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Friday, May 30, 2014

Frank's Cafe Churchfield Road

Frank's Cafe is a small, classic greasy-spoon Englishman's dining establishment on Churchfield Road, Acton, W3. It serves 'good, honest English food', including an all-day full English breakfast, a wide selection of sandwiches and other meals.

Frank's Cafe Churchfield Road
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It has been in Acton for over a decade and has many loyal customers around West London.
Frank's Cafe Churchfield Road
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Frank's Cafe is a perfect place to start the day.
It is within walking distance from Acton Central and Acton Town stations, as well as 207, 607, 427, 266, E3 and 70 bus stops.

Frank's Cafe 128 Churchfield Road
Acton
London 
W3 6BS

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Saatchi Gallery London

The Saatchi Gallery is a contemporary London art gallery owned by Charles Saatchi, located on the King's Road, London, SW3.
The Saatchi Gallery London
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It was opened in 1985 at Boundary Road, London, NW8, and remained there until moving to the South Bank in 2003, and then finally moving to the King's Road in 2005. It was originally opened so that Saatchi could exhibit his personal art collection to the public, though it now displays a wide variety of exhibitions all year round.
The Saatchi Gallery London UK
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It also acts as a platform for young and unknown artists to start their careers, as many artists exhibited at the gallery start off as unknown commercially and to the general public, but are subsequently approached by galleries and museums across the world.

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The Saatchi Gallery London
www.saatchigallery.com
The gallery is free to visit and is open 7 days a week from 10am-6pm.
It is easily accessible by London underground (Sloane Square and Victoria stations), bus (11, 19, 22, 49, 137, 211 and 319) and rail (Victoria).

The Saatchi Gallery London
ww.saatchigallery.com
The Saatchi Gallery
Duke of York's HQ
King's Road
London
SW3 4RY


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Arctic Monkeys at Finsbury Park

Alex Turner and co have, over the last few years, made the transition from great rock band to true artists. With their most recent album, AM, going straight to number 1, their headline Glastonbury set opposite the Rolling Stones last summer, and now their sold-out 45,000 capacity shows at Finsbury Park in north London, Arctic Monkeys have made sure they won't be forgotten about any time soon.

Arctic Monkeys at Finsbury Park
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The Finsbury Park shows took place on the 23rd and 24th of May 2014, over the bank holiday weekend, kicking off London's summer of outdoor gigs. Both shows sold out within days of tickets being released, something which very few bands in the world would be able to boast about nowadays.

On both nights the band had the pleasure of being introduced by heavy-rock duo Royal Blood, old friend of Alex Turner, Miles Kane, and the slightly more unusual Tame Impala. All 3 acts did a fantastic job of warming up the crowd, as if they weren't already ready enough for Arctic Monkeys to make an appearance.

Arctic Monkeys at Finsbury Park
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Kicking off the shows with the recent classic 'Do I Wanna Know?', Alex, Jamie, Nick and Matt got the whole crowd going crazy from the off. With Alex Turner dressed in a patterned smoking jacket and Jamie Cook in an all-white suit, the band didn't fail to dress for the occasion.

Arctic Monkeys at Finsbury Park
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Though playing shows this size has become almost second-nature to the Sheffield-born boys and they are now world-renowned rock stars, Alex Turner kindly reminded us that he, like us, is 'only human', before going into an acoustic performance of 'A Certain Romance' to kick off the encore on Friday night.

As the only part of the show that was somewhat unplanned, such a rarely-played song performed solely by Turner was a truly special moment, amidst a set that remains unchanged as they tour the world with it.

Saturday night's encore, on the other hand, saw an equally rare performance of the Last Shadow Puppets' (aka Alex Turner and Miles Kane) classic, 'Standing Next To Me'. The rest of the encore remained the same, with the surprises being followed by three tracks off the new album: 'One For The Road', "I Wanna Be Yours' and "R U Mine'.

Arctic Monkeys at Finsbury Park
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Arctic Monkeys look like they're at the peak of their career, but who's to say they won't keep going up?

Arctic Monkeys at Finsbury Park
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The band are due to perform a similar show in Dublin on July 12th with support from Royal Blood, Miles Kane and Jake Bugg, followed by a summer of headline slots at T in the Park, Reading & Leeds and many overseas festivals.

Arctic Monkeys
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Arctic Monkeys at Finsbury Park
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The George and Dragon Acton

The George and Dragon is one of the oldest buildings, and the oldest pub, in Acton, having been established in the 17th century. It still has it's original wooden beams and stone fireplace.
The George and Dragon Acton
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Unfortunately, the pub is squashed between Acton's betting shops, pound shops and even empty shops, but it still manages to maintain it's place on the High Street, attracting a huge variety of customers.

