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    We don't have a London thread? WTF?! Let's see some recommendations, dammit!!! Food, drink, culture, etc. I am here, goddammit.
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    Loads of good galleries, -I never know where to go for good english or european food at reasonable price points though.

    Here http://www.rules.co.uk/ looks nice though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Faust View Post
    We don't have a London thread? WTF?! Let's see some recommendations, dammit!!! Food, drink, culture, etc. I am here, goddammit.

    you are here ? your in london or going ?
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    Food wise, my favourites:

    L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
    Just stunning food, not cheap, but then it shouldn't be. You can get a cheaper pre-theatre menu I think, also has a nice bar on the top floor for after dinner drinks by the fireplace. Best spot in London for me by a mile.

    St. John's Bread & Wine
    For proper English food, to be found in Spitalfields and Smithfields and probably somewhere else. Simple and delicious.

    Great Eastern Dining Rooms
    A guilty pleasure, I have been going there for 10 years and it's still a place I love, although I always order the same thing. Don't pass on the Chili Salt Squid for a starter or the Mochi for dessert.

    Jin Kichi
    Best Japanese by a mile, tucked away in Hampstead and small and always packed. Book a table if you want to eat there. Not your usual London sushi/sashimi fare, this is extremely unpretentious and just amazing.

    To be continued...
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    For anything cultural and current, check out a friend's site.

    http://www.kultureflash.net/

    Usually pretty spot on.

    Edit: How fitting then that Julien hasn't updated this in more than a month... what's going on?
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    jin kichi is really nice, i wouldn't go but my gf happens to live close.

    st johns is great interesting to have a meal there; better to get early before they run out of certain things.

    Birtish food wise maybe check out The Gun its a pub, but great food a nice view looking out over the river at the 02 centre.
    The albion is also pretty good also and not too bad priced, in Shoreditch/East

    Down brick lane on a sunday might not be your thing... too busy and crowded but you will certainly see i guess the younger side of london, some markets, vintage shops etc etc but i mean its always worth a look, personally i like a pizza place down there for a light lunch: Story Deli, low cost and fresh
    its not far from liverpool street if you need to escape from the area.
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    Best spots to enjoy the sights of London:

    Hampstead Heath
    My new neck of the woods, Kite Hill gives you stunning views across London (E, come tomorrow, it will be a sunny day)
    Go to Kenwood House for a vision of what Heaven might look like, fake bridge included.

    Avoid Soho like the plague
    But that's just me, and does not apply if you are going to L'Atelier (see above)

    Brick Lane
    Can still be good and surprising (see Snaf's post above)

    Shoreditch
    My home for many years, it's changed beyond recognition, but it's still the most vibrant place for me, especially once you pack your gun and venture further East towards Hackney or North towards Dalston.
    Don't go on a Friday or Saturday would be my recommendation.
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    Hampstead is beautiful i have to agree, i'm lucky i have a flat in east so i get the best of both sides of the city.

    Hampstead is like a little village away from london, the heath in the summer is great, il be honest i haven't been in the winter so it might be aswell.

    East/Shoreditch is good and as Beuys said Dalston is the less obvious side of the scene. Hoxton still has some spots that you can have a good night out in and grab some ok food; personally i love the vietnamese places on Kingsland Road, i go a few times a week.
    Brick Lane on a sunday is good espcially in summer as long as you know what to expect.
    Hackney is good as long as you know where your going, iv never been out there unless i have it planned ahead.

    Soho/central is ok for food but after i have eaten im always a bit lost as where to go, the soho hotel is tucked away and can be a nice place for a quiet drink and chat.

    Camden is pretty horrible IMO.

    Then there is always markets all over the city if you want to check them out.
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    For food, Indian, obviously. My American and Japanese friends always seem pretty excited by the vegetarian South Indian food in London. But perhaps that's available in New York now. I recommend Kastoori in Tooting but if you're to pussy to go South of the river then there are good places on Drummond Street behind Euston station.

