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London off the beaten path

A May 2000 trip to London by heh3d

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Quote: I went to London for two weeks all by myself with no set plans whatsoever, and had the best time of my life.

London off the beaten path

Overview

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My favorite thing to do was to wander around in rural neighborhoods. I would pick a random subway stop and start walking. I saw so much cool stuff this way. You can also find the good pubs with the local old guys hanging out, and you never see other tourists. Quick Tips: I stayed in a youth hostel in SOHO which was fabulous, because it was really central. I could go to clubs late at night, and walk home after the Underground stopped running. Best Way To Get Around: Buy a weekly travel pass for the Underground. The subway can take you pretty much anywhere in London if you are willing to walk a little bit, and it's cheap if you use it more than once or twice a day. This also works on t...Read More

Oxford Street

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Hotel

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The hostel was located in the third and fourth stories of a building in a neighborhood which is mostly trendy new businesses like design studios. It has very nice rooms; I stayed in a double, but there are also quad rooms for a bit less money. They did not serve much in the way of food, only a little boxed breakfast which cost a few pounds. There are a lot of restaurants nearby though, and it has a kitchen which you can use. There is also a grocery store in the basement of Marks and Spencers department store which is right across the street. Oxford Street is a little more expensive than the other youth hostels in London, but its central location makes it worth it, since you can walk home from SOHO cl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 14, 2001

Oxford Street
14 Noel Street
London, England
020 7734 1618

Fabric

Attraction

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It is a huge club, which takes up several underground stories. It has three rooms, all of which play great music. It is not a singles club, it is for people who love the music. When I went one room was playing Drum & Bass, another Trance, and the third was a mix of Big Beat and Industrial. It is little hard to find, so you might want to look at their website for a map. http://www.fabric-london.com/

Drinks are a little pricy at 3 to 5 pounds, but it is worth the prices because the music and the atmosphere are fantastic. They have a laser show in the main room that accompanies the DJ. It was a lot of fun.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 12, 2001

Fabric
77a Charterhouse Street
London, England EC1M 6AA
+44 (20) 7336 8898

Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew

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Attraction

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Kew Gardens is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. It is not a big tourist attraction, and I would not have even gone had I not read the Virginia Wolfe short story of the same name shortly before my trip. You simply go there if you are interested in botanical gardens in general. However, the reason I always visit this site is because it is indescribably calm. Go early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid school groups, which seem to be the only large groups to know it exists. I like to just walk down the paths by myself listening to the birds and smelling the remarkably clean air (for London). I would say that this is one of my favorite places, period. The gardens are b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 14, 2001

Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew
37 Kew Green
London, England TW9 3AB
(020) 8332-5000

Shakespeare's Globe

Attraction | "Shakespeare's Globe Theater"

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I bought a ticket for Hamlet at the Globe at around noon on the day of the show. They had sold out of the seats, but the theater had plenty of standing room. The standing tickets were only five pounds, the downside being that I had to stand up through all three hours of Hamlet. It was a spectacular show. The actors were extremely talented, and the sold-out house was completely enthralled by the show. If you're not able to stand for 3 hours in one spot, I would get tickets a day or two ahead of time and get seats, which are around twenty pounds, but worth the price for a great show. I only saw Hamlet, but I am sure any of the shows would be well worth the time and money. It is also a beautiful theater....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 10, 2001

Shakespeare's Globe
21 New Globe Walk, Bankside
London, England SE1 9DT
+44 20 7902 1400

London Underground/the Tube

Attraction | "Travelling on the Tube/Underground"

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I greatly enjoyed simply riding the around on the Tube. Generally part of my day would be to ride somewhere I had not yet been and walk around for a while. A great part of this was the tube itself; the people you get to see are always interesting, and if you go at commute time you get to see a great deal of them. Get a travelcard if you want to ride more that once or twice a day. This way you won't have to worry about the money, and you can just hop on and off as you please. If you are just going to be in central London, only get zones one and two since they contain most of the interesting stuff. If you need to go outside of that like to Kew, simply go as far as you can with the travelcard, get off, a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 10, 2001

London Underground/the Tube
Greater London, parts of Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Essex
London, England

Westminster Abbey

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Attraction

Westminster Abbey Photo, London, England
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It was odd walking through Westminster Abbey; I got rather angry at the other tourists. The place is actually rather small, and you have to walk in a line through the outer loop. The problem was that there were people chattering away, and fake high-fiving dead kings, etc. Not that tourism should be a dry formal event, but come on; have a little respect. Ok, enough of a rant for me. Other tourists aside, if you take it upon yourself to be good and quiet, you can have a nice moment in the Abbey. There is a plethora of famous Brits buried there, and history aside, there are lots of cool sarcophagi and the such to look at. One thing that a fellow hosteler pointed out, is that there is a l...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 25, 2001

Westminster Abbey
20 Dean's Yard
London, England SW1P 3PA
+44 (20) 7222 5152

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To find record stores is not at all difficult in London. I simply went to SOHO and walked a bit off the beaten path. Go to the Oxford Circus Underground station and start walking in a direction that looks like it doesn't go anywhere, and you'll find a record store. There are many tiny stores that specialize in selling vinyl records. Most of them sell various kinds of electronic music or hip-hop. They are a blast. Most will let you listen to anything you want on turntables with headphones. The records are generally fairly well-priced, too, at around 10 to 15 pounds. The only problem with this is bringing vinyl back with you if you are on vacation; if you have a small suitcase, you might want to go for ...Read More

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heh3d

heh3d
Berkeley, California

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