Cool stuff to do in London Page 5

  • Jeepers 1 Oct 2015 20:00:32 16,576 posts
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    Alastair wrote:
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    Christ yeah. Don't go to Oxford Circus. It's 100% shit.
    The trapeze act is rubbish.
    Hah. Street. Street not Circus. My brain is fucking porridge at the moment!
  • DaM 4 Feb 2019 13:22:34 17,384 posts
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    Any updates on this? We are visiting that London next week, before the curfews and petrol rationing kick in.

    Anything appealing to early teenagers? Imperial War Museum and the pup over the road isn't doing it for them.

    Best markets for street food?
  • Armoured_Bear 4 Feb 2019 13:24:14 27,418 posts
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  • TheSaint 4 Feb 2019 13:29:06 18,817 posts
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    Can't beat Borough Market IMO.

    Stabbing each other seems to be teenagers preferred activity in London at the moment.
  • Alastair 4 Feb 2019 13:31:43 23,809 posts
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    Borough market is cool for a wander around.

    Have a look at www.walks.com and see if any of the guided walks would appeal. I've done a couple of the historical ones and the Harry Potter location one. Both good. If they like the HP films they can see where some of the Ministry of Magic scenes were filmed.

    Edited by Alastair at 13:31:59 04-02-2019
  • Alastair 4 Feb 2019 13:33:04 23,809 posts
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    I would say that London has something to interest everyone, so it depends what your early teenagers like doing...
  • macmurphy 4 Feb 2019 13:37:00 3,984 posts
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    Camden market shirley. Great street food, funky shops. It's definitely got a lot more commercialised but I still think it's the most fun to visit.
  • Salaman 4 Feb 2019 13:53:05 23,695 posts
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    TheSaint wrote:
    Can't beat Borough Market IMO.

    Stabbing each other seems to be teenagers preferred activity in London at the moment.
    So out of touch. It's all about acid throwing these day.
  • nickthegun 4 Feb 2019 13:58:26 78,749 posts
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    A wander around borough market for a spot to eat then take a short stroll up to the shard before reading the price list, sucking air through your teeth, saying 'fuck me, that's expensive' and meandering back to the tube.
  • brokenkey 4 Feb 2019 14:00:43 10,277 posts
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    Skygarden on the WalkieTalkie is free. Walkable from Borough market, you get a nice view of the Shard from it too.

    https://skygarden.london/
  • nickthegun 4 Feb 2019 14:03:08 78,749 posts
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    But, srsly, the south bank is a greatest hits. You can get a combined ticket to the London eye and the sea life center, piss about in the arcade for a bit, hit big Ben, Westminster bridge, the dungeon, a few galleries.... all within like half a mile of each other.

    Edited by nickthegun at 14:03:40 04-02-2019
  • brokenkey 4 Feb 2019 14:06:03 10,277 posts
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    nickthegun wrote:
    But, srsly, the south bank is a greatest hits. You can get a combined ticket to the London eye and the sea life center, piss about in the arcade for a bit, hit big Ben, Westminster bridge, the dungeon, a few galleries.... all within like half a mile of each other.
    If you go to the Tate Modern, you can ask your kids what they think this is:

    https://twitter.com/brokenkey/status/1090952801574744065
  • DaM 4 Feb 2019 15:34:51 17,384 posts
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    I've got a German bayonet, if I get that sharpened, they can re-enact the "Call that a knife?" scene from Crocodile Dundee they all enjoy. Or meme as they would probably call it.

    They are all varied...I'm sure they will all find something to moan about when we drag them round!
  • Deleted user 4 February 2019 15:43:01
    Did Borough Market for the first time this year.

    Great if you've ever wanted to eat a vegan burger while being in a kettling simulator.
  • el_pollo_diablo 5 Feb 2019 08:09:01 2,982 posts
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    Spitalfields market is good for food these days. I recommend Dumpling Shack particularly. Plus itís a stones throw from Boxpark shoreditch where thereís a green tea soft serve ice cream place.
  • el_pollo_diablo 5 Feb 2019 08:10:17 2,982 posts
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    If youíre going today go to Chinatown. Itís CNY today so lots of Gong hei fat Choi related fun.

    🧧🐖🧧🐖
  • smoothpete 5 Feb 2019 10:37:30 36,011 posts
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    I think I prefer Spitalfields to Borough tbh. Less people, more interesting food.
  • Salaman 5 Feb 2019 10:39:53 23,695 posts
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    Another vote for Spitalfields.

    Although we all know the cooolest thing to do in London is attend an EG geekmeet. Get organizing user DaM!
  • DaM 5 Feb 2019 12:23:41 17,384 posts
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    Salaman wrote:
    Another vote for Spitalfields.

    Although we all know the cooolest thing to do in London is attend an EG geekmeet. Get organizing user DaM!
    "If you think you are leaving me with these bastard children while you go and get pissed with your imaginary internet friends..." is how I can see that one going down!
  • challenge_hanukkah 5 Feb 2019 14:14:26 11,285 posts
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    Salaman wrote:
    Another vote for Spitalfields.

    Although we all know the cooolest thing to do in London is attend an EG geekmeet. Get organizing user DaM!
    Go for a curry, leave the bill with Dale.
  • wobbly_Bob 5 Feb 2019 15:04:28 5,144 posts
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    DaM wrote:
    Any updates on this? We are visiting that London next week, before the curfews and petrol rationing kick in.

