London, UK

Im about to book a flight to London.
I will be there for 5 days.
My budget for the whole trip will be about 700 - 1000 EUR incl. accomodation.
Ive never been to London or UK in general so Im up for tourist stuff like sightseeing and local cuisine or street food. Also ideas for nightlife would be appreciated.
Any recommendations?

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    OP here.
    Im also trans.
    Not sure if that matters.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I work in one of those buildings in your picrel. you can literally see where i sit next to the window

    why would you come here

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      normoids dont realise its a bangladeshi shithole

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      just for fun

      Nightlife and streetfood you probably want Camden town/Camden locks.

      Can also try Covent Garden for a more upmarket food, drinks and entertainment (lots of theatres around that area, wide variety of plays and musicals). There are a lot of good plays, often with A-lister British actors, plus every musical you could hope for. The Barbican centre usually has a bunch of film or orchestral stuff going on.

      Harrods has a lot of (very high end) food places, you can get one of the more luxury Afternoon teas there if you want to feel extra British (has a smart casual dress code). Fortnum and Masons is a similarly high end food store.

      Do not do an Angus steakhouse. Avoid tourist trap Fish & Chips (far better to find a small innocuous place that doesn't look touristy), if you really don't fancy risking an unknown fish and chips place, Harry Ramsdens are at least predictably average and only a bit overpriced.

      Do try a doner kebab (NOT GDK, it's a different thing). They're designed to be eaten when out and about and they're the ultimate junk food, as with fish and chips, the best ones often are innocuous slightly dingy looking places. Make sure you have Chilli sauce, especially if they make their own. Expect to get the shits (not food poisoning, it's just huge amounts of fatty lamb and chilli).

      The museums in London are some of the best in the world:

      Science Museum
      Natural History museum (has two wings with separate entrances)
      V&A museum (design museum)
      British museum (shitload of artefacts from around the world)
      Tate (classic art, lots of Turner). Tate Modern (take a guess)
      Imperial War Museum.

      Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Houses of Parliament are within walkable distance. Don't be tempted to get the tube things that may only be a 5-10 minute walk, you'll miss out.

      The Sky Garden is free (required booking though) and provides great views of London from high up.

      thank you anon, i will try some of those things

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Nightlife and streetfood you probably want Camden town/Camden locks.

    Can also try Covent Garden for a more upmarket food, drinks and entertainment (lots of theatres around that area, wide variety of plays and musicals). There are a lot of good plays, often with A-lister British actors, plus every musical you could hope for. The Barbican centre usually has a bunch of film or orchestral stuff going on.

    Harrods has a lot of (very high end) food places, you can get one of the more luxury Afternoon teas there if you want to feel extra British (has a smart casual dress code). Fortnum and Masons is a similarly high end food store.

    Do not do an Angus steakhouse. Avoid tourist trap Fish & Chips (far better to find a small innocuous place that doesn't look touristy), if you really don't fancy risking an unknown fish and chips place, Harry Ramsdens are at least predictably average and only a bit overpriced.

    Do try a doner kebab (NOT GDK, it's a different thing). They're designed to be eaten when out and about and they're the ultimate junk food, as with fish and chips, the best ones often are innocuous slightly dingy looking places. Make sure you have Chilli sauce, especially if they make their own. Expect to get the shits (not food poisoning, it's just huge amounts of fatty lamb and chilli).

    The museums in London are some of the best in the world:

    Science Museum
    Natural History museum (has two wings with separate entrances)
    V&A museum (design museum)
    British museum (shitload of artefacts from around the world)
    Tate (classic art, lots of Turner). Tate Modern (take a guess)
    Imperial War Museum.

    Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Houses of Parliament are within walkable distance. Don't be tempted to get the tube things that may only be a 5-10 minute walk, you'll miss out.

    The Sky Garden is free (required booking though) and provides great views of London from high up.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Appreciate this. About to spend a week in Covent Garden and it'll be my first time in London.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      See if you can fit a West End show into your budget. You could see a classic like Lion King or Les Mis, or check out reviews of newer, smaller shows. I promise you won’t regret it.

      Got the river, you can get a 2 hr boat up to Kingston, goes through central London, past Eel Pie island, loads of cool buildings to see or take the Clipper boat down to Greenwich or even further to Thames Barrier. You can tick off half your London landmarks in one go, plus who doesn't want to go under Tower Bridge. Both costs less than £20 and have a bar on board. Ive done it loads of times when my family visit, always good fun.

      Thx, will def try some of that

      leave london in literally any direction except directly north, hire a car and see real England.

      I would recommend inland kent,
      sussex- brighton and the coastline is very nice, cotswolds and somerset - bath is an old roman town worth seeing, and obviously oxford

      I will come back for the countryside. For now i will stick with London.

      https://i.imgur.com/gpYhRl2.jpg

      there are loads of cool historic pubs to go to

      Any names to recommend?

