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  • BucketBucket Frets: 7606
    edited December 2017
    I've just returned from a very long walk around London to celebrate my first full day off for Christmas, and I have to agree. It's an amazing place - even in the pissing rain. I hate trying to get around it using public transport, and I hate trying to drive through it as well, but I love walking around it and just taking in the sights.

    My route today:

    Started at my flat in Kilburn. Left after wrapping up warm and putting some Nick Drake in my earphones. Walked down through the South Hampstead area and crossed Finchley Road, then walked through Primrose Hill and down to Camden. Spent an enjoyable hour or so test-driving Suhrs in GuitarGuitar. Then walked down past Mornington Crescent and down towards Euston. Crossed over Euston Road and walked through Fitzrovia towards Tottenham Court Road. Then spent a little time on Denmark Street, walked back through Soho and crossed Oxford Street, to head through the back streets for a little while, cross Edgware Road and walk towards Paddington, where I did a quick food shop and then got the bus back up the road to Kilburn. All in all, a very enjoyable afternoon. Probably adds up to about seven or eight miles of walking.
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  • Ro_SRo_S Frets: 915
    jeez, am I becoming Alan Partridge?
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  • Ro_S said:
    most of London is a shithole
    I would say that lacks a certain sense of perspective - London may be many things, but compared to 99% of places in the world, a shithole it is not.
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  • Ro_SRo_S Frets: 915
    edited December 2017
    Ro_S said:
    most of London is a shithole
    I would say that lacks a certain sense of perspective - London may be many things, but compared to 99% of places in the world, a shithole it is not.
    I was comparing it only to the rest of England or Britain.
    'Not sure whether your context makes London sound worse or better than mine 
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  • Compared to most places in Britain it is brilliant.
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  • BucketBucket Frets: 7606
    Ro_S said:
    Ro_S said:
    most of London is a shithole
    I would say that lacks a certain sense of perspective - London may be many things, but compared to 99% of places in the world, a shithole it is not.
    I was comparing it only to the rest of England or Britain.
    Weird, because the vast majority of small towns in this country make me feel emotionally and mentally bereft.

    If it ain't on the Tube map, it ain't shit as far as I'm concerned :lol:
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  • Ro_SRo_S Frets: 915
    Bucket said:

    If it ain't on the Tube map, it ain't shit as far as I'm concerned :lol:
    did you enjoy your visit to Luton?
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  • BucketBucket Frets: 7606
    edited December 2017
    Ro_S said:
    Bucket said:

    If it ain't on the Tube map, it ain't shit as far as I'm concerned lol
    did you enjoy your visit to Luton?
    By "it ain't shit" I am using American street slang to indicate that "it" is worthless.
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  • metalemetale Frets: 53
    Well, I just had to have more of it... So I'm visiting London again, 3rd to 6th December.

    Flights bought, hotel booked, having problems getting my mastercard to work with the oyster card website this time, hope to get it sorted soon  :s
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  • TTBZTTBZ Frets: 598
    If your card has contactless you can just use that for the underground now. It works out cheapest (I think?) and you don't need to faff about with topping up your oyster etc.
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  • xbrooomxbrooom Frets: 250
    As a portuguese living in London for nearly 6 years now. I sort of understand how it looks appealing the first few times around and especially as you visit it as a tourist.

    It's still a nice city with lots of stuff to do, but after 6 years I can also share some of the feelings around here. I'm well beyond tired of certain aspects of it as well.

    I don't blame people who choose to buy a place to live outside London (I definitely can't fault those who choose to do it in the country side).
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  • mikeyrob73mikeyrob73 Frets: 2126
    Last couple of visits to London i have tried to use the river boats where possible, much better than the tube
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  • CHRISB50CHRISB50 Frets: 1874
    I find the easiest way to navigate London is on foot. Most things of interest are not that far away from each other, and by the time you've navigated stairs and waited for a tube or a boat, you would probably have already been there by foot.

    I can't help about the shape I'm in, I can't sing I ain't pretty and my legs are thin

    But don't ask me what I think of you, I might not give the answer that you want me to

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  • metalemetale Frets: 53
    edited October 10
    Hi everyone. Yeah, I walk alot in London, but I'm (again) staying in west Ealing and so I need to at least do a Ealing Broadway to Bond Street (and back) or something like that. Also I have friends in Sutton, so I may want to catch a train to there and the card would cover that.

    Plus the Oyster Visitor differs from the normal as in the fares are lower and so is the daily cap. Will keep trying, 3 credit cards already and all the same generic error.

