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My older DD and I are in the early stages of planning a 13-15 day  
trip (but we might add more days) to London.  Not off topic at all,  
as the primary motivator for going  is to see this:
http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/wedding-dress-1775-2014/

Here are the things we have decided are must-dos, in order of  
importance (more or less):


The V&A wedding exhibit

            Other V&A exhibits, textiles, etc.



Stonehenge, Bath

            Stonehenge inner circle, Jane Austen Museum, Roman Baths

            Fashion Museum at Bath ?



British Museum



Blenheim, Windsor, Cotswolds

            OR Chatsworth OR Highclere, OR other great house?



National Portrait Gallery



Westminster, St. Paul's, Buckingham Palace



The British Library



Shopping: Fabric, Portabella Road Market, Harrods



Churchill War Rooms



Tower of London, Crown Jewels, Globe Theater, London Eye



Theater and/or concert (probably Madame Butterfly)



Lots of High Tea, fish and chips, etc.



So, any suggestion on additioal sites-events-etc. would be very  
welcome.  I expect this will be my last trip to Europe so we want to  
pack in as much as I can.



Thanks!


--  
Beverly
http://www.ickes.us




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On Saturday, November 29, 2014 10:43:45 AM UTC-6, BEI Design wrote:
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I can't offer any tips of what to see, but I sure am envious of you going on this trip!!!


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Do you know about the textile study room?
http://www.vam.ac.uk/page/t/textiles/
And there's a large collection of children's clothing at Museum of Childhood:
http://www.museumofchildhood.org.uk/

And the embroiderer's guild directory?
http://www.embroiderersguild-secure.co.uk/index.php?page_no=214&page_menu=directory-of-stitch-textile

And some other museums: http://www.textilesociety.org.uk/textile-links/museums.php
including the Whitchurch Silk Mill: http://whitchurchsilkmill.org.uk/mill/index.php

Very near the British Museum is the John Soane house: http://www.soane.org/
which was one of my favorite spots in London.  Not much if you're only after  
textiles, but a masterful look at handling light and space in a climate  
much like ours here in the PNW without artificial lighting.  And lots of  
museum-class treasures.  Not huge, but worth at least a couple of hours.

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Personally, I didn't much enjoy Stonehenge... too busy, too intruded upon.
Avebury was much more to my taste: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avebury
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/avebury/ There's a very nice small museum  
there:  
<http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/avebury/things-to-see-and-do/alexander-keiller-museum/
and of course, West Kennet Avenue and West Kennet Long Barrow:
<http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/avebury/things-to-see-and-do/the-world-heritage-site-at-avebury/

And near the Cherhill white horse:  
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherhill_White_Horse

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If you do this, you probably also need to see Bletchley Park:
http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/
and a friend would also recommend the Imperial War Museum:
http://www.iwm.org.uk/

(you might also want to listen to Connie Willis's novels, Blackout, and All Clear,
for a slightly twisted version of WWII in Great Britain)

(Me, I skipped the WWII stuff and visted more gardens, including the  
burial place of Captain Bligh, he of the breadfruit/Bounty fame, and the  
the Tradescant garden:  
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_Museum , and the extremely historic Chelsea
Physic Garden: http://chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/ and, of course, more time at
Kew.)

Kay

(ps: high tea vs. afternoon tea:  
<http://britishfood.about.com/od/faq/f/highteavafttea.htm --  
and I have fond memories of afternoon tea in Devon


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Yes, it was high on my list.  We have only ten days, I am trying to  
convince DD (and DSIL) to extend by at least one more day.


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DD is an embroiderer.  She will love that!


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Gardens will probably not offer much in March, but I have no doubt  
we will take a look at Kew Gardens.
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Thanks so much Kay!  I could probably spend a month (at least) in  
GB, but DSIL would divorce me. :-}


--  
Beverly
http://www.ickes.us


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Can you stay on after them and do more stuff in London, then fly home?  
That's usually pretty easy to arrange.

If I ever get back with DH, I'm planning on just leaving him at the Science
Museum for a couple of months.  When I come back to fetch him, I'll probably  
have to show him it wasn't just two hours ago I left him there. <g>

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Don't forget the Royal School of Needlework, then.  They've got some nice
kits.

