Travelling to London - recommendations?

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    Jan 27, 2016 8:14 PM GMT
    So, i'm coming at the start of march, what should i not miss and go see?
    what's recommended?
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    Jan 27, 2016 8:48 PM GMT
    If you like museums, art, history, whatever, there are some very nice ones there.
  • tazzari

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    Jan 28, 2016 12:23 AM GMT
    Above all, buy a good guide book before you go, so you can plan. There is so much to do and see in London that without a plan, it's easy to miss something you'd like.

    for the rest - depends on what you like!

    - Tour of Spencer House (Sundays only) - the last 18th century town house still as it was.
    - Sir John Soane's Museum - Weird grab-bag of odd and interesting stuff collected in the 18th century and displayed in the house he desingned for it.
    - The Silver Vaults, Chancery Lane
    - The clock room at the British Museum
    - Ye Olde Chesire Cheese, London's oldest pub - and the food's good too.
    - Rules, London's oldest restaurant; pricey, and make a reservation well in advance
    - Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory, the Royal Naval Museum at Greenwish: take a boat down, walk the nunnel and take the light rail back; the light rail is prfetty cool just on its own
    - Hatchard's Book Store in Picadilly
    - Covent Garden
    - The national Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery, Trafalgar Square
    - Tour of Westminster Abbey

    a few of my favorites - but get a guidebook & make your own list.

    Oh - and get an Oyster Card; computer chip pass for the tube.
  • interestingch...

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    Jan 28, 2016 12:53 AM GMT
    Buy for £5, an Oyster card for the tube and buses, you then put money on it as you need it and when you want to finish using it at the end of your trip, get back your £5 and the remaining balance. Get a tube map in any station. Buses are cheaper and you get to look out the window but the tube is faster and exceptionally good, always swipe your card as you leave a station or it will charge you more, no need on the buses.

    Buy a Lonely Planet Guide for London, it has so much info in it including where to stay for different budgets, Hostels as well as Hotels.

    The good thing about London is the fact that all the Art galleries and the Natural History museum are completely free so if you want to keep costs down, that is what I would recommend. Compton Street for gay bars also Ku Bar is pretty good with hot bar tenders, that is very close to Leicester Square.
    London Eye is good for the views, The London Dungeons but haven't been since I was a kid, Buckingham Palace, Parliament and Big Ben and walk to Trafalgar Square from there and you pass Number 10 Downing St where you can see changing of the guards. Covent Garden, Regent St, Oxford St and Knightsbridge for shopping, The 02 Arena for music concerts. The list goes on and on, its a very big city and unfortunately expensive.
    If you have the time, go to Bath, it a very small but very beautiful city which you can go to by bus maybe via Stone Henge or go by train which will be more expensive, you can do it in a day but at a push, it will be a long day but worth the trip, there is a Hostel and many hotels there. Definitely recommended and very walkable.
  • Fireworkz

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    Jan 28, 2016 1:04 AM GMT
    Hmm if you want a London that mixes the new not just the old here is my recommendation. It really depends on what you like.

    Sightseeing
    -Tower of London
    -London eye
    - Explore Trafalgar square, whitehall and green park
    - Take a boat on the Thames. The clipper service which is for commuters is the most cost effective it will take you to most of the sites
    - British Museum
    - Natural History Museum

    Shopping
    - Oxford st, Regent st
    - Covent garden

    Art
    - Tate Modern
    - Tate Britain
    - Royal Society of Arts - check to see what they have

    Drinks and Food
    Most of the fun stuff is in East London these days. West London is for old school bankers and posh people
    - Covent Garden and Soho are great to hangout for drinks and restaurants
    - The Shard at London Bridge- tallest building in Europe with great restaurants, bars and amazing views
    - Hangout in Shoreditch - where all the hipsters, artists, tech entrepreneurs and tourists hangout
    - go to brick lane on a weekend for the markets
    - In the evening there are many food and drink places to visit

    Gaybars/clubs
    - head to soho
    - Drinks at the Yard or Circa,
    - Rupert street,
    - XXL is a good club - is supposed to be a bear club but I think only 30% of the people are actually bears. It has 2 rooms. 1 is R&B and pop the other is house music
    - Check QXmagazine for other clubs

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    Jan 28, 2016 6:37 AM GMT
    Fireworkz saidHmm if you want a London that mixes the new not just the old here is my recommendation. It really depends on what you like.

