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    Jul 03, 2012 1:13 PM GMT
    Alright boys,

    I am going to London to study for three months in the Fall, and I need information. Preferably from someone who lives there. I need to know basic stuff

    Kind of clothes to bring (season related)
    Where I HAVE to go
    The Gay scene
    What's around me (Earls Court)
    Best Clubs
    Best Bars
    Good Live Music
    Free Shit
    Things that people don't know when they arrive to London

    I'm up for skype, and if we talk maybe we can meet up when I'm there. Inbox me if you are down.

    swag
  • kew1

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    Jul 03, 2012 2:17 PM GMT
    Clothes - expect the weather to be anything from warm to freezing, wet to dry.

    We don't have a predictable climate, it can change by 10C overnight, be dry in the morning , a monsoon at lunchtime & dry/sunny again a couple of hours later.
    It'll be warmer than Chicago though,doubt you'll need thermalsicon_biggrin.gif

    Clubs/music - sorry, no idea but http://www.timeout.com/london/
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    Jul 03, 2012 3:33 PM GMT
    I was only there for a week last fall, but it was incredible - a week doesn't go by when I don't wish I was back there.

    There's a ton of stuff to see and do, but probably my top suggestion for free stuff is the British Museum. I'm not much of a museum guy, but even I was floored by the exhibits they had, I could have spent way more time there than I planned.

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    Jul 05, 2012 9:42 PM GMT
    Swag saidAlright boys,

    I am going to London to study for three months in the Fall, and I need information.
    Free Shit
    Things that people don't know when they arrive to London
    swag

    Things that people don't know:
    You need to buy an Oyster Card for transit.
    http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tickets/14836.aspx
    [Almost] Free Shit:
    The official half-price theatre ticket booth in Leicester Square. Big discounts on many theatre tickets.
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    Jul 05, 2012 9:47 PM GMT
    Suetonius said
    Swag said
    half-price theatre ticket booth in Leicester Square. Big discounts on many theatre tickets.


    Also Leicester Square is the stop on the tube you get off on if you want to visit SOHO
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    Jul 05, 2012 9:53 PM GMT
    1. Kind of clothes to bring (season related)
    Combo of autumn (nb not fall) sweaters, jumpers, etc, plus late summer stuff - weather;s unpredictable - probably no need for shorts.

    2. Where I HAVE to go
    The Gay scene
    Too much choice - taste dependant

    3. What's around me (Earls Court)
    Australians

    4. Best Clubs; Best Bars
    See Q2

    5. Good Live Music
    G-A-Y

    6. Free Shit
    Newspapers on public transport, tube, etc.
    Most museums and art galleries I think (lived here over ten years and only ever made the Kylie exhibition at the V&A - shocking).

    7. Things that people don't know when they arrive to London
    Never make eye contact with anyone on the tube. Ever. It's a golden rule. The free newspapers help with this,
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    Jul 05, 2012 10:00 PM GMT
    an Attitude . London gays can be lethal.
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    Jul 05, 2012 10:08 PM GMT
    7. Things that people don't know when they arrive to London
    Never make eye contact with anyone on the tube. Ever. It's a golden rule. The free newspapers help with this,


    .... But if you do.. make sure heś a really cute italian icon_twisted.gif ah memories icon_biggrin.gif

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    Jul 10, 2012 10:11 PM GMT
    Wait.

    Why should i NOT make eye contact with someone on the tube
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    Jul 10, 2012 10:26 PM GMT
    Swag saidWait.

    Why should i NOT make eye contact with someone on the tube


    If you do, you turn to stone, doomed to ride the tube forever, stuck on the jubilee line.
  • UMbuddy

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    Jul 16, 2012 2:33 AM GMT
    I'm going to study there on the 21st, what date do you leave?
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    Jul 17, 2012 2:52 PM GMT
    Swag saidWait.

    Why should i NOT make eye contact with someone on the tube


    If you do then you might smile at them, and then you might talk to them and who knows WHERE that would lead.

    Actually, it´s about space. London (UK in general) is SO cramped and the tube is about the worst of all. The only way to preserve any sense of personal space when you are squashed against someone in a hot sticky tube of metal under ground is to pretend they are not there.

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    Jul 17, 2012 2:58 PM GMT
    BritBloke said1. Kind of clothes to bring (season related)
    Combo of autumn (nb not fall) sweaters, jumpers, etc, plus late summer stuff - weather;s unpredictable - probably no need for shorts.

    Bring a good waterproof coat

    2. Where I HAVE to go
    The Gay scene
    Too much choice - taste dependant

    Spain. I wouldn´t spend autumn in the UK if I could avoid it.

    3. What's around me (Earls Court)
    Australians

    True.

