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 Post subject: Best stuff to do in London (inedible edition)
PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 12:07 pm 
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What's the funnest touristy stuff to do in London? I mean, besides food stuff?

Bus tours? Walking tours? Museums? Theatres? Parks? Architecture? Boats? Scenic views? What do you recommend to someone visiting for the first time?

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 12:22 pm 
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I love to take a ride on the Thames Clipper when I'm in London, it's a commuter boat but goes around the same places as an expensive tourist boat.

You kinda have to check out Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament & Tower of London if you've never been here before.

I think that a ride on the Millennium Wheel is totally worth it especially on a bright clear day.

A walk in Hyde park is always lovely, you get to see loads of squirrels!

I also really like the Natural History museum and the Tate Modern.

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Is Lichtenstein still at the Tate? If so, go there. I'm so ashamed I didn't know about it while it was in DC.

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Here's my top advice for a Sunday morning. Get on the Docklands Light Railway at Tower Hill by the Tower of London, and travel to Mud Chute. The DLR is a driverless train, so you can sit right at the front as I goes into the underground, which is pretty cool. On Sundays they usually have the tourist attraction audio tape running, to tell you about the old East End - like the opium dens of Limehouse and Jack the Ripper's hunts in Whitechapel. When you get to Mud Chute, you can walk underneath the Thames through the old Victorian foot tunnel with the Edwardian elevators at either end. The tunnel brings you out in Greenwich by the Cutty Sark clipper. There are three really cool flea markets in Greenwich on a Sunday, including Ms Cupcake's vegan stall. Grab food for a picnic and take to Greenwich Park, and if you time it right, you will see the noon day ball drop (on which the Times Square new year thing is based), which is the old signal by which mariners used to synchronise their clocks for navigation. Greenwich Observatory is built across the 0 meridian, so you can take the traditional picture of yourself with one foot in the Western Hemisphere and the other in the East. Walk back down to Greenwich Pier, near the Cutty Sark, and take the River Bus along the Thames to opposite the Houses of Parliament. If you get a chatty River Bus driver, they will point out David Bowie's penthouse next to the Oxo Tower for you!

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My top tip for the London Eye, which Jojo mentions, is to go at dusk - it's less crowded, and you see London by sunset on the way up, and with all the twinkling lights on the way down.

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Almost all the big museums in London are free, and have world-class exhibitions. The British Museum has a vast, vast array of historical artefacts from around the world. The Tate Modern is pretty cool and their special exhibitions are always excellent, the National Portrait Gallery is very interesting if you know your history or your art, and still pretty interesting if you don't. The Imperial War Museum is pretty highly rated.

Get the ferry along the Themes and you get an unofficial, very funny guided tour by the staff.

Brighton and Bath (and many other places besides) are all day-tripper distance as well.

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I love the Players Theatre, which not many people seem to know about - it's a Victorian Music Hall, with traditional songs.
http://www.playerstheatre.co.uk/

You should definitely try and fit in High Tea at Fortnum and Madonnas on Piccadilly, opposite the Royal Academy art collection. The National Portrait Gallery, round the corner from Trafalgar Square, is pretty cool - and the restaurant at the top has a unique view over the London rooftops.

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http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibition ... -bowie-is/

http://www.thegarret.org.uk/

http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-t ... -Park.aspx

http://www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/

http://camdenlockmarket.com/

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Thanks, you guys! I am sooooo excited!

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RR I'm pretty sure Ms Cupcake doesn't have the stall in Greenwich any more, I think she stopped it not long after she opened her shop in Brixton.

The View at The Shard is pretty good though a bit pricey. http://www.theviewfromtheshard.com

I really enjoyed the Emirates Air Line over the Thames from Greenwich Dome (The 02). http://www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/info/2 ... s_air_line
You can walk over the top of the 02 (Up at the 02) but you might have to book in advance. http://www.theo2.co.uk/upattheo2

If you go to Camden Lock make sure you check out inSpiral and Cookies & Scream.


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RR I'm pretty sure Ms Cupcake doesn't have the stall in Greenwich any more...


That's correct.

And definitely go to Camden and check out InSpiral, Cookies & Scream and,if you have time, Ha Ha Veggie Bar.

