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Post by defenestrator » Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:08 pm

I talked to the people I know who live in London, and they said that the city actually closes down at night.

So what to do from 10 pm til 8 am? Just stay in the airport and pay to use the Boingo?
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Post by ZAffer » Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:14 pm

Fuckall. It's full of bogan kangaroo-shaggers and safricunts. Get some sleep.
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Post by Chi_Rup » Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:19 pm

Sounds like they're dinghying you, FireArm.

But, cough, they're right. Everything just shuts at 9pm. Bring a book and a sleeping bag.

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Post by jessica_fletcher » Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:22 pm

Yup, nothing to do. Stay in airport.

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Post by Chi_Rup » Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:24 pm

I'm told there are pubs in Vauxhall that stay open all night.

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Post by ben_hanscombe » Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:25 pm

I once heard that was a bar that was, like, on a boat on the river.
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Post by jessica_fletcher » Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:27 pm

Yeah Vauxhall is the place to go, defoo, 100% go there.
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Post by defenestrator » Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:31 pm

Well I talked to two (married) people, and this is what I got:

Pubs close before midnight.
Clubs are open till 3.
Trains close from 12:30ish till 5:30ish.
Only people about on Tuesday night are drunken British guys, and maybe a few drunk "slappers."

Is true?
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Post by ben_hanscombe » Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:32 pm

Yep.
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Post by ceylon_tea » Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:33 pm

Nothing to do and you cannot sleep at the airport. All lounges close at night as well. Book a hotel closeby.

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Post by defenestrator » Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:34 pm

Chi_Rup wrote:I'm told there are pubs in Vauxhall that stay open all night.


Internet says that area's full of gays and dole-bludging chavs. I'm not going anywhere near it.
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Post by Homerj » Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:34 pm

Am I missing something here?
There is about 600 airport hotels within spitting distance.
Even if you don't stay there (I'm not sure why you wouldn't?) they have bars.
The Sheraton Skyline actually has pretty big one that I have had cocktails in on several occasions.
You can also stay there quite cheaply, as I have gotten rooms there for around 80 pounds (don't have a pound insignia on my keyboard).
If you do stay there, cross the road and you will find a path that leads to a rather nice residential area (so close to the a/p).
There is a really nice pub (you cant miss it it is the only non residential building.
All the air crews hang out there who are staying at the Sheraton.
FA's who are on a per diem, are unusually friendly when a drink or two is purchased for them.
I am totally lost as to why someone would spend an entire night in an airport?
So all I can say is airport shuttle buses are your friend, even if you aren't staying at the hotel.
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Post by jessica_fletcher » Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:35 pm

Maybe some London posters, which youve been nice and friendly too over the years, will offer their advice, company and spare room for the night.

Geeees, they might even organise a pissup.

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Post by defenestrator » Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:38 pm

ceylon_tea wrote:Nothing to do and you cannot sleep at the airport. All lounges close at night as well. Book a hotel closeby.


Fuck. So maybe a bench by my gate, and just pay for the wifi?
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Post by jessica_fletcher » Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:39 pm

Get a hotel you tight bastard.
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Post by ben_hanscombe » Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:40 pm

A hotel would probably be cheaper than paying for the wifi.
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Post by Homerj » Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:42 pm

ben_hanscombe wrote:A hotel would probably be cheaper than paying for the wifi.


Where the wifi is usually included.
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Post by defenestrator » Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:42 pm

Homerj wrote:Am I missing something here?
There is about 600 airport hotels within spitting distance.
Even if you don't stay there (I'm not sure why you wouldn't?) they have bars.
The Sheraton Skyline actually has pretty big one that I have had cocktails in on several occasions.
You can also stay there quite cheaply, as I have gotten rooms there for around 80 pounds (don't have a pound insignia on my keyboard).
If you do stay there, cross the road and you will find a path that leads to a rather nice residential area (so close to the a/p).
There is a really nice pub (you cant miss it it is the only non residential building.
All the air crews hang out there who are staying at the Sheraton.
FA's who are on a per diem, are unusually friendly when a drink or two is purchased for them.
I am totally lost as to why someone would spend an entire night in an airport?
So all I can say is airport shuttle buses are your friend, even if you aren't staying at the hotel.


