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Backpacking in London

A May 1999 trip to London by lisanti

St. Christophers Inn Photo, London, England More Photos
Quote: London was the first stop on our (6 girls) 35 day backpacking trip. It was one of my favorite cities in Europe. The people are wonderful, it’s a neat city with plenty to do and see.

Backpacking in London

Overview

A London Phone Booth Photo, London, England
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The very first Hard Rock Cafe ever is in London... Piccadilly Square is cool... (go see a movie in London if you have time! Totally a great experience all on it's own!! (We saw "Notting Hill" which was AWESOME because then we got to go see the Ritz hotel the next day!)) I loved the Tube, I loved all the advertisements and bright colors and the tunnels and everything... :) Quick Tips: Watch out for the higher alcohol content of the beer… The best little chain sandwich shop is Prêt a Manger (they are all over the place)… get sandwiches there and make a picnic somewhere. Best Way To Get Around: The Tube is GREAT! Totally easy to navigate and easy to get around! "Mind the Gap...Read More

St. Christopher's Inn

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Hotel

St. Christopher's Inn Photo, London, England
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~$15/night/person. Very cool. The hostel is actually in two buildings. The main building is where the offices are and the “common” room where they serve breakfast. There is also a pub underneath it. The other part (called the Orient Expresso), is down the street, and is where we stayed. It’s a little newer and has lots of floors, it has a coffee bar underneath it. It’s not in the BEST neighborhood, but it’s a fun hostel, with keycard-required access to everything. We never felt unsafe. We had a room with 3 bunkbeds, perfect for 6 people. The pub was really cool and had a DJ that would play anything we asked (“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”), and served up lots of beer for L5 a pint. Watch out t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 1, 2000

St. Christopher's Inn
121 Borough High Street
London, England
+44 (171) 407-18546

Ponti's Restaurant

Restaurant | "Ponti's"

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we went there because it was the only place in convent garden that didn't have a long wait. no wait, actually. The waiter seated us in a very good outdoor location with a great view of the Covent Garden Square. The menu offered average selections. I had fettucine alfredo... it was good (it's hard to make bad fettucine, but my friends agreed that the food was good). Our service was prompt and we always had plenty of water. One thing (about ALL of Europe)... we learned here: no free refills on soft drinks. It did start raining while we were eating and the waitstaff quickly and helpfully transferred us to a table indoors. The inside was a bunch of little rooms with 3 or 4 little tables in each ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 1, 2000

Ponti's Restaurant
5 The Market, Covent Garden
London, England EC1A 9PQ
(020) 7836-0272

Hard Rock Cafe

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Restaurant | "Hard Rock Cafe - London"

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As with all Hard Rock Cafes, the food is about the same... but it's always nice to have something familiar in a familiar setting. They have all the usual burgers, grilled chicken, appetizers, desserts, and their drinks. However, the best thing about THIS particular Hard Rock is that it was the first one ever built!! It was "opened in London on June 14th, 1971, by two Americans who thought Europe should have a taste of authentic, down-home American cooking flavored with a heavy dose of rock 'n' roll." There is a separate store on the side where you can stand in line (we waited an hour in the rain) to buy your HRC souvineers, or you can wait in line for an hour or two t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 4, 2001

Hard Rock Cafe
150 Old Park Lane
London, England W1K 1QZ
44-207-514-1700

Buckingham Palace

Attraction

Buckingham Palace Photo, London, England
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The changing of the guards was like watching a parade... there are people lining the streets and it's a march-in of the guards. It reminded us of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Fish Drill Team... They do it in unison and silence and it's amazing to watch.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 1, 2000

Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace Road Pall Mall
London, England SW1A 1AA
+44 (207) 321 2233

Big Ben

Attraction | "Big Ben/Parliament/Westminster Abbey"

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We got out of the tube station and we all were in awe. Big Ben is amazingly huge. The intricate details on the buildings are like nothing you ever see in the US. Beautiful. Inside Westminster, we took a brochure walking tour. It was cool because it pointed out just enough to keep me interested. It's kind of creepy that there are hundreds of kings and queens buried in the walls, but interesting also.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 1, 2000

Big Ben
Parliament Square
London, England SW1A 2NE

Covent Garden

Attraction

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This is where the "Doc Martin" store is (where they are cheaper than in the US), The Gap, Kookai, French Connection, and lots of bars. It's got a great atmosphere. It was late afternoon and the bars were already full... It reminded me of Bourbon Street in New Orleans (a little less wild). It's fun to walk around and shop in. This is also where the London Underground museum is where you can buy all the cool "Mind the Gap" stuff. (also, we went back on a saturday afternoon and it was SO crowded... during the week is much better!)

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 1, 2000

Covent Garden
Covent Garden
London, England WC2
+44 20 7836 9136

Harrods

Attraction

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yes, it's a little expensive, but it is always fun to look and the salespeople don't bother you too much... even when you try on a $5,000 dress! There is a lot of normal stuff there, also like Levi's and t-shirts, just like a department store. I bought some perfume there for $35... There are also some neat stores around Harrods (across the street) that are fun, too!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 1, 2000

Harrods
87-135 Brompton Road
London, England SW1X 7XL
+44 (20) 7730 1234