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    Default NON-Horsey suggestions for London & Manchester UK

    27 Aug - 6 Sept

    We have some twofers for Stratford for the Monday, any other suggestions before the colleague with whom I am traveling (and who has let me organize the trip to revolve around tack stores and COTHers) gets a wee bit of a break?

    Cheap is good, coupons great!

    Cream teas
    shopping - (she likes crystal and china)
    shopping - cosmetics/bath stuff
    shopping - cute/different/inexpensive souveniers?

    we were thinking Natural History Museum, London Dungeon, Clink.

    Stratford eateries as well?

    thanks!
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    Geek, aren't you a bio researcher? How about the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons (free)? Or do one of the walking tours -- the Jack the Ripper one is fun. Tower of London, of course! And check out the half-price ticket booth if you want to see a show and are willing to try a show on the spur of the moment.
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    I, too am curious about things to do, esp. in London. I'm going at Christmas, so a few days will be taken up by the holidays and some time visiting family (my stepfather is from England), so my time to sightsee is limited. I would LOVE to do the Jack the Ripper Tour-is it worth it? What else to see in limited time-that won't bore the crap out of my cousins who live over there?



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    I did the Ripper walk with colleagues from London and they loved it. The type of thing you only do when tourists come to town. We did the one led by Donald Rumbelow --
    http://www.walks.com/London_Walks_Ho...r/default.aspx
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    If you like history, the Portrait Gallery is wonderful & usually not stuffed with tourists (which I prefer). On a food side, take advantage of the WONDERFUL Singaporean cuisine (sometimes called 'Straits Chinese,' one of the world's best 'fusion' cuisines that has something for everyone). There are oodles of great restaurants in London & the prices are quite reasonable - especially considering the expen$e of the city in general.



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    oooh i forgot we got loads of castles and stuff there a lot near me but
    what is really close and we could do it just if arrived early
    is the rochester castle and then you got charles dickens stuff here the web
    http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&sou...YW8DfZPJBUT6AQ

    theres a ton of shops for soveniers etc and reasonable down he high street
    and laods of coffee bars etc

    going the other way and near one of the tack shop is kits koty
    http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&sou...tm8sB7uYgTo1AQ

    all side links are local to me aswell , as i am very central
    anyways the little stones at kits koty if you count them you never have the same no and old weird rumours is they get moved at night haha
    i can actually ride to here and rochester
    lok her for local area where i am in the middle
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    I think you should take me with you. I promise to make the trip fun. And I enjoy tack stores!

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    I love the V&A museum. Don't know what's on there right now but even the permanent collection is quite marvelous.

    For cosmetics and bath stuff, Boots is hard to beat. And they're everywhere.

    The annual Summer Pavilion at the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park is a Jean Nouvel creation. Good FT article on it here. This is always worth seeing.

    Also, if you like art, don't miss the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. It's always varied and there's usually something for everyone.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Anselcat View Post
    I did the Ripper walk with colleagues from London and they loved it. The type of thing you only do when tourists come to town. We did the one led by Donald Rumbelow --
    http://www.walks.com/London_Walks_Ho...r/default.aspx
    YES! If you do a Ripper walk, do Rumbelow's. He is a leading expert on the case, has appeared in all kinds of TV shows, and is fantastic at evoking the era!
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    Sir John Soane's Museum if you like the off-beat, including crypts.

    There is a smallish museum that has an interesting collection of suits of armor, but the name is escaping me.

    Walking tours -- did the pub one and the Jack the Ripper one

    Greenwich (took boat one way as part of a tour and train/subway back)

    The "markets" are fun for shpping -- there was one in the Jack the Ripper area and another in Greenwich

    Indian food.
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    Default Manchester

    Here's a list of the major musuems and art galleries in Manchester and a more general list of attractions. Manchester was at the heart of the Industrial Revolution so there's a fair bit of it's history on show.

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    Lyme Park is within a Bus/Train/Car ride of Manchester

    http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main...ce/w-lymepark/

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    Quote Originally Posted by DressageGeek "Ribbon Ho" View Post
    27 Aug - 6 Sept

    We have some twofers for Stratford for the Monday, any other suggestions before the colleague with whom I am traveling (and who has let me organize the trip to revolve around tack stores and COTHers) gets a wee bit of a break?

    Cheap is good, coupons great!

    Cream teas
    shopping - (she likes crystal and china)
    shopping - cosmetics/bath stuff
    shopping - cute/different/inexpensive souveniers?

    we were thinking Natural History Museum, London Dungeon, Clink.

    Stratford eateries as well?

    thanks!
    Easy! I'll do you a map and PM it in case I can't get down to London. Does your friend want to look at crystal and china or buy crystal/china - or both? (Makes it easier to recommend places if I know if she wants to look at really top end stuff or gallery stuff, or whether she wants to buy bits)



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    for vouchers look at:

    vouchercodes.co.uk
    moneysavingexpert.co.uk
    myvouchercodes.co.uk

    All of them have a restaurant section.

    And google vouchers and London/Manchester/Stratford - you can often find sites that are unique to the city.

    Also, I think the timeout website has some links to vouchers/deals.

    Apart from food, you can do a lot for free in London. And TimeOut London definitely has some good recommendations for cheap, good food in London - again I can send you some recommendations.

    I'll keep my eye out for some freebies!



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    I know that you are looking for inexpensive, but come on . . . . you're going to be in MANCHESTER! You have to see a Man U game! (or any EPL game would be great as well) Just sayin'.



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    Doodlebug - not too expensive on the crystal china - not much we can carry, and not much we can spend, but I bet she'd treat herself to something nice!

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    I've found you can get interesting cheap "souvenirs" at local grocery stores. There's usually something unique to a country that's great to take back.

    Personally, McVities biscuits and Aero chocolate bars work for me!

    In London I found the "hop on/hop off" buses were great when people visited. One ticket, and it takes you to all the major sites in London (Tower of London -- my favorite, Buckingham Palace, the V & A etc etc etc).



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    Quote Originally Posted by His Greyness View Post
    Here's a list of the major musuems and art galleries in Manchester and a more general list of attractions. Manchester was at the heart of the Industrial Revolution so there's a fair bit of it's history on show.

    It's been forty years since I lived in Manchester and it has changed greatly in that time.
    I lived there too, His Greyness, not too long after you.

    I don't even know if it is still there, but the Royal Exchange was a wonderful theatre (I worked there).

    Coronation Street is shot there (or it used to be) set just outside Manchester, (Salford I think?)

    I did go to a football game at Old Trafford - fun but a bit scary.

    His Greyness, do you remember a great pub, on that scary snakey road in the Pennines?

    London, I agree about the Ripper Tour, the V & A, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace etc, 1/2 price theatre tickets.... it is an incredible city!!

    Lot's of great restaurants.

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    We are going to have a blast. We meet up with hoopoe on the Friday (if it works for her schedule), gls on Saturday, maybe Doodlebug. Then JennyRose in Manchester, in snippets between sessions.
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    Tower of London is a must-see. We had an INCREDIBLE tour guide and learned so much. It was one of the highlights of our trip.

    Shopping... Harrods should be on that list if it isn't already!



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