London Journals

Back to London After 14 Years

A March 2001 trip to London by Scorpiosue1102

Quote: It had been 14 years between this trip and the last trip I went on to London. It sure is different to see this wonderful city behind the eyes of a 31-year-old.

Back to London After 14 Years

Overview

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Since it was so long since I saw London last, and my mother and brother were with me, we went to all the touristy spots. Our main sites were Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, British Museum, Big Ben and Parliament, The London Eye, and St. Paul's Cathedral. My absolute favorite spot in London is The Tower of London. We were there all day and we could have stayed even longer. The beefeater that we went on a tour with, Tony Stafford, was fantastic. Just amazing.Quick Tips: I would buy tickets for the London Eye before hand. Much easier instead of standing in a line. Also, get a multi-day Tube pass. Make sure you have an extra passport-type photo for these passes.Best Way To Get Around:...Read More

Byron Hotel

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Hotel | "The Byron Hotel"

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This is a nice hotel in a good area. This is one of those hotels that is a converted home on a nice street with homes and hotels. The Queensway and Baywater Tube stations are about a 5-minute walk away. Nice pubs, shops, and restaurants are nearby. Queensway has lots of kitschy gift shops and Whiteley's mall is close by. Surprisingly, there are some good restaurants there. Kensington Gardens/Hyde Park are very close.The hotel was very clean and the staff was friendly. The standard rooms are not big, but for me personally, I am not in my room that long each day, so it does not bother me. I always came back to a clean room. Also, there is a coffee/tea maker, which is essential for this coffee ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 17, 2006

Byron Hotel
36 38 QUEENSBOROUGH TERRACE
London, England
44 20 72430987

The Black Lion

Restaurant | "The Black Lion Pub"

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I'll admit that this is kind of like your ordinary pub food. I had the fish-and-chips, which was good, and my mom and brother had the roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. All were very good, but the highlight was our waiter. He was sooo much fun. Even in their sign-in book he was described as the "cheeky waiter." Now, that was 5 years ago, so he may not be there anymore.

If you are in the area or staying in the Bayswater area, it's worth stopping in for a quick and cheap meal.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 17, 2006

The Black Lion
123 Bayswater Road
London, England W2 3JH
(087) 1332-4362

St Martin-in-the-Fields

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Attraction | "St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church"

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This is a great church with a great evening song. It's a nice concert. If you can, make time to see one. Plus, you have Trafalgar Square, National Gallery, and National Portrait Gallery all right there. I absolutely loved the Brass Rubbing Center in the basement of the church. They have hundreds of brass cutouts that you can choose from. Then you are given your paper and rubbing crayons of some sort. They range from coats of armor to ladies and knights and are very neat souvenirs of London to frame and look at every day. Also, we ate at the Cafe in the Crypt. It had good meals and desserts at fantastic prices. I had a nice hearty soup, bread, and the bread-and-butter pudding. Yum-o, as Rachel ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 17, 2006

St Martin-in-the-Fields
Trafalgar Square
London, England WC2H 8LG
+44 20 7930 1862

St Paul's Cathedral

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Attraction | "St Paul’s Cathedral"

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Amazing church! It's in a fantastic location, and the fact that something like this could be made way back when... very cool. I did not go up to the top (I don't like heights), but my brother did and taped the very top for us. The whispering gallery, according to him, was great. It really does work. From there he went to the tippy top of the cathedral. The view from there is just great. You can see all of London from there. We also went to the crypt area and got to see the models of the original St. Paul's and read about the history of the church. You get a real sense of the times that it was built. We also had to hit the gift shop before we left, too. They had everything, from pens and mouse pads...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 17, 2006

St Paul's Cathedral
The Chapter House
London, England EC4M 8AD
+44 (20 7) 236 4128