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18 February 2009 @ 05:00 pm
London calling!!!  


I am going to London in October for my anniversary.  I just got the time off and our flight is free because my husband has a ton of frequent flier miles that need to get used before the end of the year or else he loses them.  I'm posting this in a couple of places because I talk to lots of people online that live in Europe, live in England, or have been to London. 

We have never been to London and we want to do the following.  We're big on haunted tours and I'm sure there are some there.  We don't even know where to stay!  But we aren't looking for anything fancy cuz we won't be spending a whole ton of time in there anyway.  Also, we want to go to places where we can take pics of the architecture and all the pretty things like that, plus, I want to go shopping over there.  A friend of mine says she could spend a week there just shopping.

If anyone could give me some pointers, that would be great.  Also, what is the weather typically like over there in October?  It's usually snowing in MN by then, so that's where I am coming from...

I feel: hyperhyper
I'm listening to: We are Mice by Azure Ray
cecily1880cecily1880 on February 18th, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm about 50 miles from London, although I haven't visited there for a few years now.

It will be more temperate in October, certainly no snow, I can probably look up the exact temperature but 10 degrees at least (degrees C, so about 20 deg F above freezing) - lots of rain is likely and more humid than Americans seem to expect. But then, I went to Minneapolis-St Paul once around August I think, and the weather was incredibly hot and humid, so no idea what you're expecting really.

There will be loads of touristy things like the haunted trips, all of which will be easily available when you're here, so you needn't book beforehand, unless there's a major reason to do so. I am sure any hotel will have the details easily available. The last week in October will probably be half-term so more full of touristy children - places like the museums might be less pleasant then.

For architecture, personally I'd go to Oxford, which is an easy day trip from London. Much better, more compact and amazing architecture, I will see if I can dig up some pictures, as I lived there fro 3 years and think that's the best city I have ever seen for pretty architecture in England, or in the world in fact. It's much better than London, as it's all concentrated in one tiny area, rather than individual buildings spread all over a large sprawling city. Also, loads of quaint college history and tradition in Oxford - most of them are 500+ years old.

As for shopping, hmm, well you could just go to New York, any big city is similar, so I don't think London is much better. I was in Chicago in November, and that was also like London for shopping - maybe a little different in variety and focus, and very different designer clothes, if that's your thing, and if you want to spend $1000 on a dress, yea, go for Harvey Nichols or Harrods, but apart from that, department stores are pretty much the same the world over (oh, except Cuba, they were very different there!).

Any specific haunted things you're interested in? Tower of London with all the executions, or Jack the Ripper victims maybe?

Lady Mansonladymanson on February 20th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks for all the info!
I should certainly go up to Oxford. I was suppposed to study abroad over there when I was 18, but it fell through.

Yeah, Minnesota in August is just gross as far as humidity goes. I have known so many women who were pregnant in August and I just felt so bad for them. But the really hot temps don't help. I really like rainy and cooler (not COLD) weather, so I always thought the UK would be a good area for me to go.

When it comes to the shopping stuff, I'm more looking at the different styles and I know that there are some more haute couture houses over there that I would just like to see, even though I know I probably couldn't even afford a sock in one of those places. :-)

The Jack the Ripper thing was one tour I was looking at in particular, but I'm not sure what to think of it just from reading about it. Reason being, we have Salem in MA over here and my husband did a Salem Witch Trials touristy thing when he was there. It was awful. It was set up like much more of a tourist attraction where they just wanted to sell you stuff versus actually educating you on the history of the subject.

Oh, I have to see Stonehenge too. I don't know exactly where it is though...
cecily1880cecily1880 on February 21st, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC)

Oh Stonehenge is a bit ..hmm - well it's just a circle of stones you know? I've driven past it hundreds of times and visited it once as a tourist, but it's not really worth a 300-mile round trip, in my opinion, and I do quite like that sort of ancient history. Frankly, it was only just worth stopping for 3 hours as we were on our way past ;-)
However, if this is your one-and-only trip to England, go for it, take a coach trip or whatever, but the journey isn't fun down the A303, I wouldn't drive there yourself if you're not familiar with UK roads.

How long are you in the UK and what cities are you planning to visit? What's your must-see?

winchesterwomanwinchesterwoman on February 19th, 2009 02:08 am (UTC)
I love London sooo much! and I just have gone once!!! but that was so beatiful!!! Well, when I stayed over there, I didn´t have enough money, so, the thing had to be cheaper, and I stayed in one hotel very cheaper, because my currency is nothing compare it with yours. This hotel has 3 x 3 meters2 just has 1 matrimonial bed a bathroom and that´s all. I can´t remember the name. I already asked to my dad and even he remember it. And I can´t find it on photos. maybe it was one hotels, something like that. But, as your currency is stronger well you can book anywhere!

Ohhhh I envy you so much!!! You don´t have idea! yes yes use them use them! ( frequent miles)

Well I leave you a link where I got a lot of information when I went.


architecture? you don´t need to go to any specific place. just at the moment you get to the city in every meter quadrated you see a beautiful building. I didn´t stop to take a pic of every building.

But, you can go to many places, those great places

Westminister the palace and the abbey

Palace of Buckingham


London eye

Museum of wax madamme tousad--- something like that

Tower of London

Tower bridge

abbey road!!!! ( where the beatles´s album pic was taken)

and many many places, but like I said, just you got yourself in aa stree and you can see beautifulest things!

I remember, when I got from the airport. I get out from the victoria station and when I turn my self I was astonish of the beautiful of the face of the station

let me see if I can find a pic of it

this is it!!!


So, you have to see TONS of architecture

seee you I am going to answer your last e mail!

Lady Mansonladymanson on February 20th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Ohhhh
Oh, I forgot about Abbey Road!!! We're big music people, so we will have to go there. :-)

Thanks for the link, it's been helpful. I've heard a lot about the London Eye. What is it?

You're right about the archeitechture. Here in the US, I have never seen buidlings as gorgeous as those I have seen in pictures from all over the world. I want to see lots of the European stuff and hopefully Asian stuff later in life.
winchesterwomanwinchesterwoman on February 22nd, 2009 04:36 am (UTC)
Then is a sin if you miss Abbey road!!!! hehehehe My brother went over there. I didn´t because my time over there was so short. But, just to see the pic I was like I want to be there!!!!! ;O)

The London eye is a, let me see how can I describe it in english, because I really don´t know, it is a circle with a lot of damn!! I don´t know how to say, well I will describe it to you in spanish and tell to you step son to tell you what it is, if not, just see a pic of it. if you can see a pic of it when you are in of it, you can see all the city!

Es una "rueda de la fortuna" con gondolas donde se suben varias personas como 10 y dura como media hora la vuelta a la rueda,

Well you don´t see that kind of architecture because your country don´t have much of that kind of history. But, even here, in mexico you can see that kind of buildings even more moreee older than those of the european union, you can see here pyramids, like that ones of egypt, here is not just beaches, here there is a culture a big culture an very interestingl

and I am glad that the link was helpful for you