Category Archives: UK news

London Tube updates – accessibility and contactless payment

Here is the newest info on accessibility changes to the Tube system. Transport for London is continuing to roll out support for contactless bank cards for fare payment. Here’s the link for the latest on this topic. Although the website … Continue reading

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London Tube updates – 1-2 November 2014

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures. I apologize for skipping last week’s notes; I’m sure no one missed it. Bakerloo line is not running from Queen’s Park to Harrow & Wealdstone from Wednesday thru Sunday Circle line … Continue reading

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London Tube updates – 18-19 October 2014

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures. NOTE: The Tube strike scheduled for next week has been called off. This was last week! Bakerloo line is not running from Queen’s Park to Harrow & Wealdstone on Sunday Work … Continue reading

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London Tube updates – 11-12 October 2014

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures. NOTE: The Tube strike scheduled for next week has been called off. Bakerloo line won’t be running from Queen’s Park to Harrow & Wealdstone on Sunday District line will be shut between … Continue reading

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London Tube updates – 4-5 October 2014

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures. Latimer Rd station is closed for the weekend Bakerloo line not running between Queen’s Park to Harrow & Wealdstone on Sunday District line will be shut between Turnham Green and Richmond both days Jubilee … Continue reading

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London Tube updates – 27-28 September 2014

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures. Chancery Lane station will be shut on Sunday only. Circle Line is down between Gloucester Road to Aldgate via Victoria. Similarly, the District line will be shut between South Kensington and Aldgate East … Continue reading

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London Tube set for all-night weekend service – September 2015

From London Independent, but will look for more info from TfL. I’m looking forward to experiencing this development in London’s (possible) evolution to a 24/7 city, at least on weekends. Night buses will presumably still be a big part of after-hours … Continue reading

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London Tube updates – 22 September bus strike called off

TfL has just announced that the bus strike set for this Monday, 22 September, has been averted so only the normal weekday headaches will prevail.  

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London Tube updates – 20-21 September 2014 and possible bus strike

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures. *** The bus strike planned for all day Friday into the wee hours of Saturday morning has been called off. The strike on Monday is currently set to go on … Continue reading

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A sea of poppies at the Tower of London

My most recent trip was filled with a wide variety of experiences and locales. It will take a while to sort through the photos, journal notes and other hasty scribbles to make sense and produce some decent posts, especially since … Continue reading

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London Tube updates – 13-14 September 2014

In addition to the usual construction and rehabbing disruptions, this Sunday sees the Tour of Britain in London, a bicycle race of 88 km through Whitehall, Westminster and the City. Click on the Tour link to get the route map, should … Continue reading

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London Tube closures for weekend of 16-17 August 2014

Here are this weekend’s Tube closures. Metropolitan line – Chalfont & Latimer to Chesham closure between 11.30 and 17.15 both days. District line – Aldgate East to Bromley-by-Bow and Barking to Upminster Jubilee line – Sunday only – Waterloo to Finchley Road Hammersmith/City line – Moorgate … Continue reading

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London Tube closures for weekend of 9-10 August 2014

Here are this weekend’s Tube closures. Central London is pretty much normal. but reporting on the goings-on is getting complicated – so many links to update! National Rail has one glitch out of Euston station this weekend – no London … Continue reading

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London Tube closures for weekend of 2-3 August 2014

Apologies once again for not bothering to post last weekend’s Tube disruptions. Two weekends out of three that the world had to function without my London Tube updates (yeah, like the city ground to a halt. As if). Here are this … Continue reading

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London Tube closures for weekend of 19-20 July 2014

Apologies once again for not bothering to post last weekend’s tube closures. I’m planning to add the TfL website to my blog’s HOT LINKS! list on the right-hand side of the screen, assuming I can set it up so the … Continue reading

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No more cash on London buses!

