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WTE_Ibis
03-01-2007, 05:43 AM
I'll be in London on 30th Sept. with one free day. Can someone advise the nearest WW2 RAF place of interest that can be visited and return in one day.
Any help appreciated.
Cheers, Ibis.

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FlatSpinMan
03-01-2007, 05:59 AM
Why not look around the city itself? I spent just a few days there last summer but thought it was magic. Had I had an extra day i would've tried for something like you have in mind though.

stanford-ukded
03-01-2007, 06:13 AM
Where are you in London?

frior-one
03-01-2007, 06:14 AM
there is the imperial war museum at kennington. this can be reached via the tube from central london.

edit: for those that know me how apt i follow your post!

danjama
03-01-2007, 06:26 AM
Try the RAF museum, Hendon.

Worf101
03-01-2007, 06:29 AM
Originally posted by frior-one:
there is the imperial war museum at kennington. this can be reached via the tube from central london.

edit: for those that know me how apt i follow your post! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/agreepost.gif

Best day I ever spent in London was at the Imperial War Museum. Almost made me forget about the god awful food.

Da Worfster

stanford-ukded
03-01-2007, 06:39 AM
Originally posted by Worf101:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by frior-one:
there is the imperial war museum at kennington. this can be reached via the tube from central london.

edit: for those that know me how apt i follow your post! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/agreepost.gif

Best day I ever spent in London was at the Imperial War Museum. Almost made me forget about the god awful food.

Da Worfster </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hey! We have McDonald's too!

John_Pimlott
03-01-2007, 06:47 AM
London has some of the finest restaurants in the world. Check out the curry houses, tappa bars and Chinese, Japanese, Italian and French eateries just for starters. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

leitmotiv
03-01-2007, 06:50 AM
For RAF aircraft, the only place to go is the RAF Museum. A snap to get there on the Northern Line from King's Cross Station. Hannants big hobby shop is nearby where you can find loads of goodies. The Museum also has loads of stuff to buy, not to mention the airplanes to view. For aircraft, there is nothing to compare in the London area. Was my favorite R&R spot in London (other than pubs and girls).

OD_79
03-01-2007, 06:51 AM
Hey! We have McDonald's too!

I think that was his point!

OD.

ploughman
03-01-2007, 07:05 AM
Hendon, you can get there on the tube, it rocked the last time I was there (1981).

In addition, if you visit the much more central IWM you can eat your packed lunch in the adjoining Tibetan Peace garden which is tre tranquil and not deliberately ironic.

Trinity_Jay
03-01-2007, 07:30 AM
I'm a Londoner and have travelled: I would say that London has some of the best food if you can afford it! Also, I would go to Hendon, The Imperial War Museum and Churchill's war rooms - all are great. Hendon also come recommended as it has the last Me-110 and the size of the Stuka is amazing.

And perhaps us London chaps can show him some English hospitality and show him a nice London boozer that serves great beer.

Trinity_Jay

John_Pimlott
03-01-2007, 07:53 AM
Originally posted by Trinity_Jay:


And perhaps us London chaps can show him some English hospitality and show him a nice London boozer that serves great beer.

Trinity_Jay

Perhaps a Ruby and a few warm 'n' soapy Brightons down his Gregory'll put a Sandy Lyle on his boat after a butcher's at the Michael Cains.
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Trinity_Jay
03-01-2007, 08:04 AM
I understand that completely bar "Michael Cain's"

Uri Geller: Stella.

John_Pimlott
03-01-2007, 08:05 AM
Planes!
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Trinity_Jay
03-01-2007, 08:08 AM
Mate, I am in a bar drinking a few cheeky beers in Portugal at the moment and that your Caine translation cracked me up.

VV_Holdenb
03-01-2007, 11:23 AM
AS other have posted IMHO its got to be Hendon
http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/index.cfm

BillyTheKid_22
03-01-2007, 11:33 AM
I wish!!!!!

WOLFMondo
03-01-2007, 12:08 PM
Go to RAF Hendon in north London. IWM London is ok (ironically I went there today in between getting a new passport, 4 hour wait!!) but only has a few WW2 planes, although they are a Spit MK1, He162, A6M5, FW190A8 and P51D. Hendon has literally dozens of aircraft including some you won't see anywhere else like the Beaufighter, Typhoon and Tempest amongst others. The BoB museum is also there and worth a look into.

WTE_Ibis
03-02-2007, 01:38 AM
Thanks for the prompt replies guys.
I have one day to see what I can of London
and one for warbirds so it looks like Henden and the IWM then.
Cheers.
Ibis.
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Where are you in London?
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Not sure Stanford, it's six months away yet.
we do a very quick guided around England,then
Edinburgh for the Tattoo a whistle stop into Wales then on to visit my daughter in Berlin.
But we have two free days in London before we start so I thought I would surprise the wife
with a visit to some aeroplanes http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

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WOLFMondo
03-02-2007, 02:22 AM
Duxford is also in the proximity of London as well but a an hour or so's drive. I think there is a cold war exhibition on there at the moment with lots of cold war planes and missiles. Otherwise its got some unique aircraft, like the TSR2 and the restoration hangers.

whiteladder
03-02-2007, 02:45 AM
Duxford is do-able from London for the day, but it isn`t seviced by public transport very well. You would really need to hire a car to make it worth while.

But it really is worth the effort, its one of the worlds great museums!

http://img242.imageshack.us/img242/1308/duxfordamericanairmuseuqc8.jpg

Trinity_Jay
03-02-2007, 07:36 AM
Also, Hendon has the only Defiant to see a foolish British fighter.

Hendon also has a bar...

Tgd_Voxman
03-02-2007, 07:59 AM
Originally posted by WTE_Ibis:
Thanks for the prompt replies guys.
I have one day to see what I can of London
and one for warbirds so it looks like Henden and the IWM then.
Cheers.
.

