London Calling

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    Feb 13, 2008 6:07 PM GMT
    I'm visiting my brother for a week in London (Mar 15 - 23). Can anyone recommend any bars, restaurants, places to see besides the touristy stuff? icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 13, 2008 8:38 PM GMT
    williamw30 saidI'm visiting my brother for a week in London (Mar 15 - 23). Can anyone recommend any bars, restaurants, places to see besides the touristy stuff? icon_smile.gif


    are we talking classy? scene or just damned good nosh and a good atmosphere?
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    Feb 13, 2008 10:46 PM GMT
    both!
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    Feb 13, 2008 10:50 PM GMT
    The Friendly Society, great crowd/music
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    Feb 13, 2008 11:20 PM GMT
    Just don't go to Old Compton St or Vauxhall. They're full of Gays, they're everywhere, they'll make you drink pints of lager and you'll fall over.
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    Feb 14, 2008 4:11 AM GMT
    and that is a bad thing?
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    Feb 14, 2008 5:08 AM GMT
    I am so excited because I am going to London (Paris and Rome) in August. I am going with my friend Tim (picture of the two of us on my profile) and although in Paris we are staying in the Marias in a hotel frequented by gay people (and in a gay friendly place in Rome), in London we are playing tourist....sure we'll go to gay clubs, but we are also seeing West Side Story and Billy Elliott, doing the tourist swing through British Museum, Royal Albert Hall (the proms are on when we are there) and the usual sites, since I have never been.

    John
  • kinetic

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    Feb 14, 2008 5:53 AM GMT
    Try the East End. There are a ton of cool places to go to.
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    Feb 14, 2008 6:14 AM GMT
    williamw30 saidI'm visiting my brother for a week in London (Mar 15 - 23). Can anyone recommend any bars, restaurants, places to see besides the touristy stuff? icon_smile.gif


    so many good options in London! If you have heaps of cash... hit Zuma in Knightsbridge, great Japanese restaurant with good people watching. Heaps of good clubs in Kings Cross and Pacha in Victoria is cool (not scene, but gorgeous people) some good spots in Notting Hill too. Prince Bonapart pub is good and E&O restaurant there is cool too. Great city! hard to go wrong! have fun!
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    Feb 14, 2008 6:54 AM GMT
    fastprof saidI am so excited because I am going to London (Paris and Rome) in August. I am going with my friend Tim (picture of the two of us on my profile) and although in Paris we are staying in the Marias in a hotel frequented by gay people (and in a gay friendly place in Rome), in London we are playing tourist....sure we'll go to gay clubs, but we are also seeing West Side Story and Billy Elliott, doing the tourist swing through British Museum, Royal Albert Hall (the proms are on when we are there) and the usual sites, since I have never been.

    John


    Billy Elliot is amazing! I got free tickets last year and I had such a good time. (I hate to admit it- but I bought the soundtrack thing afterwards). Class show. icon_biggrin.gif I hear Wicked, another musical, is pretty good too...

    If you're interested in classical music then check out the listings at the Royal Festival Hall too- they have good stuff on sometimes.

    I'm not too out on the gay scene here, but I've been to Ku Bar which is just off-Leicester Square which I quite liked. There are a couple of nice cafe/restaurants on Old Compton Street too- Balans seemed pretty nice. Check this out for more gay sceny things: http://www.outzone.org/outzone/sceneguide/sceneguide.html .

    But yeah, London is a generally amazing place to be. I'm kinda sad I have to leave next year for uni... icon_confused.gif
  • cityguy39

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    Feb 14, 2008 7:01 AM GMT
    Checkout "The Yard" which I think was in SoHo. And make sure you get a fare card for the tube, it will save you a ton of money.

    Doug
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    Feb 14, 2008 9:45 AM GMT
    "The Box" near Seven Dials, is a good gay bar. Sir John Soane's museum, Somerset House along the Strand, Hampstead Heath, more specifically the Men's Bathing ponds/Highgate ponds - it's speedos galore in summer!

    Also Kenwood House, still in Hampstead, where there's a cafe called Brugh House which is great for tea and cake.

    Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Museum of London, Spitalfields Market, both towards the East/City.

    Out west, there's Osterley House and Gardens (on the way to Heathrow)

    Simpsons for traditional English roasts and old world silver service, Gaucho Grill for steaks, Chez Gerrard- mid priced French/British grub. You can find almost any kind of cuisine from any corner of the globe in London.

    Shopping-Fortnum & Masons for gourmet foodstuffs, Selfridges, Liberty, South Molton Street, Bond Street, Old and New, Jermyn Street..

