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London Alternative Tour – experience the Real East End

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London Alternative Tour - experience the Real East End

Away from the shiny sites that you find on souvenirs and postcards, join us in the London where street art represents the voice of the people, where gentrification battles the anti-establishment, and where London’s rebellious streak was born and still lives. This is the Real East End.

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While other tours here just scratch the surface by skipping over the street art, we’ll put that street art into context, giving you an insight into what was happening in the world when it was created. Yet while the street art is the most visible aspect of this area, to really understand the East End you have to go further.

This tour starts at Liverpool Street Train Station, take the Bishopgate West exit near platform 14 and meet outside in front of the clock tower. Look out for the red umbrella!

Highlights
Led by a local guide
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Great overview and orientation of the city
Perfect for all ages and skill level
Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
This tour is every Wednesday and Saturday at 3.30pm and is available in English and Spanish.

This tour starts at Liverpool Street Train Station, take the Bishopgate West exit near platform 14 and meet outside in front of the clock tower. Look out for the red umbrella!

Away from the shiny sites that you find on souvenirs and postcards, join us in the London where street art represents the voice of the people, where gentrification battles the anti-establishment, and where London’s rebellious streak was born and still lives. This is the Real East End.

While other tours here just scratch the surface by skipping over the street art, we’ll put that street art into context, giving you an insight into what was happening in the world when it was created. Yet while the street art is the most visible aspect of this area, to really understand the East End you have to go further.

This 2½-hour* walking tour covers:

Old Spitalfields and Petticoat Lane markets
The Shoreditch art scene
Brick Lane
The immigrant generations
Cockney culture
Gangsters and the criminal underworld
Radical thinkers and social reformers
Whitechapel
The foundry that produced Big Ben and the Liberty Bell
The battle of Cable Street
…and much more!

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06/07/2017 |

Guided Paris Day Trip from London: including a visit to Arc de Triomphe

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Guided Paris Day Trip from London: including a visit to Arc de Triomphe

Embark on a 14-hour day trip from London to Paris by high-speed train. Your guide will show you the best sights on a panoramic city tour, including the Arc de Triomphe and Moulin Rouge. Then, take a 1-hour cruise along the Seine River to see the sights from the water. In the afternoon, you will have free time to adventure on your own before returning to London. This is a shared tour with an average of 40 travelers in the group.

Guided Paris Day Trip from London: including a visit to Arc de Triomphe

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Highlights
Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
Round-trip train fares
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Meet your guide at 6am in London’s St Pancras Station and hop aboard a high-speed train to Paris. Relax and watch the scenery fly by your window during the approximately 2 hour journey. Once you arrive in Paris, explore on a 1.5-hour panoramic city tour, visiting major sites like the Opera House, Champs-Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, Moulin Rouge, Le Louvre, and more.

Arrive by the pier, next to the Eiffel Tower, for a 1-hour river cruise along the Seine. Enjoy the views of Notre Dame, Musee D’Orsay, Grand Palais, Statue de la Liberté, and the Assemblée Nationale. In the early afternoon, spend some free time visiting sights on your own. Your guide will give tips on what to see and do as you venture out on your own.

You might head to the shopping district or soak up the atmosphere with a lunch (own expense). Later, return to Gare du Nord 45 minutes prior to the train’s scheduled departure time for your return journey to London. Your train departs at around 7pm, and will arrive back in London at about 8:30pm.

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03/07/2017 |

White Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Cathedral Tour From London: including a visit to the Battle of Britain memorial

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White Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Cathedral Tour From London: including a visit to the Battle of Britain memorial

Enjoy the world-famous White Cliffs of Dover, and visit Canterbury Cathedral in one great Day Tour from London! We enjoy beautiful countryside and coastal views as we drive through Kent to the Dover coastline! Enjoy spectacular views and an optional coastal walk on the Cliff paths.

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We continue to Canterbury city, one of the most beautiful cities in England. We enjoy a visit to Canterbury Cathedral, as well as a walking tour and free time to explore Canterbury!

We begin at 8am from Gloucester Road tube station, in the convenient Kensington area of Central London! We travel by luxury midi-coach, with a maximum group size of 28 for a more enjoyable tour! We make our way to the Kent coast with our guide entertaining you on the way with stories from the area! We stop at the Battle of Britain memorial on the Kent Coast! From here we enjoy amazing coastal views, and our first views of the Dover Cliffs! We continue to the White Cliffs Visitor Centre on the top of the spectacular chalk cliffs!

