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Activities and a place to eat in London for a 5 year old

I'm taking my son to London during the Easter school holidays, main activity is to visit the Natural History Museum. He loves dinosaurs, space and spicy food! Any thoughts on where else he'd love to visit? Any restaurants/cafes you can recommend? He loves all things spicy, current favourite food is Vietnamese Ca Ri Ga...
posted by chr on Feb 21, 2015 - 10 answers

"As long as I gaze on Waterloo sunset, I am in paradise..."

One of my favourite songs in the world is The Kinks' "Waterloo Sunset." I'd like your favourite songs about a city I've loved since childhood, good or ill: London. [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Feb 20, 2015 - 44 answers

Notice - Landlord to tenant on a periodic tenancy (England)

Am I correct in thinking that our landlord is required to give us 2 months' notice if they want us to leave the flat we are renting under a (now) periodic tenancy? I'm in London. [more inside]
posted by knapah on Feb 18, 2015 - 10 answers

What to do around the British Museum?

I'm in London for an extended period of time. Unfortunately I still have calls (work) that seem to last until 7PM or so, so I'm usually stuck at the office until late. I'm staying near the British Museum, however everything seems to just shut down really early or I don't know where to look? Any suggestions that don't involve a pub (or drinking)? A coffeeshop or equivalent that will let me linger, and has good WiFi would be great. Or cool shops to browse that are open late. [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Feb 2, 2015 - 16 answers

Help with Hackney!

We're thinking of biting a bullet and buying a place in/around Hackney in London. Help? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Feb 1, 2015 - 8 answers

When do I give away my illegal sublet? UK Housing Filter.

I'm currently living in an illegal housing assn. sublet (UK), and I'm moving soon. When do I tell the authorities about it? I want to do it because it just seems wrong for it to be occupied by people who don't necessarily need it when there's a queue of folk who do. But I want to cover my back. But I don't want to screw over the next lot of tenants. What would you do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 27, 2015 - 4 answers

Looking for the crème de la crème of international fashion agencies...

So I'm aware that MeFi is probably the wrong place to ask this but you amazing people have surprised me before! I'm looking for the best-of-the-best fashion agencies in Paris, Milan, L.A., and London. Requirement: must represent talent, like hairdressers, stylists, etc. I am not looking for a modelling agency. More over the fold. [more inside]
posted by Cpt. The Mango on Jan 26, 2015 - 5 answers

For a teen visiting London what are some cool, organized activities?

My niece, a 15-year-old who'll be on her first trip outside the US, is visiting us in London in mid June. My wife and I will have lots of time to spend with her doing tourist things as well as just hanging out, and her grandparents will also be here for part of the time, but she'll be on her own for portions of a few days. Although a bit shy, she's expressed interest in doing something cool and interesting with that time that would allow her to be around other teenagers. [more inside]
posted by theory on Jan 26, 2015 - 9 answers

Recommendation for a computer systems/networking engineer in London?

Help me find someone we can call in to troubleshoot our network problems. [more inside]
posted by pipeski on Jan 13, 2015 - 2 answers

Where to stay in London?

I'll be in London for work at the end of the month but will also have some time for fun/sightseeing. I'm trying to figure out where to stay to maximize both. [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Jan 11, 2015 - 14 answers

Gifts or Experiences in London, UK for 40th birthday?

I took us indoor skydiving for his 39th birthday and now I am completely stumped as to what I give him for his 40th, and was hoping for suggestions to make the Big Day (31 Jan) special. [more inside]
posted by 73pctGeek on Jan 6, 2015 - 8 answers

UK Print shops

Is there a UK equivalent to Kinkos/FedEx Office? [more inside]
posted by bibliogrrl on Jan 5, 2015 - 3 answers

Best Summer Solstice Tour Company?

We're looking for a tour company to take us from London to Stonehenge for sunrise on Summer Solstice. Recommendations for a reputable tour company?
posted by meindee on Jan 3, 2015 - 3 answers

Unusual things to do in London first week of January?

