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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Old Crown Pub in Bath

The Old Crown is a traditional pub in Weston (just outside of Bath). Patrons can enjoy the food, drink, curry & steak nights, karaoke and live music. The Old Crown is also dog friendly.

Old Crown Pub, Weston, Bath, UK

The Old Crown features a fenced garden with plenty of outdoor seating in a tree-lined setting.

Old Crown Pub, garden, Weston, Bath, UK

The Old Crown features Old Speckled Hen (see below) among other ales and beers on tap.

Old Crown Pub, Old Speckled Hen ale, Bath, UK

Visitors to the Old Crown may also enjoy visiting the the nearby Primrose Hill Community Woodland or Kelston Round Hill.

1 Crown Hill
Tel: 01225 423371

Old Crown pub map

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Park Lane Hotel Palm Court

Another art-deco classic space in London to rank alongside the foyer in Claridges is the Park Lane Hotel's Palm Court, which dates from 1927.

Park Lane Hotel Palm Court, London, Britain

For connoisseurs of fine English afternoon tea, the Park Lane Hotel offers its Art Deco Afternoon Tea, which includes a glass of Mumm Champagne, a selection of finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and seasonal preserves, French pastries, and a choice of teas from the Park Lane Tea Selection, of which the organic silver needle white tea from China (白毫银针) is a favorite.

The Art Deco Afternoon Tea is priced at £41 and is served from Monday to Friday: 3pm-6pm and Saturday & Sunday: 2pm-6pm.

Park Lane Hotel Palm Court, London, UK

The Park Lane Hotel
The Palm Court
London W1J 7BX
Tel: 020 7499 6321

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Afternoon Tea in Claridge's Foyer

Afternoon tea in Claridge's art-deco foyer is a very special treat to enjoy in London.

Afternoon Tea in Claridge's Foyer, London

Art deco originated in Paris and the style had its heyday in the 1920's and 1930's. If you wish to experience some of the elegance and luxury of those years, the ground floor foyer at Claridge's Hotel for afternoon tea is one of the best places in London to do so.

Afternoon Tea in Claridge's Foyer, London

The stunning foyer was designed in 1929 by Oswald Milne, a leading light of the art deco movement, and the foyer became the place to be and be seen by the bright young things of the late 1920's and early 30's.

Afternoon Tea in Claridge's Foyer, Mayfair London

Claridges offers a variety of afternoon teas including the Classic Afternoon Tea, a Children's Afternoon Tea, and a Champagne Afternoon Tea. Prices start from £50 with a 12.5% service charge.

The award-winning afternoon tea includes a choice of teas, finger sandwiches and delicious raisin and apple scones with Cornish clotted cream.

Afternoon Tea in Claridge's Foyer, London, England

49 Brook St
Tel: 020 762 98860

Afternoon tea at Claridges is served daily at 3pm, 3.30pm, 5.pm or 5.30pm. There is a dress code which is "elegant smart casual" so no shorts, vests, sportswear, flip flops, ripped jeans or baseball caps.

Claridges is south of Bond Street tube station in the Mayfair area of London, not far from Selfridges on Oxford Street.

Claridge's Foyer, an art deco masterpiece

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Roman Museum Canterbury

The Roman Museum in Canterbury, Kent is well worth visiting on a joint ticket with the outstanding Canterbury Heritage Museum.

The Roman Museum Canterbury, Kent, UK

Renovated in 2013, the Canterbury Roman Museum is built over the remains of a Roman dwelling with some of its mosaics and part of the original under-floor heating (hypocausts) still intact. The remains were "discovered" after war-time bombing by the German Luftwaffe and subsequent excavations of the cellars of damaged buildings in the former Longmarket area of the city.

The Roman Museum presents a reverse time-line as visitors travel back from the present day to the Roman settlement of Durovernon (as Canterbury was then called) in 150-300 CE.

The Roman Museum Canterbury, Kent, England

Exhibits include Roman glass pieces, ceramics, swords, tools and figurines of Roman deities. An extremely rare Roman cavalry horse-harness is also on display. Both a Roman dining-room and a market place are recreated so visitors can experience something of what it was like to have lived in Roman Britain. You can also try on a toga and don a Roman helmet.

The Roman Museum Canterbury, England, Britain

Canterbury Roman Museum
Butchery Lane
Kent, CT1 2JR
Tel: 01227 785575
Hours: Monday-Sunday 10am-5pm.
Admission £6.00 for adults; £10.00 joint ticket with the Canterbury Heritage Museum

Visitors are recommended to visit the nearby Canterbury Cathedral.

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Canterbury Heritage Museum

The Canterbury Heritage Museum (formerly the Museum of Canterbury) in Canterbury, Kent is dedicated to the long history of the city.

Canterbury Heritage Museum, Kent

The Canterbury Heritage Museum is within the Poor Priests' Hospital which dates from the 12th century and is located on the River Stour. The exhibits are arranged in a "time walk" from pre-Roman times to the present day.

Canterbury Heritage Museum, UK

The Canterbury Heritage Museum's prized exhibit is the Canterbury Cross, a Saxon brooch believed to date to 850 and found in the city in 1867. Other highlights of the Canterbury Heritage Museum are the original Invicta steam locomotive (above), which ran on the Canterbury to Whitstable railway, the first railway in the world to offer a steam passenger service.

River Stour, Canterbury

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) spent the last five years of his life near Canterbury and various items from the great writer's study are preserved at the museum including his desk, typewriter and pen.

