Author: Bob Handford
Original London Tour Walk – Changing Of The Guard
Changing of the Guard is one of the most popular tourist attractions measured by the number of visitors attending. For many its a disappointing experience largely as a side effect of the crowds attending. To get a decent view of Changing of the Guard you have to get to Buckingham Palace at least 45 minutes before the 11… Continue reading
Ever since Bob was a boy, I’ve always had a soft spot for Speakers’ Corner in London. If the weather is kind and I’m in the area its a worthwhile place to take in for a while, and its free as well, which is always nice.
Speakers Corner is the traditional place where people who had something to say, went to be heard. You can say pretty much anything… Continue reading
China Town in London is very central just off Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square. The main street is Gerrard Street which is pedestrianised for most of its length.
Its a lively and worthwhile place to visit, especially if you are partial to Chinese Cuisine.
The bustling Chinese community of restaurants, and other businesses has been at this site since the 1950s; however, the Chinatown story goes much further back as sea trading links… Continue reading
Trident Recording Studios
Trident Studios was opened in 1967 by brothers Norman and Barry Sheffield, who also used to be managers for the band Queen at the time. During the late 60′s, Trident Studios became one of the most complete offerings for sound recording services in the… Continue reading
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2 Mile Self guided walk visiting Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, St James Park, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Horseguards and much more
This is a free self guided walk where you can download a map and walking notes from the web. Just search on ‘Jubilee Loop Wak London’ or copy the url’s from the video clip below.
The walk spends a lot of its time in and around St James… 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
In 2010 the Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme was introduced to London after the runaway success of a similar scheme in Paris.
The scheme is sponsored by Barclays the bank but regulated by Transport for London as part of the general transport infrastructure of London.
Just like Paris the scheme has been very popular and you see the distinctive bikes all over London.
Its not a traditional cycle hire scheme… Continue reading
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
Author: Bob Handford
The Changing Of The Guard at Buckingham Palace is one of the most popular tourist attractions in London, and its FREE.
If you have not been, think a while – just what should be your expect to see?
The Changing of the Guard ceremony can be a major ant-climax if your expectations are unrealistic.
Crowds are heavy, even in Winter. Unless you get there early… Continue reading
London’s Burlington Arcade was one of the world’s first shopping arcades. Opened in 1819 to great acclaim and now recognised as a historic and architectural masterpiece. The Burlington Arcade is one of the longest covered shopping streets in Britain. However, the Burlington Arcade was completed in 1819, a year after The Royal Opera Arcade, often promoted as the oldest shopping arcade in the world of its type and is just a short… Continue reading