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Sneaking on Husbands business trip. What to do alone?

Hi,

Ive been to London beofre but this time im sneaking on my husbands busienss trip. Im not sure what to do while he is working in the day. i kno london is pricy so I dont want to hang out in exoensive restaurants or shop too much.

Any idea on what I can do alone or where i can walk or hang out>?

Cheap eats would be greatly appreciated as well.

Oh, we are staying at the Langham Hotel.

thanks

C

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1. Re: Sneaking on Husbands business trip. What to do alone?

There are all kinds of museums in London and the majority are free! So depending on your interests, you may want to check out a few museums.

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2. Re: Sneaking on Husbands business trip. What to do alone?

Just another quick thought/suggestion...

Check out London Walks at walks.com They have all kinds of late morning & afternoon walks. They're great because you just show up at the meeting point, no reservations to make, and they only cost £6. Lots of fun and no need to worry about doing it on your own.

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3. Re: Sneaking on Husbands business trip. What to do alone?

How about Kew Gardens? They are lovely at any time of the year and will keep you busy for a full day...........

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4. Re: Sneaking on Husbands business trip. What to do alone?

Tons of things: galleries, museums, theatre matinees, arts cinemas. Hanging out: the South Bank between The Tate and the Royal Festival Hall, Covent Garden, Portobello Road even on a weekday to explore Notting Hill, the back streets of Kensington behind the high street and up Church Street, Soho.

I'd get a copy of Time Out when you arrive & see what you fancy doing.

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5. Re: Sneaking on Husbands business trip. What to do alone?

I "snuck along" on my husband's business trip to London earlier this month and found the three days I was on my own quite liberating. He and I move at different paces through museums and galleries: he likes to see the highlights and, after an hour or two, head for the nearest pub; I like to take my time and enjoy as much of the treasures on view as possible. I spent a full day in the British Museum on my own. It was wonderful, but it would have driven him crazy!

As earlier posters have noted, all of London's major galleries and museums are free (though they do request a donation) so you don't need to feel you're stretching the travel budget by visiting them. And most of them have fairly pleasant cafés where you can sit and enjoy a coffee, a sandwich, and a book on your own, undisturbed.

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6. Re: Sneaking on Husbands business trip. What to do alone?

Are you talking about right now or some time soon? Different things are happening throughout the summer. Getting a copy of "Time Out" magazine is a good idea.

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7. Re: Sneaking on Husbands business trip. What to do alone?

Hi C,

I really enjoy Borough (http://www.boroughmarket.org.uk/) and Spitalfields (http://www.visitspitalfields.com/) markets, and indeed live near the latter. They're fun for organic produce, furniture, vintage and hand made clothing etc, and full of nice places to eat. I've spotted several celeb hanging out there, too. For example, the eccentric artists Gilbert and George live in Spitalfields and are frequently to be seen going about their co-ordinated business.

Spitalfields itself is a fantastic, historic and real area which is fascinating to visit. I especially love the splendid Hawksmoor Church Christ Church Spitalfields (findachurch.co.uk/churches/…index.html) dating from 1729 but fairly recently restored. You can also go on a Jack the Ripper walk, which I understand is really good fun.

A short walk away is the Tower of London, perhaps a bit of a tourist cliche but somewhere that's well worth seeing if you haven't already. I'm not into royalty and all that stuff, but when I went there a couple of months ago I was swept away by it. Close to the tower there's a really nice kiosk called Paul which does excellent sandwiches, cakes and coffee. Or in the nearby glass mall there's Wagamama, a budget (for London) noodle restaurant.

If you're into history in any way shape or form, get yourself a copy of Dissolution by CJ Sansom and read it before you come or while you're here. It's a romping tudor detective story, and will give you some sort of context about the tower and indeed the rest of old London.

One of my very favourite things to do on a fine day is to either walk along the Thames either south west to the Tate Modern or north east to Wapping, which is atmospheric with many small riverside pubs like the Captain Kidd. These serve good bar food. Equip yourself with an A-Z street plan when you get here and you'll be able to work out how to get around on foot, which imho is the only way to go. Other by-the-river pursuits include Shakespeare's Globe theatre (http://www.shakespeares-globe.org/) or the huge wine experience Vinopolis (http://www.vinopolis.co.uk/).

If I were a tourist and wanted to hang out, I could do worse than take a river boat to Greenwich or Hampton Court Palace (http://www.hrp.org.uk/) - imho much, much better than Buckingham Palace. I hear that there's a brilliant new planetarium at Greenwich observatory, but if you're not a star gazer I'd recommend the maritime museum (http://www.nmm.ac.uk/) and the Queen's House (http://www.greenwich-guide.org.uk/queens.htm).

For serious hanging out, my vote goes to the Victoria and Albert museum. It's a must for anyone even vaguely, tangentially into the decorative arts and it's huge. You'll need more than a day to get round it.

Do you have any special interests? For example, there are some really cool things to visit like the old operating theatre museum (http://www.thegarret.org.uk/) where you can find out all about surgery in the days before asepsis and anaesthesia. If you'd like to post back and tell us what kind of interests you have, we might be able to recommend something more appropriate. Like a good shopping venue, for example.

Anyway, whatever happens, have a great visit.

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8. Re: Sneaking on Husbands business trip. What to do alone?

Yeah, my wife used to that when I went to Dublin, a right pain hearing about her day when I got back to the hotel, LoL.

Seriously, the Bank of England Museum is interesting (and certainly used to be free) plus it is very near to places like the Royal Exchange, the Gherkin etc.

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9. Re: Sneaking on Husbands business trip. What to do alone?

Me again. Just wanted to give you the heads up about some hidden gems you might want to visit while you're in London. One of them is Bevis Marks Synagogue (2 Henage Lane London EC3A 5DQ Tel: 020 7626 1274 ), which is my favourite spot in London. It dates from the 18th century, and was built just after Jews were permitted to return to England. Apparently some of the roof beams were originally in one of the Tudor war ships. They do tours, too.

http://www.bevismarks.org.uk/index2.asp

The other is The Women's Library (25 Old Castle Street

London E1 7NT Tel: 020 7320 2222 ). I have always enjoyed visiting this place (and I'm lucky because I work next door, so can pop in whenever). At the moment they've got a free exhibition on called what women want, which is billed as a celebration of women's history.

londonmet.ac.uk/thewomenslibrary/whats-on/wh…

The last one is another east end gem, Dennis Sever's House (18 Folgate Street, Spitalfields). Visitors take a tour which gives a real flavour of the lives of the orignal 18th century occupants.

http://www.dennissevershouse.co.uk/

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10. Re: Sneaking on Husbands business trip. What to do alone?

I just want to whole-heartedly endorse Ghoti's recommendation of the Victoria & Albert Museum. I spent one of my "on my own" days there; it's a wonderful place, especially when you can do it at your own pace. I spent a lot of time wandering around the V&A's dress collection--something I'm pretty sure my husband wouldn't have enjoyed as much as I did. The British Galleries, which display a splendid collection of British art and design from 1500-1900, were unfortunately partially closed when I was there, but there were so many other treasures to see that I hardly noticed. It has a very good shop, too, if you're looking for moderately-priced gifts and souvenirs.