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Been to London, back to Sidmouth, same noise level.

Well, it's a bit quiet here... ;)

Went to London yesterday.  Driving.  Oh yes, I did!  

Long story short:  Parked near a park around 1.30 p.m. to take a stroll with my dog; we both needed to stretch our legs.  He never relaxed completely due to the constant noise in such urban concentration!  
I listened and took note, planning to make a comparison once back in Sidmouth.
Of course, I would take into account that Sidmouth would be quieter anyway at 8 or 9 o'clock in the evening...

Only got back at 10.30 p.m., by which time all would be 'dead to the world' -there goes my 'comparative study'...

So we took our evening stroll an hour later:  As soon as we got out of the house, we were greeted by a roaring rumble actually quite similar in intensity to the one we experienced in London at lunchtime!   
The sea was ferociously loud last night!  

My conclusion is:  Depending on what time, what season, what moon phase, etc, you choose to make a comparison, you might get a surprise!  :)

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Anne

Were the streets paved with gold?

I went to London to stay last year - it seems thriving compared to the rest of the country.  There is so much building work going on.

Mr SOPPY Seagull went along the seafront around 6.00 ish last Friday night, he said it was very rough.  He saw three other people.  He wanted me to go down at around 8.00 a.m. this morning - high tide and was hoping it would be rough - it wasn't.
Anne V inactive
No, the great Boris hasn't come round to gold paving...  Yet? ;)

What I did notice is that a lot of streets lined with Victorian houses are really well-kept, each house well-maintained and looking spruce.  Also, the ones I saw were only two floors (ground and first), as opposed to most such ornate Victorian houses down here tend to be three floors.

I surprised myself thinking London is really quite nice.  

Very busy and noisy, though.

The people I asked for directions were ever so friendly and helpful, too.  
The only problem was to stop in order to be able to ask.  Now I can see how a satnav can be useful; still not for me, I prefer to communicate with human beings.
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I think around the tourist area, property seemed to have a splash of paint last year... probably for the Olympics, Jubilee and the Royal Wedding.

You seem to forget how small the centre of London is.  Some of the outskirts of London you can tell have crime problems i.e. notices stating this wall is covered with anti climb paint (you would get covered in it).

Regarding sat nav.  I used to type in the destinations and Mr Seagull could not understand why we came back from Tavistock via Exeter. I had it set to direct route.  We came back via the centre of Exeter via country lanes.
Anne V inactive
I went round and round for three hours trying to find Crowmwell Road, got lost every time I came near, due to one way system that just doesn't let you go where you want...  Anyway, I had the feeling I went everywhere!  But I only really looked around in Chiswisk, Hammersmith and Kensington.  Went passed Cromwell Road to Hyde Park and got back via Chelsea and Fulham -somehow! :P  Such fun!
Sidmouth Seagull inactive
I agree with you - I think Chiswick was a big disappointment....Chiswick fly-over who would want to live near that?  

You are driving along and realise you should have turned right - but you have to keep going because the roads are so busy!  Nightmare!

The question is were you meeting anybody off the internet?
Anne V inactive
LOL Erm...  Sort of.  I had an appointment at the French Consulate, which I booked online.  :P
For anyone who is interested, the security men at the door are very handsome and very friendly!
Anne V inactive
http://www.ambafrance-uk.org/-Consulat-general-Londres-
Hahaha, I don't think dating is on their list of services, though! :P

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