London Journals

London...several excerpts from my real travel journal

A November 2006 trip to London by girlytraveler

Kensington Palace Photo, London, England More Photos
Quote: Little glimpses into my last trip to London, in which I budgeted tourist attractions, ate affordably yet well, and stayed in my first hostel

London...several excerpts from my real travel journal

Overview

Afternoon Tea for Two Photo, London, England
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London is fabulous any time of year, but if you're like me, and need to travel on a budget, try the off-season (roughly October-April). The weather is still nice during most of it, and the queues are considerably shorter.If you do find yourself in London, give yourself at least four days, and plenty of free time. If you have your itinerary jam-packed, you'll end up worn out. Also, a lot of your memorable experiences probably won't be at the "Place to See." I remember heading into the local grocery store, Sainsbury's, with my friend in order to pick up a cheap dinner. It was a different experience, being asked to bag my own groceries, and if I wanted to use the plastic bags, to ...Read More

Yo Sushi

Restaurant

Yo Sushi Photo, London, England
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While traversing London, we needed a cheap, but satisfying place to eat lunch. We found it in Yo Sushi. The location we ate at was right outside the London Aquarium, but there are various other locations throughout London.Yo Sushi serves fresh sushi in just about any incarnation you could possibly imagine (over 100 varieties). The hallmark of the place is its conveyor belt bar. All sushi are plated on brightly colored plates (different colors=different prices), and you pick out what you want from the belt. There's a handy pictorial menu, so you know what everything is, and how much it costs. The only problem is choosing!Yo Sushi also caters to just about anyone. While my friend...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 1, 2007

Yo Sushi
Fulham Broadway Centre
London, England SW6 1BW
+44 (20) 7385-6077

Pret A Manger

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Restaurant

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Pret A Manger has some of the tastiest sandwiches that I've ever had. That's probably why I make it a point to head there at least once whenever I'm in London. The sandwiches are made fresh daily, and whatever isn't sold is given to charity that night. They're prepackaged for the busy Londoner on the go, and the whole Pret experience exudes an air of efficiency.When you enter Pret, you'll notice cool cases (not unlike those you'd see in the supermarket) filled with sandwiches, wraps, and other take away delights. You simply pick out the one you want, and then proceed to the drink cooler, where you can choose from juices, water, and various sodas, before heading to the cashier. (You can als...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 2, 2007

Pret A Manger
51 Hanover Street
Edinburgh, Scotland EH2 2PJ
+44 (20) 7932-5338

Kensington Palace

Attraction

Kensington Palace Photo, London, England
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After a fresh morning start...coffee at Costa was fabulous... we headed to Kensington Palace to view the collection of dresses that once belonged to Princess Diana (this was a special exhibit, so check to see if its still there). We only had to queue for a few minutes, but it was off-season, so I'd imagine the line to be longer during the summer.Our tour of Kensington came with a self-guided audio touring device, which contained fascinating details to go along with both the permanent exhibition and the specialty showcase that we were interested in. The audio guide was not bulky, and could be skipped through, or replayed, allowing each tourist his or her own preferences.Overall, I...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 1, 2007

Kensington Palace
Kensington Gardens
London, England W8 4PX
+44 (20) 7937 9561

Westminster Abbey

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Attraction

Westminster Abbey Photo, London, England
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As part of our self-initiated walking tour of London, we stopped by the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.We queued for tickets, and after receiving them from a friendly ticket agent, entered the famous House of God and House of Kings. We opted not to join a guided tour, which cost extra, and instead just walked through with the free brochure, which was more than enough for us. The free brochure does an excellent job of guiding you through the hundreds of cool things that Westminster has to offer. From tombs to thrones, the abbey has enough to make anyone happy. There are however, several things that you should not miss. If the abbey garden is open, take a stroll throu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 1, 2007

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

Harrods

Attraction | "Harrods... Richly Overrated"

Harrods Photo, London, England
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Harrod's, I'd heard rumor before, is famous for guaranteeing its customers anything their little hearts desire. I'd heard that one person wanted an elephant, and well, Harrod's got it for him! I'm not sure how true it is, and I never really asked around about it, but the idea of seeing a store with that kind of opulence seemed like a nice treat for a budget traveller like myself.So, while visiting a friend in London, we went to Harrod's and I must say, prepare to be overwhelmed! There are so many people, and so much stuff, that it's almost a sensory overload. There are the food halls, jam-packed with people, there's the main floor, jam-packed with people, and there are several other storie...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 2, 2007

Harrods
87-135 Brompton Road
London, England SW1X 7XL
+44 (20) 7730 1234

Coming in to Trafalger Square via Charing Cross Rd. Photo, London, England
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I'd been to London before, on a group tour, but I'd never really walked it. So, when my best friend mentioned that we could see quite a lot on foot, in one stretch of road, I agreed. Let me tell you now, if you don't like walking, or tire quite easily, this is probably not for you.We started out at her flat, right around the British Museum, and headed down Charing Cross Road towards Trafalgar Square. We were momentarily sidetracked by a little alleyway of antiquarian bookstores, but after looking through all of their rummage bins, we continued onwards. We eventually passed the National Portrait Gallery, and then found ourselves in Trafalgar Square. The National Gallery is here, and it's quite ...Read More