From Kuala Lumpur and the United States to Canada,
England and Mexico, here are twenty tips designed to make
your stay in London much easier than the average tourist's.
These bits and pieces have all been provided by women who
have spent time in London and learned some of the city's secrets.
We thank them for all this 'great stuff' -- most of which
will never be found in regular guidebooks.
shopping in London...
I'm a Journeywoman
who travelled from Kuala Lumpur to London. The exchange rate from
my Malaysian Ringgit to the British Pound was not very high so
I had too be very careful
when shopping. For gifts, I found the second-hand stores very
helpful and full of surprises. Most of the time the items on sale
in the name of collecting funds for charity/homeless are really
nice -- maybe irregular sizes or just end-of-season sprees. I
always avoided malls but chose to frequent markets instead. I
found some wonderful presents that way. And when it came to food,
as well Marks & Spencer
became my good friends with their easy-to-eat salads, sandwiches,
pasta etc. Bayswater is an excellent area to stay in with two
main tube stations and many choices of budget lodging, good food
and stores that open till late. With these essentials taken care
of, I had more money to spare to see this beautiful and culturally
mixed city. I even squeezed in a trip to the countryside. Adeline, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
moussaka in London...
When I'm in London,
I like to stay in Bloomsbury close to the British Museum. I don't
remember the name of this place, but right down Museum Street
there is a fantastic little Greek restaurant. It has, what I consider,
the best moussaka I've ever tasted. Barbara, San Diego, CA, USA
Indian food in London...
I'm a frequent
traveller to London for business and pleasure. For great Indian
food I'd like to recommend Star
of India (154 Old Brompton Road, London SW5, Tel:
020 7373 2901). Forget all
the other Chutney Marys and Bombay Brasseries, Star of India is
a fabulous, intimate restaurant on the Kensington-Knightsbridge
border. Their food is so good that I go there on my first night
in London and usually go back at least one more time during my
stay. Prices are surprisingly reasonable for this top-quality
cuisine. P.S. It's
also a low-key celebrity hangout. According to The Observer, star-sightings
include " Daniel Day Lewis, John Cleese, Bryan Adams, Yasmin
Le Bon, Hugh Grant. Tom Cruise was turned away because the place
was full." Julie, San Francisco, USA
for the guy in your life...
What to bring a
special gift back for any of the men in your life? I recently
came across this tip in a National
Post newspaper article. Journalist Fred Langan offers this advice,
"When I go to London I always pick up cheap off-the-shelf
shirts for 30 pounds. For Brit stripes, try Harvey
and Hudson in Jermyn Street or Turnbull
& Asser down the road. They have sales."
just found out that Turnbull & Asser is where Prince Charles
buys his striped shirts too, except we're sure he probably doesn't
wait for sales. Evelyn Hannon, Toronto, Canada
hint about museums...
I travelled to
London last year and I have a hint about museums. The
British Museum and British
Library are open late one night a week but here's
one important thing the guidebooks don't tell you about these
evenings. Not all the galleries within the Museum are open late
so if there is something you're particularly anxious to see, check
beforehand to see if it's available. Also for young, single travellers,
nothing can beat a hostel stay. They're perfect for meeting other
young single travellers. Check their website at: http://www.iyhf.org.
Happy travelling! Bonne, Columbus, OH, USA
to know where to find the best fish and chips? Looking for a particular
street? Need to find a library or emergency dental care quickly?
Time Out London
helps you find the answers in a jiffy. This informative guide
is written by a team of local experts and their unique insider
perspective really shows. We were able to find one-hour service
for digital pix, a great veggie restaurant, second hand shops
and where the bigger malls are located. The Sunday Times says,
'However well you know London, this will take you places you've
never been.' For further information, click here. Evelyn, Toronto, Canada