London Journals

Beyond the Bridge...the Experience that is London.

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A June 2001 trip to London by Red Mezz

London Cathedral Photo, London, England More Photos
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Beyond the Bridge...the Experience that is London.

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Overview

London Cathedral Photo, London, England
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London England. More history and stories per street than you could ever fully absorb, more interesting culture and things to do than you could manage in a year, and more places to shop and eat than you could fit in a travel guide. Welcome to London...and you can make a full, large scale visit in a day or a year. The great thing about London is that it is a big sprawling city (sprawling being used rather lightly given the country sized population of this massive city) but unlike some ungainly cities that you have to almost live in to get a big proper feel for, London offers you that on every corner. Though I often prefer the more remote corners of the globe when I travel, cities...Read More

Comfort Inn Notting Hill

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When you think Comfort Inn, particularly in a city like London it's highly possible you picture a standard airport type anonymous hotel that does the job but little else. Which is why I feel the need to elaborate a little bit on the surprisingly good Comfort Inn in Notting Hill. The rooms aren't cheap; I'll start by saying that now, so even though my reviews are usually the very definition of a good budget accommodation (or activity, meals, etc) this particular one is much more in the moderate range. However, it's not easy to find decent budget accommodation in a city like London, and this is one occasion that I would recommend shelling out just a little bit more to get something that wil...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 2, 2006

Comfort Inn Notting Hill
6 14 Pembridge Gardens
London, England
+44 207 221-3433

The London Eye

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Attraction | "British Airways London Eye"

London Street Lamp Photo, London, England
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As I mentioned in the overview for this journal, my first trip to London was rather an incidental stop over than a destination, and so almost all of the extraordinary amount of sight seeing I did in the three days I was there wasn't planned. Things I had never heard of, or considered doing that I suddenly found myself standing before with a group of friends, all of us thinking; 'Well we have to do this one...' And so it was with the London Eye, one of the best and most unexpected moments I have catalogued in my mental travel log. After a very long day walking the streets of London (including running flat out across Hyde Park with a fellow photographer friend of mine to catch the changing of...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 1, 2006

The London Eye
South Bank of the River Thames
London, England SE1 9TA
+44 (870) 500 0600

Changing of the Guard

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It is impossible to make any kind of trip to London with out watching the Changing of the Guard. It’s just wrong and if you don't plan to do it, you should feel mildly ashamed. To be honest, it's not that exciting and resembles most tourist attractions in that you see it to say you have seen in. And though missing something like that in some places in lieu of doing something else it's such a fundamental part of the scenery and the atmosphere of a trip to London that to miss it would be very wrong indeed. Plus it's free. Unless you are very strapped for time indeed, even if you have no interest in it whatsoever, I do recommend that you stroll across Hyde Park and give it a look. ...Read More

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

Covent Garden

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Attraction

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If my surprise free trip up in the London Eye was the most unexpected thing I did while in London, then Covent Garden was certainly the most pleasantly unexpected place. It’s not something you necessarily hear about simultaneously with London, though for my money it was the very essence of what makes London a phenomenal place to visit and not just another European city with lots of history. The group I was with decided to meet up in Trafalgar Square for a bit of sight seeing of a wet London morning and then split off after a moment of realizing we all wanted to see something different. Me and several friends headed off past Nelson's Column and the most pigeons I'd ever seen i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 4, 2006

Covent Garden
Covent Garden
London, England WC2
+44 20 7836 9136