Originally Posted by Catanova
Hey there TB folks!
Taking a major (for us) trip to London this November. Traveling with teenagers and a senior fwiw.
Could anyone suggest what Restaurants, Pubs, Attractions to visit?
I want to check out MusicGround. Are there better places to check out?
I would appreciate any input/advice you could suggest.
Ah, my home town. You'll love it.
First of all, when you get here, get an Oyster card for the trains, tubes and buses. Then get a copy of the London Underground tube map and get familiar with it. Then pick up a copy of Time Out when you get here - more or less everything interesting that happens in London is in there.
So, as far as tourist-y stuff goes, here's a few suggestions.
Go to all the usual landmarks (Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, Piccadilly Circus, etc) - they're all pretty close to each other.
Go to the Tower of London and get the guided tour - best historical tour in London. Then walk along Tower Bridge.
Spend a few hours walking around Covent Garden.
Get a riverboat from Westminster to Greenwich, when you get to Greenwich go and see the Cutty Sark and the Royal Observatory (and ride a pedallo in the park).
Go to all the amazing (and free) museums, and make sure to include the V&A and the Imperial War Museum.
Go to a West End show.
Catch a gig at Ronnie Scotts, The Jazz Cafe or the 100 Club.
Get out of London for a day and go to the seaside in Brighton.
Try and score some tickets for a Chelsea, Arsenal or West Ham football game.
Go to Camden Town and explore. And make sure to check out the market. And The Gallery (see below).
Then go to Highgate and visit the cemetery - lots of well-known names buried there, from Douglas Adams and Malcolm McLaren to Karl Marx and Michael Faraday.
Go on the London Eye.
And, if you like views, go to the observation floor in The Shard (London's tallest building).
Go to Notting Hill and check out the Portobello Road market.
There's good food everywhere, and lots of surprisingly good street food. If all else fails we have all the usual fast food chains and coffee shops.
On the subject of food, go to Brick Lane in East London (nearest tube is Aldgate East) for an awesome curry.
Go to the Globe Theatre on the South Bank and see a Shakespeare play.
Go to the Brooklands Museum in Weybridge (about a 40 minute train ride out of London) and see lots of old racing cars, WWII planes and a Concorde.
While you're on the South Bank, go to the Tate Modern.
Pubs - they're everywhere. We do like to drink! Most of them do really good, reasonably priced food too - this is the home of the gastropub, after all.
As far as bass interest goes, there's plenty. First and foremost is The Gallery in Camden - the best bass shop in the UK, bar none. In Denmark St (aka Tin Pan Alley) there's a few good shops - Wunjo's Bass Centre is good (far better than the old Bass Cellar that used to occupy the same shop), there's Music Ground, and several others. If you're feeling brave and want to get out of London, GAK in Brighton is good, as is Anderton's in Guildford. We don't really have any big "chain" music stores like Guitar Center/Sam Ash though.
A few tips for you, from a Brit who used to live in America:
Don't dress like an American tourist - ie, brown khaki shorts, white shoes with white socks, loud T-shirt and baseball cap. You'll stand out a mile.
Us Brits think all American politicians, with the exception of Obama and Clinton, are foaming-dog insane, so don't talk politics with a Brit. Or guns. We despise guns.
Tipping is mostly optional here, but a cabbie or waiter always appreciates a small tip.
Look the other way when crossing the road. We drive on the left.
Brits are quite dry and sarcastic, and we love to "take the piss" (make fun) - it's all in good humour though.
We swear far more creatively than anyone else.
Given that, we're also somewhat quieter than people in the US, so turn the volume down a bit.
On an escalator, stand on the right, walk on the left.
Remember to mind the gap.
Cab drivers in London have to pass a ridiculously strenuous test of London's road network called The Knowledge. You'll never see a London cabbie using a GPS.
In fact, this blog post sums most of it up for you: http://www.anglotopia.net/british-id...an-in-britain/
And remember, when in Rome... or Londinium.