I made a bet and lost... My boyfriend IS working New Year's Eve and New Year's Day (in a restaurant) and now I'm planless and looking for something to do in London, UK or beyond. Caveats: Most of my friends are still out of town, I'm a non drinker, and I have a dog (although she could be happily left alone for the evening/sent to dog sitters). What would you do in my situation?
I've been asked to help a family find the right school for their child - he's 7, not a fan of the whole 'structured work' thing*, and gets in trouble a lot at his current school. They're also (quite rightly) worried that he'll get quite "cool" in a few years if he ends up in the wrong place. He likes art and adores football. A boarding school would be pretty much ideal, as far I can tell, but doesn't seem to be an option. [more inside]
A friend of mine is spinning his wheels in trying to find love in London. I've tried to help, but I'm long out of the scene and the obvious stuff isn't going well. Can London (or other) MeFites suggest some new avenues? [more inside]
Best way to get from LHR to Homerton/Hackney on late Sunday afternoon? [more inside]
I'm terrified of loneliness and terrified of dating. Needless to say, I'm wound up most of the time. What can I do about this? [more inside]
I'm going to be in London this weekend and am looking for a men's hairdresser/barber. I'm from the UK but right now I live abroad, and between a lack of a common language and me not knowing what I want, I rarely get a haircut I'm pleased with. What I would really like is for someone to tell me what would look good on me, then make my hair be that (like all those style/makeover shows). Does anyone have any recommendations in central London? [more inside]
Could anyone suggest a feminist activist in London, UK, who could be invited to speak on the topic of slutshaming? [more inside]
My mom and I are going to London for a week. We're staying on the north side of Hyde Park, near Notting Hill Gate. I have been to London twice but the first time I was poor and the second time I was a vegetarian. I'd like some restaurant recommendations! [more inside]
Aldeburgh to London via public transit, on a Sunday next March: possible? (Google Maps is not listing any option at all on Sundays during the next few weeks, and while Google doesn't have March schedule info yet, I assume March is no better than October.) Hoping this is a glitch or missing info since there are so many options for other days of the week.
I'm taking my son to the US embassy in London to get his first adult passport. We're driving from Bristol, because train tix are too expensive. I was thinking of parking at the Kings mall in Hammersmith then tubing it. Our appointment at the embassy is at noon. Does anyone local have better suggestions? Feel free to tell me this a a stupid idea and I should rethink because it's half term or whatever. Thank you!
My team is finally in the Postseason!!! Only one downside: They may be playing Game 7 of the American League Championship Series on a night when I'll be in the UK. How and where to watch it? [more inside]
I need to rent a wheel-chair accessible apartment for 3 people starting Saturday, somewhere near to or very accessible to the Kings College Hospital in Denmark Hill, Camberwell, London. I am in the US and know about airbnb and homeaway, but are there other sites that are either UK specific or focused on serving people making hospital visits? Given I need to make a speedy booking, looking to widen my search options as much as possible.
Every time my mother comes to London, we do things I want to do. What would SHE want to do? [more inside]
I know there are a few variants of this question in metafilter history, but hopefully this is a reasonably unique combination...: I have 20-ish boxes of mainly SF books in London (UK). There's nothing too unique but a moderate density of hardcovers. I want to get rid of them and hopefully end up with both more space and more money (although research has made my cynical about how much money might be involved). What's the best option?
