London Journals

Weekend in London

A September 2004 trip to London by traveller22

Quote: On a long layover, we spent 3 days exploring London.
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The Strand Palace was not quite a palace, but it did offer us a great location with fairly clean rooms and a buffet, London-style (minimal). My room was clean and quiet, and the bellhop was helpful holding our bags in a storage facility while we explored the city before checking in. This was a typical moderately priced European hotel with a so-so bed and minimal decorations. It was a great place to stay because of the central location. We were close to the Covent Garden Tube stop (or the Charing Cross one) and near the National Gallery as well as Trafalgar Square.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 2, 2006

Strand Palace Hotel
372 Strand
London
44 0 870 4008702

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This was a nice bar. It wasn't very British, more like an American bar in London, but the drinks were good and it is a good place to go if you love Long Island Iced Teas or are with a big group. We had several tables all to ourselves. We got quite rowdy and no one complained.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 2, 2006

Long Island Iced Tea Shop
1 Upper St Martin's Lane
London, England WC2H 9EA
+44 20 7240 3734

Rock Garden

Attraction | "Rock Garden (The)"

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This was a rowdy club. We went fairly late at night, paid the hefty cover, and were quite disappointed. Drinks were very expensive on top of the high cover price, and if you can dance like a rock star anywhere, why pay to do it?

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on March 2, 2006

Rock Garden
6/7 The Piazza
London, England WC2E 8HA
+44 (20 7) 836 4052

National Gallery

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We went to this wonderful museum mainly because it was free! It was quite crowded. Located in Trafalgar Square, right near our hotel, the receptionist recommended it as a good afternoon activity, as we had just gotten into London. Fighting through the crowds was well worth it. Amazing artists fill the museum, Picasso and Van Gogh (my favorite, the one of sunflowers, was there). I highly recommend making it to this museum. I believe that it's always free.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 2, 2006

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

Tower of London

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This is a must-see simply because of its history. Children would love this activity, as it's outside and has characters that dress up as Brits from long ago. The highlight of the visit for me included seeing the Crown Jewels inside the museum. It is a small walk from the Tube stop, so be prepared, but it's well worth it.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 2, 2006

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