What Should I Do in London?


Proof that the stuff I’ve been working my ass off on has some impact on the world:

* SuperVegan got a really nice plug from Ecorazzi yesterday.

* We announced Writercon! And tons of people already registered to appear on the attendees list. It’s actually happening!

* I finished the Freelance Project of Doom! Which is pretty much all I’ve been doing (aside from announcing Writercon) over the past five days. Now if I could just get the client to pay me before I leave for London… (*crosses fingers*)

I now have a giant to-do list of boring stuff like laundry, cleaning, and packing. Did I mention that I’M LEAVING FOR LONDON ON SATURDAY MORNING?!!!!!!

Um, so, what should I do in London? Who wants to meet up? What are the must-see things? I’ve been so busy trying to finish up everything before I leave that I’ve barely had any time to plan the trip.

We’re staying in Bloomsbury, right near the British Museum. So obviously that’s on my list, and I need to make a list of other museums I want to check out. There’s also:

* Day trip to Edinburgh

* Day trip to Oxford

* Day trip to Cardiff (look, we’re Doctor Who fans, it’s obligatory, plus they’ve got a castle and a surprising amount of vegan-friendly restaurants)

* Walking tours

* Obvious touristy stuff (Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, London Eye)

* Eating lots of food (I need to print out like everything on Vegan London) and also make a list of places (probably Indian and Thai mostly) that have both vegan and non-vegan options so that [info]jaydk and I can eat together without driving each other crazy.

And then (OMG!!!) Stratford.

Am I missing anything? What’s the must-do stuff when you’re spending nine days in London?

I think there are several people I need to exchange email addresses or phone numbers with… send me an email at laura@rusty-halo.com if you’re one of them. :)

Current Mood: excited emoticon excited

Tags: supervegan, travel, writercon
  1. 12 Responses to “What Should I Do in London?”

  2. rm on October 8, 2008 1:02 pm | Link

    Hey, what is procedure for applying to be on panels for WriterCon? I’m highly tempted by this event in every way, but going to such things are much easier for me to justify if I’m a part of programming.

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    rusty-halo on October 8, 2008 1:21 pm | Link

    Oooh, you should definitely come. It’s awesome.

    Let me forward your info to our programming coordinator, [info]harmonyfb. Do you have a bio written up somewhere highlighting your writing experience and convention experience?

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    rm on October 8, 2008 7:56 pm | Link

    Yup. I’ll send you an email!

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  3. aimeelicious on October 8, 2008 1:23 pm | Link

    It seems like you have a lot of day trips planned already, but I highly recommend one to Bath. It’s an amazing place, rich in Roman history and with lots of artsy goings-on in the plazas. If you have the time, don’t miss it. =)

    Enjoy the trip!

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    rusty-halo on October 8, 2008 1:31 pm | Link

    Thank you for the rec!

    I actually did a day trip to Bath, Stonehenge, and Salisbury Cathedral last time I was in London. You’re right, it’s really awesome. :)

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    aimeelicious on October 8, 2008 1:33 pm | Link

    Oh good, well as long as you’ve been there, that’s what counts! =) I liked Salisbury too.

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  4. ariela on October 8, 2008 1:49 pm | Link

    the vegan food i had in london wasn’t too good..but you must must go to 222 veg it was the best (and i think only 100% vegan) restaurant.

    i loved the tower of london.

    also i dont know if you’re interested in broadway but broadway is cheaper in london (one of the few things thats cheaper there haha) and the shakespere globe..which is the one thing i really wanted to see but didnt get to

    you might like brighton..itd also be a day trip though..its a cute little shopping area mostly by the beach

    OH you must go to Camden Market!!! its like a MUCH larger scale of st marks sorta i think you’d love it

    have fun! :)

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    rusty-halo on October 8, 2008 5:54 pm | Link

    Awesome! Thank you for all the suggestions.

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  5. minervamoon on October 8, 2008 1:57 pm | Link

    After having lived in England for almost all of the past year, there is only one thing I recommend to everyone when they’re in the City: The Comedy Store Players. They have shows on Sunday and Wednesday nights, and are literally the best night out in London. They were the originators of Whose Line, and have eliminated all the hokey showbiz aspect of their art and perfected it from decades of performing together. I just can’t recommend them enough.

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    rusty-halo on October 8, 2008 5:53 pm | Link

    That looks really cool! Thank you for the recommendation. :)

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  6. Circe on October 8, 2008 4:01 pm | Link

    off the top of my head, some ideas:

    - Spitalfields market on a Sunday (by Liverpool Street station).

    - The Wallace Collection (off Oxford Street) for a fabulous little gem of a museum that does excellent and cheap(ish) afternoon cream teas

    - walk in Regent’s Park to see the ducks and the rose garden and the zoo and just a great park. or, for an amazing outdoor space with a great view of London, head to Hampstead Heath.

    - marylebone high street, which is lovely to browse and has a cool upscale veggie dinner called “eat and two veg”

    - if you’re staying in Bloomsbury, check out Lamb’s Conduit Street for some good old pubs or the Marquis of Cornwallis on Marchmont St (my local — we will have to find a good time to meet up!).

    - i would definitely do Bath over Edinburgh — it’s too far away, dude, and it needs more than a day. And I like Cambridge better than Oxford ;)

    - St Barts Church near Smithfields– it’s one of the ones from 4 Weddings and a Funeral and just gorgeous

    - http://journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk/user/XSLT_TRIP_REQUEST2?language=en

    - The Westminster walk is the must-do for all newcomers to London. The Maida Vale one is lovely on a nice day and goes through the canals which is also great. Don’t do the east london walk, it sucks, and is a wannabe Jack the Ripper tour. Also good is the walk through the City of London — that one gives you roman ruins and the great fire, etc.

    Yaye travels!

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    rusty-halo on October 8, 2008 5:52 pm | Link

    Awesome! Thank you so much for all the suggestions.

    I want to go to Edinburgh because this is probably the only chance I’ll have within the next 5-10 years. If I go to Europe again it won’t be to the UK, so I want to see as much as possible now. Ideally I’d like to spend more than a day there, but, yeah, not in the budget. I’d much rather do a day trip to Edinburgh than Bath, since I’ve already been to Bath once.

    Thank you for the ideas about walks! I wanted to do the Jack the Ripper one, but Jaydk has already done that. So we’re going to choose something else–she wants one with Roman ruins. Maybe the City of London one would be good.

    When’s the best time to meet up? Jaydk and I will be in London from this Saturday to next Sunday, then off to Stratford. I think evenings would be better since we can have a drink, plus our days are going to be really busy but we don’t actually much to do at night. (Hmmm, speaking of which… what do you recommend doing at night?)

    I won’t have a computer there, but my phone should work (although I can’t talk long as it’s expensive). Do you want to exchange numbers so we can arrange to meet up? My email address is laura@rusty-halo.com, or let me know yours so I can send you my number.

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