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I am planning a solo trip to London, UK from the USA in 2014. Probably in mid September for 6 days. I wanted some advice from those that have either lived there or visited there.

- Is that a good time of the year to visit?

- I was looking at staying at the London Marriott Hotel Marble Arch. Has anyone stayed there? How was it? Is it in a good location for seeing the sites and such?

- I have read/seen a lot of advise by so called travel experts on what not to wear when travelling in Europe. A lot of people say that you should not wear denim jeans, sneakers (trainers), tee shirts or shorts. What is the reality? Are they acceptable or not for everyday walking around?

- What sites would you suggest I visit? I am into museums and historical sites. I also like the unusual. I am currently thinking of The British Museum, The Tower of London, The Sherlock Holmes Museum, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Palace, Imperial War Museum, Hunterian Museum. I plan to either walk or take public transit. I have no plans to rent a car. Is this too much for my allotted time? Anywhere else you think I would like?

- When travelling I try to stay away from chain restaurants, that I could eat at while at home. I like to try the local fare. It doesn't have to be fancy. I'm pretty open to trying all sorts of foods and/or drinks. Any suggestions for restaurants or pubs?

Thank you in advance for your comments, suggestions and/or advice.

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    Hi, how fantastic! Not very long though so you'll probably not see everything. And remember, London isn't cheap although if you're careful, it shouldn't cost too much.
    1- yes, wear exactly what you want. Jeans, tee shirts, trainers. Bring a waterproof jacket. Maybe trousers and shirt if you intend to visit a 'proper' restaurant or a night club?
    2- watch out for pickpockets so have a bag or something you can have fastened at the front.
    3- don't rent a car! You can't drive in London and parking? Forget it! Use the tube, it's great. You can buy an Oyster card and put money on it to use for public transport.
    4-I have a book called Walking Village London: 22 Original Walks Through London's Villages (Globetrotter Walking Guides) which I think'd be a good way of walking round London. Also, you could go to Greenwich observatory. Really interesting, Greenwich is a nice area too and come back via the walkway under the Thames.
    5-Go to Camden market.
    6- take a river cruise
    7- go to all the places you've listed. Don't know if the Victoria and Albert museum is on it. Go there. Also, natural history museum; that's a must!
    8- afternoon tea at Fortnum and Masons. If you can't afford that, just go and wander around the store. Wander round harrods too.
    Check what's on at the theatre where you're here. Oh, and take a walk through Hyde Park.
    There's loads of reasonably priced eateries. Look on the Internet to find codes for half price meals from restaurant chains, Zizzi, Pizza Hut, Bella italia, but there's loads of restaurants so you'll have loads of choice.
    As for hotels..I tend to use hotels.com but is you look at premier inn and travel lodge, they have offers, so if you book in advance(maybe too far currently), it's very reduced. Choose to stay central so you don't have to travel every day from the outskirts of the city.
    Lastly, have fun! almost 3 years ago

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    Great answers from Elsa.

    London in September could be warm or it could be snowing! Check a few days before you travel. I usually wear jeans and then layers which can be altered depending on the temperature. Comfortable walking shoes are a must as London is a great city for just wandering around in.

    You have a lot on your "to do" list and you don't really have much time. I would definitely keep time back to just walk around, sit at a café and watch London as it moves.

    I like to use the bus network, but the tube will usually be quicker and is better for covering long distances.

    For places to eat, a lot of central London restaurants will do an early bird reduced price menu to attract people before going to the theatre or to a show, and can be very worthwhile. Also go to places like Brick Lane for a good and cheap meal.

    Check out some places on here :

    http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2013/nov/13/top-10-budget-restaurants-central-london-soho
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/london/9411437/London-street-food-a-guide-to-the-best-stalls.html almost 3 years ago

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    hi there,

    generally london is fairly warm in sept with the odd rain here and there - just bring an umbrella with you and huddle under shelters and go into shops like i would do. xD

    haven't stayed in any hotels as I live in london but the marriot in marble arch is fairly central (as in around the corner would be the length of bond street) although i think it would be hard to find some kind of local eateries without having to take the bus or tube. I assume you're not much for hostels, i think there is one in picadilly circus which i think is a better location to everything like shops and restuarants. i definitely recommend soho and chinatown for cheap eats and there'll be different cuisines there.

    everything goes in london. its one of the most open places you can go so wear whatever you like there. you can even do some shopping and buy a few clothes there.

    I think if you're going to just one website check out timeout london as it probably is the most comprehensive and up to date site of all things happening in london. itll have all the museum info and any (and a lot of the time free) events going on etc. museums-wise you can group them into areas so you dont find yourself hoping back and forth which would become very exhausting. say if you go to the v&a museum, you can go to the science museum and natural history museum since its all on one street.

    It all sounds very doable for 6 days and it really doesn't have to be an expensive experience at all. most museums would be free and just avoid eating at highly touristy areas (i.e Leicester sq) just a walk around the corner and you'll find something better and cheaper. who knows you might find a pop up restaurant on the way. (this would also be covered in timeout :P) about 2 years ago

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