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bunnyb
Very proud! And jealous wink.gif.
edithdumplings
QUOTE(Persiflager @ Nov 25 2008, 11:13 AM) *
Ooh ooh ooh! Bust Craftacular in London on December 6th near Euston! Anyone else interested?

I am very very excited!



Thanks for the welcome in the other thread Persiflager!

I'm very interested if anyone is thinking of having some kind of meetup for the London Craftacular, I'm also new to these forums and I'd like to meet a few Busties!

Is there any kind of plan as yet?
I'd quite like to be there in the evening to have a bit of a dance... but I don't want to get there really early and run out of things to do! Not sure what time to go! rolleyes.gif
zoya
I think you all should come up here and go to Alien Wars with me. I know you're all geeks. smile.gif

aside from that, I think I could make it down in January sometime, probably.


Persiflager
Ooh ooh! I'd never heard of Alien Wars, have just googled it, that sounds so cool!

I'm definitely going to the Craftacular. Allowing a bit of time for Christmas shopping round the stalls, I shall aim to be at the bar around 6pm. I shall probably be wearing a purple hat (unless it's too warm) and looking like a big dork with a rucksack as I'm visiting my parents tonight and collecting various bits and pieces.
edithdumplings
Great stuff!
I will aim for late afternoon too. I'll probably be wearing a big red scarf and may well pose a striking resemblance to the person that is in my profile picture. Funny that!

If you see me, please say hello! smile.gif
mornington
yay for the writing zoya! Although i'm going to chicken out on alien wars (what?! the films freaked me the fuck out, I'm a wimp) tongue.gif Also, apparently there is a new mexican place on fleet street that's meant to be good...

I don't know when I'll make it, probably mid/late afternoon (I've got to do mildly domestic things at some point); I'm trying to bring G with me, but it's not really his thing (to quote "I don't have a vagina, I want to stay home and play pro evo and do laundry"). But I will be there nevertheless, I've got bright pink hair and red glasses.

On a milder note: does anyone know somewhere that sells crystallised ginger? The sweeter stuff, it's for my nan for christmas... it's the only thing left on my list.
Persiflager
Holland & Barrett, I think, or Waitrose.
mornington
ta - I'll have a look tomorrow. Bunny suggested Lakeland, so I'll try there when I get up to wales for the holiday...

Did everyone enjoy the craftacular? Sorry I didn't meet any of you (I didn't get there until near seven). What did people buy?
Persiflager
Sadly I didn't meet up with anyone either - I got there around 3 (much earlier than planned!) and stayed for about an hour.

I bought 3 pairs of the earrings made from vintage buttons (2 pairs as presents and 1 for me!), a pair of customised plimsolls, a flowery button, and a sock-monster keyring. And a cupcake! I planned to buy lots of presents but ended up mostly buying things for me rolleyes.gif I was very tempted by the 'Bollocks!' cross-stitch kit, but £18 seemed a bit expensive.
mornington
I *wanted* some of those plimsoles... I might have to get a pair online (although G picked up their card... maybe he'll do the goodies for chrimbo). On the x-stitch, have you tried looking for the subversive cross-stitch book ? - I got mine in borders, but amazon is a better bet. They have good patterns and you can go from there (and yeah, I thought £18 was a bit steep).

And you were right about holland&barrett. That's christmas presents sorted...
Persiflager
Thanks mornington! I've added it to my amazon wishlist - bargain at £7.19, and hopefully my family will be ticking lots of things off the list this month....
Persiflager
Yay, my mum bought me the cross-stitch book (and was most amused!).

Does anyone fancy going to see some roller derby? I've never been to a match but it looks cool - the next match listed on the London Rollergirls site is on 7th Feb.

Happy 2009, and hope you all have a great night tonight! biggrin.gif
bunnyb
Oooh, the roller derby sounds like fun! where is it?

So, are we having a UK (& Ireland) BUSTie get together in London this month? C'mon, you know you wanna...
Persiflager
Yes, absolutely! I can't do this weekend but am free after that.

They haven't posted the location for the roller derby match yet, but I've joined their mailing list and will let you know.
thepointybird
QUOTE(Persiflager @ Jan 5 2009, 11:33 AM) *
Yes, absolutely! I can't do this weekend but am free after that.

They haven't posted the location for the roller derby match yet, but I've joined their mailing list and will let you know.


