My girlfriend is studying abroad in London for the fall, and our 3 month is coming up soon. I wanted to give her a gift (no more than $40ish because we put a limit on them) that was relevant but not too personal/emotional because I'll be getting her some nice jewelry as a momento for our 4th month - which is right before she leaves. [more inside]
How do I start a new private limited company in the UK and then start a new business banking account for it? [more inside]
Can I really make a killing renting out my flat during London 2012? Since I didn't get tickets, I'm thinking about my Plan B, which is getting the hell outta dodge for the summer. [more inside]
Give me your brain dump on attending the London 2012 Olympics. [more inside]
What are the best areas in London to recommend to a French couple in their mid-thirties who are visiting London in summer. They want cool pubs and record shops? Areas to visit and stay. [more inside]
Where in London can I still find nice-ish but not super expensive Royal Wedding mugs? I need to bring back a few as souvenirs for some family members, but I don't have time to just stop in at every souvenir store in central London. [more inside]
Where would you recommend learning to speak French in London? [more inside]
This morning I was hit by a bus while cycling to work. I'm not badly hurt but currently in hospital waiting to have my shoulder checked and cuts cleaned out. I'm in London, England. The bus driver was 100% to blame. The police have taken a statement from me and I have two phone numbers from witnesses. What should I be doing now to make sure I receive adequate compensation and the driver is dealt with appropriately?
I'm looking for London Restaurants that serve Tripe. Where have you seen Tripe on the Menu? [more inside]
Does anyone know what font is used on these vintage bus blinds? I know of a London Underground font but these look quite different. Any similar ones out there, preferably free?
I'm going to London! As a travel noob, what do I need to know? [more inside]
Should I stay in my current place and feeling trapped or move out and risk getting something worse? [more inside]
Good ethnic food in London. Tell me about it. [more inside]
Moving out of the UK in a week to travel abroad. Will move back to London in September. Where to keep stuff throughout this period? [more inside]
I would like to take an evening/night-time course in software development/computer programming in London. Where should I look? [more inside]
I am an obsessive worrier. I've just booked short-notice tickets to spend a week with friends in London. I know where my towel is, but that's about it. Help me do this without losing my shit over the many other small things I need to figure out. [more inside]
My friend & housemate has a big birthday weekend planned (London, Thursday – Monday). There's an itinerary, filled with lots of amazing things (spa days, aquarium, shows, etc.), but in the event that some of these places aren't wheelchair accessible, we need some back up events planned. What are some great places to go/see/party in London that are definitely wheelchair accessible, relatively easy to get to, and would be able to host a party of 3-8 people at the last minute with minimal hassle all around? [more inside]
Where in London can I find decent New York-style bagels? [more inside]
Where can I buy a box turtle in London, UK? [more inside]
Scotland vacation: I have 4 days to kill between work events in London and Glasgow, and I'm considering walking part of the West Highland Way by myself. Is this a reasonable plan, or do you have a better suggestion of how to use this time (ie other long distance walks or other plans entirely)? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a quality printer in London, UK? I will be printing a few runs of business cards, followed soon after by various other bits of business stationery, and I want a good quality digital printer that I can talk to. [more inside]
I'm a remote worker in the UK, help me decide whether to move, and to which city [more inside]
I'm a 23 year old EU citizen who will be starting 5 years of medical studies at King's College London in September. My parents are interested in buying a flat for me instead of renting. I have no idea where to start! [more inside]
Should we stay or should we go? Make a big international move as a pregnant couple or with a tiny baby? Lots of (possibly) relevant details inside. [more inside]
UK jobsearching: I'm 26, and having a tough time finding any job in London - let alone one that's a good career prospect. Do you have any pointers, and in particular, advice on how to get reliable, short-term work to cover the gaps? [more inside]
UK Filter: Can people retire without buying property when younger? [more inside]
I got funded to do an MA in London, but I still don't know how I'm going to afford it. What jobs could I do that will allow me to study and live without insane financial stress? [more inside]
Should I study abroad when finances and my gut are telling me no, but everyone else is telling me yes? (Lots inside. Yes, I'm going to talk to the financial aid office and a therapist.) [more inside]
Please tell me about Jeeves and Wooster's sex lives. [more inside]
What's a good breakfast place near Earl's Court in London? My boss will be there next week for the London Book Fair and could use a place with good breakfast to meet with various people in the mornings before the fair.