Enjoy unrivalled views of the White Cliffs of Dover and the English Channel, and maybe even see France in the distance on a clear day! Take an optional short walk along the cliff-top paths for more spectacular views! Our next stop is Canterbury, a wonderful historic city! Our guide will take you on a walking tour, before allowing time for lunch and exploring the city! Your admission to the breathtaking Canterbury Cathedral is included!! We arrive back to London at 6.30pm approx after a fun-filled day!

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29/06/2017 |

3-Day Edinburgh Weekend Break by Rail from London: includes a visit to Edinburgh Vaults under South Bridge

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3-Day Edinburgh Weekend Break by Rail from London: includes a visit to Edinburgh Vaults under South Bridg

Visit one of Britain’s most beautiful cities and the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh, in this perfect weekend break. This trip includes return train travel, a guided sightseeing tour with a local Scottish guide, two night bed and breakfast with ensuite accommodation, optional extra trips, plenty of free time to explore, and the services of a tour manager.

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Highlights
Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
Get inside tips from a local
Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
Round-trip train fares
Fully narrated tour
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Led by a local guide
Multi-Day Trip
Breakfast included
After meeting your tour manager in Euston Station, you will depart by train at approximately 8am to Edinburgh’s Waverley Station via Virgin Trains. Upon arrival to the city, meet your local guide and begin a sightseeing tour of the capital. They will be able point out all of the popular attractions you can visit during your stay, such as The National Museum of Scotland or The Royal Museum (admission is free).

Once the tour is over, check in at your hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure. However, you may enjoy taking our extra excursion and join us for a Ghosts and Ghouls Walking Tour. In this tour you will be taken to the Edinburgh Vaults under South Bridge in the Old Town, which is reported to be one of the most haunted sites in the UK. The tour is available in a number of different languages and is around one hour long (not included).

Begin your second day in Edinburgh roaming the city. Or take part in a day trip to Loch Ness (extra charges apply – please note this is a full-day tour from approximately 8am to 2pm). Start by visiting the town of Stirling, where you will have time to visit the famous Castle and admire the beautiful view from the esplanade. Make your way to Loch Katrine. Here you can take a cruise on the loch, have lunch by the water’s edge, or take a short bike ride to see the beautiful surrounding. Travel through Trossachs, where you will stop for photos before arriving at Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary Queens of Scots. Then return to Edinburgh via the Forth Bridges with photo stops.

On the final day in Edinburgh, you will have a free morning to explore the city one last time. At approximately 11:30am you will meet your tour manager at the hotel for the transfer to the station to catch the 12:51pm train back to London. Arrive back at Euston Station at approx 6:39pm.

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26/06/2017 |

Bicester Village Shopping Trip from London: Gift Card, Lunch and VIP Discounts

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Bicester Village Shopping Trip from London: Gift Card, Lunch and VIP Discounts

Enjoy a day of shopping at Bicester Village with a 50-GBP gift card, 2-course lunch, VIP discount card and round-trip transport from London! The luxury shopping outlet is home to more than 130 shops spread around a large outdoor mall, and many big-name brands such as Burberry and Ted Baker offer discounts of up to 60 percent. Use the gift card to maximize your spending power, and enjoy an additional 10 percent off in select boutiques with the VIP discount card.

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Highlights
Excellent value for money
Lunch included
Receive discounts at selected restaurants, shops and attractions
Meet your host in central London, and then hop aboard your luxury coach for your journey to Bicester Village, the luxury shopping outlet roughly 1 hour away. On arrival, leave your coach and head inside to enjoy 6 hours of shopping at leisure.

Explore the spacious outdoor mall independently and browse the wares at more than 130 luxury shops, discovering mens’ and womens’ clothing, sportswear, accessories, cosmetics and more. The village boasts a range of international brands including Matthew Williamson, Ted Baker and Yves St Laurent, and many shops offer savings of up to 60 percent. Use your 50-GBP gift card to shop ‘til you drop!

As an additional bonus, your shopping experience includes a VIP discount card, which entitles you to a further 10 percent off in select boutiques.

