Traveling to London solo... Suggestions?

  • Quake

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    Nov 04, 2011 8:57 AM GMT
    Hello! I will be traveling to London solo at the end of the month. Looking for suggestions of places to see, eat, etc...

    I will be in the city for 4 full days.

    Any recommendations would be appreciated.

    Mike
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    Nov 04, 2011 11:22 AM GMT
    Hi,

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    In the companion books to Water Bearing Fish, I go in-depth about what I call the Post-Rosetta Stone Perspective of Historical Accuracy.

    So, to answer your question, I would go to the British Museum and see the Rosetta Stone.

    I also want to go back to the UK to see Stratford-Upon-Avon again. It's one of the most beautiful towns I've seen. The Royal Shakespeare Company is there and it would be good to see a play there.

    I would also go to York for its history.

    I think there's a ride from the UK to Paris which could be a nice experience.

    There's a bookstore about Astrology in London, I'd personally visit.

    Maybe a tour of Oxford would be nice.

    I went to London when I was in high school. At that age exposure to a lot is great. One's list is long when you're looking for exposure to another place and culture. I'm not so much the great tourist of my early years. There are specific things I'd like to see.

    Which reminds me, London Theatre was important in my first trip. So, in addition to the Royal Shakespeare Company, I'd look for Kevin Spacey's theatre company and also London's "Broadway".

    I used to like opera, I would hit Covent Garden.

    I also love tennis. So visiting Wimbledon would be on the list as well.

    Looking forward to your reply,
    Steve
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    Nov 04, 2011 11:32 AM GMT
    What do you like? Hard to know what to recommend otherwise.
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    Nov 04, 2011 12:44 PM GMT
    The party scene is best at Beyond.

    For touristy stuff, what are you into? London has pretty much something for everyone!
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    Nov 04, 2011 1:36 PM GMT
    Pure saidWhat do you like? Hard to know what to recommend otherwise.


    Definitely. This kinda thing is personalised to the looks, you know?
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    Nov 04, 2011 2:04 PM GMT
    Solo? ugh, how boring.
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    Nov 04, 2011 2:06 PM GMT
    In London, sites I would suggest are:

    >> The London Aquarium http://www.visitsealife.com/london/ which is right near the London Eye

    >> The British Museum http://www.britishmuseum.org/ -- full of great exhibits, including a huge Egyptian one, and like pretty much all museums in London, there is no admission fee (rather they ask for donations)

    >> The Natural History Museum http://www.nhm.ac.uk/ -- very interesting and it has some great architecure, especially in the main hall (which was featured in the movie "To Sir, With Love")

    >> The Tower of London http://www.hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon/ -- I thought it was the most interesting of the historical sites I saw there, plus you get to ride a conveyor belt as you get to see the Crown Jewels (how very Jetsons of them!)

    >> Greenwich http://www.visitgreenwich.org.uk/ -- very scenic, try to take a cruise down the Thames to get there if you can (it can be pricey, but it is pretty)


    For shopping:
    >> Harvey Nichols http://www.harveynichols.com/ -- possibly to pricey to acutally buy anything, but it's worth a browse, especially the restraunt at the top)

    >> Harrods http://www.harrods.com/ -- kind of kitschy decor, but a huge place definitely worth a look -- visit the pet section and the Christmas Shop, and of course the Food Hall is legendary (both are at Knightsbridge tube stop)

    >> Marks & Spencer http://www.marksandspencer.com/ -- cheap & cheerful, always a fun place to look around, and a great place to pick up a cheap lunch or a snack)

    >> Top Man http://www.topman.com/ -- stylish men's wear that's actually affordable

    >> Next http://www.next.co.uk/ -- nice clothes, bedding & household items.

    >> Camden Market http://camdenlock.net/ -- really only worth going on the weekends, a great place to wander around, you can find unique items and cheap & yummy food. Check out the store Cyberdog http://www.cyberdog.net/(if it is still there) for the clubware (even if you wouldn't ware any of it yourself).


    For bars & clubs, I really don't go out much, but I did go to:

    >> Heaven for G-A-Y Camp Attack on Friday nights http://www.g-a-y.co.uk/?content=25&articleid=4 -- a retro night where there are separate rooms for 70s & 80's music (a huge main room), 90's (a smaller room upstairs), and the 00's (which they call "The Noughties") in a small room off the 70s-80s room. They also have a lot of live performances, although arguably (a) they are lipsynched and (b) if you're not from the UK, you may never have heard of them.

    >> Ku Bar http://www.ku-bar.co.uk/ -- fun, cheap place to drink, although it is arguably a younger crowd

    >> 79 CXR http://www.79cxr.net/ -- it has an...interesting ambience (and an even more interesting washroom), but it's a fun place nonetheless...and I believe all they serve are double shots for the price of a single (or at least they did when I was there!)

    >> Comptons of Soho http://www.londontown.com/LondonStreets/old_compton_street_6c5.html -- historic bar in the middle of Soho, always a great place to sit down with friends & enjoy a drink or two...or three...

    Hope this helps! Have a great time! I wish I was going too!
  • Bigolbear

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    Nov 04, 2011 2:51 PM GMT
    Club XXL in Vauxhall is excellent on Saturday nights. I loved the Tower of London it's a great tour and worth the time. Harrods is a must, the food section is awesome and the Godiva counter has these creme brule truffles that are worth the trip. You need to make your way to the palace to see the changing of the guards at least once while you are there.


