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Your weekend Transport information for London !!

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Events in central and east London

Until Sunday, the IAAF World Championships are taking place in Stratford and central London. Services to and from Stratford and key interchange stations will be busier than usual before and after the events.

Roads in the St James’s Park area in central London will be closed from 06:00 on Saturday until 05:00 on Monday, due to an event taking place on Sunday.

London Underground

Bakerloo line
On Sunday, there will be no service between Queen’s Park and Harrow & Wealdstone, due to Network Rail track work.

Circle line
There will be no service between Edgware Road and Hammersmith while we test new signalling and replace track at Latimer Road.

Hammersmith & City line
There will be no service between Edgware Road and Hammersmith while we test new signalling and replace track at Latimer Road.

London Overground

Tonight, Thursday, there will be no service between Sydenham and West Croydon after 22:30, due to Network Rail track work.

All weekend, there will be no service between Gospel Oak and Barking. This is while Network Rail carry out major works to enable new, longer trains to run from 2018.

On Sunday there will be no service between the following stations due to Network Rail track work:
• Euston and Watford Junction
• New Cross Gate and Crystal Palace/West Croydon

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:

South London – Until March next year, there are various lane closures on A23 Brixton Road between Camberwell New Road and Vassall Road. This is for utility works.

Bromley – Until early September, temporary traffic signals will be in place on A21 Bromley Common at the junction of Hayes Lane. This is for utility works.

London Bridge – From midnight on Friday night until 05:00 on Monday, Tooley Street will be closed in both directions between Borough High Street and Bermondsey Street. This is for Network Rail work.

Central London – From midday until 16:00 on Saturday, there will be delays to traffic and road closures on Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, Haymarket, Pall Mall East, Trafalgar Square, and Whitehall. This is for a march.

Ealing – From 09:45 until 14:00 on Sunday, there will be delays to traffic and road closures in the area, including Uxbridge Road, Culmington Road, Mattock Lane and Chapel Road. This is for a procession.

Islington – From Wednesday until early November, A1 Islington High Street/Upper Street will be closed southbound between Liverpool Road and City Road. This is for Thames Water works.

Roads

Road users may be affected by the following this weekend:

South London – Until March next year, there are various lane closures on A23 Brixton Road between Camberwell New Road and Vassall Road. This is for utility works.

Bromley – Until early September, temporary traffic signals will be in place on A21 Bromley Common at the junction of Hayes Lane. This is for utility works.

London Bridge – From midnight on Friday night until 05:00 on Monday, Tooley Street will be closed in both directions between Borough High Street and Bermondsey Street. This is for Network Rail work.

Central London – From midday until 16:00 on Saturday, there will be delays to traffic and road closures on Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, Haymarket, Pall Mall East, Trafalgar Square, and Whitehall. This is for a march.

Ealing – From 09:45 until 14:00 on Sunday, there will be delays to traffic and road closures in the area, including Uxbridge Road, Culmington Road, Mattock Lane and Chapel Road. This is for a procession.

Islington – From Wednesday until early November, A1 Islington High Street/Upper Street will be closed southbound between Liverpool Road and City Road. This is for Thames Water works.

Santander Cycles

The following docking stations will be out of service this weekend:
South Quay West, Bourne Street, Foley Street, Sun Street and Cardinal Place for building works
Westfield Eastern Access Road, for site redevelopment
Rodney Street, for works
Montgomery Square, for site redevelopment

Enjoy your weekend and stay safe !!


11/08/2017 |

Bristol Summer Braai – The Riverside Inn

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EVENT DETAILS & LOCATION

Event Date 12-Aug-2017 12:00
Location The Riverside Inn

DATE: 29 July 2017

TIME: 12:00 till 17:00

VENUE: in the picnic area just past The Riverside Inn.

Boerewors, Braai Packs, Pap en Sous, soft drinks on sale

Bring your own drinks, salads, braiibroodjies,
games, and family and friends!