      Also i will be staying in Shoreditch. Ist this a good location for nightlife?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        The Trailsmen Entrance is by far the best pub in Shoreditch.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    See if you can fit a West End show into your budget. You could see a classic like Lion King or Les Mis, or check out reviews of newer, smaller shows. I promise you won’t regret it.

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    leave london in literally any direction except directly north, hire a car and see real England.

    I would recommend inland kent,
    sussex- brighton and the coastline is very nice, cotswolds and somerset - bath is an old roman town worth seeing, and obviously oxford

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Got the river, you can get a 2 hr boat up to Kingston, goes through central London, past Eel Pie island, loads of cool buildings to see or take the Clipper boat down to Greenwich or even further to Thames Barrier. You can tick off half your London landmarks in one go, plus who doesn't want to go under Tower Bridge. Both costs less than £20 and have a bar on board. Ive done it loads of times when my family visit, always good fun.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Link to this?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        https://www.thamesclippers.com/

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    there are loads of cool historic pubs to go to

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Is this The Counting House? Haven't been there for over a decade, gets very full with City money-boys but it's a tremendous building. Most people would probably be better off heading into the West End, though, more choice and fewer people straight out of work,

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Huh nice I stayed at this hotel not long ago. Decent place, cute receptionist

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        And like

        Is this The Counting House? Haven't been there for over a decade, gets very full with City money-boys but it's a tremendous building. Most people would probably be better off heading into the West End, though, more choice and fewer people straight out of work,

        said, it is indeed called The Counting House

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Im up for tourist stuff like sightseeing and local cuisine or street food. Also ideas for nightlife would be appreciated.

    For Sightseeing:
    the area around St Pauls
    The South Bank
    Leadenhall Market
    dunno OP, depends what you want to see
    if you want to see text book places or places of London culture

    For local cuisine:
    M.Manze - Peckham (traiditional pie and mash)
    Finding a good chippie (can be difficult)
    There are street food places in Camden and Brixton but they are all quite commercial
    Leather Lane food market is good, its open weekdays at lunchtim
    There is also another food market near Farringdon
    tbh there are quite a few spots for food around Leather Lane in general during the work week, Korean. Indian, Thai, Italian, Japense, Greek, East African, Jamaican loads of things, you can get all food in London

    For nightlife you can check out:
    Venue MOT
    Planet Wax
    Fabric
    Ministry of Sound
    Camden in general
    Brixton has a few good places
    Peckham also has a few good places

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Harry Potter world was one of the best experiences ever if you're a fan. There's tours out there that go to Oxford and there on the same day that's what we did since all the tickets on their official website was sold out it was the only way.
    There's also tours to stonehenge that stop at windsor castle and bath also which is a good value seeing as transportation is included. good way to spend a day.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Harry Potter world was one of the best experiences ever if you're a fan
      agreed. i've been there twice. second time i took someone who is a HP super fan and she was almost peeing herself with excitement
      you do have to book way ahead of time though, and since tickets are timed-entry, you have to plan your journey in advance too
      it's not cheap but it's worth it. if you really want to see and do everything it's easy to spend most of a day there

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    anyone been to Leeds Castle or Dover? what do you think of those places?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Take the Oxford tube to Oxford baka, 21 quid return.

      Leeds castle was nice, not tonnes to do other than look around a castle obv. but it was enjoyable. Tunbridge Wells is unbelievably overrated though, its just a generic market town with anything interesting scooped out long ago and replaced by generic chains.

      Yo im going to a mew concert in city of london and i booked a room in acton. Stayed in ealing almost a decade ago and that was a shithole. Did i frick up or is it gentrified now?

      Mew?! They're still active? Nice!

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Any recommendations?
    A coat and umbrella.

    And a stabproof vest.

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Anyone here from England? I'm going next week to London, Cardiff, and Edinburgh, Scotland. My travel days are smack in the middle of these upcoming Rail Strikes. I don't think I'll have a problem getting to Cardiff, but it's the Cardiff to Edinburgh part of the trip I'm worried about. I'll have no trouble getting to Manchester from Cardiff, because Cymru Rail isn't affected, but I have to change trains in Manchester and I won't arrive until after 12PM on Saturday. The rent-a-car places close at noon, and TransPennine Express will be shut down that day.
    How do you Brits travel during Rail Strikes? And am I just absolutely fricked when it comes to making it to Edinburgh on Saturday, 6th April? Any advice or ideas on how to get around this obstacle are welcome.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      You are somewhat fricked.

      Possibly try a National express or Megabus, it'll be cheap but uncomfortable.

