London/Brighton in August

Feb 7th, 2003, 02:31 PM
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Feb 7th, 2003, 02:56 PM
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You obviously have little experience of english food establishments, as you know so much, how about recommending all the good chippies in Brighton to John so that he will not be wasting his time when he arrives there.
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Aug 11th, 2003, 10:20 AM
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I'm the original poster and thought it fair to repay you kind folks with a trip report, so here goes:

Flew USAirways Envoy (business) Class from the U.S. to Gatwick. Very nice if you can get it with air miles. The Airbus A330 is a great plane and the seats were superb. Food and service were typical of a U.S. carrier.

Stayed for six nights at the London Marriott County Hall, again using points. Had a great view of Parliament/Big Ben and the Thames. The London Eye went right past our room, which was somewhat neat. The hotel was very nice and had great air conditioning, which was important since London's heatwave made other places very uncomfortable. The big downside is that the Westminster Bridge is always very crowded and it made the short walk across the Thames very unpleasant.

As for sights, we took advantage of Buckingham Palace's opening of the state rooms and really enjoyed it. Also visited the V&A and British Museums (great!), St. Paul's Cathedral (under renovation), Westminster Abbey, Kew Gardens (good), the Tower of London, etc. Saw three shows (We Will Rock You, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Our House) and enjoyed all three immensely (and in the order listed!).

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Aug 11th, 2003, 10:24 AM
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Enjoyed many restaurants, but had a lot of fun at Salsa on Charing Cross Road (Brazilian place with great drink specials for under GBP1.50) and Balan's on Old Compton (fun bistro with great peoplewatchin.

The last 2 days of the trip were in Brighton. It
s a quick one hour train ride from London Victoria Station to Brighton. Stayed at the Brighton Hilton Metropole. The hotel was decent but is showing its age. Nevertheless, we stayed there since our friends from Amsterdam could also find accommodations there. Overall we were pleased with our seaview room (breakfast/dinner included) for GBP99.50.

We really enjoyed Brighton, too. Enjoyable seaside town with great shops (particularly the Lanes area) and fun bars. It was gay pride weekend and everything was very crowded but everyone seemed to be in a really good mood despite the heat!

Thanks again for great ideas! We enjoyed Britain immensely and can't wait to visit again.
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