A March 2001 trip
to London by kenfoto
Quote: The best way to really experience a place, is to live as a local....This journal will give travelers a few of the tips gleaned over many trips abroad, and a few tips from locals, because I actually asked a few !!
In the warmer summer months, comfort is the key, dress in what will make you the most relaxed.
I last visited in March of 2001, and wore black pants, black pullover, and a light jacket. In case of a chilly day, I packed a sweatshirt in my backpack, and used it to cushion my camera gear. I was told by a friend living in London, if she didn't know better, she would have thought I was a Londoner....A very nice comment indeed.
One tip on the Underground, if you are traveling a distance, try and find a seat, its a lot more comfortable, and gives up more room for the people that are only going a few stops down the line.
If you are only going a few stops, consider the far end of the platform, most commuters stop near the middle, hence it becomes shoulder to shoulder, and a playground for the pickpockets that also ride the rails. I have traveled in the far cars, and have had open seats, and plenty of standing room, while the middle of the train is filled to its limit. So look beyond the immediate area, and find a little more comfort...
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 14, 2001
Great Russell Street
London, England WC1B 3DG
+44 (207) 7323 8299
Upon first entering this area, it is a wonderous area of sights and sounds and smells.
The Empire, the Odeon and other top cinemas in the area bring school kids and adults alike to see new films and to wander the area looking at the plaques and handprints in the cement that attempt to memorialize a few of the cinema greats.
The Half Price Ticket Booth beckons to those who yearn to see the talented actors of this wonderful town. I myself met Derek Jacoby in Leicester Square on my last trip to London.
The people trying to get a quick bite to eat on their short lunch time, the tourists that look in wonder at the sights that surround this area, and the gypsies that try and tell your fortune and give you a sprig of what they call heather for a 5'er...A quick tip about the gypsies...if you get away with not giving up any money, and you decide to accept the sprig of 'heather', throw it away as soon as you can, that sprig of 'heather' is a marker for other gypsies working in the Square or other parts of town that you might be a good mark.
Just be firm and keep walking, they mean you no harm, they are just persistant.
I have seen tourists take that 'heather' and put it in their lapel or other location, and be accosted by every gypsy along the route they were walking...walk with purpose, in all situations, and you should be fine.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 14, 2001
Attraction | "Portabello Rd Market"
Almost anything can be found at street markets in London, but Portabello, there is such a wide variety to be had, but the most enjoyable, is the people watching. It seems that all of London visits this market to do exactly the same thing...
Looking through silver rings and such at unbeleivable prices, to the stalls selling produce and the odd vendor selling old CDs or even old LPs. It's all a wonderous lot of fun browsing, and even more fun to watch the watchers.
If you ever get a chance to visit, start at the Notting Hill tube stop and walk north to Portobello Road and go to the north side of the Market and browse your way back...most people start at the south end and it can cause kind of a bottleneck at some places...if you are going the other direction, it seems to make it a little easier to wind your way through the crowds.
Portobello Road Market
London, England W11
Tower of London
London, England EC3N 4AB
+44 (207) 709 0765
London, England SE1 2UP
+44 (207) 403 3761