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Ghis


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Post: #1
20-05-2008 10:10 AM

My parents are visiting us for a week for the first time in SE23. They do want to do things in Central London but I would also like to do something locally. Apart from the Horniman Museum. What else should I show them locally?

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Miss Miaow


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20-05-2008 10:21 AM

It depends what you mean by locally - we always take visitors to Greenwich Park - it is so beautiful & then perhaps a boat ride up to Charing Cross or just a mooch around Greenwich?

Dulwich park and then tea at Dulwich picture gallery? Very civilised & lovely cakes!

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Applespider


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20-05-2008 10:38 AM

Hmm, I've taken Mum to the Horniman and the Picture Gallery. She also enjoys the walk through Sydenham Woods and then down to Dulwich past the Mill Pond etc. Makes her forget that she's in London.

It's not particularly local but she also likes going to Borough Market to gather goodies and then come back to sit in the Horniman and munch through them if it's sunny.

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nevermodern


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20-05-2008 10:57 AM

Don't forget to walk through the Horniman and show her the view from Canonbie Road: hard not to be wowed by it Smile Agree about Borough Market: 20 minutes and you're there.

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alisa


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20-05-2008 11:29 AM

We just took both sets of parents to Eltham Palace - easiest by car probably but fairly close and parent friendly.

http://www.elthampalace.org.uk/


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Ghis


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20-05-2008 11:46 AM

alisa Wrote:
We just took both sets of parents to Eltham Palace - easiest by car probably but fairly close and parent friendly.

http://www.elthampalace.org.uk/


Good tip!

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Ghis


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20-05-2008 11:49 AM

We are off to both Borough market and on Friday are doing Bermondsey Market (early! My mother loves antics markets)

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PVP


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20-05-2008 12:52 PM

Bermondsey antiques market - is it still there? I cycled past yesterday and even the sign has been scrubbed off.

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Ghis


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20-05-2008 01:14 PM
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mljay


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20-05-2008 02:50 PM

Ghis - my vote is also Eltham palace. Nice day out, lovely bridge and moat and fab house.

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baggydave


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20-05-2008 08:44 PM

Borough Market not the same since it was Jamie Oliverfied and you can no longer get into the Market Porter. Even the Wheatsheaf has been done up. Suggest you give it a miss, or rely on films such as the Long Good Friday to remember what it was once like on the South Bank.

Need to explore the real earthy parts of SE London, starting with the mural at the old canal by Devonshire Road, which tells you alot about the area.

Then onto Wood Vale, to check out the pub that was once the Moore Park Tavern, admire the old cars outside Librettos butchers, go into Librettos, and then onto the cemetary to see where Joe Orton's film Loot was filmed. Then onto Brenchley Gardens to follow the site of the Crystal Palace High Level line, over One Tree Hill, peer at the Yurt an the allotments, and back to Honor Oak Park.

Get a bus to check out Penge Market, up the hill to Crystal Palace Park and then you can go over to Sydenham Hill and join some of the other suggested routes. You can visit the most beautiful station and cutting in London, Sydenham Hill Station, and then onto Dulwich School to see the toll road, and then chant some anti-Thatcher songs at the gated estate where she used to live. Cross over to see the yummy mummies in Dulwich Park, which will be enough to put you off both the Village and Lordship Lane. Catch a number 12 to Peckham (free) whilst muttering about routemasters and taunting the driver that Boris will be getting rid of him soon. And then onto the joys of Peckham (see the other thread), onto the Rye (much more interesting than Dulwich Park) where you can return to Horniman Heights or Honor Oak

Take stout walking shoes, a Bivvie bag, food, some charcoal, a compass, whistle, fluorescent vest, GPS and remember to tell people that you are gone so they can send a search party out if you are late returning, and your wireless laptop so you can e-mail or better still facebook (or even have an on-going thread here) and impress your friends

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roz


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20-05-2008 09:42 PM

This is my shortlist in addition to those listed above;

Brockwell Park and Lido
Nunhead Cemetary.
Chislehurst Caves.
Peckham Rye Park.
Crystal Palace Park Dinosaur Park.
Battersea Park inc Childrens Zoo
The Red House, Bexleyheath.
Thames Barrier.
Belair Park.
Camberwell New Cemetary, Forest Hill Road ( some interesting Romany graves)
Battersea Dogs Home
(kid ye not- its world famous, and Battersea Park still a 25 minute direct train ride away which makes it pretty local for us)

Re Greenwich Park- if you walk east along the Thames Path , beyond the Trafalgar Pub, or west from Maze Hill station, or diagonally east across the park itself and cross over the main road ) you will pass many interesting buildings along the river including an old hospital/care home and some disused industrial plant, and of course some interesting pubs.
I can also recommend getting a boat down the river to the Thames Barrier, which passes many new developments and gives a good flavour (literally) of the industrial past and present of the river.

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psyche9


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Post: #13
21-05-2008 06:22 AM

Great suggestions above.

I took my in-laws dancing at the Rivoli - they loved it.

I also regularly take visitors on a brockley footpath walk to Nunhead cemetery.

Food-lovers i take to Lewisham market, Gennaro's and Turkish Food Centre in Lewisham, walking there through Ladywell Fields.

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baggydave


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21-05-2008 06:28 PM

Good list Roz, two I suggested, another two I could have incorporated in my walk. But as for Chislehurst caves, going into redneck territory there (get your banjo and check shirt out).

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Toffeejim


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21-05-2008 10:21 PM

Bermondsey Market. Unfortunately, since the ancient custom of marche ouvert was outlawed in 1995, there are no longer quite the bargains to be picked up there used to be.

If your parents haven't been much in London before Peckham and Brixton could offer interesting flavours of our diverse community.

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baggydave


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22-05-2008 09:19 PM

Very front line of you TJ. I bet you were there in the 80s agitatating. And I always imagined you as a Borough Market kind of guy!

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MissD


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05-06-2008 02:55 PM

Ow Wow I really didnt know about all these nice places in the area ("only" a year here).
Now I have a great plan for the weekend (if it doesnt rain) and for when my parents come over...
last time they came I dragged them through Oxford Street Blush and they were not very happy...

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