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brookwood Mar 11th, 2005 09:55 PM

London reminds me of a statement once attributed to Lawrence Peter Berra.
It is so crowded hardly anybody goes there anymore.

Which reminds me, Lawrence The Great will soon be 80, May 12 to be exact.

BTilke Mar 12th, 2005 04:48 AM

Was this the March or April issue of Gourmet? Is it still available at newstands? If it is, I'd like to have my mother pick it up.
Also, which restaurants do they specifically mention?

MiriamA Mar 12th, 2005 09:18 AM

What type of things/subjects is your wife interested in. We may all be able to help you a little bit more.
I always suggest London Eye to all visitors but there is much to see and do.
The schools go back on the 2nd week of September, then hotels may be a little cheaper.

Tulips Mar 12th, 2005 10:37 AM

BTilke; it was the March issue of Gourmet. Should still be in the shops. The whole magazine is about London; lots of great information. One restaurant featured is Moro; their food looks amazing.

DAX; if you're going early September, the Regents Park Open Air Theatre might still be open. Wonderful experience; go and see Shakespeare under the stars.
I am not a big pub fan, but see that the Anglesea Arms is mentioned in Gourmet; that's very nice (near South Kensington).
The Enterprise on Walton Street is nice for a glass of wine or casual dinner.
Le Metro, Basil Street, a stone's throw from Harrods is also a good place for a glass if you get tired of shopping.

DAX Mar 12th, 2005 06:17 PM

When we travel, my wife simply likes to shop for clothing, shoes, accessories, household, and decor. In the evenings she just wants to watch musicals. It's up to me to find anything else beyond shopping & shows. I'm searching for special places where frequent visitors & locals keep returning to have fun/enjoy life in London. So far I like Portobello Rd & the Thames cruise ideas. Any other suggestions?

mikemo Mar 12th, 2005 06:26 PM

With the USD @ 1.95 to the GBP, I think not.

rockhopper7 Mar 12th, 2005 06:52 PM

If you're only going to be in London for a long weekend, shopping, musicals, Portobello Road, and the obligatory one (1) museum visit should fill the void nicely.

How about a birthday dinner at Claridges' Gordon Ramsay. That would be pricey but absolutely memorable.

Dave_in_Paris Mar 12th, 2005 07:13 PM

Some useful information on Portobello Road shopping:

chocobon Mar 12th, 2005 08:30 PM

I say do the tea in Herrods. BTW, the chocolate service in Philly at the Four Seasons is at least $20 and yes, it is a reportable event upon return to England!

DAX Mar 13th, 2005 07:07 AM

Rockhopper, you have a point as we're only going to be there for 4 nights, however, I'm trying to find thoughtful diversions from shopping and musical(which I can enjoy to a degree but would like to reduce as much as possible).

The suggested winebar in Knightsbridge is definitely a good diversion that my wife & I can just happen to linger in. It's more appealing than a scheduled high tea plus we're both not into sweets & chocolates at all. I found several winebars in that area through the different websites, I have to figure out which are the good ones. She never said no to a good winebar/lounge. Anyone has other great diversion ideas?

Dave, thanks for the Portobello Rd websites. I don't mind that kind of shopping, more strolling the area than hunting. I'll check out Gordon Ramsey, I hope it's the food that's memorable.

DAX Mar 13th, 2005 07:39 AM

After reading other London postings, I realize that people avoid London because it's expensive. I would too, except that I'll be using airline mileage & Hyatt hotel points so we only spend money on food & stuff. I don't want to come across as trying to do "reportable events" as chocobon insinuated, but we are looking for places that will enhance our stay there.

ParrotMom Mar 13th, 2005 07:53 AM

On the Thames cruise we passed all the renovated wharves, new exciting condos and down to lovely Greenwich...charming...need to spend more time there next time..

ssachida Mar 13th, 2005 07:59 AM

The parts of my London trip that keeps popping into my mind are:
1. Evensong at Westminster Abbey - its incredibly rich and moving, and I'm not even Christian. It wasn't the sermon, but the choir that took the show.

2. Walking across the millenium bridge, from Tate Modern to St.Pauls, especially at night. (I also loved the Tate though I know many will disagree with that)

machin Mar 13th, 2005 11:28 AM

My wife wanted to go and we did. Was it worth it? Yes, but expensive.

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