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Monday, September 30, 2013

Covent Garden Underground Station

Covent Garden Underground Station is one of the busiest stations on the London tube network as it serves the popular tourist attraction of Covent Garden and is close to many theatres, museums and shops.

Covent Garden Underground Station, London


Covent Garden Underground Station is in Travelcard Zone 1 on the Piccadilly Line between Leicester Square and Holborn stations. Covent Garden Station building is a Grade II listed building located at the corner of Long Acre and James Street.

Covent Garden Underground Station, London, UK

The platforms at Covent Garden Station are very deep and are accessed only by stairs and a lift, not escalators, at present.

The distance between Covent Garden Station and Leicester Square is only 260m, the shortest on the network.

Covent Garden Station
Long Acre
London
WC2E 9JT

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Shepherd's Bush Station

Shepherd's Bush Station in west London is an important travel hub with London Underground, Overground and London bus connections.

Shepherd's Bush Station, London


The new London Overground Station at Shepherd's Bush has rail connections to Willesden Junction (change for trains to Stratford, Gospel Oak, Acton Central, Richmond and Euston) and Watford Junction to the north west and Clapham Junction, south of the river.

Shepherd's Bush Station, London, UK

Shepherd's Bush is on the Central Line in Zone 2 of the London Underground system between White City to the west and Holland Park to the east. A short 500m walk away is Shepherd's Bush Market Station on both the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines.

Shepherd's Bush Station is a major bus stop with buses 31, 49, 72, 94, 95, 148, 207, 220, 228, 237, 260, 272, 283, 295, 316, 607, C1 and N207 all stopping here.

The Westfield Shopping Centre is close by to Shepherd's Bush Station.

Map of Shepherd's Bush Station

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Nelson's Ship in a Bottle Yinka Shonibare

Nelson's Ship in a Bottle by British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare is now on permanent display outside the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, after the work was first displayed on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square.

Nelson's Ship in a Bottle by Yinka Shonibare


Shonibare's work explores colonialism, post-colonialism, race and class and its hallmark is the London-born artist's use of brightly-coloured "African" fabrics.

The 4.7m long, 1:30 scaled-down version of Horatio Nelson's flagship The Victory was secured for the nation after a public appeal for funds. The purchase of the work also included donations from the National Maritime Museum and Shonibare's gallery, Stephen Friedman.

Nelson's Ship in a Bottle Yinka Shonibare

The National Maritime Museum is within easy walking distance of the Cutty Sark, Greenwich Market, Queen's House, the Old Royal Naval College and the Royal Observatory.

How to get to Greenwich?

Take the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Cutty Sark Station or train from London Bridge to Greenwich Station (8 minutes). There are regular 188 buses to Greenwich from Euston Station. Buses 177, 180, 199, 286 and 386 all go to Greenwich.

Nelson's Ship in a Bottle by Yinka Shonibare MBE


Alternatively take a river boat along the River Thames from Westminster Pier opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament (1 hour). You can walk under the Thames using the Greenwich Foot Tunnel from Island Gardens on the Isle of Dogs.

Nelson's Ship in a Bottle Greenwich


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Friday, September 27, 2013

Cutty Sark Greenwich

The Cutty Sark in Greenwich, a popular tourist attraction in East London, is now fully restored after a devastating fire in 2007 during the ship's extensive and costly renovation.

Cutty Sark Greenwich, London


The Cutty Sark was one of the fastest clippers in the world when it was launched in 1869 once making the trip from China carrying tea in just 107 days and from Australia, transporting wool, in a mere 83 days.

After a long and varied career, the Cutty Sark was placed in dry dock in Greenwich in 1954.

Cutty Sark Greenwich, London, UK


Since the Cutty Sark reopened in April 2012, visitors can now enjoy exploring her decks, visit the cargo hold and partake of refreshments in the Even Keel Café.

Cutty Sark
King William Walk
Greenwich
London SE10 9HT
Tel: 020 8858 4422

Admission: £12 for adults and £6.50 for children under 15.
Hours: 10am-5pm daily

Cutty Sark seen from the Thames at Greenwich


Access - how to get to the Cutty Sark

Take the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Cutty Sark Station or train from London Bridge to Greenwich Station (8 minutes). There are regular 188 buses to Greenwich from Euston Station. Buses 177, 180, 199, 286 and 386 all go to Greenwich.

