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Ruskin Hotel – enjoy traditional British cuisine from the in-house restaurant.

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Set in East Ham London, Ruskin Hotel has a 24-hour front desk, free Wi-Fi access in all areas and free parking. It also has a bar, a restaurant and a TV lounge for guests to enjoy.

Each bedroom at the Ruskin Hotel has an en-suite shower room, tea/coffee making facilities, a flat-screen TV and air conditioning. The rooms enjoy free high-speed Wi-Fi. Complimentary toiletries are also included.

Guests can enjoy traditional British cuisine from the in-house restaurant. On arrival, all guests are welcomed with a complimentary drink to enjoy with any main meal.

East Ham Tube Station is an 8-minute walk from the hotel, with all major London attractions only 30 minutes’ away. Westfield Stratford Shopping Centre is only 10 minutes’ drive away, as well as the ExCeL Centre.

Newham is a great choice for travelers interested in sightseeing, entertainment and tourist attractions.

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.

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

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

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10/05/2017 |

Your weekend travel news for 5-6 May 2017

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Travel update to help you get around London this weekend, 6-7 May. No London Underground lines are 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 Overground
All weekend there will be no service between Willesden Junction and Shepherd’s Bush, due to Network Rail infrastructure work.

On Sunday there will be no service between the following stations:
• New Cross Gate and Crystal Palace/West Croydon, for Network Rail track work
• Gospel Oak and Barking, for Network Rail essential engineering work

From Monday to Thursday next week, 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

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 mid-June, Addington Street is reduced to one lane between Westminster Bridge Road and York Road. This is for major scheme works.

West London – Until mid-July, there are restrictions on Fulham Road in both directions at the junction of Netherton Grove. Temporary traffic signals are in place. This is for gas works.

Westminster – Until early August, there are various restrictions in place around Parliament Square and its approaches. This is due to utility works.

City of London – From 19:00 tomorrow, Friday, until 17:00 on Sunday, Poultry will be closed westbound between Mansion House Street and Queen Street. This is for a crane operation.

Lambeth – From 09:00 on Tuesday until 17:00 on Thursday, there will be eastbound lane restrictions in place on Lambeth Road at the junction of Kennington Road. This is for utility works.

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

Westminster – Until mid-June, Addington Street is reduced to one lane between Westminster Bridge Road and York Road. This is for major scheme works.

West London – Until mid-July, there are restrictions on Fulham Road in both directions at the junction of Netherton Grove. Temporary traffic signals are in place. This is for gas works.

Westminster – Until early August, there are various restrictions in place around Parliament Square and its approaches. This is due to utility works. For more information, please visit tfl.gov.uk/parliament-square-works

City of London – From 19:00 tomorrow, Friday, until 17:00 on Sunday, Poultry will be closed westbound between Mansion House Street and Queen Street. This is for a crane operation.

Lambeth – From 09:00 on Tuesday until 17:00 on Thursday, there will be eastbound lane restrictions in place on Lambeth Road at the junction of Kennington Road. This is for utility works.

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
• Crosswall, Frampton Street and Southerton Road, for resurfacing
• Eccleston Place, Crawford Street, Wardour Street and Drayton Gardens, for utility works


05/05/2017 |

The Percy Arms, set in the picturesque village of Chilworth

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Set in the picturesque village of Chilworth in the heart of the Surrey Hills, The Percy Arms is an elegant country pub and grill-house with luxurious rooms, serving modern British cuisine with a South African twist.

Authentic Africana artifacts and photos were shipped in from all over Southern Africa and stylish tartans, weaves and leathers were introduced to reflect the comfort and style of a colonial hunting lodge. Oversized cushions, handmade Windsor chairs and animal skins strewn on the floor all make for ambient surroundings.


03/05/2017 |

Weekend travel information for London

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Northern line
All weekend and on Monday there will be no service between Hampstead and Edgware, while we replace track at Colindale. From approximately 01:15 until 06:00 on Saturday and 01:15 until 07:40 on Sunday, there will be no service between Camden Town and Edgware.

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

All weekend, and on Monday, there will be no service between the following stations:
• Willesden Junction and Shepherd’s Bush, due to Network Rail infrastructure work
• Romford and Upminster, due to Crossrail construction work and Network Rail infrastructure work

On Sunday and 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.

