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Westminster to Greenwich via the Thames Barrier Sightseeing Cruise: on modern or traditional vessels

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Westminster to Greenwich via the Thames Barrier Sightseeing Cruise: on modern or traditional vessels

Enjoy a sightseeing cruise to the Thames Barrier. Starting at Westminster Pier you will cruise down to Greenwich on a sightseeing cruise before moving onto the Thames Barrier. Opened in 1984 by the Queen, the Thames Barrier is London’s principal defense against flooding.

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Highlights
Choice of several departures throughout the day
Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
Fully narrated tour
Board at your leisure at Westminster Pier for your cruise and enjoy the comfort of being on modern or traditional vessels. Enjoy the panoramic views of London’s sights from the open deck of the vessel whilst enjoying a live audio commentary of London’s fascinating history.

The full Westminster to Greenwich and Thames Barrier single cruise takes 1.5 hours whilst a return cruise on this route takes 3 hours. See what Greenwich has to offer in the way of attractions with Greenwich Market, Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich Park and Royal Observatory Greenwich all within walking distance of the pier (on expense).

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08/06/2017 |

Oxford, Stratford and Warwick Castle Guided Tour by Minibus from London: Be part of Britain’s greatest medieval experience

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Oxford, Stratford and Warwick Castle Guided Tour by Minibus from London: Be part of Britain’s greatest medieval experience

Take a walking tour of Oxford and drive through the Cotswolds. Explore Shakespeare’s birthplace and enjoy some time to explore Stratford-Upon-Avon. Have an extended visit of Warwick Castle and savor a traditional lunch (own expense).

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Highlights
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Small group ensures personal service
Family friendly
Oxford is famous for being home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world – countless bright young things have wandered the town’s cobbled streets over the years! During your guided walking tour you will see the stunning Bodleian Library and furtively discover unspoilt narrow alleyways, ancient squares and towering spires.

Enjoy views of the breathtaking countryside, sleepy villages, and bustling market towns as you drive through the charming scenery of one of England’s most beautiful regions- The Cotswolds.

A unique market town, Stratford–upon–Avon is the famous home of William Shakespeare, arguably the world’s greatest writer. Visit the picturesque half–timber house where the legendary bard was born, and gain fascinating insights into his childhood.

Be part of Britain’s greatest medieval experience! Deep in the heart of Warwick Castle, the Great Hall is a hive of activity! Immerse yourself in battle preparations and feel the weight of a medieval sword. Become a soldier – try on a battle helmet for size! Visit the spectacular State Rooms and feast your eyes on Victorian party preparations.

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01/06/2017 |

Sunday Lunch Cruise from Windsor: aboard the Melody

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Sunday Lunch Cruise from Windsor: aboard the Melody

Join a Sunday lunch cruise aboard the Melody and enjoy your afternoon while Windsor’s famous sights unfold around you, sites such as Windsor Castle, Windsor Racecourse, Eton College, and the neighboring royal boroughs. Enjoy a ‘Sunday roast’ with a three-course choice menu freshly prepared and cooked onboard. This cruise is popular with couples, groups, families and friends alike, with a children’s menu available on request. Accompanying this 1.5-hour cruise will be well-known, easy listening classic jazz music to complement this relaxing lunch on the River Thames.

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Highlights

Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
Lunch included
Romantic experience, perfect for couples
Board the Melody vessel at noon from Thames Side, Windsor, and prepare for your 12:30pm departure. The cruise will take you past the Houses of Parliament, the Coca-Cola London Eye, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Tower of London amongst other famous landmarks, and passes under several stunning London bridges before returning to the departure point by 2pm.

The lunch menu is prepared by award-winning chefs and cooked onboard the vessel using the freshest ingredients. Menus change regularly with the season and use the best of British ingredients and get inspiration from around the world. The cruise does accommodate for dietary requirements if notified in advance.

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29/05/2017 |

Private Tour: Brixton In One Day Walking Tour: beginning at Victorian-era market

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Private Tour: Brixton In One Day Walking Tour: beginning at Victorian-era market

Explore Brixton in one day and see a side to the area many visitors miss on this private 4-hour London walking tour. Follow a private guide through the streets of Brixton and find out what makes this vibrant corner of London special. Visit the Victorian-era covered market — home to chic boutiques, stylish thrift stores and friendly cafes — and admire some of the diverse street art for which Brixton is famous. Stroll through the backstreets away from the tourist trail and gain insight into the area’s unique heritage.

