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#40754 - Mon, 20 Apr 2009 17:54:00 Your iedas to make the London stay even more memorable?
MickeH Offline
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Like many other swedes, we've been to London a couple of times before, and would like so see and experience stuff outside the tourist ghettos.

Do you have any fave restaurants?
Markets?
Flea markets?
Second hand record stores?
Areas thet's just nice to walk in?
Interesting architecture? (I'll love to take pics of parts of buildings in strange angels. Not me. The building. Or the photos of the buildings. I mean..... arghh! Hope you'll get it :p ).


Areas like Islington and Notting hill seems to be mentioned in quite a few movies and books, what's the thing about them? I'm very curious..... are they kind of "artist areas" that has been trendy and therefore not affordable for artists any longer, or what's the thing about them?

And so on..... all input from those who know and have some fav places are welcome, not only to me, but problably quite a few of us from abroad coming to the Hammy concert! laugh

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#40755 - Mon, 20 Apr 2009 18:37:00 Re: Your iedas to make the London stay even more memorable?
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Brick Lane and Portobello markets are both worth a visit (google for details) and the parks are always wortha visit too. Regents, Hyde and further out Kew. A wander around Soho is a must, start at Covent Garden (where some of the Vienna video was shot) and work your way across Charing Cross Road to Shaftesbury Avenue (Theatre Land) and then through to Dean Street and Compton Street, and the top of Wardour Street has some interesting bars and resturants. The area around The Roundhouse,through Chalk Farm and up into Camden (watch out for Amy Winehouse!)Lock area is quite 'interesting'! shock Highgate Cemetary is, in my view a must too!

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#40756 - Mon, 20 Apr 2009 19:59:00 Re: Your iedas to make the London stay even more memorable?
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Quote:
Originally posted by MickeH:

Second hand record stores?
I have probably mentioned Berwick St ( in central london , off Oxford St ) in a different thread as my favourite place to visit for London record stores.
Has a couple of good 2nd hand stores +
for new stuff "Sister Ray" records is good for a wide range of stuff including excellent electronica/synth pop selection

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#40757 - Tue, 21 Apr 2009 22:32:00 Re: Your iedas to make the London stay even more memorable?
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I recommend:-

The British Museum (http://www.britishmuseum.org)

The Emni restaurant (Islington)http://www.emnirestaurant.com

Smithys Bar and Restaurant (Kings Cross)http://www.smithyslondon.com/

Shepherds Market in Mayfair (http://www.shepherdmarket.co.uk/index.htm) - the Sofra restaurant in this area is pretty good.

The Coach & Horses pub (Mayfair) http://www.fancyapint.com/pubs/pub327.html

The streets, shops, pubs and restaurants which radiate out from Seven Dials - http://www.sevendials.co.uk/

The Clink Prison - http://www.clink.co.uk/ - you can also visit Borough market and walk along the Thames to the Tate Modern (http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/) and pop over the Millennium Birdge for a visit to St Pauls Cathedral -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millennium_Bridge_(London)

The Royal Courts Of Justice in the Strand (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Courts_of_Justice)

You should also visit Regents Park (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regent's_Park), St James' Park (http://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/st_james_park/)

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#40758 - Tue, 21 Apr 2009 23:01:00 Re: Your iedas to make the London stay even more memorable?
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Thanks for the replies! smile We really appreciate them!

Been searching around on the attractions you recommend and I realised that Chalk farm is a place we must go to and make ourselves silly in front of the camera, except for Abbey road (Been to London a couple of times and haven't done that yet! laugh )


last time in London (-98) we were at a restaurant called Bluebird , nice design and good food. Anybody knows if it still is recommendable?

Also Mad dog cafe i ias a place I remember....

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#40759 - Tue, 21 Apr 2009 23:13:00 Re: Your iedas to make the London stay even more memorable?
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Originally posted by MickeH:
Thanks for the replies! smile We really appreciate them!


last time in London (-98) we were at a restaurant called Bluebird , nice design and good food. Anybody knows if it still is recommendable?

reviews would appear to best described as "mixed"

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_...nd.html#REVIEWS

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#40760 - Tue, 21 Apr 2009 23:19:00 Re: Your iedas to make the London stay even more memorable?
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I can second Camden Lock as a good place to vist. There is a CD stall just down the road & some great eating stalls at the Lock. When I was there a couple of years ago they were giving out titbits so you could try before you buy on the Chinese stalls.