Two other famous residents of Canterbury, Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin, are celebrated with exhibits of their famous children's TV programmes: The Clangers, Noggin the Nog, Ivor the Engine and Bagpuss.

Finally, Canterbury born and educated, Mary Tourtel is honoured with an exhibition dedicated to her famous creation, Rupert Bear, which first appeared in the Daily Express newspaper in 1920. Her successor, Albert Bestall, has a number of his illustrations for the Rupert bear annuals on display.

Canterbury Heritage Museum
Stour Street
Kent, CT1 2NR
Tel: 01227 378100
Hours: Generally 11am-5pm; check the website for detailed opening hours.
Admission £8.00 for adults; £10.00 joint ticket with the Roman Museum.

Visitors to Canterbury are recommended to visit the nearby Canterbury Cathedral.

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

BBC Broadcasting House

BBC House (Broadcasting House) in Portland Place and Langham Place in central London is one of the city's most famous art-deco buildings.

BBC House, London, England

The first BBC radio broadcast was made here in 1932 and now the building is home to the BBC's extensive media operations. Made in Portland stone, BBC House is a Grade II listed building and the exterior has many interesting features designed by the noted English sculptor Eric Gill (1882-1940), whose work can also be seen inside Westminster Cathedral.

BBC House Exterior

BBC TV News, BBC Radio, and BBC digital services are broadcast from BBC House and tours of the building are now available.


BBC House
Portland Place
London W1A 1AA
Google Map of BBC House

BBC Broadcasting House is directly south of Regent's Park tube station and north of Oxford Circus tube. There are a number of places to stay within the vicinity of BBC Broadcasting House including the five-star, century year old Langham Hotel and the three-star Astor Court Hotel.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Ring of Brodgar Orkney

The Ring of Brodgar on Orkney Island off the north east coast of Scotland is a sacred place, power spot and a UNESCO World Heritage Listed site. The Ring of Brodgar ranks with Avebury and Stonehenge as one of Britain's most important stone circles.

Ring of Brodgar Orkney, Scotland

The Ring of Brodgar consists of 27 of the original 60 stones arranged to form a henge monument. Dating from the Neolithic Period it is believed the henge was completed in 2000 or 2500 BCE. The standing stones or megaliths range in height from just over 2 meters to 4.7 metres at their tallest. The megaliths are enclosed by a deep ditch dug into the rock and crossed by causeways.

Ring of Brodgar Orkney, Scotland, UK

The Ring of Brodgar stands on a small stretch of ground between the Stenness and Harray lochs. From Stromness, the port and largest town on Orkney main island travel 5 miles north east on the B9055.

For more information on the Ring of Brodgar visit orkneyjar

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Budleigh Salterton

Budleigh Salterton is a small seaside town at the mouth of the River Otter on the Devon coast, 15 miles south of Exeter on the east side of the Exe Estuary.

Budleigh Salterton, Devon, UK

Budleigh Salterton is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty within the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site, which stretches along the coast from Orcombe Point in East Devon to Old Harry Rocks in East Dorset, and is a favourite route for walkers and ramblers. Many bird-watchers also visit the town to see the herons and egrets who feed in the Otter estuary. Buzzards and Peregrine falcons can also be seen on the cliffs.

Budleigh Salterton, Devon, Britain

The town has a population of just over 4,000 people but has some lively pubs, cafes and restaurants serving both locals and the many visitors, who come mainly in the summer months. Fairlynch Museum has displays on the local history and geology of the area and is housed in a traditional thatched house.

Budleigh Salterton, Devon

Sir Walter Raleigh, the great Elizabethan adventurer, was born near Budleigh Salterton.

From Exeter the A376 runs down to Exmouth and then follow the B3178 to Budleigh Salterton. Budleigh Salterton is not well-served with public transport: the Coasthopper 157 bus runs between Sidmouth and Exmouth through Budleigh. The 357 bus goes to Exmouth and there is one 57C bus to and from Exeter.

Budleigh Salterton, Devon

Places to stay in and near Budleigh include Long Range and Syon House in East Budleigh.

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Yesnaby Orkney

Yesnaby on the west coast of the main Orkney Island is an area of great natural beauty famed for its rugged, sandstone coast.

Yesnaby, Orkney, Scotland

Yesnaby is popular with rock climbers, who come to climb Yesnaby Castle, a sea stack off the coast. The Old Man of Hoy is another stack on Orkney which draws climbers from all over Britain and abroad.

Puffin on Orkney, Scotland

The Orkney coast, especially on Westray, is also popular with another colorful visitor - the puffin - who come to breed between May and August.

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Freemasons Hall London

Freemasons' Hall in the Covent Garden area of central London is the HQ of the United Grand Lodge of England. A lodge has been present on Great Queen Street since 1775. The present building is the third to stand on the site and was built between 1927-1932 to honour the over 3,000 freemasons killed in the First World War.

Freemasons Hall London, UK

Freemasons' Hall was designed by British architects Henry Victor Ashley and F. Winton Newman. It is a Grade II Listed Building and considered an art-deco jewel of London's architecture.

Freemasons' Hall contains the Grand Temple and 23 other masonic temples, all of them done in differing styles of decoration. The building also holds a library and museum which hosts frequent exhibitions. The building has often been used in the making of TV dramas and films.

Freemasons' Hall
60 Great Queen Street
London WC2B 5AZ
Tel: 020 7395 9257
Hours: 10am-5pm Monday-Friday
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