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    • CommentAuthorMathias B
    • CommentTimeJun 10th 2013
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    I'm visting London for the first time next week, and since you fine folks here at WC did such a stellar job of prepping me for Barcelona last year, I thought it only proper to once again ask your advice.
    Now, all the obvious tourist stuff is easy enough to find. What I'm looking for is tips regarding:

    Comic book stores
    Not too expensive vegetarian grub
    Vintage stuff - clothes, books, what have you
    Under-the-radar art galleries and the like

    And beyond that, anything interesting, beautiful and/or bizarre you can come up with! What shouldn't I miss on my trip?
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2013
     (11093.2)
    Comics is easy, there are three main places in the centre of London.

    Orbital on Great Newport Street - Very close to Leicester Square station. Favourite of a lot of the comics industry people that live in the UK, lot of signings happen here.

    Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue - A national chain, so lacks a little of the 'indie cred' of the others, but if it's new stuff they're more likely to have extra copies than the others.

    Gosh Comics on Berwick Street - right in the heart of the glorious mess of weirdness that is Soho. Much bigger shop than where they used to be located, and a far more interesting walk to get to it, whether you start in Leicester Square or Oxford Circus.

    (And if you're up near Forbidden Planet and like Tabletop games you might want to poke your nose into Orc's Nest as well)

    I'll leave the rest to others... (although I will say that London's very much above the radar galleries like the National Gallery are almost all free to visit...)
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      CommentAuthorOsmosis
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2013
     (11093.3)
    Gosh! is my fave. Yum.

    For central vegetarian things, there's a tasty (very brightly painted) place in Neal's Yard, Covent Garden. I'm afraid I'd be much better for advice on hamburgers, veggie things aren't my forte ...

    For art galleries and such, this thread from a little while ago might be useful. Orbital Comics has a nice little gallery of comic art, too.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2013
     (11093.4)
    I miss the parks: Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Holland Park. Dress like a dandy, go down Portobello Rd on the weekend and pretend to be Jerry Cornelius. You may be able to find vintage stuff, and there is a good veggie shop down there. Go and see Dinosaurs in The Natural History Museum. Hit the South Bank in the early evening.

    Have a good one!
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    Oh my. There is veggie food supreme *all* over the capital!

    My current favourites are:

    Chilangos (there are four or five of them, the ones I use most often are at Spittalfields, and near The Angel tube in Islington)
    Benitos Hat (the one off the strand, there are several)

    Both the above are burito etc type places and can do vegan and gluten free as well.

    Maoz - a falafel place in Soho, also try Houmous brothers, ditto.

    Really good pizzas (I'm told) from the mobile oven guys on Berwick street. They park almost opposite GOSH :-) Also next door to GOSH are Foxcroft and Ginger. Cakes are good there, but I don't recommend the coffee unless you like it sharp and with a shitload of milk.

    There's also branches of Whole Food Market and Planet Organic all over the capital. Both do good takeaway veggie stuff, although PO are quite a bit cheaper than WFM.

    There is MsCupcake and many other places in Brixton. The veggie food at the Ethiopean cafe is worth making a detour for. Warning, service is very very slow and eclectic but the food makes up for it.

    Oh my... um, oh Pret a Manger is a huge chain, but the coffee and the veggie sandwiches/etc are always reliably good. Not the cheapest, but take away is OK priced. I'd also suggest EAT as a good chain for veggie stuff as well, but again take away because of the VAT. If you need a cheap cheap sandwich there's always M&S after all :-)

    If you go to Neals Yard/Covent Garden, take a wander up into Seven Dials and a browse. For central central london its always so quiet, and there is a branch of Monmouth Coffee there (you can buy beans, have it ground exactly to your requirements and if you want to they do coffee to take away or drink in. That branch also has all sorts of baked bits and bobs, and sells Sally Davies chocolate truffles.

    If chocolate is your thing, then go to PaulAYoung. Amazing amazing chocolate...

    And that's all just in the very central bits north of the river (bar the brixton mention)... If you are going south of the river you can't really beat a wander around borough and along the south bank... and there are a couple of amazing restaurants for Thai and Meditarranean foods on Lordship Lane if you are really heading out of town a bit...
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2013
     (11093.6)
    If you like dinosaurs and want something a bit different, get the train down to Crystal Palace park and have a look around the lake. Worth having a wander round the streets too, some good views into the city from there.
    • CommentAuthorMathias B
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2013
     (11093.7)
    Excellent tips so far. Thank you kindly!
    (flecky, I will certainly do my best to dress like Jerry Cornelius)
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      CommentAuthorKosmograd
    • CommentTimeJun 12th 2013
     (11093.8)
    Matthias, your best bet with regard to galleries is to get a copy of the Guardian newspaper on Saturday where there is a good listing of what's on, including exhibitions. Not sure if this counts as under the radar, though. Also pick up Time Out mag on Tuesday - it's free.
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      CommentAuthorOsmosis
    • CommentTimeJun 12th 2013
     (11093.9)
    For spontaneity, Londonist has "things to do today" section.
    • CommentAuthorScrymgeour
    • CommentTimeJun 12th 2013
     (11093.10)
    for art galleries go to Christies, Sothebys, and bonhams, they're all open to the public and contain some of the best art in the world, at sothebys on sunday I saw a picasso, a magritte, a mondrian, a mattise, a monet......... plus some intersting indian art. (check which days the public viewings are)
    • CommentAuthorMathias B
    • CommentTimeJun 12th 2013
     (11093.11)
    Great! The art front should be pretty well covered by now. And that Londonist thing looks very useful.
    • CommentAuthorMathias B
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2013
     (11093.12)
    Right, I'm off in a few hours and would just like to thank everyone for pointing me towards things to wear, read, gawk at and stuff my face with. Thanks! I'm sure it's going to be a lot of fun. And if anyone feels like dropping a piece of last minute advice, well, that's just icing on the cake.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2013
     (11093.13)
    Hope you have a good time, Mathias B.

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