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London
London, the buzzing capital of England offers a plethora of sights and places of interest to engross visitors to the historic ‘Big Smoke’. Do some shopping in iconic Oxford Street, take a tour up the Thames, browse through the bric-a-brac of charming Portobello Market, get a dose of culture at the ubercool Tate Modern andmore
Kingston Upon Thames; Surrey - Lucinda and Dave. Date of travel: Sep 2009
Kingston Upon Thames is approximately 20 miles south-west of London. It has a riverside location with lovely walks and river trips available. The shopping centre is one of the biggest and best in the area. It has good public transport links - trains and buses - to tourist attractions nearby which include Hampton Court, Richmond Park, Ham House, Kew Gardens,Twickenham Rugby Stadium (tours available). Two premier league club grounds are accessible and they are Stamford Bridge for Chelsea Football Club and Craven Cottage for Fulham Football Club. Also Sandown Park and Kempton Park race courses are nearby. We tried a number of pubs in the immediate area and here is a synopsis. The Bishop out Of Residents in Kingston town central. A Kingston riverside location serving good food and excellent at lunchtime, but attracts the young element at nights. The Ram, another Kingston riverside pub. A little spit and sawdust but excellent, reasonably priced food. The Albert Arms, Kingston Hill. A nice, recently refurbished pub selling good food. Very comfortable. The Park Tavern, New Road, Kingston. Do not go there, the worst pub we visited. Drinks very expensive, no food, the most uncomfortable seating, wooden benches and generally very grubby and basic. The New Inn, Ham Common. Ideal when visiting Ham House. A tradition English Inn serving a good selection. A nice but overpriced menu and a relaxed atmosphere. The Roebuck Richmond upon Thames. An average pub for both food and drinks but well worth a visit for the views alone.
Excellent hostel in London! - Silvia. Date of travel: Dec 2008
If you are going to London on holidays the first thing you have to find is a trendy, central, "not-too-expensive" place were to stay. I tried a few but I have no doubts, the Generator is my favourite!
Bermondsey village, a new vibrant young area! - Silvia. Date of travel: Nov 2008
Until a few years ago there was almost nothing south of London Bridge and Tower Bridge. The area is now brilliant with stunning new buildings, bars and restaurant and a lovely walk by the south bank of the river between the two bridges and over. If you move jut a few metres south, however, you will find a new young trendy street: this is Bermondsey street! It is fashionable, gay, bohemian and funny. It is out of the common tourist tracks but is gaining more and more popularity among Londoners, which crowd its bars at night and relax in Tanner park after visiting the unique boutiques and cafes during the day. Just a few hot spots where to go: shopping in the Cockfighters at the number 96, and in the other designers boutiques. The best shoe-shopping is in the green shop called Terraplana. Then stop for a coffee and use the Internet at the organic coffee shop Coffee@Bermondsey and if the weather is fine relax in Tanner Park. At night comes the best; the atmosphere is chic but informal and friendly and young professionals crowd the trendy bars. It is a must to try food and cocktails in The Hide (good cocktails, friendly staff and cheap good food), Village East (beautiful place, warm lights, great cocktails and food)and the Garrison (great food and really special decor).
London Eye - Susan Green. Date of travel: May 2008
London is a nice place to travel. Here one of the unique attractions is “London eye” which is the biggest Ferris wheel of Europe from where you can have the panoramic view of whole city.
London - Cromwell Cars: the best chauffeur car company in London - Jane Smith. Date of travel: Nov 2007
I had a fantastic time when I went to London, even though the weather was terrible! It rained and rained! But fortunately I managed to book with Cromwell Cars online and their driver really looked after me and my husband. They were extremely reliable and really got to know us. We have used other companies, but Cromwell met our needs the most. We called them at all times of the day and night, as they assured us they would be available 24 hours a day to meet our needs. And the cost was reasonable too: only £10.00 minimum charge or £27.00 an hour to drive us around the city. Without Cromwell Cars, our holiday in London would have been damp, uncomfortable and we would have been completely lost. I recommend them to you.
