London Journals

London - Memories that will be treasured for life

A May 1986 trip to London by auskiwi

The Thornbury Castle Photo, London, England More Photos
Quote: It has been a while since I was last in London, but the memories never seem to fade, the history, the activity, the multicultalism, the social activities and numerous experiences. I lived there for 3 1/2 years and I never got bored and I'd love to go back for more.

London - Memories that will be treasured for life

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The Thornbury Castle Photo, London, England
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Here's some of the highlights. 1/ The pubs on a Sunday for a roast dinner and a pint. Every pub is unique,if you ask the locals they all have their favorite. 2/ If you're there and the Nottinghill Carnival is on, go. The mass of colour, dancing and people is awesome, the costumes are extravagant and the atmosphere is electric. 3/ Visit the markets if you have the time. The bars near the markets are interesting to visit on market day. The better markets were: The Portobello Road market, Nottinghill. The Camden Street Market, Camden. 4/ My fav attractions were: The Dungeon of Horrors at London Bridge, full of scenes of torture, means of killing...Read More

Lancaster Hall Hotel

Hotel | "Lancaster Gate Hotel"

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This is a German Youth Hostel but is not as budget as the international youth hostels.

There are two types of rooms available. The hotel style rooms, housed in the newer wing, (more expensive) and the cheaper twin or triple share rooms, housed in the old wing (more like hostel accommodation). The Rooms within the old wing have shared bathrooms, while the more expensive hotel rooms have their own ensuites.

All the rooms get served daily.

The hotel has a restaurant that serves delicious english breakfasts and there is an in-house bar.

The closest tube (train) stop is Lancaster Gate or Paddington Station.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 16, 2002

Lancaster Hall Hotel
35 Craven Terrace
London, England W2 3EL
+44 (0)20 7723 9276

Hard Rock Cafe

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Restaurant | "The Hard Rock Cafe"

Hard Rock Cafe Photo, London, England
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If you like American food such as hamburgers, BLT's, and similar dishes this is a great place to come, the food is always great, they do serve drinks and you can be as rowdy as you like.

This is a venue where you have to cue for a table, the bigger the group, the longer the wait. The advantage of going in a group is that you can take turns at standing in line while the others go to the pub across the road.

This place has plenty of atmosphere and you munch on your food while the docile tones of rock-n-roll are being played through speakers. Do not go to this restaurant for a quiet romanic dinner.

Closest tube stop Hyde Park Corner.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 17, 2002

Hard Rock Cafe
150 Old Park Lane
London, England W1K 1QZ
44-207-514-1700

Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens

Attraction | "Hyde Park"

Hyde Park Photo, London, England
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It's a place to venture to to escape the concert jungle. It's a place where kids can race around, kick a ball, get some exercise, or adults can take a few minutes to relax, read a book in the sun or have a quiet picnic lunch, whatever you fancy. What's good is it doesn't cost a thing. If you are on a sightseeing trek you can use the park as a way to reach the many different attractions in London, but be warned- some of them are quite a distance. There are street markets located at the Lancaster Gate side of the park during the weekends. The stalls are mostly Arts and Crafts stalls. Harrods is located at the opposite, Knightsbridge side, Speakers Corner at ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 16, 2002

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

Notting Hill Carnival

Attraction | "Nottinghill Carnival"

Notting Hill Carnival Photo, London, England
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You will have to check with the London tourist information office as to when this event is on. It is a street parade, held at Ladbroke Groove, Nottinghill, and a great cultural experience, it is a miniture version of what I would imagine a South American street carnival would look and be like, having not actually been to one, but hearing all about them. If you are in London, when it is on, it's a great day out, full of vibrant colours, loads of fantastic costumes and music from many different nationalities. What's great is you get all this for the cost of the train or bus ticket to Nottinghill Gate. When we went we spent the day, moving and dancing along the sidewal...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 16, 2002

Notting Hill Carnival
Various venues throughout the city
London, England W11
+44 (0)20 8964 0544

Kiwi Aussie and all Nations Get Together

Attraction | "Kiwi/Aussie and all Nations Get Together"

Kiwi Aussie and all Nations Get Together Photo, London, England
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These gatherings are numerous and usually rotate around the main events on the kiwi and aussie calanders, such as ANZAC Day, Xmas Eve, New Years Eve, etc.

Although they are advertised as Kiwi/Aussie Events, people from all warps of life and nationalities are drawn there to help them celebrate.

Be warned, these events are not for the people who want a quiet night to catch up with old mates, there is plenty of drunken partying going on.

