|Subject: UK-London and Birmingham|
Hi Ziners and Lesley,
I have not been to Birmingham but London is one of my favorite cities! I have been there four times and there is still so much I want to see and experience!
My top picks for London would be: Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Parliament/Big Ben, Tower of London, St Paul's Cathedral, British Museum, British Library (If you are a book lover, they have a wonderful exhibit of first and rare editions.), Buckingham Palace/St James Park amd I could go on and on!
Many of these attractions are in walking distance of each other so don't feel you need to take the Underground everywhere. London is a great walking city! A great way to take in many of the sights in one round is to start at Buckingham Palace then walk through St James Park or along The Mall to Trafalgar Square where you will find the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery and St Martin's- in-the-Field Church then you can walk Whitehall/Parliament Street passing by Number 10 Downing Street and numerous government buildings to Parliament where you will find Westminster Abbey nearby.
You might want to meander on Brompton Road to Harrods (Victoria and Albert Museum is just down the road from Harrods) and a bit on Oxford Street, Regent Street to get a taste of the shopping if you are interested in that. Plus there is the Covent Garden market with shop stalls, street theater, restaurants and the surounding theater district. Farther afield is Greenwich one way on the Thames (a great river boar ride) and Hampton Court the other way (plan on most of a day for each of them).
I also highly recommend the walking tours by London Walks http://london.walks.com/ .
Have fun! Tracey in St Paul MN, USA