Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > Europe
Reload this Page >

noe’s report of selected UK sights (and sites): Glasgow, Edinburgh, York, Salisbury, London

noe’s report of selected UK sights (and sites): Glasgow, Edinburgh, York, Salisbury, London

Sep 18th, 2006, 03:38 PM
  #21  
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,178
Hiya noe,

What a wonderful report! Especially enjoyed your perspective on Glasgow.

Bye bye,

Jim
JJBhoy is offline  
Sep 18th, 2006, 04:19 PM
  #22  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 2,472
OK, Jim, now you've gone and made me miss Glasgow!

I hope that you do a trip report on your return trip to NYC (is that coming up?)
noe847 is offline  
Sep 18th, 2006, 07:03 PM
  #23  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 2,472
LONDON FOOD

For lunches we continued our love affair with baguette sandwiches. Luckily, they’re everywhere, even ones without mayo (yay!) This wasn’t a gourmet trip by any means, but we enjoyed our meals. With the exception of M&S, we learned about all of the following food sources from Fodor’s posts!

Marks & Spencer Food Hall

We picked up several take away meals from the M&S right above the Green Park tube station. Good selection and tasty food.

Strada

This informal Italian restaurant is my husband’s favorite spot to enjoy a salad, glass of wine and a delicious pizza or pasta. We can walk from the hotel.

Café in the Crypt, St. Martin in the Fields

Located at Trafalgar Square, this cafeteria style restaurant serves hot and cold foods, as well as tea with baked goods. The café does a brisk business. We enjoyed our sandwiches.

North Sea Fish

This was, bar none, the best fish and chips I have ever tasted. Nothing pretentious, no ‘atmosphere,’ just really really good fish, served piping hot. This restaurant has a separate take away shop next door. Walking distance to the British Museum.

Busaba Eathai

Why don’t building numbers go in order? We walked up and down Wardour Street a couple of times before we located this Thai restaurant. It is casual and popular. Everyone sits on backless stools at huge square tables (12 people to a table, I think). I loved my food, but my daughter, who is a big fan of Thai food, didn’t. We needed a quick meal, and got out even faster than I hoped. In Soho.

Borough Market

We had a wonderful breakfast here on a Saturday morning, and bought the fixings for a picnic lunch. Everything was fantastic.
noe847 is offline  
Sep 18th, 2006, 11:03 PM
  #24  
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,178
Hiya Noe,

Aye - NYC flights are booked for 14 October so will try to post another trip report ASAP when we return. Hope you enjoy Romania.

Bye Bye,

Jim
JJBhoy is offline  
Sep 19th, 2006, 08:51 AM
  #25  
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 1,455
noe -
It sounds like they admit quite a few more than the "maximum of fifteen" posted on the website (key ceremony). I imagine that takes away from the intimacy (and maybe solemnity) of it - trying to wriggle around for a view! In retrospect, would you recommend this activity as something to do given the cool historical aspect of it, or is it just too much hassle for a minimal experience?
crazy4Hawaii is offline  
Sep 20th, 2006, 02:23 PM
  #26  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 2,472
sorry for the slow reply, crazy4Hawaii. There were definitely more than 15 people. I didn't take a head count, so I suppose my estimate might be a little high. The Yeoman Warder had us all stand on the sidewalk area (behind a line of stones on the pavement, I think), and he had the children be in front so their view wouldn't be blocked. Thinking about that group, I'd still say a good 30 people.

As for whether it was worth it, I haven't totally sorted how I felt about it. Being at the Tower after hours/in the dark was cool. Hearing the Yeoman Warder tell stories and answer questions about the Tower was also very nice. I like the long history of the ceremony, and being able to witness that.

I wanted to love it more than I did. And it wasn't exactly what I anticipated. For some reason, I think I expected to be doing a bit more walking along with the guard group. I've seen a lot of (loud) marching and pageantry in uniforms at various ceremonies with the bagpipe band, so maybe I am jaded?

It's free, and an interesting way to spend an evening. One boy (age 10 or 11, from London) was attending for his second time, so there's an endorsement!
noe847 is offline  
Sep 20th, 2006, 02:58 PM
  #27  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 2,472
Ha Ha, Jim - you've fit all three phrases in!

