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<ul><li><p>8/13/2019 TIME _10 Things to Do in London</p><p> 1/5</p><p>1/19/2014 1. Tate Modern -- Printout -- TIME</p><p>http://content.time.com/time/travel/cityguide/printout/0,31522,1846986_1846948_1846591-full,00.html </p><p>Back to Article Click to Print</p><p>Th ur sday , Oct. 02, 2008</p><p>By Cath erine May er</p><p>Introduction</p><p>There is no shortage of tourist staples: Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Marble Arch, Big Ben, the</p><p>iconic red double-decker bus. (London Mayor Boris Johnson, a shambling, shock-haired media celebrity</p><p>and tourist attraction in his own right, got rid of the city's articulated single-decker buses, which he</p><p>considered a menace to cyclists Johnson is often seen weaving toward City Hall on his bicycle.) But</p><p>London's appeal doesn't lie only in its architectural and cultural treasures. This is also the best people-</p><p>watching city in the world. Its 7.5 million residents some born within its boundaries, others irresistibly</p><p>drawn to it are deliriously motley, speaking more than 300 languages among them. If you've got just 24</p><p>hours, here are 10 unmissable places to observe Londoners in their natural habitat.</p><p>1. Tate Modern</p><p>Many Britons regard high culture with suspicion. Yet this gallerydevoted to modern art effortlessly pulls in</p><p>the punters and locals as well as the tourists, and ranks among London's most-visited attractions. Part of</p><p>its appeal is the building itself, fashioned by architects Herzog and De Meuron from a vast disused powerstation on the Thames's south bank. In addition to blockbuster exhibits and live events, the gallery invites a</p><p>prominent artist every year to transform its cavernous turbine hall: Chinese artist and dissident Ai Wei Wei</p><p>blanketed the space with 100 million hand-sculpted and painted porcelain sunflower seeds in 2010; British</p><p>artist Tacita Dean paid homage to 35mm filmmaking in 2011 with her 11-minute loop of grainy, flickering</p><p>images projected onto a towering screen at the rear of the hall.</p><p>It would be easy to spend the entire day in the gallery, but you might want to get out and walk around the</p><p>neighborhood: Enter foodie heaven in nearby Borough Market, where the delis and restaurants are open</p><p>all week and a farmer's market operates Friday and Saturday. Directly across the river from the Tate is St</p><p>Paul's Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren's most celebrated building. To get there you cross the 18.2 million</p><p>Millennium Bridge, a suspension footbridge completed in 2000, which quickly gained the sobriquet the</p><p>"Wobbly Bridge." (They've since fixed the wobble.)</p><p>2. Marylebone Stroll</p>http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/default.asp?action=article&amp;ID=30http://content.time.com/timehttp://content.time.com/timehttp://content.time.com/timehttp://content.time.com/timehttp://www.galinsky.com/buildings/millenniumbridge/index.htmhttp://www.stpauls.co.uk/http://www.boroughmarket.org.uk/http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/default.asp?action=article&amp;ID=30http://content.time.com/timehttp://www.time.com/time/travel/cityguide/article/0,31489,1846986_1846948_1846591,00.htmlhttp://www.time.com/time/travel/cityguide/article/0,31489,1846986_1846948_1846591,00.html</li><li><p>8/13/2019 TIME _10 Things to Do in London</p><p> 2/5</p><p>1/19/2014 1. Tate Modern -- Printout -- TIME</p><p>http://content.time.com/time/travel/cityguide/printout/0,31522,1846986_1846948_1846591-full,00.html </p><p>What's the nattiest neighborhood in London? Not leafy Notting Hill, which lost its claim to cool after Hugh</p><p>Grant and Julia Roberts frolicked through it in the eponymous 1999 rom-com. And not fashionable</p><p>Hoxton or Shoreditch, even with their spiky-haired, skinny-jeans-clad tribes of cool kids. They're all worth</p><p>a look, but the real cool resides in Marylebone, an area so confident of its charms that it doesn't need to</p><p>broadcast them.</p><p>Lying north of the glossy Selfridgesdepartment store and south of Regent's Park, Marylebone (pronounced</p><p>mar-le-bone) is an affluent, strollable residential district of white terraced Georgian and Edwardian</p><p>townhouses, the grandest of which are still single-family. It's also home to theWallace Collection, where</p><p>the girl with the billowing skirts in Jean-Honor Fragonard's The Swingremains as seductive as when</p><p>France's dirty old master painted her in 1767. The main shopping drag is Marylebone High Street, but the</p><p>whole area is packed with fabulous shops and restaurants: Come here for everything from haute couture</p><p>and baby clothes to organic butchery and extravagant cakes. There's also a specialist travel bookshop called</p><p>Daunt Booksthat's worth a detour just for its Edwardian fixtures and fittings.