Take a break from shopping by paying a visit to one of the outlet’s eight cafes, each offering a range of food and drink to suit your appetite and budget. A delicious 2-course lunch with water at Villandry Grand Café is included.

At the prearranged time, meet your host back on board the coach and then travel back to London where your day trip finishes.

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23/06/2017 |

Half-Day Private London Walking Tour: see the all of London’s famous sights including Trafalgar Square

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Half-Day Private London Walking Tour: see the all of London’s famous sights including Trafalgar Square

Hear the history, and see the all of London’s famous sights from Westminster Abbey to London Bridge with a private, local guide. A flexible start time is available, along with a hotel pick up. If there are specific places of interest you would like to see, such as a location from a favourite London set movie, this can be incorporated into your walk (let us know in advance to be extra sure your request can be accommodated).

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Along the tour you will see: The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Downing Street, Churchill’s War Rooms, Parliament Square and Trafalgar Square. You will see the National Gallery, the Sherlock Holmes pub and more.

Your tour guide will provide a pithy history of London and walk you through The Mall, St James’s Park, and Admiralty Arch, to see Buckingham Palace, the official residence of the royal family, and other aristocratic addresses including St James’s Palace, Lancaster House and Clarence House. The walk crosses the Golden Jubilee Bridge, with a panoramic view of London, with views of the National Theatre, the 3500 year old Cleopatra’s Needle, and the quirky new skyscrapers such as the ‘Shard’ and ‘Gherkin’ that have quickly become a symbols of the city.

The walk continues along the South Bank, passing St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe theatre and Southwark Cathedral, to Borough Market and London Bridge. From here there are views of the Tower of London, City Hall and Tower Bridge. London in half a day!

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23/06/2017 |

Cambridge Mostyn Restaurant – Llandudno, Wales

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Traditional Welsh and South African Cuisine

The Welsh and South African links date back to the 1700’s and earlier. The Welsh were part of the original colonisation of South Africa and our shared passion and cultural values extend way beyond just good food, good beer and world class rugby !

Did you know there is another Llandudno located in Cape Town, South Africa?! Click here for more info!

Established on the site of one of the town’s oldest restaurants, Cambridge Mostyn is a breath of fresh air in Llandudno thanks to its innovative fusion of Welsh and South African cuisine. Awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for two years running, it might be the only restaurant where you can follow up Welsh pâté with a crocodile steak.

The revamped Cambridge Mostyn evening menu has proven a hit with visitors to the region, and is a treasure trove of unexpected specialities (monkey gland sauce anyone?!). Diners can enjoy classic Welsh staples like St David’s chicken (wrapped in bacon with a cream leek and mustard sauce), or embark on one of the ‘great meal adventures’ and sample exotic meats and game in dishes like the juicy ostrich fillet steak, tender kangaroo rogan josh, or succulent llama chipotle chilli burgers.

An extensive wine list is also available at Cambridge Mostyn restaurant in Llandudno, to go along with its delectable range of ice creams and liqueurs. The eclectic selection of food and drink is matched only by the diverse décor, which features influences from the savannah to the valleys.

Offering cuisines both local and exotic on the Welsh coast, Cambridge Mostyn is just an 8-minute walk from Llandudno Rail Station.


21/06/2017 |

Small Group: London Historic Pub and Wine Cave Tour: Including a visit to the Victorian Gin Palace in London

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Small Group: London Historic Pub and Wine Cave Tour: Including a visit to the Victorian Gin Palace in London

You can’t get any more of an English experience than supping a pint of ale in a centuries-old public house or having a Gin in a Gin Palace. London is awash with such places, remarkably so in some respects, given the destruction wreaked by the Great Fire of London, Second World War bombs and post-war planners.

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Small Group: London Historic Pub and Wine Cave Tour: Including a visit to the Victorian Gin Palace in London

Highlights
– Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
– Led by a local guide
– Informative, friendly and professional guide
– We start at 15:00 making sure we get to the these fascinating places before they get to busy.

First stop is the oldest Victorian Gin Palace in London have you ever heard the phrase ‘One for the road or on the Wagon?”

We now try to find our way to what’s said to be the most difficult pub to find (according to one story, one man worked just around the corner for six years without finding it), but it is well worth the effort.

