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Crap London

I'm married to a foreigner, so we get lots of visitors coming over and asking what to do and where to go. I like to specialise in telling them what NOT to do. What bits of London do you find especially crap?

My best places to avoid are Borough Market on a Saturday and Piccadilly Circus on any day of the week.
Madame Tussaud's. Pointless.
M&M world WTF?
Covent garden, Oxford street.
Avoid North Cross Rd. Saturday.

Use Whateley and have a chat with the guy with the white Cockatoo.

Foxy
I went on the Eye some months ago. Felt like a waste of time.
Hamleys toy store, Saturdays and the run up to ooops "Christmas", there I've said the C word. (but hey we all know that)
Anything and anywhere that is full of tourists, which virtually rules out most of central London. Might be easier to list the hidden gems worth visiting, like our very own Picture Gallery or Eltham Palace...
if you're making recommendations to tourists, they would probably love all the places that residents don't bother with. M&M World being an example. It's incredibly popular. But pointless in any other respect than making money. And SO expensive.

A good tip for any tourist are the Red Hats who work around the main central tubes. They are a wealth of information and it's their job to help anyone with anything.

They wear black bowler hats and can give you ANY imfo!
Yeah, as a child I still liked the Crown Jewels, the tower Richard III locked the children in (scary), Tower Bridge (Is that top part now open), Westminster Abbey - but now plot a visit to somewhere base on the best pub around smiling smiley
Am I the only on to think that the 'Pavilion' at Dulwich Picture Gallery is deeply uninspiring?
Angelina Wrote:

A good tip for any tourist are the Red Hats who work around the main central tubes. They are a
wealth of information and it's their job to help anyone with anything.

They wear black bowler hats and can give you ANY imfo!

Why are they called Red Hats if they wear black bowler hats?
no idea whatsoever. There's probably a reason. Can't find a link to send.

I spoke to one outside Victoria recently, but they are in Oxford Circus etc..



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EDOldie Wrote:

Am I the only on to think that the 'Pavilion' at
Dulwich Picture Gallery is deeply uninspiring?

I like it!
JohnL Wrote:

It's the Welcome People

[www.thewelcomepeople.com]

That photo looks like a really bad British remake of Reservoir Dogs.
Send them to Hampton Court
Oxford St is deeply uninspiring. Madame T is prohibitively expensive but still you get queues!

There are so many places to see, I like in particular to recommend Postman's Park behind St Pauls, and the wellcome Collection. Also nearby is St Pancras Crypt Gallery.

Tate Tanks are always worth a look.
Outer London Boroughs, certainly to the East, South East and Croydon
Vauxhall Cross, nine Elms, in particular around the American Embassy
Shopping centrea (mew and old) and the other new retail/residential developments eg Elephant or Stratford
The North Circular
Brent, including Wembley
The A4
I love Postman's Park! So peaceful, but the plaques are so sad....
On the crap side (= places you don't go unless you've got visitors):

Harrods
Covent Garden
Selfridges
Leicester Square, including the big cinemas
Everything on the South Bank that's not inside a building
West End theatres
Borough Market any time
Buckingham Palace

Favourite places I would definitely include:

NFT
Theatres - National, Royal Court, Donmar, Almeida, Wilton's
Clipper from Greenwich to London Bridge at sunset
Platforms at Blackfriars for the view up and down river
Charterhouse museum and general wander about Clerkenwell and the City
Lewis chessmen at the BM
Leighton House
Cast hall at V&A
Walk around the inns of court
Old Cheshire Cheese
Foundling museum
Reading room at the Wellcome Trust
Royal Hospital Chelsea
St James's Palace
Sue Wrote:

> EDOldie Wrote:
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> Am I the only on to think that the 'Pavilion'
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> Dulwich Picture Gallery is deeply uninspiring?

I like it!
I agree-the 'pavillion' is a real let down.
we got tickets for a friday late and were terribly underwhelmed.
wouldn't bother to go again
P.S
I wouldn't advise tourists to bother with Liberty department store.
I find the staff pounce on you too much-nice building but ruined by overpriced tat inside
The whole of Woolwich
Couldn't disagree more re the negative comments about Liberty and most especially Borough Market. That place needs as much support as possible at the moment, as numbers are down since the attack.
Not crap at all is an outdoor sculpture exhibition in Regent's Park at the moment. Mixed show-something for everyone
High St Ken has become a bit crap. Westfield has sucked the life out of it. Used to go there all the time when I was younger.
Robert Poste's Child Wrote:

High St Ken has become a bit crap. Westfield has
sucked the life out of it. Used to go there all
the time when I was younger.


Agree totally.
But then I feel most of our high streets are becoming more and more homogenised due to exhorbitant rents and buisiness taxes.
Thats why London is starting to consist of streets full of chain stores, chain restaurants, charity shops and in areas like Ken high st and Portobello pop up tourist tat shops.
Which actually leads me to add Portobello Road to Crap london.
I lived there most of my life and now can't bear to go as I find it so depressing thinking of the wonderful quirky buzz it used to have
Fact is, London is done, in so many ways.
There's still positives, mainly legacy features, but for years 'progess' has been crushing the prospect of individuality on a wholesale scale.
Do go on the Thames Clipper. Buy a day ticket and travel from one end to the other.
When I had a houseboat on Canary Warf it was one on my favourite things and it completely rebooted my internal map of London.

The whole city makes sense when you approach it via the water, specially the approach to The Tower of London. It's even great on a dank and foggy day.

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