    Sightseeing
    -Tower of London
    -London eye
    - Explore Trafalgar square, whitehall and green park
    - Take a boat on the Thames. The clipper service which is for commuters is the most cost effective it will take you to most of the sites
    - British Museum
    - Natural History Museum

    Shopping
    - Oxford st, Regent st
    - Covent garden

    Art
    - Tate Modern
    - Tate Britain
    - Royal Society of Arts - check to see what they have

    Drinks and Food
    Most of the fun stuff is in East London these days. West London is for old school bankers and posh people
    - Covent Garden and Soho are great to hangout for drinks and restaurants
    - The Shard at London Bridge- tallest building in Europe with great restaurants, bars and amazing views
    - Hangout in Shoreditch - where all the hipsters, artists, tech entrepreneurs and tourists hangout
    - go to brick lane on a weekend for the markets
    - In the evening there are many food and drink places to visit

    Gaybars/clubs
    - head to soho
    - Drinks at the Yard or Circa,
    - Rupert street,
    - XXL is a good club - is supposed to be a bear club but I think only 30% of the people are actually bears. It has 2 rooms. 1 is R&B and pop the other is house music
    - Check QXmagazine for other clubs



    I'll be free at evenings (going for a convention), already booked also for the book of Mormons, I heard its great.

    Soho area sounds interesting. Thanks!
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    Jan 28, 2016 9:09 AM GMT
    If you have free time (Week-end?) consider Henry VIII's palace at Hampton Court or the Tower of London. Walk through old Hampstead, about the oldest area of London.

    There's a ton of theatre in London - don't limit yourself to Book of Mormon.

    Try a walking tour (Londonwalks.com) (2 hours?) There is a great evening walk in the haunts of Jack the Ripper. Led by very knowledgeable guides.
  • mar0302

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    Jan 28, 2016 4:52 PM GMT
    I agree with the suggestions people have so far.. There is a lot to see.. also there is the river taxi, which is basically £6.50 with your Oyster card each way and can bring you from central London out to Greenwich and back.. A lot cheaper than a tour on the Thames and just as good..

    For good cocktail places - someone mentioned Shard, go to Gong for cocktails.. there is a minimum of £15 but it's cheaper than a ticket up to see the view and you get a drink for that.. Alternative places with good cocktails and views are the Sky Garden near Monument station, the Sky Lounge at the top of the doubletree (good view of Tower Bridge), Sushi Samba, near Liverpool Street Station.. they're a bit pricey but amazing views..

    Soho is good, Vauxhall is also good but depends what type of clubs you like. XXL is popular now as was mentioned.

    Lots to do in london, I'm sure you'll have an amazing time here.
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    Jan 28, 2016 6:12 PM GMT
    In planning for my own upcoming trip, I've found that Frommer's and Rick Steves' guides are the best by far. Many libraries have both, and they're reasonably priced on Amazon. Nice to see that they all have sections on gay nightlife these days.
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    Jan 29, 2016 2:44 PM GMT
    If you want to work out while you are in London try the SweatBox Gym just near Oxford Circus.
  • Apparition

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    Jan 30, 2016 10:31 AM GMT
    I enjoyed walking around the thames near the eye. The stonework is old and fun if you live in a country without a lot of old stuff. At low tide you can walk down by the actual water and sort through the gravel, lots of pottery shards and stuff if you are a pottery nerd. The walls covered in moss are kinda cool.

    The british museum has a google street view kinda setup now if you want to preview it. Seeing the easter island statue is recommended only one off the island. Rosetta stone too its huge which was a shock.
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    Jan 30, 2016 2:56 PM GMT
    Some excellent advice above. If I were to recommend just one thing, it would be to walk the Thames Path from Albert Bridge to Tower Bridge (about 6 miles). You can also do the return walk along the South Bank.

    http://content.tfl.gov.uk/thames-path-north-section-2.pdf

    The last time I was in London I walked the Thames Path from Westminster Bridge to Greenwich (did the Greenwich tour) and then walked through the Greenwich Foot Tunnel and all the way back via the Thames Path North. It's quite a hike.
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    Jan 30, 2016 7:51 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidSome excellent advice above. If I were to recommend just one thing, it would be to walk the Thames Path from Albert Bridge to Tower Bridge (about 6 miles). You can also do the return walk along the South Bank.

    http://content.tfl.gov.uk/thames-path-north-section-2.pdf

    The last time I was in London I walked the Thames Path from Westminster Bridge to Greenwich (did the Greenwich tour) and then walked through the Greenwich Foot Tunnel and all the way back via the Thames Path North. It's quite a hike.

