I just arrived in London but boy was it EVER a hassle.

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  1. Blazer

    Blazer Doctor of Teleocity

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    Well, I was looking forward to going to London again but the coach trip turned out to be a drag since severe traffic problems in Belgium when we neared Calais meant that we missed two ferry rides, so we arrived much later than intended.

    A whopping eight flipping HOURS later than intended. But now I' m in the hotel lobby writing this message I'm just glad we got there, I'm looking forward to take these shoes off and sleep, see you guys later.
     
  2. Bill

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    Welcome from an American living in central London. Hope you have a wonderful time in my adopted city!
     
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    Very nice!
     
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    Have a pint or two. Leave the bad stuff behind you and enjoy the hell outta your trip !!!
     
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    If a city has to be elected as the capital of world, my vote is for London.

    I'll get a trip to UK at the end of July, but I was not able to book a reasonable hotel in central London by a honest price. So, I will pass London this time and go to York (Gear4Music...) and Edinburgh (GuitarGuitar...).

    Lotta ghosts and fun, of course...
     
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    Welcome to our fair city. Enjoy your stay mate!
     
  8. Blazer

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    Well, I went to bed early and just had a very hearty breakfast of mushrooms, scrabled eggs, sausages and hashbrowns.

    The aim today is to visit the Royal air force museum at Hendon, the musical instruments museum and the natural history museum and with the time left visit Soho with its book stores and of course Denmark Street.

    Pictures will come a few days later when I'm back home again.
     
  9. ricknbaker

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    Spitalfields, over in the East is a cool place to hang out nowadays. There's loads of foodstalls and stuff going on in the old market.

    Excellent guitar shop nearby too:

    https://www.luckyfret.com/

    It was full of Fender Jaguars last time I was in.
     
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    Eurostar (the train that goes through the Channel Tunnel).
     
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    I’m jealous!
    Hope you have fun!
     
  12. Paul-T

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    Have a great time

    Denmark Street is under the cosh, redevelopment, but still great, especially Regent Sounds (in the building where the Stones recorded their debut). Likewise Berwick St and that area. Spitalfields is a good call if you're still here, Go on Sunday, buy beigels from the Beigel Bake, wander around Truman Brewery, then go to Columbia Road flower market.

    When you wander around Soho, check out some of these places, they're David Bowie-related but are essentially the same locations many folk - Townshend, Bolan, the Stones - hung out.

    Best pub in London is The Grapes, by Limehouse. Owned by Gandalf. But post for suggestions for more places!

    Have fun. Don't see how you can't! It was Sam Johnson, cited as the greatst enlgishman ever, who said, if a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.
     
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    You'd have been better going to Paris

    Royal air force museum at Hendon - Nice
    Musical instruments museum - Looks cool, I'll have a look at that myself
    Natural history museum - Nice but the V&A just across the street is infinitely better and the cafe is close to a religious experience

    Visit Soho with its book stores - sure its ok but nicer book shops opposite the national gallery
    Denmark Street - its a monumental **** hole - always has been.
     
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  14. RoyBGood

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    You think it was a hassle getting here? - just wait until you try to travel within our sceptic isle! :eek:

    Seriously though, I don't know how long you're here for, but look out for the D-Day flypast. And if you have time, The Shuttleworth collection (in nearby Bedfordshire) is worth a visit. As is Duxford.
     
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    Edinburgh blows the **** off London...
     
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    Snurff....coffee out my nose on that one, thanks.
     
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    Enjoy the trip - Denmark Street is dying. The remaining shops have little of interest that isn't stupidly priced or suspect (lots of Musicground connections there - google Musicground/Harrison so see the bad history of that) - on the vintage front anyway. I was there last week - £18k for a refin blackguard Tele with some changed parts and I suspect an undisclosed planed board in Notom!!

    And not a single shop stocking Nord keyboards.

    Sad - it was pretty good years ago.
     
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    Last time i caught that, I had to queue for three and a half hours at Gare du Nord. Thank you French customs officers. It's brilliant once it gets going though.
     
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    I like the small country towns in the UK, had a good time in some local pubs in Wales and it's like playing a game of scrabble with 5x the letter L's when trying to navigate the narrow roads over there. Hiring a car is the way to go imo. Something like a 8 or 9 hour drive from one end of the UK to the other. That's a day trip to the next closest capital city where I live.
     
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  20. Guitarteach

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    I was in town earlier this week.

    Lots of good live music.. if you like Blues, http://www.aintnothinbut.co.uk/ usually has a good act most nights from 9pm. Just behind Regent Street near Soho.

    Jim Hammond trio tonight are quite entertaining - rockabilly, blues guitar, piano & vocal lead.
     
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