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Bittersweet London

A February 2004 trip to London by milliebell

Quote: Growing up in Northern England, I dreamed of London. But childhood dreams and reality are often different. When I was 19, I got a job near London and I HATED the place. Ten years later, I decided to give it another chance, but only for a long weekend.

Bittersweet London

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Overview

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One thing that can be said for London is that it caters for any taste or budget. Whatever you like, you will find it here. You can buy anything here, at a price. I enjoyed Camden Market the most, despite the tourist hype in places. Camden lock sold some wonderful craft pieces, at low prices, the market had some cool clothing, and there was some good cheap food to be had. I also loved Hampstead high street -- there were lots of individual shops, and it is very pretty and genuinely does have a village like atmosphere, though its pricey. If you like art, you will love London, but found the galleries too crowded for my liking. I enjoyed the Imperial War Museum. If you like literature, the British Library ...Read More

YHA London St. Pancras Youth Hostel

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Hotel | "St. Pancras International"

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I loved almost everything about this hostel. You walk into a bright, clean, spacious reception and lounge area, with huge sofas and loads of tourist info. The reception staff that greeted me was very friendly and helpful. It was not yet 2pm, when rooms officially open, but they have left luggage facilities for £1. I went into the basement to find them, and found it very clean, bright, and welcoming. Mostly basements are dark and dingy places. It had a laundry, large self-catering kitchen, and luggage locker room. There are lifts to all floors. My room on the sixth floor was huge, with just two pairs of bunk beds. The beds were solid pine bunks, and bedding was provided. There was a locker and p...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 29, 2004

YHA London St. Pancras Youth Hostel
79-81 Euston Road
London, England
0870 770 6044

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Attraction

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I met our guide, Richard, on a cold but dry Friday evening in February ‘04. A group of about 13 of us gradually assembled - this would be busier on summer evenings. Richard was very knowledgable about local history. We walked from Tower Hill to Aldgate, with Richard pointing out various places along the way, to Petticoat Lane, Brick Lane, and various points in the Whitechapel area. These included the places where the bodies were found, or as near as we could get given the modern layout, and areas that were important at the time. This included Dorset Street, once known as Dossette Street due to the number of cheap lodging houses there at the time of the Ripper, a now derelict building that was once a ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 28, 2004

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