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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Canterbury West Station

Canterbury West Station in Canterbury, Kent, is one of the two main stations in the city, the other being Canterbury East.

Canterbury West Station, Kent, UK.

Canterbury West Station serves trains operated by Southeastern with high speed services to London St Pancras via Ashford International, Ebbsfleet International and Stratford International. There are also trains to London Victoria via Maidstone and Charing Cross via Sevenoaks. Other local services run to Ramsgate and Margate.

Canterbury West Station, Kent, UK.


The station has two platforms: Platform 1 and Platform 2. With services to London from Platform 1.

The first station at Canterbury West was built way back in 1846. Nowadays the station's facilities include car parking for over 100 cars, an ATM, PlusBike bicycle hire and refreshments.

Local buses call at both Canterbury West and Canterbury East stations.

Canterbury West Station.

Canterbury East Station (to the south) is on the Dover branch of the Chatham Main Line. Canterbury East Station is also operated by Southeastern with local stopping trains and a fast train to Dover Priory and services to London Victoria via Faversham and Chatham.

Canterbury West Station, Kent, England.


Canterbury West Station
Station Road West
Canterbury
CT2 8AN, UK

Canterbury West Station.


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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Acton Park

Acton Park opened to the public in 1888 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. It is Acton's largest open space and contains many features that make it stand out from other parks, including the 'Twilight Tree', a fantastic playground, a children's centre, tennis courts, a pond, a basketball court and, most recently, a miniature golf course.

Acton Park, London.
Acton Park - http://www.visitlondon.com

The 'Twilight Tree' is a Dutch Elm tree that was carved into a statue of a woman, with a squirrel and a pair of owls above her. The sculpture was originally about 28 feet tall, but has since been cut in half, so the woman and the wildlife and separate statues.

The Twilight Tree, Acton Park, London.
The Twilight Tree - http://www.geograph.org.uk

The South side of Acton Park is an important area for wildlife, as it contains a pond, an elaborate garden and an area that is fenced off purely for wildlife to thrive.

The playground is fantastic and has recently been redesigned to incorporate a huge wooden climbing frame. At the Southern end of the playground is the children's centre which offers a programme for babies and toddlers in the morning, and then an after school club for local schools in the afternoon. They also operate programmes during school holidays.

Putt in the Park is Acton Park's newest edition. It replaced the bowling green and has become a big hit since opening in 2016, as it is also attached to the Acton Park Cafe and they have their own fully licensed bar.
Putt in the Park, Acton Park, London.
Putt in the Park - http://www.puttinthepark.com

Park Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 9am-Dusk
Telephone for the Children's Centre: 020 8743 6133

Acton Park is easily accessible by bus and tube.
Buses: 207, 607, 266, 70 and E3
Tube Stations: Acton Central (Overground) - 2 min walk, Acton Town (Piccadilly Line) - 20 min walk, East Acton (Central Line) - 20 min walk

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Friday, February 24, 2017

The Needles Isle of Wight

The Needles are a row of tall, pointy chalk cliffs that are located off the coast of the Isle of Wight. They are the Isle of Wight's most iconic and popular tourist attraction.

The cliff which gave the Needles their name, being the only needle-shaped rock in the row, collapsed in a storm in 1764, but the name has stuck ever since.

The Needles Isle of Wight.
The Needles
Due to the popularity of the Needles as a tourist attraction, a small amusement park was opened at Alum Bay, where the Needles are located, as well as a chairlift that allows a better view of the Needles than you can get from the headland.
The Needles Isle of Wight.
The Needles chairlift - http://www.theneedles.co.uk
Also located on the headland are the Needles Old Battery, the Needles New Battery, and the High Down Rocket Testing Site. The Old Battery was built between 1861-63, designed to defend against enemy ships.

The New Battery was then built after there were concerns that the firing of the guns from the Old Battery was causing the cliffs below to crumble. The New Battery was built further up the cliffs, and was completed in 1985. Both of the buildings are Grade II listed buildings.

The Needles Isle of Wight.
The remains of the Old Battery - http://www.geograph.org.uk

The High Down Rocket Testing Site was built in the 1950's and was operated in secret. The Black Knight rocket was tested at this site in the 1950's, prior to it's launch in Australia, as well as the Black Arrow rocket in the 1960's.

The High Down Rocket Testing Site played a very important part in Britain's Space Programme, but was neglected after the 1970's and the majority of the buildings were demolished. There is a small museum dedicated to it at the Needles New Battery.

The Needles Isle of Wight.
The High Down Rocket Testing Site - http://www.derelictplaces.co.uk
Alum Bay New Road
Alum Bay
PO39 0JD

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Chief Coffee Chiswick

Chief Coffee is a new, independent coffee shop in Chiswick, London.

Chief Coffee.
Inside Chief Coffee 
It is located just off Turnham Green Terrace, on the site of a Victorian bottling factory. The decor matches it's history, with exposed brickwork, art deco hanging lamps and original wooden ceiling still in place, it has a slightly industrial feel, although it is very light and spacious.

The counter is covered in baked goods, varying from sausage rolls to cakes and cookies. The coffee is also excellent, along with the service.

