London Journals

Trip to London, England

A January 2005 trip to London by ryenquinn

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Quote: This is a journal of the places I went in London. I have been there three times, so I am pretty familiar with the city. Hopefully, my descriptions can be of some help.

Trip to London, England

Overview

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London is a wonderful and historic city with enough to do that an entire family can have a blast here. For the history buff, there are few cities on Earth with the combination of incredible museums and historic sites. There is The British Museum, Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London, Tower Bridge, and so many others that I would never be able to fit them all in the space provided. Kids will enjoy the various "cool" places, like the London Dungeon, and the great toy stores. Older kids can enjoy a world-class nightlife and great beer. London is simply a great place to go on vacation.Quick Tips: London is a very expensive city. I recommend planning your trip in advance to give yourself t...Read More

The London Generator

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Hotel | "The Generator"

The London Generator Photo, London, England
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The Generator is wonderful and huge hostel in a pretty good location. It is located within walking distance of The British Museum and about two to three blocks from a tube stop. As with most places, you get a simple breakfast including toast, cereal, juice, and coffee. They do offer more options, like eggs and bacon, but they cost extra. There is a bar in the building that can get a bit rowdy at times. The best thing about the bar is that the prices are much lower than any of the other bars I went to. The decor is somewhat futuristic, with lots of blue neon and metal everywhere. The rooms are basic in all senses of the word. There is one small sink in each room and a locker for each ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 28, 2005

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

Hard Rock Cafe

Restaurant | "Hard Rock Cafe - London"

Hard Rock Cafe Photo, London, England
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This is the first of the Hard Rock Cafes. According to the story, Eric Clapton would come down to the "American Cafe" and sit at the bar. As the place became more popular, he could not get his seat. So, one day, he gave them one of his guitars and said, "Put this on this wall. This is my seat." Later, other musicians did the same thing and the Hard Rock was born. I apologize if the story is not 100% accurate, but you can get the full story from the people there. The real reason to go is to see the vault next door in the store. If you are a Jimi Hendrix fan, you MUST GO there. I have a photo of me playing the guitar pictured. It is the last guitar he ever played, AND YOU CAN TOUCH IT!!! It...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 28, 2005

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

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Morelli's is an ice cream/gelato place inside the first floor of Harrods in London. I have had gelato in Italy, and this is some of the best you will find ANYWHERE! If you have never had it, gelato is similar to a thicker, richer sorbet. It is hard to make correctly (or, at least, people tend to screw it up a lot), so you don't find the good stuff very often. It has a very smooth texture, and the flavors just jump out at you. They had a wide selection, including lemon (my fave), hazelnut, and mixed berry. My father-in-law said it was some of the best he had ever had. My mother and I agreed that it was as good or better than what they have in Italy. If you get the chance and would like a little...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 5, 2005

Morelli's Gelato at Harrods
Harrods Knightsbridge
London, England

British Museum

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British Museum Photo, London, England
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This is the best museum I have ever been in. The history and sheer number of objects here is incredible. The pieces here were collected/pillaged from all corners of the world when England was in control of many of the world's trade routes. These include most of the pieces that were in the Acropolis in Athens, mummies and statues from ancient Egypt, and art from all over The Middle East. I do not have enough space to describe the history and significant nature of some of the pieces, but I will mention that the Lindow Bog Man, Rosetta Stone, and part of the Sphinx's beard are all on display here. If you like history and love artistic pieces from all over the world, this is a place to spend a cou...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 28, 2005

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

Kings Cross Station

Attraction | "Kings Cross Station - Harry Potter Scenes"

Kings Cross Station Photo, London, England
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For those of you who are Harry Potter fans, there is a great photo-op for you. Inside of Kings Cross Station in London, you will find the backdrop of where parts of the Harry Potter movies were filmed. While the actual location of filming looks more like one of the first couple of platforms, there is actually a platform 9 3/4 that has a cart stuck into the wall. As you can see, it is well worth the time to stop in and look around. It will be worth it for the whole family. Kings Cross Station is located on the Piccadilly Line and easy to reach in just a couple of minutes from anywhere in central London. I would suggest going during off hours so that you do not run into the rush hour traffic and can ta...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 28, 2005

Kings Cross Station
Euston Road
London, England N1 9AL
020 7222 1234

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I thought it was overrated. The guards march down and the captains shout orders. As an American, I thought they could jazz it up a bit by adding fireworks, music, lasers, and dancing girls. I would always go then!!! As it stands, it is just one of those “things to do in London because everyone will ask you about it when you get home” kind of things. If you do decide to go, get there early and pick either the palace gates or the top of the Victoria Statue as your viewing points.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 29, 2005

Changing of the Guard
Wellington Barracks
London, England SW1A 1AA
+44 (20) 7839 137

London Dungeon

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My father-in-law (retired and 62) and I went to the London Dungeon, and it was the one place he could not stop talking about when we got home. It is "basically" a recreation of some of London's worst times. There are images of The Great Fire, The Black Death, and The Middle Ages. You walk through the darkness, and it kind of reminds you of the BEST haunted house you could ever imagine. The sights are scary, gruesome, lively, and funny. It is not for small children!!! The images can be very frightening. However, they do add a large amount of fun and games to the displays of the times. You can buy tickets ahead of time, and they do offer a number of student/senior discounts. Overall, it was a v...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 29, 2005

London Dungeon
28-34 Tooley Street
London, England
+44 20 7403 7221

London Underground (The Tube)

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The London Underground, or Tube, as the locals call it, is one of the largest and most extensive subway systems in the world. It may seem like you would be lost in these mazes of tracks and tunnels, but it is surprisingly easy to navigate. Each "line" is displayed in two ways; one is by color, the other is by its name. This makes it easy to pick out that the "Picadilly Line" is "Blue". The Tube is also structured into zones, but you will not need to worry about that unless you venture outside the major sites of London. In order to determine which way you want to go, you can either select the endpoint of the line in the direction you want to go or look at the line maps that are at each major "fork...Read More
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Whenever I fly to Europe, I do my best to fly on Virgin Atlantic. They normally have the best or near-best rates whenever I go. They have a wide selection of in-flight services, including video games, movies, TV shows, news, flight info, and music. All of these are personally controlled and viewable on your own personal video monitor. The movies are newer, and they offer five to six movies at a time. It is really hard to be bored with all they offer. During the flight, they also offer a wide selection of drinks, including liquor, wine, beer, coffee, juice, tea, and soda. As I remember, they were all free as long as you do not get drunk. The food is good as well. They usually offer three...Read More