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    Covent Garden

    by dvideira Written Sep 25, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Covent Garden is one of the London's biggest tourist magnets. The origins of Covent Garden are firmly rooted in medieval times, when a local 'convent garden' supplied fruit and vegetables to Westminster Abbey.

    The impressive covered central market was originally designed for this same purpose, although it now contains restaurants, open-air cafés and small shops selling antiques, books, and arts and crafts.

    In 1540 King Henry VIII confiscated the lands of the monasteries and the land was given to John Baron Russell, the first Earl of Bedford.
    In 1632 the 4th Earl of Bedford, Francis Russell, commissioned the renowned architect Inigo Jones to develop the area into a luxury neighborhood.

    Influenced by Italian piazzas, Jones created London's first public square, surrounded by arcaded buildings and dominated by the church of St. Paul.

    Nowadays, the piazza is famous for the many street performers who entertain the visitors.

    Fondest memory: One of the places I liked more visiting when I was there was the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre a Museum of Automata (Mechanical Sculpture)

    I bought there a lot of books and card cut-outs to my niece and nephew.

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    Portobello Road

    by dvideira Written Sep 26, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The Portobello Road Market on saturdays is the reason why most people visit Notting Hill.
    It is always bustling and and well worth visit even if you do not intend to buy.

    Portobello Road is a narrow, winding thoroughfare, in the middle of Notting Hill

    At the Notting Hill end there are over 2,000 stalls selling antiques, jewellery, paintings, coins, medals, silverware and collectables. All the stallholders here are experts so don't expect too many bargains. This area also has cafés, bars, restaurants and delicatessens.

    Further down the hill are fruit and vegetable stalls.

    Under the Westway is a large flea market offering second-hand clothes, jewellery, records and books, and beyond this at Golborne Road the market becomes rundown but it's still worth searching for bargains, as well as the Portuguese cafés.

    Saturday is the best day to go, although some stalls are open all week

    Open:
    Antiques: Sat: 04:00-18:00
    General: Mon-Wed: 08:00-18:00, Thu: 09:00-13:00, Fri-Sat: 08:00-19:.00
    Bric-a-Brac: Fri & Sat 08:00-17:00

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    The Hustle and Bustle of Oxford Street

    by deecat Updated May 11, 2005

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    Jill Shopping in Oxford Street

    Favorite thing: Oxford Street used to be called such names as "The Kings's Highway", "The Acton Road", and "The Road To Tyburn".

    It's named after the Earl of Oxford, Robert Harley. This street is a hustling, bustling group of shops about one mile long that runs west from Tottenham Court Road to Marble Arch.

    There's only one pub (The Tottenham), but there are places to eat....but no fine restaurants. The shops are not so attractive or of architectual interest, but about 4,000,000 people crowd to this unique area each week because Oxford Street is the "shopping Mecca of London".

    It's quite loud with buses, music, hawkers, and even Scot's bagpipes! I think it must be a "tradition" to shop here. A man told me that "the more middle class you are, the fewer shops you patronize in Oxford Street."

    I noticed that the street guys use the "three card trick" to fleece unsuspecting people.

    A word of warning: There are only seven public toilets in Oxford Street.

    Jill and I went there, and she purchased glassware, and I bought a Buddy Holly CD.

    It's fun but tiring, and one has to be careful that he/she does not mix up a "bargain" with a "rip off"!

    Fondest memory: The glassware that Jill purchased was truly unique and quite beautiful. I took it home with me to keep for her. She was returning to the states in about six months. Jill was thrilled to see it when she finally returned home.

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    Piccadilly Market.

    by Regina1965 Updated Apr 11, 2013

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    Favorite thing: In the courtyard in front of St. James´s Church Piccadilly there has been a market open for 30 years. There are not that many markets in the very center of London and I find this one so lovely. It is small, but has got a lot of stalls closely together and it is always busy here.

    Opening hours for the market:

    On Mondays from 11:00-17:00 there is a food market.

    On Tuesdays from 10:00-18:00 there is an Antique and Collectors Market.

    On Wednesdays-Saturdays from 10:00-18:00 there is an Arts and Crafts Market. One can find such interesting stuff here, I f.ex. love minerals and have found them here at this small market.

    Fondest memory: The Piccadilly Market is open 6 days a week (closed on Sundays) and the rent for the stalls goes to the upkeep of the lovely St. James´s Church Piccadilly.

    The market is located at 197 Piccadilly. Tube: Piccadilly Circus and Green Park.

    A recommended visit while in this busy area of London - one can also pop into the beautiful church or enjoy the garden with its statues. I just love this area.

