mirrodie
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Ideas For London

Tue Nov 12, 2002 3:36 am

As a gift for my father, we are going to fly to LHR one way economy and the other way on the Concorde.

So being that we are truly only flying to LHR so that we can return on the SST, we are only thinking of staying maybe only 1-2 nights.

SO I am thinking, what can we do there over such a short time? We would like to maybe see a soccer game there if possible before flying out.

Any suggestions? Thanks, Mirrodie  Big thumbs up


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RE: Ideas For London

Tue Nov 12, 2002 4:55 am

there's usually loads to do in london, but could we have the dats so we can tell you what sports are on?

thanks

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RE: Ideas For London

Tue Nov 12, 2002 5:50 am

Trocadero, Windsor Castle, Trafalgar Square, Abbey Road, Piccadilly Circus, Portabello Market, The Tube, Greenwich, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Parliament, etc. etc...

Or you could just ride the tube around for 2 days... thats fun
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RE: Ideas For London

Tue Nov 12, 2002 6:14 am

being an aviation fan check out windsor castle! it is the coolest thing i have ever seen, one may ask why? well the planes take off straight over you... oh my god!
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RE: Ideas For London

Tue Nov 12, 2002 6:17 am

This is a bit obscure, but since a lot of aviation enthusiasts are also map enthusiasts, you might consider visiting the Royal Geographic Society. If you like maps, this place will make you swoon.
 
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RE: Ideas For London

Tue Nov 12, 2002 6:28 am

I recommend the National Gallery, and a visit to Greenwich observatory & maritime museum.

I would also recommend you visit Leicester Square, the main theatre/cinema district and it's adjacent China Town, which is also worth a visit.

You might also want to ride the "London Eye" a massive ferris wheel with nice views over London & beyond (better if isn't cloudy though).
 
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RE: Ideas For London

Tue Nov 12, 2002 11:55 pm

Well we are going somewhere in December or January.

I was hoping that the English Soccer League was still in season then. Is it?

What teams play closest to London?

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RE: Ideas For London

Wed Nov 13, 2002 3:47 am

Whatever you do, don't miss out on Madame Tassauds! You can have your picture taken with everyone from Saddam Hussain to the Beattles Big grin

Piccadilly circus, Imperial war museum are also definitely worth a visit.

Chelsea FC are the closest team to central London if u want to watch them.
Don't forget to bring plenty of money though!  Big grin

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RE: Ideas For London

Wed Nov 13, 2002 4:12 am

We have a Madame Toussand's in Manhattan  Big thumbs up Cool place!

Why bring lots of money?? For the game specifically?
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RE: Ideas For London

Wed Nov 13, 2002 4:26 am

I thought you'd know why, London is expensive!
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RE: Ideas For London

Wed Nov 13, 2002 4:42 am

The following Premiership football clubs play in Greater London...

Arsenal in North London, near Finsbury Park
Chelsea in central London, near Fulham
Fulham in central London, near Fulham as well
Charlton Athletic, somewhere in Southeast London I believe
Tottenham Hotspur in North London, on the WAGN line from Liverpool St.
West Ham in East London, near Upton Park

there are a few division one teams around London as well, such as Watford and Millwall.

If you want to see REAL football, without the glory hunters, drive an hour down to Southend in Essex and watch the Shrimpers ply their trade in Division 3. I am a supporter of that club, have seen them play 4 times, including their friendly against West Ham earlier this past summer.

Hope you enjoy London, I certainly do everytime I am there.

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RE: Ideas For London

Wed Nov 13, 2002 5:10 am

The Cabinet War Rooms are also worth a visit, especially if either of you are interested in history or politics. It's within walking distance of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. (It's not far from 10 Downing St., either, but you can only get close enough to see a few nondescript building behind the security barriers.)

Hyde Park was also interesting. It's a gathering place for just about every issue group from vegetarians to Islamic fundamentalists to God-knows-what. I was lucky enough to be at that huge anti-war rally in late September as a curious observer.

Even to just take the Tube to Westminster and just wander from there can be a good way of finding things to do. All the biggies -- Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar and Leicester Squares, etc. -- are all in close proximity to one another.

A good place to stay is at the Ambassadors Hotel on Collingham Rd. in Kensington. There's a Sainsbury's supermarket with a buffet and deli about a 5-minute walk away, which can cut down on your food costs. It's also close to the Gloucester Rd. tube station, which I believe has direct service to Heathrow.

London is great fun despite the cost -- I'd love to go again someday. Enjoy the visit!
 
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RE: Ideas For London

Wed Nov 13, 2002 11:59 am

Concorde eh?

Mind if I ask what you paid?

Take a boat ride on the Thames, thats always fun. Also, take a trip out to Windsor Castle, its right under the approach to Heathrow.
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RE: Ideas For London

Wed Nov 13, 2002 12:19 pm

well, its not cheap but it is relatively cheap.

(its a stretch on my wallet being that I have a wedding to pay for too.)

But that's why we just want to get there on the 747, maybe catch a soccer game if we can, and leave the next day on the Concorde.

I heard London is $$$ but we're not really going there to 'see' London!  Wink/being sarcastic

A true TRIP to London, will come later in a few years.
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RE: Ideas For London

Thu Nov 14, 2002 2:06 am

Well you ain't gonna see nothin' in 1 or 2 days!  Big grin
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RE: Ideas For London

Thu Nov 14, 2002 2:21 am

Tbh let me be the first to tell you that London is pretty boring tbh Big grin.

That is, if you don't like Museums and boring british buildings  Laugh out loud.

Have a go on the British Airways London Eye, its quite interesting especially in the fog where you can't see any of the smaller buildings, but Big Ben sort of pokes out and especially when its a sunny day, and everything above the fog is sort of illuminated.

Or even better go at night, stunning Big grin

 
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RE: Ideas For London

Thu Nov 14, 2002 3:54 am

Enjoy!
(And we'll want a trip report, especially of the Concorde flight!)
 
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RE: Ideas For London

Thu Nov 14, 2002 10:04 am

Is there a website that could tell us what teams might be playing in January?

Football teams I mean.

mirrodie

GDB You did such a nice trip report that I dont think I can even compare! I may try to video the takeoff and landing though. heh heh heh
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RE: Ideas For London

Thu Nov 14, 2002 11:01 am

Mirrodie,

If you have time to catch a show that night, I would highly suggest "The complete works of William Shakespeare: Abridged"...its not very expensive, casual, and the single most funny experience of my life (its one big parody of Shakespeare)...I highly highly recommend it...I forget the theater name but it is in Piccadilly Circus...

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mirrodie
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RE: Ideas For London

Fri Nov 15, 2002 5:33 am

Wow, and I thought all the footie fans would chime in.
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RE: Ideas For London

Fri Nov 15, 2002 6:42 am

All English football clubs should be playing in January, all the way from the Premiership to the Ryman league in Essex.

Don't know about websites to go to, but try searching teams official sites on google or yahoo.

There will definitely be premiership football in January. The clubs I listed above are all Premiership teams.

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RE: Ideas For London

Fri Nov 15, 2002 9:01 am

The football season is in full swing in January, just check any of the London club's websites and there'll be a fixture list for each lub.

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