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The National Gallery and the...

Favorite thing The National Gallery and the neighbouring Portrait Gallery, accessible from Leicester Sq. or Charing Cross metro station, are both worth more than a glance. The former displays a superb cross-section of Impressionists and post-Impressionists while the latter offers a comprehensive display of portraits. Surprisingly admission is FREE! I never have thought anything can be free in London? Where one has to donate 20p (that's equivalent to almost 3 dimes!) at the washrooms in train stations for every nature call. Where convenient stores or fast food restaurants lock their washrooms unless one again pays to get in.

Anywayz I was particularly impressed by the good collection of Canaletto's paintings on Venice. Today scientists who are trying to save Venice from the effects of sinking and devastating floods have turned to his work to extract clues as to what the sustainable water level in the city should be, as his paintings are considered extremely accurate because he projected real images onto canvas before tracing the pictures with a pen. They are hoping to use the information to establish an optimum flood level if, as conservationists hope, the government decides to build huge flood barriers on the entrances to the Venice Lagoon.

[To be filled in soon. Stay tuned!]

Sep 12, 2002

Watch as many plays and...

Favorite thing Watch as many plays and musicals as you can!

Fondest memory Overlooking Covent Garden there is a restaurant on the terrace called Chez Gerard. The food is excellent and it's a great place to hang out after a show. Drinks outside in the heated terrace during the winter is a must!

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Aug 26, 2002

tate modern

Fondest memory visiting the tate modern and their special exhibit was a feature on surrealism. my favorite genre of art. the tate modern just opened up in 2000 and is housed within an old factory. the collection of modern art here is beyond comparison. its also nice because this was the only museum i had EVER been to that has little stools that you can carry from floor to floor, exhibit to exhibit, so that you can take your time and view the pieces. so even if you REALLY arent an art conneisseur, you can look like one. ;) i think i forgot to take a picture outside the tate modern... so youll have to settle for a picture that i took in the subway station on the way to the tate modern.

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Aug 26, 2002

An exciting activity for me is...

Favorite thing An exciting activity for me is to see a show in the west end, many of the theatres are situated in Shaftesbury Avenue (theatreland) but there others.

Fondest memory Seeing the King and I in 1980 for my 13 birthday with Yule Bruyner. Lastest show we have seen was The Lion King (very good) showing at The Lycem.

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Aug 26, 2002
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Tate gallery

Favorite thing Tate gallery of Modern Art is a must! It is a unique place that combines real art with silly attempts of art. Example of art: Cezanne and Picasso paintings. Example of silliness: One 'Artist' displayed wooden shelf stuck on the wall with a glass half full of water. Below this he explains on two pages how he does not really see shelf with glass on top, but an oak tree. That surely attracted lots of visitors attention.

Fondest memory It is located on the south bank of the River Thames at Bankside, near Blackfriars Bridge, opposite St. Paul's cathedral.

Aug 26, 2002

Remember that catchy little...

Favorite thing Remember that catchy little song from way back in 1996, I Love You Always Forever, by Donna Lewis?

Fondest memory In London I stayed with a family, who were friends of my landlord/housemate John's parents... umm anyway. The house was really lovely, only a few minutes away from the center of London. I had my own private room and bathroom downstairs. Every evening I ate delicious homecooked meals and was shown around by my host parents. Well one night, they mentioned to me as her song came on the radio 'She is our niece, whenever she visits she stays in your room.' Then they got out some family pics etc. Hey! I slept in the same bed as (OK, she was a one-hit-wonder, but still....) Donna Lewis! ;)

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Aug 26, 2002

National Gallery

Favorite thing National Gallery

Fondest memory
National Gallery is the home to many great works, though it looks so so.

If you're interested in art, this gallery should be your paradise. As to me, no idea. :-)

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Aug 25, 2002

British Museum

Favorite thing British Museum

Fondest memory
The building itself is an artistic classic, and it also has the world's greatest collection of antiquities.

I noticed there were countless treasure, which were stolen or robbed from the other countries (include China), were being exhibited there shamelessly!!

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Aug 25, 2002
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"Maybe it's Because I'm A Londoner...."
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"Gor Blimey guv''r having a larf......"
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Hey if you guys love a great...

Favorite thing Hey if you guys love a great big party on the famous streets of London.
Visit end of August for a great and second largest street canival in the world.


Fondest memory Just living and working in London, The Cosmopolitant feel all around,

There are more than 360 languages spoken by over 180 national from around the world.

If you want to have a flavour of each continent in one city please visit LONDON.

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Aug 25, 2002

Liecester Sqaure Ticket Stand.

Fondest memory The Ticket Booth sells tickets for a selection of West End theatre shows on the day of performance only. Tickets, are sold at half price plus a service charge of £2.50 a ticket - cash, credit cards and debit cards are accepted BUT no cheques or travellers cheques.

Do you know it was pouring with rain when I took this and there were people still trying to get tickets :-)

Located in Leicester Square, the Ticket Booth is open Monday to Saturday from 10.00am to 7.00pm and Sunday 12noon to 3.30pm

Tickets are sold strictly from the 'top-of-the-pile' - there is no choice of where you sit. Generally the seats are in the [orchestra] stalls and, as these are tickets that haven't been been sold by the Box Office, are likely to be either in the very front rows, on the side of the theatre or right at the back of the stalls area.

As a guide, ticket prices for musicals are around £17.50 to £21.25 and for plays around £12.50 to £20.00 (including a £2.50 service charge per ticket)

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Aug 25, 2002

Catch a musical! We saw Five...

Favorite thing Catch a musical! We saw Five Guys Named Moe on New Year's Eve of 1993. We met up with a group of friends (from the US), who were all in Europe for various reasons. We met up at the theater in Picadilly, then walked/trotted through Trafalgar Square, down to the Parlaiment. That way, we were there to (try to) hear Big Ben chime in 1994.

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Aug 25, 2002

the national gallery is a must...

Favorite thing the national gallery is a must see
i am not a very 'art' person but still all the paintings had fascinated me enough to buy a art book!

Fondest memory the musicals are also quite nice. you could buy the tickets at the theatre where the musical is showing or buy from the half price booth at the day of the show.

Aug 25, 2002

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