel, unsurprisingly, is Hanger Lane (Central line), though Park Royal (Piccadilly) is also close. Pudding Lane is near Monument tube, but is nothing too exciting, to be honest. The Eye is great : you can book it in advance on their website. Quite walkable to/from Embankment Gardens too, across Hungerford Bridge.
Also, the zoo, a show (Wicked?) a trip up Big Ben and seeing the main sights such as Buckingham palace have also been mused .... We know we won't be able to do it all so any tips? Especially where to get cheap tickets/ where to eat - family friendly and on a budget, save some cash etc all welcome.
Big Ben has to be pre-booked, and is a Monday-Friday affair only, sadly. The zoo is well worth a visit (Camden Town tube, then bus 274), you'll need at least half a day though. For travel, get yourself some Oyster cards (which you can do online), in the long run, it's so, so much cheaper, even for the amount of time you're in town. If you're eating during the day, you can do a lot worse than branches of EAT and Pret a Manger : there are a load of eateries along Villiers Street (near Embankment) for the Saturday.
Have you thought about doing a museum? The Science, Natural History (both South Kensington) and the London Transport Museum (Covent Garden, and walkable to Embankment) are all excellent.
Anyone know the Apollo Theatre? Available tickets for Wicked are at back of Dress Circle or Side stalls (restricted view) Orchestra side. .... Don't know whether it's worth it for these "cheap seats" ???
Don't do the restricted tickets, the dress circle will be more than OK.
Thanks in anticipation.
Hope that helps!