Hmmmm. So go to the Sheraton Skylin bar and drink with FAs all night? And if i find a hot one and buy her a couple drinks I might get some sex and a place to nap for a few hours? That sounds like an awesome plan!

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defenestrator wrote:
Homerj wrote:Am I missing something here?
There is about 600 airport hotels within spitting distance.
Even if you don't stay there (I'm not sure why you wouldn't?) they have bars.
The Sheraton Skyline actually has pretty big one that I have had cocktails in on several occasions.
You can also stay there quite cheaply, as I have gotten rooms there for around 80 pounds (don't have a pound insignia on my keyboard).
If you do stay there, cross the road and you will find a path that leads to a rather nice residential area (so close to the a/p).
There is a really nice pub (you cant miss it it is the only non residential building.
All the air crews hang out there who are staying at the Sheraton.
FA's who are on a per diem, are unusually friendly when a drink or two is purchased for them.
I am totally lost as to why someone would spend an entire night in an airport?
So all I can say is airport shuttle buses are your friend, even if you aren't staying at the hotel.


Hmmmm. So go to the Sheraton Skylin bar and drink with FAs all night? And if i find a hot one and buy her a couple drinks I might get some sex and a place to nap for a few hours? That sounds like an awesome plan!

:)


They actually hang out at that pub I described.
Just ask at the front desk, they will know the one (as I think its the only proper pub within walking distance) as they are the ones who sent me there in the first place.
Its really old, and the drinks are quite reasonable, as is the food.
All I can say is I always went there the night before I was departing Heathrow, and almost always had a good time.
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Post by Undertree » Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:46 pm

Reserve a cabin in the Yotel

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ceylon_tea wrote:Nothing to do and you cannot sleep at the airport. All lounges close at night as well. Book a hotel closeby.


Fuck. So maybe a bench by my gate, and just pay for the wifi?


Don't bother. Wifi is expensive. Heathrow sucks! Book into a hotel closeby and drink at the bar. You may even meet a cute Eatern European lady :D

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Get on Tinder and arrange a date. You'll need a face pic obviously.

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Post by defenestrator » Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:52 pm

Homer, how late is that pub open?
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Chi_Rup wrote:Get on Tinder and arrange a date. You'll need a face pic obviously.


Actually, this is probably the best advice for a cheapskate who wont/cant pay for a hotel.
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ceylon_tea wrote:Nothing to do and you cannot sleep at the airport. All lounges close at night as well. Book a hotel closeby.


Fuck. So maybe a bench by my gate, and just pay for the wifi?


Don't bother. Wifi is expensive. Heathrow sucks! Book into a hotel closeby and drink at the bar. You may even meet a cute Eatern European lady :D


Are the hotel bars open late?
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Post by Homerj » Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:57 pm

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Homerj wrote:Am I missing something here?
There is about 600 airport hotels within spitting distance.
Even if you don't stay there (I'm not sure why you wouldn't?) they have bars.
The Sheraton Skyline actually has pretty big one that I have had cocktails in on several occasions.
You can also stay there quite cheaply, as I have gotten rooms there for around 80 pounds (don't have a pound insignia on my keyboard).
If you do stay there, cross the road and you will find a path that leads to a rather nice residential area (so close to the a/p).
There is a really nice pub (you cant miss it it is the only non residential building.
All the air crews hang out there who are staying at the Sheraton.
FA's who are on a per diem, are unusually friendly when a drink or two is purchased for them.
I am totally lost as to why someone would spend an entire night in an airport?
So all I can say is airport shuttle buses are your friend, even if you aren't staying at the hotel.


Hmmmm. So go to the Sheraton Skylin bar and drink with FAs all night? And if i find a hot one and buy her a couple drinks I might get some sex and a place to nap for a few hours? That sounds like an awesome plan!

