London Journals

London Calling

A January 2004 trip to London by Glamazon22

Imperial War Museum London Photo, London, England More Photos
Quote: This journal will not only tell about the must-see and must-stop attractions in this great city, but also unseen London; the typical day and nightlife of a true Londoner. I lived here for 4 months as a study-abroad student.

London Calling

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Overview

Tower Bridge Photo, London, England
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The Angel pub, a couple blocks away from the Bermonsey tube station, is one of the oldest and has one of the best view of Tower Bridge in London. There are also various other historical sites around the pub. Located right on the river and back away from the noisy streets of London, the Angel pub is two stories and commands its own locals for a most remarkable experience. Take the Jubilee Line to Bermondsey. Take a left out the tube station to the traffic light. You have to walk the streets behind the residential buildings making your way towards the river. The Angel is about two-three blocks to the right. Don't be afraid to ask a local for its exact location. We were sent there for a cl...Read More

Pizza Express

Restaurant

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Although this restaurant is a chain, some of my best memories from my trip were in this restaurant. The atmosphere for this restaurant is cozy, warm, and Italian contemporary, which flat-out beats any Olive Garden any day. You have an amazing choice of toppings and ways your own individual pizza is prepared. Better than any pizza I have had in New York or Italy, for that matter! I highly recommend the garlic bread, but make sure your napkin is placed firmly in your lap. Don't be alarmed if you see people eating with a knife and fork. The British are confused, and this pizza is specially made for cutting into fours, grabbing a slice, folding over, and enjoying its warm gooey-ness! And one...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 9, 2005

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

British Museum

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Attraction

British Museum Photo, London, England
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Remember all those Art History and Western Civilization classes you took in high school? No? Well I do, and it felt like I was learning it all over again! Everything from ancient times you ever learned about is here, from Cleopatra's Mummy and the Rosetta Stone; to Gladiator armor and a bust of Augustus; to clocks and weapons from the 17th and 18th centuries; and to medieval jewelry, tile flooring, and much more. The British Museum has everything that tells the story of man from all six inhabited continents. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Plan your whole day around this museum or choose specifically what you want to see. It is absolutely impossible to see everything; I should know, as...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 9, 2005

British Museum
Great Russell Street
London, England WC1B 3DG
+44 (207) 7323 8299

National Gallery

Attraction

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It is absolutely amazing the range and amount of art and art history kept in these great halls. There is a good collection of Impressionist, British Landscape, and Renaissance artists. Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Botticelli, Rubens, Titian, Van Gogh, and Monet are all well represented. The permanent collection boasts works from the best of the best, spanning from 1250 to 1900. All this culture is for FREE, so remember to donate some money before you leave so that it can continue to be that way. It is best to dress comfortable with comfortable shoes. Plan a whole day or plan to see specific rooms or wings. Caveat: As always, never ever go to a museum between 1am and 2pm! Schoo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 9, 2005

National Gallery
Trafalgar Square
London, England WC2N 5DN
+44 (207) 747 2885

Imperial War Museum London

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Attraction | "Imperial War Museum"

Imperial War Museum London Photo, London, England
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The Imperial War Museum was one of my favorite stops. I loved it so much, I went twice! For all you WWI and WWII buffs or European History lovers out there, this is the place for you. WWI and WWII were more drastic for the British than for the Americans, and finally that difference comes to light in this museum. Aside from the typical artifacts, including weapons and artillery, there is the Trench Warfare Experience, where museum curators have recreated a trench and the atmosphere from WWI. There is also the WWII Experience, where you can "walk" the streets of London after a German bombing raid. There is also the 1940s house experiment, a house completely recreated to reflect wha...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 9, 2005

Imperial War Museum London
Lambeth Road
London, England SE1 6HZ
+44 (20) 7416 5000

Dali Universe

Attraction

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This gallery is for Dali or surrealism lovers only. Be prepared for an art gallery experience like none other. This is not for children. Dali was a very complex and interesting man, and only those with wild imaginations can fully appreciate this artist. I was able to go for free, but from what I understand, it cost a couple pounds to get in. It is not a very big gallery, but it has a wide range of his works. The only other gallery that I know of that has his work is in Florida, so a trip, if you are in London, is worth it if you are fan. To get to Dali Universe take the tube to the Wesminster tube station. Follow the signs to the Westminster Bridge exit. If for some chance y...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 9, 2005

Dali Universe
County Hall Gallery
London, England SE1 7PB
0870 744 7485

Victoria and Albert Museum

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Attraction | "Victoria & Albert Museum"

Victoria and Albert Museum Photo, London, England
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I lived about 6 blocks away from the V&A Museum. I, however, was left unimpressed. The museum boasts a pretty good fashion history collections which includes threads from the 20th century (some Missoni dresses!) to 18th century shoes and petticoats. There is a good Asian artifacts collection which included Samurai armor and kimonos and the fakes and forgeries hall is interesting with the "We double dog dare you to tell the real from the fakes." Turns out the need to find new and interesting treasures and artifacts was so high people took up the profession of creating fakes so that more people would visit their attractions. It sounded better when they told the story. Anyway... ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 9, 2005

Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
London, England SW7 2RL
+44 (20) 7942 2000

Ministry of Sound

Attraction | "The Ministry of Sound"

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I went to MOS on a night that Chingy (rap artist) was there in VIP. I didn't see him, but I was able to dance to my favorite hip-hop tracks. The atmosphere was cool, and the music was definitely jumpin'! However, this is not a place for a group of three of three women. Bring several male friends or more girlfriends. The men in this particular club were extremely aggressive and sexual! My roommate had a man follow her to the bathroom, to VIP, to the bathroom, and back again! Only when a bouncer told him to stop did he stop for a minute, but he did continue to watch and follow her. But, overall, I had a great time and got my groove on. Take the Bakerloo Line to Elephant & Castle. Wa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 9, 2005

