London til June 28. What do you recommend?

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    Jun 15, 2016 3:07 PM GMT
    Any current shows or exhibits you love? All ideas appreciated.
    Cool shops and restaurants?
    We know the city pretty well so we're willing to be adventurous.
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    Jun 15, 2016 4:00 PM GMT
    -look up the oldest pub still in existence and have dinner there.
    -see if a London theater version of the Broadway show Hamilton is playing. Cost is the issue. Currently NYC Broadway tickets are $900ea and may be lower in the UK. The show is near the best ever done in years.
    -get a gps with none web based maps for the island on your cell phone.
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    Jun 15, 2016 4:42 PM GMT
    If you know the city, you probably know the half price ticket booth in Leicester Square. Get there by noon. Avoid musicals from Broadway and look at limited run plays with Brit actors. There's usually an Oscar Wilde of some sort on with someone good. First day during jet lag I like to go to the food hall in Selfridges and load up on snacks for the room (cheese, pate, bread crackers, scotch, wine) to last me through the trip. Then head to your hotel to check in. If you like architecture, do a day trip to Blenheim Palace. You can train out and be back in time for theatre. Of course Windsor Castle. I hear the Tate Modern has added on a big addition as has the British Museum but you might want to check and make sure they're open. The British is one of my fav places on earth. If you have time before you leave, buy a copy of "The history of the world as told through 100 objects in the British Museum." Each of the 100 objects is a short chapter and is fascinating. For shops, I'm happy just walking down Jermyn Street and poking through fun stores but I'm not usually in buy mode, just like looking. I like to eat the full English breakfast, lunch is bread and cheese while moving, pre-theatre snack from the Selfridges stuff, and dinner after theatre (which is every night). Dinner can be China Town, or an Indian or Pakistan place I spot, or if we're heading back to hotel (we stay at the Cavendish usually) Green's Restaurant and Oyster Bar which is classic Brit food well prepared, reasonable and a very clubby atmosphere. Or of course, pub food, fish and chips or shepherd's pie. Just watch the clock- the pubs close early.
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    Jun 15, 2016 7:17 PM GMT
    For a relaxing place for tea (and great pastry) in the Old Compton gayborhood, try Maison Bertaux on Greek St, 1/2 block down from Old Compton.
    Walking Tours? Have enjoyed a number from London Walks ( ) - led by very knowledgeable guides. Have enjoyed the nighttime Jack-The-Ripper walk, one in the canal area, and one including a boat trip down the Thames to Greenwich with a tour of the observatory area.

    Hampton Court is worth some time.

    For the outdoors, try Kew gardens. If you go to Kew, there is a great tea/lunch spot between the tube stop and the garden entrance. Regent's Park, including Queen Mary's Rose gardens, which should be in bloom.

    For food - try Mon Plasir, 21 Monmouth St (near theaters). Small french restaurant with excellent food (I'm not a fan of English food).

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    Jun 15, 2016 7:54 PM GMT
    Thanks Guys, you're getting me out of my routine places.
    I'll try some of your dining suggestions. My partner could eat every meal at a PRET so I'm always eager to find places to make him try.

    Yes, I'll do a walking tour this trip.

    I'm a garden designer so I always go to Kew and Regents for at least 3 days. London is a garden-loving city so I'm in heaven for that alone.
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    Jun 21, 2016 2:38 PM GMT
    Just got back from 3 weeks on the other side of the pond, and strongly recommend dinner at the Duke of Kendall pub near Connaught Sq. (Marble Arch tube). Their Sunday afternoon specials are excellent, and the atmosphere is veddy, veddy English. Duck and lamb are done especially well. Check out The Yard in Rupert St. for a good gay bar. Safe travels!
  • interestingch...

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    Jun 22, 2016 1:44 PM GMT
    All the public art galleries are free, The national Gallery, the Portrait gallery which is right behind it on Trafalgar Square, The Victoria and Albert Museum which is at South Kensington as well as the Natural history museum. There is a Rolling Stones exhibit on at the Saatchi Gallery near Sloane Sqauare station, around £22 to get in.
    There was a James Bond exhibition on near Covent garden, don't know if its still on or not.
    On the 24th 25th and 26th is Glastonbury Festival, a british institution, you wont get tickets but will be televised on BBC, its an awesome festival, you maybe able to catch it in a bar on TV maybe.
    Ku bar near Leicester Square is a great bar with friendly bar men who take their shirts off later in the evening, always busy on the weekends.
    I think it Pride weekend this weekend in London too, not my scene but maybe yours however.
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    Jun 23, 2016 3:04 PM GMT
    I'm staying behind the Russian embassy. Shhhhh, they may be listening.
    Great area beside Hyde Park.
    Gay bars are unnecessary as every pub is plenty gay friendly. And the bars of Soho are packed out the doors---pretty much as always.
    Been running in Hyde Park, Holland Park and Hampstead Heath(the best of all).
    And the Heath has a swimming pond. Heaven.
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    Jun 23, 2016 3:14 PM GMT
    MGINSD, The Yard looks great. I'll report tonight or tomorrow.
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    Jun 23, 2016 9:21 PM GMT
    Being from the UK, I'd like to also recommend Greenwich, and the Royal Observatory... (0 degree line of longitude). There's also Richmond, which is a cute little town with good restaurants and cafes. If you'd like to check out the O2 Stadium, which has a few restaurants as well, mostly bigger chains. It used to be called the Millennium Dome, and is the largest self supporting structure in the world.