I've got some paternity leave and my family and I are going to Europe in January, starting in London. Where should we stay in London? Where should we go elsewhere? We'll have a two-month-old and a two-year-old. [more inside]
Mr Fish and I have finally moved to London! I'll be working near Old Street Station, Mr Fish is working in Coventry but only needs to commute once a week or so. Tell us what Rightmove and Zoopla won't. [more inside]
My partner and I have found a letting we like in London and have put in an offer that was accepted by the landlord. We're new to the UK lettings/agency process. Anything we should look out for, or tips for not getting ripped off? I've read online that many agencies are full of unscrupulous practices, keeping security deposits, hidden fees, etc., and would like to avoid any such troubles. [more inside]
My husband is attending a conference the week after next, near charging cross, and myself and our 3 month old son get to join him! Yay! But now we're looking at hotels and having trouble finding something in our price range that has a nice area around it that I can putter around with the baby (about a thousand euros, less if possible, for the 26th- 1st) .. And we have particular needs... Details below the fold [more inside]
I escaped a long-term abusive marriage homeless with a lot of hermit like attributes. It's been about three years of clawing and crawling out of that hole, and while I'm not completely out, I do have an apartment, job, friends, and enough money to feed me and my kid three squares a day. That deserves a celebration and I'm determined that I'm going to spend a long weekend with my best friend in London in December as a combo birthday/holiday gift to myself. I want to see Hyde Park done up for the holidays, do a Jack the Ripper tour, eat in a pub, and visit a museum [more inside]
My brother has to go to London on short notice, and his trip promises to be a long and stressful one. I'd like to give him a going-away present, but not clutter or something to haul around. He already has an Oyster card, which was my first thought. What else might be nice to have if you suddenly found yourself in London and in a rush?
We are an early 30s hetero couple with pets. We are moving to London from the US soon, and will also be seeking to add a third member to our family. Where should we live? One of us will be working near Bloomsbury and would hope to be no more than a 30 minute tube ride away from that area. Other desiderata below the fold. (Adding this question to the database, as the others seem somewhat dated.) [more inside]
I have been given the opportunity to take a ten-day trip to London! I am super excited! I also have way, way less time to plan than I would normally like! So, I turn to MetaFilter to help answer some of my questions, and/or point me toward online resources that can do the same and help me generally just get along there as a visitor. [more inside]
I have a US passport, tickets to see Hamlet at the Barbican Theatre in London next week, and oh so many questions. Please help me make this happen! [more inside]
I'm committed to stay in London another year, but I don't really like London. I'm a homesick Canadian missing the friendly, gentle hippies of home. Help me escape the crowds to find them! [more inside]
Moving back to the States from the UK and looking for the cheapest way to ship stuff that we won't immediately need to have on our arrival. Since the move is from London to Miami sea freight seems like the best option. We also have some fragile and oddly-shaped art that we'd like to have handled separately (and carefully). I've looked around for quotes from sea cargo specialists, but would appreciate any suggestions for ideas I may have overlooked. [more inside]
Where can I buy a women's lightweight merino wool t-shirt in London this weekend? [more inside]
Londoners and experienced travelers; HALP. Landing in London during (currently) planned Tube strike; Transport for London website indicates NO service from Heathrow Terminal 3 on trains. So. How do I get from the airport to Gloucester Road? Should I prebook coach tickets? Links and advice needed!
I have an order in for some new ones, but they'll take up to a week to be delivered. And I just can't deal with the blinding headache and blurriness until then. The issue: my prescription is stronger than the lenses opticians have in stock. [more inside]
A friend of mine is moving from Israel to London on the 28th of August. Their living arrangement just fell through, and as well as getting in touch with people they already know in London, they are looking for resources to find short-term rental housing there. They are looking for temporary accommodation for one to two weeks while trying to find a more permanent arrangement. What resources (preferably online) are available for finding a room for a short-term rental?
Anything to eat/see at Maltby Street Market/any open store fronts there during the work week? Visiting on a Wednesday in Sept. and website only lists Sat/Sun market times. Thx!
My young cousin is on her first international trip and also one of her first trips away from home in London on a short study abroad trip. She is supposed to travel home Monday but unexpectedly ran out of Lexapro this week, which she takes for anxiety. She's now incredibly anxious. She was able to alleviate the anxiety by going to see Wicked last night, but now the rest of her weekend is looming ahead of her and she's alone. No earlier flights available. Study abroad program can't/won't help. Can anyone provide advice on emergency NHS assistance for a non EU citizen on a weekend? We're just trying to get her through to her flight home Monday.
