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Monday, January 9, 2017

Chester Station

Chester Station is the main railway station in Chester in the north west of England. Chester Station first opened in 1848 and was designed by architect Francis Thompson (1808–1895), known for his work on the railways. By the way, look out for the more recent carved wooden owls to deter pigeons. Chester Station was renovated in 2007.

Chester Station, Chester, UK.

Trains run by a variety of operators (Arriva, Virgin, Merseyrail, Northern) from Chester Station run to Manchester Piccadilly, Liverpool, Holyhead (for ferries to Dublin in Ireland), Stockport Station, Crewe (for trains to London Euston), Manchester Airport, Cardiff Central and Birmingham New Street via Wrexham General and Llandudno.

Chester Station, Chester, England.

Various local bus services fan out from Chester Station including the X8 bus to Chester Zoo and a regular shuttle to Frodsham Street in Chester city centre every 6 minutes, Monday to Saturday.

Across the road from Chester Station is the Hallmark Hotel The Queen with a bar and cafe open to non-residents. Other nearby places to stay are the Belgrave Hotel and the Ormonde Guesthouse.

There is bicycle and car parking close to the station plus an ATM, a coffee shop and a newsagent inside the station building. A car hire outlet is close by.

Chester Station, UK.

Chester Station
City Road
Cheshire CH1 3NS

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Deansgate Station Manchester

Deansgate Station in Manchester is on both the Manchester to Preston and Manchester to Liverpool lines. The adjacent Deansgate-Castlefield Station, connected by footbridge, is on the Manchester metrolink.

Deansgate Station Manchester, UK.

The original Knott Mill & Deansgate Station on this site opened way back in 1849.

Trains from Deansgate run to Manchester Oxford Road, Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport.

Trains also run south to Buxton, Stoke-on-Trent and Macclesfield. Eastbound services are to Liverpool Lime Street, Southport Station, Preston and Blackpool North.

Deansgate Station, Manchester, UK.

Nearby is the Manchester Central Convention Complex, formerly the G-Mex, the reconstructed Mamucium Roman Fort and Beetham Tower.

Deansgate Station Manchester UK.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Manchester Tennis & Football Centre

The Manchester Tennis & Football Centre is part of the Sportcity development that includes Manchester City's Etihad Stadium, the National Cycling Centre, Manchester Regional Arena and the National Squash Centre that were all originally constructed for the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

Manchester Tennis & Football Centre, UK.

The Manchester Tennis & Football Centre includes six indoor tennis courts, six outdoor courts and three all-weather 5-a-side football pitches. The outdoor courts are fully floodlit to LTA standards.

All the facilities can be booked by members of the public. See the website below for further details.

The nearest public transport is available from Etihad Campus Station on the Manchester metrolink. Alternatively take bus 216 from Piccadilly Gardens.

Manchester Tennis & Football Centre, Manchester, UK.

Manchester Tennis & Football Centre
Sportcity, Gate 13, Rowsley Street
Manchester M11 3FF
Tel: 0161 220 3840
Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-10pm; Saturday-Sunday 9am-6pm

Etihad Stadium, home of Manchester City.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

London Troxy

The Troxy is a historic Art Deco cinema-come-music venue in East London.

It originally opened in 1933 as 3520-seater cinema on the site of what was previously a brewery. Being such a grand and decorative building, it cost £250,000 to build and took several years to complete.
London Troxy.
When it opened it was the largest cinema in England, and going to see a film at Troxy was considered to be a very special event. The venue was equipped with a revolving stage, mirror-lined seating areas and glamorous chandeliers. The female staff would wear evening dresses and perfume would be sprayed during film screenings to add to the atmosphere.

London Troxy.
The Troxy closed as a cinema in 1960, partly due to the damage that London's East End suffered during the Blitz, which had a big impact on Troxy's audiences. The last film shown there in 1960 was "The Siege of Sydney Street".

It reopened in 1963 and became the home to the London Opera Centre. It then became Mecca Bingo in the 1980s, but then the company decided to go online in 2005, forcing the Troxy to close once again.

The venue was reopened again in 2006 and has stayed open since, hosting a huge variety of events ranging from film screenings, gigs and prestigious award ceremonies.

