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London Game vs. Jags October 2018 - What to do in London?

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Heading over the pond to see the game (green legion trip).

What are some cool pubs to hit? What are the non-touristy spots that are must see?

London has Uber right?

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I've never been to London (or Europe!) before, but I have kept a list of interesting buildings, places, spots, locations, etc for London if I ever get a chance to go.  This Eagles game might be that chance.

 

One thing you might find cool is that there is a section of the original Roman wall right near the Tower of London.  There's actually a few little sections left.  I know there's one right by the Tower Hill tube station.  With so many tourists going to the Tower of London, so few people know about the Roman ruins.

 

My goal when I go over there is to visit the oldest pub in London.  This will be tough, because there are so many ways to determine this.  It's not one business in one building; there's a lot of gray area.  But, that means that you'll just have a drink in as many as you can, so you know you got to the right one!  I don't have all my notes on me, but here's a list of old ones worth stopping in:

~ Jerusalem Tavern: begun in the 1400s, but in its current c.1720 location since 1990

~ Mayflower Pub: the place where the Mayflower set sail for Plymouth before going to Massachusetts

~ Lamb & Flag: got its license in 1623

~ Cittie of York: Built 1645, got its name from a pub originally across the street

~ The Angel: pub operated since the 1100s, originally by Benedictine monks

~ Hoop & Grapes: Founded 1890s, but in one of the few timber-frame buildings to survive the Great Fire of 1666

 

That should be a good start to some cool London history!

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Find Islamic terriots and report them to the police.

Stay out of the No-Go zones.

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7 hours ago, Scrapple said:

London has Uber right?

Yes London has Uber so you're OK. 

I would recommend heading over to Hyde Park area where there's some nice bars and pubs etc. Plus it's near Oxford Street so it's a good location. 

My biggest tip for London though? Use the underground but mostly walk and explore. London is one of those places where you experience so much more by walking and stumbling across places. 

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I recommend any of the hop on hop off bus tours.  Buy a day or two day pass, and it will take you to all the touristy spots in the city.   This is a great way to get acclimated to the city and see the major highlights.  Besides this, use the Tube!  Get an oyster card, and take the underground to where you need to go.  This is the most cost effective and efficient way to get around besides walking.  London is a great city, and there will be so much to do besides the game festivities.  

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I'm seriously thinking of going as well. Good thing is we have lots of time to plan for this. Have they released the exact date in October ye?  Last I heard it was most likely the 21st but I didn't hear definitively.

It would be nice to take a whole week and enjoy the history and local attractions of London 

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5 minutes ago, chuckintx said:

I'm seriously thinking of going as well. Good thing is we have lots of time to plan for this. Have they released the exact date in October ye?  Last I heard it was most likely the 21st but I didn't hear definitively.

It would be nice to take a whole week and enjoy the history and local attractions of London 

Would be great if it was the 21st!!! That date works much better for me personally but I'll be there regardless. Already got tickets so I'm going! Just a matter of getting a bit of grief from the Mrs if it's the 28th! :P

But most definitely all worth it. 

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On ‎2‎/‎1‎/‎2018 at 10:12 PM, Scrapple said:

Heading over the pond to see the game (green legion trip).

What are some cool pubs to hit? What are the non-touristy spots that are must see?

London has Uber right?

You sure you want to go? Do you speak the language? :huh: 

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Just now, VaBeach_Eagle said:

You sure you want to go? Do you speak the language? :huh: 

Just remember that that over here it's toilet not restroom, the chips are potato chips not crisps and that tomato sauce is ketchup and you'll be fine. 

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4 minutes ago, UK_EaglesFan89 said:

Just remember that that over here it's toilet not restroom, the chips are potato chips not crisps and that tomato sauce is ketchup and you'll be fine. 

I've mentioned this before, but I still laugh to myself about it. One year, I think 2006 when the Steelers beat the Seahawks in the Super Bowl, Chad Johnson was being interviewed on NFL Network during Super Bowl week by Dahani Jones. Jones was about to go to England on some 'good will' sort of tour for the NFL to help spur interest (I think that's why they were going). So Jones invited Chad Johnson to go.

Johnson responded that he couldn't because he couldn't speak the language... :huh: He was serious too...

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On 2/13/2018 at 3:48 AM, VaBeach_Eagle said:

I've mentioned this before, but I still laugh to myself about it. One year, I think 2006 when the Steelers beat the Seahawks in the Super Bowl, Chad Johnson was being interviewed on NFL Network during Super Bowl week by Dahani Jones. Jones was about to go to England on some 'good will' sort of tour for the NFL to help spur interest (I think that's why they were going). So Jones invited Chad Johnson to go.

Johnson responded that he couldn't because he couldn't speak the language... :huh: He was serious too...

Well, he did change his name to Chad Ochocinco:lol:

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25 minutes ago, England4Eagles said:

There aren't any no-go areas in London

Delivery Drivers Reveal London 'No-Go Zones' Made 'Too Dangerous to Work' by Acid Attacks and Knife Crimes

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8 minutes ago, nveagle5 said:

Delivery Drivers Reveal London 'No-Go Zones' Made 'Too Dangerous to Work' by Acid Attacks and Knife Crimes

Whatever, I live and work in London. Acid attacks appear to have gone out of fashion, I work in a an area of high knife crime (for UK) but never seen anything mainly because I'm not a member of a gang. The biggest danger is getting run-over by a black cab.

