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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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.  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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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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Day 3.  The Imperial War Museum & Chinese New Year Celebrations

I've visited the Imperial Museum North at Salford Quays, Manchester a couple of times but had not visited the main site in London so on this cold, dreary morning we decided to take a look.  The nearest underground station is Lambeth North but this is currently closed whilst the lifts are being replaced so as an alternative, …

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Day 4.  Chinese New Year in London

To round off our weekend in London we headed to Trafalgar Square where a huge festival to celebrate the Chinese New Year (Year of the Rooster) was taking place from 10.00 a.m.  No visit to London should take place without visiting this iconic square with Nelson's Column at its centre surrounded by four lions.  Getting …

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Day 1.  A late autumn visit to London

A cold morning at home so before leaving the house I donned my winter coat and woollen scarf for my journey to London.  I find long distance train travel relaxing and, once on board, I settled down to reading 'Mr. Gandy's Grand Tour' by Alan Titchmarsh and happily spent the journey with my book, some …

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Day 2.  A walk along the Thames Path 

Leaving our hotel in Clapham Junction we walked the few steps across to the railway station in order to board a service to Putney in south west London, just 10 minutes away.  We then enjoyed a hearty breakfast on the high street before wandering round the shops and making our way towards the river. Strolling …

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Day 3.  Kingston-upon-Thames to Richmond

A 20 minute rail journey from Clapham Junction lies the south west London town of Kingston-upon-Thames and our starting point for today. The large town has some attractive Tudor buildings and a small market selling fruit and vegetables takes place in the central market square at weekends.   The town has a good range of shops including …

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