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24 minutes ago, Confusionreigns178 said:

Duxford? How come no mention of this great, historic museum, yet?

 

Chris. 

 

That's a long trek from central London but worth it for sure. 

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8 hours ago, John1 said:

So Uber is present over there, that’s good to know.   What’s the expectation for tipping cab / Uber drivers?  In the city itself, would you recommend taxis or Uber?  I plan on using the Tube as much as possible but forsee having to use car transportation on occasion. 

 

You should really be ok just using public transport, as has been said, get oyster cards, available from Heathrow/Gatwick, regards Uber, you'll need PayPal, which will charge cost, but if you want to tip, that's at your discretion, and after you get out of the car, taxis can be expensive, don't tip more than one pound.

 

There are currently ongoing transport strikes - rail/tube - so Google for dates before you arrive, and it's different strike dates for different companies.

 

It's actually quite nice walking around London, Borough Market is good for food, nice and relaxed.

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5 hours ago, Confusionreigns178 said:

Unfortunately, Motorbooks closed several years ago. I don't know if they moved elsewhere, or simply closed for good.

 

Chris.  

Thanks for the info Chris, I wasn't aware of that as I've not ventured to "The Smoke" for a few years.  When I worked there it was within easy lunchtime walking distance of my office, so I probably spent more time and money there than I should have!  Very sad news.

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10 hours ago, Kagemusha said:

There are currently ongoing transport strikes - rail/tube - so Google for dates before you arrive, and it's different strike dates for different companies.

 

It's actually quite nice walking around London, Borough Market is good for food, nice and relaxed.

So they have announced strikes well in advance?  How considerate.    Thanks for the tip on that one, I need to take that into account before finalizing my dates.   

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1 hour ago, rigor said:

John stop at a shop the sells good German beer and send me some lol seriously have fun 

Lol, my last trip, pre-Covid was a week in Munich.   I’d kill for a nice cold Augusteiner and a currywurst. Ideally served by a beautiful fraulein, while looking out over the Alps.  

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If you want to visit a model shop, there's Hannant's just 5 minutes walk from the RAF Museum, and you can place an order through the website for picking up at Colindale with a 10% discount - give them about a week's notice.  Museum-wise, the DeHavilland Aircraft Heritage Centre/Mosquito Museum is a pilgrimage for fans of the Wooden Wonder and be able to see THE prototype and other DH aircraft.  It really is enthusiast-driven, and if you want to touch the cowlings of greatness, I doubt you will find anyone who shouts at you.  When I was there some fifteen years ago, I was almost peer-pressured to try the Sea Vixen cockpit on for size.  There is a bus service running that stops on the main road, so a short walk down a lane will take you there.  Or Uber/Taxi from the nearest station.  Check out Google maps for how to get there by public transport (it will take about an hour from St.Pancras).  HMS Belfast is also worth a visit, as is the Imperial War Museum at Duxford.  The station - Whittlesford Parkway - is a half-hour (1.7 mile) walk away.  One museum I've never been able to enjoy as much as I want due to lack of time is the Science Museum in South Kensington.  If you're into old cars and motorbikes, as well as Vickers aircraft, there is the Brooklands Museum in Weybridge - about an hour from London Waterloo Station and a walk.

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The Science Museum is a must see. It covers everything from watches and clocks, to steam power, aircraft, automotive etc. It's a full day just seeing it all.  Well worth it. 

 

I think I've been there five times now and not sure if I've even seen all of it.  Its right around the corner from the Museum of natural history. 

 

I don't think I would want to live in London but I sure enjoy going there.  I don't know how many times I've been there but it's a lot, dozens of times over the last 30 years or so. 

 

 

 

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ok something a bit different:

 

traditional English dining, exquisite old school interiors... reputedly London's oldest restaurant... Rules on Maiden Lane, Covent Garden (super central, a 2 minute walk from Charing Cross station).

 

for a 1/2 day trip for someone staying for a week or so in London I would always recommend one of two trips:

1 going down to Bath (stunning Georgian architecture, it's small and you can walk around the centre very easily) - train is 1.5-2 hrs from Paddington; you will come out in Bath, no need for taxi etc

2 trip to Cambridge - same amazing (and it really is amazing) university college architecture as Oxford, but it feels smaller and more intimate than Oxford; also you can go punting on the river Cam and see the famous 'Backs' - the lawns and rear of many of the colleges; train is 1.5hrs from a number of London termini.

