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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Carnaby Street at Christmas

Many streets in London put a lot of effort into their lights at Christmas, but few are more famous than Carnaby Street. Located in central London, between Oxford Circus and Soho, it is an incredibly busy shopping area during the Christmas season.

Carnaby Street at Christmas

The range of shops in Carnaby include Paul Smith Soho, Ben Sherman, Levi's, Barbour, Scotch & Soda and Choccywoccydoodah, as well as many restaurants and cafes including Carnaby Burger Co, Cinnamon Soho and The Rum Kitchen. 

Carnaby Street at Christmas, London

This year the theme of the decorations was robins, compared to last year's theme of records and music.

Carnaby Street at Christmas, London, UK

The robins were put up on November 14th and will be taken down in early January.

Bath Christmas Market

The City of Bath is located in South-East England, roughly an hour and a half from London by rail. The Bath Christmas Market has been running for about two weeks every November-December for the past 13 years, with 2013 being one of it's busiest years ever.

Bath Christmas Market, Bath, Avon

This year the Christmas Market ran for 18 days and had over 150 stalls set up around the city centre. Each stall has unique and festive gifts, from hand-carved wooden sculptures to hand-crafted candles, decorations and food, many of which are locally sourced and produced. Much of the market is situated around Bath Abbey, where carol singing, services, children's entertainment and other performances frequently take place during the festive season.

Bath Christmas Market, Bath, UK

As well as the Christmas Market, a huge outdoor ice rink in Royal Victoria Park has recently been added to the range of festivities in Bath. This year, a 'Christmas Avenue' has also been set up, where Christmas treats such as mulled wine and mince pies and chestnuts can be enjoyed while spectating the skaters or taking a break.

Bath Christmas Market


Travelling to Bath is easy from all over the UK, with trains regularly running to and from Bath Spa Station, situated right in the city centre.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Emirates Greenwich Peninsula Station

A close walk from the O2 and North Greenwich Station is Emirates Greenwich Peninsula terminal in east London.

Emirates Greenwich Peninsula Station, London


The Emirates Air Line between Emirates Greenwich Peninsula and Emirates Royal Docks (with connections on the Docklands Light Railway or DLR at Royal Victoria Station) is London's only cable car and the first public transport station in London to be sponsored by a private company.

Emirates Greenwich Peninsula Station, London, UK


The journey on the cable car's gondolas, 90m high over the River Thames, takes about 10 minutes and has fantastic views of the O2, ExCel Centre and the river below. The capacity is 10 people per gondola.

Emirates Greenwich Peninsula Station, London, UK


The service opened in June 2012 to coincide with the London Olympics at a cost of a reported £60 million. London's mayor Boris Johnson has revealed plans for the private sponsorship for existing stations in London which could see such stations as Tottenham Court Road renamed "Samsung."

Emirates Greenwich Peninsula
Unit 1, 2, 3 & 4
Emirates Cable Car Terminal
Edmund Halley Way
London
SE10 0FR
Google map of Emirates Greenwich Peninsula Station

Emirates Greenwich Peninsula Station gondola


Fares are £3.20 for adults and £1.20 for children with Oyster cards. If you don't have an Oyster card you will have to queue especially on weekends or UK public holidays and the single adult fare is then £4.30.

North Greenwich Station is the nearest tube station to Emirates Greenwich Peninsula on the Jubilee Line of the London Underground network.

Emirates Greenwich Peninsula Station, London, Britain


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Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Penny Lane in Bath

The Penny Lane is called "Bath's favourite party boat" by its owners and is available to rent for corporate and private events throughout the year. Occasional river cruises are also an option but pre-booking is essential.

Penny Lane, River Avon, Dinner Cruises Bath

The Penny Lane was built in 1982 and refurbished in 2007 to give it a modern interior. The boat is centrally heated and features a well-stocked bar. The Penny Lane is 96 feet long and can accomodate 100 passengers.

Penny Lane, Narrow Boat, River Avon, cruises

A 3 hour hire of the Penny Lane includes a cruise which offers views of Pulteney Weir before the skipper performs a u-turn and heads off down the River Avon. The cruise continues through the old industrial part of Bath to the outskirts of the city, all the while the passengers are taking in the architecture of Georgian Bath.

Penny Lane, Kennet and Avon Canal, Cruises

Another option for those wanting to take a leisurely cruise on the River Avon but without the meal service is the Pulteney Cruisers. Visitors to Bath may also want to check out nearby Great Pulteney Street and the Holburne Museum.