Chief Coffee.
Chief Coffee counter
The thing that distinguishes Chief Coffee from the next coffee shop, is their pinball lounge downstairs. A hand painted 'Pinball Lounge' sign leads you downstairs, to nine pinball machines which cost nothing to play on. Some of the machines are vintage, from the 90s, and some more recent.
Chief Coffee.
Pinball Lounge at Chief Coffee

Chief Coffee.
Pinball Lounge Sign















Opening Hours
Opening Hours Mon-Fri 8am-5:30pm Sat 9am-6pm Sun 10am-5:30pm

Chief Coffee
Turnham Green Terrace
London W4 1QU

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Richmond Park

As well as being a London's second largest open space, after Lee Valley Park, and being a national nature reserve, Richmond Park is also the home to many historic buildings, including The White Lodge and Pembroke Lodge.

The White Lodge is a Grade I listed building, originally built as a hunting lodge for George II, which has been home to the Royal Ballet School since 1955. Pembroke Lodge is a Grade II listed Georgian mansion, which in 1847 became home to then British Prime Minister, Lord John Russell. It is now a very popular restaurant with amazing views of the Thames Valley.

The Ponds in Winter 
A Winter walk in Richmond Park
As well as being a London's second largest open space, after Lee Valley Park, and being a national nature reserve, Richmond Park is also the home to many historic buildings, including The White Lodge and Pembroke Lodge.

The White Lodge is a Grade I listed building, originally built as a hunting lodge for George II, which has been home to the Royal Ballet School since 1955. Pembroke Lodge is a Grade II listed Georgian mansion, which in 1847 became home to then British Prime Minister, Lord John Russell. It is now a very popular restaurant with amazing views of the Thames Valley. 


Pembroke Lodge - https://www.royalparks.org.uk
Richmond Park continues to be a successful nature reserve, as the home to around 650 red and fallow deer, many birds, rabbits, snakes and rare beetles. There are also roughly 30 ponds throughout the park, the newest of which was opened by, and named after, Sir David Attenborough in July 2014. 

Deer in Richmond Park

The Ponds 

The Park has played an important part in many historic events.

For example, in World War I, it was used for cavalry training. In preparation for the 1948 London Summer Olympics an Olympic village was built in the park, and most recently, during the 2012 London Summer Olympics both the men's and women's cycling road races took a route through Richmond Park. 

Richmond Park is not only an important piece of London's history, but also, with it's 2,360 acres of land, a beautiful place for a walk all year round.
Richmond Park is open from 7am in the Summer and 7:30am in the Winter, and it closes at Dusk. 



The Ponds In Winter
Richmond Park
Richmond
TW10 5HZ

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Pierreponts Café

Pierreponts is a café and restaurant located in Goring-on-Thames, serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and afternoon tea, and dinner on Fridays.

Pierreponts Café.
Pierreponts - http://www.visitgoringandstreatley.co.uk

It is a small establishment with mismatched furniture and decor, making it feel homely and comfortable.

Pierreponts Café, Goring-on-Thames.
Pierreponts' Interior - https://www.facebook.com/pg/pierrepontscafe

There is a variety of food on offer, from quiches and tarts to salads and sandwiches, but all of it is equally as beautifully presented and tasty. There is also a very long list of teas available, as well as may other hot drinks and soft drinks. The chilli hot chocolate is certainly a favourite.

The counter is covered in cakes, slices and cookies, all of which are baked by local residents who bring in their baked goods in return for a small payment. The quality is outstanding, and of course it means that what's on offer varies all the time.

Pierreponts Café.
The cake counter at Pierreponts - https://www.facebook.com/pg/pierrepontscafe

The café is usually very busy, so they recommend booking a table, which you can do by phoning them on 01491874464.

Pierreponts is also located right next to a particularly scenic part of the River Thames, and there are plenty of great walks you can do from it's doorstep, including up Streatley Hill.

Pierreponts Café.
The Thames at Goring - http://www.annescountrygallery.co.uk

Opening Times:
Tuesday-Saturday 8am-5pm & Friday evenings 6-11pm

1 High Street,
Goring-on-Thames
Oxfordshire
RG8 9AB

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Monday, February 20, 2017

O'Meara London

O'Meara is a new venue in London that opened in 2016.

The venue was set up by Ben Lovett of the band Mumford & Sons and is based between Borough Market and London Bridge.
The idea of the venue is that 'music, food and culture come together in 7 railway arches'.

O'Meara London.
The Bar at O'Meara - https://www.facebook.com/omearalondon/

The venue's capacity is 320, making it the perfect place for club nights, talks and comedy nights, as well as being an ideal place for upcoming artists to play shows. The venue also has a gallery space, perfect for any sort of exhibition.

O'Meara London.
A live show at O'Meara - https://www.instagram.com/omearalondon/ 

O'Meara has gone for the slightly vintage, derelict aesthetic, with peeling paint and bare brick walls, but behind the facade is a state-of-the-art sound system fantastic stage area.

Upcoming shows at O'Meara include Maggie Rogers, Benjamin Francis Leftwich and Wild Beasts. Tickets are available from their online site - http://www.omearalondon.com/events/

O'Meara London.
Benjamin Francis Leftwich O'Meara Promotion Poster - http://www.omearalondon.com/events/benjamin-francis-leftwich/ 

O'Meara,
6 O'Meara Street,
London Bridge,
SE1 1TE

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