London Journals

The London Bucket

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A September 2010 trip to London by tvordj

Southbank walk along the Thames Photo, London, England More Photos
Quote: I have a lot of journals that feature London but this one is to put it all in one place. Here are some of my favourites (hotels, restaurants, attractions) and some (hopefully) helpful hints.

In General

Trafalgar Square, London Photo, London, England
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London is my favourite city, so far. I can't imagine ever not loving it no matter how many other cities I get to visit during my lifetime. It all stems from an early love of the history of the U.K., London in particular. The pomp, the royalty, the events, all going back more than two millenia, I find it all fascinating. Modern London is very diverse, with many, many different things to see and do. When people say there's something there for pretty much everyone, they aren't lying. This journal is going to be a central "bucket" for a round up and summary of my experiences in London. There will be general tips, summaries of what's in a few different areas that people don't think of as the to...Read More

Getting to London

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Brompton Road, near Harrod's Photo, London, England
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Now, the first thing you need to know about London is how to get there! Airports are the most common point of entry for most people and the trains are the next most used arrival points. Almost all my airport experience is through Heathrow which is the closer of the two big airports, the other being Gatwick (in addition to London City and Stanstead, but I have absolutely no idea about them.) Arrival through Gatwick is probably less stressful. It's a big airport but not monstrous like Heathrow is. It's more modern and open. They have rail links between the terminals and the two main ways to get into central London are the National Express bus and the train. Both will bring you to Victoria tr...Read More

Getting around London

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Going Roundabout in London Photo, London, England
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Most people recommend the Underground for getting around London quickly. They're right, in some respects but the Underground, or Tube, can also be a real zoo. It can be very crowded and hot and claustrophobic. Add to that numerous stairs to get to and from the platforms or to change platforms and it could end up being a real pain in the patootie. The busses can also be pretty crowded but you can see where you're going and are great if you aren't in a hurry. You're on vacation, are you really in that much of a hurry anyway? London transport is divided into six zones. Most of the tourist attractions are in zones one and two in the centre of the city. For most people, that will do. Tickets an...Read More
Bodlian Library, Oxford Photo, Oxford, England
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Obviously, these tips are really just as good for any country, not just London and the U.K.Money... Cash, Travelers' Cheques, ATM/bank machine cards, credit cards... Traditionally, travelers' cheques have been the secure answer to a travelers' needs. Banks and Exchange bureaus will exchange them for a fee if you can't get to an office of the issuer like Thomas Cook or American Express. And they're still a viable, and secure option. I gave up TC's. I rely mainly on my ATM card and my credit card. I don't think my ATM card would work as a debit card outside of Canada, possibly the US but it's also the money machine card.1. The ATM card will default to your PRIMARY ACC...Read More

Sleeping in London

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Strand Palace Hotel Photo, London, England
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Now that you've landed in London and got your preferred mode of transportation sorted, you'll need a place to lay your head at night. The cheapest options would be hostels. I have no experience with those so I really can't do much more than point you to London Hostel Association. There's lots of other hostel booking sites as well, Google is your friend. Another inexpensive option for summer is the student accommodations at the various universities around London. University College London (UCL) has a variety of options as does many of the colleges affiliated with the University of Londo...Read More

London Eats

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Royal Hospital Chelsea Photo, London, England
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There's lots of choices in London for ways to fill your tummy. You can spend a lot or a little or somewhere in the middle. Pubs are the most obvious and popular choice. Pub grub is usually plentiful and filling and reasonably priced. But these days, there are also Gastro-pubs which means an upscaled menu and higher prices. One chain of pubs that I tend to frequent is the Weatherspoon's pubs. they are quite often in older historic buildings and the menus usually have a good variety with low prices. They also have a small number of items that are discounted or are two for one offers. Those will be standard things like Bangers and Mash, a burger or fish and chips. For the most part, their foo...Read More