No, this does not mean that buses are free, but it’s just another sign that tourists and old farts need a rethink when boarding a London bus. Beginning this Sunday – 6 July, 2014, bus fares cannot be paid with … Continue reading

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London Tube closures for weekend of 5-6 July 2014

Here are this weekend’s Tube closures. Not much on, thankfully. But Le Tour is coming to London on Monday, 7 July, so the next several days could be a bit crazy. I just wish I could be there for the … Continue reading

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London Tube closures for weekend of 28-29 June 2014

Here are this weekend’s Tube closures. Metropolitan line – Moor Park to Amersham and Chesham Jubilee line – Waterloo to Finchley Road London Overground – Surrey Quays to Clapham Junction both days; Sunday – Clapham Junction to Willesden Junction, Camden Road to Willesden Junction via West … Continue reading

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London Tube closures for weekend of 21-22 June 2014

Here are this weekend’s Tube closures. Circle line – Gloucester Road to Edgware Rd via Bayswater Jubilee line – late opening at 11 am Sunday between Waterloo to Finchley Road District line – Earl’s Court to Wimbledon; check the TfL link for bus service to Southfields … Continue reading

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Look for a new £1 coin in 2017

From the London Independent. Found this sitting in my draft folder, but I should have posted it ages ago. The first thought that popped into my head when I saw this was… will this new twelve-sided £1 coin work in vending … Continue reading

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London Tube closures for weekend of 14-15 June 2014

Here are this weekend’s Tube closures. Circle line – Gloucester Road to Edgware Rd via Bayswater Jubilee line – London Bridge to North Greenwich District line – Edgware Rd to Wimbledon London Overground Surrey Quays to Clapham Junction; Sunday only – Camden Road to Willesden Junction … Continue reading

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London Tube closures for weekend of 7-8 June 2014; taxi strike 11 June

Here are this weekend’s Tube closures. Circle line – Gloucester Road to Edgware Rd Jubilee line – Waterloo to Finchley Road late opening at 11.00 on Sunday District line – Earl’s Court to Edgware Rd Metropolitan line – Moor Park to Amersham/Chesham Northern line – Camden Town to … Continue reading

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Dutch rail tickets and Heathrow’s runway plans

From Dutch News. Paper train tickets are being phased out this summer. Time to look into the alternatives. The chipkaart sounds similar to NYC’s Metro Cards and London’s Oyster card and should be easy to get. The tricky part may … Continue reading

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London Tube closures for weekend of 31 May – 1 June 2014

Here are this weekend’s Tube closures. Circle line – Gloucester Road to Aldgate via Victoria Farringdon station closed District line – S Kensington to Aldgate East and Earl’s Court to Kensington (Olympia) Metropolitan line – Moor Park to Amersham/Chesham Northern line – Saturday – Camden … Continue reading

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tidbits of UK travel news

From the London Independent.  A (very) modest hotel in Wales scores for customer service. Even thrifty old me could afford to stay here! I wonder how far in advance one needs to book? And here are a few ideas for … Continue reading

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London Tube closures for bank holiday weekend of 24-26 May 2014

I apologize for not posting Tube closure news for the past two weekends. Other things to do and have been out of town. I’m sure nobody got stranded because of it. Here are this weekend’s Tube closures. Everything except for … Continue reading

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Duck and Waffle in London and some rums to try

From London Independent. A 24-hour restau on the 40th floor of Heron Tower, Bishopsgate, the Duck & Waffle is open all day and has amazing food. I probably would not have bothered posting this, but the name is curious, dontcha … Continue reading

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London Tube closures and traffic headaches for bank holiday w/e 3-5 May 2014

Here are this weekend’s Tube closures. Remember that there is still a second strike action set for most of next week similar to this week. I’ll post any changes to the prediction described below. Hell, it’s bank holiday weekend. Leave … Continue reading

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London Tube closures for weekend of 26-27 April 2014

Here are this weekend’s Tube closures. Circle line – Gloucester Road to Aldgate via Victoria District line – Embankment to Aldgate East and Earl’s Court to Kensington (Olympia) DLR – Poplar to Stratford London Overground disruptions are Sunday only – late 12.30 am start … 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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