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Sean Cunningham's London Experience

25/11/2001, By Sean Cunningham

Reader Rating: 2.9 from 14417 votes


I just returned from London 2 days ago, It was my first visit and I am now planning another trip in May. I have never found a place more wonderful in my life: the history, the people and the shopping, everything was overwhelming, and for US citizens afraid to travel there is no reason to be at all.

Upon landing at 5 am in London I took the Heathrow Express to Paddington and then a cab, which I recommend if you have heavy luggage because there are very few tube stops with elevators and that way you avoid stairs.

I found the Notting Hill area to be very nice, itís not downtown but everything you need is right there: Boots (like a CVS), several restaurants and a tube stop on the Central Line. The restaurant Pharmacy is fun and they have great drinks.

I found all the people all over the city to be friendly and helpful, I especially enjoyed the guided tour of the Tower of London and I took advantage of a bus tour, which included walking tours and a river cruise which was great for seeing the city. You have to sit up top and it's cool, so dress warm.

The tube is easy to use and you can get all over the city. I live outside Boston and visit New York a lot so I could not get over how clean London was, there was no litter anywhere. The trashcans are few and hard to find so Iím not sure where it all goes but even the tube was spotless.

I am a big shoppaholic and I also was amazed at the selections in the stores which easily surpass New York's variety.

I was not ready to go home however I had run out of Pounds on this trip, but now I plan to go back in May.

If people are afraid to Travel, don't be, there is security everywhere and being the off season there are less tourists so you can interact with actual Londoners.

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By Debbie 01/02/2003, (Rating: 2.9 from 12864 votes)

I agree with Sean's opinion of Londoners. However, I might add that one just doesn't know the meanings of 'friendly' and 'helpful' until you venture into the countryside and villages, especially Devon. You are 'famiy' to everyone you encounter. Thanks for your insight, Sean
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By Debbie 01/02/2003, (Rating: 2.9 from 12623 votes)

I agree with Sean's opinion of Londoners. However, I might add that one just doesn't know the meanings of 'friendly' and 'helpful' until you venture into the countryside and villages, especially Devon. You are 'family' to everyone you encounter. Thanks for your insight, Sean
debbie

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By melody hagan 01/05/2003, (Rating: 2.9 from 12620 votes)

I have been to Britain so many times since I first came in 1979 as part of a tour that it is difficult to put everything in order in my mind. The first few years I would spend a few days in London seeing the must sees and then rent a car and go to devon or the lake district. after I got married and my husband wanted to come with me I started seeing london again and rediscovering the city through fresh eyes. my favorite must see on every trip has always been one of the parks. Regeants park was my favorite for years from the first time i saw it in may with the tulips in bloom. Then we discovered st james's park and green park the year of the queen's birthday celebration, with thousands of daffodils and it became a mission to see all of the parks and green spaces of london.We haven't been able to visit london for a few years and there are times when i literally feel an ache in my heart to see the daffodils in april, the tulips in may, and the roses in august. The last time we were there we stayed at the marriot county hall(very pricey but worth it) and we rode the london eye, which was fantastic and then I sat up all night on my balcony looking at the river and the palace of westminster. For anyone contemplating a trip but putting it off. DO IT! you will never regret it. MELODY HAGAN, FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA

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