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A year in London

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A February 2000 trip to London by techflyer

Abbaye Photo, London, England More Photos
Quote: My wife and I had the amazing opportunity to spend a year in London. Living in a row house near Earl's Court, we explored the city, the culture and the people.

A year in London

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Overview

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History, pubs, and yes, the food. When you go to England, you really understand how young America is. The British Museum has a incredible collections from the ages and the National Gallery is a must see. The pubs in England are much more than bars. They are a combination of a bar, rec center and chain style restaurant. Everyone rips on English food, so when in London, don't eat English unless you go to a recommended restaurant. There is an abundance of French, Asian and other enthnic food. The parks in London can't be described in words. They have the most beautiful flowers I have seen in my life. Take several hours to walk through one of the parks. Mostly when you are in London, talk to som...Read More

Hilton Olympia

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Hotel

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The Hilton Olympia is an old English style hotel and is showing its age. My wife and I stayed at the hotel three times in our first few weeks in London. The rooms are dated, small and cramped. The furniture was worn. On two of my three stays, even though I asked for a non-smoking room, the room I received smelled smoky. The service at the front desk was adequate and there were people to help with bags. For frequent stayers at Hilton, the front desk staff did not seem up-to-date with Hilton policies. The breakfast buffet was expansive having English, Continental and Japanese choice. The food looked presentable, although they tended to run out of things if you came down later in the morni...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 18, 2001

Hilton Olympia
380 KENSINGTON HIGH ST
London, England
442076033333

Millennium Gloucester Hotel Lon

Hotel | "Millenium Gloucester"

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Very nice modern hotel right around the block from the Gloucester Road tube stop. The rooms were large and modern (which is unusual in London). The bar was lively (as the English football team was staying there when we were) and posh. For such a nice hotel, the cost was very reasonable. The Hotel is in a central area near many museums and parks. There are several good restaurants nearby such as Bar One and several decent pubs. For breakfast or lunch there is a good bakery nearby on Gloucester road. They have danish and bread in the morning, and mini-pizzas for lunch. The concierge has maps and was helpful finding things.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 18, 2001

Millennium Gloucester Hotel Lon
4 18 HARRINGTON GARDENS
London, England
44-020-7373-6030

Atlas

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Restaurant | "The Atlas"

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This is our very favorite place to eat and hang out and I think epitomizes the English life. You wouldn't happen on the pub walking through the tourist areas, because it isn't in them. It is secreted away on a road near W Brompton Station. Always crowded with locals, it is a place to meet friends, have a pint or a bottle of wine, and savor a great meal. In the winter there are two fire places that make it cozy. In the summer you can sit outside at the picnic tables in the beer garden. The mediterranean food is simple, fresh and always delicious. The menu changes daily with some regular items showing up periodically and always includes fish, meat, and pasta. Starters might include madeir...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 18, 2001

Atlas
16 Seagrave Road Fulham
London, England SW6 1RX
+44 (207) 385-9129

Sticky Fingers

Restaurant

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Owned by the Rolling Stones we went to this American style restaurant. If you like bad undercooked food and poor service, this place is for you. We had heard they cooked a mean burger, so after several months in London, we went eagerly. Well, they forgot to cook the burger as it came out almost raw. I ordered ribs which can only be described as crunchy. We were not bothered at all by our waitress, which is a shame since we would have liked to get drinks and such.

It's not all bad, the decor was fun with a bunch of Rolling Stone memorabilia.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on April 18, 2001

Sticky Fingers
1a Phillimore Gardens
London, England W8 7EG
+44 20 7938 5338

Anglesea Arms

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Restaurant

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This is one of the top gastropubs in the London area, and it has a well deserved reputation. It is a bit outside of central London in a residential area in Ravenscourt Park. The atmosphere is lively and entertaining. There is a pub area with a good selection of beers and an excellent wine list. The back offers seated dining. The menu changes daily and offer extremely creative and delicious modern British food. While I don't do them justice, examples include duck and berry terine, an incredible crab and guacamole salad, roasted duck, and many types of fresh fish. This is a place to get a full meal. Start with a pint at the pub, because unless you get there early you will be waiting a while. Wi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 19, 2001

