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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
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
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
SE10 0PH
Google map of North Greenwich Station

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