 

or... you could come down to Frittenden in Kent and have a drink in my local - the Bell and Jorrrocks - complete with He111 prop blade on the wall! Train is 1 hr from Charing Cross, but you need a taxi the other end.

Beers would be on me.

There is Sissnghurst Castle and Bodiam Castle short drives away if you like that sort of thing - i used to play in Bodiam Castle as a little boy :)

PM me if you are interested.

 

Nick

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I lucked out and was there for one of the ipms competitions in East London when i was there (precovid). Looks like many of them are cancelled if i read their site right. It does look like they are holding meetings tho. Maybe check out some of the club meetings while you’re there or meet up with some mates from here if the opportunity presents itself.

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Workers at nine train operating companies and at railways operator Network Rail will strike for 24 hours from midday on September 26, the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) has said.The strike will begin at midday on Monday 26 September.

It will last 24 hours, meaning it will end on midday Tuesday 27 September.

 

Gatwick Express rail will be also on strike.

25th and 26th September  is also on RMT 's schedule to strike (25th September  coincides  with a party conference in Liverpool).

 

So John depending  on what dates you are flying into London, you are going to see a lot of commuters left without transport... even some  underground  tube stations may run intermittent  service.. and buses crowded....

Good Luck.

 

Oyster card information:

Oyster online - Transport for London - Oyster cards
https://oyster.tfl.gov.uk/oyster/entry.do

 

 

https://tfl.gov.uk/travel-information/visiting-london/visitor-oyster-card

 

 

map your journey:

TfL Go app - Maps, routes and more to plan your journey - Transport for London
https://tfl.gov.uk/maps_/tfl-go

 

Enjoy your holidays in London.

watch out for pickpockets (especially  on  crowded tubes and buses etc).

and best of British Luck.

Enjoy.

:yahoo:   :thumbsup:

 

MARU 5137.

 

 

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Workers at nine train operating companies and at railways operator Network Rail will strike for 24 hours from midday on September 26, the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) has said.The strike will begin at midday on Monday 26 September.

It will last 24 hours, meaning it will end on midday Tuesday 27 September.

 

Gatwick Express rail will be also on strike.

25th and 26th September  is also on RMT 's schedule to strike (25th September  coincides  with a party conference in Liverpool).

 

So John depending  on what dates you are flying into London, you are going to see a lot of commuters left without transport... even some  underground  tube stations may run intermittent  service.. and buses crowded....

Good Luck.

 

Oyster card information:

Oyster online - Transport for London - Oyster cards
https://oyster.tfl.gov.uk/oyster/entry.do

 

 

https://tfl.gov.uk/travel-information/visiting-london/visitor-oyster-card

 

 

map your journey:

TfL Go app - Maps, routes and more to plan your journey - Transport for London
https://tfl.gov.uk/maps_/tfl-go

 

Enjoy your holidays in London.

watch out for pickpockets (especially  on  crowded tubes and buses etc).

and best of British Luck.

Enjoy.

:yahoo:   :thumbsup:

 

MARU 5137.

 

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Indian cuisine.. Best there is !

 

https://www.1947london.com/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwjbyYBhCdARIsAArC6LIA_pRlH6BblltWPUdmrvkcZOnUy-s60PuyvAEI3W8D7PaZejKiZUEaAl2mEALw_wcB

 

 

The 5 Indian Michelin Star Restaurants in London for Sublime Indian Food
https://trulyexperiences.com/blog/indian-michelin-star-restaurants-london/#Amaya

 

 

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The Eagle Pub, Cambridge. I've never visited myself, but it's steeped in WW2 history. Visiting fighter-pilots of the era signed their names on the ceiling and - I believe - the pub has remained virtually unchanged over the decades. That has got to be worth seeing, if you make a trip to Cambridge during your vacation. 

 

I've just looked the pub up and it has a second claim to historic significance. In 1953, scientists Watson and Crick made it public here that they had broken the code of human DNA - there's a blue-plaque on the wall outside, recalling this event. 

 

Whatever you do, enjoy your time over here. 

 

Cheers, 

 

Chris. 

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