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    Soho

    by mirchica Written Jun 27, 2010

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    Soho is a small neighbourhood in London, but it’s central and very famous. It is the center of culture and fun. It has many clubs, pubs, bars and restaurants which make it unique place for enjoying the night
    Also Soho is home of the biggest gay-community in London especially in the beginning of the 90-s. There are gay bars in the whole area.

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    So cool

    by jorgec25 Written Sep 21, 2009

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    I loved walking around the Soho area. The whole area is so cool, and you can almost feel creativity in the air, I don't why.

    The streets and Pubs have a lot of activity, but still there is a sense of calm and "savoir - vivre" all around.

    The little garden in the small square in the centre of Soho is a perfect place to rest from a long walk around the whole area.

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    visit the Wallace Collection

    by uglyscot Written Apr 4, 2009

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    Free admission. Open daily 10am -5pm
    Closed 24-26 December.

    The Wallace Collection is named after the illegitimate son, Sir Richard Wallace, of the Marquess of Hertford. It is housed in Hertford House.
    There are 25 galleries in this superb building, which itself deserves a visit. It was built as the home of the Marquesses of Hertford who collected many paintings, pieces of furniture and armour, and porcelain in the 18th and 19th centuries. When the last member of the family died in 1897 , she left the house and its contents to the nation.
    There are exhibitions held on a temporary basis, as well as lectures.

    Among the most famous paintings are:
    The Laughing Cavalier by Franz Hals. Instead of being a cavalier it is actually a rich Dutch merchant
    The swing by Fragonard
    Titus, by his father Rubens, a genuine painting.
    Landscape by Rembrandt, one of a pair. The other is in the National Gallery.
    Dance to the Music of Time by Poussin
    Canalettos, Titians, Gainsborough and others

    It is possible to see the collection in about an hour.
    There is an excellent restaurant in the Courtyard open Sunday-Thursday 10 am- 4.30pm
    friday-Saturday 10am-10pm

    hertford House ornament in the grounds
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    Ripley´s believe it or not, Museum

    by gugi66 Written Jan 1, 2009

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    Located in the heart of Piccadilly Circus, Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum offers visitors the ultimate insight into the world of the odd and bizarre. Marvel at over 500 weird and unusual artifacts in over twenty themed galleries spanning four floors. Whether examining genuine shrunken heads, getting a close up view of an actual section of the Berlin Wall, or experimenting with a real life vampire killing kit, the truly amazing Ripley's Believe It or Not! collection proves that fact can indeed be stranger than fiction. For over 40 years, Robert Ripley - the real-life Indiana Jones - travelled the world collecting the unbelievable, the inexplicable, the one-of-a-kind. Now, for the first time in London, this bizarre collection can be viewed in person.

    Prices

    Adult £17.95 (about 23 Euro)
    Senior/Student £15.95 (about 20 Euro)
    Child [4 - 15] £13.95 (about 18 Euro) Under 4 FREE Mirror Maze £3.95
    Family * £59.96 * 2 Adults + 2 Children (about 75 Euro)

    RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! MUSEUM RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! MUSEUM
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    Wellington Arch

    by gugi66 Written Dec 31, 2008

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    Set in the heart of Royal London at Hyde Park Corner,Wellington Arch is a landmark for Londoners and visitors alike. George IV originally commissioned this massive monument as a grand outer entrance to Buckingham Palace. It was completed in 1830 by architect Decimus Burton, and moved to its present site in 1882.

    Take a lift to the balconies just below the spectacular bronze sculpture which tops the imposing monument, for glorious views over London's Royal Parks and the Houses of Parliament. The statue is the largest bronze sculpture in Europe, and depicts the angel of peace descending on the chariot of war.

    Inside the Arch, three floors of exhibits tell its fascinating history, including its time as London's smallest police station.

    The Arch's Viewing Gallery offers unique views of the Household Cavalry passing beneath on their way to and from the Changing of the Guard at Horse Guards Parade.

    Apsley House, opposite Wellington Arch, was the London home of the Duke of Wellington.

    Price to enter Wellington Arch

    Adult: £3.20 (about 4 Euro)
    Children: £1.60 (about 2 Euro)
    Concession: £2.40 (about 3 Euro)

    DONT MISS MY VIDEOS OF WELLINGTON ARCH

    DONT MISS MY TRAVELOGUES OF WELLINGTON ARCH

    Wellington Arch Statue Statue Monument Monument
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    Regent Street

    by gugi66 Written Dec 24, 2008

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    A amazing shopping street. There was so much people walking around on Regent street, here is the world famous Hamley´s toy store (dont miss this, read my shopping tip for Hamley´s and look at the videos of Hamley´s. And many many moore shopps.

    DONT MISS MY VIDEOS OF REGENT STREET

    Reegent Street Regent Street by night Regent Street by night McDonalds on Regent Street Camel ride
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    Amazing Architecture - Regent Street

    by angiebabe Written Dec 23, 2008

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    London really has amazing architecture - all over the place you can find it! Both old and modern contemporary.

    Walking from A to B and on to C and so on puts you in such a better position to see the buildings and what such an array of architecture and design amongst the buildings of London than relying too much on the Underground trains to travel with. (though that is of cultural and architectural interest too!)

