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A romantic stay in London

A September 2001 trip to London by danielk

Quote: London is indeed a metropolitan city. In my opinion London is the city in Europe with the most international buzz. Whether you are looking for historie, romance, dining, clubbing or shopping you'll find it here.

A romantic stay in London

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Overview

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We stayed 3 days at the Miller's hotel in Notting Hill - The perfect set up for a romantic stay in London. If you have never been in London before there are a few historic attractions you must see: Trafalgar Square - a very impressive and busy square with an beatiful water fountain. Hyde park - where wacky street personalities give speaches of all kinds. Leister square - A busy square close to Chinatown with cinema's, restaurants, ect. Other must see places are: Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, Covent garden, to name a few. For exclusive expensive shopping go to Bond or Sloane street where you'll find flag ship stores from Prada, Gucci, Donna Karen, etc. For ...Read More

Miller's hotel

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Hotel

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Location: The Hotel is situated in Notting Hill a 10 min walk from the Portabello market. This area is best known from the film "Notting Hill" with Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. The area is more relaxed than central London yet the undergroud takes you to central London in 10 min. The hotel: The hotel is owned by a man named Martin Miller and you almost feel invited for a private stay with him and his staff. The hotel only has 8 rooms and a large living room that the guests can use. Guests are allowed to bring and drink their own wine in the hotel. When we arrived we were invited to a glass of wine in the living room by the hotel manager. This was a great opportu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 29, 2002

Miller's hotel
111A Westbourne Grove
London, England
+44 (207) 243-1024

Hakkasan

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Restaurant

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Location: In a seedy back alley between Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street on 8 Hanway Place. The restaurant is in an old factory building. Style and crowd: The restaurant is one very large hall with a bar at the end of the room. The style of the restaurant is a mix between trendy London minimalism and Chinese decorations. The room was filled with people and the noise level was quite loud. Even though we had a reservation we had to spend the first 30 min. in the bar and wait for a table - this is a thing people expect when you visit the most hip restaurant in town. The crowd consists of the rich and famous I noticed Tia Carrera, Simon Le Bon and Gwen Stafani. We w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 29, 2002

Hakkasan
8 Hanway Place
London, England
+44 (020) 7927 7000

Opium

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Restaurant

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Opium is a restaurant and nightclub in one, and the perfect place to eat if you want the best of both worlds. The kitchen can best be described as modern Asian fusion kichen, combining both fish and meat dishes and very Asian spices. The design of the nightclub is also inspired by Asia, and the furniture is kept in dark wood. The most interesting thing about the place is the energetic upper class crowd. The food was very delicious, we were a party of 5 and tried both the fish, chicken and meat dishes. Everybody were more than satisfied with the inventive fusion food. The crowd is fairly young the girls are from 20-30 and the men 25-45. The place appeals to the rich ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 29, 2002

Opium
2a Dean Street
London, England W1D 3RD
(020) 7287-9608

Tate Modern

Attraction

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How to get there: Take the tube to either Southwark or Blackfriars and walk the rest of the way. Tate Modern is housed in the former Bankside Power Station. The museum displays a collection of international modern art from 1900 to the present day, such as works by Dalí, Picasso, Matisse, and more contempoary artists like Dorothy Cross, Gilbert & George and Susan Hiller. I have to admit that I found Modern Tate a bit disapointing - I think you need to be very interested in modern art to understand to qualities of the collection. Of course the works of Dalí, Picasso and Matisse are nice but having seen these paintings before I had hoped to be pleasantly surpriced by...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 29, 2002

Tate Modern
Sumner Street
London SE1 9TG
+44 20 7887 8000

Portobello Road Market

Attraction | "Portabello Market"

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London may at the moment be one of the most expensive cities in the world if you are looking for trendy clothes. One of the cheaper options is the Portabello market.

However the main reason for going to Portabello is to experience the relaxed yet lively atmosphere. The Portabello Road is about 2 miles of smalls shops and people selling stuff directly on the street.

You can find antic furniture of a very high quality, clothes both new and second hand, CD's and a lot of different suveniers.

If you are in Notting Hill it would be a shame not to visit the Portabello market.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 29, 2002

Portobello Road Market
Portobello Road
London, England W11