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Book fall flight US to Europe now or later (very light flurries inside)?

Planning Ahead Filter: My travel buddy already has a ticket on Airline A (ATL-LHR round trip) for our planned trip together in November. (Miles & awards redeemed so she is set). We're deciding what to do about my ticket. [more inside]
posted by pointystick on May 10, 2014 - 4 answers

Vista-enabling in London's Southbank?

On the South bank of the Thames in 2002 (and maybe still there), there was a structure, like a piece of public art, in which you could place your body and it would support you at a slight angle, enabling a wonderful view while totally relaxed. It was a tilted section of a cylinder, made of dark metal. Does anyone remember/know of this? An image, location, or name of the artist would be wonderful!
posted by indecision on Dec 7, 2013 - 2 answers

Plan My Day in London (Include a Fabulous Lunch)

I'll be arriving at Marylebone station at 10:30am and departing from the same station around 5:00pm. What should I do with my six hours? I definitely want to have lunch somewhere fabulous.
posted by tmharris65 on Nov 19, 2013 - 3 answers

What's inexpensive that I can buy in London that I can't buy in America?

Going to London on a very quick and dirty business trip next week. I'd like to acomplish two things. 1) Bring my friend, a French foodie living in Brixton, something from America that she might find difficult or can't get there (value up to $50-$100) and 2) pick up some thing(s) for myself as a cool souvenir that I can't get over here. [more inside]
posted by HeyAllie on Oct 26, 2013 - 38 answers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How can I get tickets to a sold-out play in London?

I'm going to London in May, and desperately want to see a play that's sold out for its entire run. What's the best way to get a single ticket? I'm not concerned about cost. [more inside]
posted by emcat8 on Mar 31, 2013 - 10 answers

Applying for a civil ceremony in the UK

We're getting married in a civil ceremony in London, UK this autumn and I have a couple of questions about dealing with the registrar. [more inside]
posted by prune on Mar 18, 2013 - 4 answers

Buying a new computer before or after moving abroad?

My job is transferring me from Chicago to London in the spring. I've certainly got a lot to figure out between now and then (much of which this forum has already been a big help with), but one specific question I have involves the purchase of a new computer. My current MacBook is definitely due to be replaced -- it's six years old, so move or not, I was planning on getting one sometime this year. Does it make more sense to buy one before the move or after? [more inside]
posted by mattstan on Mar 3, 2013 - 8 answers

Cardiff or London? Life choices!

Mr Jujulalia and I have the option of moving to London or Cardiff. Seeking advice from colleagues/friends/the Guardian isn't filling our advice needs. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by jujulalia on Feb 21, 2013 - 15 answers

Help with London vacation lodging

Family of four adults spending ten days in London in June. We usually prefer apartments/flats and have used VRBO very successfully in the States. My first question (of many to come) concerns what part of the city to stay in. [more inside]
posted by raisingsand on Feb 16, 2013 - 13 answers

Nutchance of making this succeed without help

I'm looking for a guide to how to set up and use Nutch, Solr and Drupal. Particularly Nutch and Solr. I have never coded before. [more inside]
posted by MuffinMan on Jan 24, 2013 - 12 answers

Short-term Internet service in London

I am studying abroad for the semester in London. My flat mates and I are looking for an Internet solution that doesn't require a contract. We picked up a 3G hotspot from Three but it isn't very fast. Is it possible to get actual broadband service without a 12- or 18-month contract?
posted by Kronios on Jan 13, 2013 - 12 answers

Forgotten Sociology Book Review in the New Yorker

Would you please help me remember either this event, book, or article? [more inside]
posted by slowlikemolasses on Jan 12, 2013 - 2 answers

Funding for photography exhibition in London or New York?

I'm an established photographer with a large body of work in travel and performance/event, with a niche in circus arts. I've exhibited in the past, and I'm looking for resources on funding/grants to put on an exhibition in either New York or London. [more inside]
posted by felspar on Jan 8, 2013 - 5 answers

Fun things to do in London in December in 2012?

Tell someone who's pretty familiar with London what there is to do between December 20 and the first week of January. [more inside]
posted by anewnadir on Dec 17, 2012 - 16 answers

How should we go about finding a place to stay for a few months in London?