Live Kiwi/Aussie bands usually play at the venues, and if it's outdoors there's usually a B-B-Q and plenty of sausage sandwiches to go around.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 16, 2002

Kiwi Aussie and all Nations Get Together
Various, look for adverts in kiwi / aussie mags
London, England

Portobello Road Market

Attraction | "Camden Market and Portobello Road Markets"

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Camden Market: This colourful weekend street market is great to wander around and take in the sights as well as the wide range of wares that are available for purchase. The available range of wares vary from jewelry to clothes and shoes. A highlight for a trip to the markets is a visit to one of the pubs in the area, which are interesting and are usually very busy. We used to go to the markets on a Sunday and then venture to one of the pubs for a Sunday lunch and refreshment. Portobello Road Markets: This street market is great for those who want to find an antique item at a reasonable price. There are three main types of wares that ca...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 23, 2002

Portobello Road Market
Portobello Road
London, England W11

A weekend in Falmouth, Cornwall

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Pendennis Castle, Falmouth Photo, London, England
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One Monday my flatmate, Claire, asked me if I'd like to go to Falmouth, Cornwall and stay at her Grandparents house. Having never been to that part of the countryside I decided it would be a great idea and glady said "yes". So the following Friday we packed our weekend bags, they were a bit smaller than our travelling packs, and got on a train in London heading to Penzance and changed at Truro to get to Falmouth. Claire's Uncle was there at the station to pick us up and take us to her Grandparents house where they were both waiting for us. The following day Claire's Uncle and Grandfather wanted to take us sailing, as her uncle had a small yacht and couldn't wait to take us ou...Read More

A Saturday in Bath

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The Roman Baths Photo, London, England
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One Saturday Claire and I were just sitting in our flat, in Lancaster Gate, London, wondering what we were going to do for the day as it was that great outside. After throwing a couple of ideas about we finially came up with the decision to go to Bath, by train, for the day. So we got some warmer clothes on and heading of to Paddington Station, where we got on the first train to Bath. Once there we located the tourist information office, near Westgate Street to get a map and information on some of the sites. The time was now approximately 11.30am so we didn't have a lot of time and we were walking. We wanted to do the trip as cheap as possible so we decided to wander up past ...Read More
Salisbury Plain - Stonehenge 1 Photo, London, England
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A friend, John, who hails from London, picked us (Sharon and myself) up in his car one day and took us on an excusion out in the South West English Countryside. Our first stop for the day was at Stonehenge, on the Salisbury Plains. It was a misty morning and the Stonehenge stones had an eerie appearance as they peeked out through the mist. This added a certain mystic to the place and you could have almost conjured up visions of ancient druids and ceromonies that would have taken place there in the past. Alas though the entire site has been fence off so you can't get too close. We then went to Salisbury and Winchester, where we went to the Salisbury and Winchester Cathedrals. Within the...Read More
King Alfreds Stone 1 Photo, London, England
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John, out of the goodness of his heart, offered Sharon, Leanne and I another outing to the English Countryside. Who were we to turn it down as this trip offered us a once in a lifetime opportunity - no-one will ever see this again. He took us to an ceremony to celebrate the finding of King Alfreds Corner Stone - the corner stone of the three counties Sussex, Somerset and Dorset, if my memory serves me correctly. We arrived at a small pub in a unknown corner of Sussex County at approximately 10.00am, on Saturday morning, where we had a couple for the road. There were a few people milling around but nothing prepared us for what we saw next. We then walked a short distance into ...Read More
Avebury Stone Circles Photo, London, England
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After the events of that morning, what else could we do to follow it up? A return trip to Stonehenge and the stone circles of Avebury, that Sharon and I had visited on the first day trip, was on the cards as Leanne had never been and they were pretty close to the area where we started of in. This time Stonehenge was completely visible and many photos were taken both here and at Avebury. We then ventured to see an ancient burial mound, Old Sarum, where we actually ventured inside. Sharon didn't like it and said all her hairs on the back of her neck were standing on end. Needless to say she didn't last in there long. John told us stories about how he and his friends used to stay in there...Read More

A day trip to Chiddingstone Castle

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A painting of Chiddingstone Castle Photo, London, England
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The parents of the head barmaid in the bar I worked at in London were the care takers at a small castle, called Chiddingstone Castle, in Kent, so on one of my days off I decided I would go and visit the castle as it was open to the public. I boarded a country rail train from Victoria Station to Tunbridge Wells, where I had to get a taxi to the Castle, which wasn't far. Chiddingstone Castle was a residence of the Stewart Royals when they were in rule and, from recollection, Mary Queen of Scotts stayed there as have some other royals. The castle is in no way the most grand castle I visited while in Europe, but was very pleasant to wander around it's grounds, through the woods, ...Read More

The Royal Residence, Windsor Castle

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Windsor Castle Photo, London, England
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One overcast day I was wondering what to do and it suddenly dawned on me that I hadn't been to see Windsor Castle yet so I changed into some warmer clothes and off I went. I caught the train to Windsor Station and walked up to the castle. The queues were quite long so I decided to walk down to the River Thames a see what was down there. Across the other side of the river was Eton College so I crossed the small bridge a started to walk around the surrounding wall until I came across a small doorway which opened out to a large room that housed a museum dedicated to the college, it's previous students, teachers, punishments handed out over the years and the college's rooms. It was very in...Read More