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 Post subject: Re: Best stuff to do in London (inedible edition)
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I would say National Portrait Gallery is a must. As mentioned above, Tate Modern and Imperial War Museum are very good. I think Westminster Abbey is a must-see, especially if you are at all into king-and-queen type history (although I think you have to pay now). And, although it is unbelievably touristy and clich├ęd, the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace is worth seeing.

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I like the Natural History Museum. The building is awesome, there's dinosaurs, an earthquake simulator & a piece of the moon! You can spend a whole day there & still not see it all.
Plus I always do Tate Modern if I can.
If you go to Trafalgar Square & you can do the National Gallery, (I always just go straight to the Impressionist gallery as that's my favourite section- I find it too big to try & do it all) & then next door to the National Portrait Gallery. Then with any time left over you can go down The Mall to Buckingham Palace then back through St James Park, see all the ducks, swans & squirrels on way to Downing Street, Houses of Parliament etc...


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In the grounds of the Imperial War Museum is the Tibetan Peace Gardens - http://www.tibet-foundation.org/page/peace_garden
It is a lovely place to visit and a total contrast to the War Museum

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i found the Imperial War Rooms & Churchill museum fascinating, and i'm not usually interested in military-related things. Green Park is pretty and has duckies from all over the world. Chinatown & Soho are a lot of fun to walk around. heck, you'll see interesting stuff in pretty much any central London neighbourhood. when my parents came to visit me for the first time a few years ago they really liked the hop-on-hop-off tour bus (Big Bus Tours, i think?). and yeah, you have to see the houses of Parliament and hear Big Ben toll.

not sure if this counts as "food stuff", but there are quite a few good tea shops in London. Twinings, Tea Palace, Postcard Teas, Fortnum & Mason...

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@NZ_Globetrotter on twitter leads walking tours and is vegan so might be a good person to ask about vegan-friendly eats near touristy stuff (or at least walking tours that don't involve meaty pub lunches).

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I go to the Natural History Museum every time I'm in London. Amaaaaaazing place.
I'd also suggest the Victoria and Albert Museum or the Serpentine Gallery. If you have the time and are willing to spend half an hour on a train (goes from Wimbledon station), Hampton Court Palace is a great place to spend a day (and bring a picnic in hopes that the weather will be nice!).

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 Post subject: Re: Best stuff to do in London (inedible edition)
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Go to my BFF Big Willie Shakespeare's birthday party at the Globe!
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Several people have mentioned the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Tate Modern. And while in London you obviously have to visit the British Museum and the British Library, but there are about a million others worth checking out. A few of my favorites are Sir John Soane's House, The Wellcome Collection, the Dickens Museum, and the Victoria and Albert. Unfortunately the Imperial War Museum is closed for renovation, but the Churchill War Rooms are worth a visit if you're interested in that sort of thing.

http://www.britishmuseum.org

http://www.bl.uk/whatson/exhibitions/

http://www.soane.org

http://www.wellcomecollection.org

http://www.dickensmuseum.com

http://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/churchill-war-rooms

http://www.vam.ac.uk

If you like architecture and/or churches you will never run out of places to visit: Westminster Abbey, St Paul's, St Martin's-i-the-Fields, St Clement Danes, The Inner Temple...and then there are the pubs! One of my all-time, #1 favorites is the George in Southwark (the last remaining coaching inn in London), which is walking distance from the Globe and largely unspoiled by shitty pop music or fruit machines. Just be sure to wear comfy shoes!

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Thanks, you guys! I'm totally here!!!!

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Whee! Welcome to our nationhood!

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Thanks, you guys! I'm totally here!!!!

Drink tons of beer and cider and then post pics of yourself being all squiffy with the lions in Trafalgar Square!

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If you are ever at a loose end in East London, the Severs' House looks dramatic and beautiful: http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/denis-severs-house

I haven't been yet but it's at the top of my wish list.


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I would really like to see Severs' house, but I would go to Sir John Soane's first. You can also see the Royal College of Surgeons museum on the other side of the square at the same time. If you like Dickens, the fictional location of Tulkinghorn's house is also in the same square.


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