London on a Budget

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Westminster Cathedral Photo, London, England
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Now you've got somewhere to spend your nights, what are you doing in the daytime?London is expensive. This much is true and there are a good number of popular high priced attractions to lighten your wallet. But you can also have a good visit without breaking the bank. Get a good guidebook (borrow one from the library, or download and print lots of pages). There are some walking tour books that are nice, that gives you the chance to explore some of the lesser known areas of London off the beaten track. Some sites have walking tour podcasts you can load on your mp3 player or iPod. Alternatively, take a walking tour with London Walks. I can't pr...Read More

General Londonish Bits and Bobs

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Feed the birds, tuppence a day Photo, London, England
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Escalator etiquette is very stern in London. The main place you will probably encounter escalators is in the tube stations. The custom is to stand on the right side...DO NOT stand in the middle of the stair. Stand to the right so that if someone wants to walk up the escalator steps, and a lot of people do, they can pass you on the left. People will get testy if you are blocking their way.Everyone knows that the driving is done on the opposite side of the road to what most of the world is used to. Many intersections where there are pedestrian crossings have warnings painted on the road to make you remember which way to look. There are also light change signals with green men that signal it'...Read More

Tourist Traps

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Tacky souvenirs in London Photo, London, England
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Tourist traps are very much subjective. What one person finds tacky, over hyped and not worth the money or effort, the next person might absolutely love and find it one of their favourite memories. These are my own personal tourist traps in London. Your mileage may vary. Picadilly Circus is a traffic bottle neck, Leicester square is pedestrian square a short distance away. There are a few large attractions on Picadilly like the Hippodrome and Rock Circus both of which are way over priced. The movie theatres on Leicester square are horrendously priced and some of the restaurants that we saw were as well. There are quite a few kitchy souvenir shops and kiosks too but souvenirs are a ...Read More

Try this walking tour on for size

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Buckingham Palace Photo, London, England
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There are dozens of different guide books to London. I'm not going to list them nor am I going to pick any in particular. There are numerous websites, too, for guides and tips on London. Rather than carry a heavy guide book, photo copy the pages you're interested in and bring them. Or, if you have a smart phone, iPod, netbook, iPad or the like, check out applications or load on pdf maps, podcasts and guides for reference. They take up a lot less room.I have an old guidebook to London that was published during World War II. There's a small insert piece of paper that explains that due to the war, they cannot publish the full set of maps they usually do. There is only one fold out city cente...Read More

Things to do Places to go

London Off the Beaten Track

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Westminster Cathedral Photo, London, England
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Everyone knows the big attractions and museums in London and because everyone knows about them, they're usually always packed. Though I've written about many of these lesser known attractions in various IgoUgo journals and trips and tips, I thought it might pull some of them all under one "roof", as it were. London is so large and has so many diverse things to see and do that you'll find something to keep your attention no matter what your interests are. With the recent popularity of the DaVinci Code book, more people have discovered Temple Bar but it's still not that high on the list of attractions. Temple Bar used to be the bastion of of the Knights Templar before they fell out of favour...Read More

London Markets

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Attraction | "From soup to nuts"

Spitalfields Market Photo, London, England
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They're usually crowded and mostly held only on certain days of the week but there are markets all over the city where you can buy pretty much anything from soup to nuts. Many of the better known markets are probably not going to glean you any big bargains but it's still fun to browse and root around the stalls and shops. Some are strictly food but most have a variety of new and used goods. Here's a good website that lists most of the markets by region. One of the best known markets is the Portobello Road one. This is in the Notting Hill area in the west just past Hyde Park and stretches for many blocks heading north. Very touristy, very crowde...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 14, 2010

Camden Markets

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Attraction | "From soup to nuts and everything between"

Camden Markets Photo, London, England
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Camden is the alternative neighbourhood of London. Colourful sights. Colourful people. And lots and lots of tourists. Camden suffered a bad fire a few years ago but has most definitely bounced back. Saturdays and Sundays are the busiest times, Mondays are pretty quiet. Many of the market stalls and shops are open through the week but the weekend is the real experience. The high street has lots of colourful shops and shop fronts to see as well but the markets themselves are the attraction. There are actually a number of markets in the area, from two on the streets, the high street and Inverness Street, the huge Camden Lock market overlooking Regent Canal and the older and just as interestin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 28, 2011

