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Old 01-22-13, 06:15 AM   #1
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Visiting the UK in late March - suggestions?

My wife and I will be visiting the UK for the week of March 23rd-30th. We will be staying with friends in Salisbury the 23rd-24th (Saturday-Sunday), but no real itinerary after that until we head back to Heathrow on the 30th.

My wife wants to visit Bath, spend a couple of days in London, and I'd like to revisit Stirling. We'd both like to visit/hike/bike Hadrian's wall.

If we could rent bikes to do any of these things that would be even better.

Any suggestions?
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Old 01-24-13, 02:52 PM   #2
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It looks like we won't have enough time to see Stirling and Hadrian's Wall, so we're going to stay in the south. Will probably visit Leeds Castle, and would like to walk/bike around London.

Any suggestions as to where to stay in London that's reasonably priced? We can stay outside of town and take a train into town if that makes more sense.

Thanks in advance.
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Well not much help so far I will try and help if I can,

Stirling is too far from London you will lose 2 days just travelling its a shame because it is a lovely area,
Bath is beautiful it is a lovely place to visit, love;y history and architecture

Unfortunately there is no where cheap in London expect to pay about $200 per night for an OK place, most of the hotels are pretty standard so its really a question of where you want to go the next day, public transport in London is very good big choice or methods, destinations and very frequent. There is a really good bike scheme in London so you can pick it up / drop off whenever you want (just be careful with traffic)

Not sure about Hadrians Wall do you plan to hire a car to get around?

Cross your fingers for the weather, last year that week was 30'C but the previous year it was 5'C but London should be about 15-18'C normally
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Thanks for replying. We've pretty much worked out our itinerary.

Saturday - land at Heathrow at 8am, pick up rental car and drive to Stonehenge. Afterwards, drive on to Wilton to visit our friends. Stay in Salisbury Saturday night.

Sunday - have breakfast with friends, drive to Bath. Spend the day walking around Bath. Stay in Chippenham Sunday night.

Monday - drive to Windsor, spend the day in Windsor and visit Windsor Castle. Stay in Windsor.

Tuesday - drive to Heathrow, return rental car. Take shuttle to heathrow, then the tube to our hotel. Leave luggage at hotel and start exploring. We have a 3 day London Pass that gets us into a number of places and also gives us use of tube or buses to get around. Same for Wednesday and Thursday.

Friday - take tour to Leeds Castle, Dover, Canterbury, and Greenwich.

Saturday - take tube to Heathrow for 1pm departure.

There just isn't time for a trip to the north, we'll have to do that next time.

We would like to do a pub crawl or two, any recommendations?

Thanks.
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In the UK you will find pubs every few yards and especially in London.
Remember when driving to KEEP LEFT, especially at intersections when there is no other traffic on the road, because your tendency will be to go to the right.
Have a great trip.
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Looks like you have a really good trip planned,

I agree about the pub crawl there are so many I would just find one you like and fill up!

One place on your trip I would spend some extra time in is Greenwich it is a lovely place (they filmed Les Miserable there!)

Have fun
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Sorry to be late, but pubs in London that I'd recommend to an American, simply because you'll see nothing like them at home, include:

The Lamb in Lamb's Conduit Street, Bloomsbury. Simply wonderful largely unspoilt Edwardian pub. Close by on Calthorpe Street is the Pakenham Arms, which is less distinguished in appearance but sells a terrific variety of excellent beers.

The Blackfriar at the north end of Blackfriars Bridge. This was going to be demolished to make way for redevelopment in the 1960s but a massive campaign led by the then poet laureate saved it. It has an art nouveau interior of marble, mosaic and beaten copper. Go in the evening, it's always packed at lunchtime.

The Lamb and Flag in Rose Street, Covent Garden. A bit of a tourist trap this, but still worth a look as one of the older pubs still around.

Actually, Covent Garden has a lot of good boozers, look out for The Harp if you're there.

The Cheshire Cheese in Fleet Street is popular with visitors. It's very old (survived the fire of London in 1666, IIRC) and was patronised by Dr Johnson who wrote the first english dictionary. Not at all a bad pub, despite everything.

The Princess Louise, Holborn. Big, busy pub with attractive interior.

The Star, Belgrave Mews West, behind Belgrave Square. Very very very expensive area, but - amazingly - a proper local pub with reasonable prices and excellent (Fuller's) beer.

Have fun.
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Talking with my dad about the trip, he remembered that there was a pub across the Thames from Big Ben. About 30-35 years ago, he was on a business trip to London and he stuck his business card on the wall at that pub. I would like to try and find his business card if that is possible.

Any idea what pub that might have been? Is it still in business?
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Talking with my dad about the trip, he remembered that there was a pub across the Thames from Big Ben. About 30-35 years ago, he was on a business trip to London and he stuck his business card on the wall at that pub. I would like to try and find his business card if that is possible.

Any idea what pub that might have been? Is it still in business?
He needs to be a bit more specific. Directly across the Thames from Big Ben is St Thomas' Hospital, and while there are plenty of pubs in the vicinity none of them could really be said to face Big Ben across the river.
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We'll pack up and fly over on Friday, about 48 hours from now. Can't wait, but the weather looks cool and rainy more often then not. The forecasts, anyway. Maybe the actual weather will be better.

We're going to stop by Stonehenge Cycles on Saturday the 23rd while we're in Salisbury buying a cell phone. If I can find a jersey, that will be a unique one back here in the States.

Thanks for all of the suggestions and comments.
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