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18 London Landmarks That Are Actually Really Crap

For your own sake, avoid these tourist traps.

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2. Tate Modern: "It looked like some people messing up white background."

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"My advice is not to waste your time going toit when there are so many super interesting museums in London. At least for the non experienced eye it looked like some people messing up white background."

3. Royal Albert Hall: "The toilets are awfully smelly."

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"I watch a Cirque du soliel show here . It was my first time inside the royal Albert hall. I was disappointed. The staff never guide you to your seats. It was a bit dark inside the main hall. We were at the stalls. They flash a torch on tour ticket and will just let you find your way. Since you pay good money I expect a better service. The toilets are awlfully smelly and bins are full, so so dirty and never seem anything like it."

4. Regent's Park: "A dead and depressing landscape sparsely interspersed with trees and greenery."

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"As just about every park in London, a dead and depressing landscape sparsely interspersed with trees and greenery."

5. London Eye: "Worst than tooth extract or eating an raw onion."

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"Worst than tooth extract or eating an raw onion. Disorganized, overcrowded, not friendly, not comfortable, not amusing. London Eye does not worth your money, does not worth your effort and does not worth your time. It goes up, you take 10 or 12 pictures and that's it. After that: same old same old. You want views? Go to the Shard. Want to be amused? Go to the wax statues. Want to save some money? Just make a walk along Southbank. Make yourself a favor and keep away from this trap.

"And Coca-Cola, come on! This attraction does not fit with your image!"

6. V&A Museum: "It seems to be a collection of random items that are laid out poorly."

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"unless there is a specific exhibit you want to see, i don't see a reason for visiting. The other museums offer much more and the layouts make more sense. It seems to be a collection of random items that are laid out poorly."

8. Hyde Park: "Trees tortured into regiments, spaced outrageously far apart."

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"Trees tortured into regiments, spaced outrageously far apart so that it feels like a denuded wasteland. Tragic that this is what is forced to count as 'nature' in the city. I've heard people describe London as being 'incredibly green because of the trees' and 'the most treed city in Europe' and then they site THIS place as evidence for that opinions?!?

"I find that very, very sad. The fact that could even be true is the most sad part of all."

9. Tower of London: "How about letting the public fondle the crown jewels? After all we, the British taxpayer, paid for them."

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"Nearly ALL tourists have something you can interact with:things with bells,buttons and buzzers.Things that keep young and old amused after they've been to the gift shop.Not here! How about letting the public fondle the crown jewels? After all we,the british taxpayer,paid for them!"

10. National Gallery: "The parsnip soup needed 2 sachets of both salt and pepper to bring out the flavour."

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"The parsnip soup needed 2 sachets each (!) of salt and pepper to bring out the flavour. I know there is a healthy option attitude to cooking these days but even that was ridiculous for someone who rarely uses either. The bread that accompanied it was thin and dry but the assistant changed it for me and it was still thin but fresh. My husband's egg sandwich was OK - so many more do them so much better. No diet coke but were given latte's - apparently they sound like two diet cokes! I certainly wouldn't bother going there again. Not cheap either!"

11. Big Ben: "It's not more than a huge clock."

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"This was a bit of a let down. It's not more than a huge clock. Took a lot of picture of it off course but that was it. The London Eye and HoP is near so it's one of those things you can see/take pics of when visiting other things."

12. Tower Bridge: "Maybe if you are rich enough and really into bridges and do not own a library card or a computer."

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"Not really worth spending money or time. Walk the bridge, but do not pay for the visit on top. It has some facts about the Tower Bridge and the rest is just to fill up the space, history of other bridges etc. Maybe if you are rich enough and really into bridges and do not own a library card or a computer..."

13. Natural History Museum: "There's dust on everything."

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"The museum has some great exhibits, but they are definitely showing their age. There's dust on everything and looks like this place hasn't had any updates in a very long time. The price is right and it's a great old building, but definitely not on my list of must sees in London."

14. Kensington Gardens: "There were signs of algae in the fountain ponds."

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"Actually my wife & I decided to have a picnic and "people watch" in the park. But due to winter weather, cold snap period in the entire Europe. It was not very enjoyable. There were signs of algae in the fountain ponds. Birds droppings on the statues were clearly visable. Looks like the park need abit of cleaning up. Nevertheless, the air was fresh. We visited the Italian Garden and Peter Pan Statue. Lastly, it was dampened by the drizzling rain which ended our visit. We believe this park will be even more beautiful in the summer or autumn season."

15. Nelson's Column: "His head is covered in pigeon faeces."

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"Nothing worth seeing. Just a statue of some bloke who died many years ago. His head is covered in pigeon faeces. And you too will get crapped on if you spend too long looking at his column."

16. Shakespeare's Globe Theatre: "You could have easily learned as much using the Internet."

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"The Globe theatre was interesting to see, to know what it would have been like in Shakespear's time. But the tour took about 15 minutes to complete, and you could have easily learned as much using the Internet."

17. Houses of Parliament: "It's just a big house where the royales live."

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"I guess it is something special but it isn't. I went there in winter maybe that was the problem but I don't know. It's just a big house where the royales live. You can't see anything there."

18. Buckingham Palace: "Actually quite a big dissapointment. Gave one extra star just because the Queen deserves some respect."

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"Actually quite a big dissapointment. Gave one extra star just because the Queen deserves some respect. I have to acknowledge - I am not British - so probably if I was I would give it a bit more as a symbol - but as place ... it is grey, sad, you cannot get close (which is understandable -as there is security requirements), not really my type of architecture. Out of all the things we saw on our trip to London - probably the most considered by family and friends - as big dissapointment. I would really say worth skipping if you are short on time, but how can you skip symbol of British Empire? But if you are not sure ... I woud say skip it.

"Much better to walk in the park next to it - which is really beautiful - or save the time for hundreds of other attractions that London has to offer.

"But the worst part - was dissapointment in my childrens eyes- probably had too much expectations out of that."

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