On Sunday there will be no service between Surrey Quays and Clapham Junction due to Network Rail infrastructure work and Thameslink programme work.

DLR
All weekend and on Monday, there will be no service between:
Stratford and Bow Church, due to Crossrail work at Pudding Mill Lane
Bank and Shadwell, due to lighting and power upgrade work at Bank

TfL Rail
All weekend and on Monday trains will not run on the entire line. 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:

Westminster – Until early August, there are various restrictions in place around Parliament Square and its approaches. This is due to utility works.

Romford – From 21:00 on Friday until 06:00 on Tuesday, A127 will be closed in both directions between Gallows Corner and the junction of Ardleigh Green Road and Squirrels Heath Road. This is for bridge replacement work.

Twickenham – From 10:30 until 19:00 on Saturday, 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 an event. London Road, Whitton Road and Rugby Road will be closed before and after the event.

Wembley – From 15:30 on Saturday until 02:00 on Sunday, roads around the stadium will be busier than usual, including A406, Harrow Road and Wembley High Road. This is due to a sporting event.

Hackney – From 07:00 until 15:00 on Sunday, there will be extensive road closures in the area. This is for an event.

Please be safe where ever you are travelling to….


28/04/2017 |

The Cape Restaurant, in the heart of Beaconsfield, New Town for over 15 years

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The Cape restaurant has been in the heart of beaconsfield new town for over 15 years.
Your “local” that welcomes you through the door offering a respite from day to day serving breakfasts, lunches & homebaked treats.

​Friday and Saturday night The Cape puts on her little black dress serves up some gin cocktails & a delicious seasonal dinner menu
We cook on order fresh, comforting & honest fair with a South African twist in honour of our roots.

FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD, WINE & COFFEE

Bobotie the old fashioned way

Decadent Chocolate Brownies

Koeksisters the real thing!

Milktart

Lemon Polenta Cake

Marks Carrot Cake

Honey & nut Granola

Deli Food Artichoke & Feta

Deli Food Green Bean & Asparagus

OPENING TIMES
Monday: 8.00 – 17.00
Tuesday: 8.00 – 17.00
Wednesday: 8.00 – 17.00
Thursday: 8.00 – 17.00
Friday: 8.00 – 23.00
Saturday: 8.00 – 23.00
Sunday: 9.30 – 16.00

PLEASE NOTE: LAST ORDERS
IN BY 21.30 FRI & SAT

DAILY CHANGING DELI SPECIALS
chargrilled chicken supreme, pomegranate & rose petal marinade


26/04/2017 |

London Marathon

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The London Marathon takes place on closed roads in central London on Sunday 23 April 2017. If you’re travelling in London on the day, here’s how your journey may be affected.

If you’re travelling in central London on Sunday 23 April 2017, the main transport changes are:

Roads will be closed across south east and central London between 06:00-19:00
Buses in central London and Greenwich will terminate early or be diverted from 06:30 to 19:30
DLR will run a changed service until 17:00
Tube and rail will be the best way to get around and enjoy the day, but the Jubilee, Circle and District lines will be busier than usual with spectators and participants

Driving
Roads closures and extra traffic will make central, south east and east London busier between 06:00 to 19:00 – if you can, avoid driving in central London during this time.

Saturday 22 April 22:00 to 00:00
Westminster Bridge

Monday 24 April 20:00-06:00
Kidbrooke Park Road
Shooters Hill Road/Farjoen Road
Shooters Hill Road/Goffers Road
Prince Charles Road

Tuesday 25 April 22:00-05:00
Tooley Street
Tower Bridge Road

Marathon day road closures
03:00 until around 15:00

South Circular Road (junction of Ha Ha Road)

06:30 to early hours Monday:
Birdcage Walk (westbound)

07:00 until around 14:00:
Artillery Place
Brunel Road
Charlton Park Lane
Charlton Way
Creek Road
Evelyn Street
Jamaica Road
John Wilson Street
Little Heath
Lower Road
Salter Road
Shooters Hill Road
Surrey Quays Road
Trafalgar Road
Woolwich Church Street
Woolwich Road

06:30 until around 19:00:
Byward Street
Commercial Road
East India Dock Tunnel
Limehouse Link Tunnel
Lower Thames Street
Marsh Wall
Narrow Street
North Colonnade
Parliament Square and approaches
Poplar High Street
Rotherhithe Tunnel
Southwark Bridge
The Highway
Tower Bridge
Tower Hill
Upper Thames Street
Victoria Embankment
Westferry Road
Westminster Bridge (reopens around 20:30)

21:00 until around 05:00
Abingdon Street
Victoria Street

Buses
Between 06:30 to 19:30, buses near the Marathon route will either be diverted or terminate early – please allow more time for your journey, plan ahead, or find alternative routes.