The lovely boyfriend and I will be in London, UK from 2-9 January for a little R&R. We've both spent a considerable amount of time there over the past few years and so have seen most of the major sites. This time, we're hoping to discover a few things that are a little off the beaten track. [more inside]
posted by rpfields on Dec 27, 2014 - 14 answers

US visa application times

I'm applying for an H1-b visa to enter the US. All my documents are ready. All I need to do now is go to the embassy in London: I have an appointment on Monday, which is the 22nd. The problem is this: I already have a flight booked back to the US on the 31st. Should I change my flight now, or wait? [more inside]
posted by HoraceH on Dec 19, 2014 - 17 answers

Can a London landlord enquire on a tenant's housing/DSS benefit status?

Asking for a friend: Landlord says "no DSS". Is it legal to withhold that you receive DSS and apply for housing benefit without the landlord finding out? [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee on Dec 19, 2014 - 7 answers

Trustworthy solicitor (lawyer) in Ealing

Does anyone know personally a trustworthy solicitor in Ealing or Brentford areas? I have asked around and so far had no success. It is just for a standard Will, but there are a few complications and intricacies, so need someone very clever and very honest but reasonably priced-will pay the going amount of course. Impossible?
posted by claptrap on Dec 10, 2014 - 2 answers

Swinging 60s London and... swinging Viking York?

I'm heading to London (and for a two day trip outside) a week from today and need a few more ideas. I have two days unbooked in which I'd like to get out of London (Monday and Tuesday Dec 1 & 2). I'm thinking maybe one or more of :
  • Glasgow
  • York
  • Durham
  • Bath
  • Cambridge
Should I just go see the Solar System in York? Also, are there any must see places or events in London that are can't misses given my interests? [more inside]
posted by travertina on Nov 21, 2014 - 13 answers

Perfect coat for a cold woman in the UK?

Er, a woman who tends to feel the cold, and who will spend falls/winters in the UK. How rainproof should it be? How warm should it be? Should it be brightly colored to avoid getting hit by a car in the fog? [more inside]
posted by stillmoving on Nov 18, 2014 - 15 answers

Quiet Place in West London for Podcast Recording this Saturday?

Normally we record the podcast for our little indie magazine in a Board Room at our office here in West London, but we've just been told that it'll be closed this weekend. Where's a good place - be it rented meeting room or whatever - to record our podcast at short notice? [more inside]
posted by garius on Nov 5, 2014 - 4 answers

Sopisticated high end asian cuisine central london

I need a high end sophisticated asian dining experiance in Central London / zone 1.
posted by adamvasco on Oct 23, 2014 - 11 answers

Ow ow ow my throat. Will a GP do anything? (UK)

In London for a couple weeks. New & painful sore throat. Does anyone routinely test for bacterial strep here? [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Oct 18, 2014 - 9 answers

give me your chlorine-free underwater music systems, yearning to be free

Schmanciest hotel pool in London? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine on Oct 16, 2014 - 2 answers

LHR passport control + London transit

From [LHR plane arrival] to [arrival at Herne Hill station], midday on a Saturday in March: help me estimate how long? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Oct 3, 2014 - 13 answers

Rural /nice b&b area just outside north London?

I'm looking for a nice, relaxing place for a family of 4 to spend one night just outside North London. Complexities inside. [more inside]
posted by darsh on Oct 1, 2014 - 5 answers


I'm going to London for about a week. I've never been before, and I'd like to have a really relaxing time - almost like a spa retreat - for not a million dollars. What are inexpensive activities to do, or cute little places to eat that would make me feel like "London is such a relaxing, peaceful place"? I don't want to tear around London trying to cram in as many sights as possible, I want a relaxed and curated look at the place, with some weird neat shops and surprising delights along the way. [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea on Sep 25, 2014 - 22 answers

Ways for an American to work in the UK?