Ah, I'd love to join you at the roller derby. (I really want to take it up, but I'm drawing a blank finding anyone in Brighton that's interested, and I can't afford to go up and down from London all the time for practices etc) Unfortunately, I just booked a trip to Leeds for that weekend. Which I'm pretty excited about, I must say, I get to see some mates I don't see very often, plus shopping, plus cocktails, plus yummy yummy Northern boys! But let me know if you make it a regular thing.
Persiflager
Okey-dokey, will let you know. And if any London busties ever fancy going along to a beginners session with the London Rollergirls, send me a PM (as I am a big wuss and will chicken out without back-up). They have these on the first Saturday of every month (but I can't make it this Saturday), looks like they vary the venues, and you need a bit of kit to join (I'm going to call home and find out if my old rollerskates are still in the attic!).

Anyone fancy a night out next weekend? Time Out listings for then aren't up yet, but there seem to be loads of cool/cheap events happening at the moment (judging by the free papers). I'm in east london (which has some excellent late-night bars....) but can happily get to most areas.
bunnyb
I am jobless and consequently very poor just now but will take you up on a night out once things improve, if the offer is still open.
foryoursplendor
I'm planning a trip to Brighton/Southampton for March or April. Any suggestions on things I should see, places I should go?
thepointybird
QUOTE(foryoursplendor @ Jan 15 2009, 05:09 AM) *
I'm planning a trip to Brighton/Southampton for March or April. Any suggestions on things I should see, places I should go?


Well, the first thing you should do is get in touch with me, as I live in Worthing, which is right near Brighton, and I have many friends in Southampton and go there a fair bit. It depends what you're into, Brighton is a really fun place and is kind of 'something for everyone', Southampton isn't as pretty but is definitely a good place for a crazy night out! PM me and I'll give you a few suggestions.
crazyoldcatlady
*peeks head in*

um, so, looks like i'll be in london for a few days huh.gif anyone going to be around early march?







smile.gif

bunnyb
Yup smile.gif. I live there now and don't have any plans yet to be out of the city, for a few months at least.

Since sybarite has been dangling the carrot about coming over, perhaps she could make it at the same time? *hint hint*
stargazer
Hells yeah!!! way to go cocl! go cocl go cocl go go go cocl...

you will be in good hands with bunnyb. have fun, rock out, go to haagen dazs cafe, and drink many pints. smile.gif
Persiflager
I shall also be around, yay!
mornington
*sticks head in*

CatLady, do you have dates? I might be around, but I might not, as I'm on a fieldtrip for uni for several days at the start of march...
crazyoldcatlady
mornington, indeed i do. i'll be coming in on the 4th, and leaving on the 9th. so i can play on the days in between.

yay persiflager & bunny (& syb! *HINT* smile.gif )
zoya
I'll see if I can get any cheap tickets to get down there also...
raisingirl
I am SO jealous!
crazyoldcatlady
come, raisin! i'll meet you at the airport wink.gif
raisingirl
I know, right?! I don't need any encouragement!
sybarite
Dudes, I'm sorry to be so crap, but the mister and I just booked a (badly needed) holiday together over Easter and then I have 2 conferences in summer to travel to, so once again I have to postpone. Lack of €€€ + limited holiday time + academic-career building have conspired against me. It's a shame COCL, I would love to meet you as well as the other UK-ers I haven't hung out with yet!
mornington
fucksocks. I go on the fieldtrip on the morning of the 5th... and don't come back until the 11th. I wanna go to the hagen das cafe! mad.gif damn university.
bunnyb
QUOTE(mornington @ Jan 27 2009, 10:43 PM) *
fucksocks. I go on the fieldtrip on the morning of the 5th... and don't come back until the 11th. I wanna go to the hagen das cafe! mad.gif damn university.


*pouts*

What time do you get in on the 4th, cocl?

The last time I went to the Haagen Dazs cafe with you lot I ended up curtsying at the queen's abode whilst throwing up. Good times.
crazyoldcatlady
QUOTE
(mornington @ Jan 27 2009, 10:43 PM)
fucksocks. I go on the fieldtrip on the morning of the 5th... and don't come back until the 11th. I wanna go to the hagen das cafe! damn university.


