A September 2000 trip
to London by Kathy
Quote: The first time I went to London was March 1997.
I have been there 15 times since. I fell in love with London that first visit and never tire of going there.
There is always something new to do every time you visit.
With lots of plays to see, day trips to take and different museums how can you get bored.
If you read the rest of the journal you will see what I mean, and there are many things in London that I have not seen yet. There are lots of things that I can do again and again, like Covent Garden , the London Eye and Tower of London.Also we take in plays whenever we can and get tickets at the 1/2 price booth at Leicester SQ. I always get on the www.londontown.com website and research the plays I want to see so that when we get to the booth I have an idea since often your 1st choice isnt available, this helps so you know what the plays are about, sometimes the smaller plays are the best.
The tube is so easy to use it makes no matter where you stay easy to get around.
I like to stay near Kensington area because there are lots of pubs and shops around that area.
The last 4 times I stayed in the Earls Court area and I really like that area a lot. Also if you look there are much cheaper accomodations in this area than Kensington and Knightsbridge. Earls Court Road has so many restaurants. Italian, Thai and Indian to name a few and also some coffee and sandwich shops for those on the run or take back to the hotel.
I have some journals on Cambridge, Bath and Greenwich that we did as day trips or an overnite all within a short train ride away.
Please also see my London guide on pubs and street markets. Since I have so much information I thought I needed to do another journal. I really had to write more than 1 journal on London since there are so many things to do.
Member Rating 1 out of 5 on September 20, 2000
Hotel | "Harlingford"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 3, 2000
61-63 CARTWRIGHT GARDENS
I really like this hotel - the rooms are big and the bathrooms are also large for Europe, the location is ideal (a 2-minute walk from Earls Court tube), and there are lots of small shops around the area to get snacks, and beer and wine, etc.
The staff is very friendly and helpful. If you get there early and the room isn't ready, they will hold bags, and there are restroom facilities to freshen up in. Also, a nice continental breakfast is included in the price and they have tea and coffee maker and hair dryer in the room.
Most rooms are set up for two people, but they have a number of family rooms with two double beds and a fold-out couch, and the room is large enough for everyone's bags, as they have a large closet and desk.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 12, 2003
Barkston Gardens Hotel
34 44 BARKSTON GARDENS
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 3, 2000
18 Woburn Street
Restaurant | "Wesminster Arms"
Westminster Arms Pub
9 Storeys Gate
London, England SW1P 3AT
(020) 7222 8520
Lamb and Flag
33 Rose Street
London, England WC2E 9EB
Rat And Parrot
250 Haverstock Hill
London, England NW3 2AE
1a Phillimore Gardens
London, England W8 7EG
+44 20 7938 5338
There is also a brass rubbing center in the basement along with a small gift shop. They have a market outside, but it''s not as good as other markets.
(Brass rubbing for those who don''t know -- they have a selection of "pictures" with the picture raised, for example a saint or boat or church. Then you take a piece of heavy construction paper and wax/metallic crayon and you rub the pictures and transfer it to the paper and take that home as a souvenir.
Cafe in the Crypt
The Crypt Of St. Martin In The Fields
London, England WC2N 4JF
+44 20 7839-4342
Attraction | "Camden Locks"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 20, 2000
Camden High Street
Camden, London, England NW1
London, England WC2
+44 20 7836 9136
Attraction | "Imperial War Museum"
NOW THIS MUSEUM IS FREE-AS OF 2001
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 28, 2000
Imperial War Museum London
London, England SE1 6HZ
+44 (20) 7416 5000
Attraction | "Winston Churchhill's Britain at War"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 28, 2000
Winston Churchill's Britain at War Museum
64-66 Tooley Street
London, England SE1 2TF
+44 20 7403 3171
Attraction | "Regent Street"
Regent Street Festival
235-241 Regent Street
London, England W1R 7AJ
+44 207 491 4429
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 3, 2000
Greenwich High Road
020 7237 2001
Attraction | "Portabello"
Portobello Road Market
London, England W11
Attraction | "St. Pauls"
St Paul's Cathedral
The Chapter House
London, England EC4M 8AD
+44 (20 7) 236 4128
Cabinet War Rooms
London, England SW1A 2AQ
+44 20 7930 6961
Attraction | "The London Wheel"
The London Eye
South Bank of the River Thames
London, England SE1 9TA
+44 (870) 500 0600
Tower of London
London, England EC3N 4AB
+44 (207) 709 0765
Attraction | "St Martin of the Fields Church"
We go to London at least 3 times a year and always go to church there.
See my review under dining for Cafe in the Crypt.
There is a market here on the side of the church but it is not to good.
But take the time to visit the church.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 19, 2001
London, England WC2H 8LG
+44 20 7930 1862
No matter how many times I go to London I love to see Big Ben.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 19, 2001
London, England SW1A 2NE
Attraction | "Harrod's"
Everyone has to go to Harrods at least once.
Over the Christmas Holiday's the windows are decorated and they are really great. Different every year.
Go down to the food court.
I like to buy some small candies and cookies and jelly in Harrods tins to give at Christmas.
The thing I don't like to having to pay 1 pound to use the restroom. I guess you need to go before you go into the store.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 20, 2001
87-135 Brompton Road
London, England SW1X 7XL
+44 (20) 7730 1234
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 11, 2000
London, England WC2N 5DN
+44 (207) 747 2885
Attraction | "Millennium Bridge"
This bridge crosses between St. Paul's and the Tate Modern.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 13, 2003
Millennium Bridge (London Millennium Footbridge)
Riverside Near St Paul's On North Bank
London, England W1EC4
+44 20 7525 4925
We only stayed here for about an hour, but since it was free, it was worth the time spent.
I didn't care that much for the art, although we breezed through the place.
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 13, 2003
London SE1 9TG
+44 20 7887 8000
Northern Va Suburbs of DC, Virginia