Alternatively take a river boat from Westminster Pier opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament (1 hour). You can even walk under the Thames using the Greenwich Foot Tunnel from Island Gardens on the Isle of Dogs.

Cutty Sark Greenwich, London, UK

The Cutty Sark is close to Greenwich Market, the National Maritime Museum, Nelson's Ship in a Bottle, Queen's House, the Old Royal Naval College and the Royal Observatory.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Friends House Euston

Friends House, just south of the main entrance to Euston Station on the Euston Road in London, is the headquarters of the Quakers (aka Religious Society of Friends) in Britain.

The Quakers are a Christian group that originated in 17th century England and are pacifists, teetotalers and believe in an individual and direct religious experience of Jesus Christ and his teachings.

Friends House Euston London UK

The founder of the Quakers, George Fox, began the movement after a vision received on Pendle Hill in Lancashire. Following religious persecution in England, many Friends moved across the Atlantic to America and settled mainly in present-day Rhode Island and Pennsylvania.

The Friends House Restaurant (open noon-2pm; Monday to Friday) is recommended for vegetarians and vegans (and people with gluten allergies) and sources its ingredients through fair trade. The Friends House cafe is open 8am-8pm Monday to Friday and 8.30am-3.30pm on Saturday.

The Friends House Garden (below) opposite the building is open to all and is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the quiet space, lawns and flowers.

Friends House Garden, Euston, London, UK

Friends House
173 Euston Road
London NW1 2BJ
Tel: 020 7663 1094/1095
Hours: 7.30am - 9.30pm, Monday - Friday; 8.00am to 6pm Saturday, 8.00am - 1.00pm Sunday
Access: Close to Euston and Euston Square tube stations, 10 minutes west from King's Cross Station, or use buses 10, 18, 30, 73, 205 and 390 or numbers 59, 68, 91, 168, and 253.
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Phoenix Hazel Grove

The Phoenix in Stockport is a pub on the A6 in Hazel Grove close to Stepping Hill Hospital.

The Phoenix Hazel Grove Stockport Cheshire


The Phoenix is a Greene King pub. There is free Wifi, televised sport, live music nights and recommended food including a traditional Sunday Roast.

The Phoenix is located on the busy A6 on the 192 bus route from Manchester and Stockport via Stepping Hill Hospital to Hazel Grove. Other pubs on this stretch of the A6 include the Woodman, the Anchor, the Bird in Hand, the Grapes, the Three Tunnes and The Cock.

Attractions in the Stockport area of Greater Manchester include Stockport Town Hall, Stockport Air Raid Shelters, St Mary's Church, Bramhall Hall, Woodbank Park, Vernon Park, Stockport Market, Fred Perry's birthplace, Woodbank Park, the Viaduct, the Hat Works and Stockport Art Gallery.

Access

The Phoenix
14 London Rd
Hazel Grove
Stockport
SK7 4AH
Tel: 0161 456 8690
Map of The Phoenix

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Greenwich Foot Tunnel

The Greenwich Foot Tunnel runs under the River Thames in East London, from Island Gardens on the Isle of Dogs in Tower Hamlets north of the river to Greenwich, south of the Thames. The Greenwich entrance is close to the restored Cutty Sark tea clipper.

Greenwich Foot Tunnel Dome

The Greenwich Foot Tunnel opened in 1902 and was designed by architect Sir Alexander Binnie. The purpose of the 370m-long, cast-iron tunnel, 15m under the Thames, was to replace the existing ferry to facilitate the crossing of dock workers from south to north London.

Greenwich Foot Tunnel, London


The Greenwich Foot Tunnel's sides are glazed with white tiles and it narrows in a section near the northern side due to damage sustained in World War II.

Nowadays the docks are long gone and the tunnel is mostly used by workers, to and from Canary Wharf and tourists.

Cutty Sark seen from the Thames at Greenwich

The Greenwich Foot Tunnel is open 24 hours. Cyclists must dismount while travelling through the tunnel.