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    Pharmacies

    by Marpessa Updated Dec 15, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Generally if you are not from the UK you may not know the name of local pharmacies (for tissues, aspirin/panadol, cold medicine and other personal items). Two of the main ones are 'Boots' and 'Superdrug' (both can be found on Oxford St)

    To find where other stores are located in London try:
    www.londontown.com

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    Everything Old is New again

    by pedersdottir Updated Apr 6, 2004

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    Quite Quant

    Favorite thing: Carnaby Street. Calls to mind the Swinging Sixties. Mary Quant. Big eye makeup and bobbed hair.

    For three decades the look was out of fashion and out of mind. On Carnaby Street it has re-emerged with a passion. Miniskirts and fishnet stockings. Vinyl slickers and Cleopatra eyes. Psychodelic colors.

    Along with the fashion scene there has been a renovation and refitting of local buildings. It is worth a visit, if only for the nostalgia of it all.

    Carnaby Street is between the London Palladium and Piccadilly Circus, off Regent Street.

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    Shopping in London

    by SLLiew Written Oct 20, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Fancy buying a Rolls Royce in London. Well, at least you can window shop at one.

    Favorite shopping places for window shoppers for tourists include Harrods where the Queen also has shopped as well as Marks and Spencers.

    What about the flea markets? The list goes on as far as the choices and variety of shopping in London. The city of shops.

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    London Markets

    by HORSCHECK Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Camden Market

    Favorite thing: Stroll around one of the popular street markets of London. Camden Market (Tube: Camden) is a young place selling nearly everything. Antiques can be bought at Portobello Road Market (Tube: Notting Hill Gate). A small market for jewelry and ethnic stuff is Gabriel´s Wharf on the South Bank (Tube: Southwark). Most markets are opened only on weekends.

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    Smart souvenir shopping

    by marielexoteria Updated Oct 9, 2007

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    Favorite thing: OK, so you saw a nice t-shirt, paper weight, collectible place (add your favorite souvenir) at a price you think it's adequate. Chances are the shop next door or down the street has the same item but cheaper. At Piccadilly Circus there's plenty of souvenir shops that have pretty much the same range of merchandise and the price differs by as much as a couple of pounds. You might even look at shops outside the city center for even better prices.

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    Shopes at Oxford Street

    by Imbi Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Official opening hours are generally from around 9 am to 5 pm. Most stores are open six days a week, and some are open on Sundays.

    Virtually all larger shops will exchange goods if they are returned undamaged and within a few days with the receipt.

    Only pounds are accepted, but currencies can be exchanged in any branch of a local bank, or at one of the many bureau-de-change outlets located in most major towns across the country

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    Portobello Road

    by Galahad Updated May 1, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Visit Portobello Road even if the market is closed

    Fondest memory: Buying 'Rare Breed' meat from 'Kingsland - The Edwardian Butcher' (140 Portobello Road).
    Watching coffee being roasted and then buying tea and coffee from 'The Tea and Coffee Plant' (170 Portobello Road - they may have temp moved along the road whilst they refurbish their shop).
    Visiting a bookshop called 'Books for Cooks' (4 Blenheim Crescent). A little road just round the corner from 'The Tea and Coffee Plant'
    This is the area in which the film 'Notting Hill' was made.

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    The Covent Garden market

    by bzh Updated Feb 7, 2003

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    Covent Garden South Hall

    Favorite thing: Covent Garden is one of my favourite places in London. Have a walk round the market at the week-end, browsing the shops. Watch the show on the street. And when you need a break, stop at a coffee shop in the South Hall, where a space is set aside in the lower gallery for musicians to play classical music for some spare change.

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    Souvenirs buying...

    by A2002 Written Nov 12, 2002

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    Favorite thing: As a tourist, I am sure you will want to buy some souvenirs. Go to Piccadilly Circus and look out for those small stalls along the streets. As far as I know, they are the cheapest.
    My most recent travel to London in Oct 2002, those small stalls near Westminster are selling the souvenirs at competitive prices too.

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    Shopes at Oxford Street

    by Imbi Updated Sep 18, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Official opening hours are generally from around 9 am to 5 pm. Most stores are open six days a week, and some are open on Sundays.

    Virtually all larger shops will exchange goods if they are returned undamaged and within a few days with the receipt.

    Only pounds are accepted, but currencies can be exchanged in any branch of a local bank, or at one of the many bureau-de-change outlets located in most major towns across the country

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    Leaving London

    by Lalique Updated Apr 9, 2003

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    on the way to Heathrow

    Favorite thing: And again, as during my very first visits, the sun was in full shine is London.... my short biz trip was over and I was heading to the airport to catch a plane, but wanting to freeze those last imagest of London, I took out the camera and..... click! here it is, one of the most cognate image! :)))

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