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November 21

Best time of year to hike the Lake District?

My husband and I are thinking of taking an anniversary/delayed honeymoon trip to the UK, and going on one of the semi-packaged Lake District hikes (where you hike from inn to inn and they trundle your baggage to the next inn for you). I'm getting conflicting information about the best month to do this. Data points inside. [more inside]
posted by missrachael around England at 9:03 AM - 9 answers has best

Swinging 60s London and... swinging Viking York?

I'm heading to London (and for a two day trip outside) a week from today and need a few more ideas. I have two days unbooked in which I'd like to get out of London (Monday and Tuesday Dec 1 & 2). I'm thinking maybe one or more of :
  • Glasgow
  • York
  • Durham
  • Bath
  • Cambridge
Should I just go see the Solar System in York? Also, are there any must see places or events in London that are can't misses given my interests? [more inside]
posted by travertina around London, England at 8:15 AM - 13 answers

November 19

Liverpool UK over Christmas

I'm going to be in Liverpool over the Christmas holidays as I'm planning on going to Goodison Park on Boxing Day. Obviously, almost everything will be closed on Christmas Day but will there be anything open that isn't a hospital? I'd like to drink a lot so booze options most welcome, but really anything that isn't sitting by myself is great.
posted by josher71 around Liverpool, England at 7:14 AM - 9 answers

October 22

Famous/beautiful stairs or steps in London, Madrid or Seville?

I'm looking for suggestions for some lovely steps/stairs. April 3rd next year will be the 25th anniversary of the day my husband and I first met on the TownHall Steps here in Sydney and I want to go to some other steps to mark the occasion. [more inside]
posted by stellathon around London, England at 5:05 PM - 12 answers has best

October 16

give me your chlorine-free underwater music systems, yearning to be free

Schmanciest hotel pool in London? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine around London, England at 6:32 PM - 2 answers

October 9

Trip to Wales - am I on the right track?

My wife and I are going to Scotland to see friends and family, and since I always wanted to summit Snowdon I thought I would look into a side trip to Wales. Does this itinerary makes sense? Is there not enough or too much time? Do I need to book train tickets in advance? Finally, is the bus trip a big hassle with luggage? Any advice about Snowdon? [more inside]
posted by Pruitt-Igoe around Wales at 12:00 PM - 20 answers

October 5

4 extra days in Scotland and Northern England?

Next summer, I have 4 free travel days, between St Andrews, Scotland and Liverpool, England. What should I do with those days? [more inside]
posted by Flood around Ellesmere, England at 11:51 AM - 11 answers

October 3

LHR passport control + London transit

From [LHR plane arrival] to [arrival at Herne Hill station], midday on a Saturday in March: help me estimate how long? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson around London, England at 12:35 AM - 13 answers has best

October 1

Rural /nice b&b area just outside north London?

I'm looking for a nice, relaxing place for a family of 4 to spend one night just outside North London. Complexities inside. [more inside]
posted by darsh around London, England at 4:00 AM - 5 answers has best

September 28

What fun things can I do with my family in the UK in winter?

So, my brother and his wife are flying over from Australia, and my brother-in-law from India, in December. We're all Indian, and we generally get together (us and my parents) once a year or so for around a month. Usually the trips are in India and feature a few exciting things to look forward to: last time we stayed in a few resorts along beaches in South India, and stayed in a house in the country, a houseboat tour through backwater canals, that kind of thing. I'm wondering: what kind of similar-ish things can we book and where? [more inside]
posted by lethologues around England at 3:17 AM - 10 answers

September 25

Cheeriommmm

I'm going to London for about a week. I've never been before, and I'd like to have a really relaxing time - almost like a spa retreat - for not a million dollars. What are inexpensive activities to do, or cute little places to eat that would make me feel like "London is such a relaxing, peaceful place"? I don't want to tear around London trying to cram in as many sights as possible, I want a relaxed and curated look at the place, with some weird neat shops and surprising delights along the way. [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea around London, England at 5:01 AM - 22 answers

September 20

Traditional Bonfire Night?

We’re going to be in London for Guy Fawkes Night this year and we’re hoping to find an actual bonfire within an hour or so from the city by train. [more inside]
posted by not.so.hip around London, England at 9:16 PM - 7 answers has best

August 28

North London park and ride

Looking for a rail or underground park and ride station on the north side of London -- ideally near the M25. Difficuty: one where parking spaces are likely to be available in the middle of the day on a weekday.
posted by penguinicity around London, England at 6:23 AM - 7 answers

August 10

Unexpectedly free for a night in London — suggestions for what to do?

I'm in London on business, I had plans tonight, they fell through. I'm leaving tomorrow morning, not too early, so I can stay out a bit. What should I do with myself? [more inside]
posted by freelanceastro around London, England at 12:00 PM - 6 answers has best

August 5

Itinerary ideas: England, the second visit.

I'll be in London for a party & wedding over two weekends, and need ideas for domestic travel during the week in between, and the few days after. I've been to UK before, but all i've really seen is central london, Oxford, and Stonehenge. (i'll be clearer about my schedule and needs after the jump!) [more inside]
posted by Kololo around England at 5:37 AM - 26 answers

July 24

Quirky Londoners, plz halp

I'm going to London! Help me find fun things to do. I like comics, small indie concerts, clothes, outdoor markets, vintage stuff, handmade stuff, food, knitting, and going on walks. [more inside]
posted by A. mellifera around London, England at 8:22 AM - 23 answers

July 8

Tell me of your homeworld, Britons

Travelling to London next week. Need advice on packing for the weather. [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust around London, England at 12:48 PM - 13 answers

July 4

Parking markings in UK

Calling British readers pls - A highly specific question - about where parking is allowed on roads in the UK. Please see the photo here. That solid white line is approx 3 feet from the sidewalk. No signs (good or bad) anywhere in sight. No indication it might be a cycle lane or other special use. Can cars park on this road?
posted by Xhris around England at 7:32 AM - 11 answers has best

June 23

London comedy club suggestion for fan of Mighty Boosh

I'll be visiting London and I'd love to see some comedy while I'm there. I enjoy going to places like Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles and Second City in Chicago. I love British sketch comedy and love shows like the Mighty Boosh. What are some clubs where I can see some comedy in that vein?
posted by dottiechang around London, England at 9:58 PM - 11 answers

June 6

Three night escape near London

My family and I are looking to spend three days, somewhere near London, between our visits in London and Paris later this month. We will be in London until the 28th, and have Eurostar tickets to Paris on July 1. No car. We are leaning towards Bath, but are open to other ideas. [more inside]
posted by purenitrous around Bath, England at 8:58 AM - 7 answers