London Journals

Weekends in London

An April 2004 trip to London by ShannonBrooke

Carrie Awaze Designer Sandwiches Photo, London, England More Photos
Quote: We visited London as a stopover on the way to and from Italy. I like London for its great but wallet-destroying shopping, the greatly improved restaurant scene, and its stately architecture.

Hotel Cavendish

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Hotel

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Keeping in mind that London hotels will cost you your shirt, the relatively low-priced Cavendish is an appealing option to some travelers. It does have a lovely backyard, a generous breakfast spread, and the closest access to the British Museum. An older couple owns it, and when we finally met the motherly Mrs. Edwards on our last day, we liked her quite a bit. Unfortunately, we had already gotten a surly welcome from someone we presume to be her son on our first day. It is located near the university, and the rooms do feel a bit like dormitories. We ended up in the attic up several sets of stairs and across a long hallway. There was a single bathroom located on a lower landing and a sh...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 15, 2005

Hotel Cavendish
75 Gower Street
London, England
020 7646 9079

Carrie Awaze Designer Sandwiches Photo, London, England
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What a find! We stumbled upon Designer Sandwiches when looking for a bite to eat in Covent Garden. I walked past the restaurant and got a really good feeling from it. My mate wanted to check out the next restaurant down the road, and I feel fortunate that it was closed. Designer Sandwiches was a real find. This eclectically decorated restaurant is located on 27 Endell Street, just near the 7 Dials. The walls are covered with various Indian memorabilia, from record album covers to magazine clippings. It's quite a fun place, feeling a bit like a British hippie spent some time down in Goa...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 24, 2004

Carrie Awaze Designer Sandwiches
27 Endell Street
London, England
(630) 515-6633

Jerry Springer - The Opera

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Jerry Springer - The Opera, a name that needs no explanation, had me in tears laughing from the moment it started to its melo-comedic ending. This play would never go over in America, and perhaps that's why we loved it. It was absolutely as shocking as the true Jerry Springer show, and we kept turning to each other wondering if we'd really just seen/heard that. If you have ever seen the Jerry Springer show, this play should strike your funny bone, unless you're the type to go on the show. It skewers everything about middle America, from its obsession with religion to its doe-eyed belief in everything it sees on television. The waddling white-trash mammas, wannabe strippers, KKK members, and tr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 25, 2004

Jerry Springer - The Opera
Cambridge Theatre
London, England

Camden Markets

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Attraction | "Camden"

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As soon as you step off the tube into Camden, you have entered an alternative world. A man dressed as a punk rocker wears a signboard advertising the famous shoe--Doc Maartens--and goths, punks, and freaks of all sorts are evident around you, making their way towards the markets. Camden has a number of pubs, clubs, and stores that cater to the wilder walks of life. American goths flock here to buy club clothing that they could never find at home, and what's more, no one else will ever show up in the same outfit. The following markets are all located in Camden and are open most days of the week. Camden Canal is only open on weekends. Camden Locks Camden Stables ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 3, 2005

Camden Markets
Camden High Street
Camden, London, England NW1

London Eats

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Eating and drinking in London is an expensive proposition. Even a cheap noodle lunch cost us US$20 per person. Drinks are disgustingly expensive. At Denim, we paid the equivalent of US$14 for each drink. You can imagine we nursed them for as long as possible. There was no public drunkenness in Britain's capital for these two girls. We simply couldn't afford it. That said, dining in London is much better than previously reported. It improved on both of our previous experiences. In the main, we stuck to Asian cuisines as we do at home, from Japanese noodle shops to Indian food. However, our stopover in a chippie showed me that British food can be quite tasty! As a ...Read More