Ministry of Sound
103 Gaunt Street
London, England SE1 6DP
08700600010

Fabric

Attraction

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I never actually went into this club because the line to get in was absolutely insane. I went with a group of about 10 or 12, and then me and my roommates decided to leave after waiting for an hour and half (and after a bouncer told us that we didn't really want to go to Fabric) and went to Ministry of Sound. However, from what my friends who decided to stay told me, it was not that great. This club is apparently notorious for its drug-paraphernalia usage. If this is your scene, then it's all good, but if you want good, clean fun, it's not. Everyone was high according to one friend, and the music was horrible according to another. So use your discretion. Take the Circle Line to Farringdon....Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 9, 2005

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

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It has everything! I recommend getting a hotel room with a kitchen and cooking most of your meals. This is the best way to experience different foods, because you can prepare them how you like and also experiment. Plus, for some reason, the food just tastes different and better in a lot of ways. Aside from being more economic, this food tends to be healthier because most of it is organic or has no preservatives. You can eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner on £25 a week!

Sainsbury's always had what I needed and wanted. They also have a self-service check-out! Just be prepared to bag your own groceries, whether you use the self-checkout or not. You are expected to bag your own stuff!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 9, 2005

Sainsbury's Supermarket
15-17 Tottenham Court Road
London, England W1J 8LT
(020) 7499-8221

The Irish Pub

Attraction

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The Irish Pub was absolutely fantastic! I went to this pub on St. Patrick's Day with a group of friends and had a great time with a group of Irish men who adopted me as their own! I, unfortunately, had someone spill an entire pint of Guinness down my pants, but that's bound to happen in room full of drunk Irish men! The pub was packed to the brim with people, but I left with an experience like none other. Earlier in the day, the pub had an Irish band play traditional songs, and for every five pints of Guinness you drink, you got a free leprechaun hat! From the Gloucester Road tube station, walk towards the traffic light (towards Boots). Cross the street and continue to walk up th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 9, 2005

The Irish Pub
South Kensington
London, England

The Rocket

Attraction

The Rocket Photo, London, England
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The Rocket is all sorts of packed on Saturday! Mostly filled with college students, The Rocket was always a good time. If you purchase a yellow card (about 4 or 5 pounds and good for a year!), you can get drink specials, like £1 drinks or pints. The music is a good mix of hip-hop, pop, and rock. Don't be alarmed if you hear the Ghostbusters theme; just bust a move to "I ain't afraid of no ghost!" and you'll be okay! One thing I really liked about the Rocket is that there is a really good mix of people from other countries. There will be students and travellers from Germany Belgium, France, Spain, Greece, Italy...everywhere! Take the tube to Euston Station. As you come up the e...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 9, 2005

The Rocket
120 Euston Rd.
London, England NW1 2AL
020 7388 0021

Hombre De Bahia (Hombres) Photo, London, England
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Shiny poles, small round tables, mirrored walls with lighting trim?...Can we say Boogie Nights? This place reminds me of a ‘70s strip club, and the people who go there will remind you of that, too! However, the music was a good hip hop/pop mix and there were £1 drink specials. A friend of mine and I won a dance contest and got a bottle of champagne for it! Bring a student ID if you have one. Sometimes they take a couuple pounds off the cover if you have one. You can play pool if you don't want to dance, and there is a coat check should you need to check it for £1. Take the Tube to Oxford Circus. Walk to the Top Shop side and walk along and past Top Shop on Oxford Street. Walk on...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 9, 2005

Hombre De Bahia (Hombres)
78 Wells Street
London, England W1T 3QH
020 7580 2881

Camden Markets

Attraction | "Camden Market"

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Camden Town is the perfect place to go if you want to get a bunch of souvenirs. You can get the England zip-up track jackets that everyone has or wants. Don't be alarmed by prices; you can usually talk someone down in price. Don't bother to buy shoes. Most of the stores lack good customer service and will not help you if don't look like you are going to buy something. Plus, they are overpriced for the quality, and you can't really barter with them. Try to find the old horse stable. If you are into antiques, you can find old dishes and silverware and books. The vendors here are very friendly. One man struck up a conversation with me because he thought I was from California (I...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 9, 2005

Camden Markets
Camden High Street
Camden, London, England NW1

Marks & Spencer

Attraction | "Marks & Spencer"

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I never shopped here for clothes, just because it was a little too expensive for clothes that looked exactly like my office attire here at home, but Marks & Spencer has food marts in some locations that have specialty items you can't get at Sainsburys, and you can also exchange your money for no extra charge and at the best rates possible. Marks & Spencer is really good for accessories though. My friends would dress-up an inexpensive outfit with cool accessories from here. I love how they have every color and design for their silk scarves! The Kensington High Street location is the best for shopping here. I never experienced any type of severe crowds or hardship when it came...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 9, 2005

Marks & Spencer
458 Oxford Street
London, England W1N 0AP
+44 20 7935 7954

Harrods

Attraction | "Harrod's"

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If you can't find it at Harrod's, then you don't need it. Literally. I've tried to think of things that you can't buy at Harrod's; i'm still working on it! Harrod's has everything you could possibily need or want. You can buy a puppy, for goodness sake! I bought my dog a supper dish in the traditional Harrod's green and gold. You can buy things in U.S. dollars, which is good to know to keep up with your expenses. You can buy food, clothes, shoes, belts, bags, purses, puppies, Tiffany jewelry, bling-bling, tea pots, ANYTHING! The best part: Krispy Kreme donuts! Take Piccadilly Line to Knightsbridge. Signs will be posted to guide to the correct exit. Check out the pe...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 9, 2005

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