Top Tips About London...
love Hampstead Heath...
My favorite part
of London is the
Hampstead Heath. I'm often in London
around Christmas and a stroll thorough the Heath has become
my tradtional end of trip sojourn before I return to the States.
Take the tube to Hampstead. Depart the station and turn left
into an area of wonderful shops including
a Starbucks. Directly across from Starbucks is an alley which
leads you into a charming neighborhood which is adjacent to
the Heath. Saunter through the neighborhood (where I'd live
in a minute if I won the Lotto) and head into the Heath via
a gorgeous tree lined path where people are jogging, dogs are
folicking and others strolling. If it's been raining be prepared
for some muddy sloshing on the paths until they become paved.
Slowly climb to the top of the Heath and you'll find a view
of London that most visitors never see. There are benches to
sit on and one is dedicated to the Memory of Jim Henson (creator
of the Muppets). Nice place for a picnic, to read, to people
watch or just sit and enjoy the beauty of the Heath.
Claudia, Hollywood, CA, USA
I highly recommend
visiting Berkley Square
in the Mayfair section of London -- a charming treed square
(pronounced Barkley Square). Reading the dedication plaques
on the back of the benches will bring tears to your eyes.
JoAnn, North Wales, USA
lace & teapots...
If you are looking
for very fine lace, there is a nice, tiny shop in the basement
the Jubilee market.
I found some of the nicest pieces of lace and doilies there
for some very reasonable prices. I also wanted to take some
nice teapots home with me and had been looking around for some
good deals. I actually found my best deal at a souvenir shop
in Waterloo station! The Red Bus
had a buy one get one free on Staffordshire teapots.
Cynthia, Oklahoma City, USA
The best used
bookstores are on Charing Cross
Road, just off Trafalgar Square. Also, the Church
Martin in the Fields has good vendors in their
courtyard with great buys.
Rita, Yardley, Pennsylvania, USA
I like Silver Moon Books
on Charing Cross Road and Waterstones
in Piccadilly plus other locations throughout London
Judy, Santa Monica, USA
Market a must...
Whenever I am
in London I make a point of going to Camden
Market. On Sunday it is a bustling place
full of eclectic items from some vary interesting stalls. You
have new age hippies to goths to punks all serving up some unique
hats, jewelry, toys, etc. I believe almost anything you might
be looking for can be bought here. Part of the fun is the bartering.
There are also a selection of tea shops and pubs in the vicinty
so you can relax and people watch as well. Another smaller market
is beside St Martins in the Field
-- primarily crafts people selling their wares. Both places
are great for mingling with locals. Next to Paris, London is
my favorite city to visit.
Shirley, Toronto, Canada
always a tourist magnet, London in the off-season can be an
inspired choice. Theatres, shops and museums have breathing
room, and hotel rates are reasonable. My favorite winter pastime
a mid-week day trip to the Royal
Botanical Gardens at Kew. A pleasant 30-minute
ride by tube on the District Line (Richmond train) leads you
to Kew Station, just a short walk from Kew Gardens. From mid-February
to mid-March, the annual Orchid Show in the Princess of Wales
Conservatory offers a stunning respite from the grayness of
winter outside. Spend a few hours here and in the other glasshouses,
visit the gift shop, then walk across the street to the Original
Maids of Honour Tearooms, 228 Kew Road, for
a delectable afternoon tea featuring the famous Maids of Honour
tarts. It's a perfect leisurely foil for the frantic bustle
of central London. Royal Botanical Gardens website: http://www.rbgkew.org.uk
Kathleen, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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