:)


Can't remember opening closing time, but as it is a proper pub my guess is it would close between 11-12.
For some strange reason, the only chicks I ever pulled at the Skyline bar were Indian (not the welcome to my casino type, more the tech support can I help you type). If you are there on weekends the place gets packed with 'em, as they often have noise complaints. Kinda strange for an airport bar, I know, but if you like Indian chicks that may be your scene. Now I read you are there on a Tuesday, if you can get there before closing maybe the pub.
I also like the bar at the W in Leicester Square, but that is quite a hump to downtown. Take the train from the a/p, then the tube to Leicester square.
If I remember correctly the hotel is on Wobourne Rd (look it up), but its a close stumble from the tube.
Its open late, but dress nicely. Outstanding looking wait staff, and some pretty nice clientele (very international, well it was on my last visit).
problem is I am usually with clients/reps, and they take me out, so most times I don't even remember the names of the places I went, which makes me lousy for recommendations.
But I stayed at that W and its hotel bar is very nice and I would bet still pretty full on a Tuesday night.
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Chi_Rup wrote:Get on Tinder and arrange a date. You'll need a face pic obviously.


Hmmmm. Is that how foreigners meet each other in London?
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Find an hotel that serves booze all night. You will have to be a resident though.
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FA's don't spend the night in a bar waiting for skeezy american's to pick them up to get a bed.

Airlines have crash pads for them.
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Homerj wrote:Can't remember opening closing time, but as it is a proper pub my guess is it would close between 11-12.
For some strange reason, the only chicks I ever pulled at the Skyline bar were Indian (not the welcome to my casino type, more the tech support can I help you type). If you are there on weekends the place gets packed with 'em, as they often have noise complaints. Kinda strange for an airport bar, I know, but if you like Indian chicks that may be your scene. Now I read you are there on a Tuesday, if you can get there before closing maybe the pub.
I also like the bar at the W in Leicester Square, but that is quite a hump to downtown. Take the train from the a/p, then the tube to Leicester square.
If I remember correctly the hotel is on Wobourne Rd (look it up), but its a close stumble from the tube.
Its open late, but dress nicely. Outstanding looking wait staff, and some pretty nice clientele (very international, well it was on my last visit).
problem is I am usually with clients/reps, and they take me out, so most times I don't even remember the names of the places I went, which makes me lousy for recommendations.
But I stayed at that W and its hotel bar is very nice and I would bet still pretty full on a Tuesday night.


Hmmm. It doesn't sound like I can get downtown. I need to be back early to get my morning flight.

So Tuesday night, Skyline bar is open late, and has quite a few Indian chicks around? That sounds like my scene. Do you know what time it closes? Do the airport shuttles run all night?
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(X) wrote:Find an hotel that serves booze all night. You will have to be a resident though.


Since when? I've never be asked to prove I was staying at a hotel to drink in their bar.
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Again, there are loads of AIRPORT HOTELS you can get to without going into London. Stay at one of them you cheap bastard.
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Undertree wrote:FA's don't spend the night in a bar waiting for skeezy american's to pick them up to get a bed.

Airlines have crash pads for them.


Are you a flight attendant?
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Chi_Rup wrote:Get on Tinder and arrange a date. You'll need a face pic obviously.


Hmmmm. Is that how foreigners meet each other in London?


Seems so. I'm always seeing people with profiles saying "Californian in London for the weekend" etc. If you outright won't stand for meeting British people you may need to find an equivalent for the culturally nervous.

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Slightly OT: anyone remember the UK TV show Mile High? It was about mostly flight attendants and some pilots. Lots of humor and sex. Though they were based in Luton if I recall.
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Ha, was that with the scottish camp man...oooo whats his name!?!?


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Undertree wrote:Again, there are loads of AIRPORT HOTELS you can get to without going into London. Stay at one of them you cheap bastard.


Your interests and mine do not seem to align. I'm not interested in spending $200 to take a nap, and I never have been.

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Or Stansted.
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Homerj wrote:Can't remember opening closing time, but as it is a proper pub my guess is it would close between 11-12.
For some strange reason, the only chicks I ever pulled at the Skyline bar were Indian (not the welcome to my casino type, more the tech support can I help you type). If you are there on weekends the place gets packed with 'em, as they often have noise complaints. Kinda strange for an airport bar, I know, but if you like Indian chicks that may be your scene. Now I read you are there on a Tuesday, if you can get there before closing maybe the pub.
I also like the bar at the W in Leicester Square, but that is quite a hump to downtown. Take the train from the a/p, then the tube to Leicester square.
If I remember correctly the hotel is on Wobourne Rd (look it up), but its a close stumble from the tube.
Its open late, but dress nicely. Outstanding looking wait staff, and some pretty nice clientele (very international, well it was on my last visit).
problem is I am usually with clients/reps, and they take me out, so most times I don't even remember the names of the places I went, which makes me lousy for recommendations.
But I stayed at that W and its hotel bar is very nice and I would bet still pretty full on a Tuesday night.