London Troxy.
One of the principal attractions of the Troxy now is it's Wurlitzer Organ, which is the largest in the world, with 1,728 pipes which are housed in four separate rooms. The Organ was originally at the London Trocadero until it was bought by the Cinema Organ Society in 1960. It was announced that it would be returned to the Troxy in 2009.

London Troxy.
The Troxy is now considered to be one of the most diverse venues in the UK.

490 Commercial Road
London, E1 0HX
Tel: 0207 790 9000

Troxy is a 3-minute walk from Limehouse Station on the DLR. Buses that pass close by to Troxy include the 15, 115, 135, D3, N15, N550 and N551.

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Outsider Tart Chiswick

Outsider Tart is an American style Coffee Shop, Bakery and Brunch Spot located on Chiswick High Road, London, W4. It is a new addition to the High Road and has filled a gap in it's market, as it offers homemade, authentic American treats that can be difficult to find in London.

Outsider Tart Chiswick, London.

It was opened by a pair of New Yorkers, both called David, who moved to London and found that the classic American baked goods they'd grown up with in The States were really hard to come by over here.

As soon as you walk in you're met by a very long table with a huge selection of divine-looking cakes, brownies, sausage rolls and other amazing treats. None of the cakes are labelled, so the baristas will give you brief explanation of each and every cake if you're not prepared to try an unknown cake.

Outsider Tart Chiswick, London.
Outsider Tart boasts some of the best cakes and comfort food in West London, as well as a 'Barkery' which has a huge selection of gourmet dog treats.

As well as being a bakery and perfect place for brunch, Outsider Tart also acts as an American supermarket, stocking a great variety of American breakfast cereals, an array of maple syrups, root beers, marshmallow fluff, peanut butter and other treats from across the pond.

Outsider Tart Chiswick, London.
Since it's opening it's been a roaring success and is continuing to do well. Anyone who finds themselves in West London looking for somewhere to eat, this is the perfect spot.

Outsider Tart Chiswick, London,
Outsider Tart
83 Chiswick High Road
London W4 2EF
Tel: 020 7096 1609

The nearest tube station to Outsider Tart is Turnham Green.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Underbank Hall

Underbank Hall dates back to the 15th century and was formerly the home of the Arden family of Bredbury until 1823 when it was sold by William Arden, 2nd Baron Alvanley to pay off his debts.

Underbank Hall, Stockport.

The building subsequently became a bank and it still serves today that purpose as the Stockport branch of NatWest.

Underbank Hall, Stockport, Cheshire, UK.

NatWest Bank
10 Great Underbank
Stockport SK1 1LL

Other places of interest in and around Stockport in Greater Manchester include Stockport Town Hall, Stockport Air Raid Shelters, St Mary's Church, Bramhall Hall, Stockport Market, Fred Perry's birthplaceWoodbank Park, Vernon Park, the Viaduct and Stockport Hat Museum.

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Arbury Hall

Arbury Hall is a beautiful Elizabethan house, built on the site of a 12th century Augustinian Priory.

It has been the home of the Newdegate family for over 400 years. Arbury Hall was transformed by Sir Roger Newdigate (1719-1806) in the 18th century to become the finest example of Gothic Revival architecture in the country.

Arbury Hall.

Arbury Hall is set within 100 acres of lakes and parkland with 20 acres of formal gardens. The house and gardens have literary connections with George Eliot, the author of such English classics as Middlemarch and Mill on the Floss.

Her father was employed as the agent of the estate and Mary Ann Evans (aka George Eliot) was born here in 1819. In her first novel, Scenes from Clerical Life, Arbury Hall becomes Cheverel Manor, and its benevolent and reforming owner, Sir Roger Newdigate, Sir Christopher Cheverel.

Sir Roger Newdigate in the Library at Arbury by Arthur Devis.

Arbury Hall
Arbury Hall, Arbury Park, Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV10 7PT
Tel: 02476 382 804

Hours: Arbury Hall and Gardens are open to the public only on Bank Holiday Sundays and Mondays from April to August.

Arbury Hall, Warwickshire, UK.

Access: Take Junction 3 northbound on the A444 towards Nuneaton from the M6. Then take the B4112 Heath End Road and follow the signs for Arbury Hall.

Arbury Hall can be rented for private functions such as weddings and corporate events.

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