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Category Archives: London travel
Most of the Tube work is outside central London this weekend. Note Embankment partial closure through early November and changes to Covent Garden thru mid-November. Bakerloo line – Sunday only - Stonebridge Park to Harrow & Wealdstone Jubilee line - Waterloo to Finchley … Continue reading
For the almost three year life of this blog, daily hits to the site have numbered in the single and low double digits most of the time. Statistics automatically generated by WordPress include the daily numbers of hits and showed … Continue reading
Back to the normal weekend closures – minimal Tube closures this weekend. Note Embankment partial closure through early November and changes to Covent Garden thru mid-November. Bakerloo line – Saturday - Queen’s Park to Harrow & Wealdstone Northern - Archway to High Barnet/Mill … Continue reading
Back to the normal weekend closures – not too many Tube issues this weekend. but London Overground is mostly shut. Note Embankment partial closure through early November… Metropolitan line - Wembley Park to Northwood/Uxbridge Northern line - Camden Town to Edgware Piccadilly line - South … Continue reading
For the past few years, I’ve wanted to visit London in January so I could go to the largest of the French Property shows put on each year in England. This year, I finally got there. Now, I’ve pretty much … Continue reading
The latest in a continuing series of artworks, each of which resides for about a year on the previously unoccupied fourth plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square. It’s a giant blue rooster entitled Hahn/Cock. I especially like the pigeons sitting below … Continue reading
From London Independent and Univ of Glasgow. The Hogback Stone, one of the thousand-plus year old Govan stones which live in a Glasgow church, is going on exhibition at the British Museum in London. Here’s more info and a photo, … Continue reading
From London Independent. Ten great places for that special weekend getaway. I especially like the gypsy caravan. Let’s hope none of them are plagued by the disastrous floods currently inundating the island.
Tfl reports that the second of two multi-day strikes set for today thru Friday morning has been avoided. Yahoo!
From London Independent. Trevor Nunn has staged 30 of Shakespeare’s 37 plays and wants to do the rest before retiring. Something to look forward to!!
The strike set for tomorrow is likely to affect Tube services beginning around 9.30 pm, all the way ’til Friday morning. Oy! Nice that things are supposed to be “normal” come Valentine’s Day. Here is more information from TfL…
The strike set for today is likely to affect Tube services all the way ’til Friday; next week may be similarly dragged out. Here is more information from TfL…
Sorry about slacking off the last couple of weeks with the Tube closures. Working on my blog with my tablet while on vaca can be a real pain, so I skipped it these past two weekends. Today and next Tuesday, … Continue reading
From the London Independent. Ten ideas for winter walks of varying lengths around Britain, from Wales and Cornwall to London and Scotland. I went on a woodsy walk in the Ashdown Forest (#8) years ago with Dad. It wasn’t quite … Continue reading
I found this online article explaining the history, problems and dreams regarding the Circle Line, one of London’s most useful Tube lines, especially if you’re the sort of person who wants to avoid changing trains as much as possible between point … Continue reading
From the London Independent. If you’re hanging around London for the Xmas holidays, here’s a handy list of packaged (mini) mince pies to top off your holiday meal/s!
An excerpt from a London Independent article on eating lobster described a fabulous (non-seafood) sighting in Selfridges, the London department store. To wit – = = = = The convenience of instant luxury crystals I love the idea of the … Continue reading
From London Independent. A short list of the ten best ice rinks from (mostly) London to Cornwall, Manchester to Cardiff. Another winter sport that’s beyond my current fitness abilities. I might be able to do it again if the ice … Continue reading
From London Independent. A Roman eagle sculpture, around 1800 years old, has been dug up near Aldgate and is on display at the Museum of London. In excess of two feet tall, an amazing piece, quite possibly from some big … Continue reading
TfL (Transport for London) will be issuing periodic updates beyond the weekend closure news I’ve been posting. I’ll be including these links along with the regular Tube closure postings as I get them. This new series of announcements relates to … Continue reading
From the London Independent. A serious list of fifty arts events and performances, live and recorded, mostly in and around London but there are a few for a day or a weekend away. Pick something and go! I’m a big … Continue reading
These days, the first bit of outdoor art I check out in London is the rotating art installation on the fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. Always interesting, subject matter all over the place and there’s a new piece every year … Continue reading
Here are the Tube closures for this weekend. Busy, busy, busy! Most are planned for Sun-Mon or Sat-Mon. Note the Ladbroke Grove closure for the Notting Hill Carnival. Be aware also that the RMT (Rail, Maritime, Transport Workers) has called … Continue reading
From Oxford Mail. A new life for an eatery on St Giles in Oxford. From the London Independent. Food, a summer drink and a street food app.
From e-newsletter. Covent Garden is slowly adding high-end shopping choices. Penhaligon and Godiva are the latest, following Chanel last year. So far, it still feels pretty un-snobby; as long as I can still shop at Whittard’s, Tea Palace, Paperchase, Joy, … Continue reading
Here are the scheduled Tube system repairs for this weekend. Another quiet weekend, relatively speaking. The District line between Earl’s Court and Kensington Olympia is closed (but if there’s nothing going on at Ken Olympia, does it matter?) The same … Continue reading
Here are the scheduled Tube system repairs for this weekend. Except for London Overground between Clapham Junction and Surrey Quays, only the Northern Line is closed, but that’s almost the entire line. And Edgware Rd on the Bakerloo Line … Continue reading
Here are the scheduled Tube system repairs for this weekend. I neglected to post the info for last weekend; I’m assuming nobody got caught short as a result. Five fingers of the District Line radiating out from Earls Court like … Continue reading
Here are the scheduled Tube system repairs for this weekend. A chunk of the District Line from Earls Court and west, some of London Overground and a hefty section of the Northern line north of Camden Town. Also Circle Line … Continue reading
Here are the scheduled Tube system repairs for this weekend. Another fairly quiet weekend. A chunk of the Central Line beyond N Acton station and the last bit of the Northern line beyond Colindale will be shut through Monday. Large … Continue reading