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Private Tour: Brixton In One Day Walking Tour: beginning at Victorian-era market

Highlights
Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
Private guide for a more personalized experience
Get inside tips from a local
Family friendly
Meet your private guide in central Brixton in the afternoon, then head through into the Victorian-era market to begin your tour. Here, browse vintage stores, independent boutiques, and characterful cafes, and soak up the atmosphere in this colorful corner of London.

Explore Brixton’s quirky backstreets with your private guide and get a feel for the community’s unique character. As you explore, admire stylish street art — widely considered among the best in London — and discover some of the pioneering galleries and businesses for which Brixton is becoming famous.

Afterward, perhaps stop for a drink in one of Brixton’s stylish bars, cocktail clubs, microbreweries, or speakeasies (own expense) to conclude your tour in style.

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26/05/2017 |

Your Transport updates for the Weekend – Travel safe !!

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London Underground

Central line
Chancery Lane will be closed all weekend and on Bank Holiday Monday. This is while we carry out improvement works in the station concourses.

District line
All weekend, and on Bank Holiday Monday, there will be no service between Parsons Green and Wimbledon. This is while we replace a set of points.

London Overground
On Saturday trains will not run between Willesden Junction and Shepherd’s Bush due to Network Rail infrastructure work.

On Sunday there will be no service between Highbury & Islington and Stratford due to Network Rail station work at Hackney Wick.

On Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, trains will not run between the following stations:
• Willesden Junction and Clapham Junction due to Earls Court development work and Network Rail infrastructure work
• Edmonton Green and Cheshunt due to Network Rail infrastructure work
• Romford and Upminster due to Crossrail construction work and Network Rail infrastructure work

On Monday there will be no service between Camden Road and Stratford due to bridge replacement work at Highbury Corner and Network Rail station work at Hackney Wick.

DLR
All weekend, and on Bank Holiday Monday, there will be no service between Stratford and Bow Church, due to Crossrail work at Pudding Mill Lane.

TfL Rail
On Saturday there will be no service from Liverpool Street to Stratford. The closure will be extended to the entire line on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday. This is while Network Rail carry out track and station improvements as part of their Railway Upgrade Plan, as well as Crossrail construction work.

Buses
Bus users may be affected by the following this weekend. While we will try to maintain a good service, buses may be delayed or stop short of their normal destination:

Chelsea – From 08:00 until 20:00 today, Thursday and tomorrow, Friday, and 08:00 until 17:30 on Saturday, roads in the Chelsea Embankment area will be busier than usual. This is for an event.

Croydon – From 22:00 tonight, Thursday, until 05:00 tomorrow, Friday, Purley Way will be closed southbound between Denning Avenue and Foxley Way, with no access to Waddon Way. On Friday/Saturday, Monday/Tuesday and Tuesday/Wednesday, the road will be closed northbound between the same times, with no access to Imperial Way. This is for resurfacing works.

Twickenham – From midday until 19:00 on Saturday and 12:30 until 19:30 on Sunday, roads in the area will be busier than usual, including A316 Chertsey Road, all roads leading to Twickenham station, and around the stadium. This is for sporting events. London Road, Whitton Road and Rugby Road will be closed before and after the events.

Wembley – From 14:30 until 22:00 on Saturday, and midday until 19:00 on Sunday and Monday, roads around the stadium will be busier than usual, including A406, Harrow Road and Wembley High Road. This is due to sporting events.

Central London – From 08:00 until 14:00 on Monday, extensive road closures will be in place in Westminster and the City of London. This is for a sporting event.

Roads
Road users may be affected by the following this weekend:

City of London – Until November next year, vehicles are not permitted to use Bank Junction between 07:00 and 19:00 on weekdays. Buses and cyclists are not affected.

Chelsea – From 08:00 until 20:00 today, Thursday and tomorrow, Friday, and 08:00 until 17:30 on Saturday, roads in the Chelsea Embankment area will be busier than usual. This is for an event.

Croydon – From 22:00 tonight, Thursday, until 05:00 tomorrow, Friday, Purley Way will be closed southbound between Denning Avenue and Foxley Way, with no access to Waddon Way. On Friday/Saturday, Monday/Tuesday and Tuesday/Wednesday, the road will be closed northbound between the same times, with no access to Imperial Way. This is for resurfacing works.

Twickenham – From midday until 19:00 on Saturday and 12:30 until 19:30 on Sunday, roads in the area will be busier than usual, including A316 Chertsey Road, all roads leading to Twickenham station, and around the stadium. This is for sporting events. London Road, Whitton Road and Rugby Road will be closed before and after the events.

Wembley – From 14:30 until 22:00 on Saturday, and midday until 19:00 on Sunday and Monday, roads around the stadium will be busier than usual, including A406, Harrow Road and Wembley High Road. This is due to sporting events.