This affects the following routes:

1, 3, 11, 12, 15, 24, 25, 29, 42, 47, 51, 53, 54, 78, 87, 88, 89, 91, 96, 99, 100, 108, 115, 122, 129, 132, 135, 148, 159, 161, 177, 178, 180, 188, 199, 202, 211, 225, 244, 277, 286, 291, 341, 343, 344, 380, 381, 386, 422, 453, 469, 472, 486, C10, D3, D6, D7, D8, P12, RV1

Tube
On Sunday 23 April. The following Tube stations are likely to be busier than usual:

Blackfriars
Canada Water
Canary Wharf
Charing Cross
Embankment
Green Park
London Bridge
Mansion House
St James’s Park
Tower Hill/Tower Gateway
Temple
Westminster

If you can, allow more time for your journey or re-route to avoid these stations.


22/04/2017 |

Park Plaza London Riverbank South Side

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Located on the south side of the River Thames, 650 m from the London Underground, Park Plaza London Riverbank has free WiFi and air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen TVs.

The hotel is set across the river from the Tate Britain gallery, close to Westminster. The London Eye, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben are all within reach. Waterloo Station is a kilometer away, giving great access to the rest of the city and south of England.

Every room has a EU/US power sockets, a large work desk, laptop safe, and a minibar. Some rooms have views of the River Thames and the London skyline. 24-hour room service is also available.

Park Plaza London Riverbank houses the award winning Chino Latino that serves exotic Pan-Asian dishes featuring stunning views of the River Thames.

Lambeth is a great choice for travelers interested in history, city trips and sightseeing.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9 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.

Most Popular Facilities
– Free WiFi
– Parking
– Non-Smoking Rooms
– Fitness Center
– Restaurant
– Facilities for Disabled Guests

To view more facilities please click on the link below… !!

Book your room at this Hotel here …!
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19/04/2017 |

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London by Houses of Parliament and Big Ben

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Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London is set opposite the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, on the South Bank. It is close to the London Eye, the Aquarium, restaurants and theatres. Westminster and Waterloo tube stations are just a short walk away.

The large, contemporary air-conditioned rooms have modern luxuries, including a flat-screen TV, large desk, mini-bar, fridge and safe. Studios and apartments are also available.

The hotel features the modern, award-winning Brasserie Joël and Ichi Sushi & Sashimi, which specialises in sushi and sashimi. The 1WB Lounge & Patisserie serves traditional afternoon tea and all-day tapas. Primo Bar offers live evening entertainment every night.

There is a fully equipped 24-hour gym, a 15 m swimming pool with a sauna and steam room, and the Mandara Spa, offering a range of luxury treatments.

Lambeth is a great choice for travelers interested in history, city trips and sightseeing.

This is our guests’ favorite part of London, according to independent reviews. Like shopping? Within 2 km of this property you can find popular brands including: Cartier, Hermès, H&M, Zara, Nike

This property also has one of the top-rated locations in London! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9 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.

Facilities
– Free WiFi
– Parking
– Family Rooms
– Non-Smoking Rooms
– Spa
– Restaurant

To view more facilities please click on the link below…..

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14/04/2017 |

Saffa, Finally can earn some pounds

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1 More Saffa | Finally can earn some pounds | The South African

Fri, 13 Sep 2013 07:00:00 GMT

1 More Saffa | Finally can earn some pounds

Coming back into London, the rain spat in my face reminding me that the sun will not always shine and holiday time is over. The final stage interview was a little more ruthless in a meeting room and questions being asked by the head of department. Despite the minor stress and anxiety planting itself in red patches on my neck and cheeks (praying the lighting in the room softened it), I was phoned the next morning with the offer.