The Greenwich Foot Tunnel is close to the Cutty Sark, Greenwich Market, the National Maritime Museum, Queen's House, the Old Royal Naval College and the Royal Observatory.

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Wilmslow Station

Wilmslow Station is the station serving the prosperous town of Wilmslow in Cheshire East, south of Manchester.

Wilmslow Station, East Cheshire, UK

Local and mainline services from Wilmslow Station include trains to Manchester Piccadilly Station, mostly via Stockport Station, trains to Manchester Airport on the Styal Line run by Northern Rail and trains to Alderley Edge and Crewe.

Arriva Train, Wilmslow Station, Cheshire


An hourly Arriva Trains Wales express service runs to Cardiff Central and Swansea via Shrewsbury. Virgin Trains operate an hourly service to Euston Station in London.

The small station concourse has a newsagent selling newspapers, sandwiches and snacks.

Wilmslow Station


Wilmslow Station
Station Road
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 1BU

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Tour of Britain Devon Stage

Stage Six of the Tour of Britain passed through Devon on Friday. The cycling road race passed through 137km of Devon countryside beginning in Sidmouth and culminating in the sprint up Haytor.

Tour of Britain, Chudleigh

 The circular route moved from Sidmouth inland on the A375 to Honiton through Cullompton, then south on the A396 past Tiverton, Silverton, Exeter, down the Exe Valley almost into the village of Lympstone, Christow, then Moretonhampstead and Bovey Tracey on Dartmoor.

Tour of Britain Devon Stage Chudleigh


Simon Yates won the stage, though Sir Bradley Wiggins is the current overall leader with the race concluding today.

Tour of Britain Devon Stage, Chudleigh


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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Arden Arms Stockport

The Arden Arms in Stockport is one of the best pubs in town with a growing reputation for its excellent food and fine beer.

Arden Arms, Stockport, UK

Located just off Stockport Precinct and close to Stockport Market and the Robinson's Brewery Visitor's Centre, the Arden Arms is a Grade II listed building which was previously a 19th century coaching inn.

Lunch is served daily with an evening menu available Wednesday to Sunday. Landlords Steve King and Joe Quinn were responsible for turning around a pub in decline and transforming it into the award-winning gastropub it is today.

The Arden Arms is a gay-friendly pub, and prides itself on excellent service to all, that this reviewer can certainly confirm.

Arden Arms Stockport Market

The Arden Arms serves Robinson's beers and is listed in the national CAMRA guide.

Further places to visit in the Stockport area of Greater Manchester include Stockport Town Hall, Stockport Air Raid Shelters, St Mary's Church, Bramhall Hall, Woodbank Park, Vernon ParkFred Perry's birthplace, Woodbank Park, the Viaduct, the Hat Works, the Three Tunnes and The Cock and Stockport Art Gallery.

Access

The Arden Arms
23 Millgate
Stockport
SK1 2LX
Tel: 0161 480 2185
Map of The Arden Arms

Take a 192 bus to Stockport Merseyway Bus Station and walk towards the Azda and Sainsbury's supermarkets. The Arden Arms is just off Corporation Street on Millgate.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Henrietta Park in Bath

If you are looking for an oasis of peace and quiet in central Bath, then the pleasant 7-acre Henrietta Park is for you. Henrietta Park was designed and opened in 1897 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. Henrietta Park contains many fine trees, lawns, shrubberies and beautiful flower beds.

Henrietta Park in Bath, UK


Henrietta Park hosts a number of lovely gardens including a sensory garden and the King George V Memorial Garden.

Henrietta Park in Bath, Somerset

Visitors to Henrietta Park are asked to keep their dogs under control and to dispose of rubbish properly.

Henrietta Park sign in Bath UK

Henrietta Park is hidden away just north of Great Pulteney Street and within easy walking distance of other attractions in central Bath such as Bath Abbey as well as the Holburne Museum.

There a number of hotels close by including The Redcar Hotel, Henrietta House, Villa Magdala, The Windsor Guest House and Carfax.

Henrietta Street
Bath
BA2 6LR
Tel: 01225 394041

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Winnats Pass Peak District

Winnats Pass, just outside the town of Castleton in the Peak District National Park, is a famed local beauty spot.

