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Good morning all!

We will be visiting my sister and her family in London over the holidays. Are there any bike related destinations that I should visit? Is one Triumph dealer better than the others? Any advice is appreciated.

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My daughter lives in Stafford in England and when we went over for her wedding a few years ago, I told her I would do all the "in-law" stufff for whole week but not Tuesday because I wanted to do some touring that day. We took off in the morning and went to the British Motorcycle Museum in Burmingham and it was wonderful. Then in the afternoon, we went down to Hinckley to tour the Triumph Factory and that was unbelievable! Then that night we went down to London to have fish and chips at the Ace Cafe and I felt like I had gone home. The Ace is like a living museum and there's always something going on.

It was getting late after we had finished our meal, so I bought a T-shirt and took some pictures to prove we were there. It had been a long day and we had quite a ride home. My wife asked if I wanted to go see Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, etc., but I said that all I wanted to see in London was the Ace Cafe. We laughed about that all the way home when we thought how we were probably the only people who had ever gone to London just to see the Ace Cafe and nothing else! I think we're just living proof that motorcyclists are not normal people!!!

To me, it was a perfect day!!!!
 

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It's not in London but Woburn Abbey, in London, try this site for more information. All are worth seeing if it's your first time:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g186338-Activities-c5-London_England.html

The main thing is to just enjoy the common language and past heritage we share. The architecture from past to present. There is such quaintness in many of the villages and towns that are steeped in tradition. Many of the town centers are walking or bicycle riding only so be prepared to walk. I lived there for along time and enjoyed every minute of it.

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Look up "High Beech" as a destination on the north east outskirts of London - popular bikie meeting place at the weekends. Just a place where guys and gals like us go and meet up. Can be worth a look.
 

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I lived in "the Big Smoke" for four years. I love London. There's loads to do there. Far too much to list here. It's one of the world's great cities.

It can be overwhelming, especially if you try to do too much. Look it up on the internet and figure out what you would like to see. The Tower of London is a must. Buck House not so much.

Since I left there's been lots of new buildings. The London Eye is supposed to be worth it. Just try not to spend to much time in Scotland Yard! Spent the night there once;)
 

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Jack Lilleys isnt too far from London for a Triumph fix. Can second the national motorcycle museum too.

I know in London there's the famous landmarks and lots to see and do, but there are far, far nicer parts of the U.K, depending on what your interests are. If you can get away from the urban death maze for a few days, try York maybe.

P.s. Kirk, im in a village a few miles outside Stafford. Small world.
 

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Camden Market on a sunday is a MUST. I lived in London for 12 years and the 1st wife and I would spend at least one sunday a month in Camden. It doesn`t mattter how old you are, you`ll get a solid day`s entertaiment there.

There`s a good video here..http://www.camdenlock.net/

There`s all sorts of everything there, lots of punks, goths freaks, niche shops antiques and tourists! All sorts of weird and wonderful stuff for sales. The last time I went there there was a shop specialising in genuine s/h vintage bike gear and helmets, old Rocker`s gear etc.
Victory Motorcycles (not the yank cruisers) one of the best shops for restored old British bikes are also be based there too, in the arches.

You can shop till you drop, or just sit in a pub watching the freaks go by!
 

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Thanks for all the replies.

We are very limited on time, so we won't be able to do a bike tour this time. I was actually saving that for a longer summer visit. National Motorcycle Museum & Triumph factory will be included in this trip.

The Ace Cafe was already on my short list!

I am a European history teacher by trade, so I have to make visits to some of the historic places, like the Tower of London, Westminister Abbey, etc.

We are actually taking a day and going to Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, and Dover (I was thinking of pushing a scooter off the cliffs as a tribute to Quadrophenia).

I am torn at the idea of Brighton - I am a Rocker, you can bet, but the music of the Mods (The Who, especially) make me a little conflicted.

I would love to get to Camden Market as well. I have heard stories from others.

