Need advise of trip to London, England

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  1. David Ely

    David Ely Supporting Actor

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    Hey guys!
    I'm in the process of booking a trip to London, England. I basically have two questions before I finalize my plans.
    1) I'm looking to go in either April or May. What kind of weather could I expect during those months?
    2) The hotel I'm looking at staying in is called Bonnington in Bloomsbury (www.bonnington.com). Has anyone here heard anything good/bad about this hotel?
    If there's anything else you feel I should know, I'd really appriciate the info!
     
  2. Bhagi Katbamna

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    I don't have an answer to your question but make sure you see the Swaminarayan Mandir(temple) in Neasdon. It is something worth seeing.
     
  3. TheoGB

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    1. The weather could be anything from snow and frost to about 28C all the time. Plan for anything. Sorry. It's been particularly fucked up this year.
    2. Bloomsbury's pretty posh. Apart from costing you two arms and at least one leg I'm sure the hotel will be fine but then I don't have the cash to go swanning around there![​IMG]
     
  4. brian a

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    Three words:

    Mind the Gap
     
  5. Philip Hamm

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    Mind the gap [​IMG]
    Go to at least one West End show. It's the only other theater area in the world at the level of New York's Broadway. Broadway and West End are the two premier theater districts in the world. Get tix in advance for something or go to the half price ticket booth in Leichestet (sp?) Square.
     
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  7. Tim Kilbride

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    The wife and I went in March a few years ago...everyone here told us how great the weather was going to be...we froze our freakin asses off...buy silk thermal underwear, no kidding, go get some...trust me, you won't regret it. It's the only thing that saved our ass...
    I agree......."Mind the Gap"
    TK-
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  8. andrew markworthy

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    Try http://www.timeout.com/london/
    'Time Out' is a popular listings magazine for events in London, and this is their website.
    Weather at the time of year you're coming is notoriously unpredictable, I'm afraid.
     
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  11. andrew markworthy

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    Theo - true enough. The best advice is probably 'cast ne'er a clout until May is out' (translation - don't pack away your winter things unitl June).
     
  12. Trey Fletcher

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    Now, I love a good inside joke as much as the next guy. But having only been to the Northern half of that beautiful island, will someone please fill me in on the Gap, and what there is to Mind about it? I'm dreadfully curious. TF

    P.S. Is it a theatre company? A production? A chasm in the middle of London?
     
  13. BrianB

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    "Mind the gap" is a prerecorded message used on the London Underground whenever the doors close.
     
  14. Tim Kilbride

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    In England "Mind the Gap"

    In America "Watch your Step"

    It plays over and over and over and over and over again when you ride the tube (subway) in London. But credit to the tube...it is definitely the easiest way to get around London. It's virtually impossible to get lost on that thing...

    TK-
     
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    David, if your from ontario you'll be used to the weather - its about the same, maybe a little warmer.

    The advice about Time Out magazine is good. Buy yourself a copy as soon as you land and it will totally help you plan you time and tell you everything you need to know. It's a great city - the most like NY that I've been to.

    Just remember, you'll have already have seen all the movies in theatres 6 months ago! Do go to a couple of West End shows though - Time Out will tell you what's hot at the time you are there.
     
  16. Martin Fontaine

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    Apparently it snowed last June! That's what a friend of mine who lives in england told me.
     
  17. andrew markworthy

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    I'm reminded of a geography essay we were set at school - 'Britain has weather, not a climate' - discuss.

    Whether you like or hate British weather depends upon what you've been expecting - put simply, if you want baking hot temperatures, then Britain ain't the place to go. The climate (with some notable exceptions) tends to be temperate in all things. It rarely gets oppressively hot (there was a famous tabloid newspaper headline - 'Britain Sizzles in the Seventies') nor unbearably cold (unless you are in the northern extremities of the country). The big difference is that the weather is very changeable. E.g. being short sleeves weather in the morning and snowing in the afternoon is reasonably common in the winter and spring months.
     
  18. Rob Gillespie

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    A couple of weeks ago we had, in the space of five hours:

    Rain

    Hail

    Snow

    Sleet

    Rain again

    Bright sunny (and warm!)

    A bit overcast

    Rain again (but warmer than before).

    That was a confusing day.
     
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