Anglesea Arms
35 Wingate Road
London, England W6 0UR
+44 20 8749 1291

Abbaye

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Restaurant

Abbaye Photo, London, England
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Abbaye serves Belgian food and beers in a fun and modern atmosphere. This restaurant is near Gloucester Road tube on Old Brompton Road. Dining options include a chic bar area with big comfortable chairs, a seated dining area for a romantic interlude, or a patio out front when you want to enjoy that nice day. Sampling the wide variety of Belgian beers will be a treat. You can have a refreshing Hoegaarden in a HUGE glass, or a fruity Kriek (cherry) beer. In bottles they have several varieties of the famous Chimay abbey beer. You might also try a gueze, which is a slightly sour beer uniquely made in Belgium through an open air process. The food is traditional Belgian, which became on...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 19, 2001

Abbaye
55 Charterhouse Street
London, England EC1M 6HA
+44 20 7253 1612

Cottons Rhum Shop, Bar and Restaurant

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Restaurant

Cottons Rhum Shop, Bar and Restaurant Photo, London, England
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A new find on my trip to London in October of 2001, Cottons Rhum Shop is a friendly and eclectic restaurant serving up tasty, and in my opinion, authentic, Carribean specialties. The restaurant is right in the heart of Camden Market on Chalk Farm Road. As we walked up to the restaurant and perused the menu, the hostess enthusiatically encouraged us to come into the restaurant. As we were thinking of trying it anyway, we took her up on her offer and were seated at a cozy and private booth in one of the three eclectically decorated rooms. The restaurant truly looks like a Rhum Shop, if you can imagine what that is. There are carribean decorations throughout the colorfully painted restaurant. Our s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 20, 2001

Cottons Rhum Shop, Bar and Restaurant
55 Chalk Farm Road
London, England
(020) 7482-1096

Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens

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Attraction | "Hyde Park"

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Walk through the park at almost any time of year and it will be different than the last time you went. Both the heath (the un-manicured part of the park) and the manicured gardens will blow you away. There is a Japanese garden and a Rose garden. There are also numerous sculptures that you will find interesting. After your walk get a cup of expresso at the cafeteria, take in a posh meal at Belvedere(reservations required), or see a concert. The simplest pleasure is just sitting on the grass and watching the other people play and relax. My wife and I were frequent visitors to the park. We started going in March, when the flowers and trees were first blooming. The Heath was continually changing...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 18, 2001

Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens
W Carriage Drive
London, England W2 2UH
+44 20 7298 2100

Hampton Court Palace

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Attraction

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Step back into the glory of England's Kings at Hampton Court Palace. You will see a spectacular palace and the mark on it left by not one, but three of Englands Kings. Start by touring the royal apartments of Henry VIII. See the sweeping changes that William made while running the royal treasury dry. Next you can see the apartment of George II. Have you wondered what it was like to work in a palace such as this? Tour the Tudor kitchens and you will imagine yourself preparing a medevial banquet for Henry VIII. Finally, wander through the Maze and the Privy Garden. This and the Tower of London were my favorite attractions in London. There are two guided tours that are included in the pri...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 19, 2001

Hampton Court Palace
Next To River Thames SW Of London
East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU
44 20 8781 9500

The London Eye

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Attraction

The London Eye Photo, London, England
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Where else can you see London in all its glory at 450 feet in the air? The Eye is the highest observation wheel in the world and took seven years to build (a little late, if you remember). It was built to commemorate the new Millenium and represents the turning of time: celebrating London's past and looking forward to the future. After taking the 30 minute flight I can truly say it offers a breathtaking view of the city. You ride in one of the 32 capsules. The capsules are big enough so you can walk around and get the view in different directions. If you are going to take the flight, book ahead at www.londoneye.com. Arrive about half an hour early and bring lots of film. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 20, 2001

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