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  • #1
    Congratulations to you :up: and sympathies to the Bride-to-be (just kidding) :) , no info on Bloomsbury or Prague, but Best Wishes.
    "A man is no man who cannot have a fried mackerel when he has set his mind on it; and more especially when he has money in his pocket to pay for it." - E.A. Poe's NICHOLAS DUNKS; OR, FRIED MACKEREL FOR DINNER

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    • #2
      Great to hear from you, Adlerian, and so happy you came back with such good news! Congrats on getting someone to marry you! :twisted: I kid, of course.

      Never been offa North America, sorry.
      "Wounds are all I'm made of. Did I hear you say that this is victory?"
      --Michael Moorcock, Veteran of the Psychic Wars

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      • #3
        Good to hear from you again, and congratulations!

        Bloomsbury is just around the corner from my university, but being a very funny kind of student, I'm only there three weeks a year!

        No doubt you will want to do some of the standard stuff. You will, of course, be near the British Museum, which is a must. How about a romantic boat trip down the Thames to Kew Gardens?

        Check out China town, and recommended cheap eating place there is Wong Kei's in Wardour Street (on four floors, it's the largest Chinese restaurant in the country). Then - bookshops on Charing Cross Road, not forgetting Forbidden Planet in Shaftesbury Ave. (If your bride-to-be has real bookshop tolerance - then the Fantasy Centre on Holloway Road is a must).

        Brick Lane is the place for Indian food (the British favourite) - go for the restaurant where they don't run out to offer a special discount. Read Peter Ackroyd's Hawksmoor on the flight, then check out the vibes around Christ Church (opposite Spitalfields Market). Find some of the little lanes that are still there between Spitalfields and Liverpool Street station for some of that Jack the Ripper atmosphere (Americans love it ). Maybe amble down towards Whitechapel Road and check out the Freedom Anarchist bookshop, a survivor from the East End's rebellious past?

        Highgate cemetery is a must should you feel in Gothic mode and want to go vampire-hunting - maybe a tad morbid for a honeymoon, but who knows? Also in a somewhat morbid vein, the Imperial War Museum is one of my favourite visits. There's even a recreation of the blitz there.

        Tate Modern - definitely recommend. You take a peek in St Paul's, then go across the 'wobbly bridge' to it. Even if most of the art is crap, you can marvel at the size of the gutted Turbine Hall.

        Well, I'm a provincial type myself, but there's a few of the things we like doing. London's great: you'll have a brilliant time.
        \"...an ape reft of his tail, and grown rusty at climbing, who yet feels himself to be a symbol and the frail representative of Omnipotence in a place that is not home.\" James Branch Cabell

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        • #4
          Congratulations!

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          • #5
            Congrats and many happy years together.
            :clap:

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            • #6
              Originally posted by TheAdlerian
              Do you have any thoughts on where to get "English" food? Also, if I happen to be back in the hotel can I expect to be able to watch Dr. Who at all and if so when?

              So, do you live around that area or do you, as you implied, just visit for school purposes?
              I'd have to do some research on the "English" food - not really to my liking! Apparently my (Canadian) cousin's English partner chefs at one of the top restaurants where they serve bone marrow and other trendy offal. I think this might be the kind of thing you'd be looking for (if Marmite sandwiches aren't enough for you...) I'll do some research for you.

              I live about an hour and a half's train journey from London, so I'm a fairly frequent visitor. I'd be happy to bring my partner along and meet up if you need a guide to the sights!

              PS www.bbc.co.uk for Doctor Who info.
              \"...an ape reft of his tail, and grown rusty at climbing, who yet feels himself to be a symbol and the frail representative of Omnipotence in a place that is not home.\" James Branch Cabell

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              • #7
                Originally posted by TheAdlerian
                Also, if I happen to be back in the hotel can I expect to be able to watch Dr. Who at all and if so when?
                Alas, Dr Who is off-air at the moment on the main BBC channel, but it will be back for a Christmas Special on Christmas Day! :woot:

                Still, all is not lost if your hotel can get the 'UK Gold' satellite channel (Sky Channel 109).

                Saturday 5th November: 18:00 - Dr Who: The End of the World (Episode 2)
                Sunday 6th November: 21:00 - Repeat of the Saturday episode
                Wednesday 9th November: 23:00 - Repeat of the Saturday episode
                Friday 11th November: 20:00 - Dr Who: The Unquiet Dead (Episode 3)

                There's an old Peter Davison omnibus on the Sunday at 07:00, but that's Warriors of the Deep, so probably not worth getting out of bed for. ;)

                November 5th is the 400th anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot, so there might be some kind of celebrations going on in London that day, though I don't know of any specifically.

