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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 |

Your weekend transport news for London !!

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Here is our weekly travel update to help you get around London this weekend, 24-25 June, and also the following week. There are no closures affecting Tube lines. 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 Enfield Town/Cheshunt (via Seven Sisters) after 22:45, due to Network Rail track work.

On Sunday:
• Trains will not run between Gospel Oak and Barking. This is while Network Rail carry out major works to enable new, longer trains to run from 2018
• Until 09:30 there will be no service between New Cross Gate and Crystal Palace/West Croydon for Network Rail track work
• Trains to/from Chingford will not stop at Bethnal Green due to Network Rail track work

TfL Rail
On Sunday, 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:

City of London – From 08:00 until 20:00 on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June, there will be lane restrictions on Bishopsgate at the junction of Threadneedle Street. This is due to utility works.

Highbury – Until Monday 3 July, there will be lane restrictions on Highbury Corner gyratory. Also Highbury Place will be closed until late February 2018.

Westminster – From today, Thursday, until Wednesday 28 June, Bridge Street will be fully closed with traffic diverted via Lambeth Bridge. From Thursday 29 June until Wednesday 12 July, St. Margaret Street/Abingdon Street will be closed southbound, from Parliament Square. From Thursday 13 July until Saturday 29 July, St. Margaret Street/Abingdon Street will be closed northbound, up to Parliament Square. This is for resurfacing works.

Wembley – On Saturday 24 June, roads around the stadium will be busier than usual, including A406, Harrow Road and Wembley High Road. This is due to an event.

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

City of London – From 08:00 until 20:00 on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June, there will be lane restrictions on Bishopsgate at the junction of Threadneedle Street. This is due to utility works.

Highbury – Until Monday 3 July, there will be lane restrictions on Highbury Corner gyratory. Also Highbury Place will be closed until late February 2018.

Westminster – From today, Thursday, until Wednesday 28 June, Bridge Street will be fully closed with traffic diverted via Lambeth Bridge. From Thursday 29 June until Wednesday 12 July, St. Margaret Street/Abingdon Street will be closed southbound, from Parliament Square. From Thursday 13 July until Saturday 29 July, St. Margaret Street/Abingdon Street will be closed northbound, up to Parliament Square. This is for resurfacing works.
Wembley – On Saturday 24 June, roads around the stadium will be busier than usual, including A406, Harrow Road and Wembley High Road. This is due to an event.

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
Hyde Park Corner, Triangle Car Park and London Aquatic Centre due to an event


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 |

Shanchuan – Stay Near London Heathrow Airport

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Featuring free WiFi, a restaurant and a barbecue, Shanchuan offers accommodations in Hounslow, just 3.5 km from Osterley Park.

You will find a kettle in the room. For your comfort, you will find slippers, free toiletries and a hairdryer.

There is a shared kitchen at the property.

The bed and breakfast also provides car rental. The nearest airport is London Heathrow Airport, 4 km from the property.

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

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

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

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20/06/2017 |

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 |
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