So, I want to find galas/fancy events to go to in London. [more inside]
Metafilter, what is the best day hike in the British countryside, accessible by public transport from London? [more inside]
Am looking to eat alone in restaurants/ upmarket cafes in London. I have a lot of friends in London, but my inner introvert is wanting some time alone. Money is not an issue. Looking for evening tea/ dinner-type places where I can read a book in peace. Preferably high ceilings, loads of light, good scenery, open till 9pm. [more inside]
iPad 2 purchase in London: the iPad 2 is coming out here on Friday 25 March. I would like to get one before I leave London the following week. Can you offer me any advice on the best plan to get hold of one (also, it's for Mrs HopStop and thus, must be white which will probably make it a wee bit harder). [more inside]
I will be in London on business in late April, and would like to see at least one play or musical while I'm there. Can you please recommend a good (or critically-acclaimed) play or musical, or a website where I can find recommendations? I'll be there alone and will be looking for individual tickets - is it likely I'll be able to get singles for sold-out shows on the day of? Thanks for your help!
How does UK traffic law work regarding being responsible for speeding tickets for rental cars? I have received a photo of the car that was rented under my name and that, on the Avis papers, I was the driver. However you cannot make out any kind of face or person driving the vehicle in the "photographic evidence" that the traffic cam took. In the UK, am I liable for the cost of the fine, regardless of whether the actual driver at that time can be proven from their photo? I.e. because I hired the car, I must pay the fine? Would there be any chance between the Road Safety Unit and Avis that I would be in more trouble if I can't remember if I was the driver at that time, the photo doesn't help, and I don't know who of the people travelling with me was driving at that time either (even though they weren't registered drivers for the rental)?
LondonHotelFilter: Looking for the perfect place to stay in London - super cheap, grungy is okay, free wifi, access to a printer (one can dream), near Paddington/West London... [more inside]
What is a great pub to watch football in Kings Cross, London? [more inside]
Does anyone know of a petting zoo / farm which keeps 'micro pigs' in or near London?
I just got offered a Work Experience placement at a big publishing firm in London - but it starts on Monday, and I live in Derbyshire. I need two weeks' accommodation for ideally around £300 or less. Help!
Writer anecdote filter. Who was the writer in this little story? [more inside]
Can you recommend any unknown gems for a romantic getaway outside of London by car (2-3 hours drive)?
Can you recommend any unknown gems for a romantic getaway outside of London by car (2-3 hours drive)? [more inside]
I'll be spending three months in London this spring, and I'm looking for more novels or stories--mysteries, thrillers, or other variations of crime fiction--that offer a really great sense of London but that aren't historical fiction. Barbara Vine's King Solomon's Carpet, the Sherlock Holmes stories, and Dickens's Bleak House all work, but I don't much care for Anne Perry novels or Bruce Alexander's Blind Justice, for example. Suggestions for crime fiction that gives a great sense of London?
I have to take two weeks off work in the next two months, and thought it would be a great idea to learn to drive. I've heard of 'intensive courses', which would theorically let you pass the driving test after 40+ hours -- in more or less 7 days. But! I'm not sure this is a great idea... (more inside) [more inside]
Why shouldn't I drink the water from the taps in my new dorm room? I just moved into a residence hall in London, and the residence hall info packet instructed us to drink water from the kitchen taps only, not the taps for the sinks in our bedrooms. What's the deal? [more inside]
I've recently completed a PhD in the UK and will be applying for a Tier 1 Post-Study Work visa. I need to do this in person and it needs to be done by the end of next week but I can't get an appointment online and the Home Office advice line is unable to provide any further information. Help? [more inside]
We've been given carte blanche by my boyfriend's aunt, who'll be visiting from Canada, to choose any restaurant in London for dinner Wednesday night. Money, she says, is no object. Help us pick somewhere awesome! [more inside]
What are some of the best tea- and coffee-houses to visit in London? [more inside]
I ordered something from an Etsy seller located in London on November 15th, and I still haven't received it. Seller claims she shipped it in November and blames the crazy snow in London on the delay. So, my brothers and sisters on the other side of the pond, is it true? Have you had the blizzard of the century, or what? [more inside]
Where are the interesting places to visit in London this Thursday/Friday? [more inside]