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Escalator at Leicester Square tube station

I have escalophobia (vertigo related) and so as a rule avoid the extra long escalators on the tube network (namely Angel, Holborn and Leicester Square) as I've previously had panic and vertigo attacks on them. This evening I need to get to Goodge Street and TfL recommends I change from the Piccadilly line to the Northern line at Leicester Square. I'm struggling to find out from google whether this change involves using the very long escalators. Do you know? [more inside]
posted by litereally on Oct 26, 2013 - 8 answers

London accommodation tips

So, after leaving her job to pursue another degree in a field that she loves and having been out of work (or studying) for nearly 3 years my other half has been offered the job of her dreams. Yay! Unfortunately we're in Yorkshire and the job is in South West London, and the job is (initially at least) a 7 month short term contract. So she needs accommodation. [more inside]
posted by hardcode on Oct 19, 2013 - 5 answers

How does one become an emergency services/medical dispatcher in London?

I am looking for a new career direction and am curious about UK emergency services/NHS dispatcher jobs. I have found a little bit of information about these sorts of jobs online, but never seen them advertised. Have you ever done this sort of job? Can you point me towards any information? I am particularly looking for information about pathways into this sort of career, and what the work itself is like. (I already know about the sadly defunct Nee Naw blog.) I am based in central London. Thanks!
posted by EXISTENZ IS PAUSED on Oct 17, 2013 - 3 answers

Place to read and talk all afternoon in London

Where can my girlfriend and I sit down, relax, read, and talk for a long while during our visit to London? When weather is good, we love parks. When it's raining, we're at a loss. Are there any especially good libraries or other places for this kind of thing? Thanks!
posted by honest knave on Oct 14, 2013 - 14 answers

How to buy sensibly priced, pre-assembled bedroom furniture? (London)

I would like to to like to buy some IKEA-style furniture, and I'm willing to pay a premium of around £60-£100 so that I don't have to build it myself. But I can't find any way to buy any! Surely this must be possible? [more inside]
posted by piato on Oct 2, 2013 - 14 answers

Brockley (London) on a Budget

Spending a week in accommodation in Brockley, London, in early October. To be specific, Manor Avenue Brockley London, SE4 1TE. As London seems to be the place where you literally breathe out money in order to survive, keen to do this on as low a budget as possible. Will not have a car and prefer walking where possible. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Sep 27, 2013 - 6 answers

Are there non-modernist architects in London?

Going through architecture sites, it looks as if all residential projects in London are of the mostly-glass, super clean type, like this one or the output of these fine people. Are there residential architects who like to do thing in a more, hm, bohemian, messy way, or is that totally out of fashion?
posted by Spanner Nic on Sep 22, 2013 - 8 answers

Where are all the ready-to-settle-down men in London?

You are male, single, employed, 20/30-ish, looking to settle down and start a family with a similar lady within the next three years or so. Where in London do you go to find potential dates? (Asking for a friend.)
posted by fix on Sep 21, 2013 - 10 answers

A bit of a flutter!

I'm in London again, and having a whale of a time thanks to all the advice I garnered last year. One new thing I want to try this time is having a little flutter-I want to place a small bet on something. I don't expect to win, but would like to know how to bet intelligently so as to improve the odds. [more inside]
posted by L'Estrange Fruit on Sep 15, 2013 - 6 answers

[Book Recommendation Filter] A comprehensive history of Savile Row

I'm looking for book recommendations for thorough, engaging, and rigorous histories of Savile Row tailoring and/or books that talk about the history and philosophy of fine men's tailoring and dress. I'm not averse to books with technical information, as well as historical and cultural information. Thank you!
posted by moxie_milquetoast on Sep 15, 2013 - 4 answers

Song ID: UK house hit, late '80s - early '90s

I'm trying to rebuild a mix tape made for me by a London friend around 1989-1990. One track I'm having trouble finding started out with "Are you sitting comfortably? [Good.] Then I'll begin," which is a sample from the BBC's "Listen with Mother" radio series (click on the second old time radio for a clip, starts at the :16sec mark). After that it had a very deep man's voice saying "Welcome," over and over again while the music ramped up behind it. I always thought the man sounded like Worf, from ST: TNG. Any leads?
posted by cocoagirl on Sep 12, 2013 - 6 answers

High quality printer/print shop in London

I'm looking to get a one-off print of a digital image printed in London. It's going to be mounted and framed as a birthday gift - a Google search turns up lots of options but I'm looking for somewhere highly recommended and with a great reputation. [more inside]
posted by lumiere on Sep 10, 2013 - 3 answers

Places to buy glassware (specifically port/sherry glasses) in London?