</p><p>3. The London Eye</p><p>Yes, it's a giant ferris wheel, and, yes, it's for tourists but it's a worth a spin. Once you've boarded your</p><p>glass-sided capsule each capsule holds 25 people it will be a half-hour before you get back down.</p><p>Creeping along at 0.6 miles (0.9 km) per hour, it's an excruciatingly slow flight, as a trip on the London</p><p>Eyeis called, but from the top of the 443-foot (135-m) wheel you'll be rewarded with gloriously unimpeded</p><p>views over London. At night, take one of the special "champagne flights," and you'll find yourself in one of</p><p>the capital's best bars. Continue a scenic theme with dinner and drinks at Skylon, a dimly lit lounge and</p><p>restaurant overlooking the Thames with floor-to-ceiling windows.</p><p>4. Inns of Court</p><p>You might easily overlook the small arched entrance to Middle Temple, one of the four remaining Inns of</p><p>Court, which are responsible for training all of Britain's barristers. The Inns were first established in the</p><p>14th century and housed in large, walled compounds; today, judges and barristers still work, study and</p><p>sometimes live in these enchanted precincts. Beyond the gates of Middle Temple (locked overnight and onweekends), on the south side of the Strand where it morphs into Fleet Street, lies a time capsule. Step into</p><p>the Elizabethan banqueting house, Middle Temple Hall. It's a real-life Hogwarts, but twice as magical.</p><p>5. J. Sheekey</p><p>If you like your dinner with a side order of celebrity, head to one of Caprice Holdings' restaurants: Le</p><p>Caprice, a sleek art deco brasserie just behind the Ritz hotel, the Ivyor J. Sheekey; the latter two are in</p>http://www.the-ivy.co.uk/http://www.le-caprice.co.uk/http://www.barcouncil.org.uk/about-the-bar/what-is-the-bar/inns-of-court/http://www.skylon-restaurant.co.uk/http://www.londoneye.com/http://www.dauntbooks.co.uk/http://www.streetsensation.co.uk/marybone/mh_intro.htmhttp://www.wallacecollection.org/http://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/regents_park/http://www.selfridges.com/</li><li><p>8/13/2019 TIME _10 Things to Do in London</p><p> 3/5</p><p>1/19/2014 1. Tate Modern -- Printout -- TIME</p><p>http://content.time.com/time/travel/cityguide/printout/0,31522,1846986_1846948_1846591-full,00.html </p><p>London's theaterland. Their clientele rosters read like the guest list for a charity gala thrown by Bono and</p><p>Angelina Jolie. When famed London restaurateurs Jeremy King and Chris Corbin left Caprice Holdings in</p><p>2002, the celebritocracy had a minor heart attack wherever would they get their Spotted Dick (a</p><p>traditional steamed pudding with syrup) now? But to their great relief, this trio of eateries along their</p><p>new sibling, the refurbished Scott'srestaurant in Mayfair still have the edge over the competition,</p><p>serving simple seafood and game dishes, perfectly executed and perfectly served. The most intimate of the</p><p>bunch is J. Sheekey, a fish restaurant with leather banquettes, paneled walls and an impressive art</p><p>collection. (King and Corbin went on to open The Wolseleyand the now-shuttered St. Alban.)</p><p>6. Kensington Gardens</p><p>Londoners of a certain age will tell you that Germans shaped their city. They're right, but the Blitz wasn't</p><p>the only thing that left its mark on London. In 1728, Caroline of Brandenburg-Ansbach, the German-born</p><p>wife of King George II , commissioned works to the southern swath of Hyde Park later redesignated</p><p>Kensington Gardens creating the Serpentine, an artificial lake, and landscaping the surrounding lawnsand walkways. (A stately circuit of these ornamental waters will take you 40 minutes, and you can swim</p><p>at the Serpentine Lido from May to September.) Queen Caroline lived in Kensington Palace, on the western</p><p>edge of the park, which has been home to assorted members of the extended royal family and household,</p><p>but will, of course, forever be associated with its most iconic resident, Princess Diana. Kensington Gardens</p><p>is studded with shrines to the late Princess, including a fountain dedicated to her memory by the Queen in</p><p>2004.</p><p>7. Berry Bros. &amp; Rudd</p><p>The poet Lord Byron was just one of many patrons of Berry Bros. &amp; Ruddwho submitted to a public</p><p>weighing on one of the shop's giant coffee scales. "Let us have wine and women, mirth and</p><p>laughter/Sermons and soda water the day after," wrote Byron. Britain's oldest wine merchant and</p><p>sometime coffee seller set up shop here on St James's Street in 1698, and remains one of the world's leading</p><p>purveyors of fine wine. Despite its pedigree, it's not snobbish. Staff happily expound on the virtues of the</p><p>cheaper wines and spirits they sell, alongside the rarest vintages. If you can't get to the original shop, there</p><p>are branches in Dublin, Hong Kong and Shanghai, as well as a factory outlet in Basingstoke, south ofLondon.