Central London – From 08:00 until 14:00 on Monday, extensive road closures will be in place in Westminster and the City of London. This is for a sporting event.

Santander Cycles
The following docking stations will be out of service this weekend:
Rochester Row and Vincent Square, for resurfacing works
South Quay West, Foley Street, Clifford Street, Cardinal Place and Bourne Street, for building works
Westfield Eastern Access Road, for site redevelopment
Rodney Street, for works
Emperor’s Gate, for footway reconstruction


26/05/2017 |

Shaka Zulu – be treated like a King the South African way !!

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Shaka Zulu, London’s largest South African restaurant, opened its doors in August 2010 with a special royal blessing from the Zulu King, HRH Goodwill Zwelithini.

Set over a groundbreaking 27,000 sq ft in The Stables Market, Camden this spectacular two floor restaurant, bar and club offers amazing food, drinks, live music, dancing and daytime family entertainment.

The lower floor of this stunning venue is complemented by a display of 20ft high warrior statues and the Mezzanine level offers a champagne bar and cocktail lounge overlooking the stunning braai restaurant.

Carved wooden murals cover every inch of Shaka Zulu’s walls and ceiling making it a beautiful space to host private events and parties.


24/05/2017 |

Lake District Rail Day Trip from London: including a visit to the medieval village of Hawkshead

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Lake District Rail Day Trip from London: including a visit to the medieval village of Hawkshead

Discover the Lake District’s literary heritage on this guided day trip from London, with train transport included. Enjoy a scenic drive along Lake Windermere to Waterhead. Then, visit Hawkshead village, where William Wordsworth studied. If you take your tour during winter, visit Rydal Mount and Gardens — Wordsworth’s former home for a tour and cream tea — and Bowness. Or, if you visit during summer, visit Hill Top, where Beatrix Potter once lived, and enjoy cream tea at Lindeth Howe Country Hotel. Upgrade to travel in style with a First Class rail ticket.

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Lake District Rail Day Trip from London: including a visit to the medieval village of Hawkshead

Make your own way to London’s Euston Station, where you’ll pick up your round-trip train ticket and itinerary from a tour host. Should you wish, upgrade to travel in First Class for an even more comfortable ride. Then, board your train and relax on the journey out of the city and into the rolling hills of Cumbria.

After around 3.5 hours, arrive in Oxenholme. Meet a local guide, and then set off on your tour of the Lake District, where literary landmarks, hilltop trails, misty mountains and glittering lakes abound.

Travel north along Lake Windermere, the largest of the Lake District’s waterways. Gaze out over the still waters and drink in views of the surrounding hills and mountains as you journey toward Waterhead, where much-loved children’s author Beatrix Potter spent many of her school holidays. If your tour takes place between April and October, enjoy a leisurely cruise on the famous Lake Windermere.

Next, visit the medieval village of Hawkshead. Enjoy free time to wander the cobbled lanes, and see the Old Grammar School where Romantic poet William Wordsworth once studied. Perhaps recharge with lunch (own expense) at one of the local eateries, and then travel to Tarn Hows, a renowned beauty spot, for sweeping mountain and lake panoramas.

Summer Itinerary
If you’ve taken your tour between April and October, continue to Hill Top, where Beatrix Potter dreamed up characters such as Tom Kitten and Jemima Puddleduck. Head inside the 17th-century farmhouse with your included ticket, and explore the rooms and garden independently. The house remains exactly as the author left it, with each room featuring details that appear in her books.

Then, continue to Lindeth Howe Country Hotel, once owned by Beatrix Potter, for a delightful cream tea before returning to Oxenholme Station for your train back to London.

Winter Itinerary
Alternatively, if you’ve taken your tour between November and March, continue through the beautiful Yewdale Valley, passing Yew Tree Tarn and Skelwith Bridge, and arrive at Rydal Mount and Gardens, where Wordsworth lived from 1813 until his death in 1850. Explore the house and grounds with your guide before savoring a traditional cream tea.

Make your final stop at Bowness, where you’ll enjoy free time to visit the award-winning World of Beatrix Potter visitor center (own expense). When the time comes, join back up with your guide and return to Oxenholme Station for your train back to London.

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22/05/2017 |

Transport for London

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London Underground

Central line
Chancery Lane will be closed all weekend. This is while we carry out improvement works in the ticket hall.