Places to buy glassware (specifically port/sherry glasses) in London? [more inside]
posted by ninebelow on Sep 5, 2013 - 5 answers

Best vegan restaurant in London -- Romance Edition!

It's our second time in London as a married couple, but now we're vegan. Recommendations for a lovely night out for just the two of us? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Sep 3, 2013 - 11 answers

Give me all of CCTV's eyes.

The recently released movie Closed Circuit uses London's extensive use of the CCTV technology in ways I had only envisioned in my own screenplays. What movies within the past 10-15 years or so also do this? I am thinking more like how the Bourne movies used the technology than movies like The Conversation and The Lives of Others. What movies use CCTV's in an interesting way? Bonus points if it's in London, but it can be anywhere.
posted by signondiego on Aug 31, 2013 - 11 answers

Find me a bike in London (with my particular annoying needs), please!

We just moved back to London, joy! But our very heavy Dutch style bike does not lend itself to our new flat. What is your advice for finding a light compact bike relatively cheaply, ethically sourced? [more inside]
posted by jujulalia on Aug 29, 2013 - 10 answers

Having the PhD Cake and Eating the Friendsloversandeverythingelse Cake

What do people do when they have to move for their PhD but don't want to leave their old life behind? [more inside]
posted by fishingforthewhale on Aug 29, 2013 - 14 answers

Tips for living with hard water

What simple, cheap things can we do to lessen the damaging effects of hard water on our fixtures and appliances? (Apart from installing a water softener which is not cheap or easy for our living situation.) [more inside]
posted by like_neon on Aug 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Seeing London, finally.

Asking for a friend: Older American couple is visiting London for the first time. They're having a hard time figuring out travel agencies / DIY internet bookings. Can you make some recommendations? [more inside]
posted by mibo on Aug 12, 2013 - 9 answers

Help me give my stroller away!

We've had to switch to a double stroller (buggy/ pushchair), for obvious reasons, but still have our single stroller - a fairly sought-after model, particularly useful for public transport - in very good condition. It's had heavy use, but it isn't destroyed by any means (details inside). Please help me find a useful way to donate our stroller to an organisation that needs strollers in the London (UK) area. [more inside]
posted by Wylla on Aug 6, 2013 - 13 answers

Best Loose-Leaf Afternoon Tea in London

I would be grateful for suggestions on the best afternoon tea in London under £30 per head, with an emphasis on the quality of tea and cakes. So here I assume that places serving loose-leaf is better than bags. I am not too fussed about the pomp (though it is a special occasion). Many of the afternoon teas in that price bracket, according to my research, tend to serve teabags, are too busy or full of tourists.
posted by ashaw on Aug 5, 2013 - 5 answers

Mediator for estranged parents and adult children in London?

Can anybody recommend a counsellor/ mediator in London, specialising in reconciling estranged parents and adult children? [more inside]
posted by BobsterLobster on Aug 5, 2013 - 7 answers

Buy a tool rollup bag in London

Where to buy a canvas tool rollup bag in London? [more inside]
posted by Spurious on Aug 4, 2013 - 2 answers

Relax, have a homebrew

What are the best online and bricks-and-mortar outlets for purchasing homebrewing equipment in the UK (London)? [more inside]
posted by narcotizingdysfunction on Jul 23, 2013 - 5 answers

Jade bangles in London?

Please can you suggest a good place to buy jade bangles in London? [more inside]
posted by calico on Jul 23, 2013 - 1 answer

where can I buy a standing desk in the UK?

I want to buy a standing desk, and I am willing to spend money on it. It doesn't seem possible to find the model I want in the UK. I'd also like to actually try the product before I buy it. Is there some kind of standing desk showroom I can actually visit (preferably, in London)? Do you have any other model recommendations? Details of search and criteria inside. [more inside]
posted by idlethink on Jul 21, 2013 - 1 answer

London on the super-cheap

Even though I'm totally broke, I'm going to London for nine days at the end of August. Yes, the most expensive time to go. Plane tickets were bought with miles, and I'm staying with friends-of-friends. This is why I'm able to go at all. But I'd like some tips on how to have a good time while spending as little money as possible in a place I am totally unfamiliar with (and I want to bug my hosts as little as possible, too). [more inside]
posted by smoakes on Jul 18, 2013 - 45 answers

How to choose a couples counsellor?

