Geek’s Guide to London

Geek’s Guide to London

 

Before this blog existed, in a land not too-very-far a way, in a kingdom called Yoooou-tube I posted the video Geek’s Guide to London… with tips for a friend who was studying abroad at the time.

I became an expert in the geek-side of London during my year living in South East London as a graduate student. It seemed that around every corner there was the opportunity to stumble upon something nerdy & exciting. So I made a list of my top geek-tastic spots in the city to share. And now I’m releasing it on the blog as a handy-dandy printable!

{And don’t even get me started on Cardiff, Wales. It’s like the Land of All-Things-Whovian. Maybe I can release Geek’s Guide to Cardiff later on.}

 

 Allons-y!

 

Geek's Guide to London Printable | www.lovelettertoadventure.com

 

 1. TARDIS

Don’t make the same mistake I did. Don’t miss the TARDIS outside Earl’s Court Tube Station. This is one of the things I was most excited to see and one that seemed so simple it just kept falling down my to do list until it never got done. Next time, London, next time.

{Pssst… even if you’re not going to London check out this easter egg on Google Maps. Click on the X marks the spot in front of the TARDIS and it will take you on a virtual tour of the TARDIS’ interior.}

2. Tower of London

The Tower of London falls nicely in the Venn Diagram overlap of nerdy and traditional spots in London so it’s great if you’re traveling with muggles. Honestly, this was one of my favorite places to explore in London even before it was featured on Doctor Who and Sherlock. {I have to admit I squee-d when I saw Moriarty inside the Tower of London, because I’d been there. Yes, I used the word squee. Proceed with caution.}

I’d suggest spending at least a half a day there. It’s kind of pricey, but even after the official tour there is so much to see you can wander for hours. I went twice and still didn’t see everything.

Tower of London | www.lovelettertoadventure.com

{Plus, who doesn’t remember these guys from I Love Lucy?}

3. Platform 9 3/4

It took me a while to come to grips with the fact that there was an actual Platform 9 3/4 sign. {Cause there’s no sign in the books.} But since JK was thinking of a different station when she wrote the book the layout doesn’t really have a barrier that you can attempt to run through. So this sign and the half embedded trolley will have to do.

Platform 9 3/4 Kings Cross 2012 | www.lovelettertoadventure.com

It really is a must for all Harry Potter fans. It’s been a few years since I was there, and I’ve heard that at times there’s a professional photographer set up to take your shot now. So that’s a bit different, but it probably depends on the time of day you pop by. There also appears to be a Platform 9 3/4 shop there now. {Have any of you been more recently? Fill me in below in the comments. I’d love to hear about your experience.}

4. Peter Pan Statue

Ok, so maybe I only know one other person as obsessed with Peter Pan as I am, but I still had to include this on the list. The Kensington Gardens are beautiful, just be sure not to drop your baby out of your pram {er… stroller} please. {And it’s very nearby to Kensington Palace.}

Peter Pan Statue Kensington Gardens | Love Letter to Adventure

5. Mad Hatter Pub

I discovered this magical pub, with John Tenniel illustrations on the ceiling, during a London NaNoWriMo meet up. {They have an EPIC NaNo community if you happen to be in London during November.} They serve great tea {as many pubs in London do} and have delicious cheesy chips. It’s only a short walk from the Southwark* Tube stop and great for an afternoon snack.

Mad Hatter Pub Southwark London | Love Letter to Adventure

*Be sure you NEVER call it South-Wark or you’ll be mocked within an inch of your life. Brits actually pronounce it “Suth-uck.” Go figure.

6. British Library

In addition to the delightful amount of books it holds, the British Library also has exhibits and a permanent collection with Shakespeare’s First Folio. And did I mention there’s tea and free wifi?

{P.S. If you’re studying abroad be sure to sign up for a British Library library-card for extra perks.}

7. Harry Potter Studio Tour

This one is not in London proper, but it’s worth the travel time. I’m not even that big a fan of the HP movies, but the amount of detailed work that went into the sets and costumes is stunning. Plus, there’s butterbeer. And the shop is nearly as cool as the exhibition so be sure to bring a pocketful of Galleons to spend. 😉

Harry Potter Studio Tour | www.lovelettertoadventure.com

And I’ve noticed that the Harry Potter Studio Tour always seems to be changing and featuring new and different things. Looks like they’ve added the Hogwarts Express since I went.

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8. Forbidden Planet

Forbidden Planet isn’t technically a sight-seeing destination… it’s a geek megastore. But one of the largest I’ve ever been too, and with an emphasis on British geekdoms. Annnnd, they have events like book signings so check their calendar to see what’s going on. 🙂

Brandon Sanderson Autograph | www.sarahshotts.com

And be sure to go downstairs and browse all of the British covers of your favorite books.

9. British Museum

The British Museum is pretty much a must no matter what kind of traveler you are. I could wander those halls for hours and there’s always more to see. Lot of exhibits for history and art buffs. {Plus, there’s some ties to Sherlock and Doctor Who here as well.}

British Museum, London | www.lovelettertoadventure.com

10. 221-B Baker’s Street

The actual 221-B Baker’s Street isn’t where they filmed the television series with Benedict Cumberbatch. It’s a real life museum. I took the free uni student route though, and just posed for a photo by the door. 😉

221 B Baker St, London | www.lovelettertoadventure.com

Be sure to take the Tube or visit the Baker Street station to snap a few shots of the Sherlock Holmes themed decoration. And if you’re needing a break from all the walking the swank, underground Everman Cinema nearby is the perfect place to rest your weary bones and take in a film.

11. Shakespeare’s Globe

As if Shakespeare wasn’t nerdy enough there’s also this epic Doctor Who episode that takes place in The Globe. Expelliarmus! You can buy a ticket or take a tour… or both! {If you want the cheap seats be sure to wear good shoes, but the Groundling tickets to stand in the Yard are only £5.00 each.}

Bonus Points

Just keep your eyes open and you’ll find references in the most unexpected places.

#IBelieveinSherlock | www.lovelettertoadventure.com

Ready to print out your free printable and start planning your trip? Pin it to your vision board, stick it in your planner, or tape it in your art journal. 🙂 {And don’t forget to share it on Pinterest with all your friends!}

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Ready to fly to London already? Which of these places are you most excited to explore? Visited London before? What were your favorite nerdy spots?

Let’s geek-out in comments below.

Cheers,

sarahshotts

P. S. Still wondering about that video that prompted all of this? Check it out here…