Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/12/06

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Subject: Re: [Leica] One thing everyone should do at least once (in London)
From: "Roland Smith" <>
Date: Mon, 6 Dec 1999 18:48:01 -0800

What about Portobello Road on a Saturday?  Great flea market for antique
shopping with stalls on the sidewald and in the spaces between the shops.
Easy to reach on the underground.

A suggestion, take a compass with you so you can orient yourself after
emerging from the underground.   It will save you time and energy.

On our last trip to UK, we stayed at Aberfeldy, Scotland for one week and
Cromer, England for another using B&Bs (not the beverage) in between to make
up three weeks.   We found the Fens area very interesting along with Suffolk
and Surrey completely avoiding London.   We followed the hood ornament
staying on the left side of the road most of the time.

If you travel these areas off the main road, I recommend a small car because
the roads are so narrow.  While I enjoy my life in the colonies being a
native, I have really enjoyed my UK travel.

Roland Smith
Oakland, California
- ----- Original Message -----
From: Johnny Deadman <>
To: LUG <>
Sent: Tuesday, December 07, 1999 1:20 AM
Subject: [Leica] One thing everyone should do at least once (in London)

> Well, let's not reignite the beef war. BUT if you're coming to London, or
> especially if you live here, make sure you do this.
> Take one of the ripoff open-top bus tours.
> Yeah, they're tacky. But it is a truly amazing way to see the city --
> perhaps more amazing for those of us who live here and never ever go to
> any of the tourist sights.
> Other must sees:
> Camden of a weekend - 250,000 misfits crammed into a square mile.
> Leicester Square Tube at 11pm on a Saturday night. 50,000 groovers packed
> into a square yard.
> Tower Bridge at 5am on a Sunday morning. Absolutely deserted, the only
> you will see it this way.
> Brick Lane market, early as possible on a Sunday (2 miles N of Tower
> :-)). Every stolen good your heart desires.
> Smithfield Meat Market. The only place in London where the pubs open at
> --
> Johnny Deadman