A visit to Thorp Perrow in the Yorkshire Dales

I've always enjoyed woodland walks and when it was suggested that we visit an arboretum I was eager to explore Thorp Perrow Arboretum, which boasts one of the largest collections of trees and shrubs in the north of England.  These include the national collection of Ash, Lime, Laburnum, Walnut and Cotinus.  The Arboretum is located …

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Day 2.  Exploring London’s East End

Buffet style breakfast is included in the room rate at Ibis Styles hotels and there was a good selection of both hot and cold dishes to set us up for the day in its brightly coloured restaurant.  Setting off, I walked the short distance to Prince Regent DLR station and made my way via Canning …

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Day 3.   Exploring Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

After eating breakfast in our hotel the  Ibis Styles located in the Docklands we took the DLR the short distance to Stratford to visit Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which was the venue for the Summer 2012 Olympic Games. On leaving the station we took the escalator up to 'The Street' which is an outdoor part …

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Day 1. Walking through Central London

This morning I took a Virgin East Coast train to London arriving into Kings Cross at 1.00 pm, from here I hopped on the Piccadilly Line for the short journey to Piccadilly Circus where I'd arranged to meet my older son in the Virgin Lounge.  I was first to arrive which gave me a few …

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Day 2. The Woolwich Foot Tunnel and more

Part One This morning we took the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Woolwich Arsenal where we enjoyed breakfast in the 'Great Harry' pub which was in the main square.  Woolwich is a historic naval and military town situated three miles to the east of Greenwich. Leaving the pub we walked towards the river passing the …

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Day 2. Financial and Legal London

Part Two After our lunch break at the Royal Exchange we only had a few steps to walk to the next place on our itinerary - the Bank of England Museum.  It's a little known museum with free entry and is only open Monday to Friday from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.  The Bank of England, …

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Day 3. Out and About in London

We started the day with a cooked breakfast near Tower Bridge followed by a walk along the south bank of the Thames Path as far as London Bridge, taking a few minutes to walk round the attractive Hay's Galleria.  Originally a warehouse and enclosed dock this listed building was converted in the 1980's to offices, …

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Day 4. London’s Docklands

Checking out of our hotel near London City Airport we headed to Greenwich where we enjoyed a hearty breakfast in the Gate Clock pub.  Around the corner from here is the 19th century Cutty Sark, the world's only surviving tea clipper. The sailing ship has been raised over three metres so that visitors can walk …

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Day 1. Arriving in London

A long weekend in London taken in February 2016

Day 2. London’s Sky Garden

A visit to the top of London's Walkie Talkie Building