Note that the official IETF web page and mail lists lists the actual venue, the London Hilton Metropole Hotel, Paddington and other information. map of locale
This is for alternative information should you need it!
You may have heard BBC news about a bomb in west london. Basic safety rule is to leave any area where there are unidentified bags or packages, as rapidly as is safe, and, then, tell someone official as soon as possible.
Trains may or may not take you further afield.
Mobile phones - there are a lot of GSM choices - best option is probably to get a pay-as-you-go phone (as low as 20 pounds for phone and a few hours of local calls) although phone rental deals can be ok, but are a bit more expensive - on the other hand if you want one that you can keep in the US, you prob. need a tri-band which is gonna be fairly. pricey here...
last minute can get you tickets to interesting things you hadnt expected.
Themed walking tours of the old city of london (e.g. Dickens, Ghosts, etc) are popular with visitors if the weather is fine!
Kew Gardens a very fine botanical experience!
Gay bars in Central London - i've actually been to a couple of these and they were ok, but i am not typical clientele so don't take my word for it - also it was some time ago and the london bar/club scene is unbelievably fast evolving! Also see for more interesting (fetish etc) info on london
Floatation, For stressed out people
Tottenham Court Road, is one main place where you find many shops that have bits for your phone, palm, lap, etc- WARNING - these places tend to charge pound for dollar, and not much of a discount compared to US or Far East type prices, so I would only use them in an emergency! franklin electric have info on what you may actually need. useful wiring diagram of UK telephone socket:-) RJ11 to BT5 - see also faq Near here is also a branch of Easy Everything, which I think is open all night for those who want a cybercafe environ fairly near clubs in the West End. There's a lot of other cybercafes including some nice kid-friendly ones....too many to list, but they'd show up on "any good search engine" (TM).
What was Dillons, the bookstore near UCL is the University
bookstore, so it has good tech. books as well as fairly extensive literature and guides -there are a
lot of other good bookshops in London though, so I would suggest looking in google or other guides
Geek's paradise (aka Foyle's)
Geek's paradise (aka Foyle's)probably the only bookstore that has its books sorted alphabetically by publisher, but, by golly, it has everything (or you can go to the British Library, which has more than everything)!
St Paul's Cathedral especially for Sunday afternoon organ concerts.
The Promenade Concerts ("PROMS") are essential for classical music lovers, and very handy, and unbelievably inexpensive.
Time Out magazine is one of several weekly event guides available at most newsagents, which list all the cultural events as well as having useful review information, and if you intend doing any culture, it is fairly essential to get one at the start of the week. Note that a lot of theater will be sold out well in advance, but that students and others can get good prices in ticket offices that trade returned tickets on the same day - this involves queueing, but most folks with an open mind can find something jolly good- it might just not be what you originally intended!
London is a typical big bad capital city - beware pick pockets, cutpurses, highwaymen, and general scams. If you go to Covent Garden or Soho or Camden Lock (where I live), these are haunts for people who want to take your money whether you get anything you want back for it or not. However, you can get good prices on DM (boots/shoes), clothes and general market type stuff if you are careful (esp. the amazing Cyberdog shop!). Another fun (but risky) market is Portobello Market fairly near the ietf venue in fact.
The National Health Service (NHS) is free, under some circumstances - however, you get what you pay for.
Disclaimer: the single criterion i have used for putting info on this page is that someone "on the IETF" (list) e-mailed me a suggestion to do so - this does not represent an endorsement, nor does lack of an entry represent a condemnation - draw your own conclusions.
Last edited, 31/7/2001 (yes, 24 by 7:-)
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