And V&A, RSN, BL, and BM all have interesting books that are hard to find here.
Last time I was in the UK in March, I seemed to see a lot of museum
books and cards on clearance.

As far as gardens go, the ones in London itself will be ahead of the country  
gardens, for the most part.  Plenty to see at Kew, for instance, less at  
Wakehurst.  

Do I remember correctly you've got a bum knee?  If so, you may want to know  
about http://www.tfl.gov.uk/transport-accessibility/
http://www.disabledgo.com/

My other tip is to bring a number of pairs of cheap gloves, like those $1
magic stretch types... I found I really needed them in March, and I was  
forever misplacing one or two.  Think I went through three pairs in two weeks.

Kay


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Kay Lancaster wrote:
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I seriously thought about doing that, and arranging my return flight
with a day or two stop in NYC so I could go visit DGD at Juilliard.  
However, I will be pretty much worn out after ten days of  
museums/shopping/sightseeing, so I decided to make the visit to NYC  
later after DGD has a concert scheduled.

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LOL


Shared with DD!

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I love books!  I plan to buy several and have them shipped home.

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Even in March?

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Yes, bum knee is still awaiting replacement, so I have to be pretty  
careful.  We will look into motorized wheelchairs/scooters..

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Great suggestion, thanks!!!  I'm laughing at how many  more  
electronic gadgets I have to think about (devices, batteries,  
chargers, etc) than I had to pack in '81 (none). <g>

--  
Beverly
http://www.ickes.us


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Even in late February, ime.  Drifts of minor bulbs and early daffodils in  
the lawns, and of course, lots of glasshouse plants at Kew.  Don't miss  
the alpine house there -- stunning.  And you can bask in the warmth of the  
Princess of Wales conservatory and the Palm House -- a good "collapse day".

FWIW, I try to build in a "collapse" day every 4 or 5 days... extra sleep, maybe
a little shopping or laundry, or time sitting on a park bench.  Yes, it costs  
me extra on lodging, but it's worth it for the extra enjoyment I get out of  
the trip by not being exhausted and footsore.

A friend has been traveling with a "Luggie" scooter, and likes it, btw.  Took
it from Florida on a recent trip to England and Scotland.  Another friend brought  
one with her from LA to Portland, and I handled that one.
http://www.luggiescooters.com/
It folds to heavy-ish suitcase size, but still within my ability to pick  
up and put in the trunk of a car. (50 lbs or so).  My one quibble with  
the design is that it needs a couple of good lifting handles -- the one  
you reach for instinctively is the handlebar, and it then extends, defeating
the lift.  I'd probably add a couple of REI cam load straps to it just  
to increase the ease of lifting when collapsed, as the load straps weigh little,
are easy to use and easy to store.

Kay

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Thanks so much, Kay, I really value your input.  

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Beverly
http://www.ickes.us



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On 11/29/2014 8:32 AM, BEI Design wrote:
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My husband is off to London in January, again.  Now that he's set with  
his pacemaker and all his medications.  I make him shop while he's  
there.  After all his previous trips, his underwear and dress socks are  
all from Marks & Spencer and will probably last him another 10 or more  
years.  But he needs casual trousers.  His body is changing and those he  
has no longer fit, even though he's fit and the same weight as in high  
school.  Gravity.

The fabrics and workmanship in the clothes he's brought home are fab.  I  
know it's not a shopping trip for you -- it isn't for him, either -- but  
do look around a bit.  All the major stores are conveniently located  
within walking distance of each other, and it should be great fun for you.

Something he always enjoys are the free and inexpensive concerts given  
in some London churches.  If you're interested, I'll ask him for details.
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Pogonip

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I fully intend to come home with several yards for my stash.  I have  
scanned the back of a couple of patterns so I will be able to shop  
for fabric with the yardage requirements right in front to me (in  
metric!). ;-)

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Thanks Joanne.  We plan to see at least one West End show and an  
opera, so probably won't try to squeese in another musical event.  I  
wish we could have way more time there.  Do you have any to spare?

