boilerup_82 saidsorry for not being specific in what i'm looking for but to be hnest, i really have no idea what to do!
as far as food, i keep hearing indian food is delicious (i love indian food!!!), so which restaurant would you guys recommend?
shopping...kinda prefer clothing stores which we do not have in the US. stores that are uniquely London/UK (idk if that makes any sense)
as far as bars/clubs...even though I've been to london like 2 times before, i never got the chance to hit the gay bars/clubs. what's happening friday nights? saturday nights? where do people normally start off the night? one thing about this, i HATE going to bars/clubs alone, it's kinda creepy, you know? so anyone want's to join me? i'm not creepy and not looking for anything!! promise! no hookups...NOTHING! i'm all about creating new friendships around the world
I lived in London for almost four years so here are some of my faves:
Tayyab's, in Whitechapel, has great Pakistani/Indian food, curry and grilled meats (there are some subtle regional differences but not so's one could tell). My fave dish is always Lamb Rogan Josh, and I would rather have Naan bread rather than any kind of rice. A nice place to take a date, but avoid peak times or you'll wait in a queue. Also not far from there is Maedah, a nice Turkish restaurant, also nice but a bit less pricey. You should be able to google search both. (Tube: Whitechapel or Aldgate East).
Avoid going to Brick Lane unless you have a specific Indian/Pakistani restaurant recommended to you from a reliable source...they rope customers in with offers of cheap drinks and then the food bill arrives...ouch! But it is a groovy, funky place to stroll. If you want a good snack, go to Brick Lane Bagel Bake (closer to the Shoreditch end of Brick Lane, Tube: Liverpool Street but you can walk all of Brick Lane from Whitechapel to Shoreditch very easily) and get a Hot Salt Beef Roll (what Americans might call Corned Beef with mustard, on a white bread roll). I can also highly recommend the Big Chill Bar (about halfway up Brick Lane) and Bar Music Hall (in Shoreditch proper)...google them. Good bar/gastropub food and good cocktails.
Clothes: My favorites were H&M, Uniqlo (both of whom have stores in the US, although Uniqlo only in NYC), Muji (also NYC only in the US), and Burton. Burton and Topman, to me, are 'typically British' casual clothes without being stupidly expensive. Avoid Primark on Oxford Street/Marble Arch, and Topman on Oxford Street/Oxford Circus like the plague.
Can't really help you on the clubs part as I'm not really a clubs person, but I've heard Heaven/G.A.Y. is good fun.
Lots more I could recommend, all around London, so feel free to ask.