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Night at the Museum

Breakfast options:

  • Food purchased the night before
  • Macdonalds
  • Sushi from Wasabi

Plan route:

  • Little Venice
  • British Museum – Fridays the museum is open until 8.30pm. Plan to stay: 2-3 hours
  • Sir John Soane museum
  • Saint George Bloomsbury (Church)

Option 1:
From Hotel to Little Venice:

  • Total travel time is about 24 mins.
  • From Hotel take bus to Hammersmith Station, stop Hammersmith (Stop W)
  • From Hotel walk about 5 mins, 0.2 miles to Hammersmith Station (not Broadway)
  • Take the Hammersmith & City Barking to Paddington Station
  • Total travel time is about 12 mins (8 stops)
  • 5th Stop: Ladbroke Grove Station, 6th Stop: Westbourne Park, 7th Stop: Royal Oak
  • Alight at Paddington Station and walk 2 mins to Paddington Station
  • Take the Bakerloo Queen’s Park to Warwick Avenue Station
  • Total travel time is about 1 min (nonstop)
  • Alight at Warwick Avenue Station and walk 2 mins, 0.2 miles to Little Venice
  • Exit Station and walk following the traffic on Warwick Avenue
  • Turn Right on Warwick Avenue and walk following the traffic.
  • Turn Left on Warwick Avenue and walk against the traffic till Warwick Place
  • Continue walking on Warwick Place till Bloomfield Road, then turn Left
  • Follow the road, then turn right on Westbourne Terrace Road.

Option 2:
From Hotel to Little Venice:

  • Total travel time is about 27 mins.
  • From Hotel take bus to Hammersmith Station, stop Hammersmith (Stop W)
  • From Hotel walk about 5 mins, 0.2 miles to Hammersmith Station (not Broadway)
  • Take the Circle King’s Cross to Royal Oak Station
  • Total travel time is about 10 mins (7 stops)
  • 4th Stop: Latimer Road Station, 5th Stop: Ladbroke Grove Station, 6th Stop: Westbourne Park

Alight at Royal Oak Station and walk 12 mins, 0.6 miles to Little Venice

  • Exit Station and walk against the traffic on Lord Hills Bridge/B411 toward Harrow Rd/A404
  • Turn left onto Harrow Rd/A404 onto Bourne Terrace
  • Continue straight onto Bourne Terrace
  • Turn left onto Chichester Rd
  • Turn right onto Delamere Terrace
  • Turn left at Westbourne Terrace Rd

(A) Little Venice: Walk southeast along Warwick Avenue towards Little Venice. The canal intersects with Warwick Avenue and so you should see the canal running below the road on your left and right. Start by turning right and walking on the sidewalk until you come to the stairs leading down to the towpath. Walk down to the towpath and around this circular bit of Little Venice to see some of the most famous boats in the area. There are many businesses that operate out of canal boats such as the Floating Boater Cafe, Waterside Cafe, or the Puppet Theatre Barge!

(B) Rembrandt Gardens: Adjacent to Little Venice are the Rembrandt Gardens. 5000 tulips and 500 hyacinths were donated to the formerly named Warwick Gardens to mark the 700th birthday of the City of Amsterdam. The name of the ornamental gardens was then changed to celebrate the gift.If you fancy a quick walk around, head back up to the sidewalk to have a look before continuing down along the towpath.

(C) The heart of Little Venice: The stretch of canal located on the other side of Warwick Street is the most famous bit of Little Venice. As each boat is someone’s home, they vary immensely in terms of colour and style.

(D) Cafe LaVille: Continue east along the canal towards Regent’s Park. If you’re in need of a drink or snack, pop into this small cafe which has beautiful views of the canal as it is located directly above the water.

Lunch will be at Paddington station burger king or macDonald’s
Take to oxford underground – tottenham, lunch at flat iron

British Museum

  • To see The Rosetta Stone, Mummy of Katebet, the Lewis Chessmen
    Daily eye-opener tours
    Free
    30-40 minute tours
    Throughout the day
    Meet at the relevant gallery

Please note: the Collecting the World tour meets outside Room 1

  • 11.00 Collecting the World, Room 2
  • 11.15 Roman Britain, Room 49
  • 11.30 Ancient Greece, Room 17
  • 11.45 Ancient Iraq, Room 56
  • 12.00 Africa, Room 24
  • 12.30 The Enlightenment Gallery, Room 1
  • 12.45 Mexico, Room 27
  • 14.15 World of Money, Room 68
  • 14.30 Ancient Egypt, Room 64
  • 14.45 Medieval Europe, Room 41
  • 15.15 Ancient Rome, Room 70
  • 15.45 Assyrian Reliefs, Room 6