Oxford Street has a couple of HMV shops & near Tottenham Court Road tube is what used to be a Virgin. Unless, that's closed now. Not been for a while.

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#40761 - Tue, 21 Apr 2009 23:27:00 Re: Your iedas to make the London stay even more memorable?
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Quote:
Originally posted by Leona:
the parks are always wortha visit too.
If you walk through Green Park you can cross the road to my favourite - St James Park. I was shocked to discover 6 Pelicans live there!! bemused

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#40762 - Wed, 22 Apr 2009 06:28:00 Re: Your iedas to make the London stay even more memorable?
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Thank you very much to your replies! We really apreci... apric.... appreci... #%&@$ ! cussing wink

We are very thankful for them! laugh

Time to print this page out and go to bed, tomorrow it's time to go to London..... woohoo

Mr & Mrs H

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#40763 - Wed, 22 Apr 2009 06:31:00 Re: Your iedas to make the London stay even more memorable?
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Oh, forgot:
If you ever come to Stockholm..... laugh

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#40764 - Wed, 22 Apr 2009 07:19:00 Re: Your iedas to make the London stay even more memorable?
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I would recommend going to St Pauls and then walking across the Millenium (foot) bridge to Tate Modern. Great, great gallery with a lot of interesting free stuff to see. The Rodchenko & Popova exhibition (not free) is also fab - lots of art from around the time of the Russian Revolution.

You can also get a boat from Tate Modern along the River to Tate Britain - also well worth exploring.

The other place I would recommend is Somerset House on the Strand (where I work laugh ) The courtyard has one of those fountains in the ground and it has 55 jets - great for kids to run through on a sunny day. The Terrace overlooks the River and is a cool place to have a coffee.

Enjoy!

Thomas

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#40765 - Wed, 22 Apr 2009 07:50:00 Re: Your iedas to make the London stay even more memorable?
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Quote:
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Time to print this page out and go to bed, tomorrow it's time to go to London..... woohoo

Mr & Mrs H
Hope you both have a fantastic time - I know you will.

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#40766 - Thu, 23 Apr 2009 03:07:00 Re: Your iedas to make the London stay even more memorable?
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Anyone still recall or know some good indian restaurant nearby Piccadilly area?

Thanks

L

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#40767 - Thu, 23 Apr 2009 19:54:00 Re: Your iedas to make the London stay even more memorable?
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I second the Tate Modern exhibition on at the moment "Defining Constructivism" AKA "the Russian exhibition" which I shall be going to (we're there for the Roundhouse long weekend as a "treat"); there is an exhibition on of never before seen Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn photos at Proud Central. The address is 32 John Adam Street and admission is free, and we may be having a little drinkie poos around Mayfair (rude not to wink ) If anyone is thinking of going to The Tower they do a "deal" whereby you get free entry for another year if your gift aid your admission (at least they did). We'll be making us of our free passes woohoo

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#40768 - Thu, 23 Apr 2009 22:39:00 Re: Your iedas to make the London stay even more memorable?
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As far as Islington goes I would only bother with the area called 'Angel' and Upper Street. However it's mostly just bars and restaurants. There's a good indie cinema there tho. Notting Hill isn't too exciting altho you can walk to the market from there. There used to be some decent second hand stores there tho. Not sure if they're still there.

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#40769 - Thu, 30 Apr 2009 04:29:00 Re: Your iedas to make the London stay even more memorable?
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First of all, another THANK YOU for all of your ideas! laugh




Quote:
Originally posted by alles klar:
I would recommend going to St Pauls and then walking across the Millenium (foot) bridge to Tate Modern. Great, great gallery with a lot of interesting free stuff to see. The Rodchenko & Popova exhibition (not free) is also fab - lots of art from around the time of the Russian Revolution.
Thomas
After being there we second that too!
Of great interest to any persons interested in graphic art; I'll guess the Ultravox members would like this exhibition as well.... a little bit of forefather to Cinemonde wink


We have a recommendation to you, Londoners and visitors: S:t Johns restaurants! (Check out their hilarious videos on their webpage lmao )

As we had to change day for eating there we had to go to their Bread & Wine shop (also a resturant, very "back to basics" and open interior) in Spitalfields (Tube to Liverpool St, Aldgate or Aldgate east).

You'll order different dishes, mixes, matches and shares as you'll like.

Nice selection of wine. No posh attitude, veeery good food and nice personel!

Amongst other dishes we tried dep fried pig face.... real tasty!

And quite cheap as well.

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