Fires ready from 1pm


09/08/2017 |

One of our top picks in London – Hotel Lily

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Opposite Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre, this hotel features rooms with private bathrooms at good rates. West Brompton tube (subway) station is only 92 m away, and Earls Court tube station is a 5-minute walk away.

Hotel Lily is less than a kilometer from Olympia Exhibition Centre.

All of the rooms with private bathrooms at Hotel Lily have TVs, telephones and tea/coffee facilities.

Stamford Bridge, the home of Chelsea FC is just under half a kilometer away.

Hammersmith and Fulham is a great choice for travelers interested in entertainment, parks and monuments.

Public parking is available on site (reservation is not possible) and costs GBP 20 per day.

Facilities available:
– Free WiFi
– Parking
– Family Rooms
– Non-Smoking Rooms
– On-site Parking
– 24-Hour Front Desk

To view more facilities at this venue, please click on the link below…..

Book your room at this Hotel now!

Find and Book your Cheap Flights here!


04/08/2017 |

Make sure that Stonehenge is on your list of places to go with the kids in Wiltshire.

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Located near Salisbury in the Wiltshire countryside, it is an iconic symbol of Britain and the South West. Any visit to the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site should include this world-famous Stone Circle.

Dating back 4,500 years, the true meaning of this awe-inspiring creation remains a mystery. Many theories have been put forward – who could have built it, when and for what purpose? Was it a temple for sun worship, a healing centre, a burial site or perhaps a huge calendar?

How did our ancestors carry the mighty stones from so far away and then, using only the most primitive of tools, build this amazing structure?

It appears that Stonehenge is not an isolated monument, but one part of an extraordinary landscape of early Neolithic, late Neolithic and early Bronze Age monuments, giving insight into ceremonial and mortuary practices at that time.

Two types of stone were used and brought from great distances – probably South Wales and near Marlborough, each stone weighing 2-5 tons. This makes the last remaining lintelled Stone Circle in the world a masterpiece of engineering.

For some it is a wonder of the world, for others a deeply spiritual place.

The visitor centre houses permanent and temporary exhibitions and goes some way to explaining the different theories, one being that it was a temple aligned with the sun’s movements. Atmospheric audio-visual experiences help to bring the past alive.

Children will be fascinated by the Neolithic Houses, imagining life at that time. There may also be demonstrations of ancient domestic skills. Families with older children in particular may enjoy exploring the ancient landscape surrounding Stonehenge so pack your walking boots and allow plenty of time for your visit.

Audio tours help visitors make the most of their visit. A free tour is available for download in advance or tours can be hired on arrival. There is an audio tour especially for families. Just see the website to find out more.

A free shuttle bus operates between the Visitor Centre and the Stones themselves. Advanced booking is recommended.

Walk in the footsteps of your Neolithic ancestors at Stonehenge – one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. Explore the ancient landscape on foot and step inside the Neolithic Houses to discover the tools and objects of everyday Neolithic life. Visit the world-class exhibition and visitor centre with 250 ancient objects and come face to face with a 5,500 year-old man.


02/08/2017 |

Bloomfield Court – Islington

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Bloomfield Court is located in London, 1.1 km from Emirates Stadium and 2.3 km from Islington.

The rooms are fitted with a private bathroom.

There is a shared kitchen at the property.

Camden Market is 2.7 km from Bloomfield Court, and King’s Cross Theatre is 2.9 km from the property. London City Airport is 12.9 km away.

No parking available.

Facilities available:
– Free WiFi
– Non-Smoking Rooms

To view more facilities at this venue, please click on the link below…..

Book your room at this Hotel now!

Find and Book your Cheap Flights here!


29/07/2017 |

Elephant Haus – One of our top picks in London.

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Situated less than 5 minutes’ walk from Elephant & Castle Tube station, Elephant Haus offers accommodation with high-speed WiFi. The London Eye is just 2.6 km away. Guests will also benefit from a rooftop terrace with views across the city.

Each guest room features en-suite facilities and a work desk.