We're seeking couples counseling. We're in London, so there seem thousands of options; how do we pick out the right person for us? I don't think there's anything super-remarkable about our situation, so we don't need a expert in something super-specialised, but it seems like lots of listings are for general-therapists rather than specialists on couples - is this a problem? If so, how do I find the latter kind? If anyone knew someone in London who they'd had good experiences with, that would be super helpful too!
posted by anonymous on Jul 17, 2013 - 6 answers

Studying abroad at the London College of Fashion , what not to miss?

My interests include historical fashion (BBC dramas!), bird watching, music. I'll be there from late-August thru November 2013. More info inside: [more inside]
posted by jaynedanger on Jul 16, 2013 - 13 answers

Pimms, laptop, leather, willow...

I've got a few Fridays free this summer that will coincide with Ashes matches. Where are some good spots to watch the cricket in London? [more inside]
posted by Helga-woo on Jul 14, 2013 - 2 answers

20 hour layover in London - help me have a pleasant time?

Hi London Mefites! I will have time during an extended layover to choose one neighbourhood of your large, international city to eat dinner, wander a little, sleep, and eat breakfast in. Which neighbourhood should I choose? [more inside]
posted by eviemath on Jul 4, 2013 - 13 answers

Where can I print from a laptop or USB drive in London?

Over the next month or so, I may occasionally need to do some printing in London (never more than 10-50 pages). Is there anywhere near the Waterloo station where I could bring a usb drive or a laptop and easily and inexpensively print out black and white documents using a laser-printer? Self-service would be preferable. Perhaps there might be one or more chains of printing places (like FedEx/Kinko's in the US) that offers this service throughout the UK? Many thanks for any suggestions.
posted by washburn on Jun 25, 2013 - 4 answers

Things to do with tweens in London

The family I babysit for has invited me along on their vacation to London in August. I am determined to come up with the coolest possible things for the kids to do. [more inside]
posted by nonasuch on Jun 25, 2013 - 15 answers

How fast is China Post EMS express mail service from Shanghai to London?

What's the fastest and second fastest available service (how long does it take and how much does it cost) for Chinese postal service's EMS express mail service for mailing an ordinary document (2 pages) from Shanghai to London? Thank you very much for any help - I was having trouble finding this online (trying to compare it with DHL/FedEx/UPS ) Thanks!
posted by Bwithh on Jun 20, 2013 - 2 answers

Trooping the Colour

I am visiting London and would like to see the Queen at Trooping the Colour on Saturday. Need some advice on how best to do that. [more inside]
posted by raisingsand on Jun 14, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me find a new job in the UK

[UK Job Hunting] I'm looking for a new job and my usual roster of recruitment agencies and contacts are failing to come up with anything either interesting, in London or at my level of seniority. If you were hunting for a senior position role in London right now, what places/companies/services would you be using or doing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2013 - 4 answers

Wedding dress shop recommendations in London or the Home Counties?

Hello all. I was wondering if anyone has recommendations for a wedding dress shop in London or the Home Counties. I've googled extensively, but there's nothing like a personal recommendation, and none of my friends/family have got married in recent years. I'm looking for a fairly traditional style of dress, budget is flexible (ie, splurge), and excellent customer service is really important to me. Complicating factor: if all goes well, I'll be about five months pregnant on the wedding day, so a shop that could handle that would be great. Any suggestions (or warnings!) would be much appreciated. Thanks!
posted by prune on Jun 1, 2013 - 4 answers

Possibly Moving back to London- Help?

Hi, I am considering moving back to London after over a decade in NYC. I have a few questions that I am curious about. But after just typing and erasing them- I am just going to ask how other people have found the differences between living and working in (not visiting!) the two cities. [more inside]
posted by bquarters on Jun 1, 2013 - 4 answers

iPhones in London (his hair was perfect!)

