Top Tips About London...
movies, cheap rail fares...
As a Londoner
I thought I would answer Journeywoman's call for more info about
my city. I live in Notting Hill,
West London which can be an expensive place.
Here is my tip to keep costs down as you experience this part
of town. Please enjoy the parks here. It is one of the greenest
boroughs in London and during the summer there's loads of free
entertainment going on. For instance we went to see Matrix Reloaded
(free) as part of the Portobello
Film Festival (http://www.portobellofilmfestival.com).
This festival happens every August and has free screenings (everything
from the Hollywood Blockbusters to arthouse short films) in
parks, pubs, and various other locations.
My next tip is not exactly for London but more the escape of
it. If you intend to travel north, our standard rail fares are
beyond ridiculous. You could pay as much as £300 from
London to Manchester if you didn't book in advance and traveled
at peak times. But a bit of planning and your costs could go
down to about £15. Virgin
Trains run what they call Virgin Value Advance
tickets which can be booked on their website or over the phone
It makes sense to give this option a try.
Rebecca, London, UK.
and less expensive souvenir shopping, check out stores like
brand line of toiletries is phenomenal and they also sell makeup
products not available at home.
Another option is to shop foodhalls. Even if you can't afford
Harrods, you can
afford to buy a tin of cookies or tea or a Harrods tote bag.
Fortnum & Mason
also have great foodhalls with great choices of jams. mustards
and English marmelades.
Erin, Maplewood, New Jersey, USA
side of the Thames...
I just returned
from several weeks in Europe including a few days in London.
For anyone who has not been there for a few years, be sure to
see all that's new on the South side of the Thames. A suggested
itinerary is to start at St. Pauls
(mostly under wraps for a much needed cleaning), Walk across
the Millenium Bridge
and turn left/east to the New
Globe Theater. The only way to see the inside
is to take a tour. Then head west and spend some time at the
Tate Modern -
a fabulous re-creation of an old power
plant! (It's free, like all the other museums). Continue along
the riverside. In the OXO building
is an upbest and inexpensive cafe called EAT.
The building features several designer/artist studio/stores
- wonderful browsing. Further on is an almost always open, open-air
book sale. This new area is called
Southwark and pronounced 'Sutherk.' You'll pass
by/under several upgraded bridges and end up at The
EYE. You can cross back over at several points
along the way and be at a Tube stop in minutes. My regards to
Brenda, Phoenix, USA
on theatre tickets...
As a single traveller
to London I didn't pre-order any theatre tickets and simply
relied on showing up early at the box office. I found most tickets
were quite easy to get if you're not too picky about where you
sit. However, be aware that many of the London theatres do not
have elevators so if you have a problem with stairs let the
box office know this in advance. I was running late to one show
and had to climb six flights of stairs before I got to my seat--I
thought I was going to die before I even saw the show. P.S.
If you tell the box office people what hotel you're staying
at it allows them to print this information on your ticket.
Then if you lose those tickets (as I once did) some kind fellow
tourist just may turn them into your hotel and your outing will
be saved. Mine sure was.
Cynthia, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA.
your favorite masterpiece in London...
What a great
gift idea for you or a special somebody in your life! Visitors
to the National Gallery in
London might want to seek out the 'Print On Demand' service
located in the museum's gift shop (Sainsbury wing). JourneyWomen
can now select a personal favourite from about 900 National
Gallery paintings and order an individual print to take away.
This can also be done by mail order from the museum's website
found at: http://nationalgallery.org.uk
Eve, Edinburgh, Scotland
you know about MUJI...
to share with readers my new favourite shop in London. When
I was there in June, I got a chance to visit MUJI
and fell in love. MUJI has something for everyone - office/school
supplies, home wares, clothes, toileteries and best of all travel
products. I bought their stackable pots (a steal at 5 for £1.95),
their P.E.T. travel bottles, the multi-tool, some beautiful
sleeveless sweaters and my new favourite bag. Next time, I'll
be sure to pick up their portable cardboard speakers.
There are 8 stores in London, including a branch in Selfridges
& Co. on Oxford Street. Apparently, there are also stores
in Nottingham, Reading, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester. Their
website is www.mujionline.co.uk.
Nicole, Ottawa, Canada
London shopping tip...
If you are a
Burberry fan looking for a bargain, head to the Burberry
factory outlet in East London. It's not located
in the most attractive of areas but is easily
accessible by bus. They sell the great classics -- trench coats
and polo shirts as well as a wide selection of other rain coats,
shirts, bags and accessories -- all at a great price. Tube stop
is Bethnal Green, address is: 29-53 Chatham Place Hackney London
E9 6LP, phone: + 44 20 8985 3344. Happy shopping, ladies!
Celine, London, England
Another reader writes...
I went to Hackney by myself. Not a good idea. Celine did say
it's not the best neighborhood and she was right. If anyone
wishes to go there, please take a friend or drive. This is a
run-down, depressed place and I felt that it is not suitable
for a solo tourist like myself to go shopping. My best advise,
if you feel the same way as I do is to spend the extra money
and shop at the Burberry stores in Central London.
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