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Fancy A Pint?
One of my favorite questions. This is a London centric pub review site. Top London pubs receive a "5 pint" rating. Crap pubs, of which there are way too many, get 0 pints. I don't agree with all the reviews here (I'd be much harsher on some) but my top pub in the whole wide world (see The Jerusalem Tavern in places I visit in the real world) is listed as a 5 pint pub. I am a pub snob. You won't agree with me if you like a pub to have piped pop music, or think that "cold filtered" is a good thing.
The Sherlock Holmes Society of London
Founded in 1951, the Society is open to anyone with an interest in Sherlock Holmes, Dr John H. Watson and their world. It is a literary and social Society, publishing a scholarly Journal and occasional papers, and holding meetings, dinners and excursions.
I log in most days. Tend to keep my friends list, mostly, limited to people I've met ITRW.
Jake Von Slatt creates impressive hardware that looks like it comes right out of a Jules Verne novel.
Places I visit in the real world (Hyperlink will only take you to web location, unless you are using instant physical translocation hardware, in which case users are reminded that the discontinuity of the transported person or persons by matter2energy2matter converters can cause theoretical problems in the metaphysical field of identity. Set your Heisenberg compensator to 11.)
The Science Museum
I recall the Science Museum having more buttons to push and knobs to turn than it has today. I much preferred it when the cases were all mahogany and the fittings were brass. However it's still one of my favorite places to spend the day... that is if I can avoid the rampaging hoards of school visits.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
A mere hop, skip and a jump from my place. I haven't a clue about plants, I don't do horticulture. I have a gardener (I do his Web site, he does my garden) because I tend to kill (accidentally) plants. But here I can enjoy all sorts of autotrophs without the danger that they will keel over, turn brown, and shrivel up in my presence. One of my favorite London buildings is at Kew... the Palm House.
The London Underground
"Mind the gap". Oldest underground railway network in the world. Confuses the hell out of visitors, we Londoners keep a mental image of the tube map in our heads. We also take it for granted, usually taking it for granted one line will be suffering disruptions. Further reading "N.F. Stovold's Mornington Crescent: Rules and Origins"
The Jerusalem Tavern
This is the best pub in the whole wide world. It's also one of the smallest. So I really shouldn't tell you where it is because far too many people know about this little gem of a pub already.
Treadwells Bookshop Lectures
Speakers on esoteric subjects. Past lectures I have attended included:
Sex in Victorian England, HP Lovecraft and the Occult, Dangerous Books (Hidden Knowledge and Demons in Vellum), The Travels of Dr John Dee...
The Victoria & Albert Museum
The best art and design museum in the world.