London in February

Old Nov 8th, 1999, 04:26 PM
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London in February

Got some great feedback from an earlier message, but now need some guidance on the things to do over there in February. Any good ideas on: weather, food, plays, getting around. We are 3 50year old women --intrepid and educated, over for a vacation and birthday celebration (staying at Swallow International). All ideas and sugestions greatly appreciated.
 
Old Nov 8th, 1999, 04:58 PM
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Dear intrepid traveler (definitely intrepid if you're doing London in Feb!) <BR> <BR>I went around Valentine's day 3 years ago. Cold and sleety. Thankfully, I was mentally prepared from some classic English weather. We had a blast!! Warm sweaters, tights, a long wool coat, and some pretty scarves did the trick. Stylish but weather-resistant boots. Umbrella! Turtlenecks. We ate at a fun restaurant near Harrods called Lucullus. Greek/Mediterranean food (Xcellent), gorgeous dark waiters who fussed over us (2 females and my husband). Started us with complimentary vodka shooters (we knew it would be a fun night with that for the kick off). Spent a good half a day around the Tower of London (most of it is indoors) and looking at Big Ben and Westminster Abbey (mostly outdoors). Had a ball at the Portobello road market (all outside), bought antique silver pieces and generally ogled all the interesting antiques, collectibles, and people. Stopped frequently in pubs for warmth and beer. You'll have a great time!
 
Old Nov 8th, 1999, 04:59 PM
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Disadvantages...Februray is probably the worst mnth weatherwise !!Likely to be cold although you never can tell, and it gets dark at 4pm. <BR>Advantages... probably fewer tourists than at any other time. <BR>Things to do... The millenium celebrations should be well under way, take a ride on the new giant ferris-whell on the south bank, visit the millenium dome at Greenwich (home of Greenwich Mean Time) I hear tickets aren't going too well. Get theatre tickets at the half-price booth in Leicester Square. All the main museums and art-galleries will be open. <BR>Eating...Pubs are the best bet (you don't have to drink!)Look for pubs a little off the tourist track, if you don't like the look of the first one you try, just walk out!
 
Old Nov 9th, 1999, 05:22 AM
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we spent a week in London mid-February of this year and actually enjoyed fairly mild weather. Crocuses were blooming in Hyde Park - window boxes all over the city were full of little narcissus plants in full flower - i.e. the temp was not below freezing. <BR>We were probably lucky to have such moderate weather, but were glad that we had been checking the London weather on the web right up to the minute we left the house for the airport which prompted us to leave our heavy-duty, new england outerwear at home and bring lined rain coats and jacket type sweaters which proved to be more than adequate for the mostly 50ish temps. We actually bumped in to friends from home dragging around the British Museum - which was boiling hot - in their winter coats and complaining about the warm weather...go figure!
 
Old Nov 9th, 1999, 07:43 AM
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We went to London the first week of March 2 years ago and had a fantastic time! It was chilly, in the 40s most of the time, but we didn't care - we never had any rain. I definitely recommend the trip to Greenwich, and if you can, take one of the bus tours to Stonehedge/Bath/Salisbury - you can book them all around London, but Victoria Station has all the info - we did the Evans Evans day tour and it was very nice. Bath was a breathtakingly beautiful little town and well worth a visit. Try to see a play - they're inexpensive and some of London's older theaters are nice! Les Mis was fabulous - we also saw Miss Saigon. <BR> <BR>Of course, don't miss the major sights, but do spend some time just wandering around some of the areas and stopping in at local pubs for some fun and food! <BR> <BR>You can purchase a tube pass to cover the time you'll be there, but you have to get it in the US - I think a weeklong pass costs approx. $100 - it is well worth it because you will use the tube constantly! You can buy them through a travel agent. <BR> <BR>Have a wonderful time - London is one of my favorite places!
 
Old Nov 9th, 1999, 07:46 AM
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I forgot to mention - do not miss the British Museum - it is terrific! Also, we had a wonderful meal at a restaurant called Daquise in South Kensington, near the tube station - it's a Polish restaurant and they had the best potato pancakes I've ever had!
 
Old Nov 9th, 1999, 08:55 AM
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Les Miserable is a must see. Have a late lunch somewhere and after the show walk down to Piccadilly Circus (about a block or so) and have dinner at a great restaurant called The Criterion. It's pricey, but I promise a night to remember.
 
