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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   ( divider line
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2013-04-05 10:33:53 AM  
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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.
2013-04-04 03:31:16 PM  
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Also for shopping: skip Harrods (unless you have a thing for tacky overpriced shiat) and go to Liberty's or Selfridges instead.  Free, clean public toilets can be hard to find  - look for a Marks & Spencer.

If you like history, archaeology, Dorset is great. The Jurassic coast, Maiden Castle, and Cerne Abbas are all awesome.  Cornwall is like a whole other world, lots of very pretty fishing villages.

The South Bank is lots of fun, go see the Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe (a standing ticket to a matinee is actually less than the backstage tour).

Book train tickets in advance or you will get hosed on the prices.
2013-04-04 02:55:32 PM  
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DO NOT USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT WITHOUT BUYING AN OYSTER CARD. It will pay for itself in one day if you use the tube extensively.

Eat fish and chips at Gordon Ramsay's The Narrow (or anything else, it's all excellent, but make sure you get a table near the water in the conservatory.)

IMHO the Natural History Museum is more interesting than both the Science and British Museums.

Go on the Thames Clipper. Relatively inexpensive very fast ferry that links Canary Wharf in the East to Tate Britain (art gallery currently not worth the effort owing to vast construction project), stopping off at or near all the tourist sites on the river.

naughtyrev: Go to Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese in London (really old pub where literary greats hung out).

By all means go to Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, but don't even think about eating there. IMHO it only has any customers thanks to its historical appeal and the fact the innumerable lawyers who work in the surrounding area get some respite from their Blackberries thanks to deep cellars made of iron-rich brick.

/lives by The Monument
2013-04-04 02:27:41 PM  
1 vote:
Figure out a way to get into a QI taping.  Assuming you're going late this month or next month.
2013-04-04 01:17:34 PM  
1 vote:
Bletchley Park (where the Nazi Enigma code machine was broken)
The Royal Observatory
2013-04-04 01:08:48 PM  
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olddeegee: Try the food! English cuisine is world renowned.

Haven't been there in a while, huh?

Yeah, for a long time (millenia, probably) the food in England had an entirely well-deserved and accurate reputation as being incredibly bad.  But it hasn't been that way for many years--I'd say at least about 10-15 years now--especially in London, which has become a world-class restaurant city.  True, most of the really good food is something other than traditional "English" food, and true, most of the renaissance in food is attributable to London being the sort of place that attracts people from all over the rest of the world who brought their own local cuisines with them, but the bottom line is that there is an incredible amount of good food there now (in London, especially).
2013-04-04 01:03:29 PM  
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I spend a fair amount of time in England (mostly on business, but sometimes on personal travel as well), but I should ask:  What do you consider to be "the obvious," Subby?  We may have some very different ideas about that, and I might be able to recommend some things that might seem obvious to me but not to you, or vice-versa.
2013-04-04 12:50:04 PM  
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take path down to cliff base at Dover, there's always small pieces of white chalk/flint scattered around that make great souvenirs
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