London Overground
On Sunday there will be no service between the following stations:
Euston and Kilburn High Road until 12:15 and after 20:30, due to Network Rail track work and work at Euston to enable High Speed Two (HS2)
Camden Road and Stratford due to bridge replacement work at Highbury Corner and Network Rail station work at Hackney Wick

DLR
There will be no service between Stratford and Poplar, due to track and Crossrail work at Pudding Mill Lane.

TfL Rail
On Saturday trains will not run between Liverpool Street and Stratford. This is while Network Rail carry out track and station improvements as part of their Railway Upgrade Plan, as well as Crossrail construction work.

Buses
Bus users may be affected by the following this weekend. While we will try to maintain a good service, buses may be delayed or stop short of their normal destination:

Lewisham – Until Thursday 25 May, a contraflow is in place on Lewisham High Street, near the junction of Lee Road. This is for emergency gas works.

Twickenham – From 09:00 until 20:30 on Saturday and Sunday, roads in the area will be busier than usual, including A316 Chertsey Road, all roads leading to Twickenham station, and around the stadium. This is for events. London Road, Whitton Road and Rugby Road will be closed at times on both days.

Wembley – From midday until 19:00 on Saturday, and 10:00 until 20:30 on Sunday, roads around the stadium will be busier than usual, including A406, Harrow Road and Wembley High Road. This is due to sporting events.

Chelsea – From 08:00 until 20:00 from Tuesday-Friday, and 08:00 until 17:30 on Saturday, roads in the Chelsea Embankment area will be busier than usual. This is for an event.

Roads
Road users may be affected by the following this weekend:

Lewisham – Until Thursday 25 May, a contraflow is in place on Lewisham High Street, near the junction of Lee Road. This is for emergency gas works.

Twickenham – From 09:00 until 20:30 on Saturday and Sunday, roads in the area will be busier than usual, including A316 Chertsey Road, all roads leading to Twickenham station, and around the stadium. This is for events. London Road, Whitton Road and Rugby Road will be closed at times on both days.

Wembley – From midday until 19:00 on Saturday, and 10:00 until 20:30 on Sunday, roads around the stadium will be busier than usual, including A406, Harrow Road and Wembley High Road. This is due to sporting events.

City of London – From Monday until November next year, vehicles will not be able to use Bank Junction between 07:00 and 19:00 on weekdays. Buses and cyclists are not affected.

Chelsea – From 08:00 until 20:00 from Tuesday-Friday, and 08:00 until 17:30 on Saturday, roads in the Chelsea Embankment area will be busier than usual. This is for an event

Santander Cycles
The following docking stations will be out of service this weekend:
* South Quay West, Foley Street, Bourne Street, Cardinal Place for building works
* Westfield Eastern Access Road, for site redevelopment
* Rodney Street and Clifford Street, for works
* Emperor’s Gate, for footway reconstruction
* Southerton Road, for resurfacing
* Here East South (QEOP), for utility works


20/05/2017 |

Cambridge and Oxford Historic Colleges of Britain Day Trip: including a visit to the Bridge of Sighs

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Cambridge and Oxford Historic Colleges of Britain Day Trip: including a visit to the Bridge of Sighs

Begin the day traveling across the Chiltern Hills to Oxford, the “City of Dreaming Spires”, whose hushed courtyards and elegant, dignified timeworn buildings have inspired generations of scholars (including Bill Clinton in the 1970s) and writers, including Lewis Carroll who wrote “Alice in Wonderland” here.
Pop in your state-of-the-art Vox headphones as your tour starts and listen to your guide talking clearly about each site. If you want to wander aside and take photos of attractions, you won’t miss any of the commentary!

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Cambridge and Oxford Historic Colleges of Britain Day Trip: including a visit to the Bridge of Sighs

Find your own inspiration in the sense of tradition and intellectual curiosity that pervades this lovely City. You will visit Christchurch College, where Harry Potter scenes were filmed and where Albert Einstein studied. On your walking tour of Oxford you will see the Bodleian library and the picture-perfect College courtyards for which Oxford is justifiably famous.

Through scenic countryside to Cambridge, bridging centuries of scholarly rivalry between these two venerable institutions! Cambridge’s stately Gothic style College buildings rise spectacularly from the greenery along the River Cam where students and visitors enjoy punting along the River.

You will visit the magnificent perpendicular chapel of King’s College, founded in 1441, which is the finest and grandest example of late medieval Gothic architecture in England, and a fitting tribute to the great minds that have studied here. During your walking tour of the city filled with beautiful buildings and historical quirks, you’ll visit the so-called “Bridge of Sighs”, named after its look-a-like in Venice and several other Colleges that make up the University, each with their own stories to tell.

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18/05/2017 |
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