The Penny Lane
North Parade Bridge
Bath
BA2 4EU
Tel : 01225 303434

The Penny Lane map

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

North Greenwich Station

North Greenwich Station is a station on the London Underground in east London.

North Greenwich Station is on the Jubilee Line of the London Underground network. North Greenwich Station opened in 1999 and is a modern station with WiFi, ATMs and car parking.

North Greenwich Station, London


North Greenwich Station is on the south bank of the Thames and is the nearest station to O2, previously the Millennium Dome. Also close by is the Emirates Greenwich Peninsula with gondolas across the Thames.

North Greenwich Station escalator


The following London buses call at North Greenwich Station: the 108 to Lewisham via Blackheath, the 108 to Stratford via Bow, the 129 to Greenwich Cutty Sark, via Woolwich Road and Greenwich centre, the 132 to Bexleyheath via Eltham, 161 to Chislehurst via Charlton, Woolwich, Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Mottingham, the 188 to Russell Square via Elephant and Castle, the 422 to Bexleyheath via Charlton, Woolwich and Plumstead, the 472 to Thamesmead and the 486 to Bexleyheath via Charlton, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Shooters Hill and Welling.

O2 adjacent to North Greenwich Station, London

North Greenwich Station
5 Millennium Way
London
SE10 0PH
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Saturday, November 30, 2013

London Ice Sculpting Festival

The London Ice Sculpting Festival is the place to chill out in the capital after New Year.

London Ice Sculpting Festival, UK


Teams from around the world compete over two days to create the most artistic and unusual works, and there are ice sculpting classes for those who want to try their hand at carving out a frozen masterpiece.

London Ice Sculpting Festival, UK


The London Ice Sculpting Festival takes place next to Canary Wharf subway station on the Jubilee Line and is completely free. The event takes places on 10-12 January, 2014.

For more information see www.londonicesculptingfestival.co.uk

London Ice Sculpting Festival, UK


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Friday, November 22, 2013

Oxford Street Christmas Lights

The Oxford Street Christmas Lights have been turned on again this year.

Oxford Street Christmas Lights, London


London-born singer Jessie J flicked the switch with the help of other celebrities including teen sensation Conor Maynard, 2012 X-Factor winner James Arthur as well as Capital FM DJs Lisa Snowdon and Dave Berry in a booth outside Selfridges to light up London's premier shopping street.

Oxford Street Christmas Lights, London

The 750,000 LED lights on Oxford Street will remain illuminated until January 6, 2014.

Oxford Street Christmas Lights, London, UK

Jessie J played a set after the light up on a specially built stage at Selfridges.
Oxford Street Christmas Lights, UK



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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

4 Sydney Place in Bath

4 Sydney Place, a Grade II listed house, was the house to which Jane Austen and her parents first moved when they left the rectory at Steventon to move to Bath in 1801. The Austens rented the house which was and is opposite Sydney Gardens. 4 Sydney Place was then at the very edge of town.

4 Sydney Place, Jane Austen, Bath, England

Recently, the first floor of this 18th century Georgian building has been refurbished as a luxury apartment and is available on a self-catering basis from as low as £99 per night (at the special reduced rate). 4 Sydney Place overlooks the entrance to The Holburne Museum of Art.
 
4 Sydney Place, Bath, Somerset, UK

4 Sydney Place is located just off Great Pulteney Street. Visitors to Bath who are interested in Jane Austen's connection to the city may also want to visit the Jane Austen Centre or her father, George Austen's, grave.

4 Sydney Place
Bathwick Bath
BA2 6NF
Tel: 07723 617486

4 Sydney Place map

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Salamander Bath

The Salamander (aka The Sally) is a pub located in the centre of Bath. The Salamander serves food and a choice of beers from Bath Ales and beyond. Bath Ales' distinctive beers include Gem, a bitter-sweet amber ale, and Dark Side, a delicious chocolaty stout.

The Salamander is owned by Bath Ales, an independent brewery, which was established in 1995. Bath Ales' founders share a brewing background and a passion for craft ales.

The Salamander pub, Bath, Somerset, England

Visitors to Bath may also enjoy visiting the nearby Jane Austen Centre or Assembly Rooms.

3 John Street
Bath
BA1 2JL
Tel: 01225 428 889

The Salamander map

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Monday, November 11, 2013

82 London Bus

The 82 bus in London runs from North Finchley to Victoria Station.

82 London Bus, Hyde Park Corner


The first buses begin just after 5am and run until just after midnight, when the N13 runs from North Finchley to Aldwich and Drury Lane. Journey time from North Finchley to Victoria is about one hour.