      You can also get a train from Manchester to Glasgow, then take Glasgow to Edinburgh.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        there are usually some services even on strike days, usually early morning or late evening, so keep an eye on thetrainline.com, nationalrail.co.uk and the individual rail companies websites (example https://www.lner.co.uk/travel-information/industrial-action/)
        my suggestion would be to fly, but that might not be an option if you are on a tight budget
        >How do you Brits travel during Rail Strikes?
        we drive, or work from home

        [...]
        [...]
        Usually you would be able to travel on a different train that serves the same route, however, TPE is the only company running direct trains Manchester-Edinburgh on a Saturday. Your other train option would be something like Northern to one of the East Coast line services to Edinburgh but Northern are also striking on the 6th as are LNER. So 99.9% certain you aren't getting a train up to Edinburgh that day.

        There is a direct Megabus leaving Manchester at 15:10 and arriving Edinburgh 20:35 for £15. Book it now and get your refund for the Manchester to Edinburgh train. No flights so this is your only option and it isn't that bad.

        Thanks, everyone. According to the Trainline App, Avanti West Coast is running that Saturday from Manchester to Edinburgh. I booked a ticket on that one. It was the same price, and I got the TPE ticket refunded. Hopefully this will work out. I appreciate all your information and suggestions!

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Is that direct? Only showing up as 2 changes for me. It's going to be hell either way. Avanti are probably the worst train company going and you'll have everyone else from the cancelled services trying to board the same train so if you're lucky, you may get to stand in the bogs. If you're not, you genuinely may not even be able to squeeze on the train or they'll just cancel it anyway. Not hyperbole, that's just how it is these days. The megabus will be way comfier.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Just got the update from Trainline today. All service from Manchester on the 6th is closed. Assuming I can get to Manchester from Cardiff, I've got a car rented and will drive up the M6 to Edinburgh. Not sure how I'm going to do driving on the other side of the road than I'm used to, but I guess I'll figure it out. I don't have much of a choice.

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              Driving on the other side is a lot easier than most people assume, you don't realise just how much roads guide you. The only part your mind may slip is turning out of a minor secluded road where you won't have these guides or other cars to remind you.

              Roundabouts are easy. Give way to the right, stay in the left lane for left turns or straight on, right lane for right turns or all the way around, Indicate left the as soon as you pass the exit before yours (and use your mirrors to make sure you're not cutting someone up or being cut up) , if you miss the exit, indicate right and go around again (move into the right lane if you do this though). For larger roundabouts there will be markings for which lane for which road.

              Wales has a bunch of average speed cameras, stay at that speed the whole distance, if you're in the left lane and you're feeling pressured by trucks in an average speed zone, frick them, (they have GPS calibrated speedos and set it to the limit + 1mph very easy for them to push you over the speeding threshold). Google maps will tell you about regular speed cameras. If you get flashed, the hire car company will forward the fine to you and charge you an expensive admin fee on top.

              That's a fricking long drive, even for people who know the roads, make sure you're stopping at services every 2 hours. UK services are much better that US truck stops, you'll generally get a choice of a few fast food places plus a costas or starbucks. Try to stop at Tebay services for a good farm shop and very good hand made food.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      there are usually some services even on strike days, usually early morning or late evening, so keep an eye on thetrainline.com, nationalrail.co.uk and the individual rail companies websites (example https://www.lner.co.uk/travel-information/industrial-action/)
      my suggestion would be to fly, but that might not be an option if you are on a tight budget
      >How do you Brits travel during Rail Strikes?
      we drive, or work from home

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      You are somewhat fricked.

      Possibly try a National express or Megabus, it'll be cheap but uncomfortable.

      You can also get a train from Manchester to Glasgow, then take Glasgow to Edinburgh.

      there are usually some services even on strike days, usually early morning or late evening, so keep an eye on thetrainline.com, nationalrail.co.uk and the individual rail companies websites (example https://www.lner.co.uk/travel-information/industrial-action/)
      my suggestion would be to fly, but that might not be an option if you are on a tight budget
      >How do you Brits travel during Rail Strikes?
      we drive, or work from home

      Usually you would be able to travel on a different train that serves the same route, however, TPE is the only company running direct trains Manchester-Edinburgh on a Saturday. Your other train option would be something like Northern to one of the East Coast line services to Edinburgh but Northern are also striking on the 6th as are LNER. So 99.9% certain you aren't getting a train up to Edinburgh that day.

      There is a direct Megabus leaving Manchester at 15:10 and arriving Edinburgh 20:35 for £15. Book it now and get your refund for the Manchester to Edinburgh train. No flights so this is your only option and it isn't that bad.

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Yo im going to a mew concert in city of london and i booked a room in acton. Stayed in ealing almost a decade ago and that was a shithole. Did i frick up or is it gentrified now?

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