    4. Best Clubs; Best Bars
    See Q2

    They are all as horrible as each other

    5. Good Live Music
    G-A-Y

    the royal opera house

    6. Free Shit
    Newspapers on public transport, tube, etc.
    Most museums and art galleries I think (lived here over ten years and only ever made the Kylie exhibition at the V&A - shocking).

    The newspapers are rubbish (it says so in the tube stations) museums and art galleries yes.

    7. Things that people don't know when they arrive to London
    Never make eye contact with anyone on the tube. Ever. It's a golden rule. The free newspapers help with this,


    When someone says "sorry" it often means "get out of the way you mother funking cnut or I will break your fingers". We´re not apologising.
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    Jul 17, 2012 2:59 PM GMT
    Reply with "no problem" it actually means "do that again and I'll fucking break you"
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    Jul 19, 2012 7:00 AM GMT
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    Jul 19, 2012 7:27 AM GMT
    Also be prepared to hear all the time...'brilliant' or 'rubbish' , and do not make assumptions because we speak the same language as others have said...I can tell you how many times...I thought I was doing X, when they meant Y and had to reiterate what I meant..., so have a lot of perseverance, if you have a chance travel to N. England its very different as well, but be careful the North hates the South which I was amazed... the hatred they have for each other. Also embrace Soccer, Cricket and Rugby, and have funicon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 19, 2012 3:07 PM GMT
    Southerners don´t hate people from the north. We pity them.
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    Jul 24, 2012 2:16 PM GMT
    I fly out September 3

    GonzotheGreat. I wanna talk to you about this some time. I think we want the same out of a traveling experience.
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    Jul 24, 2012 3:50 PM GMT
    BritBloke said5. Good Live Music
    G-A-Y


    I really can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not with this!

    Well there's lots of really great concert venues in London - there's the O2, which is one of the biggest concert venues and usually has the huge tours, but it also houses a smaller venue called the Indigo2 with more 'alternative' artists which is quite nice. There's the big stadiums (stadia?) like Wembley too, depends what's on - you will have to check and see if any of your favourite artists are playing in London. There's also mid-size venues like the Hammersmith Apollo, the O2 Brixton Academy and O2 Shepherd's Bush, and then obviously loads of smaller venues for more intimate gigs/less well known acts.

    Oh, someone said you NEED an Oyster card for travel - that's not true, but it is cheaper to travel if you buy an Oyster card and put money on that than to keep buying individual tickets, if you're going to use the London Underground or buses a lot.

    As for clothes, the climate is unpredictable as has been said - pack jeans, t-shirts and a jumper/hoodie or two, and a light coat/jacket, it shouldn't be too cold the time of year you're coming, and you can buy anything you need when you get here.

    Where you HAVE to go really depends on what you're into!!

    Same for gay scene - if you like the hardcore shirts off muscle clubs then stick to Vauxhall but check gay listings websites like QX and Boyz before you come so you know what's happening at each night.

    There's a pretty decent gay pub in Earl's Court but I forget the name - something vaguely rude sounding like the Coalhorne or something like that, I haven't been in years. And a gay sex shop called Clone Zone if you need to pick up any 'ahem' supplies.

    Things people don't know...erm... stand on the RIGHT going up and down escalators on the tube, the left is the fast track and it annoys locals no end when tourists get in the way. London streets are not organised into nice 'blocks' like they do in America so don't start talking about that as we won't know what you're on about.

    It is mandatory to watch Eastenders and develop a taste for roast dinners and fish and chips.
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    Jul 24, 2012 3:53 PM GMT
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    Brilliant!

    Also may I suggest you don't confine yourself to London, plenty of other great places in the UK

    *cough* Scotland *cough*
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    Jul 24, 2012 4:02 PM GMT
    Swag saidI fly out September 3

    GonzotheGreat. I wanna talk to you about this some time. I think we want the same out of a traveling experience.


    you mean you want to go to spain too?
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    Jul 24, 2012 4:49 PM GMT
    Swag saidAlright boys,


    Things that people don't know when they arrive to London

    I

    swag


    The London Underground map has no actual relationship with where the stations are in real life.
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    Jul 26, 2012 4:31 AM GMT
    GonzoTheGreat said
    Swag saidI fly out September 3

    GonzotheGreat. I wanna talk to you about this some time. I think we want the same out of a traveling experience.


    you mean you want to go to spain too?


    Yeh, but your version of traveling and mine are the same.
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    Jul 26, 2012 4:51 AM GMT
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    This post is FULL of win.

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    Jul 26, 2012 4:57 AM GMT
    West London is where tourists get heavily bumped on price over quality, in nearly every way possible.

    East London is home to the coolest areas/hang out spots/creatives.

    Time Out Magazine is the London event bible- check it religiously for local esoteric cultural enlightenment and the path to the best MOFO events in the western world.