Hmmm. It doesn't sound like I can get downtown. I need to be back early to get my morning flight.

So Tuesday night, Skyline bar is open late, and has quite a few Indian chicks around? That sounds like my scene. Do you know what time it closes? Do the airport shuttles run all night?


Not a clue about the shuttles.
I think (but not sure) they keep the hotel bar open until 1 or 2 or at least until the last punter leaves.
Its a standard hotel bar with lots of TV's, so its nothing special.
I do recall being in there after the pub closes.
Go onto spg.com, my guess is you can find that out on the website.
Not sure if it will be busy there or not, but at least you can have a drink and use the complimentary wifi they offer in the bar/lobby.
It's been quite a few years since I've stayed there.
The W, I have been to more recently.
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Chi_Rup wrote:
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Chi_Rup wrote:Get on Tinder and arrange a date. You'll need a face pic obviously.


Hmmmm. Is that how foreigners meet each other in London?


Seems so. I'm always seeing people with profiles saying "Californian in London for the weekend" etc. If you outright won't stand for meeting British people you may need to find an equivalent for the culturally nervous.


I'm not trying to avoid British people. I know some British people, but they all live outside London. The only people I know in London are foreigners.

I looked at Tinder, but it seems to be an app, rather than a dating site.
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Post by ben_hanscombe » Mon Dec 16, 2013 5:14 pm

You can get 'downtown'. The first train out of central London to Heathrow arrives at the airport at 5:25 and if you need to be there any earlier than that there are buses every twenty minutes throughout the night.

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The best characters were the verygay Will O'Brien (fairly evil but funny) and Janis, the 40ish quite-evil flight attendant. The two, who I recall to be enemies, ended up opening a bar together in Spain.
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Re: London layover: anything to do there at night?

Post by defenestrator » Mon Dec 16, 2013 5:22 pm

ben_hanscombe wrote:You can get 'downtown'. The first train out of central London to Heathrow arrives at the airport at 5:25 and if you need to be there any earlier than that there are buses every twenty minutes throughout the night.

The cheapest backpacker beds in London are about £7 if you don't want to pay $200 for a nap.


Thanks, Ben! Where's a decent backpacker bed where the foreigners drink all night?
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Post by defenestrator » Mon Dec 16, 2013 5:23 pm

Undertree wrote:I'm bored with this thread. Mr Cheapo will come up with any excuse to pretend his a lothario. He'll end up sleeping on bench somewhere outside the terminal.


I'm bored with this poster. Ms. Angryspinster will shout about all kinds of bullshit that no one is interested in, and then get pissed off I didn't take her lame advice.
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Re: London layover: anything to do there at night?

Post by bundes » Mon Dec 16, 2013 5:44 pm

Maybe it's just the FA's I know but they are all about drinking and hooking up.

Would you like me to contact them for you, see if any of them will be in London??

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Post by q5q » Mon Dec 16, 2013 5:47 pm

there used to be a bunch of gentlemens' establishments in soho that advertised spanking services.
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Re: London layover: anything to do there at night?

Post by defenestrator » Mon Dec 16, 2013 5:50 pm

Sure, Bundes!
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Re: London layover: anything to do there at night?

Post by bojangles » Mon Dec 16, 2013 6:49 pm

Book a room at the Soho hotel. Hang out in the bar, hit one of the nearby restaurants and clubs, the back to the bar again. They'll serve all the time you 're buying, and you'll get a pretty rock and roll crowd in there on a Tuesday.

Or failing that, since the exchange rate is killing your pesos at the moment and the good places might feel a little steep, I can absolutely second or third the Vauxhall area. Great, lively crowd, lots of choice, nice and sleazy if you like rough trade.

You'll be in grist company 'till it's time to drag yup sorry arse back to get your plane.

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