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(Some Guy)   Subby is off to London and southern England for a week. Looking for any suggestions from those who visited previously. I have the obvious places checked off, just looking for any tips   (london.com ) divider line
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2013-04-05 04:23:44 AM  
One more strong vote for Bath.  Hope there have been enough to convince you.

Also, there's a nice warm bed in the Ostrich Inn in Colnbrook.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colnbrook#History
 
2013-04-05 05:30:50 AM  

cleo777: You are so lucky!! I hope you have a wonderful and safe trip. Cheers!!! =)


Ditto.
 
2013-04-05 06:56:04 AM  
Check out the blog IanVisits.co.uk -- Ian gives his personal take on cool stuff going on in London beyond the "obvious" (especially buildings and anything related to engineering, railways including random steam trains in London, and similar) and you'll  probably find unique stuff that is only happening during your trip.

Also a +1 for Leeds Castle (which is not in Leeds, for the record). It's spectacular, but for some reason not as well known as some of the other great castles of England.

And did anybody mention Hampton Court? It's a great way to spend an afternoon starting with a pub lunch and a riverside walk, and ending with a pub dinner. In the summer they have been known to have concerts of period music too, if that is your taste.
 
2013-04-05 09:40:05 AM  
Excellent thread.  I might be heading to London for a couple months next year, and these are some great ideas that I had not considered.
 
2013-04-05 10:33:53 AM  
Brighton: Have a gawk at the nudist beach.
London: Don't on any account try Madam Tussauds, it's the biggest pile of tourist crap in the world. Have an evening stroll along the South Bank (opposite the Tower of London) for free shows and ambience. Walk around Soho for the tarts.
Portsmouth: HMS Victory - brilliant tour guides.
 
2013-04-05 11:51:50 AM  
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You got a toothbrush?
 
2013-04-05 02:24:58 PM  

lunkhed: Brighton: Have a gawk at the nudist beach.
London: Don't on any account try Madam Tussauds, it's the biggest pile of tourist crap in the world. Have an evening stroll along the South Bank (opposite the Tower of London) for free shows and ambience. Walk around Soho for the tarts.
Portsmouth: HMS Victory - brilliant tour guides.


I did the HMS Victory tour when I was there 4 years ago.  Worth the train ride.
 
2013-04-05 03:28:18 PM  
Bath is really historic and worth a trip IMO. Oxford is OK, but Bath is better IMO. I can give advice if you reply. It's mostly Georgian, but you can also see the Roman baths, have a taste of the water, and bathe in the new spa. Bath also has some good places to eat, and some good pubs and shopping too. There's also a museum of Photography (Lacock down the road is one of the pioneering places), and links to Jane Austen.

You can go from Paddington Station in London direct to Bath, and the train takes you right into the city (it's not particularly car friendly) in about an hour and a half, and trains run quite frequently and for most of the day. You could leave London at 06:30 and be in Bath at 8:00, do the city tour, see the place, have lunch at the Roscoff Cafe, try the spa, grab a burger at Schwartz Bros, have some beers and catch the 22:00 back to London (yes, I'm local-ish to Bath).
 
2013-04-05 03:33:35 PM  
Also, the Theatre Royal in Bath is pretty good. One of the best outside London. They often do a short run of a play there before taking it to London (but you'll have to stay over as the last train is too early).
 
2013-04-05 03:38:07 PM  
Learn to love breakfast. It was the only food the English didn't manage to fark up.

If you're going to be near the south, go to Portsmouth. home of HMS Victory.
 
2013-04-05 04:58:43 PM  
Plymouth and the HMS Victory
 
2013-04-05 09:53:52 PM  
Speak only English while you are there and don't let them know you're an American.
 
2013-04-07 04:59:05 AM  

libranoelrose: Bring me back a case of BP sauce, please!


Crude oil? Or did you mean HP sauce?

/Printer ink
 
2013-04-07 05:03:48 AM  
My advice: try a wide variety of pubs and pints. Great Mediterranean and Indian food all over the place. Montepliler in Islington is my favorite restaurant in town.
 
2013-04-07 11:05:29 AM  
After a day at the British Museum, wander across the street for a pint at the Museum Pub. Marx wrote part of his manifesto doing the same.

Dover Castle is awesome. Nice pubs in Dover. But don't even try to shoot pool there - local "dover rules" of pool are incomprehensible and silly.

Ride the tube train to some odd spot in London and drink in the first pub you see.

Mostly, drink heavily and enjoy.
 
2013-04-07 08:11:18 PM  

loki see loki do: Mostly, drink heavily and enjoy.


Just in case it's not obvious: A British pint is 20oz, not the US 16oz.
 
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