Lunchtime gallery talks
Free
45 minute talks with guest speaker or curator
Tuesdays–Fridays, 13.15
Spotlight tours
Friday evening spotlight tours
Free
20 minute tours focussing on highlights
Every Friday evening

  • 17.00 & 17.30 The Parthenon
  • 18.30 & 19.00 The Enlightenment
  • 17.00 & 17.30 Rosetta Stone
  • 18.30 & 19.00 Death in ancient Egypt

After dinner, slowly walk back to hotel to rest and recharge for next day activities.

ADDRESS

British Museum, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG

OPENING TIMES

Selected galleries are open late Thu & Fri | Closed 1 January, Good Friday, 24, 25, 26 December

PRICES

FREE | Charges apply to major temporary exhibitions.

Sir John Soane’s Museum

Address:  13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3BP

Opening times:  Wednesdays to Sundays, 10.00am – 17.00pm, Last entry at 16.30pm

Admission is free

Welcome to the historic house, museum and library of distinguished 19th century architect Sir John Soane. At Soane’s request, the house has been left untouched since his death – almost 180 years ago.

Prepare for your visit with our amazing digital fly-through of the house ‘Explore Soane

Some of the photographs taken in London.

Warner Bros Studios Tour London The Making of Harry Potter

A wonderful place to visit and enjoy an entire day of seeing the behind the scene of Harry Potter special effects.

Breakfast options:

  • Food purchased the night before
  • Macdonalds
  • Sushi from Wasabi
  • Doorstep

After breakfast, we shall begin our 1 day adventure to Warner Bros. Studios Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter in Leavesden, southeastern England.

Take anytime from 12.30pm to 3pm tour
Estimated time to spend: 4 hours
Estimated travel time: 1.30 hours
Must leave hotel before 10.30am. Need to be in bus by 10.30am.
Last Tour 6.45pm
Closes at: 10pm

  • Experience your favorite Harry Potter scenes and characters as you explore independently
  • Walk through Diagon Alley, the Great Hall and other sets used in the films
  • See the original Hogwarts Express steam engine and pose for photos at Platform 9 ¾
  • Discover the actual props, costumes and special effects that made the movies so magical

From Hotel
walk to Iffley Road to take bus
27 to Kensington Station (Stop K) Chalk Farm,
6 stops away , 14 mins.
3rd stop: Latymer Court (Stop G),
4th stop: Brook Green (Stop H),
5th stop: North End Road (Stop J),
6th stop: Kensington Station (Stop K)
Walk 4 mins to Kensington (Olympia)

From Kensington (Olympia) take the Southern Milton Keynes Central, 30 min(4 stops) to Watford Junction. 1st stop: Shepherd’s Bush, 2nd stop: embley Central, 3rd stop: Harrow & Wealdstone, 4th stop: Watford Junction

Walk about 1 min , 276 ft to Watford Junction Railway Station
Walk to Watford Junction Railway Station (Stop 4) to take the coach (311 – Service run by Mullanys Coaches) to Harry Potter Studio. 15 mins travel time.
Need to pay cash.

RETURN TICKET £2.50
SINGLE TICKET £2.00

Need to arrive 20 minutes earlier than booked time.

Collection of tickets are from the ticket windows or automated kiosks outside the main entrance!

The entrance is strictly via timed entry as per your ticket. They are really strict on it so do be punctual!

After dinner, slowly walk back to hotel to rest and recharge for next day activities.

The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter allows you to walk around independently to see real sets used in the Harry Potter movies, including the Great Hall and Dumbledore’s office. Check out the storefronts of Flourish and Blotts, Ollivanders wand shop, Gringotts Wizarding Bank, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes and Eeylops Owl Emporium as you explore Diagon Alley, pretending that Harry, Hermoine and Ron are right by your side.

Learn about the special effects and makeup that brought spells and beloved characters like Dobby to the screen, and see costumes and props used by the actors. Don’t-miss photo ops abound, so don’t forget to charge your camera!

Your experience ends at Platform 9 ¾ , where you can pose with a luggage cart as it disappears into the wall and enjoy an up-close view of the original Hogwarts Express train, whose 78-year-old engine billows steam. Then make the drive back to London to conclude your tour of the magic of moviemaking.

Some photographs taken at Studio.