                Hope you both have a great time. :up:
                _"For an eternity Allard was alone in an icy limbo where all the colours were bright and sharp and comfortless.
                _For another eternity Allard swam through seas without end, all green and cool and deep, where distorted creatures drifted, sometimes attacking him.
                _And then, at last, he had reached the real world – the world he had created, where he was God and could create or destroy whatever he wished.
                _He was supremely powerful. He told planets to destroy themselves, and they did. He created suns. Beautiful women flocked to be his. Of all men, he was the mightiest. Of all gods, he was the greatest."

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                • #8
                  Originally posted by Mikey_C
                  PS www.bbc.co.uk for Doctor Who info.
                  Or even www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho :)
                  _"For an eternity Allard was alone in an icy limbo where all the colours were bright and sharp and comfortless.
                  _For another eternity Allard swam through seas without end, all green and cool and deep, where distorted creatures drifted, sometimes attacking him.
                  _And then, at last, he had reached the real world – the world he had created, where he was God and could create or destroy whatever he wished.
                  _He was supremely powerful. He told planets to destroy themselves, and they did. He created suns. Beautiful women flocked to be his. Of all men, he was the mightiest. Of all gods, he was the greatest."

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                  • #9
                    You can hear some recent audio dramas with Paul McGann as the 8th Doctor on the digital radio station BBC 7 on Saturdays at 18:30, btw.

                    http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7/drama/7thdimension.shtml

                    Doctor Who: Invaders from Mars - New York, 1938. Orson Welles prepares to make an historic broadcast from the studios of CBS and there's a new gumshoe in town. Episode 1 of 4. (30 mins)

                    http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7/listenagai.../rams/1830.ram

                    (Link is good for seven days after first broadcast - oh, and it starts with the end of the programme on previously that evening, so jump to 2 mins 39 sec to hear the Dr Who theme. :))

                    PS it's written by Mark Gatiss, who also wrote the aforementioned 'The Unquiet Dead' episode.
                    _"For an eternity Allard was alone in an icy limbo where all the colours were bright and sharp and comfortless.
                    _For another eternity Allard swam through seas without end, all green and cool and deep, where distorted creatures drifted, sometimes attacking him.
                    _And then, at last, he had reached the real world – the world he had created, where he was God and could create or destroy whatever he wished.
                    _He was supremely powerful. He told planets to destroy themselves, and they did. He created suns. Beautiful women flocked to be his. Of all men, he was the mightiest. Of all gods, he was the greatest."

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                    • #10
                      Congratulations and best wishes on your marriage!!

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                      • #11
                        Originally posted by TheAdlerian
                        Do you have any thoughts on where to get "English" food? Also, if I happen to be back in the hotel can I expect to be able to watch Dr. Who at all and if so when?
                        Any decent pub at lunchtime - that's the only place to find real English food. Cheaper than a restaurant, bigger portions, and higher average quality, too.

                        Make sure to plan in a few hours reading in the reading room of the British Library (right in the middle of the British Museum)!
                        Arma virumque cano.

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                        • #12
                          I'm going to put in a word for the Museum of London, it's one of my favourite museums, ever. There are many excellent museums in London, even the Freud Museum, the London home and office of Dr Sigmund, himself.

                          Traditional English food, overview of some of what's available in London:
                          http://www.ediblelondon.co.uk/eating_establishments.asp

                          Traditional London grub. Pie and mash (with liquor), or jellied eels (may be an acquired taste):
                          http://www.pieshop.co.uk/
                          http://www.viewlondon.co.uk/home_fea...ockneygrub.asp

                          Oh! Yeah! And Congratulations to you both! :)

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                          • #13
                            As always, beware pubs anywhere offering very large menus - generally indicates food is pre-cooked and reheated - which will be the case in a lot of city pubs.

                            London is ironically probably one of the worst places to find 'English' food, in that it's one of the most international cities on Earth (30% of the population are non-UK citizens and they all have a restaurant). I can tell you where to find a good Indian or Turkish restaurant, or a bagel at 4 in the morning, but I'd be hard-pressed to tell you where to get good English food. Even the caffs I've visited for a trad. English breakfast have tended to be Italian owned.

                            There is of course the likes of Claridges and The Ritz, but I've never visited so I can't comment, other than that they are pricey.

                            The offal oriented restaurant someone mentioned might be :

                            http://www.stjohnrestaurant.co.uk/

                            Shame really - I can name several places nearby to Leeds that do excellent British food (there has been a real revival in recent years in being interested in local ingredients - i.e. applying an Italian simplicity of cooking to British produce). It's not that they don't exist in London, just that it's not the sort of thing I eat when in London.


                            In Prague, I would have to recommend :

                            U Modre Kachnicky (The Blue Duck), Nobovidskأ، 6, Prague 1,
                            tel: 57 32 03 08
                            Reservations recommended.

                            Definitely the best place we ate in terms of atmosphere and food - specialising in game - dishes like venison in redcurrant sauce. While the prices are top end for Prague, we went for 3 courses and a very decent bottle of local wine, and it still came out about what we would pay for an average meal out in the UK.

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