Camden Markets
Camden High Street
Camden, London, England NW1

West End of London

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Attraction | "London Theatre Tips"

Her Majesty's Theatre Photo, London, England
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Theatre and London go hand in hand. While everyone hears about the big blockbuster musicals, there is so much more. Theatre prices can range from cheap to very expensive. You can get half price tickets on a selection of shows on the day you want to go at the Leicester Square Half Price Ticket Booth (TCKTS) but you must be prepared to queue and they don't have all the shows. You can buy your ticket at the box office and you can also queue at some box offices a half hour before showtime when the theatres sell off remaining and returned tickets cheaper. You take whatever seats you can get then, though.There are numerous online brokers as well. I've only used ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 24, 2009

West End of London

London, England

Little Venice to Start With

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Little Venice Photo, London, England
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July 6-7, The flight overnight was fine as usual and as usual, I didn't get a whole lot of sleep, dozing off once or twice for short periods I think. The first of many little glitches that seemed to plague this trip happened when I attempted to pay for the Airbus ticket. I had found £15 in my travel wallet before I left home but it turns out the 5 pound note was expired, though I would later be able to change it at a bank for a new one. No big deal, I had some cash I had changed before I left.My hotel this time was the Thistle Lancaster Gate, right across from Hyde Park on Bayswater Road. I won't add a review for it because it's closed now. I entered the hotel property through a gate off ...Read More

Inns of Court

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Lincoln's Inn Photo, London, England
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Bugger that phone charger. It's not working and upon closer inspection I noticed that some of the wires are frayed. I think I had better spend some time trying to hunt down a replacement if I can find one. The phone is 4 years old so I might be out of luck there. My plan for today is to wander around Lincoln's Inn gaping at the centuries old architecture and then going to the Soane museum which is right round the corner. I get off the tube at Chancery Lane near the old half timbered Staple Inn, one of the few original buildings that survived the Great Fire of 1666. Of course it has shops in it now but there's a little courtyard with a garden in behind it. My first quest is to find a phone...Read More
Gabriel's Wharf Photo, London, England
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We had a slow start this morning and slept in a bit. We had breakfast about 9:30. The breakfast comes with and in the room as well, a tray of tea and juice and a mix of rolls and sweet rolls served in our room every day. We got on the way about 10 and determined the location of the airbus stop and the times. The weather looks promising, *finally* so we took the tube to Waterloo station to see about the London Eye. Yes, there are actually blue patches and hundreds and hundreds of people in line for tickets and for the ride. We passed. We decide to walk along the south bank of the Thames, the "Millenium Mile" to Southwark. It's not all that pretty along the river really, rather industrial, w...Read More

Flying the Eye

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Fly the London Eye Photo, London, England
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After I saw pretty much everything at the Globe (see review), I left and walked West along the Bankside, stopping along the way as I felt like. The day was overcast but not threatening and there was a coolish breeze blowing off the Thames. I sat daydreaming at one point trying to decide what else I *should* do and ended up scolding myself. I didn't *have* to do anything if I didn't want to! No law says I have to go, go, go. Eventually I found myself down by the London Eye wheel. I bought a bottle of water and muffin at a keyosk and looked up at the wheel. I have been of two minds all week whether to "fly the Eye", but there was no lineup today whatsoever and that made my mind up for me. I was able to ...Read More

Greenwich

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View of Queen's House, Greenwich Photo, London, England
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Greenwich is east of London proper and is also a very historic area. There used to be a Royal palace here and it was one of Henry VIII's favourites. The Royal Observatory is here now, high on a hill in the middle of a lovely park, and they also have a Planetarium, too. This is where the theory of longitude was hammered out over time and it is here where the Prime Meridian exists. You can stand with one foot on either side of the line and be in the eastern and western sides at the same time. The museum describes the journey to discovering and determining how longitude works and the difference it made for sailing the high seas. At the base of the hill is the Queen's House and ...Read More

