Travelling to London

  • Rico024

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    Oct 17, 2015 5:53 PM GMT
    Hey there,

    So early November I am heading to London for work. I haven't been in years and wondering what are some things I need to see or do.

    Perhaps looking for a handsome tour guide. icon_wink.gif
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    Oct 18, 2015 1:38 AM GMT
    Hello mate,

    Being from the UK myself, I could suggest quite a bit. How long are you staying? Definitely check out the London Eye, which is the big ferris wheel that gives you a really nice overview of London and surrounding areas. It's also next to the Aquarium. You can check out St. James Park, which at the end sits Buckingham Palace. At the other end of St. James Park is Trafalgar Square and the British National Museum. At 1100 hours every morning, you can witness the changing of the guards. In the Jewel House, located in the Tower of London, you will find the famous Crown Jewels. For shopping, there is Piccadilly Circus, which has all of the upscale stores we are used to here, and more. If you're feeling adventurous, rent a car and drive out about an hour west to Stonehenge, or you can head southeast about 1.5 hours to Dover, to see the famous white cliffs. There is a lot to do.

    With regards to gaybourhoods, most popular is Old Compton Street in the SoHo District, which is kind of London's gay mecca.

    Definitely enjoy your trip!

    Cheers,

    Sean
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    Oct 18, 2015 11:09 AM GMT
    Just type "London" into the search bar (above) to check out the many London travel threads here.
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    Oct 23, 2015 11:11 PM GMT
    There is tons of gaylife in London, and easy to find. (They use Grindr there too, if you need to get laid.)

    For something cultural - visit the Half Price tickets booth at Leicester Square (the "real" one - not the imitation booths nearby) and get really cheap tickets for theater that evening.

    Really cheap tickets for most theater in London.

    Get an "oyster" card for public transit, at your first encounter with a tube station - such as at Heathrow, if you decide to take the Picadilly Line into London instead of the Paddington express train.

    Buy a guidebook to London before you go?
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    Oct 23, 2015 11:39 PM GMT
    Go with "London Walks" on a 2 hour tour of your choice. Cheap. They have a goodly number of "walks" in all parts of London. Generally, they are led by a person who is very knowledgeable about the subject area, and usually very good speakers - some are actors. The "Jack the Ripper" nighttime walk is great - as well as the excursion down the Thames to Greenwich and the observatory. Check the website for the schedule - changes frequently.

    http://www.walks.com/
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    Oct 23, 2015 11:57 PM GMT
    Puppenjunge said
    For something cultural - visit the Half Price tickets booth at Leicester Square (the "real" one - not the imitation booths nearby) and get really cheap tickets for theater that evening.

    Really cheap tickets for most theater in London.

    Generally London has a lot more theater than in NYC, and a lot cheaper.

    The half-price ticket booth is at Leicester Sq. - opposite the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire hotel

    The website usually lists what will be for sale for the next day.
    http://www.tkts.co.uk/
  • Suetonius

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    Oct 24, 2015 12:03 AM GMT
    On the off chance you are into sex and drugs - at least according to this film, there is a lot of that activity going on in London today - Called "chemsex" (not a term I had encountered before, but I lead a pretty sheltered life.)

    http://accidentalbear.com/chemsex-the-use-of-drugs-in-a-sexual-context-official-trailer/
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    Oct 24, 2015 1:46 AM GMT
    On the off chance you are into getting shot dead, why not vacation at home?

    Actually, you are probably as likely to encounter "chemsex" while visiting London as you are to get shot while visiting a big city in the US, but as this seems to have turned into the irrelevant travel advice thread, I thought I'd chime in with my own gratuitous tip.