Winnats Pass, Derbyshire, UK

Winnats Pass is formed by a cleft in the limestone peaks and is a fine example of karst scenery. Note the exposed limestone crags on either side of the road winding through the peaks.

Winnats Pass is accessible from Buxton or Edale and can be visited along with nearby Iron Age Fort at Mam Tor, Peveril Castle and Speedwell Cavern.

Winnats Pass, Peak District, Derbyshire, UK


Bus #200 runs from Chapel-en-le-Frith to Castleton, via Winnats Pass; bus #272 connects Sheffield to Castleton.

Castleton has a number of good pubs for meals and light refreshment including The Bull's Head, Ye Olde Nag's Head and The George Hotel.

Winnats Pass, Peak District, Derbyshire


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Monday, September 16, 2013

189 London Bus

The 189 bus in London runs from John Prince's Street near Oxford Circus to Brent Cross via Kilburn High Road.

189 London Bus in Kilburn


The first buses begin just after 5am and run until just after midnight. Journey time from Oxford Circus to Brent Cross in north west London is about 50-55 minutes. There is a night service on this route - the N189.

The 189 bus route passes Selfridges on Oxford Street, Baker Street Station, Park Road, Frampton Street, St. John's Wood Road, Belsize Road, Brondesbury Station, Kilburn Station, Cricklewood Broadway, Clitterhouse Road and Brent Cross Shopping Centre.

189 London Bus Kilburn


The 189 service is currently operated by Metroline.

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Willesden Junction Station

Willesden Junction is a station on the London Overground and Bakerloo Underground Line, in Harlesden, west London.

Willesden Junction Station, London, UK


Willesden Junction is an important hub station and has Overground trains to London Euston, Watford Junction, Richmond on the North London Line, Stratford in east London and Clapham Junction in south London on the West London Line.

Willesden Junction Station, Harlesden, West London, UK


Bakerloo Line Underground trains run north west to Harrow & Wealdstone and Stonebridge Park and south east to Elephant & Castle. London buses the #220, the #224 and the #487 stop outside Willesden Junction Station.

The first station heading south from Willesden Junction is Acton Central.

A station has been in existence here since 1866.

Willesden Junction
Station Approach
Harlesden
Brent
London NW10 4UY

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Garrick's Head Pub Bath

Named after David Garrick (1717 – 1779), English actor, playwright, theatre manager and producer, the Garrick’s Head pub and dining room is situated next door to the Theatre Royal in the centre of Bath.

The Garrick's Head features a large outdoor terrace. Moreover, The Garrick’s Head is ideally located for pre-theatre dining/drinking as its location leaves you only minutes from your seat. Visitors popping in after the show may find themselves rubbing shoulders with the stars of the show.

Garrick's Head Pub and Dining Room in Bath

The selection of drinks on offer at the Garrick's Head is exceptional with local ales (see below), ciders and imported beers all available. The Garrick's Head also features a huge wine list and over 50 varieties of whiskey.

Ales offered at Garrick's Head Pub in Bath

The Garrick’s Head also offers an extensive variety of food choices, priding itself on serving the "Best fish and chips in Bath". The kitchen staff uses local suppliers and their own expertise to create amazing dishes.

Best Fish and Chips in Bath at Garrick's Head Pub

Visitors to the Garrick's Head Pub may wish to cross the street and visit the Market Bar/Restaurant as an alternative for dining/drinking. In addition, visitors to Bath would do well to visit nearby attractions including the Jane Austen Centre and Royal Victoria Park.

7 & 8 St Johns Place
Bath
BA1 1ET   
Tel: 01225 318368

Garrick's Head map

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Serpentine Gallery

The Serpentine Gallery in London's Kensington Gardens/Hyde Park is a gallery dedicated to modern art.

Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London, UK


The Serpentine Gallery opened in 1970 in a 1930's brick pavilion in Kensington Gardens.

The Serpentine Gallery has hosted exhibitions by some of the world's most famous contemporary artists including Andy Warhol, Paula Rego, Anish Kapoor, Damien Hirst and Gustav Metzger.

Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London, UK


The Serpentine Gallery's lawn space hosts an annual architectural piece by a different architect each year. This year the piece has been designed by the Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto.

