LONDON

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    Jul 20, 2010 7:26 PM GMT
    i plan to have one week in london during august , have you some suggestions about visits, shops , gay clubs etc ... tks
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    Jul 20, 2010 9:05 PM GMT
    Yes dont go to the gay clubs, do the museums, events and entertainment places.
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    Jul 20, 2010 9:33 PM GMT
    Iswh is right. Check out

    St Pancras Station
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    The British Museum
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    The V&A
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    Harrods
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    The Natural History Museum
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    Hyde Park
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    The Royal Albert Hall
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    To name but a few.
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    Jul 20, 2010 9:38 PM GMT
    For Shopping - Oxford Street
    For Museums - South Kensington. They are free.
    For Parks - Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, St James Park, Green Park. All these form a green belt right across Central London. Free.
    Eateries - Leicester Square area for fast-food joints. Other restuarants are found anywhere across London.
    A Walk entirely without Traffic - The South Bank Walk from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge. Free. Plenty of eateries there too.
    History - The Tower of London. Admission fee.
    Gay Scene - Old Compton Street, Soho. Clubs and bars.
    Enjoy.
  • cityguy39

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    Jul 20, 2010 9:45 PM GMT
    Check out the"Yard" in SOHO it's a great lounge space. Take a ride on the London Eye!! If you can spare a couple of days, go to Paris. It's only a 2 hr train ride from London and well worth it!!
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    Jul 20, 2010 9:48 PM GMT
    I think he may have already done the Paris thing icon_wink.gif But, you're right, it is worth it.
  • bad_wolf

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    Jul 20, 2010 9:53 PM GMT
    Yard, yes I second that one. Erm, maybe Ku Bar if you're feeling brave.
    Just have a wonder around Soho if you're looking for somewhere to have drinks. Clubs wise I'm clueless.

    Tate Modern, London Eye, London Aquarium and Zoo...OH the zoo! That would be so much fun. National Gallery. You have the Natural History and the Science Museum practically next to eachother.

    Musesum can be a bit dull though I guess. Depends on what you're after in the cultural side of things.

    Clubbing bars and going out, I would say the best places are the less popular ones. The small ones you find in tiny noks and crannies throughout. Check out Time Out London. See what takes your fancy,
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    Jul 20, 2010 9:57 PM GMT
    My favorite museum in London is the V&A
    (Victoria & Albert Museum)

    Oh, also check out the walking tours:
    Different tours every day...

    http://www.walks.com/
  • cityguy39

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    Jul 20, 2010 10:01 PM GMT
    I didn't know the poster was from Paris! My badicon_redface.gif
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    Jul 20, 2010 10:12 PM GMT
    héhé yes I live in paris for several years , but i know very well london ... thank you very much for your answers, and beautiful photos !! really nice ! I think I will visit museums (i just don't know that some of them was free ! ) , parks , zoo (^^) , and maybe shopping (i could be more original and less expensive compared to Paris ... not sure )
    Merci , bisous de paris
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    Jul 20, 2010 10:14 PM GMT
    lswh saidYes dont go to the gay clubs, do the museums, events and entertainment places.


    Go to a a gay pub for a beer in the later afternoon.....but that would be it....


    SO MUCH more to see that a gay club.


    Take a day trip to Brighton. You'll love the city
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    Jul 20, 2010 10:23 PM GMT
    thank you it's a good idea !!
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    Jul 20, 2010 10:36 PM GMT
    I was there in August 2008. I thought it was the most wonderful place. We walked all over the place, and took the tube too. We also saw West Side Story, Billy Elliott and took in one of the Proms at Royal Albert Hall.

    My advice is to DEFINITELY do one of those tourists things like take a boat ride up the Thames. Ride the Millenium Ferris Wheel. Also, get one of those Big Red Bus two day tickets or more. They will take you everywhere. You can get off and reboard one to go to the next destination.

    It's just an amazing city....and, a plus, you speak the language!!!

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    Jul 20, 2010 10:39 PM GMT
    i ma saving rthis thread for when i go
  • tazzari

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    Jul 20, 2010 11:15 PM GMT
    The best advice? - Stay for a month!

    Seriously, the place is so big and so complex that it's easy to miss all sorts of good things. So go get a good, illustrated guide book, and read it in advance - you'll never have time to see all the things you want to see!

    Kudos, just above Charing Cross for pre-theater drinks, meeting people.
    Heaven
    Old Compton St - the gay street; tacky, but needs to be seen

    And get an Oyster card: you can buy one with a week's worth of rides on the tube,, and save a lot of money.

    And go get lost. Seriously - it's the best way to see London.

    it's going to be hot and muggy - dress accordingly.

    Best wishes - I go almost every year and have loved London since my first visit in '66.

    Nat
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    Jul 21, 2010 9:07 AM GMT
    Hi mate
    Are you coming from Paris by train? If you are why don't you
    stop Ashford International train station kent.
    Your 20 min's from Canterbury. You say you know London well so why do something different get back on the train next day to London or do the pilgrimage walk back to London.

    Below is old thread i use before.
    (sorry applying for job at tourist information centre for Kent. joke )
    i would't mind i from East London.

    Canterbury is a great place to visit very much a cosmopolitan city very friendly people not much of gay scene there you will have to go to London (west end )

    Canterbury is world-famous for three things:

    I. Canterbury Cathedral's role as the 'Mother Church' of the Church of England - the Archbishop of Canterbury is the head of the Church of England;

    ii. The murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket inside the Cathedral in 1170, on the indirect orders of King Henry II;

    iii. Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, the most notable piece of early English literature (late 1300's), composed of tales told by travellers on a pilgrimage from London to Canterbury to visit the shrine of the martyred Becket.



    Sorry cant help you much on gay scene prefer straight pubs and clubs.

    Anyway Good luck for your trip
  • paullie_l

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    Jul 21, 2010 9:13 AM GMT
    so much to do.... SOOO LITTLE TIME! lived there for more than a year and a half... and still haven't seen sooo many parts of it!

    i loved the 'non-tourist' part of London... such a different aspect to the whole city...

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    Jul 21, 2010 10:11 AM GMT
    Pariscute saidi plan to have one week in london during august , have you some suggestions about visits, shops , gay clubs etc ... tks


    SOHO is the heart of gay London; they've the best coffee shops, video shops, clubs, bars etc. love it!

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    Jul 21, 2010 10:18 AM GMT
    Everyone seems to be suggesting Soho for the bar/club scene but IMO the better 'gay village' is Vauxhall, but it depends what you like. Vauxhall is more of a hardcore, muscle crowd for clubbing than places in Soho. Haven't been for years but places like Crash, Fire and Area were good for all night clubbing. Barcode is a decent bar, there's also a sauna called Chariots if you fancy a quick bit of r&r and maybe a fumble.

    Apart from that, for cheesey dancing 2 Brewers on Clapham High St is good fun and no attitude.

    Can't add much to suggestions above re sights etc, just explore!