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An Experienced Journeywoman Helps You Prepare For London

What's Going On Where?
Timeout magazine online is a superior reference guide to all things London, is. You'll find information on theatre, museums, markets, music, churches, restaurants, libraries, iconic sites, etc. Denotes hours of operation, days closed, what tube stop is closest. Use it, you'll love it.

Then, read flyers on church and museum bulletin boards, ask a cab driver, the person pouring your pint, or a store clerk to discover what local festivities might be happening. Last November while in the Royal Academy of the Arts I over heard two people chatting about an artist's collective open house on Eel Pie Island. How does a Journeywoman not go to that? It was a train ride to Twickenham and a six- block walk but an absolutely wonderful day of discovery. Who knew of the lovely York House gardens? A hidden surprise I found while I strolled along the river path!! A wow moment. Good websites: www.visitlondon.com and www.skiddle.com/whats-on/London

Theatre
I highly recommend seeing a play while in London. Buy same day tickets at the half price booth in Leicester Square.

And Now For Something completely different
www.mudchute.org,
www.parliament.uk/visiting/visiting-and-tours/tours-of-parliament,
www.bl.uk/events/treasures-of-the-british-library,
highgatecemetery.org/visit/cemetery/west

Food
You will never go hungry in London. It's a cosmopolitan melting pot where there are countless ethnic restaurants to choose from. There's pub grub, food trucks and pop up restaurants. There are North American chains (Subway, KFC, Burger King and Starbucks) and restaurants serving traditional British fare. Check out London food blogs before you go. Burger bars seem to be a rage at the moment. If you want non fizzy bottled water make certain the bottle reads Still water.

Pub Grub
Offers time to rest tired feet while enjoying a pint along with a pot pie, or a salad, or bowl of soup, or bangers and mash, or Thai food. Often there are specials posted on sign boards in front of the pubs. It's a good way to enjoy a respite that's not harsh on the pocket book.

Picnicking
Pret a Mangers cafes are plentiful. Their sandwiches, wraps, soups and salads are made fresh daily. You can also find inexpensive packaged meal deals at Tesco, Sainsbury's and Waitrose supermarkets and at Boots Chemists. Be prepared to find sandwiches such as: egg mayonnaise, salmon and cucumber, Atlantic Prawn, Ploughman's cheddar, roasted chicken and chorizo, and British Salt Beef.


Like Vivienne Westwood, the famous London designer, I, too, believe that "There's nowhere else like London. Nothing at all."


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