</p><p>8. The Royal Court Theatre</p><p>The roll call of playwrights championed by the Royal Courtis long and distinguished John Osborne,</p><p>Edward Bond, Joe Orton, Caryl Churchill, David Hare, Sam Shepard not least by their propensity for</p><p>tackling controversial themes and subjects. Dedicated to new and innovative work, audiences at this two-</p>http://www.royalcourttheatre.com/http://www.bbr.com/http://www.hrp.org.uk/kensingtonPalace/http://www.thewolseley.com/http://www.j-sheekey.co.uk/http://www.scotts-restaurant.com/</li><li><p>8/13/2019 TIME _10 Things to Do in London</p><p> 4/5</p><p>1/19/2014 1. Tate Modern -- Printout -- TIME</p><p>http://content.time.com/time/travel/cityguide/printout/0,31522,1846986_1846948_1846591-full,00.html </p><p>theater venue in Sloane Square first saw transvestite Dr. Frank-N-Furter strut his stuff at the 1973 premier</p><p>of The Rocky Horror Show,and winced in 1995 at the late playwright Sarah Kane's scandalous debut,</p><p>Blasted,which was decried by critics for its graphic brutality only to be hailed at its 2001 revival by some</p><p>of those same critics as a profound and disturbing work. More recently, the theater has debuted Mike</p><p>Bartlett's satire,Love, Love Love, which follows the journey of the Baby Boomer generation from the</p><p>tumultuous 1960s to the harsh realities of the present, and Bola Agbajie's Belong, profiling a Nigerian</p><p>politician in London struggling to define his identity.</p><p>9. Smithfield Pub Crawl</p><p>London is far from being a 24-hour city. Alcohol licensing laws were relaxed in 2003, but finding a late-</p><p>night drink still requires ingenuity. There is one part of city, however, that doesn't sleep: Smithfield. The</p><p>neighborhood is home to a historic meat market, which operates in ornate Victorian halls weekdays from 4</p><p>a.m. to noon and many of the local pubs and cafes open early to serve pints and hefty fry-ups to the</p><p>market workers.</p><p>Start your evening at Ye Olde Mitre, an 18th-century pub in the jewelry district adjacent to Smithfield;</p><p>then, head east through Ely Place to the market, on the way passing St Etheldreda'sthe oldest Catholic</p><p>church in England. Taste the wines of southwestern France at the Cellar Gascon bar and Comptoir Gascon</p><p>restaurant; their posh sister, Club Gascon, has bagged a Michelin star for its exceptional cooking. The Fox</p><p>and Anchorboasts the tastiest scotch eggs in the country and keenly priced accommodations. Catch a</p><p>nap in one of the designer rooms above the bar or go straight back out to dance off the calories at the so-</p><p>hip-it-hurts nightclub Fabric. You may want to refuel at Kurz &amp; Lang, a tiny joint selling German</p><p>bratwurst and beers; it's open until 11:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and never closes on Friday and</p><p>Saturday.</p><p>Before daybreak, try The Hope for your early morning pint, and Ferrari's Snack Bar for an artery-clogging</p><p>full English breakfast. Just what the doctor didn't order.</p><p>10. Barfly and Roundhouse</p><p>If you get claustrophobic at the Hollywood Bowl or Madison Square Garden, then neither of the live music</p><p>venues I'm about to recommend is for you. The Barfly, above a pub in Camden, is tiny, but that doesn't</p><p>stop punters from piling through the doors and turning the whole room into a mosh pit. It's a regular</p><p>staging post for new bands tipped for greatness: Oasis and Coldplay both performed here. But don't let that</p><p>deter you; other alumni include Blur and the Y oung Knives. Across the road, the Roundhouseshows it</p><p>knows the meaning of eclectic, with a program that includes big-name musicians, left-field comedians and</p><p>even circus acts, in a converted 19th-century steam-engine repair shed.</p>http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/http://www.barflyclub.com/camden/whatson/WhatsOn.aspxhttp://www.kurzandlang.com/http://www.fabriclondon.com/http://www.foxandanchor.com/http://www.web57915.clarahost.co.uk/cg_intro.phphttp://www.stetheldreda.com/home.html</li><li><p>8/13/2019 TIME _10 Things to Do in London</p><p> 5/5</p><p>1/19/2014 1. Tate Modern -- Printout -- TIME</p><p>http://content.time.com/time/travel/cityguide/printout/0,31522,1846986_1846948_1846591-full,00.html </p><p>Click to Print</p><p>Find this article at:</p><p>http://www.time.com/time/travel/cityguide/article/0,31489,1846986_1846948_1846591,00.html</p><p>Copyright 2013 Time Inc. All rights reserved. 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