Need some info from locals
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Oct 10, 2012 4:24 AM Last Post By: bellart1
Oct 6, 2012 4:58 PM
Need some info from localsHi!
Heading for London in a couple of weeks, just need some advice from someone with local knowledge.
I'd like to know where to find:
A. Bookstore/antiquarian that might have 'Footrot Flats' in stock.
B. A really top quality yarnstore, with high quality yarn, Rowan and good sockyarn mostly.
C. A really good chippie, within easy reach from 'London Bridge' tube station. An excellent one might be worth a longer journey........
Oct 7, 2012 7:16 AM
Oct 7, 2012 3:32 PM
2Fish! is a restaurant rather than strictly a chippy and from looking at their website their fish and chips is about three times the price you would pay in a proper chippy (ie where you order from a counter usually to take away). It's probably better than fish and chips from a pub though, which should be avoided.
The best fish and chips is usually found on the coast where you have a better chance of it being fresh. I know a brilliant one in Margate called Peter's, but it isn't worth the two hour train journey from London.
Oct 8, 2012 2:46 AM
3Thanks, kingsmeadow, yours was a proper answer! I'll look up this place Peter's, and might go there, it's always cool to see new places! London is great, but I don't mind daytrips;-)
And dear n american: that was useless info! Or can you tell me that you often shop in this yarnstore?? they have a great selection of sock yarns?? which might be your favourite?? and pray tell me where you found the bookstore selling Footrot Flats??
Oct 8, 2012 3:39 AM
4Leaping to the defense of clodbod, firstly, it's always polite to thank anyone who contributes here, since it's their time and energy you have asked for. His answers were not useless, he was pointing you in the right direction for you to check online and therefore contact the shops yourself for full answers. It is quite common for posters here to post links as answers to others questions when they don't know the full answers themselves.
And the best fish and chips in the UK? Rick Steins (of course) in Padstow, Cornwall - about 5 hours drive from London. But other people will tell you something different...
Oct 8, 2012 5:30 AM
5If you're into modern art then the main reason to go to Margate is the new art gallery there:
Beyond that though there isn't a great deal to see, especially in the winter. If you want a day trip you're better off going to Brighton - much more to see and do, easier to get to from London and I'm sure it will have some decent chippies.
Oct 8, 2012 5:37 AM
6For Yarn why not try: I Knit near waterloo or as others have suggested Loop or Nest I've used all for wool but they are all based on my geography rather than the best ones in London!
With Regards to Fish and Chips there is a chip shop which my colleagues swear by Masters again near Waterloo and another near Holborn called Fryers Delight
Finally I had to google 'Footrot Flats' so don't really know however mabye check out the Waterstones at Islington (very close to Loop knitting) or Foyles on Charring Cross Road.
Have a great Trip!
Edited by: LizzieC
Oct 8, 2012 9:04 AM
Oct 8, 2012 11:16 PM
Oct 9, 2012 12:58 AM
The second hand book trade has gone very heavily on-line in Britain, and physical second-hand bookshops are now uncommon, apart from the ubiquitous charity shops with a small selection mostly of popular fiction. Today the biggest stock of secondhand books in one place you can go and look at is some warehouse in a small village just south of Bristol, the name escapes me, but I think 99%+ of their sales are mail-order, that's the reality. So really, to find an uncommon second-hand book, you should search on-line. Though obviously Hay-on-Wye is still in business, and places like Rochester and Lewes have a concentration of sellers.
Probably the biggest secondhand book search engine in the UK is abebooks.co.uk, but it has an international supplier base. Search for Footrot Flats and you'll get 1000 offers, but most of the offers come from the USA. If you use the "more options" button on the home page, you get a menu where you can specify UK suppliers. You will now find about 100 results. Not a single one I could see was in London, because mail-order suppliers unsurprisingly tend to base themselves in places with cheap property. You can of course try to contact these booksellers direct, and some of them in practice might actually have shops you can visit.
Oct 9, 2012 1:21 AM
Oct 9, 2012 11:48 AM
11@8: since I asked for specific info from locals and NOT where to google I found your snotty answer quite useless!
As for the rest of you who has taken the trouble to answer I say Thanks very much, it has been a great help, I'll certainly pop in to the yarn stores and also try at least one of the chippies;-)
As I've been to London several times I have done all the 'musts', now it's just pleasure, and that includes browsing around for things I can't find in my own home town. I'm well aware of the fact that almost all trade with used books is done on the internet these days, but still there might be the odd place.... Lewes was a cute place, but not sure if I will go there just to chase 'The Dog'.... Do have a couple of Footrot Flats, bought in NZ, would be cool to have some more, but not cool enough to pay postage from the US... Well, it was worth a try, thanks again!! I'll try to help out others in Scandinavia branch - my patch;-)
Oct 10, 2012 4:24 AM
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