Wallace Collection

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Attraction | "Not So Overwhelming"

Wallace Collection Photo, London, England
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The Wallace Collection is one of the lesser known museums in London but it's actually one of the better ones. The beauty of it is that it isn't as enormous as the British Museum, Victoria and Albert or the Natural History Museum. It's probably most like the V&A in that much of it's collections consist of art, decorative arts, paintings, jewellry, curios, furniture stemming from collections of the first four Marquesses of Hertford as well as the illegitimate son of the fourth Marquess, a man named Wallace for whom the museum is named. A lot of the items are from the 18th and 19th centuries, Baroque through Victorian but there are also Rennaisance and...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 8, 2008

Wallace Collection
Hertford House
London, England W1M 6BN
+44 20 7563 9500

Fan Museum

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Attraction | "Small but Exquisite Museum in Greenwich"

Fan Museum Photo, London, England
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The Fan Museum was one of those museums that, once I'd heard about it, I *had* to go. You see, in addition to the big, popular museums and galleries, I love small and quirky museums that focus on one thing or unusual things. I saw the Dog Collar museum in Leeds Castle some years ago and I was hooked! I haven't seen nearly as many as I would like, but I keep an eye out and when I heard that Greenwich had a museum dedicated to decorative fans, I was *so* there! Granted, a museum dedicated to the art of fan making and fans probably has more appeal to women then most men so guys, if it really doesn't interest you, wait for the women in a nearby pub! It's a sm...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 10, 2008

Fan Museum
12 Crooms Hill
London, England SE10 8ER
+44 20 8305 1441

Somerset House

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Attraction | "Arts in a NeoClassical Somerset House"

Somerset House Photo, London, England
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A little bit about Somerset House, it was built in the early 19th century to house the Royal Academy of Art which is now in Burlington House off Picadilly. Now there are several collections in there but the Courtauld Gallery is most well known. It's not a large overwhelming gallery like the National Gallery. There are three floors though only one room on the ground. The proper entrance is off the Strand but we were not there. To get to it, we had to come in from the Embankment entrance and walk across a large courtyard with a large fountain display in the center. They set up an ice skating ring there in winter.There are free tours of Some...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 5, 2009

Somerset House
Somerset House
London, England WC2R 1LA
+1 020 7845 4676

British Library

Attraction | "Meeting Henry VIII"

British Library Photo, London, England
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When I heard that the British Library would be hosting a special exhibition on Henry VIII, curated by expert Dr. David Starkey, I knew I could absolutely not miss it! I pre-booked tickets online and we went the morning after we arrived in London from Brussels. The exhibit was really marvellous! There were 500 year old documents, books with stunning illuminations, paintings, drawings and a few artifacts. There were also some interactive displays and apparently some sort of holograms of Henry that I completely failed to see, though Graham did. The audio accompaniment was narrated by Starkey himself. It was really amazing to see all these papers and letters that survived so long, some in King...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 26, 2009

British Library
96 Euston Road
London, England NW1 2DB
+44 20 7412 7000

Sir John Soane's Museum

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Attraction | "Off the Beaten Track, Sir John Soane's Museum"

Sir John Soane's Museum Photo, London, England
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The Sir John Soane museum is a small museum in a house on the north side of Lincoln's Inn Fields. This was the home of Soane, a renowned architect, for awhile in the mid 18th century. He was quite a collector and this house is filled with all kinds of interesting things, artefacts, artwork, antiques, and antiquities. There is a picture gallery but it was closed when we visited in 2005 due to some renovations elsewhere. There is a sculpture gallery as well with a high domed skylight. You aren't allowed to take photos in the house but sneaked one of the dome!There is also a crypt where more of the antiquities are including a sarcophagus that was absolutely astonishing. I've been to the Egyp...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 12, 2009

Sir John Soane's Museum
13 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London, England WC2A 3BP
+44 20 7405 2107

Royal Hospital Chelsea

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Attraction | "Royal Hospital Impresses"

