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to ask what you would do if you had 2 hours to kill in london?

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lauryloo Tue 23-Jan-18 20:13:04

Hubby and I have a few hours free in london tomorrow - we are over from Northern Ireland and have a few hours to kill!

we'll be in SE6 but have a rail pass and can travel!

NotAgainYoda Tue 23-Jan-18 20:15:10

I'd go to Spitalfields and have a mooch in the shops and a cocktail

NotAgainYoda Tue 23-Jan-18 20:15:40

... I'm going to Belfast soon. Any tips smile?

Notasperfectasallothermners Tue 23-Jan-18 20:16:11

I would try a restaurant that is owned by a relative of a friend but never tried!!

FuzzyCustard Tue 23-Jan-18 20:17:11

National Gallery or National Portrait Gallery, both Trafalgar Square.

moochypooch Tue 23-Jan-18 20:18:01

I'd find a good local foodie pub on Tripadvisor.

mrsBeverleyGoldberg Tue 23-Jan-18 20:18:10

I would go to an art gallery. I can't go as I have dcs who'd be bored.

NotAgainYoda Tue 23-Jan-18 20:21:02

... or St Pauls, then wobbly bridge, Tate Modern, walk along South Bank

Mum2jenny Tue 23-Jan-18 20:21:30

Science museum

lauryloo Tue 23-Jan-18 20:21:45

NotAgainYoda - if eating out definitely visit the bull and ram - its amazing!

looking forward to a few hours rare child free time!

NotAgainYoda Tue 23-Jan-18 20:22:09

Thank you!!

mumpoints Tue 23-Jan-18 20:22:36

Southbank, Royal festival hall for a coffee, walk down to the oxo tower to look in the lovely shops

YoloSwaggins Tue 23-Jan-18 20:23:05

Walk around Harrods, pretend it's my future house

MrsHathaway Tue 23-Jan-18 20:23:43

yy National Portrait Gallery. I adore it.

bettycat81 Tue 23-Jan-18 20:23:53

There's a guard change tomorrow at 11am. Plenty of walking tours available if you Google and fancy a bit of info.

I like to visit small quirky museums... The old operating theatre at London Bridge is good. Or just have a wonder along the Southbank over Tower Bridge and into St Katherines docks.

WhereIsBlueRabbit Tue 23-Jan-18 20:23:57

If you want something not far from SE6, try the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill. Not well-known but wonderfully quirky!

GirlsonFilm Tue 23-Jan-18 20:25:11

Horniman museum in Forest Hill (10 min bus ride from. SE6)

Bluelady Tue 23-Jan-18 20:26:43

National Portrait Gallery and tea in the cafe which is fab.

peachgreen Tue 23-Jan-18 20:28:21

@NotAgainYoda Yay Belfast! 😍 For big 'experience' things, the Titanic museum really is pretty amazing, and The Ulster Museum up in Botanic is really good - plus loads of lovely spots for lunch there. If you have time and get good weather head to the North Coast and do Carrick-a-Rede / the Dark Hedges / Giant's Causeway / Bushmills Inn / Gortmore viewing point (my favourite place on earth).

Have a night out in the Cathedral Quarter - Duke of Yorks, The Spaniard, Muriel's, The Dirty Onion, The John Hewitt - all amazing. And if you're more central, pop in to The Crown Bar and Fibber McGee's - a bit more touristy but still lovely. All food in Belfast is amazing - try Deane's for something posh, Made in Belfast or Home for mid-price but delicious and pretty much every café you see will do a great fry (I love Bob & Bert's up in Stranmillis). You could do a Belfast food tour, they're meant to be great. St George's Market is a good morning activity.

Apparently the black cab tours are great - I've not done one myself but I hear they're really interesting and give a good fairly unbiased history of the Troubles if you're into that sort of thing.

Have a fab time - it's such a great city. 😍

bluesu Tue 23-Jan-18 20:28:47

Champagne bar in Harrods. smile

WhereIsBlueRabbit Tue 23-Jan-18 20:29:29

Another good option for your location would be Greenwich - there's the Observatory, the Maritime Museum, various shops and markets at weekends (I haven't been in the week) and you can also get boats from there to Tower Hill and Westminster, though that might be pushing it with just a couple of hours.

RazzleDazzle3 Tue 23-Jan-18 20:30:00

Start at the globe theatre/Tate and then walk along the southbank, just lot to see and take in. A really enjoyable few hours...

JaneEyre70 Tue 23-Jan-18 20:30:55

My favourite place in London is the V & A Museum. Just the empty building would entice me to visit, it's such a beautiful building let alone everything in it. Might be a trek from SE6 though for 2 hours sadly.

EggsonHeads Tue 23-Jan-18 20:31:18

Teahouse theatre is nice for lunch. Tate modern otherwise. I would avoid going too far. It can take ages.

peachgreen Tue 23-Jan-18 20:31:43

@lauryloo With just a few hours I would walk from the London Eye down the South Bank to Tower Bridge. You'll see tons of great landmarks and it's a beautiful walk with lots of nice places to stop for a drink / shops / galleries etc. Personally I'd end up at Borough Market and try all the cheese, then get a coffee in Monmouth or nip into the Swan bar at the Globe for a (n overpriced) pint.

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