Special interestIf-you-didn't-see-it-you-didn't-come-to-London landmarks
      – BorgClown, 2010-01-20 at 21:13:42   (9 comments)

On 2010-01-20 at 21:21:52, BorgClown wrote...
My wife, my nephew and I are traveling to Europe around May 2010, two-week vacations. We plan to visit London for a day or two, and I was wondering if the crown subjects here could give us some pointers tourists usually don't know, like the best options for transportation or food, interesting but not so known landmarks, etc. When we vacationed in Cancun, for example, we found out that you could take a cab to a downtown restaurant and spend around $60 in a meal for two, or walk a block, take the cheap but good public transport and buy the same $60 in groceries. Things like that.
On 2010-01-20 at 21:31:32, BorgClown wrote...
Oh, when we visited Barcelona, a friend took us to a little restaurant called "El Glop" (http://www.elglopdelarambla.com), which has the most delicious lentil soup I have ever eaten. That alone made the downtown walkie much more pleasant. Also, we visited a little mountain town called Rupit (http://images.google.com/images?q=rupit#&imgsz=l) which has less than 400 inhabitants and has conserved its charming medieval atmosphere. We wouldn't have visited these places on our own, and we sure are glad we did!
On 2010-01-20 at 23:27:09, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I haven't been to London for quite a while, and I've only ever been with other people leading the way. I'd say the main point of interest is the area near the Houses of Parliament, which you can see here. http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&sll=52.957236,-1.231479&sspn=0.008764,0.018797&ie=UTF8&ll=51.498952,-0.124326&spn=0,359.981203&t=h&z=16&layer=c&cbll=51.500828,-0.122154&panoid=Woo5jtM9lOT9xcsbvRKH0A&cbp=12,239.47,,0,5.21 And if you spin around to face the other way, you'll see the London Eye on the other side of the river (near the aquarium). Near the Houses of Parliament there's a tube station - I expect you'll want to experience the London Underground, although it's not the most modern of systems! Buckingham Palace is a little way to the West, as is Westminster Cathedral. And Tower Bridge. I suppose you will have to plan a route in advance, and see how much time you have available, but I'm not the best person to ask.
On 2010-01-21 at 04:51:56, BorgClown wrote...
No, that's great, we intended to use the Underground and visit the Eye, so it fits nicely in our plan.
On 2010-01-21 at 09:52:01, Lee J Haywood wrote...
When I went to the Eye there was the biggest queue ever and it was an intensely hot summer's day (the underground was uncomfortably hot, and cans of drink bought there were warm). They were selling water from tubs of ice for really high prices next to the Eye, which we didn't pay for. And we never actually went on the Eye. It shouldn't be as bad in May perhaps, although there will still be queues for the Eye. Try to see the real sites of interest, like the Natural History Museum, rather than focusing on the Eye. The Eye may give great views of London, but it won't be as memorable as actually visiting the places you see from it.
On 2010-01-22 at 01:45:59, DigitalBoss wrote...
What I think is sad about england is that i see the tv show called treasures of the trust, which is about all of the old large castles that had to be given-up by the owners because of the high taxes. I guess it will be that way here also. Sad. Taxes suck. I like the castles and large estates though...
On 2010-01-22 at 19:53:51, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Castles and other large estates would generally have accumulated wealth through generations and be secure, but inheritance tax has eroded ownership and forced most treasures into national ownership. It's good to see many historical buildings available to be viewed by the public, but it's a loss to society to have so few people unable to spend their time investigating new ideas rather than having to work to survive.
On 2010-01-23 at 04:30:33, BorgClown wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: Unfortunately, I fear most people just would watch TV or surf the web, given the chance to work half the time. That would be the lazy generation, and the rebel teens would correct the trend, if only for doing the contrary to their parents.
On 2010-01-23 at 04:35:59, BorgClown wrote...
Oh, and thanks for the Eye advice, although it's really a must-see thing. Like the Eiffel tower, just a high place conveniently located to see very far and take wonderful pictures.