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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 Original London Sightseeing Tour: Hop-on Hop-off including a Thames River sightseeing cruise

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The Original London Sightseeing Tour: Hop-on Hop-off including a Thames River sightseeing cruise

Discover top London attractions at your leisure on this flexible open dated hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of London. With three family-friendly routes and three transport link services available, this hop-on hop-off bus in London offers a perfect day of sightseeing. Admire Tower Bridge, the London Eye, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and more from the comfort of your spacious open-top double-decker bus. As a bonus, use your London hop-on hop-off tour ticket for a range of additional activities including a Thames River sightseeing cruise and three London walking tours.

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The Original London Sightseeing Tour: Hop-on Hop-off including a Thames River sightseeing cruise
Highlights
Popular choice with kids
Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
Recorded commentary by audio headphones
Multiple departure times and locations available
Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
Redeem your voucher, ride around London aboard your spacious open-top double-decker bus and enjoy the flexibility to plan your day exactly how you like. Your London sightseeing ticket can be used on three tour routes — red, yellow or blue — as well as the transport links: black, green and purple. Tour routes are great options, with entertaining commentary for all ages plus children’s activity packs.

Your ticket also includes a hop-on, hop-off Thames River cruise and three walking tours – all of which take place daily. See Itinerary for details.

Tour – Red Route:
Discover top city highlights in central London with full audio commentary throughout. Stay on board for the full loop (approx two hours), or hop on and off at your leisure at any of these stops:

Madam Tussauds, London Planetarium, Regent’s Park, Oxford Street, Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus and Eros Statue, Leicester Square, the National Gallery, Nelson’s Column and Trafalgar Square, Horse Guard’s Parade, Downing Street, Big Ben and Houses of Parliament, Lambeth Palace, Imperial War Museum, London Aquarium, London Eye, South Bank Arts Centre, BFI Imax Cinema, Covent Garden, Fleet Street, St Paul’s Cathedral, Monument, London Bridge, London Dungeon, Tower Bridge, Tower of London, Shakespeare’s Globe, Tate Gallery Bankside, Millennium Bridge, Catamaran Cruisers, Sherlock Holmes Pub, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park and Speakers’ Corner.

Tour – Yellow Route:
Explore central London with a live guide. Stay on board for the full loop (approx two hours), or hop on or off at any of the stops. The route includes all stops mentioned on the Red Route except Madam Tussauds, London Planetarium, Regent’s Park, Oxford Street and Regent Street. These attractions are replaced with the Ritz Hotel, Royal Academy of Arts and Fortnum and Mason.

Tour – Blue Route:
Discover London’s museums and shopping districts and enjoy comprehensive audio commentary throughout. Stay on board for the full loop (approx two hours) or hop on and off at any of the stops:

Kensington Palace, Baden-Powell House, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Brompton Oratory, Harrods, Knightsbridge, Harvey Nichols, Hyde Park, Ritz Hotel, Piccadilly Circus, Shaftsbury Avenue, British Museum, Russell Square, Wellington Museum, Royal Albert Hall, Albert Memorial, Kensington High Street and Princess Diana Memorial Fountain.

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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 Afternoon Tea at Grosvenor House: relax in an atmosphere of genteel refinement

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London Afternoon Tea at Grosvenor House: relax in an atmosphere of genteel refinement

Combine old-school English glamor with delicious cakes, sandwiches and tea on this must-do afternoon tea experience in London! Choose between one of two different types of afternoon tea – one with Champagne or one with just tea – both taking place at London’s 5-star Grosvenor House Hotel.

London Afternoon Tea at Grosvenor House: relax in an atmosphere of genteel refinement

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Afternoon tea in London is an institution, owing its origins to Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford – one of Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting. As an elite member of Victorian society, she was accustomed to eating large breakfasts, small lunches and large dinners — the latter served very late each night. To satisfy her afternoon hunger pangs, she summoned her servants to bring tea and cakes.