Recommendations, please, for a good certified Agile/Scrum Product Owner course in London - preferably running between now and October :) Thank you :D
Spending a week in London soon. Here at home in the US, my wife and I are quite used to using Google Maps on our smartphones to help us get around in unfamiliar places on vacation, but we know we won't be able to use our regular phones when out and about in London. We've been thinking about buying an inexpensive Android phone once in the UK entirely for the purpose of using Google Maps to help us get around. is this a good idea, and, if you think so, where would you go to get one? [more inside]
Fragments of Roman Londinium are still visible around London. Bits of old London Bridge have been worked into St. Magnus the Martyr Church. What other leftover bits of old London are still hanging around the modern-day city? [more inside]
Like it says on the box. I'm taking my youngest kid to London for a week in August, we're staying by Gloucester Road tube. Through a miracle of connections, I was able to score us tickets to see Liverpool vs. Stoke but other than that and a show at the Globe, we have no plans. [more inside]
I'm an expat to the UK -- but one of the few without private insurance! Where should I have my baby? [more inside]
Flying into Heathrow from the US, arriving in the evening on a Saturday. My wife thinks we should take the tube from the airport to our hotel in Kensington (the hotel is a short walk from the West Kensington station). Help me figure out a couple of things. [more inside]
Traveling to London. Anyone know if the area around the Old Street/Barbican/Liverpool Street tube stations are safe for walking alone at night? Thanks!
I want to go out for a good meal with my family* for my 30th birthday, so I'm looking for a really good (but not too fancy) restaurant in London. Make me some recommendations! [more inside]
My girlfriend is graduating university and she's heading to London for a well-deserved holiday later this month. I'm looking for a great gift idea of a fabulous experience that she can have while there! [more inside]
Expats living in London, renting the ground floor flat of a house. We don't have much in the way of high-value possessions aside from laptops, TV, bike, clothing, but we should probably get them covered. Please recommend a good policy or insurance company. [more inside]
Tomorrow, I'm off to the UK to sit in the British Library and read bad religious novels by authors you've never heard of! But when I'm not doing that, I may need to eat occasionally, lest the lack of nutrition make me fall asleep over triple-deckers by Mme. de Genlis. I'm staying in the Highgate area, relatively close to the cemetery. Any recommendations for good but not luxurious fare? Most cuisines are fine (Indian, Thai, Chinese, etc.).
When we moved here from New York last Spring we noticed the plane trees along our new street in London had been pruned back to only the largest limbs. It wasn't until late summer that any significant foliage sprouted back. Now the city has done it again and I'd like to know why they do such heavy-handed pruning seemingly every year. There are so few large trees in much of London to begin with... why would you want to limit the lovely leafiness to only a couple months of the year? [more inside]
I'm an American lawyer, now living in London. In the US, I know what it means to be a "public interest lawyer." But I'm having a hard time seeing how it translates in the UK. [more inside]
My wife and thirteen year old son are making a last-minute trip to London in roughly three weeks and I need some help understanding the area and suggestions for where to find lodging. [more inside]
A few years ago I was in London and I was at the doctor who shop and happened upon an amazing Indian restaurant a couple of blocks away. It was on 2 floors and as I recall family owned and according to the menu been there for a long time. I will be returning to London and want to go back to the restaurant, anyone know what it was? And the address? Thanx in advance.
I'm English and moved to NYC in 2009. My boyfriend is American and in late August I'm taking him back home to meet my family/friends and to share my home country with him. [more inside]
I'm a guy with small wrists (5.5"), so most modern dress watches don't fit me well at all. An option I've seen suggested online is to go vintage, since older watches are often 36mm or smaller - is there anywhere in London with a good selection that isn't centred on £4000 Rolexes? Alternately, are there any modern watches in a smaller case size that anyone can recommend? I'd really like a Christopher Ward, but 39mm is just too large for me.
How should we structure our trip to London, Edinburgh, and Glasgow? [more inside]
Hello! I've got a second (and final) round of interviews for a content position within a major international bank in London. In this one, they'll be looking at the "cultural fit". Do you have any pointers on what they mean by that? What kind of "standard" interview questions should I prep for? Thanks for your help!