    From Picadilly Circus on up Regents Street and up Shaftesbury Ave there are lovely to stunning buildings to see around here - including Oxford Circus and on to Robert Adam's All Saints Church, the BBC building and on up to Regents Park. It continues through to the streets behind too of course - and another favourite street of mine is Harley Street in behind Oxford Circus.

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    Oxford Street

    by gugi66 Written Dec 23, 2008

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    The no1 shopping street in London, shops, shops, shops evrywhere you turn. When we were there they had closed Regent street and Oxford street from traffic, it was London shopping day, it was so much people going in and out of the shops and so much people in the streets. I wonderd where all the people came from? It was like this for TWO days (saturday and sunday). It was a cool thing to experience.

    DONT MISS MY VIDEOS OF OXFORD STREET SHOPPING DAYS, UNBELIVEBLE

    Oxford Street by night Welcome to Oxford Street Alot of people People, people Souvenir stand, Oxford Street
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    Marble Arch

    by gugi66 Written Dec 23, 2008

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    Marble Arch is a white Carrara marble monument near Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park, at the western end of Oxford Street in London.

    The name Marble Arch also refers to the locality of west London where the arch is situated, particularly the upper half of Edgware Road. Historically, only members of the royal family and the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery were allowed to pass through the arch in ceremonial procession. Today, the arch is open to pedestrians.

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    don't leave london without a show :)

    by ukirsari Updated Dec 6, 2008

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    phantom stated, "come on sing .. sing ... sing my angel of music." thus, christine start to sing, "think of me, think of me fondly when we say goodbye .... remember me ..."

    oh, please. do not leave london without enjoy a show that performed in west end's theatres. one of the most memorable during the years, of course the greatest london's love story: phantom of the opera :)

    amongst the list are: her majesty's theatre [phantom of the opera] and duke of york's theatre [we watched no man's land in there]. another are the old vic [at the south bank, waterloo road], piccadilly theatre [grease], prince of wales theatre [mamma mia!], drury lane theatre [oliver], etc, etc.

    another option is for those who like movies. odeon provided the newest screenings all the time. and there's opportunity to meet up with world-wide class celebrities at the movie premieres.

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    ODEON WEST END

    by alyf1961 Written Nov 27, 2008

    If you are lucky enough to be in London when there is a cinema premier at the Odeon west end you should go. The atmosphere is great and if you get near enough to the red carpet, you may see your favourite stars.

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    The most haunted house in London

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Nov 13, 2008

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    Berkeley Square 50 -5 minutes north from tube "Green Park"- is or was supposedly the most haunted house in London. It is said that a girl who wanted to escape her abusive stepfather killed herself here. Since then, ghostly apparitions are documented, including two sailors who tried to stay there and ran panicking out of the house somewhere in the middle of the night.

    Nowadays the house seems to be quiet according to the current inhabitant (an antiquary book trader). Or so they say ...

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    The London Palladium

    by yurxlnc Written Nov 1, 2008

    I was very surprised when I came across the London Palladium, because it brought back memories from when I was a student in Scotland. I used to enjoy watching the variety shows broadcast on Sunday evenings.
    My first view was abside entrance with posters, but when we walked around we saw the elegant entrance, showing one of the popular shows.

    side entrance to the Palladium The London Palladium
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    The London Palladium

    by uglyscot Updated Oct 23, 2008

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    When growing up in the 1950s one of the highlights of the week was to sit and watch the variety show :Sunday Night at the London Palladium.
    There were acts with dancers, singers, [the politicallu uncorrect Black and White Minstrels] , comedians etc.
    On our wanderings we came across the Palladium, built in the Greek Style, and still in the business of entertainment. October 2008 it was advertising The Sound of Music. It is in Argyle St.
    It was interesting to see the theatre in the flesh, as it were.

    The London Palladium back Palladium entrance
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    Soho

    by uglyscot Updated Oct 22, 2008

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    Soho is a dodgy area at night, and not for the prudish by day. But there are little corners that are interesting. I was trying to find where my great grandparents used to live, and wandered around Soho because I thought it was in Greek Street. Today Greek Street has a lot of restaurants; but in 1860s was full of small industries and shops.
    I discovered the street I needed was now called Manette street after a character in Charles Dickens's "A Tale of Two Cities', whereas it had been Rose Street
    We entered through an arched entrance and found a quaint little street with a mixture of old and new buildings.
    What I found interesting was that above the arched entry was a pub called the Pillars of Hercules.
    That is why I like London. Every so often a surprise awaits you. Drab streets and then a charming mews, or buildings with interesting names.

    Update2008: One side of the street is taken up by Foyles bookshop, and there is a small Orthodox chapel, an Artists building, the sign above Goldbeater's house and a sex shop at the end of the street. This time we came across it from Charing Cross Rd side.

    The Pillar of Hercules Manette Street Manette Street chapel in Manette St chapel in Manette St close up of chapel close up of chapel GoldBeaters House GoldBeaters House Manette Street chapel in Manette St close up of chapel GoldBeaters House
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