Planning a trip to London, anything you Londoners would tell me to check out?

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  1. Blazer

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    It's been way too long since I had a proper vacation and now I decided that a trip to London would be a good way to get my head in a different place.

    DSC00606.JPG Me back in 2016 with the Black Beauty I bought at Hank's in Denmark street.

    This time around I want to scour for the more obscure guitar shops, ever since Angel Music closed, Denmark Street to me has lost its magic.
     
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    Denmark Street is wildly overpriced, but there are still some nice bits. There seems to be a lot more collectable/rare/interesting pedals now than ever before - I can only assume they sell more easily than guitars. If I ever go into town, I’ll have a vague nose about but the only place I’ll actually actively go and look in is Wunjo Guitars - nice people, nice gear, decent prices.

    Not sure if there was a GuitarGuitar in Camden when you last came, but that’s more of a general “Guitar Center” type place. Same with PMT in Clerkenwell.

    I don’t know of many obscure shops now, so many have closed down due to low sales and high rent has forced a lot of people to go online only.
     
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    New Kings Road Vintage Guitars.

    Lucky Fret Music
     
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    Go check out Abbey Road studio and cross the street like the Abbey Road album cover. Just don’t be a jerk and stop traffic like some people do. That’s a busy two lane neighborhood street and they’ve gotten pretty tired of folks doing that especially when they impede traffic.

    Also, have dinner at Dinner. You’ll need a reservation.
     
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    Not a Londoner here but …. if 60s British RnB/Rock/Blues is your thing visit Eel Pie Island ….

    Open Thursdays-Sundays and every bit as important to the 'scene' back then as Abbey Rd was.

    Or, of course, get on a train up to Brum …. we've got the Velo this weekend and the heavy industry/car centric feel is long gone.
     
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    Go to Covent garden and watch the street performers and musicians
     
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    Forget the guitar stuff, visit Kew Gardens and get in touch with nature.
     
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    Watch out for public vomiting after dark. :eek: ( sorry, a friend just got back from a London work trip with many tales...)
     
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    I'll be on England by the end of June, but on York, not London. Forget the guitars, let's find a middle way place to drink some beers...
     
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    I spent three hours at the Tower of London when I visited in 2016. Fascinating place. A tour with a Yeoman guard is a must if you go.
     
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    Going 2nd week of July. Taking kids, so mostly family stuff. Got a flat in Greenwich. Taking the train down to Portsmouth to see HMS Victory, they kinda stuff.
     
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    Near to Greenwich you also have the Cutty Sark, I guess...
     
  14. Bill

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    In Greenwich there’s also the Royal Observatory and the Maritime Museum and the Royal Naval College.

    And dreadful Mexican food.

    And back to the OP, there’s 2-3 good guitar shops in Brighton including The Acoustic Music Company (if I remember the name right) that when I went there a few years ago, was solely a high end acoustic shop filled with individual luthiers’ works.
     
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    I'd go to Abbey Road studios and see if you can bluff your way in like I did. But that was in 1989.
     
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    The underground is fast and efficient, but you'll see a lot more of the city when going from place to place if you take the double decker bus. An oyster card is a must purchase for travel.
     
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