    If you're staying for a week, get a weekly travel card.
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    Feb 14, 2008 10:09 AM GMT
    definitely visit the south bank, a great centre for the arts, and the newly refurbished royal festival hall, with it's chic 'skylon' restaurant or the cheap and laid back 'canteen' which serves 'great british food'.
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    Feb 14, 2008 11:56 AM GMT
    Have a look at the Hardens Restaurant Guide:

    http://www.hardens.com/

    If you're looking for an inexpensive place for lunch, Time Out does a great Cheap Eats guide:

    http://www.timeout.com/london/restaurants/features/2553.html

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    Feb 14, 2008 6:19 PM GMT
    Harvey Nicks for tea or the savoy if he is paying!
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    Feb 14, 2008 6:37 PM GMT
    Is Popstarz in Kings Cross still open? That was a fun Friday night out. It's a good place to dance to hip hop, 80s music, and rock on 3 floors.

    There's a decent Bollywood/Bangra party in North London (I think near Archway) a few times a month which can be fun.

    For eats, take the tube to Angel and just walk up the main road. You'll have plenty of options to choose from at all price levels. Between Embankment and Charing Cross there's a good little pub near the tunnel leading to Heaven. It's just after the park on the right as you walk up from the river.

    Borough Market on Saturday is good for food, as is Spitalfields Market (near Liverpool Street Station) on Sunday.

  • kinetic

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    Feb 14, 2008 6:42 PM GMT
    Yes! and if you go to Spitafield's you HAVE to go to Brick Lane.
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    Feb 14, 2008 7:00 PM GMT
    And if you're heading to Brick Lane get some bagels (there are two 24 hour bagel places there). Go to the Brick Lane Beigel Bakery, they have the better bagels.
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    Feb 14, 2008 11:31 PM GMT
    Can I just say that if you are coming to London please remember:

    1. If you visit the British Museum don't buy one of the hotdogs from the street vendors, they will make you ill.

    2. If you are walking to the British Museum please don't walk slowly. Otherwise you are liable to be knocked over by a fast-walking redhead who is late for work, again.

    3. Please remember that in London pubs it's polite to stand your round - ie, if someone buys you a drink you must buy them one back. It's the law.

    4. It's football, not soccer.

    5. No-one outside of the US has heard of baseball or follows it so don't talk about it.

    6. Please pronounce aluminium correctly.

    7. Potato chips are properly called crisps. Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed not with catsup but with vinegar.

    8. There is no fog in London.

    9. Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character. We pretend he's real to make money off tourists.

    10. We don't take afternoon tea. We drink it in the morning with our bacon butties (sandwiches).

    11. Stand on the right on escalators otherwise you'll be knocked over by tutting businessmen.

    12. Don't moan about the prices. It's not our fault your government keeps printing worthless dollars.

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    Feb 14, 2008 11:41 PM GMT
    caramelized2 saidIs Popstarz in Kings Cross still open? That was a fun Friday night out. It's a good place to dance to hip hop, 80s music, and rock on 3 floors.

    There's a decent Bollywood/Bangra party in North London (I think near Archway) a few times a month which can be fun.




    I think Popstarz moved from the Kings Cross location to someplace called SIN in Soho.

    If you like the whole Bollywood scene then Club Kali is the place to go. (http://www.clubkali.com/) I've never been there myself but I believe it's near Islington..
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    Feb 14, 2008 11:42 PM GMT
    redheadguy saidCan I just say that if you are coming to London please remember:

    1. If you visit the British Museum don't buy one of the hotdogs from the street vendors, they will make you ill.

    2. If you are walking to the British Museum please don't walk slowly. Otherwise you are liable to be knocked over by a fast-walking redhead who is late for work, again.

    3. Please remember that in London pubs it's polite to stand your round - ie, if someone buys you a drink you must buy them one back. It's the law.

    4. It's football, not soccer.

    5. No-one outside of the US has heard of baseball or follows it so don't talk about it.

    6. Please pronounce aluminium correctly.

    7. Potato chips are properly called crisps. Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed not with catsup but with vinegar.

    8. There is no fog in London.

    9. Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character. We pretend he's real to make money off tourists.

    10. We don't take afternoon tea. We drink it in the morning with our bacon butties (sandwiches).

    11. Stand on the right on escalators otherwise you'll be knocked over by tutting businessmen.

    12. Don't moan about the prices. It's not our fault your government keeps printing worthless dollars.



    Hehe. Your post made me smile... icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 14, 2008 11:50 PM GMT
    I have found Londoners to all be as nice as Redheadguy! I think its a great city.
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    Feb 15, 2008 12:02 AM GMT
    cityguy39 saidCheckout "The Yard" which I think was in SoHo. And make sure you get a fare card for the tube, it will save you a ton of money.

    Doug


    I've been to The Yard. The Loft is upstairs, right?
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    Jul 06, 2008 10:46 AM GMT
    I'm going to London myself (July 28th - August 3rd)! Thanks for all the advices! icon_biggrin.gif Can't wait!
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    Jul 06, 2008 12:12 PM GMT
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