Moving from California to London for three months: how should we go about finding a place to stay in London? [more inside]
posted by pbh on Nov 12, 2012 - 10 answers

Scented candles in the british isles

Where can I buy decent scented candles in Dublin or London? [more inside]
posted by anaximander on Oct 17, 2012 - 6 answers

Heathrow to Cambridge with lots of luggage

I need to get from Heathrow airport to Cambridge, with lots of baggage. [more inside]
posted by penguinicity on Oct 15, 2012 - 14 answers

Job hunting in London - where do I start?

I'd like to work in London but I have no idea where to start! I'm a British citizen, age 30, but I've grown up in Australia. I'm looking for any kind of work that pays the bills. Policy work would be especially nice (I have some experience there) but temping/office jobs would be fine too. Can you recommend me some agencies and websites where I can start, and also any other hints and tips for first-timers to the London/UK job market! Thank you!
posted by EatMyHat on Sep 26, 2012 - 5 answers

London art?

Where can I buy original art in London? [more inside]
posted by devnull on Jun 10, 2012 - 4 answers

London Airport. Which one?

We're passing through London at the end of August (post-Olympics) for a couple of days on our way back from Ireland. We leave London on a Wednesday at 9pm from Heathrow terminal 1. I have questions about airports for our arrival in the UK. [more inside]
posted by ShooBoo on Jun 6, 2012 - 11 answers

I need dice dammit!

I need to buy/obtain at least one set of polyhedral dice (d4, d6, d8, d10, d12, d20 (pos d00)) by Wednesday morning (6th June BST). Problem: I will be travelling to London Tuesday morning (5th June), and it's a public holiday, so not many shops, especially specialist gaming shops, will be open. Is there an online shop that will deliver in less than 24 hours, or will there be an IRL shop open in London on Tuesday? Thanks!
posted by Petrot on Jun 4, 2012 - 9 answers

Kimono in London

Where in central London, not online, can I buy a nice ladies kimono (say a silk one about £150 or so) right now?
posted by Segundus on May 30, 2012 - 5 answers

Favorite Places as a London Local?

How can I go off the beaten path in London as a tourist? What are your favorite local spots? [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on May 25, 2012 - 26 answers

Where can I find art-related social activities during a vacation in London and Edinburgh?

Where can I find art-related social activities during a vacation in London and Edinburgh? [more inside]
posted by eeby on May 10, 2012 - 6 answers

Where is this (probably imaginary) swimming pool.

My wife, as a very small child, lived in Ealing and claims to remember a swimming pool with a giant glass wall so you could watch people diving into it from the side. Have you heard of anything like this? [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Apr 26, 2012 - 13 answers

Manly things to do in London?

What to do in London this Friday? My brother is coming to London for some male bonding and mantime. I haven't spent any time working out how to fill the day with fun. [more inside]
posted by MuffinMan on Apr 24, 2012 - 10 answers

If I had a Tardis, this wouldn't be a problem...

On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being "very safe" and with going-to-11 being "the most crazy," how insane is it to try to get into London from Heathrow to do some light sightseeing on my way back home to the US. (I've read the previous questions, but needed some clarification about some of the issues!) [more inside]
posted by jph on Apr 16, 2012 - 39 answers

Living on a budget in London

We've just relocated to London (Richmond-area but not Richmond) from abroad, and we're looking for some budget planning advice. [more inside]
posted by jonobarel on Apr 13, 2012 - 39 answers

Is late May into June an OK time to visit London?

Is late May into June an OK time to visit London? (I'd like to avoid the peak travel season and wading through crowds of tourists and students on holiday.) [more inside]
posted by eeby on Mar 31, 2012 - 8 answers

Red tape in London. Literally.

UK Art Supply filter: I'm an artist in New York, ordering supplies for a project that I will be doing in London next week. I'm trying to order online from UK-based websites as much as possible and have the supplies delivered to the work site, rather than shipping from the US. There are a few things that I'm having a hard time finding... particularly certain kinds of tape. [more inside]
posted by D.Billy on Mar 3, 2012 - 6 answers

Looking for a therapist in London.

UK therapy filter. Unhappy, looking for someone to talk to in London. Details within. [more inside]
posted by fight or flight on Mar 1, 2012 - 6 answers

LondonFilter: Help me replace the duffle coat my wife made me throw away

LondonFilter: Looking for a Gloverall duffle coat stockist (dealer) in central London. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by brianogilvie on Jan 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me find a playable piano in a London bar

Recommend me a bar in Central London with a piano that anyone can walk in and play! [more inside]
posted by greenish on Dec 17, 2011 - 2 answers

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