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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

Can anyone recommend a London-based accountant?

I'm looking to file my taxes for the year. Can anybody recommend someone reasonably affordable and London-based who does this for a living? [more inside]
posted by piato on Apr 14, 2013 - 2 answers

Best place to live for three months in London without breaking the bank?

As per my previous question, my wife is attending a course in London in June so we are moving from Australia for three months. We were thinking somewhere central initially, but the prices are nuts, so we will probably pick somewhere on the tube line (red or black line). Any suggestions for the seasoned London mefites in this thread that would suit our family of four (me, wife and two preschool boys). For reference, our rent here is equivalent to about 250 - 300 pound a week, but no idea how that compares. my wife would also be okay with up to a 1 hr commute, especially if we live at the start of the line and she can get a seat. Thanks all.
posted by ranglin on Apr 13, 2013 - 26 answers

Cool London day courses I can take in May

I'm visiting London for two weeks beginning mid-May. Woohoo! It's been a long, long time since my last time and I'm super-excited. I'm going through the Ask threads and reading guidebooks. One question I couldn't find an answer to is: Are there any interesting/novel day courses on offer? I would like to mix up the sightseeing with something hands-on. Or a top-notch seminar... Any subject would be fine. The only criteria would be that it's something not found in a smaller city (like Ottawa, Canada :). I'll be staying in the Bloomsbury/Russell Square area near the British Museum and willing to travel, say, under an hour to get to the course.
posted by storybored on Apr 10, 2013 - 10 answers

What is the London equivalent of Wicker Park in Chicago

What is the London equivalent of Wicker Park in Chicago?
posted by BWA on Apr 8, 2013 - 13 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

Healthy Takeaway/Delivery in London

I spend a bit too much time in the office, and regularly have dinner delivered there (paid for by the company, thankfully!) but am putting on too much pudge from the constant pizzas. Could anyone recommend healthy deliveries or takeaway that will service the W1 area? Thanks!
posted by emergent on Mar 25, 2013 - 8 answers

Easter Weekend, starting in London, going where?

Due to a last-minute work trip and a big difference in plane ticket prices, I have from Thursday evening through to a 2 PM Heathrow departure Monday free to go exploring. Where should I go and what should I do? [more inside]
posted by psycheslamp on Mar 19, 2013 - 7 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

Help me not outstay my welcome.

Where in London or surrounding areas can I hole up with my laptop and work, without having to get drunk or wired, or incur the ire of the management? [more inside]
posted by doiheartwentyone on Mar 11, 2013 - 12 answers

What place to visit for a geek / otaku / goth / rpg gamer in london ?

I would like to know if you have some place /event for me to visit in london. I'am a french otaku / geek / goth / rpg gamer. My friends already give me some address and i get somes like : The london hackerspace, namco station , forbiden planet, slimelight, the david bowie exposition. I will be there the 19 march to the 25 march mainly for the louie ck show. Regards Bussiere
posted by bussiere on Mar 9, 2013 - 1 answer

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

London, England in 8 hours or less!

What is the best way to spend an 8 hour stopover in London England for a family that has never been there before? [more inside]
posted by fairmettle on Mar 2, 2013 - 16 answers

Renting. It's freaking me out a little.

After years living in flatshares, MrMippy and I are moving in together. That part's fine - it's dealing with estate agencies and huge sums of cash that scares me. Help me calm down about it so I can think about how to furnish our flat in peace! (We are in London.) [more inside]
posted by mippy on Feb 28, 2013 - 6 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

London: for fun, how would I go about getting cast in tv shows or movies

I'm moving to London soon and I have a freelance job (totally unrelated to entertainment) which lets me schedule my week however I like. I think it might be fun to get cast as an extra or even get a speaking role in random tv shows or movies filmed in London. How would I go about doing this? Are there websites to register at or do I need to get an agent? I have zero acting experience.
posted by KimikoPi on Feb 18, 2013 - 6 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

Bored with my town. Would you recommend moving to London?

I am bored of my small town, and considering a move to London. Is this a good idea? [more inside]
posted by molloy on Feb 15, 2013 - 23 answers

Who does the best milkshake in London?

