Monday, May 30, 2005

kate and abs London advice

Hey dude, Welcome to London! Yay! I hope you're not feeling to out-of-it and Earls Court is treating you well! We've have a brainstorm about fun activities worth checking out in London... Markets: - Camden (Camden High Street, Camden tube, Northern line) - more alternative, punky, clothes, food, odd bits n pieces, furniture etc - definitely check out "Cyber Dog" while you're there, it's an experience. - Portobello (Ladbroke Grove tube, Hammersmith and City lines )- more antique themed but some interesting bits and bobs, clothes, retro junk etc - Spitalfieds (Aldgate East tube, Hammersmith and District lines ) - combo of the above two, but much smaller Clothes: - H&M - these are all over, but the main one is in Oxford Circus (the corner of Oxford and Regent Streets). (Oxford Circus tube, Bakerloo, Central and Victoria lines) - Urban Outfitters (Kensington High Street, Circle/District lines) - Kensington High Street is generally pretty cool for clothes, but Urban Outfitters is a funky clothes and misc shop. There's also an H&M in KHS so check em out together - Top Shop (Oxford Street, Oxford Circus Tube) - Massive clothes shop with heaps of bits n bobs and reasonable prices (for London) Shoes: Neal Street (Covent Garden tube, Piccadilly line) - Lots of shoe shops and some other funky clothes ones Food: Pizza Express - you'll see these all over London. I totally recommend the Soho pizza. Musuems/Galleries: Science Museum Madam Tussards Wax Museum (Baker Street tube, Bakerloo line) - never went but think it would be a bit of fun V&A Tate (I liked this one better than the Tate) Tate Modern Misc: - Paper Chase (Tottenham Court Road, Goodge Street Tube, Northern line) - beautiful papers and stationary - Selfridges (Oxford Street, Bond Street tube, Jubilee and Central lines) - Massive amazing department store with stunning window displays, food department is wow! - Piccadilly Circus is big and has lots of lights. You can walk from Oxford Circus, up Regent Street (which is very British and interesting) to Piccadilly Circus. If you carry on walking up you get to the area where all the theatres and stuff are though my memory of this is sketchy so have your A-Z handy (map of London). - IKEA - I can't praise it enough. A mission to get there, but great cheap stuff! (Neasden tube, Jubilee line) Attractions: - The London Eye (big ferris wheel thing) - this was actually pretty impressive and great to get an idea of how big London is and see the amazing 360 degree view - Hyde Park (Marble Arch tube, Central line) - worth taking a stroll through...a nice walk would be through Hyde Park, into Green Park and up to Buckingham Palace...20-30 mins - Hampstead Heath is a lovely big 'heath' with views over London. Easy to get lost in but lovely. Best idea: Take a day trip on the bus to Stonehenge and Bath. My friend Carol did it and said it was lovely! Check out for details. Other nice nearby places are Brighton and Stratford. Then of course there's the "Jack the Ripper" tour and things like that in London.

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