Friday, April 4, 2014

Bath Guildhall Market

The Bath Guildhall Market is located on the High Street in Bath. The visitor to Bath can find the Guildhall Market between the Guildhall to the south, The Victoria Art Gallery to the north and New Market Row to the east. The Bath Guildhall Market is situated across the road from the weir by Pulteney Bridge.

Bath Guildhall Market sign, UK

The Guildhall Market is one of the oldest shopping venues in Bath, having served the community for around 800 years. The Market has operated from its current location in some form since at least the 16th century, and as the Guildhall Market from the 1770’s. The Guildhall Market acquired its well-known dome in 1863.

Bath Guildhall Market interior, UK

With the advent of supermarkets in Bath, the Guildhall Market has had to change with the times, but the owners have tried to keep it as traditional as possible.

Bath Guildhall Market entrance, UK

The Guildhall Market is open Monday to Saturday from 8:00am to 5:30pm. Visitors to the Guildhall Market may also want to visit nearby Four Sydney Place or Henrietta Park.

Bath Guildhall Market
High Street
Bath, BA2 4AW
Tel: 01225 460808

Bath Guildhall Market map


Books on Britain

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast is a preserved Royal Navy warship on the River Thames near Tower Bridge.

HMS Belfast, River Thames, London

HMS is part of the Imperial War Museum which has three facilities in London (Imperial War Museum London, HMS Belfast and the Churchill War Rooms), one at Duxford in Cambridgeshire and the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester.

HMS Belfast, River Thames, UK

HMS Belfast is a cruiser that was launched from the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast in 1938. HMS Belfast saw action in World War II in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters and the Korean War.

Due to a private initiative by the HMS Belfast Trust the ship was saved from the wrecker and was opened to the public in 1971, becoming part of the Imperial War Museum in 1978.

HMS Belfast, River Thames, London

Nine decks aboard the 187m-long ship are open to the public and give an idea of what life was like for the sailors on HMS Belfast.

The ship's mechanical systems below the waterline can also be seen as well as the upper deck including the bridge, gun platform and the main operations room. The horsepower of the mighty ship is equal to around 1,000 private cars.

HMS Belfast was home to around 950 sailors and they ate together in the Ship's Galley, which dates from a 1950's refit. Before that the men ate in smaller, more cramped messes.

HMS Belfast, River Thames, London, UK

HMS Belfast is popular with school parties and gives an excellent introduction to life on a British warship through original photographs, film and testimonies from the sailors who served on the ship.

UK schools and youth groups with children aged 8-18 can "Kip in a Ship" for up to three nights with breakfast included.

HMS Belfast, River Thames, London, UK

HMS Belfast
The Queen's Walk
Tel: 020 7940 6300
Opening times: 4 November - 20 February 10am - 5pm (last admission 4pm)
21 February to October 10am - 6pm (last admission 5pm).
Adults £15.50; children under 16 are free.
The nearest tube stations to HMS Belfast are London Bridge on both the Northern and Jubilee lines and Tower Hill on the District and Circle lines.


Books on Britain

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Borough Market London

Borough Market is London's oldest fruit and vegetable market, established in it's current location in Southwark during the 13th century. The market is still London's most renowned food market, with over a hundred traders participating, selling all kinds of food from all over the world.
Borough Market London
The market was closed down by Parliament in 1755, but a group of Southwark residents came together to raise money and buy a small patch of land on which to reopen the market. This area of land is still at the centre of the market today.
Borough Market London UK
The market not only caters for the community and people of Southwark and the Southbank, but also many other Londoners and tourists who seek out the incredibly high-quality food because it's one of the best places in London to get it.
Borough Market London
The full market is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am-5pm, Fridays from 10am-6pm and Saturdays from 8am-5pm. It is also open for lunch on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10am-5pm.

Borough Market London
Borough Market is located at 8 Southwark Street, and is incredibly easily accessible by car, foot and public transport. London Bridge underground station is right next to the market, and it is within easy walking distance from Bank, Monument, Tower Hill, Southwark, Borough and Mansion House underground stations.

Borough Market is just behind Southwark Cathedral and just a short walk down the Southbank from the Tate Modern and the Millennium Bridge. The George Inn is also nearby.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Barfly London

The Camden Barfly is a live music venue, located on Chalk Farm Road, Camden, in North London. The Barfly was originally opened in 1996 at the Falcon Pub, but moved to it's present location, at the Monarch, in 2000. It has a capacity of around 220 people.
 In 2001 a sister venue was opened in Cardiff, along with other Barfly venues across the UK. In 2014, the Camden Barfly is the only Barfly venue that still operates as a live music venue.
The Camden Barfly has played host to many big names over the past 17 years, including Kasabian, Billy Bragg, The Killers, Frank Turner and Muse, along with many small, independent artists from across the UK and the world. It is also frequently host to club and DJ nights.

The outside of the venue is often painted with murals or promotional graffiti, for events such as Lovebox Festival.
The venue is very close to Camden Lock and Camden Market, and is very easily accessible from Camden Town and Chalk Farm underground stations, as well as Kentish Town West and Camden Road overground stations.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Gail's Bakery London

Gail's is an artisan bakery chain started by Ran Avidan and Tom Molnar, which opened it's first store in Hampstead, London in 2005. Since then it has opened 15 more stores across London, in Battersea, Soho, King's Road, Chiswick and Barnes, amongst other areas.
In 2012, Gail's also opened a Gail's Kitchen in Tottenham Court Road; a restaurant serving a wide range of breakfasts, brunches, lunches and dinners.

Gail's is most praised for it's range of exquisite breads and delicious soups, ranging from leek & gammon to butternut squash and pumpkin. All food can be eaten at a table in the cosy establishment or taken away to eat while enjoying a stroll around London. 

Every day, Gail's bakes almost 30 different types of bread, from sourdough to garlic bread to rye. 

A wide selection of sandwiches, pastries, cakes, cookies and other bakes goods are always on offer, alongside high-quality coffees, teas and other hot and cold beverages.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Foubert's Chiswick

Foubert's is a hotel, Italian restaurant and ice cream shop located at 2 Turnham Green Terrace, Chiswick, West London.
Foubert's Chiswick London
Since opening in 1978, it has been run by the Italian family, continually serving some of the best handmade, authentic Italian ice cream in London. The booth-seating arrangement is cosy and homely, and the staff are incredibly welcoming to all customers, whether they're just popping in for an ice cream or staying in the hotel.
Foubert's Chiswick London, UK
With a huge range of ice creams, from rum & raisin to orange sorbet, it is the perfect place to cool down on a hot summer's day in London.

Foubert's Chiswick London
Only a few minutes walk from Turham Green tube station and slightly longer from Stamford Brook, Chiswick Park and Gunnersbury stations, Foubert's is accessible from all over London.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Hole In The Wall Pub Chiswick

The Hole in the Wall pub in located at 12 Sutton Lane North, Chiswick, in West London. The establishment was originally opened as The Queen's Head in 1722, but was rebuilt as the Hole in the Wall in 1925.
Hole in the Wall pub, London
Hole in the Wall pub, London
With a wide range of lunches, dinners, children's meals and beverages, including an impressive wine list, on offer, the Hole in the Wall is a perfect place for all the family, including dogs, as the garden is spacious and welcoming. Your dog will even be treated to his/her very own refreshment.

Hole in the Wall pub, UK
The garden is a perfect place to spend an afternoon in the London sun, and the homely interior is perfect for all year round.
Hole in the Wall pub, London
Hole In The Wall
12 Sutton Lane North
W4 4LD
Tel: 020 8742 7185