Sloane Square, London

Day 2. A walk through central London

After breakfast at our hotel in Kensington, we took the District Line to East Putney with the intention of taking a stroll along the Thames Path towards Barnes.  However, our plans were dashed as it started to pour with rain just as we left the underground station.  Instead, we decided a morning's shopping was more …

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London Christmas Lights

Day 1. A Festive London Break

It's always fun to spend time in London especially at Christmas and with exceptionally good timing we just managed to squeeze in a short break days before the Government announced stricter COVID-19 measures.  Hotel rates had dropped significantly in recent months meaning that we were able to book a bargain stay in the affluent borough …

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StayCity ApartHotel, Greenwich

Staycity Aparthotel Greenwich

Hotel Review Location Staycity Aparthotel is located in the historic centre of Greenwich and is just a few minutes walk from Greenwich mainline railway station with frequent trains to and from London Bridge taking only 8 minutes.  The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) is also nearby with links from the London Underground at Bank taking 20 …

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Cutty Sark

Day 2. Exploring Greenwich & Docklands

After feeling refreshed following a good night's sleep at the Staycity Aparthotel we utilised our apartment's kitchen to prepare some breakfast and with a dishwasher on hand we soon had things tidied away and were ready to go out.  After popping our key cards in the express check-out box in the entrance lobby we jumped …

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Greenwich Old Royal Naval College across the River Thames

Day 1. A weekend in Greenwich

I had a spring in my step as I boarded an LNER early morning train between Leeds and London Kings Cross.  Using public transport and travelling by train is something I do constantly but alas not in these strange times so I was excited to be taking my first journey for over four months. I'll …

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DLR Train at West India Quay, London

Day 1.  London City Break

I never tire of a few days in London so recently I managed to fit in a short break to the capital.  Travelling by train took just under three hours from my home in the north of England enabling me to arrive into the city around lunchtime. My first stop was at Piccadilly, a short …

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London Underground Tube Train

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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London Olympic Park

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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Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), London

Day 1.  The Victoria & Albert Museum, London

The start of another long weekend in London.  Arriving in the capital around lunchtime, I decided to take the Underground to South Kensington so that I could visit the Victoria & Albert Museum which is on Cromwell Road. The Victoria & Albert (V & A) is the world's leading museum of art and design housing many of …

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Big Ben and Houses of Parliament at dusk

Day 2. The Faraday Museum & Wallace Collection, London

A much brighter morning and gladly somewhat milder than yesterday.  After taking a train to Victoria from Clapham Junction, the country's busiest railway station we rode the Underground one stop to Green Park as we wished to visit the Royal Institution on Albemarle Street, just off Piccadilly. In the basement of the Royal Institution you …

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