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Likeable London

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An April 2000 trip to London by phileasfogg

Madame Tussauds Photo, London, England More Photos
Quote: A friend of mine, upon being told I was planning a trip to London, said it was too stuffy a city for anybody to like. Well, Terry, eat your words, pal. It’s a great city: impressive, yes; dignified, yes; but also immensely likeable.

Likeable London

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Trafalgar Square Photo, London, England
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There’s loads to see and do in London, and if you’re hell-bent on being one of the lotus-eaters, then so much the better! What I would rate as the best experiences: lounging around in Leicester Square , eating a muffin and sipping a cappuccino while watching the world go by; going shopping in Petticoat Lane ; ogling at everybody from Hugh Grant to Marilyn at Madame Tussaud’s ; wandering through the lantern-bedecked, Peking-duck scented environs of Chinatown on a busy evening; and running the risk of being swamped by pigeons at Trafalgar Square. Going shopping at Harrod’s (at least window-shopping, even if you can’t afford to buy anything!); munch...Read More

New Mayflower

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A month in London, and that too on a shoestring budget, had not exactly endeared us to burgers, fish-and-chips, or even steak-and-kidney pie (believe me, we tried all of them - not bad at all, but not something you can survive on endlessly). So, one dismal evening, sick of what we’d been living on all this while, we decided on something different, and our footsteps (aided by two gourmet friends who are chefs in London) led us to the New Mayflower restaurant on Shaftesbury Avenue.Chinese, and Cantonese, is the name of the game in this busy, smart restaurant in Chinatown. It’s a large place (they’ve got rooms downstairs, too) and very busy; so busy, in fact, that should you land up here without reser...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 24, 2005

New Mayflower
68-70, Shaftesbury Avenue, Chinatown
London, England W1D 6NA
020-7734 9207

Chor Bizarre

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Restaurant

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Okay, it may seem silly to go halfway across the world to have Indian food. But we had friends working at Chor Bizarre, and they told us to drop in at the restaurant in the afternoon, "You can have a late lunch, and then we’ll take you around Mayfair." Very well. So we turned up at Chor Bizarre, a slightly more restrained version of the same restaurant in Delhi. The emphasis here is on the exuberance and richness of Indian culture. There are gorgeous pieces of wood carving, painting, antique furniture - all of it, interestingly enough, on sale.And the food, too, is a merry hotchpotch of styles from all across India. Unlike Chor Bizarre Delhi (which concentrates on Mughlai and Kashmiri cuisine), Cho...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 24, 2005

Chor Bizarre
16 Albemarle Street
London, England W1X 3HA
+44 20 7629 9802

Madame Tussauds

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Attraction | "Madame Tussaud's"

Madame Tussauds Photo, London, England
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Madame Tussaud’s is more than just mannequins - it’s downright historic. All right, maybe not as historically significant as, say, the Tower of London or Westminster Abbey, but historic nonetheless. Moreover, it’s an interesting, and fun, way of getting a close look at London’s history. We visited Madame Tussaud’s on a chilly spring morning and spent a boring 15 minutes waiting in a long queue outside the hallowed (tallowed?!) portals of the famous museum of waxworks. (The museum, by the way, dates back to 1835, when it was established by Madame Tussaud, a Strasbourg-born lady who was tutored in the art of making waxworks by a doctor called Philippe Curtius. She led a very adventurous life, wan...Read More

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Madame Tussauds
Marylebone Road
London, England NW1 5LR
44 (870) 999 0046

A City of Many Faces

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We’re on the Tube. It’s a busy Monday morning, and the train’s nipping along at a good speed - nice and smooth. I, hanging on to a steel bar along the inside, stand and watch the tube stations whiz past. The train, although nowhere as full as what I’m used to back home in India, is crammed--but the crowd’s quiet and well-organised. They step on and off the train in a relatively silent mass - black skirts and high-heeled shoes, dark suits and briefcases, laptops and newspapers.As the crowd surges past, I catch a glimpse of the tube stations through which the train makes its swift way: Baker Street, its walls decorated with huge black-and-white line drawings depicting the adventures of the legendary ...Read More

A Bird’s Eye View of London

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Pigeons by the Thames Photo, London, England
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If, and there’s a very big if here, I was reborn, and that too as a Brit, and was given the option of choosing whom I’d like to be (fate would have to be pretty crazed to allow me that liberty!), I’d choose to be a policeman. Or a popcorn seller outside the Millennium Eye. Maybe even a busker fiddling away industriously to keep crowds of gawping tourists amused at Leicester Square.Anything, anyone, as long as I’m not a national hero. A decision I’ve reached after much pondering. No thank you. Not a national hero. Not a poet laureate. Not a battle-scarred admiral. Not a general, a prime minister, or even a grim-faced queen. See what happens if you’re big league and Brit - they put up a...Read More