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A day alone in London - what's the best neighborhood to get lost in?

A day alone in London - what's the best neighborhood to get lost in?

Old Aug 15th, 2002, 09:50 AM
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Ben Haines
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Dear Ms Payne,

I have sent you a copy, with pleasure.

Ben Haines
 
Old Aug 15th, 2002, 06:07 PM
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sorry, Ben, I posted my incorrect email address (dropped a "g" by mistake.) Thank you so much for your offer to email, and thanks to everyone for your excellent suggestions. I'd like to see Ben's walk info, but am strongly leaning toward Notting Hill and Hampstead. I'm so glad I asked about Charing Cross Road - sounds like I would have been VERY disappointed!!
 
Old Aug 16th, 2002, 02:13 AM
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For michele: I am sending the note by e-mail.

Ben Haines
 
Old Aug 21st, 2002, 08:04 AM
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Notting Hill is much more central and easy to get to and more to see than Hampstead (plus the park with Kensington Gardens and the Flower walk is right there...) Hampstead is cute, but the central village part (with all the shops etc) is small and there's way too much traffic for my taste.
 
Old Aug 21st, 2002, 10:10 AM
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I agree with many of the suggest locales and would add Chelsea as a possibility. Especially if you can go and see the Chelsea Physic Garden

http://www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/

Enjoy

 
Old Aug 21st, 2002, 12:36 PM
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Hampstead of course. Or anywhere in Bloomsbury, or lots of other places.

But Chelsea is probably my favorite. Besides the Physic Garden (fascinating) and the lovely houses - especially along Cheyne Walk, there is the Chelsea Hospital.

I know it is famous for the Christopher Wren bldgs and the Flower Show. But every time I am in London I try to get there once - the pensioners in their blue sweaters or red coats when out in town, are wonderful. They LOVE to talk to visitors. One time I was taking a friend on a quick walk thru the hospital and stopped to talk to two guys sitting on a bench on the access road. Come to find out they were the "official" post men. They waited each day for the mail delivery and then took it to all the residence halls. They were also interested in the internet because thry were working on setting up a web site. They were so nice and ended up inviting us to lunch in the residents' dining hall.

I still am in contact w/ them via e-mail.
 
Old Nov 18th, 2002, 04:28 PM
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to the top
 
Old Nov 19th, 2002, 07:29 AM
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Battersea s also a sweet place to roam-- I haven't been in many years but there is a huge rambling park, many residential and small neighborhood areas, and it doesn't feel like the rest of London, though it is right across the river.
 
Old Nov 19th, 2002, 09:36 AM
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Where's a good place to see the Queen ride around in the Cinderella pumkin with the men in the red Santa Claus outfits?
 
Old Nov 19th, 2002, 10:41 AM
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I have little to add, mostly writing in to say how much I’ve enjoyed this thread. Ben, sometimes you seem like an old friend, though we’ve never met. Could you send me your list as well, hmmmmm? Reading these various posts reminds me so much of the things and places I love about London. I’ve been so lucky to be able to go each of the past 6 years but have just learned that, due to some unexpected business concerns, it may be a very long time before I can get back. Your posts have made me nostalgic for the place just when I thought I was over it. For my two-pence worth, I love to go up to Highgate Cemetery near the Heath and prowl around in one of the most bizarre Victorian burial grounds on god’s green earth. Cheers to all!
 
Old Nov 19th, 2002, 06:02 PM
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Old Nov 20th, 2002, 01:13 AM
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Since this thread first appeared, Ben Haines's delightful walking tour of London neighborhoods has been made available on the web at http://www.indiana.edu/~victoria/haineswalks.html
 
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