You will find a shared lounge at the property. Laundry facilities are available for a minimal additional fee.

Ministry of Sound is just 1 km from Elephant Haus, whilst the Brixton Academy is just 4.2 km away. The shopping district of Oxford Street can be reached in just 20 minutes by Tube, while The British Museum is only 3.9 km away. The nearest airport is London City Airport, 10 km from Elephant Haus.

Southwark is a great choice for travelers interested in culture, monuments and history.
Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 8 for a two-person trip.

This property is also rated for the best value in London! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.

No parking available.

Facilities available:-
– Free WiFi
– Non-Smoking Rooms
– Facilities for Disabled Guests

To view more facilities at this venue, please click on the link below…..

Book your room at this Hotel now!

Find and Book your Cheap Flights here!


26/07/2017 |

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 |

The Caffeine Drip – Edinburgh

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Look no further if you’re looking for a place to hang out and talk light hearted conversations over seriously good food. There is nothing typical about this café; it’s a rustic downstairs hideaway that’s as individual as its owners – so expect some extraordinary menu choices. The Caffeine Drip is the brainchild of the previous owner of the Zulu Lounge on Morningside Road, Chris and his partner, Dariusz. Following a leisurely trip to Chris’s native South Africa, they decided to bring something authentic, bold and daring back to Edinburgh’s West End.

Discerning locals quickly discovered this was no ordinary coffee house, but an eatery, deli and bakery all rolled into one and offering an unusual menu with a South African twist. Don’t let the plain outside above deceive you – as you will find there is a treasure trove of delights below. If this shop was a dessert, it’d be a tipsy tart because of its assortment of ingredients and flavours on offer that keeps customers coming back for more. The Caffeine Drip sets the standard for cafes in Edinburgh with its home-made cakes, rustic sandwiches, flavoursome soups and consistently sublime, rich and full-bodied coffee.

This atmospheric café offers an atypical experience with each visit ensuring a laid back ambience and unpretentious quality. This café is very much a personal project of the owners with its original décor including scaffolding wood, recycled furniture and the many photos on the walls taken by Chris and Dariusz during their visit to Cape Town. Locals have remarked that this shop is a breath of fresh air for Edinburgh’s coffee, cake, soup & sandwich lovers. Having cornered a niche in the market doing what they do best, the owners take great pride in delivering top quality produce with consistently professional service. This is a place where the coffee is strong and so is its fan base. It’s rated as one of Edinburgh’s top cafes which is no easy feat as the competition is as stiff as their lemon meringue topping!

The menu contains an impressive assortment that caters to every palate from the adventurous to traditional to meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans. The secret to the success of this café lies in the fact that the owners have managed to capture that elusive balance of offering healthy delicacies while simultaneously appealing to the indulgent pleasure seeker.

A visit to this venue can be an innovative experience and as inventive as you like with a ‘create your own’ option. The menu has depth, appeals to every palate and immediately grabs your attention with quirky and curious dishes which will be sure to pique your interest and taste buds. Some may gravitate straight to the decadent cake stand or to the variety of toasted sandwiches, while the more daring will head straight for the boerewors (South African rustic sausage) rolls with sumptuous toppings.

This hidden gem has quickly become known as a ‘fortuitous find’ for those in the know and it sees coffee pilgrims trekking in from all over to tryout the diverse and delicious menu. A visit to this laidback café is worthwhile for those culinary adventurers seeking a taste of “the rainbow nation” in the heart of Edinburgh.


14/06/2017 |

Travelling this weekend ?? Here is your travel forecast for the weekend.

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Here is our weekly travel update to help you get around London this weekend, 10-11 June, and also the following week. There is no work affecting the Tube. Most of the network will be open with services running as normal, but please check if any of the following affect you.

London Overground

Tonight, Thursday, there will be no service between Hackney Downs and Chingford after 22:30, for Network Rail track work.

