London Journals

A Little Bit of England

A May 2006 trip to London by pchefbev

Quote: We've been to England five times. Two places we always go are London and Lincoln. This time, we also took a day trip to Bath. We always have a great time in England!

A Little Bit of England

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In London, of course you want to see all the historic sites and famous landmarks. But don't forget some of the simple pleasures, like afternoon tea at either Fortnum & Mason's or Harrods. It's relaxing and they never rush you. Also try for some of the less well-known museums and tours, like the Florence Nightingale museum and the Old Operating Room museum, especially if you're in the medical/nursing field. In Lincoln, make sure you visit the Cathedral, which was the "stunt double" for Westminster Abbey in the film "The Da Vinci Code." Also, don't miss Lincoln Castle, with the Magna Carta on display. In Bath, the tour bus trip was a great way to get an overview of the town. Be adventurous—try the wat...Read More

Hilton Kensington

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Hotel | "Kensington Hilton"

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Our room size was not bad for a London hotel room. The beds were comfortable and the towels were big and fluffy. The toiletries were Crabtree & Evelyn and very nice. The lounge/bar was comfortable and a great place for a drink and casual conversation. But, unless your room rate includes breakfast, don't have their breakfast buffet—it is outrageously expensive. For two people, breakfast was £40—almost $80!!! There was a nice selection of food, but there is no way that I could eat $40 worth of food for breakfast! The continental breakfast is a little less expensive, but still costs close to $40 for two people for cereal and pastries. We had sandwiches one or two evenings in the lounge/bar, but mostly we...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 19, 2006

Hilton Kensington
179-199 Holland Park Avenue
London, England
+44 (207) 603-3355

Victoria and Albert Museum

Attraction | "Victoria & Albert Museum"

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Even though we had been to London several times, we had never been to the Victoria & Albert Museum. I really wanted to go there, because I had read what a great museum it was, with interesting displays. I was very disappointed. There was some refurbishing going on while we were there, so some displays were closed or moved to other locations. I didn't find the little map available inside very helpful at all. It didn't list specifics of the displays, just the title of the display, which often wasn't descriptive enough to decide if I wanted to see it or not. The museum is absolutely enormous, so it takes a lot of time if you want to see everything! I did manage to see some beautiful silver objects and o...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 19, 2006

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

Cabinet War Rooms

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This was a very worthwhile place to visit, especially if you like recent history—WWII era. When you pay your admission fee, you are given an audio tour guide, so you can pick and choose which exhibits you want to hear about. It was fascinating to see where the British Cabinet plotted war strategy. There were also a lot of exhibits detailing conditions in England during the war. Also, the museum contains the Winston Churchill exhibit, which explores his life from birth to death. You can hear audiotapes of his famous speeches, which inspired the British people throughout the war. The day we were there, Winston Churchill's grandson was visiting. He looks quite a bit like his famous grandfather! ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 19, 2006

Cabinet War Rooms
Clive Steps
London, England SW1A 2AQ
+44 20 7930 6961

Jack the Ripper Tour with London Walks

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Attraction | "Jack the Ripper Walking Tour with London Walks"

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We boarded a bus at a designated hotel pick-up location with about 7 other people. There were already several other people on the bus and we had to go to the tour company's office at Victoria Station to pick up two more people. Then we got underway. We rode into London's East End, disembarked and began our walking tour with a very knowledgeable guide. Of course, most of the original buildings are gone, but we went to all the areas where the victims were found and the guide discussed each victim and the evidence found at each murder site. He was very good at providing background information, too, on the conditions and customs of Victorian London. It was a lot of walking and I enjoyed the tour; the onl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 19, 2006

Jack the Ripper Tour with London Walks
P.o. Box 1708
London, England

St Paul's Cathedral

Attraction | "St. Paul's Cathedral"

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St. Paul's is magnificent! We climbed the stairs (there are a LOT of them!) to the gallery in the dome—because of the wind that day, no one was being allowed to go higher to the outside of the dome. The view of the paintings around the dome is wonderful and the view to the floor is quite dizzying. Down below the main church is the crypt, which is worth exploring for the tombs and memorials to famous people. Christopher Wren, the architect of St. Paul's, is buried here. My favorite part of St. Paul's is the chapel at the back of the main floor, which is dedicated to the American servicemen who lost their lives helping to defend Britain during WWII. It was completely paid for by donations from the grate...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 19, 2006

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

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pchefbev

pchefbev
Canonsburg, Pennsylvania