I will make a point of looking for your trip report - your first one is the funniest thing I've ever read on Fodor's. I'll be in NYC at the same time (for a weekend), for a high school reunion - it's been over 30 years since I've seen my classmates (girls' school).
noe847 is offline  
Sep 20th, 2006, 03:19 PM
  #28  
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 2,849
No time right now - bookmarking for later!
LCBoniti is offline  
Sep 20th, 2006, 06:44 PM
  #29  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 2,472
no time for me either! I was going to do a sort of summary, but instead will just say ...
bye bye

I'll be happy to answer any questions as/when I find myself near a computer.
noe847 is offline  
Sep 23rd, 2006, 04:23 PM
  #30  
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 63,918
Crazy4Hawaii: "It sounds like they admit quite a few more than the "maximum of fifteen" posted on the website "

What the website means is an individual party is limited to 15 (in the winter - in the summer the limit is 6 tickets). There are usually between 40 and 50 in attendance, sometimes a bit more. But each booking is limited to 15. Until about 2 years ago the limit was 7 year round . . . . . . .
janisj is offline  
May 15th, 2008, 08:37 AM
  #31  
yk
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 24,117
Hi noe-

Your trip reports are always so helpful. I'm planning a last-minute trip to London/Salisbury.

For the Salisbury Cathedral Tower tour, the cathedral website says it is about 1hr 45 mins to 2 hours long. Do you remember if that's about right? Is there any way I can leave the tour early at all?

The earliest tour is at 11:15am, which if all goes well, will end by 1:15pm.

I have a train to catch from the Salisbury train station at 1:45pm. Plus I'll have to first return to the B&B (right next to St Anne's gate) to fetch my luggage. I'm trying to see if it's feasible.

I've never been to Borough Market, and I think you go there everytime you go to London right? I may go on Sat AM. You said you had breakfast there - are there stalls where one can sit down for breakfast or is it all to-go?
yk is offline  
May 15th, 2008, 11:11 AM
  #32  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 2,472
I'm glad you find the reports helpful, yk!

I don't think you could make that train. The tour was actually longer than the website said - I think closer to 2.5 hrs. The train station is not all that close to the cathedral - about a 15 min. walk - and I'm not sure where your lodging is located.

Also, if I remember this correctly, the Tower tour stays together as a group, and the guide locks the door at the bottom of the tower when each group goes up. So I don't know if you could leave early without the guide coming down from the top of the tower to unlock it.

I don't remember seeing any tables/chairs at the Borough Market. We either eat our purchases as we walked around bring them to a park to enjoy.
noe847 is offline  
May 15th, 2008, 11:14 AM
  #33  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 2,472
Another thing: there are lockers at the cathedral for people to leave belongings when they take the tour. Maybe you bring your luggage with you to the cathedral and have a cab lined up for 1:30 - and also let the guide know your train time?
noe847 is offline  
May 15th, 2008, 11:18 AM
  #34  
yk
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 24,117
Thanks! I guess I won't take the tour, but rather just enjoy the town in the morning. I don't think I'll enjoy the tour if I keep worrying about catching the train. Plus it's a train/bus combo that gets me to LHR for my flight back to US. It's a train I really cannot miss!

I actually haven't booked the B&B yet. I made a few inquiries and fortunately there are still some availability. I just emailed Sarum College this afternoon and see if they have anything available.
yk is offline  
Jan 15th, 2010, 07:31 AM
  #35  
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 975
Thank you Noe for this invaluable report -- I just made reservations for the Salisbury Cathedral Tower tour and will be referring back to your postings!
nyse is offline  
Mar 13th, 2010, 03:00 AM
  #36  
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 147
A wonderful trip and report!Thank you so much. I learnt so much and could feel your enjoyment in your great writing style and beaut photos!
moonrise
moonrise is offline  
Mar 13th, 2010, 09:40 AM
  #37  
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 419
I also love churches and I love church music including Gregorian chant -I know you're laughing!

I love to go to mass if the cathedrals are working churches.It doesn't have to be just Roman Catholic. Were you able to attend services or concerts in any of these churches?
milliebest is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 02:35 PM.