 

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1 hour ago, England4Eagles said:

Whatever, I live and work in London. Acid attacks appear to have gone out of fashion, I work in a an area of high knife crime (for UK) but never seen anything mainly because I'm not a member of a gang. The biggest danger is getting run-over by a black cab.

 

Those red phone boxes can be pretty lethal too so watch them... 

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My friend was trying to get tickets on the website.  Messed up for like twenty minutes.  Got zero tickets but within minutes tond of tickets on secondary site for double the price.

Somebody should investigate. Happens all the time with concert tickets and big sporting events.

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On 2/1/2018 at 10:12 PM, Scrapple said:

Heading over the pond to see the game (green legion trip).

What are some cool pubs to hit? What are the non-touristy spots that are must see?

London has Uber right?

Been many times including 2 months and am going for the game.   There are a ton of pubs.  Depends if you want touristy area (Leicester Square/Piccadilly Circus) or off the beaten path.    Some nice pubs along the Thames.   

Its an easy city to navigate if you think of everything by what tube stop its closest too. The underground is very easy to use.   

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2 hours ago, wjbutler00 said:

Been many times including 2 months and am going for the game.   There are a ton of pubs.  Depends if you want touristy area (Leicester Square/Piccadilly Circus) or off the beaten path.    Some nice pubs along the Thames.   

Its an easy city to navigate if you think of everything by what tube stop its closest too. The underground is very easy to use.   

Yeah my thoughts exactly. And if the weather is good then London is a great place to visit. I would avoid the touristy places but then I've done them before so I guess that's why. 

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Myself and a friend will be flying in from San Antonio TX for the game!

Will arrive in London Thursday morning.  I've got one trip planned to go see Stonehenge, but the rest of the time we'll be walking around.

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On 2/1/2018 at 7:12 PM, Scrapple said:

Heading over the pond to see the game (green legion trip).

What are some cool pubs to hit? What are the non-touristy spots that are must see?

London has Uber right?

Have some tea and crumpets

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On 2/13/2018 at 2:41 AM, UK_EaglesFan89 said:

Just remember that that over here it's toilet not restroom, the chips are potato chips not crisps and that tomato sauce is ketchup and you'll be fine. 

I was in the UK 3 times last year for work.  The cafeteria had a sign on the menu that there are stones in one of the dishes.  I knew stones couldn't mean rocks, I had to ask.  They are pits like the pit of an olive.  

Also dirty food = junk food, like bar/pub grub, appetizer type stuff.

The tube is the subway.

A lift is an elevator.

Biscuits are little thin cookies, not thick buttermilk bread.

And yes beers at the pubs are room temperature warm.  

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On 2/1/2018 at 9:12 PM, Scrapple said:

Heading over the pond to see the game (green legion trip).

What are some cool pubs to hit? What are the non-touristy spots that are must see?

London has Uber right?

I visited 3 times last year for work and got to see a bunch of places.

Yes there is uber.  Black cabs are expensive.  And if you're using card, always ask before getting in a cab if they take the card you're using, and always have cash on you in case.

Some sites I liked:

Covent Garden.  Market area with a couple pubs, shops, restaurants, street vendors with affordable items, gifts for people if you're doing that.  I got a nice flat cap there for 10 pounds.  Sometimes they'll have live music or street performers.

The Sky Garden - it's a bar on a rooftop that is like a big greenhouse.  They have live music or DJ and it's free to go up, just pay for your drinks.  It's all glass and they keep it very cool and air controlled for the plants and flowers.  There's a little restaurant up there as well.  you get a 360 degree view of the city, it's awesome.  even if just going up briefly.

You can do a walking tour for just a few hours and hit Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, The London Eye (ferris wheel by the river) and a few other sites.  Hit up some pubs along the way.  Pubs are absolutely everywhere.  Look for ones off the beaten path.

If you like coffee, I liked Cafe Nero. Better than Starbucks.  

The food there is nothing special except the fish n chips is legit good stuff.  But other than that, you're better off taking advantage of cuisine from other nearby countries.  They're so close to other European countries they get some really great ethnic food.  For example, check out the Bavarian Beerhouse for German beer and sausages.  Another good one is Barcelona Tapas - a restaurant on Lime street (near the financial district and more modern area of town) with great Spanish food and drinks.

Pro tip:  difference between London Bridge and the Tower Bridge.  London Bridge is just a bridge, nothing special.  But people think it's the big famous looking one.  The Tower Bridge is the famous one.  It's right near Tower of London where the Crown Jewels are kept.  It's a nice little area to walk around the Thames river (pronounced Tems).  Also near the Tower Bridge is St. Katherine Pier with some shops and pubs with nice views.  One is The Dickens Inn, check out the website.  Been around since the 18th Century.

Another pub I sent to near the Tower Bridge area is The Hung, Drawn & Quartered.  Neat history of actual site of hangings.  Good "pies" (think chicken pot pies but better) and drinks.

Overall I like just walking around and seeing the little shops, stopping into pubs and getting to know the area.  If you have time there are lots of great museums as well.

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