Old Nov 9th, 1999, 10:37 AM
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We have been to London when it was cold and rainy, and when it was sunny and in the 60's (wish the weather was as predictable as the English - see the generalization post). Layers work the best for heavenonlyknows what sort of weather you'll encounter. <BR>Tower of London on a gloomy day is a plus - all that head-chopping atmosphere blends well with gloom. Take in a play - I think Death of a Salesman opens in London in January (with Brian Dennehy) in case you care. You can sit in on the Old Bailey - Rumpole, and all that. Imperial War Museum is terrific - they often have special exhibits (like "Fashions of the War Years") - and my sister LOVES the Cabinet War Rooms. <BR>You can buy weekend passes, day passes, week passes, and carnets (10 tix for the cost of 6) for the Underground and buses. You can buy Tower of London tickets at the Underground stations. Be sure to have tea (I think there have been postings about good places for tea - Harrod's is good, but there are other places with more atmosphere & sandwiches, etc.) Chinese and Indian food in London is closer to authentic than that found in the U.S. Pub grub is good, cheap and fun. Try fish and chips; you'll never again look at Mrs Paul's fish sticks with a straight face. The oldest restaurant in London is Ye Olde Cheshire, off Fleet St. Excellent English food (the British actually have "cuisine"!) and great atmosphere. Maxwell's, in Covent Garden, to see where the Hardrock Cafe got its influence; Abbey Road to see the famous crosswalk; Sloane Square for Paul McCartney's office. Keep on truckin'...
 
