London Journals

Insiders guide to living as a local in London

A March 2001 trip to London by kenfoto

British Museum Photo, London, England More Photos
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 !!

Insiders guide to living as a local in London

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Sitting in a working class pub, drinking a Guiness and talking to the people all around me about how a traveler can feel more at home...I wanted to hear from locals how they perceive travelers, and how we, as part of a worldwide community, can experience the real day to day life of London. Beleive me, it was extraordinary!! Quick Tips: In London in the spring and fall, it is best to dress in dark, stylish clothing, and walk with confidence. Realize that large European cities are very fashion-conscious, but not to the point of being stuffy. Unless of course you intend on experiencing formal dinner parties and the like.... In the warmer summer months, comfort is the key, dress in what wil...Read More

British Museum

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British Museum Photo, London, England
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The very first time I visited the British Museum, it was being over run with students on a multitude of class field trips. At first I thought, "oh no...I heard about these kinds of days...." But because it was the first trip, I had to go anyway, after all what kind of traveler would I be if I let that type thing stop me.. Boy was I lucky....The museum was undergoing a major reconstruction period in 1999, and things were a little confused, but still beautiful. The things I thought would make the visit uncomfortable, were the exact things that made it wonderful. The kids all over the museum, brought forth all of the wonder, all of the awe these children were experiencing for the fir...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 14, 2001

British Museum
Great Russell Street
London, England WC1B 3DG
+44 (207) 7323 8299

Leicester Square

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Leicester Square Photo, London, England
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I love this place...all of London seems to venture into this respite from the concrete and steel of such a large city. 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 th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 14, 2001

Leicester Square
Central London
London, England

Portobello Road Market

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Portobello Road Market Photo, London, England
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I entered this market with renewed interest after the movie "Notting Hill". Having been to London many times, I have always enjoyed this part of the city, and the fun Sat. mornings at any of the markets, but especially this one... 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 wat...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 14, 2001

Portobello Road Market
Portobello Road
London, England W11

Tower of London

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Tower of London Photo, London, England
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What a great place.....With almost every tourist in town eventually making it to the Tower....make the most of visiting either in the morning or in the later part of the day.... With the great views of Tower Bridge as well, make sure you take time to create some of those wonderful pictures that are available even to the snapshooter in the group. Remember to include people in your pictures for scale, and to have a great memory after you return home and you want to revisit this great historical place from history. When I visit the Tower, I take time and take the tour every time, it makes for great pics of the Beefeaters that give the tour, great color and great images of the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 14, 2001

Tower of London
Tower Hill
London, England EC3N 4AB
+44 (207) 709 0765

Tower Bridge

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Tower Bridge Photo, London, England
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One of the better place to get extraordinary pictures of one of Londons most recognizable sights.... Go to the south side of the Thames and wait for the sun to begin to set...depending on the time of year make sure you bring a warm jacket or sweatshirt...I waited almost 3 hours for the first pic on this jounal because the light was just not right, and the sun had not set far enough to get great light on the bridge. Might be a great idea to bring along a warm drink....coffee or hot chocolate. Another great place is along St Katherine Docks with the sundial in the foreground makes for great images. Also make sure you try and get some of the river traffic in your shot...it ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 14, 2001

Tower Bridge
Tower Hill
London, England SE1 2UP
+44 (207) 403 3761