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DAX Mar 9th, 2005 08:32 PM

My wife wants to go to London,...Is it worth it?
Just kidding!! .I am planning to spend a long weekend in London with my wife. I'd like to do a few special things for her 40th birthday weekend in September. We've been to London twice, but we never really found any hidden special reason/things to go back to. Any wonderful places or local activities that made London special for you? Thanks.

JenV Mar 9th, 2005 09:01 PM

Hi DAX, good one, but I hope your title doesn't keep people from answering. Although I have been to London once, I did all the usual tourist stuff so won't be of help, but I noticed this month's Gourmet mag features London and has tons of food, shopping, sightseeing etc. recos so you might check that out.

Dave_in_Paris Mar 9th, 2005 11:50 PM

We go for the bookstores and antique browsing on Portobello Road. What makes the stay particularly wonderful is the Leonard Hotel. It's a gem!

celticdreams Mar 10th, 2005 03:03 AM

If you haven't been on the London Eye - you can order a bottle of champagne there....

Tasja Mar 10th, 2005 04:19 AM

I would also take a ride - or how they say in with the London Eye. The view is amazing.

G_Hopper Mar 10th, 2005 04:44 AM

Seek out historic pubs:

Get this book and take some walks around London:

Take some guided walks:

Hidden London site:
I can recommend the John Soanes Museum

London Lost and Found:

Have some Cockney Grub:

Weadles Mar 10th, 2005 05:50 AM

We found a wonderful Moroccan restaurant with good food, dancing, very lively young crowd not far from Carnaby Street. It's called "Moumou" ( spelling?). I will try to find the correct spelling and address, and post again for you. Our evening there was really one of the highlights of our London trip.

katrine Mar 10th, 2005 06:15 AM

That must be MOMO in 25 Heddon Street. Haven't been, but heard a lot about it - both good and bad. A couple of years ago it was THE place in London, and I suppose it still is very in. I've heard that it can be quite difficult to get in at times.
There are some reviews at

I second the Portobello Road ... no weekend in London is complete without a stroll down the road and checking out the new shops in that area.
I also would like to mention Tate Modern which is fantastic - the building itself is amazing and the colection... well, that has to be my favorite! My husband are not intersted in art but I had to drag him out after three hours.

ParrotMom Mar 10th, 2005 06:44 AM

Def. do the London Eye.. then a cruise down the Thames to Greenwich... If your lucky when you plan to go to London and I think it will be open.. book (think it can be done over the internet)going through Buckingham is an incredible experience..give yourself plenty of's magnificent.

Marlie Mar 10th, 2005 09:34 AM

Have you gone to the Ceremony of the Keys? You have to send for tickets, here is the web page with address.

We've gone twice and really enjoyed it. It's free and done at 9:00 p.m.if I remember right.

highledge Mar 10th, 2005 11:28 AM

Momo can be fun- but not if you eat "early." A reservation around 9 would be much more fun an experience than 7pm

welltraveledbrit Mar 10th, 2005 12:57 PM

I always presummed mk2 was a Shazza with illusions of grandeur?

ThinGorjus Mar 10th, 2005 06:43 PM

Now, now, we can't be to harsh with mkingdom. Afterall, she is my partner in crime here at Fodors.

Besides, I see mkingdom more as a Biffa than a Shazza. :)

nancy Mar 10th, 2005 06:56 PM

I think a "tea" at the Savoy or the like would be special - sounds so British. Been 2x to London but haven't done that - next time.

cigalechanta Mar 10th, 2005 07:03 PM

That Prada peacock skirt is much to outre for you, John.

ThinGorjus Mar 10th, 2005 08:13 PM

Oh, Mimi, you are just "to" funny.

Yes, nancy, the Savoy is one of the poshest hotels in London, but I don't know if I would want to spend 50 (?) quid to have tea in the lobby. I have never understood why middle-class Americans like to come to England and spend a fortune to have tea in the lobbies of posh hotels. Most British people don't have their tea this way.

Imagine if British people came to Philadelphia to have a $20 cup of coffee at the Ritz Hotel, just so it could be presented to them by a waiter in a tuxedo. "We had high coffee at the Ritz Hotel in Philadelphia," they would say to their neighbour in Hartlepool.

You would think they were daft.

ThinGorjus Mar 11th, 2005 11:24 AM

Where is mkingdom? I hope she is not ill.

nancy Mar 11th, 2005 06:06 PM

ThinGorjus: Yikes, 50 quid (I'm assuming that's pounds :-)!! In 1996 it was approx. $25 US which I thought was awfully high. So, you're right, I'm sure I won't do it. I just picture a "Miss Marple" type of affair - so British and so cool. Would I do this at home - no way!

JoeTro Mar 11th, 2005 06:49 PM

I'm a sucker for Impressionism, so places like National Gallery, Courtald, and Tate Britain are great.

DAX Mar 11th, 2005 08:59 PM

Thanks all for your inputs. The Gourmet magazine article was the reason my wife thought of London (yes, I need to read it too). I'd like to get more info on Portobello Road such as the great treasure stores & cafe/ restaurant as we like to bring/ship something back from a trip.

Champagne in the London Eye sounds pretty good, though I prefer to have it in a more private place. We do love good interesting winebars, anyone knows one? I know we should be thinking more of pubs.

Momo is a great suggestion except my wife doesn't enjoy Morrocan food. Is there anything similar that's not Morrocan? Fun & trendy restaurants are our preference for England but we are open to the traditional ones too if the food is to die for.

I really like the Thames cruise idea, just need to learn more as to which is the best one to take. The Tate will be filling our "one museum per trip" quota.

I'm hoping to get more suggestions from all of you, savvy travellers & London insiders. Thanks again!

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