Wednesday, November 15, 2006

London 101

In newstands across London today you will find the capital's weekly culture and style Bible, Time Out, with a cover mocking the 101 Thing You Must Do Before You Die bestseller with their own, hit-list version entitled '101 Things to do Before You Leave London.' And despite taking umbrage with the title's suggestion that London is not forever, the list is comprehensive and worth a once over. Unless of course you already knew there was a Shoreditch Golf Open every May? Yet, as a competitive blogmaiden at heart, I can't help but feel we need to mark our territory (like a dog needs to pee on a tree).

So I will humbly start us off. After that please pitch in. I am too distracted by whether Dubya is back on the bottle, what the rumoured Rudy Giuliani presidency means for Hillary, and by David Frost's potential interview with Osama Bin Laden to manage anything successfully on my own today.

And without further ado:

102. Turn into a real London luvvie (I mean lover). Enjoy an evening performance at the National Theatre, followed by a drink at the Oxo Tower, and then a walk back across Waterloo Bridge taking in Westminster, the South Bank and London Eye to the west and the City and Canary Wharf to the east.

Because somehow after that experience, paying £800/month for a bedsit in Zone 2 to live with three squatting Aussies starts to make sense.

103. ?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

was waiting for my daily slicker

okay...curry at tower bridge tandoori can't exact remember full name but has yellow door and sits behind pub behind the mayor's office. best tikka anywhere in town and the view at night looking eats across tower bridge cant be beat.

from a bermondsey boy :-)

6:21 pm  
Anonymous honkman said...

As I haven't bought Time Out yet I am hoping that a drunken night moshing at Fabric next to sweaty club kids isnt there. Not much fun but one everyone should tick off in their 20s.

6:23 pm  
Anonymous Ben said...

Highbury born lad here

Iznik - best Turkish food in London. Off tourist tracks.

Highbury Park, N5

6:25 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hidden London eh?

If you want to but a Banksy go to:

6:34 pm  
Anonymous bighouselittleman said...

No no the best of the best I am afraid are the Twilight Tours every Tuesday at Tower of London. £20 and you get the chap from Beefeaters retelling stories and hosting drinks afterward sin the Yeoman Warder's private club.

Cant be beat unless you dont like history, drinking or river views in which case get out of London!

6:40 pm  
Anonymous Claire said...

Number 103 = Somerset ice rink

Started the outdoor skating trend and still one of the best backdrops in London.

Opens next Tuesday I think?

6:42 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Surprised you didn't say run the London Marathon Slicky? :-)

6:56 pm  
Anonymous Delia said...

Time Out's list are always half tourist/ half local.Will buy a copy just to sneer when reading 'walk in St James Park and admire the view from the bridge."

Number 104 = How about feast on every London cabbies favourite chippy at Fryer's Delight by Holborn tube?!

7:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

103 = Do Nothing. Escape as quickly as possible. The Big Smoke kills

7:03 pm  
Blogger Moaner Lisa said...

Walk around the City when nobody else is there. This means after midnight during the week.

Sounds strange I know, but its the only way to take in the buildings, feel the history and sense how little some parts of town have changed.

7:04 pm  
Blogger Moaner Lisa said...

...and tell a slubber the error of their ways...

7:06 pm  
Anonymous Geoff said...

A stab wound from walking around Hackney marshes on your own should sort out any Londoner

7:09 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

103 = Richmond Park with the deer on a Sunday morning at sunrise

Beat that !

7:17 pm  
Anonymous max said...

You do 102 every night, surely CS?

My 103 (if it's not in the TO list) is to visit Longplayer at Trinity Buoy Wharf. Or to walk The Missing Voice through Brick Lane and Spitalfields. Or take a visit to Thames Barrier Park ...

Hang on, that's 105. So much to do, so little time

7:21 pm  
Blogger Shep said...

some to add:

103 - row a boat on Gunnersbury Park lake/pond (actually, not sure it's still there...)

104 - a quick half (Lime & Soda, obviously) at Nellie Deans

105 - an excellent kebab at midnight at that very dodgy place opposite Tooting Broadway Station

106 - walk up to Ally Pally from that bit between Bounds Green and Wood Green

107 - watch rainbows as your bum gets wet sitting on the grass at Primrose Hill with someone special

9:26 pm  
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10:27 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


rough trade music shop off portobello road

thank you

2:57 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A comedy gig at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern

Now that IS London

8:53 am  
Anonymous Juan said...

103 = Spurs/Arsenal match

8:55 am  
Anonymous Larry said...

Go to S Smith & Sons on Charing Cross Road for your tobacco

Has not changed since it opened in 1860 !

9:08 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have a drink at the bar upstairs in the National Portrait Gallery

One of the best non tourist viewing spots in town :-)

I miss London.

11:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

103 = Erotica fair this weekend at Earl's Court. The kinky side of town

11:01 am  
Anonymous Sam said...

London = pie & mash at tower bridge

Two pies, a heap of mash and pouring of booze at £3.45

M Manze's at Tower Bridge Road

Fun blog here cool writings
Will be back

11:03 am  
Blogger Monique said...

We're planning on leaving London next year - I will have been here 5 years and my husband will have been here for 9 and I feel like there are SO SO many things I still need to do and see in this city!!!!!!!!!!!

1:32 pm  
Anonymous KT said...

I wasn't convinced by the Time Out 101 when I read it but most of the 'extra' ones people have suggested are already on the list so now I'm quite impressed with how thorough they've been!

3:24 pm  
Anonymous KT said...

oh and 103: watch the Covent Garden street performers in bad weather. Might be cliched but their determination is awe-inspiring.

3:27 pm  
Blogger Ladyhihi said...

okay...curry at tower bridge tandoori can't exact remember full name but has yellow door and sits behind pub behind the mayor's office. best tikka anywhere in town and the view at night looking eats across tower bridge cant be beat.

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2:55 pm  

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