It's my girlfriend's birthday this weekend, and she wants a milkshake. So I need to get her a milkshake. Where in London should I take her for a really, really good one? Preferably I'd like some kind of burgers-n-shakes kinda place, but any recommendations are gratefully received!
posted by dudekiller on Feb 15, 2013 - 16 answers

150 years, 10 people

The London overground is celebrating 150 years. There are these posters hanging around. Can you help me identify the different decades that each person is supposed to represent? [more inside]
posted by like_neon on Feb 8, 2013 - 21 answers

Comparison of Virgin Atlantic and American Airlines for UK -> USA

For the flights that I'm booking between London (UK) and Boston (US), Virgin Atlantic and American Airlines have effectively identical flight times and prices. Can any seasoned pond-hoppers recommend one airline over the other, and tell me why? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Feb 3, 2013 - 9 answers

What's a cheap price for airfare from WashingtnDC to London in May/June?

My wife and I are planning to travel from Washington, DC to London in late May / Early June, and I'm seeing round-trip ticket prices at around $1,050 per person ($1,250 for direct flights). That seems weirdly high to me, but we've never been there before and have no real basis for comparison. Am I booking too early in the year, such that waiting a month or two will probably net me better prices? Our plan is to fly out Friday night on a red-eye and return Sunday afternoon, so unfortunately we can't get midweek pricing. [more inside]
posted by Televangelist on Jan 29, 2013 - 11 answers

Where are some good value for money strip joints in London?

I am a man with certain needs, and yet I am constrained by my most unfortunate financial condition. Where might a discerning gentleman go in London to see the most flesh per pound exchanged? Preferences are given to those establishments with some standards, although if an establishment is less than reputable but has great character, I would be willing to give it a go. One for the memoirs, you understand.
posted by dougrayrankin on Jan 24, 2013 - 6 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

Sony PSP screen replacement in London?

The screen on my Sony PSP (2000 edition, not Vita) has stopped working and needs replacing. Can anyone recommend a reputable repair shop somewhere in London that will do this? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver on Jan 8, 2013 - 3 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

because we R who we R

London-club-night-filter: recommendations for nights out in London that will play us some essential soundz of NOW? [more inside]
posted by Albondiga on Dec 27, 2012 - 2 answers

How to work around $20/day hotel Internet in Central London

My friend is headed to London for eight nights and the hotel he is staying at has Internet for $20 a day. Is there a way around that? Is there a cheap "Mi-Fi" type 3g/wifi device available without a plan, or other tricks to leverage prepaid 3g for his and his wife's laptops? Just a 3g sim isn't enough as they will really need laptop wifi access.
posted by carlodio on Dec 24, 2012 - 9 answers

Next steps now we've lost our local mom hangout?

I live in a quiet and basically ok city neighborhood that's thinking about gentrifying a little. A few months ago we got a new local cafe/bar that's become a community center for parents. But now they don't want us. Can you give me some insight into why that might be or help me plan how to find us all a new hangout? [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean on Dec 23, 2012 - 51 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

Buying Dreidels in London?

[HanukkahFilter] Where can I buy a few dreidels in London, UK? [more inside]
posted by narcotizingdysfunction on Dec 6, 2012 - 6 answers

Quick turnaround photolab with scans in central London

Does anyone know a photo lab in central London that can develop a totally bog-standard roll of colour Fujifilm? Two complicating and unfortunately non-negotiable factors: (1) I need the negatives digitally scanned (2) I need to drop the roll off on Thursday and either collect the scans on Friday, or be emailed links to the scans at a later date. I don't care about prints.
posted by caek on Dec 5, 2012 - 3 answers

Looking for lunch in Holborn/Bloomsbury

I recently started a new job in Bloomsbury/Holborn, London. I'm looking for recommendations for lunch that aren't too expensive. Added difficulty: I'm also a bit of a picky eater. [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on on Nov 25, 2012 - 17 answers

Draw my mind

I have 3/4 of a graphic novel script in my computer. Where can I learn to draw so I can bring it onto the page? [more inside]
posted by tavegyl on Nov 18, 2012 - 12 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

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