London Journals

London On Our Own

A September 2003 trip to London by Quint

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London On Our Own

Overview

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This was our second trip to London and we opted to do a "our own thing" rather than take guided tours. Highlights: Imperial War Museum, The Eye, National Art Museum, which will take a full day, at least, to see all it has to offer. Works of Van Gough, Cezanne, Raphael, Monet, just to name a few are on exhibit. A one day trip to Bath is recommended. Tower of London and the crown jewels, and of course, several London shows. We stayed at the Marriott County Hall on the south bank of the Thames sited at the south end of Westminster bridge. The County Hall building is a wonderful piece of architecture worth touring. It is also the home of the London Aquarium and a Dali Art Gallery. The south bank of the ...Read More

L'Escargot

Restaurant | "Le Esargot"

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Service was outstanding. The menu offers an array of continental meals. We opted for the offered fixed price, four-course dinner, which was wonderfully prepared. A perfect restaurant for before theatre dining. You won't be disappointed. Unfortuately, smoking is permitted, however, the staff makes every attempt to sit non-smokers as far from the smoking area as is possible.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 14, 2003

L'Escargot
48 Greek Street
London, England W1V 5LQ
+44 20 7439 7474

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This is VERY IMPORTANT to know. England has a Value Added Tax (VAT) of 17.5%, which is added to the sales price when you make a purchase. However, for tourists it is refundable when you leave the country. In order to receive your refund the appropriate form must be filled out and given to the Customs Officer at your port of departure. THE FORM IS AVAILABLE ONLY AT THE RETAIL STORE WHERE YOU MAKE THE PURCHASE. IT IS NOT – REPEAT -- NOT AVAILABLE FROM BRITISH CUSTOMS OFFICERS AT THE PORT OF DEPARTURE. It was our experience that the retailers did not offer us the form when we made our rather pricey purchases, although it was obvious that we were tourists. Therefore, it is incumbent on you to ask ...Read More