    If you've already done Hampstead, Richmond park is an equally beautiful old royal hunting ground for a long afternoon. Full of deer. If you get the train from Waterloo to Norbiton you can walk through the park, along the regency promenade with it's beautiful views over the curling Thames, and into Richmond village (where there is a branch of Matches btw). Then get the train back to Waterloo. A beautiful winter walk and the variety would give you some real insight into the strange mental landscape of this huge old rambling city.

    In fact you could carry on into the evening in Waterloo: drinks or dinner at the Anchor&Hope, a very nice place a bit like St John. And you could follow it with a film at the BFI cinema. They're currently showing an Ozu season. He is the greatest of all cinema directors in my opinion so if you don't already know his work please introduce yourself while you are here.

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    This might sound fairly obvious but the V&A is always worth a visit.
    If you are going now, don't bother looking at decode, it's not as good as it should and could be but rather immerse yourself in the permanent collection.
    Another nice lunch or tea place on a sunny day is the restaurant at the 7th floor of Tate Modern. During the week it's slightly less touristy but you should always book and ask for a table on the north side overlooking St Paul.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbeuys View Post
    This might sound fairly obvious but the V&A is always worth a visit.
    The new religious art galleries are beautiful.

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    Hey!
    I hope Im right in that Thread.

    Im from July to August in London and Im looking for nice Art Exhibitions and Theater Shows and so on.

    Can someone help me with some nice idea's please?

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    For some great summertime drinks and food

    The Albion roof terrace bar on Boundary Street in Shoreditch

    Lounge Lover for cocktails on Redchurch Street in Shoreditch, and its sister restaurant Les Trois Garcon for amazing food, its on the opposite street.

    Theres a great Grace Jones exhibition on at the Vinyl rooms.

    Also sit and have tea in Russel Square when the suns out amazing, and there also a really interesting exhibition on at the British Library about ancient maps, if thats your thing

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    many eons ago, when i was a kid living on my own in london, i rented a bedsit in earls court. it was so small, i could lean my back against the wall and place my feet across the other side, no problem...

    i remembered a lot of hookers in the neighborhood. some giving blowjobs in the alleyways or the back of pubs...

    the landlord was this creepy east indian guy with a glass eye named sam (nothing like our beloved ledger). he was so cheap, our shared bathrooms had this 1-ply toilet paper. it was just like baking parchment, you'd cut yourself wiping..

    i think my rent was 235/month..

    good times.

    oh, and i highly recommend le gavroche for old school french. i worked there for a brief time and the food they put out was just amazing. not sure if they still have 2 michelins..

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    I second the rootop at boundary. Service is sloppy and food is the very definition of unpretentious but the atmosphere and views are real nice.
    the other night I needed a local late night food place that wasn't kebabs and found it in the Hoxton grill. Good enough to take my clients to. Stayed in the hotel as well and it's pretty good if you like 'funky' hotels.
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    If you're in London this summer don't forget to check out the Margiela exhibit at Somerset House.

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    Can anyone recommend somewhere cheap to stay i London? I'm staying for about a week and wont be 'home' much at all. I just need a place to have my luggage and maybe sleep a couple of nights, so I don't care if it's crappy, as long as I don't get my stuff stolen. Location is also pretty important, as I don't want to spend too much time on transportation. Any recommendations would be very appreciated. :-)

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    Ledger ->
    I must confess I don't understand your question. I just want to have a room as cheap as possible, as I probably wont use it much anyway, if at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ledger View Post
    Enders place sounds good...^.

    In all seriousness where do you want to be if you don't want to spend too much on travel?
    in the buckingham palace, enjoying a cup'o'tea with her majesty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HWith View Post
    Ledger ->
    I must confess I don't understand your question. I just want to have a room as cheap as possible, as I probably wont use it much anyway, if at all.
    i think there's a website you can search for people with couches you can sleep on. i heard about it when the volcano disrupted air traffic but i can't remember the site..

    or

    youth hostel

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