Monday, November 16, 2009

Oh My My

What I see outside now...




What I will be seeing in January.



We purchased my ticket to London yesterday so I guess it's official that I am going for a week at the end of January. Any tips, advice, etc. you want to pass my way? I'd welcome anything. I've never been to England. I'll have two full days of my time to spend at the Victoria and Albert Museum and I'm doing my research now. Leon Conrad wrote a great article once upon a time that was published in Fine Lines about what to do as a needleworker visiting the V & A and that has given me a great head start on my plans.

7 comments:

Anna van Schurman said...

Are you planning on London the whole week?

Kathryn said...

Well, you have the most important thing (the V&A) covered. All the rest of my advice is just the standard. The Tube is easy to ride and goes everywhere. Get a weekly pass. Indian food (if you like it) is everywhere and mostly quite good. I never buy premade sandwiches here, but I love some of the odd combinations in England. I'm not as fond of pub food as some of the guide books are. Not only do they drive on the left, they WALK on the left. Be prepared for a bit of jet lag (at least your time difference is less than us on the west coast), especially on the second day. Have a great time. I'm thinking about Paris at the end of May. We haven't been there in years.

C in DC said...

We lived in London for 2 years. I love the V&A!!!! There's too much to write in a comment, so I'll try to remember to email you.

But, try the crepes at the Creperie de Hampstead (I think that's the name, I'll check later) just south of the museums. Yummy. (Oh, if you get them to-go you don't have to pay the taxes on them.)

Donna said...

You are the best! Thank you.

Donna said...

Yes, Anna. The whole week. Hubby wanted to hie off to Scotland, but I think that's another trip at a different time of year.

Sara Leigh said...

Since it was almost 40 years ago that I was in London, I have no advice. I loved it, though. Scotland is definitely not a winter trip. It was barely a summer trip when I was there.

C in DC said...

Yes, it is the Creperie de Hampstead. The original is up near the Heath, but the one near the V&A is good too.

To follow up on what Kathryn said, pubs can be good, but you need to go for LUNCH, not dinner. Our favorite was the Red Lion in Mayfair. Historic, traditional, and yummy.

You'll also want to go to Liberty's on Regent Street. The needlework section is on the top floor, but the fabrics are just wonderful.