After wowing the event managers with talk of my highly skilled waitressing experience, I was successfully added to their staff calendar. The sheer excitement of walking into an interview and getting a job within five minutes; with the added benefit of being granted one level just above minimum wage due to my know how, was reason for celebration. I fished out my calculator and worked out that if I worked four functions a week, rent would be paid. Rocket food is a family run catering business with friendly staff and an office that intices you in with its clean white furniture, orchids and prize winning food photographs. They seem to have constant events all around south west and central London and provide you with a monthly schedule where you simply add in where you can work, shirts and aprons, late night taxi expenditure and the added possibility of working at fashion launches and private weddings hosted by Elton John. At least I can start my celebrity sighting logbook early and instead of strolling along the Kings road in my best outfit, I might be able to serve Hugh Laurie a cocktail. Sounds pretty glamorous; while I push the nightmares of long hours, sore feet, spillings and breakages to the back of my mind.

With catering organised as a secure back up, the big news came in when an offer with a private banking and wealth management company reared its head. Never underestimate the power of social connections and those small recruiters that your new friend put you in touch with. With corporate attire on, I eased my way through the tube journey of only twenty minutes to Oxford  Circus. For some girls, it’s paradise standing on Oxford street with more shops than you can imagine. Buildings, floors and shop windows are decorated with the latest trends, immediately tempting you to hallucinate and convince yourself there is no better than Karen Millen, Reiss and the ‘why not buy everything you can at Topshop’ frenzy – if you don’t like it in six months, throw it away while its seams have already started fraying!

However, I’m not your normal crazed shopper kind of girl. While I have a passion for trends, vintage and bags, I’m at complete surrender for online shopping or the male hunting mentality when searching for a new coat. If I can’t find something online (only with the ease and selection of asos.com), I dip in and out of the smaller shopping areas before the crazed shopper has set her eyes on which store to enter. I go with a purpose, a target and I hunt accordingly – defying any suggestion that women are gatherers. This is a different story when it comes to food markets and chemists where everything must be touched and smelt!

And so my surfacing onto Oxford street was met with a mild sense of panic and quick detection of how to nip into the gaps between the crowds and find my potential employer’s offices. Luckily it took only three minutes of focus and winding through and I stood outside my hopeful place of work. Before you knew it, I had met the project manager and been whizzed off for a cup of coffee as all their meeting rooms were booked. We bantered about the herds of livestock around Oxford street and Primark and over an hour, I explained my experience and how I thought it was an absolute must that they hire me for the three month contract to finish off a change project in place. Leaving with optimism in full force, the phonecall the next day saying I had made it to the final stage interview was music to my ears.

With a weekend getaway to the glory of Provence, I knew I would be ok. Being blessed with a father who decided to invest in a small cottage overlooking the town of Flayosc (an hours drive from St Tropez and Nice), the ease of an Easy Jet flight for two hours ignited that spark for future weekend plans when airlines promote their specials. Laying beside the pool, walking to the town to buy croissants (despite my gluten sensitivity), and sitting with my feet in the sand in a St. Tropez restaurant gorging on mussels was a dream.

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The beautiful sight of St.Tropez

Coming back into London, the rain spat in my face reminding me that the sun will not always shine and holiday time is over. The final stage interview was a little more ruthless in a meeting room and questions being asked by the head of department. Despite the minor stress and anxiety planting itself in red patches on my neck and cheeks (praying the lighting in the room softened it), I was phoned the next morning with the offer.

Barely believing I would finally be working after seven months of holiday, the Monday start sat on me like a bloated elephant. Time to get back into the real world and begin my real London start.

11/11/2013 |

Howzit All…

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Welcome to Saffa.com.

As our name implies, we are “Proudly South Africans Abroad”.

Saffa’s have made a home for themselves in all corners of the globe, yet are still strongly connected to the culture and lifestyle that comes with being South African. Ironically our heritage is a result of a mix of cultures from all corners of the globe, making us a truly multicultural nation.
South Africans living Abroad, are discerning people who are go getters, they have expectations from life that has caused them to look beyond the African Horizen. We have a reputation for being hard working honest down to earth people.
This site is intended to showcase and present South African products and people and what it is that makes life LEKKER!

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20/01/2012 |
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