* double pouts*

QUOTE
What time do you get in on the 4th, cocl?


it's late evening, 2200 i believe. BUT, if anyone is intrepid, i'll be functioning like it's 1700. hotel party, anyone? smile.gif

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The last time I went to the Haagen Dazs cafe with you lot I ended up curtsying at the queen's abode whilst throwing up. Good times.


is that the US equivalent of kneeling in the oval office blowing (chunks)?

i have to say, i'm uber-excited now. everytime i read about what i need to get together, it makes me want to hop a plane now. i hear avg. temp is 44F/6C this time of year (true?), which is a vast improvement on the 22F/-5C and 2ft/60cm of snow i'm sitting in right now. (yay metric conversion!)

syb, sorry i'll miss you! let us know if you change your mind/win the lottery/come into extra vacation time.


and also, i'd like to peer pressure raisin again. the sale ends tomorrow! wink.gif
stargazer
cocl, the blowing of chunks was the result of dairy and bunnyb not agreeing that day. poor thing. sad.gif i was able to witness some of the blowing of chunks.
raisingirl
Oh fuck me! The sale ends tomorrow?!?!?!?! *bites nails* hmm. I know I still have that link to the sale somewhere... ack! Okay, let me think about it. My wallet is like, who are you kidding, woman? There's nothing to think about.

And I seriously can't watch puking, EVER... I will hold that dairy far away from you, Bunny, even if it means beating you back with a hardcover copy of War & Peace! (the biggest book I could think of) I only say this out of love!

Okay. I'm thinking. tick tick tick...
crazyoldcatlady
QUOTE
it's late evening, 2200 i believe.


2000, actually, i just checked. that swaying anyone? laugh.gif

no dairy at all bunny? or just that day? here i thought you were having some liquor inspired ice cream. as a side note, my hairdresser was telling me today about a shot called "the dead goat", that involves pepper, goat milk, and tequila?? (what, no antifreeze available that day?) blink.gif

QUOTE
Okay. I'm thinking. tick tick tick...


:::whistling, walks by, casually drops link out of pocket...::::

raisingirl
ETA: I can't go. I really wish I could. You don't even know how much I want to visit. Maybe later this year. sad.gif wub.gif (it would certainly make for a nice reward for all the stuff I'm working on accomplishing in the next several months, that's for sure!)
bunnyb
Boo sad.gif.

Do NOT keep me from the dairy. I was having major tummy problems at that time and coffee/dairy didn't help and I believe I had both at the Haagen Dazs cafe on top or Mexican food and margaritas... Funnily enough my tummy was also terribly upset after Mexican food with mornington and zoya a couple of weeks ago so maybe it's the BUSTies that bring it out wink.gif. Or just the richness, definitely the richness of good food when BUSTies get together.
starship
eee snow day!
crazyoldcatlady
hee hee i love my 5am BBC news update. the whole city came to a stop? well in MY DAY we had to walk 10 miles in the 50 feet of snow without shoes on and uphill to get to school!

wink.gif
starship
it took me 20years of living here to finally get a snowday. i so earnt it
i feel so american. or scottish
looks like you wont be getting the 'warm' trip you were hoping for though. hope our airports have gotten their ass in gear intime for your arrival at least
crazyoldcatlady
i'm used to the cold; if the air doesn't freeze my nose hairs, i consider it a heat wave. hope you ladies went out and at least built a snow man/ snow penis.
accomodations locked and loaded (i'm going to be more or less in camden town), working on an itinerary now . there's so much i want to see/do... i need to put it all together in something coherent and productive.

any insider locales i should know about that are a "do not miss"?
Persiflager
Oooh, many! Are you looking for daytime sights or night-time haunts, and how far do you want to travel from Camden?

The Time Out London page is often a great starting point if you have the post-code for where you'll be staying, and it'll list all the events happening during your visit.
crazyoldcatlady
QUOTE
Oooh, many! Are you looking for daytime sights or night-time haunts, and how far do you want to travel from Camden?



all the above, i'm wide open right now smile.gif

QUOTE
The Time Out London page is often a great starting point if you have the post-code for where you'll be staying, and it'll list all the events happening during your visit.


niiice. i'm flipping through it now...
zoya
camden is great, you'll be right on the Northern line tube, which allows easy access to most things you'd probably want to do...

I personally love Borough Market, which is near London Bridge tube station on the Northern line, it's like a gigantic farmers' market. It's open thurs - Saturday and you can wander around and sample all sorts of gourmet fare.. i also love the Tate Modern, which is not far from there, either - a short walk.

