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bellsareringing Fri 15-Jan-16 16:23:38

Rare, rare occasion to go to London with DH and no kids. Not excited at all grin.

Can you give me some recommendations please, of things to do that are not so suitable for children (we can think of loads to do that the kids would like)? Thanks.

bellsareringing Fri 15-Jan-16 17:01:15


MagpieCursedTea Fri 15-Jan-16 18:37:07

I would go to the west end and see a show in the afternoon. Then I'd head to Camden and drink a lot. That might just be me though grin
There are also some great comedy clubs in London (that I can't for the life of me remember the names of right now...)
Not the most helpful post sorry!

PlumpFiction Fri 15-Jan-16 18:39:57

Depends what you two enjoy most really... fine dining, theatre, comedy, live music, sightseeing, art galleries, cocktails... what floats your boat?

bellsareringing Sat 16-Jan-16 08:32:39

Thanks for the replies - comedy club is one we hadn't thought of. Art galleries without kids might be good - we might actually be able to read about some of the art without being dragged to the next one.

Don't know what I am looking for really - maybe if there is anything unusual that you wouldn't think of if you hadn't done it before iyswim.

Definitely cocktails.

Donge13 Sat 16-Jan-16 08:36:55

Do the walk over the 02, the power boat ride on the Thames , the Jack the Ripper walking tour is interesting and includes pubs!

bellsareringing Sat 16-Jan-16 08:44:31

More good ideas- thanks - the walk over the O2 could be fun. And the Jack the Ripper walk, although I'm a bit jumpy so might be a choice I'd regret.


VocationalGoat Sat 16-Jan-16 08:56:02

Jack the Ripper Walk is great but it's too cold for that. It's a good couple of hours and actually perfect with a teen.

The National Gallery has a lovely restaurant, The National Cafe. The setting is beautiful, the food is wonderful. And there are wonderful old independent pubs all around that area. You could see a concert (Classical music) at St. Martin's in the Fields just next door. If you want to 'funk things up' walk across Westminster Bridge- great views of the Houses of Parliament/Westminster Abbey- and head on over to Southbank where there's always loads to see and do. BFI Southbank is an awesome place to take in a film, modern or classic and the bar is so cool.There is a great restaurant inside as well.

Avebury Sat 16-Jan-16 09:00:45

Sky Garden at night is great. And Gordon's wine bar is my favourite place to kill a few hours (bottles)

Chelsea26 Sat 16-Jan-16 09:02:52

I was going to suggest a walking tour - there are loads Harry Potter, Jack the Ripper, Victorian London etc. I always think a rooftop bar is nice but might be a bit cold. Depending on when you are going there is a light festival on at the moment and I believe a special menu/deal for dining at the top of the shard is still going on too...

Avebury Sat 16-Jan-16 09:24:50

Sky Garden at night is great. And Gordon's wine bar is my favourite place to kill a few hours (bottles)

MagpieCursedTea Sat 16-Jan-16 10:02:22

There's a 'dining in the dark place' in
London. My friend has just been and said its brilliant. That could be fun!

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sat 16-Jan-16 10:08:03

The bar at the BFI is lovely. Have also heard v good things about the 'in the dark' restaurant, but haven't been myself.

Definitely see a show.

I really like the Wellcome Collection and the Hunterian museum, small quirky museums which don't get packed and don't take hours and hours. Ditto the Old Operating Theatre.

Shakey15000 Sat 16-Jan-16 10:17:36

I'd definitely see a show, and agree with a matinee to leave the evening free. Then I'd probably have an evening meal, obviously TONS of choice. There's a darling little pizza place in Soho whose name escapes me. It's small, maybe 15 tables so blink and you'll miss it. But it's gorgeous freshly made pizza and a bargain. Think Dh and I paid £20 for two pizzas and a couple of drinks. Then I'd pick a really busy area like Leicester SQ or Covent Garden and try and get a window seat in a bar to sit and people watch.

BTW ref seeing a show, try and decide on a show you like and go direct to the box office. You can queue for ages at a "half price booth" and pay more than if you went direct. Then, buy the tickets you can afford,find your seats, scan the auditorium, look for better, empty seats. Race down to the foyer 10 mins before the show starts and ask to upgrade free of charge <cheeky> It's worked for me a few times grin

bellsareringing Sat 16-Jan-16 17:22:29

Brilliant - thanks so much for the suggestions. I'll go and do some research on those ideas. Weather is actually a factor that I had totally forgot to think about - from the frozen north, so just assume that London is lovely and warm all the time blush.

MNWestminsterCityEd Wed 20-Jan-16 10:59:02

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