From there we wonder the narrow passages and century old alley ways to the next pub a favourite among literary greats such as Charles Dickens and Dr Samuel Johnson a real labyrinth of a place but don’t worry we shall help you escape this maze of a place.

The adventure continues with a short bus ride to London”s oldest wine cave set in cellars that are all candlelit and have an amazing cheese, bread and pickle selection. This place only serves wine and port.

The last stop is a pub that was voted as the greatest pub in the United Kingdom with great beer and real cider selection. The atmosphere in this pub is always electric being in the middle of theatre district there is always a chance of bumping in to someone famous.

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19/06/2017 |

LEGOLAND® Windsor Admission with Transport from London: over 55 attractions and live shows to entertain the whole family

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LEGOLAND® Windsor Admission with Transport from London: over 55 attractions and live shows to entertain the whole family

Get ready for this extraordinary adventure in the magic world of LEGOLAND®, a place where imagination knows no boundaries! With over 55 interactive rides, live shows, building workshops, driving schools and attractions all set in 150 acres of beautiful land, LEGOLAND Windsor is a unique family theme park.

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Meet Star Wars™ characters, including Stormtroopers, and climb aboard the life-sized Landspeeder replica at the LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland Experience.  LEGOLAND Windsor is an inspirational land where the fun never stops.

Suitable for children of all ages, this theme park features incredible LEGO® models and over 55 attractions and live shows to entertain the whole family. With this 1-day admission to LEGOLAND Windsor your round-trip transportation from London is also included, leaving you the flexibility to choose your preferred return time with regular services running all day! Prepare for a soaking on some wet ‘n’ wild water rides: follow a pirate trail, fly through the treetops to escape fearsome dragons, or join a Viking fleet and battle sea monsters and rough waters.

Have fun on LEGOLAND’s many interactive rides, including the Kingdom of the Pharaohs, where you’ll fight your way through the ancient land in search of hidden treasure. Or, take a trip to a galaxy far, far away at the UK’s only indoor LEGO Star Wars Miniland Experience. Here, witness seven of the most famous scenes from the six live-action Star Wars movies made out of 1.5 million LEGO bricks! Then, visit LEGO City by the harbor; but watch where you go, as the pirates have invaded!

Stroll around Miniland, which contains the highest number of LEGO bricks in the park. Nearly 40 million pieces have been used to recreate scenes from daily life in the USA and Europe, all bustling with sounds, traffic, trains and boats. Join the crew at Pirates Landing, explore the Knights Kingdom, or enjoy 4D entertainment at the Imagination Centre.

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19/06/2017 |

Travel update to help you get around London this weekend.

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Here is our weekly travel update to help you get around London this weekend, 17-18 June, and also the following week. Most of the network will be open with services running as normal, but please check if any of the following affect you.

Special note
Following the major fire in North Kensington yesterday, 14 June, certain roads in the immediate area remain closed and some bus services in the area will be affected until further notice. You are advised to avoid the immediate area and check before you travel.

London Underground
Circle line
Trains will not run between Edgware Road and Aldgate via Victoria. This is to allow for track and drainage replacement in the Earl’s Court area.

District line
All weekend there will be no service between the following stations, while we carry out track and drainage replacement work in the Earl’s Court area:
• South Kensington/Edgware Road and Ealing Broadway/Richmond/Wimbledon
• Earl’s Court and Kensington (Olympia)

Some Piccadilly line trains will call additionally at Ravenscourt Park, Stamford Brook, Turnham Green and Chiswick Park, approximately every 10 minutes.

London Overground
All weekend there will be no service between New Cross Gate and Crystal Palace/West Croydon, for Network Rail track work.

On Sunday, there will be no service between the following stations:
• Gospel Oak and Barking, due to Network Rail major works to enable new, longer trains to run from 2018
• Willesden Junction and Richmond, due to Network Rail track work
• Wandsworth Road and Clapham Junction, due to Network Rail track work

From Monday to Thursday next week, there will be no service between Hackney Downs and Enfield Town/Cheshunt (via Seven Sisters) after 22:45, due to Network Rail track work.

DLR
All weekend, there will be no service between Poplar and Beckton, due to track work

TfL Rail
On Sunday, trains will not run between Gidea Park and Shenfield until 08:00. 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:

Tulse Hill – Until 3 July, Norwood Road is closed southbound between Christchurch Road and Leigham Vale. This is for utility works.