So delightful was the experience that it became a daily meal and the trend caught on – all over London.
Still going strong today, afternoon teas are served all over the capital, with the most prestigious ones taking place in top hotels — like the 5-star Grosvenor House Hotel where your afternoon tea experience takes place. Simply choose from one of the following options and relax in an atmosphere of genteel refinement:

Traditional Afternoon Tea:
Enjoy a traditional light afternoon tea, served in style in the Grosvenor House’s library. Taking place between 3pm and 6pm, the light feast includes a pot of classic English tea, traditional (crust-removed) sandwiches, pastries, and scones with clotted cream and fruit preserves.

Anna’s Champagne Afternoon Tea:
Sit down in Grosvenor House’s Park Room, which overlooks Hyde Park, and relax to elegant music from the resident pianist. Created as a testament to Duchess Anna’s legacy, this luxury afternoon tea comprises dainty finger sandwiches, buttermilk scones, cream puffs and pastries — all served with your choice of fine English tea and a glass of all-important Champagne.

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24/04/2017 |

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

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19/04/2017 |

London Exclusive: Small-Group London Sightseeing Tour: Visit St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London

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Viator Exclusive: Small-Group London Sightseeing Tour: Visit St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London

Get the most out of London on this full-day tour, which hits the best of the English capital — you can’t book this Exclusive anywhere else. Visit St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London, watch the Changing of the Guard, and be led through the British Museum. Learn about the history of London and the sights you visit, and end the day with a much better understanding of the English metropolis.

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Upgrade to include entrance fees, or enjoy the flexibility of deciding on the day which attractions you’d like to visit. Numbers are limited to 15, ensuring a small-group experience.

Viator Exclusive: Small-Group London Sightseeing Tour: Visit St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London

Highlights
– Fully narrated tour
– Instant Confirmation
– Meet your guide at Temple Underground Station in London, then board a comfortable minivan and head to St Paul’s Cathedral. On arrival, show your pre-booked ticket or pay your entrance fee (depending on the option selected), and then explore the 17th-century cathedral on an independent, audio-guided tour.
Take in the skyline from the dome and descend to the crypt to see the tombs of famous British figures like Sir Winston Churchill.

After roughly 1.5 hours, join back up with your guide and continue to the Mall for the Changing of the Guard. Along the way, pass showstopper sights like 10 Downing Street, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, and learn more about London’s history. Hop out of your minivan in Trafalgar Square and set off on foot to Buckingham Palace. See Horse Guards Parade and other royal residences, then marvel at the pageantry of the world-famous ceremony as you march alongside the guards on the Mall.

Continue by minivan to the Tower of London, a majestic castle first built in the 11th century, stopping off on route for lunch (own expense). On arrival, opt to join a complimentary tour by one of the Beefeater guards to learn more about the tower’s role in British history. Then, enjoy time at your leisure to see the Crown Jewels, White Tower, Traitor’s Gate and other highlights. Alternatively, if you’ve not upgraded to include entrance fees, make the most of free time to explore the City of London at your own pace. Perhaps stroll along the banks of the Thames River or visit nearby Tower Bridge (own expense).

Make your final stop of the day at the British Museum, which boast the largest collection of antiquities in the world, spanning two million years. Your guide helps you navigate more easily around the vast museum and sheds light on prestigious exhibits such as the Rosetta Stone. If there’s any area of history you’re particularly interested in, let your guide know so your visit can be tailored to suit your interests.

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17/04/2017 |

Tower of London Entrance Ticket: One of London’s most popular attractions

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Tower of London Entrance Ticket: One of London's most popular attractions

Enjoy faster entrance to the UNESCO-listed Tower of London, one of London’s most popular attractions. Bypass the long lines at the main ticket office, and explore this mighty complex, established in 1066. Check out the White Tower, Traitors’ Gate and Tower Green, where Anne Boleyn was beheaded in 1536; visit the awe-inspiring Crown Jewels; and see the legendary ravens.

Once inside, explore independently, or take a complimentary Yeoman Warder ‘Beefeater’ tour or audio-guided tour (own expense).

Upgrade to include admission to two other London palaces: Hampton Court and Kensington Palace.

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Tower of London Entrance Ticket: One  of London's most popular attractions
Highlights
All entrance fees included
Ideal choice for families
Make your own way to the Tower of London on the banks of the Thames River. With your entrance ticket, Bypass the long lines at the main ticket office, and head through the group entrance and security into this imposing palace-fortress.