    This time I'm traveling alone, so will have a diferent program. No Harry Potters  Some pubs. Maybe the free Jack the Ripper tour or or something.
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  • jellyrolljellyroll Frets: 2175
    metale said:
    Plus the Oyster Visitor differs from the normal as in the fares are lower and so is the daily cap.
    Actually, I don’t think that’s right. Fares and caps are the same. (Though you might not care).  
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  • metalemetale Frets: 53
    You are actually right. Only diference is the associated discounts on restaurants and attractions. Still I would rather get out of the plane with a charged oyster rather than have to go to the subway station to buy a regular one and back again to go catch the Heathrow Connect train. Will have to if I can'

    Contactless bank card is a no-go for me, even if I ask for a new card to get contactless the international fee-per-operation is too much on my bank. 
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  • SnapSnap Frets: 2348
    metale said:
    Hi everyone. Yeah, I walk alot in London, but I'm (again) staying in west Ealing and so I need to at least do a Ealing Broadway to Bond Street (and back) or something like that. Also I have friends in Sutton, so I may want to catch a train to there and the card would cover that.

    Plus the Oyster Visitor differs from the normal as in the fares are lower and so is the daily cap. Will keep trying, 3 credit cards already and all the same generic error.

    This time I'm traveling alone, so will have a diferent program. No Harry Potters  Some pubs. Maybe the free Jack the Ripper tour or or something.


    Hi Metale.

    get yourself over to East London, Old St station. Then have a walk around Shoreditch - there are some great streets, bars, cafes etc to look round, and some independent shops. From there you can walk to Whitechapel (Jack RIpper area), then down to St Katherine Docks (lovely), from there you can see Tower Bridge and the Tower of London (awesome). Then walk back into the city, through the City of London (financial district), which has some absolutely amazing buildings.

    Pubs - Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, on Fleet St. Best pub in London IMO. Charles Dickens was a regular. Cheap beer, great food, amazing atmosphere.

    From there you can also walk to the Old Mitre, which is a hidden pub, and its one of the oldest in London. Near Chancery Lane, in a little courtyard in the middle of a row of Georgian houses. Great little place. Google it.

    I love walking around London, so much to see. And the tube is pretty rank tbh, busy and hot. Much better than it was 20 years ago though, for sure.

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  • JohnnysevenJohnnyseven Frets: 267
    Take the bus! Much more enjoyable than the tube, plus it's cheaper.
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  • ReverendReverend Frets: 1665
    Oyster should cover you going to Sutton. 
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  • ReverendReverend Frets: 1665
    Take the bus! Much more enjoyable than the tube, plus it's cheaper.
    erm... some journeys may be cheaper (but definitely not all) but for anything other than a really short trip the tube is much better. 
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  • JohnnysevenJohnnyseven Frets: 267
    I was meaning in central London not going further afield. A single bus journey is £1.50 with the ability to take a 2nd journey free within an hour, I doubt you can take the tube for less.
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  • CHRISB50CHRISB50 Frets: 1874
    Reverend said:
    Oyster should cover you going to Sutton. 


    Yep, Oyster is fine to Sutton.

    I can't help about the shape I'm in, I can't sing I ain't pretty and my legs are thin

    But don't ask me what I think of you, I might not give the answer that you want me to

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  • metalemetale Frets: 53
    Finally managed to order the Oyster  :)

    Getting pretty stoked already.

    Bus would be nice, but would take a learning curve to understand it while I have the tube thing all figured out  :)

    Anyone in Ealing or central London want to join for a beer?
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  • SporkySporky Frets: 13725
    Bus is rubbish.
    Be your own evil twin. 
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  • mudslide73mudslide73 Frets: 1677
    I like London but prefer the Algarve so touché :)
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  • carloscarlos Frets: 1321
    As yet another Portuguese living in London I still love it. 12+ years now. Bought a house just outside the M25 though as house prices inside are ridiculous, never mind the pollution and noise. Every year I do the tourist thing and it pays off even though it's my city.
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  • Wierd reading this as I'm sitting in Lisbon airport about to fly home. 

    Regarding tourists in London, if you have an iPhone, download the app Citimapper. It will sort out the buses and everything else for you. 
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  • shrinkwrapshrinkwrap Frets: 128
    Old pubs : Prospect of Whitby in Wapping Wall (providing you don't arrive same time as a tourist bus stopping for 30 minutes)
    and if you were to brave the pavement, not that I've walked it but it looks scary, walk through Rothehithe tunnel to get to the Mayflower. Just don't tell the tourists about the Mayflower!

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