The 82 bus route begins in North Finchley Bus Station and passes Victoria Park, Finchley Central Station on the London Underground, Hoop Lane, Golders Green Station, Finchley Road & Frognal Station, Finchley Road Station, Swiss Cottage Station, St John's Wood Station, Lord's Cricket Ground, the London Business School, Baker Street Station, Marble Arch Station, the Dorchester Hotel, the London Hilton Hotel, Hyde Park Corner and Victoria Station.

82 London Bus, UK


The 82 service is currently operated by Metroline.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby (aka Bath) is an English professional rugby union club which is based in the city of Bath. Bath Rugby plays in the Aviva Premiership league. In the past, Bath Rugby has experienced a lot of success, having won England's domestic competition, the Anglo-Welsh Cup, as well as the Heineken Cup and European Challenge Cup. In more recent years, however, Bath Rugby's results have been more disappointing.

Recreation Ground, Bath Rugby, Bath, Somerset, UK


The Bath Rugby Football Club was founded in 1865, and is one of the oldest rugby clubs still in existence. They play at the Recreation Ground (see above and below), also known as the Rec, in the City of Bath.

Recreation Ground, Bath Rugby, Somerset, England

Bath Rugby's ticket office (see below) is located on Pulteney Bridge in Bath, very near the Recreation Ground.

Bath Rugby ticket office, Somerset, UK

Visitors to Bath may also want to visit nearby Great Pulteney Street or take a leisurely cruise on the Pulteney Cruisers.

Ticket Office
8 Pulteney Bridge
Bath
BA2 4AX
Tel: 0844 448 1865

Bath Rugby map

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Bobby Moore Statue Wembley Stadium

A statue of Bobby Moore (1941-1993) stands outside Wembley Stadium in west London as a tribute to the only England football team captain to lift the World Cup to date.

Bobby Moore Statue Wembley Stadium, London


Bobby Moore, then of West Ham United, was captain when England won the World Cup 4-2 against Germany in 1966 at the old Wembley Stadium in north west London.

Bobby Moore Statue Wembley Stadium, London, UK


Bobby Moore was a cultured centre back who was known for his sportsmanship and humility. As well as lifting the World Cup for England in 1966, Bobby Moore also captained West Ham to the FA Cup in 1964.

The statue of Moore was designed by Philip Jackson and commissioned by the Football Association (FA). The statue was unveiled when the new Wembley Stadium opened in 2007. The statue overlooks Wembley Way down to Wembley Park Station. The bronze statue is 6.1m tall set on a stone plinth.

Bobby Moore Statue Wembley Stadium, London


The following London buses call at Wembley Park Station: the 83 between Ealing Hospital and Golders Green, the 182 from Brent Cross to Harrow Weald, the 206 from Kilburn Park to Wembley Park , the 223 between Harrow and Wembley Central, the 245 from Alperton (on the Piccadilly Line) to Golders Green and the 297 between Ealing Broadway and Willesden Bus Garage on Pound Lane. Both the 297 and 83 buses run 24 hours.

Bobby Moore Statue, Wembley Stadium, London, UK


Access
Wembley Park Station on the Metropolitan and Jubilee Lines of the London Underground network. The following London buses call at Wembley Park Station: the 83, the 182, the 206, the 245 and the 297 between Ealing Broadway and Willesden Bus Garage on Pound Lane. Both the 297 and 83 buses run 24 hours.
Google map of Wembley Park Station

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Bath Backpackers

Bath Backpackers is a rather rundown hostel in the centre of Bath. The hostel is in a nearly 300-year-old building which has a lot of character and charm. The carpets are heavily worn, however, and the rooms are dark and cramped. On the other hand, Bath Backpackers is full of friendly people who are there to have a good time. Those visitors looking for peace and quiet would be well advised to look elsewhere.

Bath Backpackers hostel, Bath, England


The nightly rates at Bath Backpackers are reasonable, starting around £17 per night. At the bottom level of Bath Backpackers is the 'dungeon' which is a haven for late-night drinkers. Bath Backpackers also features a decent kitchen, lounge, free wi-fi, and a fully licensed bar. Visitors to Bath may also want to visit the nearby Sally Lunn's House or the Roman Baths.

13 Pierrepont Street
Bath, Avon
BA1 1LA
Tel: 01225-446-787

Bath Backpackers map

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Virgin Records Celebrates 40 Years of Disruption

Richard Branson's Virgin Records turns 40 this year and, to celebrate it's '40 years of disruption', has announced a string of gigs in the basement of Victoria House in aid of War Child, on Southampton Row in Central London. Artists performing included The Strypes and The Kooks, who both played acoustic sets to audiences of around 250 people earlier this week. Other artists, including Laura Marling, Jake Bugg, Emilie Sande, Professor Green, PiL and Boy George are also appearing in venues across London, such as KOKO and Shepherd's Bush Empire, for anniversary shows. 