Old Nov 9th, 1999, 02:29 PM
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Just before you come, you may like to look at the lecture list on <BR>http://www.indiana.edu/~victoria/lectures.html <BR> <BR>In January I shall add more lectures, but the present list is this. <BR> <BR>A selection of public lectures and meetings given and held free in central London. Those interested can just turn up, except when the host asks for pre-booking. Some interesting study days are here, too, although they are not free. The host for each event holds copyright in that event's title. <BR> <BR> <BR>Tuesday 1 February. 1.10. Hanoverian Portraits: 1714-1830 . National Portrait Gallery, Leicester Square tube <BR> <BR>1.15. Real-Time Geology . Darwin Theatre, Gower Street, University College London, Euston Square tube. <BR> <BR>Wednesday 2 February. 6pm. 'Betrayal' - the politics of child mental health . The Royal Society of Arts, Charing Cross tube. Prebook on 020 7451 6868 <BR> <BR>6pm. Countries differ on private Cyberspce law. Gresham College, Corner of Fetter Lane and Holborn, Chancery Lane tube. <BR> <BR>Thursday 3 February. 1.10. The Glorious Revolution of 1688 . National Portrait Gallery, Leicester Square tube <BR> <BR>1.15. Changing Images of Simon Bolivar. Darwin Theatre, Gower Street, University College London, Euston Square tube. <BR> <BR>5.30. Ethics and the nation: in the 21st century, what are we the citizens of ? Gresham College, Corner of Fetter Lane and Holborn, Chancery Lane tube <BR> <BR>5.30 for 6 p.m. Moderne Kunst und Theologie - Neuer Wein in alte Schläuche? Zur Relektüre eines Spannungsverhältnisses. Institute of Germanic Studies, 29 Russell Square <BR> <BR>3 Feb. 6pm. The library of the monastery of St John the Theologian on Patmos. Great Hall, King's College, Temple tube. <BR> <BR>Friday 4 February. 11 to 5. The Franks. Great Hall, King's College, Temple tube. <BR> <BR>1pm. Where will it all end ? Astronomy. Gresham College, Corner of Fetter Lane and Holborn, Chancery Lane tube <BR> <BR>Saturday 5 February. How privacy and secrecy affect historical research. Day meeting. Prebook [email protected]. Royal Historical Society <BR> <BR>10am to 5pm. The Theatre of Wilde and Coward. £22, concessions £14. Prebook 0171 631 6621 or 6652, e-mail [email protected]. Birkbeck College, 32 Tavistock Square. <BR> <BR>3pm. Irish Literary Portraits from Joyce to Heaney . National Portrait Gallery, Leicester Square tube <BR> <BR>Sunday 6 February 3pm. Of Poems and Palettes: Opposition of the Stars <BR>Words, sounds and images of love to celebrate St Valentine's day . National Portrait Gallery, Leicester Square tube <BR> <BR>Monday 7 February. 5.30. The causes and testing of genetic risk, part one. Gresham College, Corner of Fetter Lane and Holborn, Chancery Lane tube. <BR> <BR>6pm. It's the economy, stupid ! Re-thinking Learning and Skills. The Royal Society of Arts, Charing Cross tube. Prebook on 020 7451 6868 <BR> <BR>6pm. Aristophanes and his Audience. Great Hall, King's College London, Temple tube <BR> <BR>Tuesday 8 February. 1.10. Francis Bacon . National Portrait Gallery, Leicester Square tube <BR> <BR>1.15. Real Learning: Join the Campaign . Darwin Theatre, Gower Street, University College London, Euston Square tube. <BR> <BR>Wednesday 9 February. 5.15. Transparent Experiences: Do Visual Experiences Have a Phenomenal Aspect. Council Room , King's College, Temple tube. <BR> <BR>6pm. Tomorrow: people's lives by 2020 . The Royal Society of Arts, Charing Cross tube. Prebook on 020 7451 6868 <BR> <BR>6pm. The challenges of City regulation in an electronic age. Will clearing houses overtake exchanges in economic importance ? Gresham College, Corner of Fetter Lane and Holborn, Chancery Lane tube. <BR> <BR>Thursday 10 February. 1.10. Horatio Bottomley (1860-1932): The Swindler of the Century? . National Portrait Gallery, Leicester Square tube <BR> <BR>1.15. Of Gore-Tex and Scaling Mountains: the Science and Practice of Periodontology . Darwin Theatre, Gower Street, University College London, Euston Square tube. <BR> <BR>5.30. War and peace: the ethics of dealing with difference. Gresham College, Corner of Fetter Lane and Holborn, Chancery Lane tube <BR> <BR>Friday 11 February. The Renaissance Novella . Conference. £20. Prebook: [email protected]., tel 0171 862 8675. Institute of Romance Studies, Senate House, Russell Square tube <BR> <BR>Saturday 12 February. 3pm. Michael Caine . National Portrait Gallery, Leicester Square tube <BR> <BR>Sunday 13 February. 3pm. A Portrait of Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965). National Portrait Gallery, Leicester Square tube <BR> <BR>Monday 14 February. 6pm. Energy and the consumer: lessons from the end of the 20th century . The Royal Society of Arts, Charing Cross tube. Prebook on 020 7451 6868 <BR> <BR>Tuesday 15 February. 1.10. Exquisite Sister: Readings from the journal and letters of Dorothy Wordsworth and the poetry of William Wordsworth . National Portrait Gallery, Leicester Square tube <BR> <BR>Tuesday 15 February. 6pm. Evolution and Darwinian Medicine: the impact of evolutionary forces on human health - success or failure? The Royal Society of Arts, Charing Cross tube. Prebook on 020 7451 6868 <BR> <BR>Wednesday 16 February. 