Royal Hospital Chelsea Photo, London, England
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The Royal Hospital Chelsea was established by Charles II in the late 17th century as a refuge for aging or injured soldiers. The requirements included active duty served, which resulted in injury or maiming or being awarded a medal of service, and having no family that needed supporting. A pension was awarded and the soldiers were allowed to live in small 6 foot square cubicles. Even today, ex-military men can apply to live here. They must not be married as the residences are only for single men only. The requirements are generally the same today though the dormitories have been enlarged to 9 foot square. A replica of the current room is in the museum...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 9, 2008

Royal Hospital Chelsea
Royal Hospital Road
Chelsea, Central London SW3 4SR

Victoria and Albert Museum

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Attraction | "An Astounding Collection of Collections"

Victoria and Albert Museum Photo, London, England
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The third of the big three South Kensington museums is the Victoria and Albert musem, a sprawling heap of galleries in a Victorian heap, opened circa 1857. It was the first museum ever to have a refreshment area (cafe). Personally, I think the building is not all that attractive, looking a bit like a tiered wedding cake at the entrance. Not as elegant and graceful as the Natural History museum next door. The big yellow and green blown glass chandelier was a millenium project. I'm not sure it's to my taste but it certainly is a feat of design, so it probably does suit the lofty ceiling and grandness of the entrance hall. The V&A is a design and decor...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 8, 2008

Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
London, England SW7 2RL
+44 (20) 7942 2000

Shakespeare's Globe

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Attraction | "Shakespeare's Globe and Theatre Museum"

Shakespeare's Globe Photo, London, England
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On the Thursday of my 2001 trip to London i decided to go to the Globe and after arriving at Liverpool Street station in the morning with Nikki, and after my usual cuppa tea first thing, I made my way to the Southbank area. I got to the new Globe theatre by about 10. There was a tour of the theatre at 10:30 so I spent a half hour looking at the first bit ofthe exhibition in the adjoining building. This part of the museum went into the history of the rebuilding of the Globe, a project spearheaded by American actor Sam Wanamaker who worked tirelessly raising money for 20 years. The original Globe was one street away from the present location but that property was not available. Around ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 2, 2009

Shakespeare's Globe
21 New Globe Walk, Bankside
London, England SE1 9DT
+44 20 7902 1400

St Paul's Cathedral

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St Paul's Cathedral Photo, London, England
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On Ludgate Hill, at the end of The Strand, you come around a turn in the road and this huge domed building looms out at you amid the busy traffic. St. Paul's Cathedral was finished in 1710, built after the great fire of London in 1666 burned down Old St. Paul's. It's a Baroque masterpiece, filled with tombs, statues, frescos and gilded everything. It costs 10 pounds for adults, 9 for seniors plus they have family (2 children 2 adults) tickets and that includes everything. You can visit the crypt and you can also climb up over 500 steps to go to the very top of the dome. It's fewer if you just want to go to the Whispering Gallery where a sound whispered on one side will travel around and be h...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 11, 2008

St Paul's Cathedral
The Chapter House
London, England EC4M 8AD
+44 (20 7) 236 4128

Tower of London

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Attraction | "Tower of London, Lots to See "

Tower of London Photo, London, England
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One of the star attractions in London is also one of the most expensive. At 17 pounds per adult (16 online) and 47 for a family entrance fee (2 adults, 3 kids) it's steep. The queues for tickets can be quite long and can stretch back to the tube station. We did find that the queue moved fairly smoothly and quickly. I do think that buying tickets online or from the kiosks a day or two ahead of time might be good if you're going in "prime time" (summer, school holidays). It's not difficult to get there. The Tower Hill tube station is very close, the DLR station just around the corner from that and many busses stop along Tower Hill. Tour busses will stop nearby as well. If you arrive by train...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 5, 2009

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

Restaurants

Marlborough Head

Restaurant | "Gothic Pub off Oxford Street"