Built by William the Conqueror in 1066, the Tower has a dark 1,000-year history as a royal palace, prison and execution place, as well as a royal mint and armoury. Today, it still stores the British monarch’s Crown Jewels, just as it has done since 1303.

Once inside, explore independently or choose to take an optional audio-guided tour (own expense) or complimentary tour led by a Yeoman Warder or ‘Beefeater’, one of the ceremonial guards. The 1-hour Yeoman-led tours leave from inside the entrance every 30 minutes until the mid-afternoon, and offer a compelling insight into the tower’s history and sites.

See the brooding ravens as you walk around and be swept up by the grim but fascinating stories of the turrets, chambers and buildings around you. Visit the main, White Tower, to see its Royal Armouries exhibits, and enter the Bloody Tower, reputed to be where the ‘Princes in the Tower’ were murdered by an unknown hand in around 1483.

See Traitors’ Gate, through which the arrested Anne Boleyn was brought by boat from the Thames River. Then, walk to Tower Green where she was beheaded in 1536 on the orders of Henry VII, and where a string of monarchs and traitors also met a grisly end.

Step back to Tudor times at the Medieval Palace, where recreated medieval interiors detail comfortable lifestyles of Tudor monarchs such as Henry VIII, and stretch your legs with a Wall Walk, strolling along the massive encircling walls to discover more sites.

Lastly, don’t miss the Crown Jewels, the royal regalia and gems that symbolize the British monarchy. Join the separate queue to gaze at these sparkling exhibits, including St Edward’s Crown, used at coronations since 1661, and the legendary Koh-i-Noor diamond, the 105.6-carat diamond given to Queen Victoria in 1849.

Having explored as much as you wish, take your leave and make your own way back home or to your hotel.

Royal Palaces Pass Upgrade
Want to uncover more of London’s fascinating royal history? Then, upgrade to a Royal Palaces Pass that gives you a priority entrance ticket to the Tower of London together with admission to London’s Hampton Court Palace and gardens, and Kensington Palace, the former royal home of Queen Victoria and Princess Diana.

Your Royal Palaces Pass entitles you to one visit to each of the three attractions and is valid for two years, so you’ll have plenty of freedom to experience each site and discover its enthralling past at your leisure.

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17/04/2017 |

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

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14/04/2017 |

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: enter the magical world of Harry Potter and friends

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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: enter the magical world of Harry and his friends

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Harry Potter™ film series with the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. Enjoy round-trip transport from central London to the Harry Potter film studio to enter the magical world of Harry and his friends.

You’ll see how the movies were created as you tour the real movie sets, admire the costumes and props, and learn about the special effects and animatronics used to create the films’ stunning visuals. Explore the Great Hall, pose next to the original ‘Hogwarts Express,’ set foot down Diagon Alley and more.

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Highlights
– All entrance fees included
– Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
– Family friendly
– Ideal choice for families
– Popular choice with kids

Board a double-decker bus in central London and drive 17 miles (27 km) northwest to the English borough of Hertfordshire. Arrive in the town of Watford, home to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, where you’ll witness the legendary Harry Potter film series come to life.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: enter the magical world of Harry Potter and friends

Set off independently to explore the real sets used in these iconic movies. Imagine walking side-by-side with Harry, Ron and Hermione as you explore the Great Hall, view Dumbledore’s office and stroll down Diagon Alley, featuring the storefronts of Ollivanders wand shop, Flourish and Blotts, the Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, Gringotts Wizarding Bank and Eeylops Owl Emporium.

Admire the costumes and props used by Harry and his counterparts, and learn about the special effects and makeup that brought magical characters such as Dobby and the Death Eaters to life. Remember to bring your camera — there are exciting photo opportunities around every corner.

Cap your visit at Platform 9 ¾, where you can get a glimpse into how some the film’s most iconic scenes were created. Pose with a luggage trolley as it disappears through the platform wall, and get up close to the original Hogwarts Express steam engine. Marvel as steam billows from the 78-year-old engine and admire the platform’s glass roof, yellow brick walls and luggage racks.

On your drive back to London, sit back and reminisce on your fantastic day in the magical world of Harry Potter…

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13/04/2017 |
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