6pm. The role of the Treasury: whose money is it anyway? The Royal Society of Arts, Charing Cross tube. Prebook on 020 7451 6868 <BR> <BR>Thursday 17 February. 1pm. The topology of spinors and quarternions. Gresham College, Corner of Fetter Lane and Holborn, Chancery Lane tube. <BR> <BR>1.10. A Very Extraordinary Person: The Duke of Buckingham, Connoisseur and Favourite of James I . National Portrait Gallery, Leicester Square tube <BR> <BR>5pm. 'The Social Nature of Map-Making in the Enlightenment. The Warburg Institute, Russell Square tube <BR> <BR>5.30. Can we "do" ethics, or is "ethics" done to us ? Gresham College, Corner of Fetter Lane and Holborn, Chancery Lane tube <BR> <BR>5.30 for 6 pm. Annette von Droste-Hülshoff. Institute of Germanic Studies, 29 Russell Square. Title to be announced. <BR> <BR>Saturday 19 February. 3pm. Portraits by Thomas Gainsborough . National Portrait Gallery, Leicester Square tube <BR> <BR>Sunday 20 February. 3pm. Robert Adam . National Portrait Gallery, Leicester Square tube <BR> <BR>Monday 21 February. 1pm. The Right to Secrecy: Freedom of Information under New Labour . Great Hall, King College, Temple tube. <BR> <BR>6pm. Future energy sources (provisional title). The Royal Society of Arts, Charing Cross tube. Prebook on 020 7451 6868 <BR> <BR>Tuesday 22 February. 1pm. The right to secrecy: freedom of inmformation under New Labour. Great Hall, Kings College, Temple tube <BR> <BR>1.10. Painted Portraits: Graham Sutherland and his Contemporaries . National Portrait Gallery, Leicester Square tube <BR> <BR>1.15 Edith Thompson: Analysis of a Miscarriage of Justice. Darwin Theatre, Gower Street, University College London, Euston Square tube. <BR> <BR>5.30. The maths of infinity. Latymer Upper School, King Street, Ravenscourt Park tube. <BR> <BR>Wednesay 23 February. 5.30. The educational role of arts organisations . The Royal Society of Arts, Charing Cross tube. Prebook on 020 7451 6868 <BR> <BR>6.30. The criminology of the exclusive society. Room D302, London School of Economics, Holborn tube <BR> <BR>Thursday 24 February. 1.10. Sculpted Portraits: Jacob Epstein and his Contemporaries . National Portrait Gallery, Leicester Square tube <BR> <BR>1.15 Managing the Sex Industry . Darwin Theatre, Gower Street, University College London, Euston Square tube. <BR> <BR>5.30. Living with Jesus. St Andrew's Church, Holborn Circus, Chancery Lane tube. <BR> <BR>Friday 25 February. Travesties: Opera, Genre, Gender . Conference. £20. Prebook: [email protected]., tel 0171 862 8675. Institute of Romance Studies, Senate House, Russell Sqare tube <BR> <BR>Understanding Emotions. Conference. £15, concessions £10. Prebook: <BR>Philosophy Programme, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. <BR> <BR>Saturday 26 February. 10.30 to 4.30. The Baroque Garden. £20, concessions £12. Prebook 0171 631 6660 or 6655, e-mail [email protected]. Birkbeck College, 26 Russell Square. <BR> <BR>10am to 5pm. Cherubini. £20, concessions £12. Prebook 0171 631 6660 or 6655, e-mail [email protected]. Birkbeck College, 32 Tavistock Square. <BR> <BR>10.30 to 4.30. The origins of British Socialism. 10.30 to 4.30. £20, concessions £12. Prebook 0171 631 6621 or 6652, e-mail [email protected]. Birkbeck College, 32 Tavistock Square. <BR> <BR>3pm. I've taken my fun where I found it: Rudyard Kipling's Life and Verse . National Portrait Gallery, Leicester Square tube <BR> <BR>Sunday 27 February. 3pm. Horace Walpole (1717-97). National Portrait Gallery, Leicester Square tube <BR> <BR>Monday 28 February. 6pm. Energy markets or energy policy - which way prosperity? The Royal Society of Arts, Charing Cross tube. Prebook on 020 7451 6868 <BR> <BR>Please write if I can help further. Welcome to London <BR> <BR>Ben Haines <BR> <BR>
 
Old Nov 11th, 1999, 04:32 PM
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Thanks for all the "intrepid" replies. Please know that I apprecitate them all, and please keep them coming. I need all the advice I can get. Lainy.
 
Old Nov 13th, 1999, 06:49 AM
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Just a note about transport around London. First of all, check in which Zone your hotel is. It is likely to be in Zone 1, or possibly Zone 2. Then, having brought a couple of passport photos, buy a 1 week travelcard, costing about £18 (this is a guess at the Zone 2 price as prices are going up on Jan 1st). This will entitle you to limitless travel on all buses, trains and undreground services (Tube trains) and light rail systems within the specified zone. $100 sounds way too high for a weekly pass, even one that goes out to Zone 6. <BR>Alternatively, buy the carnets of 10 Zone 1 tickets for £6 or so. However, those might only be of use for the Tube and not the buses too. If you need to go outside the zones you have on your ticket, just buy an add-on fare at the ticket kiosk. <BR>www.londontransport.co.uk is probably the place to go for more info.
 
Old Nov 13th, 1999, 02:00 PM
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Oh, Ben, your wonderful list makes it awfully hard on someone who knows she won't get back to London for a long time (more than six months is a long time, and it will probably be two years, alas).
 

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