London Journals

London Living

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A travel journal to London by mcbabe

Leicester Square Photo, London, England More Photos
Quote: This journal showcases the London that few visitors see, as well as reviewing the main tourist sights.

London Living

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Overview

Soho Photo, London, England
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Walk around central London: try and look above street level to discover many aesthetic surprises, such as beautiful Victorian stonework above a fish and chip shop or pub. Check out Battersea Park and Hyde Park as these are arguably the best green spots, but remember London's dotted with green in unexpected places. For nightlife try out some of South London's less expensive and better facilities. For example Brixton has a great arthouse cinema and many good restaurants and bars.Quick Tips: Best Way To Get Around: Walk everywhere within central London. Never get into a minicab in town which isn't a black cab, or isn't a cab you've ordered. The mainline trains are the best wa...Read More

Thai Metro

Restaurant

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This is a great little Thai place, very near to Google Street Tube station. The decor is very clean and modern, although there are only a few tables. It is a great place to go for lunch if you're exploring the glories of Tottenham Court Road or Oxford Street, as both are near. The menu had all the usual favourites, but was especially good for vegetarian options. You can get pretty much anything on the menu as a veggie dish. I had the phad thai, which was really tasty, and some veggie starters which were perfect. The service was really friendly as well. This area has quite a lot of Thai restaurants in, but many of them don't stay open for lunch. You can stroll down Windmill Street and Charlotte...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 27, 2002

Thai Metro
14 Charlotte Street
London, England

Battersea Park

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Attraction

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This is a beautiful park: it's actually quite small, but with the Thames on one side and the stunning apartments blocks of Prince of Wales Drive on the other, it is one of the prettiest places in the city. You can see Battersea Power Station and the Tate Modern, and the pink gas towers that supply south London from the park. The area around the peace pagoda is currently being renovated, so sadly one of the best things to do (evening walks along the Thames with views of some of the prettier bridges) is currently inaccessible. Still, ornamental gardens provide shade from the pollution and sun of a London summer. The area around the park is probably best left unexplored, unless you really want to get...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 28, 2002

Battersea Park
Albert Bridge Road
London, England SW11
+44 20 8871 7530

Imperial War Museum London

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Attraction | "Imperial War Museum"

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The Imperial War Museum is not a fluffy museum; you will not come out hoping to buy a poster of a pretty picture. It is a serious and solemn memorial and historical information centre. That said, it is neither bland nor old- fashioned, with plenty of big guns (including the gigantic canons that loom in the centre of the formal approach to the building), and well-thought out, modern, exhibits. The building itself is impressive enough, with its stark white facade and blue dome. The canons are complemented by a section of the Berlin wall, and it's all set in a small ornamental garden that complements the architecture. Entrance is free, but you can buy guides at the entrance. I wou...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 12, 2002

Imperial War Museum London
Lambeth Road
London, England SE1 6HZ
+44 (20) 7416 5000

Leicester Square - movie central

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Leicester Square Photo, London, England
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Leicester Square is one of the main tourist hotspots in London. It is also where many Londoners go to see films. The plushest cinema is the Odeon, where any film premiere will be held - the Harry Potter film, for example. It's quite modern inside, with decorations that are pleasingly kitsch. It only has one main screen though, and the smaller ones are very small. The tiny Empire Cinema tends to show some really good films, and is very comfortable inside, even in the smaller screens. The giant Warner Village has the most screens, but mainly shows very mainstream films and the interior is soul-less and dull. The Prince Charles Cinema, off Leicester Square in L...Read More
Brixton By Night Photo, London, England
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Been to the Tower, seen the London eye, bought the t-shirt with the union jack on it? There is a lot more to London than the guide books (even the best of them!) will include. South London is generally ignored by the tourist industry: it has few tourist draws, but a trip of select parts will take you on a journey into what it's really like to live in London, work in London - it will give you an insight into what the city is really about. Take the underground to Victoria tube station and follow the signs for Victoria mainline railway station. Victoria is the gateway into the south (as you may know if you've come to London via. the Gatwick express). The building itself is one of the many spo...Read More