Westminster – From 12:00 until 14:00 tomorrow, Friday, there will be delays to traffic on Whitehall southbound between Whitehall Place and Richmond Terrace. This is for a march.

Westminster – From 06:00 until 15:00 on Saturday, there will be various road closures in the area, including Horse Guards Road from 06:00, all roads within St James’s Park from 08:00, Whitehall (northbound) from 09:00 and in both directions from 10:20. There will also be short traffic holds on Buckingham Gate. This is for a ceremonial event.

Southwest London, Sutton and Surrey – From 05:00 until midday on Sunday, Nightingale Walk, Nightingale Lane, and Burntwood Lane will be closed. There will also be road closures in the Carshalton and Banstead areas. This is for a sporting event.

Chelsea – From 08:00 until 17:00 on Sunday, Chelsea Bridge Road will be closed northbound at the junction of Ebury Bridge Road. This is for resurfacing works.

Westminster – From 08:00 until 12:30 on Sunday, Whitehall will be closed. This is for a ceremonial event.

Central London – From 11:00 until 17:30 on Sunday, there will be delays to traffic on Park Lane, Hyde Park Corner, Piccadilly, Haymarket and Pall Mall East. Park Lane southbound, Shaftesbury Avenue westbound from Cambridge Circus, and Piccadilly Underpass eastbound will be closed. This is for a procession.

Central London – From 15:00 until 19:00 on Sunday, there will be delays to traffic on roads including Portland Place, Regent Street, Oxford Street, New Bond Street, and Grosvenor Street and Square. This is for a march.

Central London – From 17:30 until 18:45 on Sunday, there will be delays to traffic on roads including Beak Street, Great Marlborough Street, Regent Street, Hanover Street and Square, Holles Street, Henrietta Place, Wimpole Street, New Cavendish Street, and Thayer Street. This is for a procession.

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

Tulse Hill – Until 3 July, Norwood Road is closed southbound between Christchurch Road and Leigham Vale. This is for utility works.

Westminster – From 12:00 until 14:00 tomorrow, Friday, there will be delays to traffic on Whitehall southbound between Whitehall Place and Richmond Terrace. This is for a march.

Westminster – From 06:00 until 15:00 on Saturday, there will be various road closures in the area, including Horse Guards Road from 06:00, all roads within St James’s Park from 08:00, Whitehall (northbound) from 09:00 and in both directions from 10:20. There will also be short traffic holds on Buckingham Gate. This is for a ceremonial event.

Southwest London, Sutton and Surrey – From 05:00 until midday on Sunday, Nightingale Walk, Nightingale Lane, and Burntwood Lane will be closed. There will also be road closures in the Carshalton and Banstead areas. This is for a sporting event.

Chelsea – From 08:00 until 17:00 on Sunday, Chelsea Bridge Road will be closed northbound at the junction of Ebury Bridge Road. This is for resurfacing works.

Westminster – From 08:00 until 12:30 on Sunday, Whitehall will be closed. This is for a ceremonial event.

Central London – From 11:00 until 17:30 on Sunday, there will be delays to traffic on Park Lane, Hyde Park Corner, Piccadilly, Haymarket and Pall Mall East. Park Lane southbound, Shaftesbury Avenue westbound from Cambridge Circus, and Piccadilly Underpass eastbound will be closed. This is for a procession.

Central London – From 15:00 until 19:00 on Sunday, there will be delays to traffic on roads including Portland Place, Regent Street, Oxford Street, New Bond Street, and Grosvenor Street and Square. This is for a march.

Central London – From 17:30 until 18:45 on Sunday, there will be delays to traffic on roads including Beak Street, Great Marlborough Street, Regent Street, Hanover Street and Square, Holles Street, Henrietta Place, Wimpole Street, New Cavendish Street, and Thayer Street. This is for a procession.

Santander Cycles
The following docking stations will be out of service this weekend:
• South Quay West, Foley Street, Bourne Street, Sun Street and Cardinal Place, due to building works
• Clerkenwell Green, for gas works
• Westfield Eastern Access Road, for site redevelopment
• Rodney Street, for works
• Clifford Street, for footway works


16/06/2017 |
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