--  
Beverly
http://www.ickes.us


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Sounds like a WONDERFUL trip!
Barbara in FL


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You've received so many wonderful ideas so far from others from this group.  
I nudged Kate Dicey on Facebook that you are going, so perhaps she will send  
you a private mail with some detailed addresses for stashy places. ;-)
My personal suggestions: Don't miss Liberty's; it's not only what they have  
to sell, it's the entire building - wonderful! Just around the corner from  
them is an entire quarter with lots of tiny shops that sell all kinds of  
fabrics. And there is a place called Yumchaa at the corner of Berwick and  
Hollen St. where Kate and I had lunch while shopping for my wedding gown  
fabric. They are into tea (and what a tea that is!) but they also sell what  
is called Urban Picnics.  http://www.yumchaa.com/tresc/soho/13/

Oh, and if you are set on shopping for exclusive fabric, try Joel &Son  
http://www.joelandsonfabrics.com/ . They are set in a rather prosaic part of  
town but there are more fabric shops in the area, and they are, you know,  
'By Appointment - Her Majesty...'. So don't be afraid to go there.

And try to get some real ale in a pub - it's just a treat (and try the pub  
food, too). These guys have a list of pubs with the right stuff:  
http://www.camra.org.uk/home

I can't give more tips, only perhaps that you might consider mailing your  
fabrics home instead of taking them in your luggage. Depends, I guess on  
what they will charge you for an extra suitcase on your airline. ;-)

So I hope you'll have so much fun, and be sure that my best wishes and a  
good deal of my envy will accompany you. ;-)

U.  


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Hmm, this is the conversation I had with Kate on Facebook:

09:29 Ursula Noeker

Oh, something completely different: Beverly posted in alt.sewing that she's  
going to London, and of course she liked some ideas for places to see... I'm  
sure you can be of assistance to her. What a pity that you don't (can't)  
hang around that group any longer...

09:43 Kate Dicey

The V&A museum, Museum of London, the London Eye, the Tower of London,  
Covent Garden for posh little shops, Oxford Street for Christmas lights,  
Liberty's for afternoon tea. For garment fabrics, Walthamstow. Market: both  
the stalls and the shops.

Getting those alt. groups on the phone or the Chromebook is almost  
impossible. Once I get a proper computer set up again, things will get back  
to normal. Hopefully after the New Year.


That is what Kate sent to me, but perhaps you will get pm, too, I have no  
idea.

U.  


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Thanks so much..  I had sent a private e-mail to Kate a few days ago  
but did not receive a reply.  I wondered if I had the wrong address  
for her. Nice to know she is still around.  It would be such fun if  
we could arrange to meet in GB.  :-D

B  


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Hmmm, one thing is that she is suffering quite a lot from her Fibro, plus a  
couple of other ailments; and one of her cats died. You know, she had those  
ginger/white kitties, boy and girl, Sugarpuff and Cornflake (whom I used to  
call the Cereal Siblings), and dear old Mr. Cornflake suddenly suffered from  
kidney failure and medication didn't help, so they had to put him to sleep.  
It's not too long ago, and I feel quite sad about it myself. Perhaps your  
mail came in during just those days, and Fibro makes you forget your own bum  
if it wasn't grown solid to your body (at least the link she posted once  
said as much) ... If you like, I could give Kate a gentle nudge on FB and  
she'll contact you under your least protective mail address? I'm sure she'd  
like to meet you, too. Well, I'd like to just as much but I'm just not 'in  
funds' enough to do any travelling at this time. However, wouldn't it be  
just big fun to meet, all three of us, in London and have a downright fabric  
shopping spree? Or at least to visit the V&A? When I was there with my  
lover, I had no idea that there was something like it. (Note to myself: Must  
remember to win lottery!) ;-)

U.  


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Hello Beverly,

I just sent Kate a message via FB and she said she didn't get yours. Her new  
mail addy is katedicey at gmail dot com. I guess you know how to read that  
one.

U.  


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Ursula Schrader wrote:
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TY

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Ursula Schrader wrote:
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Thanks, Ursula!  I was especially interested in a recommendation for  
fabric shopping, so this was great!

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Beverly
http://www.ickes.us


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On 11/29/2014 8:32 AM, BEI Design wrote:
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Just came across this tonight, and sent the link to the traveling  
husband, and now to you, too!

http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/2014/12/10-british-fast-food-restaurants-worth-checking-out/
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Pogonip

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Thanks, very useful!  My DD is doing the major work planning our  
itinerary, I have forwarded it to her.

--  
Beverly
http://www.ickes.us


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