The George and Dragon Acton
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It has an incredibly homely feel, fantastic food and an array of great drinks.
The pub has recently been refurbished and a Dragonfly Brewery opened in it's back room in May 2014.
The George and Dragon Acton
www.remarkablerestaurants.co.uk 
It is very accessible by London Underground, from Acton Town, Chiswick Park, Turnham Green and Ealing Common stations. It is also very close to Acton Central overground station and 207, 607, 427, 266, 70 and E3 bus stops. 

The George and Dragon
183 Acton Lane
London
W3 9DJ
Tel: 020 8992 3712

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Finsbury Park London

Finsbury Park is one of North London's greatest and most well-known open spaces, as well as one of the first, being created in the Victorian era.

The petition for Finsbury Park was started in 1841 with the objective of improving conditions for the poor people of Finsbury. There were four proposed locations for the park, the chosen one being on Endymion Road, N4. Finsbury Park was formally opened in 1869.

Finsbury Park London
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During the 20th century, the park was used as a leisure space, a venue for political meetings and campaigns during World War I and a host for anti-aircraft guns and heavy armour during World War II.

During the 1960s Finsbury Park also began to be used as a music venue and still is to this day. It has played host to some of the biggest names in music, including Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Oasis and, most recently, Arctic Monkeys.
Finsbury Park London
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Finsbury Park is now a well-kept, frequently-used London park, equipped with a running track, tennis courts, a skate park, a baseball field and an art gallery.

Finsbury Park London UK
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It is easily accessible by public transport, as it is within walking distance from Finsbury Park station, Manor House tube station and Harringay railway station.

Finsbury Park London
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Monday, May 12, 2014

Queen Square Bath

Queen Square was developed by the architect John Wood, the Elder.  Wood intended to restore Bath to its former glory as one of the most important cities in Britain. In 1725, Wood developed an ambitious plan for his home town with Queen Square as a key component. Queen Square is named in honour of Queen Caroline, wife of King George II. Wood intended Queen Square to appear like a palace with wings and a forecourt. Wood also understood that visitors of the time enjoyed parading so he provided for wide streets with raised pavements and a central garden.


The obelisk in the centre of Queen Square (see below) was erected by Beau Nash in 1738 in honour of Frederick, Prince of Wales. It was originally surrounded by a circular pool and was 21 metres high, but it was shortened after being damaged by a strong gale in 1815.

Queen Square Bath Beau Nash obelisk England

All of the buildings surrounding Queen Square have now been designated by English Heritage as Grade I listed buildings. In addition, Queen Square hosts attractions throughout the year including a French market, an Italian market, and Boules weekend.


Queen Square Bath, building, UK

Visitors to Queen Square should also check out nearby Gay Street, the Jane Austen Centre as well as the Royal Crescent.

Queen Square map

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Aeronaut Acton

The Aeronaut is a newly opened half-pub-half-circus in Acton, West London. It replaced The Redback, which closed down in 2012. The Aeronaut combines a classic pub with a cabaret and circus, situated in one half of the building.
The Aeronaut Acton, London
http://www.drinkinlondon.co.uk/aeronaut
The idea of the Aeronaut is that it is a tribute to George Lee Temple, the first Englishman to fly a plane upside-down, in the town where he was born.
The Aeronaut Acton, London
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A range of events are frequently on at the venue, including Swing Dance lessons, quizzes, cabaret and magic shows, circus acts and blues music nights.
The Aeronaut Acton, London
http://www.drinkinlondon.co.uk/aeronaut
With fantastically original decor, lovely food, a homely atmosphere and a fantastic garden, The Aeronaut is not a pub to bypass.
The Aeronaut Acton, London
http://www.drinkinlondon.co.uk/aeronaut
The Aeronaut
264 Acton High St
London
W3 9BH

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Edale Station

Edale Station in Edale, Derbyshire is a main point of access to the Peak District in Derbyshire. Edale Station first opened in 1894.

Edale Station is situated at the foot of the 636m-high Kinder Scout, and is the closest station to the start of the Pennine Way running 267 miles north from Edale, through the Yorkshire Dales and the Northumberland National Park to Kirk Yetholm, just within Scotland.

Edale Station, Derbyshire, UK

Northern Rail runs trains to Edale from Sheffield and Manchester Piccadilly on the Hope Valley Line. Trains to both Sheffield and Manchester operate roughly every two hours. Bicycles can be taken on the train.

Edale Station, Peak District, Derbyshire

East Midlands presently has a few trains that stop at Edale Station on the way to Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool Lime Street via Warrington Central from Sheffield and Nottingham.

Edale Station, Derbyshire


Edale Station
Station Road
Edale
Derbyshire
S33 7ZN

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