London Journals

Did they just say "last call"?!

An April 2004 trip to London by scorris

Quote: I lived in London for six months last year and have also been on holiday there several times. It is truly one of the world's great metropolises, with history and museums galore and a dazzling array of restaurants, clubs, and theaters. It also has an international community to rival New York's.

Did they just say "last call"?!

Best Of IgoUgo

Overview

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I believe that London is the best city for museums--even if you think they're stuffy, you will certainly find at least one here to catch your interest. Best of all, they're all free--not only the admission, but also the tours and lectures. My favorites are the V&A (the sheer variety of things is amazing--kimonos from Japan, inlaid wood tables from China, enormous Persian carpets and, of course, the rooms with the forgeries), the Tate Britain (a great collection of pre-Raphaelite art) and the British Museum (after looking at the exhibits, head to the library and think of all the great people who have studied there). All the major museums also have constantly changing temporary exhibits, so make sur...Read More

The London Generator

Hotel | "The Generator"

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If you've ever wanted to relive your dorm years at college, then you definitely want to stay at The Generator. Everyone else will probably want to stay away. This enormous hostel has hundreds of mostly American students, and the people who live in the area are constantly complaining about the noise from this place every night. The Generator has its own bar that is open very late, and it seems that a lot of under-21s from the States are so enamored with this that they neglect to leave the hostel to see anything else in London. Still, the location and the prices are good, and it is very popular among teens.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 12, 2005

The London Generator
37 Tavistock Place
London, England
020 7388 7666

Wagamama

Restaurant | "Wagamama's"

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Perhaps the quality and novelty have diminished somewhat over the last few years, but Wagamama's is still fun. The communal tables are okay, as long as you don't go when it's really crowded. Marvel at how many ways they can serve up with noodles--the servings are generous and filling enough without appetizers. The fresh fruit and veggie juices are also very good, if a bit pricier. These places are good if you are in a bit of a rush or want something reasonably priced.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 12, 2005

Wagamama
4A Sreatham St
London, England W1H 9AB
+44 20 7323 9223

Pizza Express

Restaurant

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There is some really great food to be had in London; however, it is not the best place for quality pizza. The Pizza Express chain is very popular with Londoners, and most of the locations are very busy at dinner time. The pizzas come with a wide range of toppings and are usually good enough, if a bit overpriced. The pizzas are not exactly huge, and if you are really hungry, you might want to order an appetizer or dessert as well. The Pizza Express in Soho has live jazz music, which makes it the pick of the crop.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 12, 2005

Pizza Express
10 Dean Street
London, England W1V 5RL
+44 20 7439 8722

Tayyabs

Restaurant

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This place might not look like much, but the massive crowds alone would indicate how good the food is. It's a bit chaotic--there's no waiting area, so people just stand in the aisle waiting for a table--but it's worth it. This is some of the best Indian food in a city renowned for its Indian food and, judging from the number of Indian people who eat here, it's authentic, too. Although I'm vegetarian, my friends all tell me that the lamb chops are to die for. The veggie dishes, such as chickpeas or baby pumpkin, are great too.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 1, 2005

Tayyabs
83-89, Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel
London, England E1 1JU
(020) 7247 6400

Original London Walks

Attraction | "London Walks"

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For anyone who is going to London for the very first time, I strongly recommend these tours, which are a great deal cheaper and much more fun than the outrageously priced bus tours. London can be so overwhelming on a first visit, and deciding what to do can be near impossible. I believe that the best possible way to begin is to take the Westminster tour on the morning of your first day, which covers the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, St. James Park, and a slew of other things, and finishes in Trafalgar Square. You'll be left with enough time to take a leisurely lunch and then set out to join the City of London Walk, which includes the Monument, St. Paul's, the Tem...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 12, 2005

Original London Walks
PO Box 1708
London, England NW6 4LW
+44 20 7624 3978

Harrods

Attraction

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I worked at Harrod's while I lived in London, and the place is just as surreal when you're working there as it is when you're only visiting. It is primarily a tourist attraction--the only English people who actually come here are either from the country or are "new money" sorts--but it's a marvelous one at that. From the gaudy Egyptian escalator (you have to look up to see the quotes from "Ozzymandias"--surely Al Fayed is being ironic?) to the bewildering food halls to the glimpses of celebrities great and small (or even Al Fayed himself--on official visits, he is preceded by several bagpipers), Harrod's is like no other place in the world.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 12, 2005

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

Fabric

Attraction

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Fabric is arguably the best-known of London's many mega-clubs, and it's still going strong, as the massive queue on the weekends will attest. It boasts several floors, each with different music, as well as a few more secluded (though not quiet) nooks and crannies where people who would rather snog than dance retire to. It's not cheap--student discounts only apply to UK students--but then, what night out in London is?

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 12, 2005

Fabric
77a Charterhouse Street
London, England EC1M 6AA
+44 (20) 7336 8898

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This small "museum" is a great favorite among people who have "done" all of London's big museums and are looking for something different. It is actually the private collection of the late Sir John Soane, and the works are arranged in his house pretty much as they were in his lifetime. I love places like this and the Frick collection in New York, because after your usual museums with echoing rooms, lined with paintings grouped by period or movement, it is a nice change of pace to see various artistic mediums and periods arranged together in a domestic, albeit rather posh, setting. I like to spend time in a particular room and imagine that it is my own house and what it would be like if I were sleepless...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 14, 2005

Sir John Soane's Museum
13 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London, England WC2A 3BP
+44 20 7405 2107

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When I was living in London, my three flatmates and I fell into that bad habit familiar to most metropolis-dwellers of "not taking advantage of all the city has to offer." The weekends would come and go, filled with takeaway curries, Blockbuster rentals, and not much else. We usually blamed our lack of cultural activity on our tight budgets, ignoring the fact that all of the museums are free. Plus, there was the tremendous distance, for we were "south of the river" (Clapham, to be exact), and taking the 5-minute overland train to Victoria was simply too taxing (to be fair, I thnk most would agree that navigating Victoria Station really is quite draining). One weekend, though, we were determined ...Read More