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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

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10/05/2017 |

Changing of the Guard Walking Tour: Buckingham Palace

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Changing of the Guard Walking Tour: Buckingham Palace

The Changing of The Guard is one of the most famous ceremonies in the world and a must-see London attraction, but what is the best way to experience it? There is more to it than can possibly be seen if you just join the melee pushing up against the gates of Buckingham Palace trying to catch a glimpse.

Over 2 hours we will offer you some of the best timed views of the different sites of the ceremony, and unlike any other London tour we will also explain to you why it is happening and trace the fascinating origins of the tempestuous history of guarding The Monarchy, allowing you to thoroughly appreciate what it is that you are witnessing.

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Changing of the Guard Walking Tour: Buckingham Palace

Highlights
Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
Family friendly
Step back in time on a history tour
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Small-group tour
Meet your guide outside of St. James’s underground station and head over to Westminster Abbey and The Houses of Parliament to learn about the history and importance of our Monarchy, as well as finding out just why the Changing of The Guard Ceremony takes place.

After this it’s a short walk to Horseguards parade to witness the oldest section of the ceremony, the Changing of the Horseguards. Then we will make our way to see the start of the Footguards’ ceremony outside of Saint James’s Palace. Your guide will place you at the best vantage point to see the inspection, old guard, new guard, and bands play. They will explain the meaning behind all of the maneuvers and significance of the carefully orchestrated movement.

Then follow along with the guards and band as they head to Buckingham Palace, avoiding the melee of people pushing up against the gates of the Palace trying to catch a glimpse. Your guide will keep you out of the crowds while discussing the fascinating history behind guarding the famous monarchy.

Finish the tour at the Green Park underground station (Jubilee Line, Victoria Line, Piccadilly Line), however if you would like to remain in the area and explore, your guide will be happy to give you directions to other attractions.

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06/05/2017 |

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience: in London’s West End

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Faulty Towers The Dining Experience: in London's West End

Prepare yourself for two hours of unexpected, fully immersive and highly improvised comedy at Faulty Towers The Dining Experience in London’s West End. Set in a specially devised Torquay Suite Theatre at the 4-star Amba Hotel Charing Cross, this unique show pays homage to the popular British sitcom ‘Fawlty Towers.’ Check in to the theater, be shown to your seat by Basil, Sybil and Manuel, then try not to laugh yourself silly as they serve a 1970s-inspired 3-course lunch or dinner. Expect shocking service, hilarious improvisations and sidesplitting theatrical scenes throughout this interactive and rip-roaringly fun dining experience that has won international acclaim. Please note that as of May 1, the venue will be changed to the Kingsway Hall Hotel in Covent Garden.

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Faulty Towers The Dining Experience: in London's West End

Highlights
Dinner included
Make your own way to the Torquay Suite Theatre at the Amba Hotel Charing Cross to begin your unique show and dining experience. Set in the grand 4-star splendor of this Victorian city hotel, this once-in-a-lifetime dining experience is an affectionate homage to the hit 1970s British sitcom Fawlty Towers, written by John Cleese and Connie Booth.

After ‘checking in,’ perhaps head to Basil’s bar to enjoy a pre-dinner drink (own expense) as you wait for the fun to start. Chuckle in amusement as you watch the hotel proprietor, Basil Faulty, rush around greeting guests, and hear Sybil’s shrill cries of “BAS-IL!” bouncing off of the walls while Manuel tries to serve the nuts.

Take your seat as Basil frantically ushers everyone to their places at one of the shared tables, and prepare to laugh yourself silly during what is likely to be one of the most comical lunch or dinner experiences you have ever had.

With only a third of the show scripted, no two dining experiences are ever the same. And with Basil, Sybil and Manuel acting as the waiting staff, expect everything but ‘good’ service. In true Fawlty Towers form, everything that can go wrong, will go wrong — hilariously so.

During the 2-hour experience, dine on a 1970s-inspired 3-course meal consisting of dishes such as spiced carrot and fennel soup, and chicken with tarragon mash and vegetables. Before and during the meal, watch as Basil, Sybil and Manuel wander between tables, mingling with diners and loosely recreating some classic, not to mention hysterical, scenes from the TV show.

With a full stomach and a smile spread across your face, your experience concludes when you ‘check out’ of the Torquay Suite Theatre.

Please note: as of May 1, the venue will be changed to the Kingsway Hall Hotel in Covent Garden.

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06/05/2017 |

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 |

Historical tour London Walking Tour: a unique insight of the effect two World Wars on London

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Historical World Wars London Walking Tour: a unique insight of the effect two World Wars on London

This tour gives you a unique insight into life in London during the two World Wars. You will learn the effect of war on London as well as the effects of air raids and bombing and how Londoners survived, often spending days living in the underground stations and how families were torn apart by war.

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Historical World Wars London Walking Tour: a unique insight of the effect two World Wars on London

Highlights
Led by a Blue Badge guide
Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
This tour gives you a unique insight into life in London during the two World Wars. You will learn the effect of war on London as well as the effects of air raids and bombing and how Londoners survived, often spending days living in the underground stations and how families were torn apart by war.

Life in London continued despite this with many American, Australian, Canadian, New Zealandian and other Commonwealth troops stationed here. Romance bloomed despite war and many thousands of British girls found husbands among the visiting troops.

You’ll learn about the many songs that were made popular at the time have passed into British culture and still evoking those times.

This walking tour takes in the many memorials to both wars, you will learn of the role of the Royal Family in those hard times, and of course war heroes like Sir Winston Churchill. You’ll be taken past Churchill’s War Rooms, the old War Office, Downing Street and Parliament Square among many other famous sites.

 


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 |

Private Tour: Traditional Black Cab Tour of London’s Hidden Treasures: including the Tower of London

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Private Tour: Traditional Black Cab Tour of London's Hidden Treasures: including the Tower of London

Take a private black taxi tour of London’s top attractions and hidden treasures with a knowledgeable guide. This family-friendly tour takes you to all the well-known sites in London, including the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abby. Then, explore the unusual sites of Great Britain’s capital, like Henry VIII’s cow shed and Winston Churchill’s cigar chair.

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Highlights
Choice of morning or afternoon departure
Family friendly
Fully narrated tour
Hotel pickup included
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
This private black taxi tour, ideal for the whole family, takes you to both London’s most famous sites and its hidden treasures. Enjoy a comfortable drive around London in a traditional black taxi and stop at each landmark for a photograph and a historical explanation. Visit Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, the Houses of Parliament and much more!

While driving through London in your private taxi, you’ll also stop and see many of London’s hidden treasures — places that “normal” tourists never get to see! Wander through alleyways and hear tales of murder and mystery! See the smallest house in London, the smallest square in town, explore Henry VIII’s cow shed and see his tennis court. Visit shops that are over 300 years old and still trading and see a house with false windows, a Roman Bath, a medieval banquet hall and Winston Churchill’s own cigar chair!
Upgrade your private black taxi tour to include an extra hour of sightseeing and discover even more hidden treasures of London!

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02/05/2017 |

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 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 |
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