    I got the "travel bug" and I am going to Amsterdam at the end of the month. Continental Airlines had European fares half price a couple of days ago and I took advantage of it while they had it going.
  • Bigolbear

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    Nov 04, 2011 2:52 PM GMT
    Oh, Eye of London. Loved it and it's a great way to get good photos.
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    Nov 04, 2011 3:30 PM GMT
    Xanadude's posting was brilliant! Made me homesick.

    There are lots of TopMan locations (and even some Top Men, if you look hard enough icon_lol.gif ) but the one you should definitely go to is Oxford Circus, the flagship. Even if just for the eye candy--model scouts frequent it on Saturdays especially.

    Bar-wise I'd also recommend The Village (www.village-soho.co.uk/), especially if you're going for after-work hour drinks through the week when it's really cheap. Also The Yard (www.yardbar.co.uk/), as it's got an open-air(ish) patio and the general vibe is a bit more relaxed. Hot bartenders, too.

    Where you staying, by the way? If you're looking for accommodation, I've always had luck with the website www.londontown.com.
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    Nov 05, 2011 11:30 AM GMT
    C'mon guys, give this guy some day trips.
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    Nov 09, 2011 1:51 PM GMT
    If you are into history, the Roman city of Bath is quite interesting. http://wikitravel.org/en/Bath
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    Nov 09, 2011 1:53 PM GMT
    NO! Don't go to Harrod's! It's an absolutely fucking miserable experience.
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    Nov 09, 2011 1:55 PM GMT
    mocktwinkie saidSolo? ugh, how boring.


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  • training_guy

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    Nov 09, 2011 2:04 PM GMT
    mocktwinkie saidSolo? ugh, how boring.


    Not boring at all. It's great way to please yourself and meet who you like. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Nov 09, 2011 4:36 PM GMT
    I have traveled to London solo and had a great time. You can make your own schedule. Try staying at a youth hostel, that way you can meet new people. Check out the British Museum, the London Tower, Buckingham Palace, and the London Eye. All Bar One is a chain of bars in the UK and always is a good place to hang out. Much like an Applebees. Go shopping at Harrods too. The gay scene is in the SOHO area. The Subway is easy to use, much like New Yorks if your familiar with it.
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    Nov 09, 2011 4:39 PM GMT
    Pure saidWhat do you like? Hard to know what to recommend otherwise.


    Get recommendations from Pure. I just got back from a work trip that I extended a couple days for fun and he gave me great ideas for food, museums, shops, etc. London by Pure gets two thumbs up.
  • Suetonius

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    Nov 09, 2011 6:54 PM GMT
    Buy a copy of TimeOut (magazine) as soon as you get there. Lists everything that is happening in London each week, plus reviews of many current plays.

    Besides the gay night spots, which are legion:

    If you like theatre, get tickets at the half-price theatre booth in Leicester Square (Leister Sq. tube station). Tickets are available for both matinees and evening. There is a lot more theatre in London than NYC and at much lower cost. Go to the official booth in Leicester Square – Avoid the scalper tickets sales in and around the Leicester Square tube station unless you want tickets to hot musicals.

    Try the London Walks walking tours – Small groups, in many historical districts, cheap, and with the most informed and informative guides you will encounter for any organized tour anywhere. There may be a night-time Jack-the-Ripper tour. http://www.walks.com

    Take the tube to the Hampstead tube stop and walk north along Holly Hill to the Admiral’s Walk area and environs – This are has some of the oldest residential buildings in London, some from the 18th century. There may be (used to be ) walking guide maps in the tube station.

    If it’s cold (likely to be), before leaving Hampstead, stop in for tea etc at Louis Patisserie, 32 Heath Street, just downhill from the Hampstead tube station. It is like walking into the 19th century. The pastry is Viennese-Hungarian – of the quality you can get in Austria. Expensive.

    Definitely worth the trip –various ways to get there- is a visit to Henry VIII’s palace at Hampton Court (Richmond).

    As xanadu recommended, a tour of the Tower of London is definitely worth the time. So is the trip to Greenwich - which could be a LondonWalks tour (one way by boat), or a separate train trip.

    Visit the Borough Market – semi-outdoors, where you buy organic products, as well as various game animals. LondonBridge tube stop.

    For imported foods, check out the food court shops in either Harrods or Harvey Nichols (the other expensive store that has everything). Both stores have eateries inside.

    Email if you want a reasonably priced hotel recommendation.
  • gbc59

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    Nov 10, 2011 12:31 AM GMT
    head to St Albans ancient roman site and a nice town to wander around catch the bus from victoria station, day trip to canterbury only 2 hours by bus, catch the boat trip from greenwich to centre of town.,
  • kew1

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    Nov 10, 2011 12:37 PM GMT
    Suetonius saidDefinitely worth the trip –various ways to get there- is a visit to Henry VIII’s palace at Hampton Court (Richmond).


    For imported foods, check out the food court shops in either Harrods or Harvey Nichols (the other expensive store that has everything). Both stores have eateries inside.



    Add Fortnum & Mason to the list for foodies.

    Hampton Court - get the train (from Waterloo) to Kingston & walk about 1 mile along the Thames, or Richmond & get a boat.
    Windsor castle's about 50 minutes by train from Waterloo , a little less from Paddington.

    Look into the cycle hire scheme (nicknamed Boris bikes) & Oyster card to get around in London. Btw, the Underground map lies, some stations are much closer together by foot than going by train.