    Sounds like a good one to me. It's pretty flat, right?

    BTW, I've always been a steam engine buff. Where are the old large piston pumping engines located in England? Near Bristol? In addition to a week in London, I'm planning on driving thru S. England, from Land's End to Margate, and about as far north as the Bristol-Oxford-Cambridge-Kings Lynn line. And, as you might imagine, I'm looking forward to seeing Chartwell and ... Finchley. "Can you direct me to the latter?" icon_cool.gif
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    Jan 30, 2016 9:20 PM GMT
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    Sounds like a good one to me. It's pretty flat, right?

    BTW, I've always been a steam engine buff. Where are the old large piston pumping engines located in England? Near Bristol? In addition to a week in London, I'm planning on driving thru S. England, from Land's End to Margate, and about as far north as the Bristol-Oxford-Cambridge-Kings Lynn line. And, as you might imagine, I'm looking forward to seeing Chartwell and ... Finchley. "Can you direct me to the latter?" icon_cool.gif


    Yes, the Thames Path is very flat and, with a good pair of light walking shoes, not too arduous, though it does meander quite a bit.

    I don't know Finchley well, but I've driven through it quite a few times. It's a typical North London suburb. If you really must go (Thatcher pilgrimage?) take the Northern Line tube to Finchley Central.

    Of course, Bristol and the Southwest in general has a strong association with Brunel. There's the SS Great Britain and the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol. The Avon Valley Railway (not far from Bristol) is a nice steam heritage railway, as is the Bodmin and Wenford railway (just off the A30 if you're driving up from Lands End) with an excellent military museum just across the road. If you're going to Bristol, you must see Bath (if you haven't already been).
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    Jan 30, 2016 10:13 PM GMT
    Thanks, you called it right on Lady T.* And, I've always admired Brunel and the great scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs of the XIX Cen.
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    Jan 30, 2016 10:57 PM GMT
    lol - Yeah, really "violent". You've obviously led a sheltered life.

    When are you, AryanH20P and a few others here going to learn that just because someone slaps a title on a bit of random footage of shouty muslims, that doesn't mean it's the truth?
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    Jan 30, 2016 11:02 PM GMT
    this was acted?
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    Jan 30, 2016 11:09 PM GMT
    Nope, it was a real demo. They tend to be loud and animated, but there was no violence there.

    Here's a demo in London by fox hunting supporters with some right-wing EDL supporters thrown in (which did actually get violent, because, unlike in your video, the crowd kept pushing the police line back).



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    Jan 30, 2016 11:14 PM GMT
    Bonifacius said

    This, too, I am looking forward to seeing firsthand, having heard - to my disgust - the loud and raucous "call to prayer" live in Hamtramck, MI this past Xmas. How soon before it competes with the crows' harsh noise throughout America? Once I see - and hear - how things are in London, I'll make up my mind about how "violent" they are, bearing in mind that the left likes to characterize anything that hints at hurting anyone's feelings as "violent."
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    Jan 30, 2016 11:16 PM GMT
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    because you know, muslims are just loud and fuzzy and nice


    you are such a vile hypocrite, when westerners protest it all ends more or less peacfully,

    rape, beheadings, bombings and shootings and terrorism, crime rate going up that is the reality and TRUTH
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    Jan 30, 2016 11:36 PM GMT
    Sam27 saidBoni, being a narrow-minded makes you stupid. ;-)




    at least I have a brain while you have a mentally impaired one, islamic apologist
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    Jan 30, 2016 11:40 PM GMT
    Sam27 said
    Bonifacius said
    Sam27 saidBoni, being a narrow-minded makes you stupid. ;-)




    at least I have a brain while you have a mentally impaired one, islamic apologist


    I agree with you those extremists should be kick out of the country. Why do you hijacked everyone threads into anti-Muslim crap?




    you are the one who makes nonsense and irrelevant crap, I make a point
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    Jan 31, 2016 8:36 AM GMT