You won't have much time to really take in both. I went to Hendon back in 1991. Get there real early (I think 10AM opening during the week). You should eat there as they have a small restaurant. I think I had Sheperd's pie and it was OK....the beer was better. IWM is cross town. It takes about an hour to get to Hendon by Tube and you've got a half mile walk as well.

If I had to choose, Hendon would be the one. First time I ever saw a Spitfire, ME109, Hurricane....all those lovely Battle of Britain craft.

Trinity_Jay
03-02-2007, 08:24 AM
I was also very impressed with the Ju88 at Hendon, too, as well as the He111 and Battle of Britain planes. Wonderful stuff. Also do not forget the UK jets like the Hunter and Lightning.

I have pics I took at Hendon if you're interestde and want me to post.

Jay

John_Pimlott
03-02-2007, 09:06 AM
Originally posted by Trinity_Jay:
I have pics I took at Hendon if you're interestde and want me to post.

Jay

Oooh! Go on then..
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Mr_Nakajima
03-02-2007, 09:24 AM
Some from Hendon. Some of the halls are a bit dark and so if you want good pictures a camera tripod would be useful.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v677/Mr_Nakajima/Hendon1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v677/Mr_Nakajima/Hendon2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v677/Mr_Nakajima/Hendon3.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v677/Mr_Nakajima/Hendon4.jpg

Trinity_Jay
03-02-2007, 11:28 AM
Sure thing. How do I post photos?

Worf101
03-02-2007, 12:59 PM
Originally posted by John_Pimlott:
London has some of the finest restaurants in the world. Check out the curry houses, tappa bars and Chinese, Japanese, Italian and French eateries just for starters. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
If it weren't for the Jamaican and Indian Resturaunts in London, I would've starved. I mean it. Thank God in Heaven for Curry, in all it's forms.

Da Worfster

WTE_Ibis
03-02-2007, 01:28 PM
Thanks again for your advice and photos, this forum has a great group of people always willing
to help.
So Duxford as well, this could lead to an extra day in London and a divorce. I'm only going to get one shot at this so I need to make the most of it, it's a long way from Oz.
S`


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ploughman
03-02-2007, 03:55 PM
Mate, if you're coming that far and you're a propeller-head forget Hendon, there is only one destination. Hire a car and GO TO DUXFORD. 24 hours to the UK, only an additional hour to Duxford. Just sit her down and look her in the eye and promise her gold and stuff, whatever it takes, you won't be sorry.

Fork-N-spoon
03-02-2007, 04:45 PM
Originally posted by WTE_Ibis:
I'll be in London on 30th Sept. with one free day. Can someone advise the nearest WW2 RAF place of interest that can be visited and return in one day.
Any help appreciated.
Cheers, Ibis.

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If I were to be in London, I would be chasing the women. Married you might say, well in that case I'd be searching for something to do with the wife and kids! :\/ Have fun!

Taylortony
03-02-2007, 06:30 PM
Originally posted by Fork-N-spoon:
Married you might say, well in that case I'd be searching for something to do with the wife and kids! :\/ Have fun!

Like pack em off sightseeing on the London Eye etc whilst you get to Hendon or Duxford......... Hendon would still be your best bet for ease of getting too, or the Imperial War Museum........... But being an Oz you could spend the whole day queuing to get into Madam Tussauds to see Kylie Rofl

Trinity_Jay
03-04-2007, 09:02 AM
Duxford is the PLACE to go, I admit, as it's amazing.

As for English girls, don't bother: they smoke and have huge backsides (and I do know as I am from Wimbledon).

Taylortony
03-04-2007, 10:05 AM
Originally posted by Trinity_Jay:
Duxford is the PLACE to go, I admit, as it's amazing.

As for English girls, don't bother: they smoke and have huge backsides (and I do know as I am from Wimbledon).

Well they would do......... all the Wombles had big backsides http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif

WTE_Ibis
03-05-2007, 02:59 AM
Big is beautiful and usually very appreciative.
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Biggles2111
03-06-2007, 09:33 AM
What about the museum at Hendon. Not as good as Duxford but pretty big and its got soem stuff Duxford doesn't have.

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/

Scen
03-06-2007, 11:20 AM
Originally posted by Worf101:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by frior-one:
there is the imperial war museum at kennington. this can be reached via the tube from central london.

edit: for those that know me how apt i follow your post! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/agreepost.gif

Best day I ever spent in London was at the Imperial War Museum. Almost made me forget about the god awful food.

Da Worfster </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

That is a thing of the past... London's food is exceptional. As mentioned in a post above Tappas, Chinese, Japanese Italian and Indian food are over the top. I can assure you I'm a snob when it comes to food...

Scen
03-06-2007, 11:29 AM
Originally posted by whiteladder:
Duxford is do-able from London for the day, but it isn`t seviced by public transport very well. You would really need to hire a car to make it worth while.

But it really is worth the effort, its one of the worlds great museums!

http://img242.imageshack.us/img242/1308/duxfordamericanairmuseuqc8.jpg

Actually I disagree... I was there last May and took the train up then a bus over to Duxford and it was well worth it. The train ride was about and hour and it was nice to see the countryside and take a break from the city. We where lucky it was a nice warm sunny day and spits where flying. Duxford is one of the best air museums I've been too.

Plus you get to see some flying!

Scen
03-06-2007, 11:32 AM
Originally posted by Trinity_Jay:
Duxford is the PLACE to go, I admit, as it's amazing.

As for English girls, don't bother: they smoke and have huge backsides (and I do know as I am from Wimbledon).


Actually I noticed quite a few really good looking women I mean model good looking but I think they where foreign... lol