Over the past 40 years, Virgin Records has signed some of the biggest names in music, including the Sex Pistols, the Spice Girls, Iggy Pop, Genesis and Daft Punk. It has been one of most controversial record labels over the past 40 years, having fully supported the Sex Pistols throughout their disruptive and controversial career, unlike many other labels would have done. 


The record label has also set up a pop-art exhibition in the basement of Victoria House, which aims to be a recreation of the original Virgin Records, particularly of the moment that Virgin launched the Sex Pistols' album, 'Never Mind the Bollocks'. The original shop was opened in 1973, on Oxford Street. The exhibition includes many original and rare photos, prints and memorabilia of Virgin artists. 



 

Wembley Park Station

Wembley Park Station is a station on the London Underground in north west London.

Wembley Park Station, London


Wembley Park Station is on the Metropolitan and Jubilee Lines of the London Underground network. The Wembley Park Station was redeveloped during the construction of Wembley Stadium, which opened in 2007.

Wembley Park Station, London, UK


Wembley Park Station is the nearest station to both the new Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena.

Tube train at Wembley Park Station, London


The following London buses call at Wembley Park Station: the 83 between Ealing Hospital and Golders Green, the 182 from Brent Cross to Harrow Weald, the 206 from Kilburn Park to Wembley Park , the 223 between Harrow and Wembley Central, the 245 from Alperton (on the Piccadilly Line) to Golders Green and the 297 between Ealing Broadway and Willesden Bus Garage on Pound Lane. Both the 297 and 83 buses run 24 hours.

Wembley Park Station, west London


Wembley Park Station
Bridge Road
Wembley
Middlesex
HA9 9AA
Google map of Wembley Park Station

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Arctic Monkeys at Earl's Court 25th October 2013

On the 25th of October 2013, 20,000 people gathered at Earl's Court Exhibition Centre to watch the penultimate gig of the venue's lifetime. Arctic Monkeys appeared on stage at around 21:00, following support from The Strypes, to applause and cheers that I'm surprised didn't crumble the soon-to-be-demolished 1930's venue.

Arctic Monkeys at Earl's Court 25th October 2013

The lighting display throughout the show was phenomenal, adding to the simple, yet hugely effective stage design. Arctic Monkeys are at the peak of their career, having had 5 number one albums in the UK and headlined the biggest music festival in the world, Glastonbury, this summer.

Arctic Monkeys at Earl's Court 25th October 2013

Arctic Monkeys at Earl's Court 25th October 2013

After an hour and a half of performing, Arctic Monkeys left the stage and the audience, who flooded out of the venue and into the West Brompton and Earl's Court underground stations, taking over the Central and West London branches of the District and Piccadilly lines.

Sadly, plans to demolish this incredible venue have been finalised.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Bike in Bath

Bike in Bath is a public cycle hire service scheme in the city of Bath. Bike in Bath offers a real alternative to the car for short trips around town. Bike sharing schemes such as Bike in Bath are a highly practical form of urban transport in terms of time and cost. Bike in Bath's four docking stations, located at important arrival points and city centre locations, offer residents and visitors an environmentally-friendly, pleasant and practical alternative to walking or driving as well as an exciting way to explore Bath’s places of interest.

Bike in Bath, docking station, UK

There are four Bike in Bath docking stations in the city of Bath at the following locations:
1. Orange Grove next to the Guildhall– 14 racks
2. Railway Place next to Bath Spa Station – 15 racks
3. Charles Street outside Green Park Station – 11 racks
4. Sydney Place outside the Holburne Museum – 15 racks

Bike in Bath, Somerset, UK


Visitors to Bath may want to cycle to locations such as the William Herschel Museum or the Prior Park Landscape Garden.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Brondesbury Station

Brondesbury Station is a station on the North London Line of the London Overground in Kilburn, north west London.

Brondesbury Station, London


Brondesbury Station is close to Kilburn tube station on the Jubilee Line of the London Underground and Kilburn High Road Station on the Watford DC Line of the London Overground.

Brondesbury Station, Kilburn, London


East of Brondesbury Station the next station is West Hampstead and west is Brondesbury Park.

Service run west to Richmond via Willesden Junction and Acton Central, south to Clapham Junction and east to Stratford.

A station has been in existence here since 1860.

Brondesbury Station
Kilburn High Road
Kilburn
London
NW6 7QB

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