Superb city for culture - A. Jones. Date of travel: May 2007
As a theatre fan, my visits to London have been hugely enjoyable: the theatre scene in London is excellent, and thriving. I would recommend the National Theatre on the South Bank - an area which is also interestingly decorated with dozens of Antony Gormley statues at the moment - the Old Vic near Waterloo, the labyrinthine Barbican complex and for the latest new writing, the Royal Court on Sloane Square. It's also excellent for opera (Covent Garden and the ENO at the Coliseum), classical music, popular music and sport. A true world city.
Shopping - Amanda Baker. Date of travel: Mar 2007
Everyone says shopping in London is so great, but I found it expensive and a bit boring. Oxford Street just has lots of branches of the same stores. OK, the big department stores are interesting in an old-fashioned way, but give me a modern mall anyday. Nearest thing to that in London is Canary Wharf, and even that is not great. The street markets are good though, but there again the merchandise is a bit repetitive ... same scarves and stuff on every stall.
Go to the dungeon! - Gracie Allen. Date of travel: Mar 2007
The London Dungeon is the coolest place. Go there first before you do anymore sightseeing and you will find out some history and know what London is all about. My mum and aunt got scared, but it is very well done, especially the boat ride threw the sewers.
London is magical - Mrs Eve Marais. Date of travel: Mar 2006
I just visited London again after many years away, and despite terrorism and reports of bad stuff like it being dirty and dismal, I found it as magical as the first time I saw it. It is especially lovely in spring with all the daffodils out in the parks. The best thing about London for me is the theatres. You just HAVE to see The sound of Music! Remember to take good walking shoes, because walking the streets is the best way to get a feel for the history and atmosphere of this ancient and wonderful city. Like they say, if you get tired of London you are tired of life!
Michael and Sarah. Date of travel: Sep 2005
We came down to Surrey for a wedding in Richmond and combined it with a short base. Richmond in on the River Thames and there are some nice riverside walks. Also Richmond Park which has deer roaming in it is a must to see. You can walk inside around the perimeter which is approximately 8 miles. There is a direct line to central London Waterloo is under 20 minutes by fast train. Attractions within easy reach are Hampton Court, Kew Gardens, Windsor Castle and Wisley Gardens. Richmond itself is a nice town but does rather get clogged up with traffic. For shopping best to hop on a bus and take the 10 minute trip to Kingston which has an excellent shopping centre. Coming from Scotland where smoking is not allowed in pubs we were disappointed to find so many English pubs were smokey. We tried the following. THE WHITE CROSS: Richmond Riverside. A great pub overlooking the river selling good beer and really traditional. THE NEW INN:Ham Common. A well run authentic pub where the staff have been trained in customer care. Excellent food although not cheap. They still allow smoking at the bar here which we objected to. Otherwise a nice friendly music free clean environment. LASS OF RICHMOND HILL. Excellent food better for eating than just going for a drink. Britannia; Brewers Lane Richmond Town centre. A nice central pub serving good food at lunchtime. Upstairs a non smoking area. Nice food. Tour Operator: Independently booked
Best theatre in the world - Philip M. Date of travel: Aug 2005
Before going to London (to visit a friend and for holiday) I wondered around in travellers forums to get ideas and hear opinions. I heard a lot about the Big-Ben The Big Bus Tour, London Eye...etc'. Not too many people talked about London's theater. But when I came to London with no plans on going to theatre my friend looked at me like I was crazy - London has the best theatre in the world he said - And he was right. We picked out a copy of the TimeOut magazine and looked for current shows from which we picked the musical We Will Rock You then we surfed to a great site called www.broadwaybox.com/london so we can but tickets online at a discounted price. And then, we went To the West End theater district to see the show. That was one of the best nights I had in London. Te West End area is very hip and has a great atmosphere - The Theater had a classic English feel to it, and the show was great in every aspect. So people - my lesson is Broadway is not the only place in the world - London West End is another great place that has great shows and can give you a great night.
Hi - London Attractions - Susan Green. Date of travel: Feb 2004
Can you tell me the best attractions of London except London Eye??
Wonderful London - Ella Smith. Date of travel: Jun 2003
It was outstanding! I loved Big Ben and I must've taken at least 20 pictures of it! And the crown jewels once I got in were so beautiful! Everyone was very kind there and helpful. I hope to return again!
 
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