The National Gallery is awesome, and you can walk from there to Buckingham Palace and all that type of stuff really easily.

Camden itself is cool to wander around in, there's loads of record shops, punk rock and vintage clothing stores, etc.
Persiflager
I second Borough market! And you can stroll along the South Bank to the Tate Modern from there - that's a great place to wander, there's usually so much going on, especially at the weekend.

Go out in the Old Street/Shoreditch/Dalston area - that's where all the coolest, edgiest clubs and bars are (e.g. dreambags/jaguar shows that looks like an abandoned shop, or the dalston jazz bar that's open to 5am at the weekend, or the brazilian bar/club Favela Chic). There are quite a lot of skinny jeans/arty/trendy types arounf but they also have lots of fun alternative nights like clothes-swap parties or wheel-of-fortune karaoke.

Foyle's bookshop is a heavenly labyrinth with a coffee/jazz bar, Daunt bookshop on Marylebone high street is super-lovely (as is the whole of that street) and charing cross road has lots of good second-hand bookshops.

Spitalfields market has lots of cool stuff (open Sunday but not Saturday), and is near Brick Lane where you get all the best curry-houses - wander down and haggle with them, there's stiff competition so you'll always get a bargain.

Soho theatre generally has interesting plays/cabaret/comedy on, and the soho area in general is excellent for cabaret/sleazy bars etc.

Kew Gardens are brilliant but a bit further away, and might be a bit chilly.

I really recommend avoiding the Tower of London, Oxford Street and Madama Tussauds.

Ooh, lots of good museums - I love the V&A (art and design, and a very good tea room), Natural History Museum and National Science Museum, and you could easily spend a week in the British museum. The Geffrye museum (by old street)is amazing and almost unknown - 400 years of british domestic history presented in living rooms. With period gardens! I think all of these have free entrance unless there's a special exhibition on.

Dalston also good for Vietnamese and Turkish food, and there's a particularly good japanese restaurant by mornington crescent station (walking distance from camden - sorry, can't remember name). Camden great for gigs. Go to St Martin in the Fields for classical music (they often have free lunchtime recitals), and to somewhere like Southwark cathedral (right by borough market) or St Paul's to listen to evensong (not just because I'm an ex-chorister myself, but because I think choral evensong is one of the finest English traditions still practised today. Says the proud atheist).

Ok, that will do for now - I'll post if I think of anything else essential.
zoya
oh persiflager, I'm so glad you said avoid the tower of london! I was going to say the same thing and forgot. it's an ok place to go if you have a lot of time in London, but it will take you nearly all day to see and it's really not all that - loads of way better stuff to see.

I LOVED the Imperial War Museum (near Elephant and Castle stop on the Northern line, one stop down from borough market) Bunnyb and I spent 2 hours there just seeing 2 exhibits. you could easily spend all day there and never get bored.

You could check out if anything is playing at the roundhouse theatre - it's just next to Camden - great venue that has some great shows. I saw an avant garde circus there with stargazer when she was visiting and saw a couple of amazing shows there during the electrical proms (Underworld was one of my favourite concerts of all time)

There's a great Ethiopian restaurant in Kentish Town, which is just up from Camden. The Forum (venue) is in Kentish town, there are good shows there.


I'll have to think on it more as well....
bunnyb
COCL, you have some fabulous recommendations here (some of which I need to check out)!

Borough Market is a must as it's fabulous (a Thursday is disappointing though as it's only specific vendors and Green Market isn't open). The walk along the South Bank to the Tate (and even further down to the Globe, Royal Festival Hall and the London Eye) is a good one with a lovely view of St Paul's across the Thames.

Foyles Bookshop is indeed a heavenly labyrinth in which you can easily lose yourself for hours (I lost mornington there on my first visit, or lost myself...) The cafe serves some lovely lunch food (a good selection of salads and quiches as well as fresh sandwiches/ciabattas) but it can become very busy. I am looking forward to visiting Daunt Books as I haven't yet and one of my favourite bookshops is this one in Bloomsbury (and South Kensington), which deserves a visit if you are looking for beautiful books that have an ubiquitously English feel to them. Oh, and as a complete aside: if you are looking for a London themed gift for a child or a keepsake for yourself then this book is a quirky find (as are the London tube designed gifts in the huge Waterstone's bookshop in Piccadilly).