Marlborough Head Photo, London, England
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We met friends at a local pub just off Oxford Street called the Marlborough Head. It has a dark and fantastic gothic atmosphere with ghouls and gargoyles and other creepiness lurking in corners and on the ceilings. There was a gargoyle on the wall by the downstairs kitchen/bar and a grim reaper in a case on the other wall by where we were sitting. The toilets are in the lower level, and are hidden behind faux bookcases, marked by brass plaques in the floor as to where the ladies' and gents' is, you just walk to the case and push the door!! In the Ladies' at least, there was some creepy spooky sounds being piped in.They have a typical pub menu and what we had was fine but others have told u...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 9, 2009

Marlborough Head
24 North Audley St.
London, England W1K 6WB
+44 871 258 633

Offshore Cafe

Restaurant | "Cafe off Piccadilly "

Offshore Cafe Photo, London, England
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We were walking along Piccadilly, the street, not Piccadilly Circus, and saw the sign for the cafe up a side street off the north side of the road, on Sackville Street. We headed up there to look at the menu and decided straight away to try it. The Offshore Cafe is deep and narrow, not that big, with large mirrors on the walls to make the room look bigger. Some seating downstairs as well. Lots of interesting prints and items decorating the walls, shelves and corners.The menu had a section of Lebanese food but also had soup, lovely salads, burgers, pasta, a very tempting dessert choice in the front case. There are vegetarian choices too which looked very nice. Prices were reasonable for th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 9, 2009

Offshore Cafe
Sackville Street, London
London, England

Kalamaras Greek Taverna

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Restaurant | "Hidden Greek Gem in Bayswater"

Kalamaras Greek Taverna Photo, London, England
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This little narrow restaurant is below street level and isn't that easy to find. The easiest way to describe how to get there is to start from the Bayswater underground station. Come out of there and cross Queensway. There's a little side street just there. Go in there and just on your left is the mews though it only looks like a back alley or parking lot for the buildings around it. There was a sign on the street so we knew it was there and it turned out to be a small, narrow restaurant below street level that's been there since 1966. Last time I was in London, I saw a man dressed in Greek traditional costume with a sign out on Queensway pointing the way in to the restaurant. Excellent. T...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 19, 2008

Kalamaras Greek Taverna
66 Inverness Mews
London W2 3JQ
+44 (20) 7727 9122

Cafe le Midi

Restaurant | "One man cafe near Euston"

Cafe le Midi Photo, London, England
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We looked for a cafe near our hotel and were directed to Warren Street, just a block or so away from our hotel, one block south of Euston Road. Indeed there were a few little places along the short street. The first one looked as if there was construction impeding people going in but the next one, Cafe le Midi was quiet, with the owner standing outside catching the morning sun. They do a hot breakfast of 2 eggs, 2 rashers of bacon, toast (homemade bread!) and tea for 3.50 which is amazingly cheap for London. You can add on side items for small amounts (beans for 40p, mushrooms for a little more). They also had a menu of basic cafe food including sandwiches and jumbo jacket potatoes. If you...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 28, 2011

Cafe le Midi
23 Warren Street
Fitzrovia, London W1T 5LX

The Lord Moon of the Mall

Restaurant | "Central pub on Whitehall"

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The Lord Moon on the Mall is a good sized pub ina lovely old building on Whitehall. It's only a few steps from Trafalgar Square and is part of the Wetherspoon's chain. The food is pretty good, pretty reasonable though not overly generous. You always know what you're going to get wtih a Wetherspoons, though, and it's pretty good.

Nice location, larger eating area in the back, toilets are downstairs.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 28, 2011

The Lord Moon of the Mall
16-18 Whitehall
London, England

Place Below

Restaurant | "Vegetarian in a Crypt"

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Fresh, homemade food, The Place Below is a little cafe tucked away in the crypt of St. Mary Le Bow church in Cheapside, not too far from St. Paul's Cathedral. The cafe is vegetarian with hot dishes, sandwiches, homemade soup, salad and utterly sinful sweets. You may get lucky in summer, if the weather is good, they have tables and chairs out in the Bow churchyard. They are crowded at lunch, but offer lunch discounts if you eat from 11:30 to noon or after the rush between 1:30 - 2:30. The menu changes every day. Check the website for menus, photos, map and opening hours. They also do breakfast and they do takeaway at a discount. Open 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 WEEKDAYS ONLY, lunch starts serving at 1...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 9, 2009

