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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Westminster September 12th 2017

From the time the plane landed till the time I reached my room at the Imperial College, Wilson House, four hours had evaporated. One of these hours was spent in the customs line. The seniors railcard was bought and that made the use of the the oyster card less expensive. Inadvertantly on purpose I sat in first classwhich was much less crowded. There was no ticket check. The room here at Wilson House is extremely basic and 100% better than the Grange in Toronto. Clean, small and don't ask what has gone on on the mattress. There is a quilted mattress cover which hopefully is washed after each guest departs ...let's not go there! The place is booked to the roof. The itineraryfor partial first day was followed and after sitting so long the walk to ... read more
across from the famous store
not a Scent Free Space
Kommunal Kitchen

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Westminster August 3rd 2017

Today was the day for the "Royal Day Out". This annual event is the opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace to the general public while the Queen is on holiday in Scotland. Susan had put much time into planning our attending the palace "open house". We purchased timed tickets online in advance for the State Rooms as well as tickets for the Queen's Gallery and the Royal Mews. We took the Underground from Russell Square to Green Park. Thence, we crossed Green Park, a quiet and green oasis in the middle of the London. Buckingham Palace came into view at the other side of the park. It was interesting to note that the palace guards, in their red tunics and bearskin hats, are now stationed inside the palace fence. They are no longer outside ... read more
Devonshire Gates
Diana Fountain
Queen's Guardsman

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Westminster June 17th 2017

The usual order was in turmoil in London. It is a city that normally takes things in its stride and just gets on with living. The recent terror attacks on Westminster Bridge and in Borough Market have put everyone on alert. It seemed strange to be walking cross Westminster Bridge, taking note of the increased security measures. A series of additional barriers have been added to prevent vehicles mounting the footways. The tourists on the bridge seemed oblivious to recent events and carried on with their photographs of the river and the Houses of Parliament. A noisy demonstration was taking place at the entrance to Downing Street. A group of Sri-Lankans were held behind barriers on the opposite footway, chanting something incomprehensible about why their voices were not being heard. The Police kept a careful eye ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Westminster September 10th 2016

We've been so busy since the last post. Miles and miles of walking. Seeing The Hague/Peace Palace. Leaving Amsterdam. Arriving in London. Customs. :-( The London Eye. Trains at night. The changing of the guard for Buckingham Palace. The Royal Observatory. Thames River tour. A taxi driver who couldn't find our hotel. Dinner at a Thai restaurant with wine from South Africa. It has been an adventurous few days. We head to Edinburgh, by train, tomorrow morning. With luck, I'll have time to bring things up to date. Thanks for your patience. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Westminster September 10th 2016

We had tickets for another walking tour that began at 10:45am. That meant there wasn't a crazy rush to get going, but we did head out (start walking) about 9:30. At the far end of St. James Park was a food truck. Fresh brewed Americano style coffee. Our continental breakfast offered hot beverages from a machine. We met our group on the stairs at the end of Regent Street. Our guide, Gavin, was animated and knowledgeable. We went toward Buckingham Palace along The Mall (pronounced so it rhymes with gal). Turning right onto Marlborough Road we stopped across the street from the barracks of the Queen's Life Guards. Before they march toward the palace there is an inspection and the band plays one song. The rest of the crowd followed the Guard, but our guide took ... read more
Queen's Life Guard
London Bridge #3
Royal Observatory

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Westminster August 25th 2016

There are a number of landmark buildings around Westminster Parliament complex and along the Thames River. In the afternoon of 16th July, we got off at Westminster station and walked down on Abingdon Street. Before entering Victoria Tower Gardens, we popped out the lawn garden where Henry Moore’s sculpture, Two Knife Edge Bronze, was on display. Located at the back of House of Parliament, Victoria Tower Garden had a number of historic figures’ memorials – of Emmeline Parkhurst (1857-1928), a leading member of the suffragette movement; King Edward III and a replica of Rodin’s heroic sculpture, The Burgehers of Calais. Buxton Memorial showed a very ornate neo Gothic feature in a quiet and peaceful garden along the Milbank. We crossed over Lambeth Bridge and went over to Archbishop’s Park via the site o... read more
Buxton Memorial, Milbank
William Tyndale

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Westminster July 2nd 2016

Along with most people, I though “Big Ben” referred to the clock on the tall tower attached to Westminster Palace in London. It does not. Big Ben is the name of the bell inside the tower. The current bell was cast in 1858, as a replacement for the original which cracked during testing. The Times of London in October 1859 reported that the new bell would be named after Sir Benjamin Hall, the President of the Board of Works at the time. Sir Benjamin was rather rotund, as is the bell, so his name was inscribed on the bell, and the rest is, well, you know, history. So, I’m walking around Westminster Palace, which is where the British Parliament has its chambers, not to be confused with Westminster Abbey, the church next door. I had read ... read more
Central Lobby from
Saint George for England
Saint Andrew for Scotland

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Westminster June 14th 2015

London was chilly -- 55 to 65 all day -- and misty...the perfect London day! Andrew and I had coffee and breakfast at Esqiures Coffee, which looks like the British version of Starbucks. From there, it was off to our top priority and total bucket list item: the walk at Abbey Road. We were like kids at Christmas on the tube ride and walk. We walked down Grove End Road about 1/4 of a mile when we saw the Abbey Road street sign. We rounded the corner, and there it was: the iconic crosswalk where The Beatles shot that most famous photo. We just stood and stared at it, grinning and slapping each other on the back. Then it was time to get to work. Abbey Road is a pretty busy street, so we had to ... read more
Andrew at Abbey Road crossing
Abbey Road Studios
View from Westminster

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Westminster January 10th 2015

Dzisiejszą wycieczkę zaczęłam od serca Londynu. Zastanawialiście się kiedyś gdzie ono może być? Ja się nie tylko zastanawiałam, ale go odnalazłam. Jest to miejsce z którego są liczone odległości do innych miast, krajów czy odleglość do księżyca:-) a znajduje się tuż za pomnikiem króla Charles I na Trafalgar Square. Dlaczego akurat to miejsce zostało wybrane na ten szczególny cel? Bynajmnie, nie dlatego, że znajduje się geograficznie w centrum Londynu. By poznać prawdziwy powód musimy cofnąć się o 700 lat do czasów panowania króla Edwarda I. W 1290 r król Edward był w Szkocji na ważnej misji i oczekiwał na przyjazd swojej żony królowej Eleonory. W drodze do Szkocji Eleonora się pochorowała i bardzo szybko zmarła w okolicach Lincoln. Ciało zmarłej królowej musiało zostać przewiezione z Lincoln do Westminster Abbey, aby ją tam pochować. Po jej śmierci ... read more
Pomnik Charlsa I na Trafalgar Square
Westminster Abbey
London Eye

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Westminster December 26th 2014

Monday morning, we woke up and finished our last minute packing and got breakfast at the hotel before heading to Glasgow Central to depart for London. The train station was great about helping us get mom to the train along with our luggage. We boarded the train, which was incredibly nice as we had booked first class tickets. We had wifi, outlets, two meals, snacks, wine and chocolate all included with our tickets. The train ride was very pleasant, and before we knew it, we had arrived in London. We took a taxi to our hotel and were able to check into our hotel. We then ventured down the street to the Whiteleys mall which was a few minutes’ walk from the hotel. After checking out the stores, we saw the latest Night at the Museum ... read more
Telephone Booth
Tower Bridge
Tower of London

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