Let's say I, a California software engineer and journalist, wanted to find an employer who would sponsor me to work in London. I've read a little about the work visa situation and various recent restrictions closing various avenues. Assuming the odds are probably pretty bad against succeeding, how might one try for this anyway? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 23, 2014 - 7 answers

Is starting an AirBnB business a good idea? London edition.

Is buying a small property (in London) for short term rentals on AirBnB a terrible idea? [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy on Sep 22, 2014 - 15 answers

Traditional Bonfire Night?

We’re going to be in London for Guy Fawkes Night this year and we’re hoping to find an actual bonfire within an hour or so from the city by train. [more inside]
posted by not.so.hip on Sep 20, 2014 - 7 answers

North London park and ride

Looking for a rail or underground park and ride station on the north side of London -- ideally near the M25. Difficuty: one where parking spaces are likely to be available in the middle of the day on a weekday.
posted by penguinicity on Aug 28, 2014 - 7 answers

Unexpectedly free for a night in London — suggestions for what to do?

I'm in London on business, I had plans tonight, they fell through. I'm leaving tomorrow morning, not too early, so I can stay out a bit. What should I do with myself? [more inside]
posted by freelanceastro on Aug 10, 2014 - 6 answers

Sticker Scratcherz alternatives

When we were in London we saw a fun craft-toy called Sticker Scratcherz at both Hamleys and Harrods. We figured we'd find something like it elsewhere as well, but haven't had any luck, so I'm hoping maybe a mefite knows of something else like this. Preferably, it would be not as expensive, for a bit less content (if it were half price for half the amount of stickers it would make a great casual gift). [more inside]
posted by blub on Aug 6, 2014 - 3 answers

Itinerary ideas: England, the second visit.

I'll be in London for a party & wedding over two weekends, and need ideas for domestic travel during the week in between, and the few days after. I've been to UK before, but all i've really seen is central london, Oxford, and Stonehenge. (i'll be clearer about my schedule and needs after the jump!) [more inside]
posted by Kololo on Aug 5, 2014 - 26 answers

Where to live in London similar to Walthamstow/Leytonstone?

I'm looking for a place to move to in London that is similar to Walthamstow and Leytonstone, but isn't either one. Can you suggest such a place? [more inside]
posted by K.P. on Jul 31, 2014 - 9 answers

Creating a music map of London for students

How can I use an ordnance survey map plus some pins/string/labels to make a Music map of London for my secondary school classroom without it taking a lot of time and effort? [more inside]
posted by Lotto on Jul 30, 2014 - 6 answers

Temporary European banking

I'm going to the UK and Italy for 5 months for work and am having trouble getting the banking situation worked out. [more inside]
posted by rustcellar on Jul 24, 2014 - 14 answers

Quirky Londoners, plz halp

I'm going to London! Help me find fun things to do. I like comics, small indie concerts, clothes, outdoor markets, vintage stuff, handmade stuff, food, knitting, and going on walks. [more inside]
posted by A. mellifera on Jul 24, 2014 - 23 answers

Tell me of your homeworld, Britons

Travelling to London next week. Need advice on packing for the weather. [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Jul 8, 2014 - 13 answers

The Art of making Money

A good friend of mine, a London-based ceramics artist, needs to find a way of making her career more financially lucrative. By many measures, she is already successful: she has attained high-profile residencies, is signed to a prestigious gallery, and is critically acclaimed. However, she’s barely making enough money to survive and is starting to question whether it is worth continuing to plough her time into a career that will leave her impoverished. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 4, 2014 - 20 answers

How much is fair contribution to broken oven door? (UK rented apartment)

Hi - outer glass shattered on our oven door. Google suggests this does sometimes happen without provocation (oven is approx 7yrs old). Housing contract (London, UK) stipulates tenant responsible for 'broken glass' but I presume this refers to windows. Letting agents got quote of £220 for new door panel. New oven costs £295 and they prefer to do this. Ask I contribute 40% (£120). Is this a fair deal - should I negotiate lower? Thanks!
posted by ManOfPlans on Jul 3, 2014 - 14 answers

London comedy club suggestion for fan of Mighty Boosh

I'll be visiting London and I'd love to see some comedy while I'm there. I enjoy going to places like Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles and Second City in Chicago. I love British sketch comedy and love shows like the Mighty Boosh. What are some clubs where I can see some comedy in that vein?
posted by dottiechang on Jun 23, 2014 - 11 answers

Can anyone identify this nice London restaurant?

