Quintessential London

Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by DJWrongspeed, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. DJWrongspeed

    DJWrongspeed radio eros

    Was thinking the other day. There are many places in London that are both obscure but also speak definitively about the captial. Visitors will always miss them.

    Here's one for starters. Black market records, Soho. Go to the basement, a treasure trove of drum'n'bass & dubstep. It's just London all over.

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  2. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    No thanks :p:D
     
  3. dessiato

    dessiato Because I could not stop for death

    Probably the most interesting toilets I've used

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  4. TitanSound

    TitanSound Mr Beardy Drummer

    A lovely little place with an awesome jukebox. Only a tiny Spanish bar could be so London :)

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  5. dessiato

    dessiato Because I could not stop for death

    The pub I used to drink in when I worked in Broadwick Street

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  6. QueenOfGoths

    QueenOfGoths Fuck you Dave!

    I used to often walk past there and wonder what it was like :)
     
  7. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    small and expensive ;)
    but great jukebox :cool:

    nice thread
    ive got a feeling there'll be a lot of pubs in it :D
     
  8. discokermit

    discokermit Well-Known Member

    postmans park, little britain,

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  9. Corax

    Corax Luke 5:16

    Morden tube station. A secret jewel hidden away at the end of the Northern line.

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  10. Love a lot of places in London, but for some reason the London Colliseum in St Martins Lane always pleases me. Its got the most amazing upper body to its architecture (it was built by the same guy who built the Hippodrome fact fans). Not enough people look up when walking around London and as such they miss some amazing stuff.

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  11. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    Thread needs to be retitled "cliche London"
     
  12. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    That's why I sit on tops of buses, to avoid walking into lamp-posts
     
  13. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

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  14. DJWrongspeed

    DJWrongspeed radio eros

    Great posts, keep'em coming. Where exactly is Postman's Park?
     
  15. RoyReed

    RoyReed Must fly!

    I used to work just round the corner (late 70s - early 80s) and went there quite often. Good to know it's still going.
     
  16. RoyReed

    RoyReed Must fly!

    Just north of St Paul's Cathedral: Postman's Park
     
  17. dessiato

    dessiato Because I could not stop for death

    I used to hang around in Soho Square for lunch, with some of the WGs, it is still one of my favourite places to have lunch.

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  18. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Its in the City
    "Situated between King Edward Street, Little Britain and Angel Street (near St Bartholomew's Hospital) the park acquired its name due to its popularity as a lunchtime garden with workers from the nearby old General Post Office."
    Editors feature:
    http://www.urban75.org/london/postman.html

    Talking of quintessential City, I would say standing on London Birdge at 8.30am on a weekday would count. London in its most frightening commuting glory
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    A great pub thats easy to miss (aka hard to find) is Ye Olde Mitre - definite sense of history in this little cubby hole - disputedly the oldest pub in London
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    ...and just getting there means you have to work through little streets most Londoners will have never really had reason to go down
     
  19. DJWrongspeed

    DJWrongspeed radio eros

    Ah yes the Mitre, exactly what i'm talkin about, one of London's best pubs, a piece of Ely in London.
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  20. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    Frankly, you should be retitled "cliched poster".
     
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  21. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    Cittie of Yorke (although rebuilt) has had a pub in that location for centuries (near Chancery Lane, used to be popular with the legal profession, so was full of twats, but not sure what it's like now)
    Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is another famous old one (off Fleet Street)
    George Inn
    Lamb and Flag
     
  22. DJWrongspeed

    DJWrongspeed radio eros

    The point of the thread was to spot things in London that aren't cliches but are hidden to your average visitor.
     
  23. maldwyn

    maldwyn What?

    Too true. Why when people talk about secret London (not just this thread) the same old places are mentioned - hardly secret are they.
     
  24. Maggot

    Maggot The Cake of Liberty

    Where are they?
     
  25. Maggot

    Maggot The Cake of Liberty

    This isn't about secret London, it's about places missed by most tourists. Most of the stuff on this thread fits that criteria.
     
  26. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    Which is why I suggested that teuchter should be re-titled (renamed) "cliched poster". While some of the contributions are well-known to Londoners, most of them aren't to visitors.

    I'd also second AverageJoe's exhortation to visitors to stop and look upward. There are some fantastic pieces of architectural detail and ornamental sculpture "hidden in plain sight". Gresham's grasshopper weathervane on the Royal Exchange; Wheeler's elephant balcony-supports at India House, even Gill's Prospero and Ariel and other works on the exterior of Broadcasting House and hundreds more
     
  27. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    "Secret London" is something very different from recommendations of things that visitors should keep a weather-eye out for.
     
  28. dessiato

    dessiato Because I could not stop for death

    Broadwick street, it is worth popping in to have a look, if you are male! Maybe the ladies are equally interesting, I've not been in those though.
     
  29. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Looks like soho, broadwick street. tourists: those bogs really arent that great:D
     
  30. clicker

    clicker nanook rubs it....

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    Phoenix Gardens...a two minute stroll off Shaftsbury Avenue, the Covent Garden end....to an oasis of plants, ponds and benches with soul.
     

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