Day 3. Spitalfields Market and Shoreditch, London

Our day started with a visit to Spitalfields Market and on the way there we stopped to take a look at one of the 13 cast iron statues marking the boundaries of the City of London.  The dragon symbol is thought to have been derived from the legend of St. George. Moving on we soon …

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HMS Belfast, London

Day 2. Churchill War Rooms and HMS Belfast, London

We began the day with a visit to the Churchill War Rooms hidden behind the streets of Westminster just a stone's throw from 10 Downing Street.  The War Rooms are now part of the Imperial War Museum with standard admission £25.  (Nearest underground stations, St. James' Park and Westminster). This was the underground headquarters where the …

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White Tower, Tower of London

Day 1. St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London & The Shard

What fun, a weekend in London spending time being tourists in our own capital city and having an opportunity to visit some of the world's most iconic sights.  We arrived into London Waterloo the previous evening giving us three full days to explore. After tucking into a hearty breakfast in the opulent Hamilton Hall, the …

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Regent's Canal, London

Regent’s Canal Walk: King’s Cross to Paddington

This 5 mile walk along the Regent's Canal passes through some of London's best kept secrets including Regent's Park and Little Venice whilst avoiding the congestion and crowds of life in the capital. Our walk started outside King's Cross station from where we wandered around the corner to Granary Square and the vibrant Coal Drops …

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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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