Does anyone in London recognize this restaurant, I wonder? I think it's in London, anyhow. It might be in Europe. [more inside]
posted by johngoren on Jun 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Acting classes in London

I am looking for recommendations about adult acting classes/courses in London to take later this year. I am interested in longer and more demanding courses (1 year or more), which I could accommodate with my day job. I know there are many options available (e.g. Foundation course at CityLit). I am asking here in order to explore all possible options and hear about your recommendations and experience. Thank you very much for any feedback! [more inside]
posted by dogbert on Jun 12, 2014 - 3 answers

Master in Bioengineering at EPFL vs Biomedical Eng. at Imperial College

I summarize this dilema below: I have been accepted at EPFL (Switzerland) for the master in bioengineering with an EPFL Excellence Fellowship and also at the MsS in Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London. Both Universities are very well ranked in these areas, as you can see in this bioengineering rank. In most rankings, Imperial College is a few places above EPFL and London is a great city but I would have a really good scholarship if I go to EPFL (18000$ per year) and the tuition is much lower (about 1000$ vs 13000$ at Imperial). [more inside]
posted by tsuwal on Jun 10, 2014 - 9 answers

Three night escape near London

My family and I are looking to spend three days, somewhere near London, between our visits in London and Paris later this month. We will be in London until the 28th, and have Eurostar tickets to Paris on July 1. No car. We are leaning towards Bath, but are open to other ideas. [more inside]
posted by purenitrous on Jun 6, 2014 - 7 answers

Best Burner Phone for a Month in London?

This has become somewhat of a perennial AskMe question (previously in 2013, previously in 2012, previously in 2007), but as the mobile communications landscape is ever-shifting, it never hurts to have up to date information. So, if I'm spending the month of August in London, which of the several offerings is the best PAYG-SIM phone to grab upon arrival? I will be bringing my iPhone (AT&T), but turning off data roaming and using it as wi-fi only when I can. Are there deals on low-end smartphones that are worth the extra cash, or is it still best to just grab a simple flip-phone with SMS?
posted by grabbingsand on Jun 4, 2014 - 7 answers

Walking in London

Where are some interesting places to walk in London? I am in London the next few days and would like to explore some new areas after work. All I know is Bloomsbury to Mayfair to Westminster, so not much at all! It would need to be reachable by tube and should be safe. I would love to find little shops or cafés as well as just a pleasant place to walk for a few hours. I am staying in Hackney, if that is relevant. [more inside]
posted by shothotbot on Jun 1, 2014 - 16 answers

Where to shop for petite sized clothes in London?

I have a day to do shop for petite sized clothes and shoes in London. I need everything from t-shirts to dresses. Good quality clothes preferred, but getting some items at Topshop and the like would be fine. Where should I go?
posted by wavelette on May 25, 2014 - 3 answers

Activities for a fashion and beauty fanatic in London and Paris

We have booked our trip to London and Paris this summer-yay! My 17 year old daughter will be with us, and she loves everything related to fashion and beauty-style guides, shopping, makeup, museums, resale stores, all that. I don't love to shop, but am happy to include some in our trip. Any specific ideas for us in those two cities? [more inside]
posted by purenitrous on May 17, 2014 - 9 answers

Where should we (young family) move to in London?

Us: nice young couple with an infant. Seeking to try out a London neighborhood for a year, and then maybe buy (if the potential bubble doesn't scare us off). Budget for a flat/house would be about 650,000 to 700,000 pounds (maybe a little wiggle room). [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy on May 16, 2014 - 12 answers

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