Category Archives: London travel

London Tube closures Easter weekend 18-21 April 2014

Here’s is info on the Tube work for this weekend. The “weekend” is an extended one for works issues – Thursday thru Monday, since it’s Easter weekend. How civilized to have a holiday weekend that lasts more than just two and … Continue reading

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Get on your bike and visit Vikings in England – spring 2014

A collection of interesting exhibitions and other activities in and around London now that winter is finally gone… From France 24 – A British museum exhibit on Vikings through late June. From Oxford Mail. A bike route between Oxford and … Continue reading

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London Tube closures weekend of 12-13 April 2014

This Sunday is the London Marathon, which likely explains why pretty much the entire Tube system will be up and running. There are, however, changes to the bus schedules in places, as well as road congestion. Click on the link above … Continue reading

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London Tube closures weekend of 5-6 April 2014

TfL is getting fancy – weekly disruption notices now include information beyond just the Tube lines such as roads and those blue hire bikes (do I have to advertise the Barclays label??). Here’s the list of the Tube work for this weekend. … Continue reading

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London Tube closures weekend of 29-30 March 2014

TfL is getting fancy – this week’s notices include some bus and national rail information and even some heads-up stuff on roads and those blue hire bikes (do I have to advertise the Barclays label??). Here’s the list of the Tube work … Continue reading

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Secret streets near Paddington

There are tons of cozy little streets all over London known as “mews”. On my daily stroll to Paddington station from my hotel last year, I passed a couple of these and decided I would looove to live on one … Continue reading

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London Tube closures weekend of 22-23 March 2014 and accessibility update

Most of the Tube work is again outside central London this weekend.  Note Embankment partial closure through early November and changes to Covent Garden thru mid-November. Central line - North Acton to West Ruislip Jubilee line - Waterloo to Finchley Road, Sunday closure … Continue reading

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London Tube closures weekend of 15-16 March 2014

Most of the Tube work is again outside central London this weekend.  Note Embankment partial closure through early November and changes to Covent Garden thru mid-November. District line - Aldgate East to Bromley-by-Bow Hammersmith/City line - Moorgate to Barking Metropolitan line - Wembley Park … Continue reading

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London Tube closures weekend of 8-9 March 2014

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

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This is silly! Magpie blog sets new record

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

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London Tube closures weekend of 1-2 March 2014

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

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London Tube closures weekend of 22-23 February 2014

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

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A French market in London

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

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Fourth plinth artwork comes home to roost

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

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A Scottish stone is going walkabout!

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

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Valentine’s Day getaways in England and Scotland

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.

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London Tube strike averted for this week

Tfl reports that the second of two multi-day strikes set for today thru Friday morning has been avoided. Yahoo!

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More Shakespeare for Trevor Nunn

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!!

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London Tube strike updates – 11-14 February 2014

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…

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London Tube more strike updates – February 2014

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…

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London Tube strike updates – February 2014

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

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winter walks around Britain

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

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The long skinny on London’s Circle Line

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

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Top (mini) mince pies for 2013 – yummm!

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!

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Champagne vending machine in London

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

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Ice rinks around England and Wales

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

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A Roman eagle in London again

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

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London Tube accessibility improvements

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

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Stuff to see (mostly) in London for autumn 2013 and gourmet getaways

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

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My favorite London sculpture

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

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