Looking for a good time in London

Discussion in 'Europe' started by Snowboy71, Nov 9, 2019 at 4:09 PM.

  1. Snowboy71

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    No! Not that kind!

    I’m traveling for work to Ethiopia then London over the next couple weeks and will have some extra time in London nov. 17-20. Looking for cool stuff to do in London that is the off the beaten track kind. Love ideas and suggestions. Moto fun certainly accepted but also other interesting stuff. Any London based custom builders with open shops to drop into? Favorite bars or espresso joints? Edgy art galleries or amazing modern architecture? Any suggestions welcome! Also up for meeting locals who enjoy showing off their city.
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  2. MikeMikeOnABike

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    Worth a trip to The Bike Shed. Usually have some custom bikes on display a half decent restaurant and beer on site. They do run certain events/talks there also, so worth looking up.
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    Thanks MikeMikeOnABike. Just looked it up and it seems like a good spot to check out. Keep 'em coming!
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  4. nickguzzi

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    No one mentioned the Ace Cafe?

    Like any big city, London has more cafe's/coffee shops than you can shake a big stick at.
    If there are other interests then that may help people point you in a general direction rather than say try Covent Garden or Borough Market.

    Trawl through the Guardian for things to do in London, usually off the beaten tourist track. They did have an article about traditional English workingmens caff's some time ago. Huge mugs of rosie, vast plates of full English breakfasts, that sort of thing.
    As I 'm sure you know, London is kinda big and getting from one end to the other can be time consuming. It can need planning.

    Just in case you find you want to do a tourist day, I often take overseas friends first to Buck house (Buckingham Palace, this is always requested) walk thru St James Park to the Admiralty, thru the Arch to Whitehall. On to Westminster, then along the Southbank to Tower Bridge. Lots of stuff along the way, and hostelries. You could do a tour of HMS Belfast or the Tower at the end.
    Another thing to do is to take the river taxi from wherever central to Greenwich. Take in the Observatory and the Meridian. Most important is to have a look at the Harrison chronometers. Absolutely stunning. Especially when you realise John Harrison had no formal training, and was actually a carpenter. His contribution to navigationis absolutely fundamental to our modern world and our own sport of adventure riding.
    You can walk under the Thames (worlds first under sea/river bed tunnel, by Marc and Isambard Kingdom Brunel - still the same method used today). Then catch the driverless DLR (Docklands Light Railway) great if you can get to sit at the front. Thru Docklands and Canary Wharf and Billingsgate market to Bank.

    There are endless museums and galleries. Natural History, Science, V&A, British etc etc. IWM, which also has a branch mostly air related at Duxford. Easier to get to by train/public transport is Bletchley Park (train to Bletchley, station just a few steps away) home of the Enigma codebreakers. Lots more to it than you may imagine - 10,000 people worked there during the war.

    As you can tell, I'm not a Londoner, and don't like cities much, especially big sprawling ones. Paris is OK, you can do most of it on foot.
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