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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 |

Heathrow Lodge – Stay Near London Heathrow Airport

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With a free morning airport shuttle transfer to Heathrow terminals between 06:00 and 10:30, Monday to Saturday mornings, Heathrow Lodge is just 10 minutes’ drive from each terminal at Heathrow Airport.

The en-suite rooms include tea/coffee making facilities and a flat-screen TV. Budget rooms are set in a building adjacent to the main building and include shared bathroom facilities. Budget rooms do not have TV or tea/ coffee-making facilities.

WiFi is accessible only in the main building, at a surcharge.

There are 2 local pubs/restaurants within 3 minutes’ walking distance.

Facilities available:
– Airport Shuttle (free)
– Parking
– Family Rooms
– Non-Smoking Rooms
– WiFi

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13/06/2017 |

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in London: admire its collection of some 700 artifacts from around the world

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in London: admire its collection of some 700 artifacts from around the world

Step into the weird and wonderful world of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in London’s West End, and discover a unique collection of bizarre and unusual artifacts from around the world. Designed to challenge the mind and produce gasps of astonishment at every twist and turn, the attraction appeals to young and old alike, making a trip here a perfect family day out! Explore at leisure and discover interactive zones like the Mirror Maze, mind-boggling models like the matchstick replica of Tower Bridge, and much more!

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Highlights
All entrance fees included
Family friendly
Popular choice with kids
Head inside Ripley’s Believe It or Not! with your entrance ticket and explore this fascinating attraction independently, admiring its collection of some 700 artifacts from around the world. Audio guides and maps are available for you to purchase at your own expense, or alternatively, just amble around the six-floor exhibition at your own pace.

The man who coined the expression ‘believe it or not’ was the exhibition’s founder – Robert Ripley. An eccentric cartoon artist and intrepid explorer, he created the attraction with the aim of satisfying people’s basic curiosities through challenging and unusual exhibits – the types of things that people had to see to believe. Do just that and discover crazy artifacts like the 13-foot (4-meter) model of Tower Bridge made from matchsticks, and the Tsantsa collection – a baffling assortment of shrunken heads from the Amazon jungle!

See a life-sized knitted Ferrari car, and wander through interactive discovery zones like the Mirror Maze. Jump, crawl and twist your way through beams of light in the Laser Race and prepare to feel dizzy as you walk through the attraction’s legendary Vortex Tunnel. The largest collection of Olympic torches can be found in the Legend’s Gallery, and this includes the London torch signed by the British gold medalist cycler Laura Trot.

Take a break from the weird and wonderful by relaxing in the center’s coffee bar, or perhaps browse for intriguing souvenirs in the gift shop. If you visit during peak times (April to October) then you can also expect to see additional live performances in the foyer.

Most visitors find that two hours is sufficient to see everything in Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, but if you want to stay longer, then no problem! Your ticket allows you to spend as much time as you want inside.

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12/06/2017 |

The British Museum Tour – The Ideas That Made Our World: Examine the Rosetta Stone closely

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The British Museum Tour - The Ideas That Made Our World: Examine the Rosetta Stone closely

Join this 2.5-hour tour where your guide will use the British Museum to help tell the story of why the world is what it is today. Discover divine antiquities like the Holy Thorn Reliquary as well as world renowned treasures such as the Lewis Chessmen. Examine the Rosetta Stone closely and learn why it is the key to unlocking Egyptian hieroglyphics. Immerse yourself within the Parthenon Sculptures and hear stories of ancient Greece.

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Highlights
Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Fully narrated tour
Meet your guide in the afternoon at the steps of the museum. The path you trace will take you from our origins in the wild to the first stirrings of human civilization and the wonders of the Enlightenment. See the Rosetta Stone, a double-headed Aztec serpent, the Lewis chessmen, a mechanical solar system, the Parthenon sculptures, a statue of Ramesses II and the Holy Thorn Reliquary. These are just some of the artifacts you will use to travel through time. Through them explore how the agricultural revolution transformed our world, why people have gods, kings, money and writing, the role of germs, war and empire, and how humans have learned to question everything.

At the end of the tour you will have seen many of the museum’s highlights and will understand a little better why the world around you is the way it is. The tour will take a short break in the middle, during which you can buy drinks and refreshments and get to know your tour guide and fellow adventurers.

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09/06/2017 |

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 |

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

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

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

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

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

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08/06/2017 |

Jolly Waggoner – Stay Near London Heathrow Airport.

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Situated a 5-minute drive from Heathrow Airport but close to transport links to Central London, Jolly Waggoner offers accommodation with an adjacent restaurant and bar. Free WiFi is accessible throughout the property, and free parking is possible on site.

Each room here will provide guests with a TV with satellite channels. Each room is en suite with a shower and WC. The property has an outside seating area with a barbecue.

Local shops, bars and restaurants can be found within a 10-minute walk in Hounslow. Hounslow West Underground Station is less than 1.6 km from the property.

Twickenham Stadium is a 15-minute drive from Jolly Waggoner

Facilities available:
– Free WiFi
– Free Parking
– Airport Shuttle
– Non-Smoking Rooms

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06/06/2017 |

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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01/06/2017 |

London to Stratford-Upon-Avon, Costswolds, and Bicester Village: including a stop at otherworldly shopping haven, Bicester Village

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This 10 hour small-group tour (shared, max 16 people) is a perfect mixture of literary history and shopping indulgence. Our guaranteed small group size ensures a relaxed introduction to two of the prettiest river-side towns and villages of England, Stratford-Upon-Avon and Bourton-on-the-water. Our tour will end in an afternoon of luxury, discounted shopping. A perfect day out!

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Highlights
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Led by a local guide
Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
At 9:00 a.m., our small-group tour takes you away from the big city of London and into the medieval town of Stratford-Upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace. Take your journey on a luxury air conditioned mini-bus, USB and Wi-Fi ready. Next travel through the 12th to the 21st century as your walk through this market town. You’ll be able to wander quaint side streets, independent shops and the open parklands along the River Avon. If Shakespeare is your thing, you can visit his childhood home (additional cost) which offers a tantalizing glimpse into his early life.

You will continue your day in the tranquil village of Bourton on the water, aptly named the “Venice of the Cotswolds”. Here you can enjoy a riverside stroll and cross the bridges that cross the River Windrush. There are lovely café’s here where you can enjoy lunch (own expense), or you are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy on the riverbank.

Your final stop is the otherworldly shopping haven, Bicester Village. Imagine over 130 high-end boutiques at discounted prices clustered throughout an open-air village with coffee shops and cafes to keep you refreshed.

Tour returns to London at approximately 8:00pm

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30/05/2017 |
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