The British artist and poet Ian Hamilton Finlay's memorial work dedicated to Princess Diana is located at the entrance to the Serpentine gallery - a series of eight benches and a carved stone circle.

Serpentine Gallery


There is a small cafe on site with light refreshments run this year by Fortnum & Mason as well as a gallery shop with a branch of Koenig Books.

Serpentine Gallery
Kensington Gardens
London W2 3XA
Tel: 020 7402 6075

Hours:10am-6pm; Tuesdays to Sundays
Admission: Free (1£ donation recommended)
Access: The nearest tube stations are Lancaster Gate, Knightsbridge or South Kensington or take a London bus: 9, 10, 52, 94 or 148.

Serpentine Gallery architecture by Sou Fujimoto


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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Altrincham Attractions

Altrincham is an historic, prosperous market town of just over 40,000 inhabitants, 8 miles south west of Manchester in the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford.

Altrincham Attractions, Trafford, UK


Previously part of the county of Cheshire, Altrincham dates as a market town from the late 13th century and the town's market continues to this day.

Altrincham makes for a pleasant day out and there is quite a bit to see and do. The Old Market Place has been restored along with the old whipping post and stocks, and the area has a number of excellent cafes and eateries along Stamford New Road and Regent Road including Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and Italian options.

The Orange Tree, Altrincham, UK


Recommended pubs in Altrincham include The Orange Tree and the Old market Tavern, which are virtually next door, the Belgian bar on Greenwood Street and the Victoria on Stamford Street.

Altrincham Ice Dome is popular all year round as a skating link and plays host to the local Ice Hockey team. Moss Lane is the home ground of Altrincham FC - "The Robins" - currently in the sixth tier of English football.

Stamford Park is a 16-acre green space with football and cricket facilities. Royd House, built by a local architect as his residence in the early 20th century is a Grade I listed building.

Old Market Tavern, Altrincham


Altrincham enjoys good communications with Manchester via the Metrolink from Altrincham Interchange Station and Navigation Road, which also have Metrolink trams to Bury and Sale.

Altrincham and Navigation Road stations have trains to Chester via Northwich, and to Manchester Piccadilly via Stockport Station.

Altrincham, UK


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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Theatre Royal Bath

The main entrance to the Theatre Royal (see below) was built in 1720 by Thomas Greenway, and was Beau Nash's first house. The theatre building behind it dates from 1805, has a capacity for an audience of around 900, and is one of the more important theatres in the UK outside of London. The theatre building is now supplemented by two smaller and more recent studio theatres, the Ustinov Studio and The Egg. In 2010, the theatre underwent a major refurbishment. The Theatre Royal is a Grade II listed building and also an excellent example of Georgian architecture.

Theatre Royal in Bath

The Theatre Royal in Bath hosts a variety of theatrical presentations ranging from Shakespeare to Musicals to Dramas. For example, 2013 brings Shakespeare's Henry VI as well as South Pacific to The Royal Theatre's main stage.
 
Coming Attractions to the Theatre Royal Bath

Visitors to the Theatre Royal may enjoy crossing the street for a meal or drink at the Market Bar/Restaurant. Another option would be the historic Garrick's Head Pub adjacent to the theatre.

Theatre Royal Bath
Sawclose, Bath
BA1 1ET
Tel: 01225 448844

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Speedwell Cavern

Speedwell Cavern, located close to the town of Castleton and Winnats Pass in the Peak District National Park, offers a 450m boat journey through eerie silence in a 200-year-old lead mine.

Speedwell Cavern, Derbyshire, UK


The highlight of the journey is the Bottomless Pit, a vast underground lake, set in a limestone cavern.

Winnats Pass, Derbyshire, UK


Speedwell Cavern
Winnats Pass
Castleton
Hope Valley
Derbyshire
S33 8WA
Tel: 01433 623018

Hours: April-October 10am-5pm; November-March 10am-4pm
Admission £9.50; £15.50 joint ticket with Peak Cavern.

Speedwell Cavern is a short drive from Buxton or Edale and can be visited along with nearby Peveril Castle.

Speedwell Cavern, Derbyshire, UK


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