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Kicking Around in London

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A January 2005 trip to London by Mr. Wonka

The Wedgewood Hotel Photo, London, England More Photos
Quote: A small glimpse into my first visit to jolly olde London.

Kicking Around in London

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Overview

London Photo, London, England
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London’s notoriously fickle winter weather passed us by for the entirety of our 6-day trip, so I’d be remiss not to mention that the weather was undoubtedly one of the biggest highlights. Every day we awoke to temperatures in the low- to mid-40s, blue skies, and not a drop of rain. So to the naysayers who bemoan London weather by painting it with a broad "it always rains in London" cliché, I say pish-posh! "What would you do if you dated someone who was obsessed with a sport that never ends?" That was the question posed by our friend Beth, in reference to her football-loving significant other, Sam. Indeed, I couldn’t help but get wrapped up in the football hysteria that engulfs London, wh...Read More

The Wedgewood Hotel

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Hotel | "Wedgewood Inn"

The Wedgewood Hotel Photo, London, England
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If at first it doesn’t flush, flush, flush again. That became our motto for our 6-night stay at the Wedgewood Inn, which is centrally located in Bayswater, just a short walk away from Notting Hill.We weren’t expecting much from the Wedgewood: it was the hotel of choice for our package deal, and we’d read some rather unsavory reviews on TripAdvisor before we left. Still, www.go-today.com had never led us astray on any of our previous trips with them, so at the very least, we expected strictly budget accommodations. However, we were pleasantly surprised to find the hotel perfectly suitable to our needs, which were basically to have somewhere to sleep that was safe, clean, and free of bedbug...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 30, 2005

The Wedgewood Hotel
49 51 LEINSTER SQUARE
London, England W2 4PR
44-207-229-8990

Destino

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Restaurant

Destino Photo, London, England
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There’s nothing like sultry Latin American vibes to enliven a crisp London night. Located in a tiny alleyway just off Regent Street, Destino sweeps visitors off their feet with a three-pronged attack of romantic atmosphere, friendly waitstaff, and bold cuisine. Indeed, this was by far the highlight of our dining experience in London. When we arrived for our 7pm reservation, we shared the large upstairs dining area with just one other table of patrons, though by 8pm the beautiful space had considerably filled up with couples. Dimly lit by low-hanging, wrought-iron chandeliers, and surrounded by warm, orange-colored walls, Destino’s main dining area creates a welcoming, old-world colonial atmosphe...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 30, 2005

Destino
25 Swallow Street
London, England
(020) 7437 9895

The Monsoon

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Restaurant

The Monsoon Photo, London, England
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If haggling with street vendors and chowing down on Indian food are two of your favorite things in life, then welcome to Eden. While New York has Indian Row, London’s strip of Indian restaurants is found in the area known as Brick Lane. Here you’ll find some of the best Indian cuisine in the city at some of the best prices, mostly because if you play your cards right, you and your party will dine with a significant discount, free drinks, or perhaps even both. Trixie and I joined two friends for our outing to Brick Lane, which was nice because we left the haggling to Sam, a young schoolteacher otherwise known as "Mr. Weasel" to his students. Unlike in New York, where the Indian Row hosts only del...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 30, 2005

The Monsoon
78 Brick Lane
London, England
(020) 7375 1345

Ye Olde Mitre

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Attraction | "Ye Olde Mitre Tavern"

Ye Olde Mitre Photo, London, England
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I wonder if the Bishop of Ely thought, all the way back in 1546 when he built Ye Olde Mitre Tavern, that a few thirsty 21st-century kids from New York City would one day enjoy a tall pint of bitter in his pub. Well, of course he did... this is the Bishop of Ely we’re talking about! After practically fighting our way through the aptly named Holborn Circus in search of the fabled Mitre, we started to wonder if we had somehow read the map wrong. We’re here, but where in the world is Ely Court? We took a left off Holborn, hung another quick left in the direction we thought Ely Court must be, and were still left scratching our heads. And then, to our luck and amusement, we stumbled upo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 30, 2005

Ye Olde Mitre
1 Ely Court
London, England EC1N 6SJ
+44 20 7405 4751

Thames Path

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Attraction | "River Thames Path"

Thames Path Photo, London, England
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By the time Sunday, the last day of our visit, rolled around, we had seen all the sights we were going to see, spent all the money we could afford to spend, and just wanted to while away the afternoon relaxing and not really doing much of anything. Sundays are usually good for that no matter where you are. Enter the Thames River Path. Stretching for nearly 200 miles through England’s countryside, the path starts in Gloucestershire, winds its way through various towns and villages, and finally ends on the outskirts of London. I know what you must be thinking... but no, we most certainly did not do the entire trek (though it might be fun to do it one day). We picked up the path near the Tow...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 30, 2005

Thames Path
Along the River Thames
London, England

Tower of London

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Attraction

Tower of London Photo, London, England
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"Are you ready for the daaaaark side of London? Well, you bloody paid for it!" And with that introduction by my group’s Yeoman Warder, my tour of the infamous Tower of London began. Besides the now-ceremonial Yeomans, one of the first things people come to the Tower of London to see are the British Crown Jewels, which have been held here since the start of the 14th century. Yes, the same jewels that Shaun Cassidy and Parker Stevenson, a.k.a Frank and Joe Hardy, once saved in the Hardy Boys episode "Assault on the Tower" back in the late ‘70s. Before you get to the jewels, however, visitors are led through a series of rooms with big projection screens showing various coronation cere...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 30, 2005

Tower of London
Tower Hill
London, England EC3N 4AB
+44 (207) 709 0765