Place Below
St Mary-le-Bow Church, The Crypt
London, England EC2V 6AU
+44 20 7329 0789

Hotels

Strand Palace Hotel

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Strand Palace Hotel Photo, London, England
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First off, I would recommend booking through a travel agent, not directly from their website. You'll get much cheaper rates as a rule. We paid about $270CAD a night for a twin on weeknights and slightly higher for a double on the Easter Weekend. This location is an excellent one, right on the edge of Covent Garden with excellent transportation links. It's on a main bus line with Aldwych near by for more busses and several tube stations within very short walking distance. The hotel is about 100 years old so some of the rooms are a bit small. Our twin room had the door open right into the hallway without any entryway so no noise buffer zone. We noticed the noise clearly from the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 7, 2008

Strand Palace Hotel
372 Strand
London
44 0 870 4008702

Melia White House

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Hotel | "Spanish style in London"

Melia White House Photo, London, England
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We got a pretty good rate for the Melia from the Air Canada hotel booking site. The location was good with transportation handy and close to the train station. The lobby is gleaming with marble and quite large. There is a bar and a couple of restaurants and a fitness centre as well. There are a few steps into the lobby but the concierge has a luggage lift if you have problems with stairs. It's a very large hotel, too. We checked in late and were given an upgraded room which was nice. It was decorated in gold and red with a large king size bed, big desk, and large cabinet containing the television, tea tray and a mini bar which we didn't use. The bathroom is small but gleaming in black and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 28, 2011

Melia White House
Regents Park Albany Street
London, England
44-207-3913000

London Guards Hotel

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Hotel | "London Hotel Well Worth the Stay"

London Guards Hotel Photo, London, England
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We stayed at the London Guards a couple of years ago, booking it through londonnights.com. The hotel is on the back of a little square behind a church at Lancaster Gate, just behind Bayswater Road. It's only a block and a bit from the Lancaster Gate tube station, a couple of blocks from Paddington station and only a little further from Queensway and Bayswater stations, both definitely walkable in less than 10 minutes. Busses run along Bayswater road and Hyde Park is right across the road. You can walk across the park to the Knightsbridge museums in 10 minutes. The room was large, (we had a double) and they have family suites as well as singles and twins. There is a little fridge in the roo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 27, 2008

London Guards Hotel
36 37 LANCASTER GATE
London, England
44 20 74021101

Thistle Euston

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Hotel | "Good Tourist Class Hotel"

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I've stayed at the Thistle Euston several times over the years and it's always been a pleasant experience. It has often been used as a "bus tour" or group tour hotel, which is how I first stayed there. The location is very good, just a block from Euston train and underground station and around the corner, on Euston Road, is the Euston square and Warren Street stations with in a block or two. Euston station is a major bus terminal as well. I didn't notice much noise from the trains and the neighbourhood itself is quiet. It's close to Regent Park and Camden too.The hotel has a nice little bar and a restaurant in the basement, both have pretty good food, though a bit pricey as you would expec...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 10, 2008

Thistle Euston
CARDINGTON STREET
London, England
044 207 387 4400

Hilton London Islington

Hotel | "Up to the Usual Hilton Standard"

Hilton London Islington Photo, London, England
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Our budget doesn't normally run to Hilton prices, especially in London where the most basic room can run 95 pounds a night. The exchange rate to the Canadian dollar is pretty good these days, so that helps. What really sold me, though, was the deal I got through Londontown.com. For a May weekend (Friday/Saturday) we got the hotel, with all taxes in for 65 pounds a night including full buffet breakfast!!!! Result! We arrived around 7 on the Friday night, and the checkin was quick and helpful and very friendly. Our room had a queen sized bed and a good sized en suite bathroom. There was a lounge chair in the corner, a flat screen telly and a large desk with data jacks and things though we didn't use the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 22, 2009

Hilton London Islington
53 UPPER STREET
London, England N1 0QH
+44 207 3547700