Something unusual to do in London

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  1. stealther

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    My other half has an internship at the FSA and will be living and working in London during July and August. So I will be spending quite a few weekends in the nation’s capital. Whilst were there we plan on doing all the major tourist attractions and were just wondering what people thought were must do items for our list? We would welcome some more unusual experiences and ideas especially for the evenings?
     
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  3. stealther

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    Glad to see these ducktours in London.
    I have taken ducktours in Branson (Missouri) and Galveston (Texas) and enjoyed both.

    Chris Muriel, Manchester
     
  5. Bristol Pete

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    The Jack the Ripper tour is good!
     
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    Borough Food Market (London Bridge Tube) Fridays and Saturdays is always nice, its a food market. I like to start there early grab some breakfast. Then you can stroll either way down the river, the design museum is by tower bridge or go the other way and check out the Tate modern. If you keep walking you can go to the NFT (National Film Theatre) for some drinks and a film or Dinner. The river is a good place for weekend strolls with various things going on.
     
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    Try a Gauchos just off the Kings Road, best steak house around. :)
     
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    I'm a sucker for basic touristy stuff: get yourself a fine day and then go on the London Eye. Unless you have really bad vertigo, of course. :)

    Check out St Paul's Cathedral, as well - it looks especially fine at the moment as they've just finished cleaning it. Won't look this good again for many years, if ever.
     
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    The Aquarium is very good much better than in any other city I have been.
     
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    if it's a nice day i find not much beats a rowing boat on the serpentine, in Hyde park. Bit pricey but very nice if it's pretty quite. Just you and your partner alone on a lake.

    quiote romantic too.:rotfl:
     
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    www.thedeep.co.uk is fantastic...but it's in Hull...

    ...thanks for starting this thread by the way, I'm going to London for 5 days with my wife in May, for our 1st anniversary...any recommendations for great hotels as well as what to do would be useful.
     
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    A lot of the first Bridget Jones film was shot around Borough Market if you and the other half are into that sort of thing.
     
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    If you and your lady like a Curry go to Brick Lane, or if you prefer Chinese, China Town.
    Or come out of london a little and go to Greenwich and go to the park and observatory.
    Or just to Stringfellows.:thumbsup:
     
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    use toptable.co.uk if you want to find somewhere good to eat. The aquarium is great, there is better but for central london its very good!
    Borough market is right round the corner from me but ive never been! ive heard great things about it
     
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    1. Rent bikes and ride up or down the Thames all the to the Thames barrier. This is amazing and you can see so many places from films and of interest.

    2. Walk around the Square Mile (the City) on a Sunday when it is dead quiet, looking for the small and often amazing little back streets and gardens that are hidden away.

    3. Strange night clubs of the fetish type if you really want to see or try something really different for a night.

    4. Drink a pint at London's oldest north river side pub, the Prospect of Whitby on a nice summer's evening, sit outside underneith the willow.

    5. Contact some AVForum members that live in London and insist on guided tours that can be paid for with beer.;)

    I must also agree with the Gaucho as a place to have steak. The best in the world I believe and there are a small number of them around the city.
     
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    For lunch try the Fountain restaurant at Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly. The food is fantastic (served by motherly waitresses in old-fashioned black and white uniforms) and the prices are by no means outrageous. For burgers, go to Tootsies - it's a small chain with several London branches, notably Fulham and Holland Park: the best burgers in town.
     
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    I think Sticky Fingers (single in Holbourn) or Gourmet Burger (chain) is better for burgers.
     
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    Nippon Tuk restaurant is fab! :smashin:

    It's an Oriental restaurant on the top floor of the Hilton London Metropole hotel, food is fab, view is amazing and the champagne cocktails are to die for. Best start saving fairly soon, though as these are about £8 each IIRC.............;)

    http://www.hiltonlondonmet.com/hotel/nippon_tuk.html
     
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    Well worth a visit, but as the man said get there early - preferably just before nine - so you get the chance to browse without the crowds. Oh and get yourself a bacon and bubble sarnie! :smashin:
     
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    For fast reasonably-priced food, try wagamama's Japanese noodle bar. There's one near the British Museum.
     
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    You could strike up a conversation with someone you have never met before, or even acknowledge someone else's existence with a smile.....most Londoners would find this to be quite unusual:cool:
     
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    Or if you want a really good time get yourself down to The Church on a Sunday for a few beers. It's an experience not to be missed!!!

    http://www.thechurch.co.uk/index.html

    Well worth the trip!
     
  24. stealther

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    Thought thats what New Yorkers were like untill I went there and was amazed how many people in Bars will just sit and chat to strangers.

    Never spent much time in London so when I stayed a couple of years ago for a long weekend you can imagine my disapointment that not a single person I met had a cockney accent. In fact it was difficult to find someone with an English accent and is it just me or is every waitress in london from France and incapable of getting an order right and every Barmen from Australia?:D
     
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    Even better if you want the food to actually be edible, try Noodle Time in Greenwhich, cheaper and food is great.
     
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    Now they are all from Eastern Europe mate and I can tell you that things are much better, especially the quality of female persuision.
     
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    Second that!!!!!

    Or if you want a party on Saturday night, try its partner in crime (and my old haunt) "The Redback" in Acton. Can't go wrong in either of these venues :thumbsup:

    (oh and try the Illusions, there not cheap but you do get value for money ;) )
     
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    Don't forget to catch the IMAX in Waterloo if you have not been to one before and dream of the days you can have an AV setup like that at home.:cool:
     
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    the Amato Saltone thing at London Bridge looks intriguing....

    http://www.shunt.co.uk

    anyone been to this? was it good?

    UV
     
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    Speakers corner at Hyde Park on a Sunday afternoon, the only place that hosts Londons eccentrics and general nutters.
     

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