We will be spending a bunch of time in the British Museum & the Imperial War Museum. We are also taking my niece to the Museum of Natural History and maybe the London Aquarium. Hopefully she will want to do the London Eye (she is 5 years old).

I have been on Jack Lilly's website and will make an attempt, and I will look into Reg Allen as well.

High Beech sounds interesting - maybe we can sneak out there one night.

I have to watch it. I am known as Clark W. Griswold in certain circles.

I appreciate all the input. Keep the ideas coming! We leave December 23rd.
 

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Shared history

Take a train south to Portsmouth. About an hour from central London. HMS Victory,Mary Rose and the D Day museum. The whole of the south coast was embarkation point for the allied armies. Plenty of shared european history for all of us!.
 

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Dont miss St Paul's Cathedral. It is possible to go up to the very top of the dome of the cathedral. Internal stairs go up to the base of the dome to look down on the interior, there is a door to an outside walkway for a view over London, then lots of steps go up between the inner dome and outer dome to a walkway at the very top. It is very small and narrow, but well worth the effort. Wouldnt try taking a small child up there though.

Check out the Houses of Parliament, when the MPs aren't sitting it may be possible to go on a tour of the chambers. Did it a few summers ago - fascinating place.

Wouldnt bother too much with Brighton, its only an (out of season) seaside resort and it'll probably be cold wet & windy.

Science and Natural History museums are also good (and free).

To make travelling around London easier get a Pay as You Go 'Oyster' card, available from any newsagent. That way you can pre-load it with credit and can 'touch in' and 'touch out' at Underground stations and busses, saves b'ggering about at ticket machines. Always 'touch out' otherwise you get charged the highest fare for the journey. Link here; https://oyster.tfl.gov.uk/oyster/entry.do

The RAF Museum in Hendon is worth a visit if you're into modern history, and if you can find time the USAF museum at Duxford is also very good.
 

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I work a mile from the Triumph factory and unless you're actually going inside you can only see it in the distance from the road and it just looks like erm . . well, like a big grey factory with Triumph written on the side in blue. My local Triumph dealers is only 3 miles from the factory and they do arrange tours, usually one day a month. I went on one in August and its good although will take up over half a day. Im not sure if they are still doing any as its approaching Christmas, but you could ring my delaers and ask. The dealers is called "Windy corner Triumph" just google it for contact details. Ask to speak to Roger or Ben if you do call. You never know, there might be one on whilst your here.

I hope you enjoy the trip.

Regards.
 

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I second Scooter Paul's recommendation to visit the historical Royal Naval Dockyards at Portsmouth. HMS Victory, Mary Rose, and the HMS Warrior are fantastic tours and give you a great view of the evolution of naval design and technology as well as the history thereof.

In London, The Maritime Museum and Atomic Clock in Greenwich including the Cutty Sark (if it has recovered from the fire last year), Hyde Park & Royal Albert Hall, The clock tower at the Palace of Westminster (Big Ben - actually the name of the main bell), British Museum. Drinks at the OXO Tower and a play at the Wyndham's Theatre. OK, normal tourist stuff.

Now if you like wine and spirits, visit the 300 year-old Berry Bros & Rudd on St. James (between Hyde Park and Piccadilly) Fantastic collection of wines, scotches and ports.

If you've never been before, avoid taxis (they're extremely expensive and the Tube goes almost everywhere faster and cheaper.) In fact watch your credit card usage. London is a very expensive town and the $ is weak so you can run up big spending really quickly. Most pubs are reasonably priced for grub!

It's a fun town, so have a blast. ;)
 

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Yes yes yes! Fullers brewery - the best beer on earth! Good one!

By the way - High Beech is just a gathering place, so weekends are your best bet there - and it's kind of pot luck as to what's happening, but sometimes there are just LOADS of bikes there.
 

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However long you spend in London it won't be long enough. I've spend days in the Imperial War Museum and the Tait Gallery. Greenwich is also a good trip.


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