Spitalfields market is cool and has a lot of surrounding places to eat including S&M (sausage and mash) where you can sample cheap and tasty traditional fare. I'm a huge fan of Portobello Road market on a Saturday and love wandering around (whilst tunelessly singing the song from Bedknobs and Broomsticks); it leads to Notting Hill where there are a lot of great boutique shops (the same applies to Kensington).

I agree with all of the museums, especially the V&A, the Tate Modern and the British Museum; they are all free (excluding special exhibitions) and fabulous.

Before moving to London a few months ago I visited a lot and obviously did all of the tourist attractions but without fail I would go and see a show (musical). If you can fit it in I would try and see one as visiting London and not seeing one would be the equivalent of going to New York and not going to Broadway; yes, you can do that but it's an essential part of the experience. The ticket booths around the west-end will offer cheap tickets on the day of performance as will some of the theatre box offices.

A touristy must (IMO) is going to Harrod's, seeing the foodhall alone is worth it, and having your jaw hit the floor at the sheer opulence.

Also, although persiflager recommended avoiding Oxford Street (and I concur), I imagine that you'll probably want to visit Topshop... so steel yourself against the crowds outside Oxford Circus tube (directly across from Topshop, depending on the exit), quickly cross Oxford Street, enter shop, struggle against the masses, wait in horrendous queues (lines) for fitting rooms, buy some cute things and exit looking particularly pleased with yourself despite physical exhaustion and make it back into the tube station alive.

Oh, and I second zoya's recommendation of the Ethiopian restaurant in Kentish town (*mental note to self to find the Japanese restaurant persiflager refers to, although mornington and I discovered a great one near Foyles).
Persiflager
The restaurant I was thinking of is Asakusa. Also the Transport for London website is a good resource for planning journeys, and if you go to a west end theatre I'd recommend eating in chinatown rather than one of the chain restaurants in the area - Canton is quite decent.

mornington
*sticks head in* I have Bunny with me...

* start at the Tower of London, walk down the south side of the Thames Walk, towards the Tate Modern. It's a really nice walk, you can go further to Borough Market, Ldn Bridge and even the Southbank Center. Go to see a play at the Globe if you can.

* War & Medicine exhibition - the museum is called the Wellcome Trust, it's in Euston - you can walk from Camden in about 15 mins (not esp. scenic, but very London). The Bodyworlds exhibition at the O2 arena...

* ride the bus as much as possible. the number 15 (and the 9) is still an "old" routemaster that goes along the sites... they're called the Heritage Routes. Quite nice.

* Sushi place in centerpoint, above a korean/japanese shop. Really nice food.

* Persephone Books and Lamb's Conduit Street is nice for an afternoon.

* Camelia Teas (and the rest of Kingly Court/Carnaby St) for afternoon tea. Or the Ritz, if you're feeling wealthy (and can book in advance).

* The cafe in Foyles is quite nice, but busy - nice for a quick bite if you want to avoid starbuck et al. Ed's Diner, if you crave american-style burgers.

* the TimeOut London website, or buy the Guardian paper on saturday - for the Guide, which has all the shows and gigs.

* try and see a gig or two in camden - you might light the Underworld pub. Two of my favourite clubs have shut down (damn you, crossrail), but I liked Koko on mornington cresent. it's a redone cinema, very popular with the younger indie crowd in camden (as opposed to the east london poseurs, who are generally a little older)

* Spitalfields market.

* The Rock and Soul Plaice on Endell St (fish'n'chips), near covent garden - and also Neal's Yard.

* buy an A-Z and walk if you can, especially around central london.

* Regents or St James park - both are really nice for a wander. London Zoo is also in Regents Park, if that floats your boat - it's a wander from Camden.

* Brick Lane, baybeee. See also: Hoxton/Old Street/Shoreditch. I like the Strongroom Bar, the Old Blue Last is the pub owned by Vice magazine. 33 Feet East and Hoxton Sq Bar & Kitchen. Beigel Bakery OMG best ever.

* Angel - Islington Market.

* Gordon's Wine Bar, Villiers St.

* Ridley Road market, Dalston. Also Portobello and Notting Hill... I recommend the 12th House Restaurant, where Stargazer took me!

I'm really, really pissed I can't see you - damn fieldtrip. grr.
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