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November 21

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

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 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 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

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

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 4

Best Burner Phone for a Month in London?

This has become somewhat of a perennial AskMe question (previously in 2013, previously in 2012, previously in 2007), but as the mobile communications landscape is ever-shifting, it never hurts to have up to date information. So, if I'm spending the month of August in London, which of the several offerings is the best PAYG-SIM phone to grab upon arrival? I will be bringing my iPhone (AT&T), but turning off data roaming and using it as wi-fi only when I can. Are there deals on low-end smartphones that are worth the extra cash, or is it still best to just grab a simple flip-phone with SMS?
posted by grabbingsand around London, England at 8:45 AM - 7 answers has best

June 1

Walking in London

Where are some interesting places to walk in London? I am in London the next few days and would like to explore some new areas after work. All I know is Bloomsbury to Mayfair to Westminster, so not much at all! It would need to be reachable by tube and should be safe. I would love to find little shops or cafés as well as just a pleasant place to walk for a few hours. I am staying in Hackney, if that is relevant. [more inside]
posted by shothotbot around London, England at 9:41 AM - 16 answers

May 17

Activities for a fashion and beauty fanatic in London and Paris

We have booked our trip to London and Paris this summer-yay! My 17 year old daughter will be with us, and she loves everything related to fashion and beauty-style guides, shopping, makeup, museums, resale stores, all that. I don't love to shop, but am happy to include some in our trip. Any specific ideas for us in those two cities? [more inside]
posted by purenitrous around London, England at 11:02 AM - 9 answers has best

May 10

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 around London, England at 11:30 AM - 4 answers has best

April 10

Heathrow to King's Cross

How long do I need to allow (on a Wednesday morning) between the plane landing and catching a train from King's Cross? My flight is due to land at 8.45am. In an ideal situation, I would be on the 13.48 train to Hull. Is this reasonable? [more inside]
posted by hoyland around London, England at 7:26 PM - 15 answers

March 23

Family vacation stay in Central London

My husband will be at the ICANN conference in late June of this year, which is being held at the Hilton London Metropale. I think the kids and I might join him towards the end of his time, but since we're a family of 5, we're probably going to need something other than a hotel. I've been looking at VRBO a bit, and will check out Air BnB, but could use some recommendations of specific areas to go for or avoid-leads on specific rentals would be fabulous! [more inside]
posted by purenitrous around London, England at 10:50 AM - 6 answers

March 7

London running

Where in the London metro area -- Tube-accessible -- would be the best place to go for a ~10 mile run on a weekend morning without having to battle too much pedestrian and vehicle traffic? Closer to central London would be better, but I am flexible. Any advice received will be employed in April and considered in booking hotel accomodations.
posted by eugenen around London, England at 2:15 AM - 12 answers

February 28

London at breakneck pace!

In a few hours (5), I will leave Kuwait en-route back to the United States. I have a 24-hour layover in London and a hotel room (right across from Heathrow) that has already been bought and paid for my my company. I will arrive at around noon, and I will have until around 10 a.m.-ish tomorrow (Sunday) to explore London. Money is no significant concern (but let's keep it reasonable). What are the absolute must-see PG-13 things to do in London in 22 hours? GO!
posted by Master Gunner around London, England at 4:36 PM - 16 answers has best