A rather under publicised boat trip on the River Thames is the Lucy Fisher African Paddle Boat at Runnymede. Runnymede is especially attractive to people from the USA with a lot if US orientated items of interest notably the Magna Carta memorial.
Just by the National Trust Car Park and opposite the Tea Room is a small drive that leads about 50 yards down to the River Thames and a… Continue reading
To be the honest there is not much to get the pulse quickening at Stansted Airport, but one quirky activity that goes on at Stansted that might appeal but feel more at home somewhere like Las Vegas is the wine tower at the poshest hotel at Stansted Airport.
Located in the atrium lobby (the main entrance of the hotel) the bar houses more than 4,000 bottles of wine in… Continue reading
Author: Bob Handford
Trafalgar Square is geographically the centre of London where all road distances are measured from. Its current form was implemented in the early 19th century to commemorate the Battle of Trafalgar, a famous naval victory by the British over the French. The centerpiece of the square is Nelson’s Column, the famous naval commander.
On the four corners of the square were four plinths, the one on the… Continue reading
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If you’ve been in London the last couple of weeks you cannot have failed to notice the appearance of eggs dotted around the centre of London like the one below. Some are dead easy to see, some are much harder, sitting on tops of walls, even roofs. Welcome to The London Faberge Big Egg Hunt that lasts up to Easter in 2012.
The prize is the “The Diamond Jubilee… Continue reading
The shortest London Underground journey you can take is just 300 yards, taking just 40 seconds. The Piccadilly Line of the Underground holds this honour between Leicester Square and Covent Garden.
So as a matter of curiosity Bob performed his own race, quicker to walk or ride.
Well Covent Garden to Leicester Square is straight forward enough walking, 3 minutes along Long Acre resisting the detractions of Stanford ‘s… Continue reading
Situated on the Embankment - the riverside road that follows the north bank of the River Thames in Central London is Cleopatra’s Needle. Literally thousands walk pass the structure and do not give the monument a seond glance. However, it has a good claim to be one of the most historic monuments in London, being the oldest man made structure in London.
It was made in Egypt in 1460 BC, making it almost… Continue reading
The largest bookshop in Europe is found in the heart of London close to Piccadilly Circus. Waterstones is the largest bookstore chain in the UK with at least one outlet in all major towns and cities. The branch at Piccadilly apart from its size is little different to any other Waterstone’s bookshop so while it might be the biggest, few if any people would say its the best. After all in… Continue reading