All weekend there will be no service between the following stations:
• Edmonton Green and Cheshunt due to Network Rail infrastructure work
• Hackney Downs and Chingford due to Network Rail track work
• Willesden Junction and Shepherd’s Bush due to Network Rail infrastructure work

On Sunday there will be no service between the following stations:
• Gospel Oak and Barking for Network Rail major works to enable new, longer trains to run between Gospel Oak and Barking from 2018
• Gospel Oak and Stratford after 22:00 due to Network Rail track 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:

Central London – Until 17:00 tomorrow, Friday, there are lane restrictions on Gloucester Place at the junction of Dorset Square. This is for utility works.

City of London – Road closures will be in place from 06:00 on Saturday until 02:00 on Sunday. This is for a sporting event. For full details of road closures, please visit tfl.gov.uk/womens-tour-travel

Central London – From 08:00 on Saturday, there will be closures of Constitution Hill, The Mall, Birdcage Walk, Spur Road, and Marlborough Road. There will also be short closures at times throughout the day on Buckingham Palace Road northbound at the junction of Bressenden Place, Buckingham Gate, and Palace Street. This is for an event.

Wembley – From 12:30 on Saturday until the end of the day, roads around the stadium will be busier than usual, including A406, Harrow Road and Wembley High Road. This is due to an event.

Finsbury Park – Between 21:30 and 23:00 on Saturday and 21:00 and 22:30 on Sunday, Stroud Green Road will be closed between Tollington Park and Seven Sisters Road. There will also be delays to traffic in the area. This is for an event.

Central London – On Sunday, extensive road closures will be in place from 03:00 until 21:00 for a sporting event. For full details of road closures, including affected bus routes, please visit tfl.gov.uk/womens-tour-travel

Central London – Next week, the following roads will be closed: Horse Guards Road between 11:30 and 18:00 on Monday, 14:00 and 23:15 on Tuesday, 14:00 and 23:00 on Wednesday and Thursday; Birdcage Walk between 15:00 and 17:15, and 19:30 and 22:00 on Tuesday; all roads in St James’s Park including Constitution Hill, The Mall, and Birdcage Walk between 17:00 and 23:30 on Wednesday and Thursday. This is for a ceremonial event.

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

Central London – Until 17:00 tomorrow, Friday, there are lane restrictions on Gloucester Place at the junction of Dorset Square. This is for utility works.

City of London – Road closures will be in place from 06:00 on Saturday until 02:00 on Sunday. This is for a sporting event. For full details of road closures, please visit tfl.gov.uk/womens-tour-travel

Central London – From 08:00 on Saturday, there will be closures of Constitution Hill, The Mall, Birdcage Walk, Spur Road, and Marlborough Road. There will also be short closures at times throughout the day on Buckingham Palace Road northbound at the junction of Bressenden Place, Buckingham Gate, and Palace Street. This is for an event.

Wembley – From 12:30 on Saturday until the end of the day, roads around the stadium will be busier than usual, including A406, Harrow Road and Wembley High Road. This is due to an event.

Finsbury Park – Between 21:30 and 23:00 on Saturday and 21:00 and 22:30 on Sunday, Stroud Green Road will be closed between Tollington Park and Seven Sisters Road. There will also be delays to traffic in the area. This is for an event.

Central London – On Sunday, extensive road closures will be in place from 03:00 until 21:00 for a sporting event. For full details of road closures, please visit tfl.gov.uk/womens-tour-travel

Central London – Next week, the following roads will be closed: Horse Guards Road between 11:30 and 18:00 on Monday, 14:00 and 23:15 on Tuesday, 14:00 and 23:00 on Wednesday and Thursday; Birdcage Walk between 15:00 and 17:15, and 19:30 and 22:00 on Tuesday; all roads in St James’s Park including Constitution Hill, The Mall, and Birdcage Walk between 17:00 and 23:30 on Wednesday and Thursday. This is for a ceremonial event.

Santander Cycles
The following docking stations will be out of service this weekend:

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
Abingdon Green, for an event


09/06/2017 |
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