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Re: London / UK recommendations
« Reply #20 on: April 18, 2019, 12:06:34 am »
Take the train.  Both cities have extensive public transport so you can get pretty much door to door. 

For any awkward little journeys, your Uber account will work - if you have data roaming.

That’s not bad at all.  Reason I ask is Singapore Airlines flies IAH to Manchester. And I’d rather fly in the cargo hold of SQ than any seat on any US airline. 
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« Reply #21 on: April 18, 2019, 12:41:45 am »
That’s not bad at all.  Reason I ask is Singapore Airlines flies IAH to Manchester. And I’d rather fly in the cargo hold of SQ than any seat on any US airline.

You fly United to Europe, U FOO.

If you wanted to avoid terrible airlines you could always fly British Air (just kidding). Lufthansa flies to Eurolandia from IAH as does my son's favorite airline, KLM. Amsterdam to any of the 17 London airports has got to be faster and more reliable than National Rail. Plus, you get to briefly visit one of those Schiphol countries.
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« Reply #22 on: April 18, 2019, 07:33:00 am »
That’s not bad at all.  Reason I ask is Singapore Airlines flies IAH to Manchester. And I’d rather fly in the cargo hold of SQ than any seat on any US airline.

That’s an option I have bigly contemplated, but yet to try.  The issue is going from Manchester’s airport to the city center to get the train to London.  I have no idea how easy or hard that is.  I’ll try and find out. 

Chuck’s idea is sound, but I looked at Singapore because, aside from being infinitely better than United, they were offering economy at $700 when United and BA were $2,000.  Taking a Euro connection is not likely to be cheaper than a direct London flight. 
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« Reply #23 on: April 18, 2019, 11:10:34 am »
The additional upside of Singapore is you get to fly in one of those sweet, new A350's. Who would have thought that a consortium of various European nations working together could figure out how to build better and more reliable aircraft than an American aerospace giant? But here we are.
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« Reply #24 on: April 18, 2019, 01:49:48 pm »
We did London last summer.

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1. Westminster Abbey
2. The Tower of London
3. Hampton Court

The Abbey has been spoken for by others.   The Tower is fun to walk around.   You can meander,  or you can hustle and see everything there.   The Crown Jewels were worth the wait for us.

Hampton Court (seat of power for Henry VIII and some others) likewise lets you wander at your own pace as opposed to Windsor castle where you jump in the people current and try tokeep up. (We did Hampton Court and Windsor in the same day; someone in the group set up the logistics to make that happen).

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« Reply #25 on: April 18, 2019, 02:31:02 pm »
We did a trip with the boys Thanksgiving before last - a lot has already been suggested (British Museum, Tower of London, London Eye, Westminster Abbey, West End show), a couple things I'd add:

Both Borough Market and Spitalfield Market were very cools stop for lunch - tons of food stall options

I thought Globe Theater tour was worth doing - would be very cool to see a show there

Probably less relevant sans kids, but the Harry Potter experience is very well done - have preserved all the original sets, etc.
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« Reply #26 on: April 18, 2019, 03:08:17 pm »
Also enjoyed The Globe.   Our tour took place during a rehearsal (othello I think).

Many of these suggestions take a couple or 3 hours.  You can likely squeeze as much or as little as you want.

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« Reply #27 on: April 18, 2019, 06:01:26 pm »
The additional upside of Singapore is you get to fly in one of those sweet, new A350's. Who would have thought that a consortium of various European nations working together could figure out how to build better and more reliable aircraft than an American aerospace giant? But here we are.

Every Singapore Houston-Manchester flight I’ve ever taken was on a Boeing 777.  It’s been since last summer though, so that may hav recently changed.
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« Reply #28 on: April 18, 2019, 07:01:55 pm »
Recent events have reminded me how thankful I am to have checked Westminster Abbey on my bucket list.

I’ll echo the thought that London is a great walking city. One of my fondest memories is wandering the streets of London, spotting some of the finest suits I had ever seen, and realizing I had stumbled onto Seville Row.


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« Reply #29 on: April 18, 2019, 07:21:40 pm »
Recent events have reminded me how thankful I am to have checked Westminster Abbey on my bucket list.

I’ll echo the thought that London is a great walking city. One of my fondest memories is wandering the streets of London, spotting some of the finest suits I had ever seen, and realizing I had stumbled onto Seville Row.


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« Reply #30 on: April 18, 2019, 10:21:32 pm »
Per @airlineroute, as of January 17, 2017, Singapore Airlines’ 5x weekly Singapore to Houston flight will be operated by an Airbus A350-900 rather than a 777-300ER.

https://onemileatatime.com/singapore-airlines-a350-houston/
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« Reply #31 on: April 19, 2019, 03:47:26 am »
Per @airlineroute, as of January 17, 2017, Singapore Airlines’ 5x weekly Singapore to Houston flight will be operated by an Airbus A350-900 rather than a 777-300ER.

https://onemileatatime.com/singapore-airlines-a350-houston/

Huh. Maybe I *was* on the A350 and didn’t know it. My ticket said 77W, but according to the article that was standard. It wasn't any different on the inside. Which is to say it’s was fucking awesome.

Singapore is overall the best I’ve ever flown.  The only category where they are not tops, IMO, is the the wine selection. Best wine selection I’ve seen is on Qatar Airways.  Which I think would qualify as ironic.
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« Reply #32 on: April 19, 2019, 06:37:34 am »

You can drink the tap water.

But why would you?  Waste of beer space.
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« Reply #33 on: April 19, 2019, 09:51:28 am »
Manchester Airport to London takes about 3 1/2 hours and costs GBP 21.50 (one way).

By contrast, the train from Heathrow Airport to London costs GBP 25 (one way).  Yes, it's quicker, but it also drops you off at Paddington, which is inconvenient for everyone except Robert Kraft.  You can take the tube from Heathrow too, but that's no fun with suitcases and takes about an hour.

By way of icing on the cake, the Manchester to London route has a transfer at Wealdstone, where you may have a run in with internet sensation, the Wealdstone Raider.
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« Reply #34 on: April 19, 2019, 10:10:31 am »
You can take the tube from Heathrow too, but that's no fun with suitcases and takes about an hour.

As long as there is no strike happening that day. They fucked me once taking it from London to Heathrow and I missed my flight.
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« Reply #35 on: April 19, 2019, 11:59:42 am »
By way of icing on the cake, the Manchester to London route has a transfer at Wealdstone, where you may have a run in with internet sensation, the Wealdstone Raider.

Is there a video with subtitles or maybe an English translation?
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« Reply #36 on: April 19, 2019, 02:39:52 pm »
As long as there is no strike happening that day. They fucked me once taking it from London to Heathrow and I missed my flight.
The Heathrow Express to Paddington is well worth the expense. And there area host of relatively affordable hotels within walking distance of the station (even with luggage).
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« Reply #37 on: April 19, 2019, 09:33:02 pm »
Is there a video with subtitles or maybe an English translation?

You want some?!!  Because, I’ll give it yer!
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« Reply #38 on: May 12, 2019, 12:18:49 pm »

Can’t disagree with any of that.

Finding a pub in or around the City that:

1) is open on Sunday
2) has television(s) and
3) serves food

Was surprisingly hard.
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