Family of four traveling to London for two weeks. Four locked AT&T iphones, four sets of circumstances. I've checked all the options, called AT&T, and have thoroughly confused myself. Any help would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by raisingsand on May 30, 2013 - 9 answers

Day trip from London with kids

We're thinking of making a day trip away from London this week. We'd like some place accessible by train or other public transportation. We have two children under five so it needs to be kid friendly... but the trip is in honour of an adult's birthday, so we'd like it to be some place the adults will enjoy at least as much as the kids (which rules out, for example, Legoland.) What would you recommend?
posted by yankeefog on May 26, 2013 - 12 answers

Eating well in Europe -- England, France, and Italy edition

It's happening!! Mr. Concolora and I are flying out to London tomorrow to start our three week tenth wedding anniversary European extravanganza and I'm about to pop with excitement. We're going to be in London, Paris, Dijon, Verona, Vicenza, Venice, and Rome and we'd love some recommendations on where to eat. Snowflakes inside! [more inside]
posted by Concolora on May 20, 2013 - 23 answers

Where to look for unconverted industrial space in London?

I would like to buy unconverted industrial/office/non-residential space in London, like a warehouse or a school hall, to transform it into live-and-work artist studios over a few years. The state of dereliction does not matter too much, nor does the location, but how can I actually find some for sale? I doubt most of these things make it to mainstream websites, as Zoopla/Rightmove hardly have two handfuls of commercial properties for sale at a given time. Any clue?
posted by Spanner Nic on May 17, 2013 - 3 answers

Help me find a veggie party platter for Saturday in London?

Help! My foolproof plans for Eurovision party food have come to nothing. [more inside]
posted by Wylla on May 14, 2013 - 5 answers

Best off licence near Oval tube station

Which off licences near* Oval tube station in London should I go to tomorrow (Sunday) to buy from a good range of bottled beer? Preferably including London breweries like Meantime or London Fields. [more inside]
posted by knapah on May 11, 2013 - 1 answer

Tips and advice for a trip to London and Paris

I finally saved up enough flyer miles for a flight to Europe and I am super excited since I've never been. I'm planning on a week in London and then a week in Paris, advice for things to do while I'm there would be much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by xtine on May 6, 2013 - 21 answers

Where to exchange dollars for pounds in London?(debit-credit card N/A)

Best place to exchange dollars for pounds in London?(debit/credit card not available) I am flying to London and need to exchange my US dollars into pounds there. I cannot use my credit or debit card to withdraw money from ATMs due to severe government restrictions in my country of origin regarding foreign currency operations. Debit and credit cards issued by all banks at home are at present mostly useless abroad. If you know where I can get good rates to buy pounds in London, that would be a great help.
posted by Basque13 on May 1, 2013 - 7 answers

I'm bored with my remote online job, in a town. Should I move to a city?

I am wondering whether to move from a small town to a big city to boost my career. My partner has been offered a job in London, but is on the fence, 50/50, and is looking to me for the swing vote. [more inside]
posted by molloy on Apr 26, 2013 - 22 answers

Looking for a good, affordable tailor in London, UK

I've recently discovered the difference that quality tailoring can make to the quality of my wardrobe. Now I'm looking for a great tailor in London who can alter my clothes at a price I can afford. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by narcotizingdysfunction on Apr 23, 2013 - 3 answers

Dog-friendly hotel in London, for 10kg dog?

I am heading to London for a few days in June, and I need a hotel to which I can take my 10kg dog. Requirements: 100-200 pound a night; near, or within easy public transport to, UCL; green space nearby (for the dog). The internet does not seem very good for this, as some of the hotels that *say* they accept dogs put restrictions (like, must be under 5lbs (!)), and a lot of the information online is old or incomplete. Does anyone know of such a hotel in London, and is certain they'll accept a 10kg dog?
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Apr 16, 2013 - 5 answers

Nifty, gifty shopping in London?

LondonCommerceFilter: Business trip to London (from US) coming up, and I've got a free initial jetlag day that I'd like to spend shopping-- preferably for cool, unique, not-too-expensive, suitable-for-gifting items I'd be unlikely to find in the US. I'm specially interested in women's accessories (scarves, jewelry); toys and games; (travel-friendly) foods; tchotchkes; and used/antique books. Any must-visit shops? [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on Apr 15, 2013 - 23 answers

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