    Anything appealing to early teenagers? Imperial War Museum and the pup over the road isn't doing it for them.

    Best markets for street food?

    Somebody suggested Sky Garden. It is a good free alternative to the shard (30 quid to look out a window???) but it's not quite as good a view and you have to book it. There's quite a wait. You can go to one of the restaurants in there as a way of getting in but those also have to be booked I think. I don't know about non-busy times, for example, Tuesday afternoon you maybe able to just rock up? I would check before you go to avoid disappointment.

    borough market is also a good suggestion but bear in mind that it's hellish busy on the weekend. There's another less well known market that has great street food called Maltby Street Market that's not far from there if you don't mind a short walk. It's not as big (a single street) but it's not quite as packed although still busy and has good food.

    So many other places for street food. I would check out Street Feast (various locations)

    For things to do? Depends on what your kids like, really so difficult to say. The london Aquarium is good (south bank) and you have the London dungeons there as well. Again, I would book if you want to go because the lines for these things can be insane. There's also the London eye if you fancy it on the south bank too.

    I would say the Science Museum and Natrual History museum are a must see unless your kids are bored of that sort of thing? Both have some interactive things and cool stuff to see. I prefer the Natural History out of the two. The V&A is amazing. I also recommend the RAF museum although it's a trek to the edge of London it's well worth it. Nothing like seeing the huge Vulcun Bomber. They recently had a refurb. It will keep you busy all day. I'm not into aircraft but me and my other half loved it. There's the post office museum where you can ride a mail tube train. Transport museum in Covant Garden is good too. London has so many good museums it's difficult to narrow it down.

    Since this is a game forum, what about the Loading bar? They got some arcade machines and a whole mountain of board games. Also game themed cocktails! See also Four Quarters who have 2 locations.

    Lastly, Check out The Londonist and Time Out London for other ideas and things happening. There's the Chinese New Year celebration this Sunday. Apparently it's the biggest one outside of China. They will have dragon dances, floats, parades, events, street food and a free concert in Trafalgar Square. I go every year.
  • kdsh7 5 Feb 2019 15:13:18 1,267 posts
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    Great post by Wobbly_Bob.

    The museums are essential imo (especially the NHM) and the videogame exhibition is still on at the V&A till end of the month:

    https://www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/videogames

    The RAF Museum is in Colindale which is also where there's a massive oriental style food court called "Bang Bang".
  • wobbly_Bob 5 Feb 2019 15:14:55 5,144 posts
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    kdsh7 wrote:
    Great post by Wobbly_Bob.

    The museums are essential imo (especially the NHM) and the videogame exhibition is still on at the V&A till end of the month:

    https://www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/videogames

    The RAF Museum is in Colindale which is also where there's a massive oriental style food court called "Bang Bang".
    Thanks! Yes, Bang Bang Oriental! I forgot to mention that. A visit to the RAF museum then dinner in Bang Bang is a good way to finish! I really like Bang Bang. I wish I lived closer although probably good that I don't!
  • PazJohnMitch 5 Feb 2019 15:17:54 14,717 posts
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    el_pollo_diablo wrote:
    If youíre going today go to Chinatown. Itís CNY today so lots of Gong hei fat Choi related fun.

    🧧🐖🧧🐖
    Got annoyed with Chinatown last time as the restaurant refused to find us a seat because I am White.

    My (Chinese) Wife had to get a table without me and then invited me in afterwards.

    That was a year ago. Refused to go again since.
  • wobbly_Bob 5 Feb 2019 15:21:02 5,144 posts
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    PazJohnMitch wrote:
    el_pollo_diablo wrote:
    If youíre going today go to Chinatown. Itís CNY today so lots of Gong hei fat Choi related fun.

    🧧🐖🧧🐖
    Got annoyed with Chinatown last time as the restaurant refused to find us a seat because I am White.

    My (Chinese) Wife had to get a table without me and then invited me in afterwards.

    That was a year ago. Refused to go again since.
    Maybe just boycott that single restaurant rather than all of Chinatown? :)
  • PazJohnMitch 5 Feb 2019 15:22:32 14,717 posts
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    Wife refuses to go to any of the other restaurants because they are not really Chinese.
  • Singularity 5 Feb 2019 15:34:14 3,168 posts
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    I work with about 10 Chinese people, and they all swear by My Old Place, near Liverpool Street. It's ace.
  • brokenkey 5 Feb 2019 16:33:22 10,277 posts
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    PazJohnMitch wrote:
    el_pollo_diablo wrote:
    If youíre going today go to Chinatown. Itís CNY today so lots of Gong hei fat Choi related fun.

    🧧🐖🧧🐖
    Got annoyed with Chinatown last time as the restaurant refused to find us a seat because I am White.

    My (Chinese) Wife had to get a table without me and then invited me in afterwards.

    That was a year ago. Refused to go again since.
    You should get a cosh, and then hang around in case some trouble kicks off.
  • DaM 6 Feb 2019 10:33:04 17,384 posts
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    Thank everyone, lots of tips. We've got a few things booked. And are going to see Spurs (I think this was the main point of the trip...my wife's a fan...).

    Bang Bang Oriental sounds awesome, on the way to work I was fantasising about going to Singapore for the weekend and just staying in a hawkers food court, kipping on the floor. I should really pay more attention to the road....
  • DaM 6 Feb 2019 10:59:34 17,384 posts
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    @wobbly_Bob Excellent post Bob, have justforwarded the whole thing to my wife.
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