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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

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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

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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 |

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 |

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 |

Weekend travel information just for you – have a safe journey

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Here is our weekly travel update to help you get around London this weekend, 13-14 May. One London Underground line is affected by planned works, and most of the network will be open with services running as normal. Please check if any of the following affect you.

London Underground
Northern line

Trains will not run between Tooting Broadway and Morden after approximately 02:00 on Sunday. This is to allow us to carry out points improvement work at Morden.

London Overground

Tonight, Thursday, there will be no service between the following stations, due to Network Rail track work:
• Sydenham and West Croydon after 22:30
• Hackney Downs and Enfield Town/Cheshunt (via Seven Sisters) after 22:45

On Sunday, 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.

London Trams

Trams will not run between Addiscombe and Birkbeck/Elmers End, due to work taking place on Blackhorse Lane bridge.

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:

Westminster – Until Sunday, there is no left turn from Parliament Square into Parliament Street. Various other restrictions are in place around Parliament Square and its approaches until August. This is due to utility works. For more information, please visit tfl.gov.uk/parliament-square-works

East London – From 08:00 on Saturday until 15:00 on Sunday, temporary traffic lights are in operation on Burdett Road at the junction of St Paul’s Way. This is for telecoms works.

Dartford Tunnel – From 21:00 on Saturday until 08:00 on Sunday, the tunnel will be closed northbound. This is for upgrade works.

Central London – From 08:00 until 14:00 on Sunday, Kingsway will be closed southbound at the junction of Remnant Street. This is for tree removal.

Bayswater – From 08:00 on Monday until 23 May, Bayswater Road will be closed between Lancaster Terrace and Clarendon Place. For more information, please visit tfl.gov.uk/eastwest

Roads

Road users may be affected by the following this weekend:

Westminster – Until Sunday, there is no left turn from Parliament Square into Parliament Street. Various other restrictions are in place around Parliament Square and its approaches until August. This is due to utility works. For more information, please visit tfl.gov.uk/parliament-square-works

East London – From 08:00 on Saturday until 15:00 on Sunday, temporary traffic lights are in operation on Burdett Road at the junction of St Paul’s Way. This is for telecoms works.

Dartford Tunnel – From 21:00 on Saturday until 08:00 on Sunday, the tunnel will be closed northbound. This is for upgrade works.

Central London – From 08:00 until 14:00 on Sunday, Kingsway will be closed southbound at the junction of Remnant Street. This is for tree removal.

Bayswater – From 08:00 on Monday until 23 May, Bayswater Road will be closed between Lancaster Terrace and Clarendon Place. For more information, please visit tfl.gov.uk/eastwest

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
• Wellington Street, for site extension
• Emperor’s Gate, for footway reconstruction
• Frampton Street and Southerton Road, for resurfacing
• Eccleston Place, Here East South (QEOP), Wardour Street, Sloane Avenue and Drayton Gardens, for utility works


13/05/2017 |
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