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London by Sophie-Louise on 19 August 2003 8:48pm

I have just spent four days in London and it was brilliant! (ok, i know it's not the North Pole or anything, but it was the first time i've travelled without my parents and i loved it, i think i enjoy traveling alone much more!). i spent the first 2 days on my own and then met my dad on the third day. Apart from nearly getting mugged on the tube and getting lost at Kings Cross i really enjoyed myself! lol

I climbed to the top of St Pauls Cathedral (my legs still hurt but the view was great!). I went to the Globe Theatre, Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, Imax cinema (twice *lol*), London Eye in the sunset- which was beautiful, Natural History Museum, Imperial War Museum and Hamleys toy shop where a bought a remote control car and a Hamleys teddy bear :) :) ! So i managed to fit alot in 4 days!!

Just thought i'd share that with you all!! :)

happy travels everybody!.....

Re: London by gwen on 20 August 2003 7:24pm
Sophie, glad to hear you had such a good time, and it must have been during the hot days. How does one nearly get mugged? Can't envisage it.
Re: London by Sophie-Louise on 20 August 2003 9:33pm
ok, well i got on the tube at Embankment, i had just had a meal with my brother and i was going back to my hotel. There was hardly anyone else on the platform and i (being a very stupid person) got in the empty carriage at the back of the tube. When i got in the tube this boy put his foot in the door and his friend tried to grab my bag. I quickly went to the other end of the carriage, they didn't seem to want to go too far from the door (i guess they wanted a quick escape) and then that bleeping noise sounded and the doors started to shut, so they gave up, jumped off the tube and ran off. i think i was lucky that they didn't thump me or something! i am glad that they didn't get away with it.

I was so close to giving them one of my Tae Kwon Do moves! ;) lol

I have seriously learnt my lesson though, i am always going to stay near groups of people when i'm on my own!

London can be scary!
Re: London by Napoleon on 20 August 2003 9:43pm
thats a real shame even us locals still travel to london frequently forever experiencing new stuff I try to get down there at least twice a year either to see a new exhibit at one of the museums or just to take in a show. fortunately ive never encountered anything like you did, and heres to you for not letting it spoil your trip or memory of london. many would have and understandably too.
Re: London by Sophie-Louise on 20 August 2003 9:56pm
thanks, napoleon, there was no way i was going to let it ruin my trip! i don't go on many holidays you know! lol

my brother's friend who is in the police down in london, got mugged on the tube on the way back to his flat in Harrow. he had his wallet and his police warrant card stolen, and punched twice in the face. So i consider myself quite a lucky person!

when you live in a small rural village in Lincolnshire (like me!), you are not aware of the dangers in a huge city like london. I think those who do mug people can spot an unaware tourist such as myself from a mile off!!

Re: London by cyen on 5 November 2003 4:21pm
First thing that happened to me and my sister when we went to London was to file a police report because an urchin tried to steal from me. Other than that and someone trying to grab my butt, we had a great time in England.

Oh, and on our way to England the plane we were on received a bomb threat. We ended up making an emergency landing in Goose Bay, Canada. The threat was a false alarm, but it was interesting to be on at a military base. Plus, my sister and I got to sit in a big fire engine.
Re: London by MykReeve on 6 November 2003 10:50pm
As I work for the City of Westminster, and commute into central London daily, I think I ought to defend London...

I think that you're safer in major cities, if you can master "walking with purpose" - giving the impression that you know where you are, and where you're going, even if you're hopelessly lost. Just as a general rule of thumb, it's best not to get out a guidebook in the street or on public transport in any major city. Better to pop into a cafe, or snack bar, or even bookshop!

In praise of London, I've got to say that I really love the museums - from the big and well-known like the British Museum and Tate Modern, through to the tiny and fascinating like Sir John Soame's Museum or the Horniman. As Napoleon points out - even people who go to London daily still find new things to do!

Has anyone got any tips for unusual or worthwhile things to do in London? I'll start the ball rolling - the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, a Hindu temple in Neasden, is really worth the effort to get out to. Try to be in the temple when they open the Murti Darshan...

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