I have taken more than 1000 photographs at the studio, it is too much to display here. You must go and visit to enjoy what I have seen there.

Museums Harrods Hyde Park

Breakfast options:

  • Food purchased the night before
  • Macdonalds
  • Sushi from Wasabi
  • Doorstep

Plan route:

  1. Victoria and Albert Museum (1 – 2 hours)
  2. Natural History Museum (2 – 3 hours)
  3. Science Museum (2 – 3 hours)
  4. Option A: Harrods
  5. Option B: Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens (1 hour 30 mins each) (Optional depending on time)

From Hotel to Victoria and Albert Museum:

  • Total travel time is about 19 mins.
  • From Hotel walk about 7 mins, 0.3 miles to Hammersmith Station
  • Take the Piccadilly Cockfosters from Hammersmith to South Kensington Station
  • Total travel time is about 8 mins (4 stops)
  • 1st Stop – Barons Court Station; 2nd Stop – Earl’s Court, 3rd Stop – Gloucester Road, 4th Stop – South Kensington
  • Alight at South Kensington Station
  • From South Kensington Station Walk about 4 min , 0.2 miles to Victoria and Albert Museum.

Victoria and Albert Museum

  • Estimated time to spend: 1 to 2 hours or less.

Lunch options:
Option A: At any of the cafes or
Option B: Bring our own food to be eaten at dedicated picnic areas in the Museum: the Picnic Terrace on Level -1, and outside Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery on Level 3.
Natural History Museum

  • Estimated time to spend: 2 to 3 hours or more

Must See:

  • “Dippy” a 32 meter long replica of a Diplodocus Carnegii skeleton
  • In the Large Mammals Hall you can see the skeleton and model of a blue whale which is 25 meters long.
  • Another giant is Archie, an 8 meter long giant squid caught off the Falkland Islands in 2004.
  • The Treasures in the Cadogan Gallery is a collection of 22 of the most unusual exhibits in the museum like the fossils of dinosaur teeth; the Emperor Penguin Egg which was brought back from the Antarctic by Captain Scott; a first edition of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and the intricately carved 17th century Hans Sloan’s Pautilus Shell.

To See:
Earth Galleries: Rocks and minerals

  • Look out for the genuine pieces of moon rock and fossils – which our ancestors believed to be the weapons of Zeus
  • Models of volcanoes erupting and tectonic simulators let you experience the sensations first-hand, and there’s also a mock-up of a Japanese supermarket during the 1995 Kobe earthquake, so you can feel the ground shivering and shaking as the power is unleashed.

Earth’s Treasury, where you can see real sapphires, diamonds, rocks and minerals… plus some lowly grains of sand
Science Museum
Estimated time to spend: 2 to 3 hours or more
Depending on time, we have 2 options:

  • Option 1 – Dinner at Hawksmoor Knightsbridge and Shopping at Harrods
  • Option 2 – Visit Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens

Dinner will be at nearby places.
Hawksmoor Knightsbridge

2 Courses £25.00, 3 Courses £28.00 (Available for reservations made Monday – Thursday 12-6.30pm and Friday – Saturday 12.00-6.30pm, 10pm – 10.30pm)
To try – sticky toffee pudding, dessert with chocolate and salted caramel
https://thehawksmoor.com/locations/knightsbridge/food/lunch-dinner/

From Science Museum to Hawksmoor Knightsbridge:

  • Total travel time is about 7 mins.
  • From Science Museum walk about 5 mins, 0.2 miles to Victoria and Albert Museum (Stop M) Bus stop
  • Take the Bus 74 Baker Street to Brompton Square (Stop KW) Bus Stop
  • Total travel time is about 1 min (non stop)

Alight at Brompton Square (Stop KW) Bus Stop and walk 2 mins, 0.1 miles to Hawksmoor Knightsbridge. It is on the lane directly opposite the bus stop.

  • walk against the traffic on Brompton Road to the traffic junction.
  • Cross the traffic lights and walk against the traffic on Brompton Road
  • Turn right onto Yeoman’s Row
  • Destination will be on the left

Option 1 – Shopping at Harrods
After dinner we will visit Harrods – the world’s most famous department store for some shopping. It’s a short walk down the Brompton Road (allow for 1 hour shopping time, or more if you use the restaurant).
walk 5 mins, 0.2 miles along Brompton Road to Harrods. Walk against the traffic, straight.

To Buy from Harrods:

  • Harrods English Butterscotch Biscuits (Cookies) Price: £7.95
  • Harrods Coffee in an Exclusive Tin Price: £10.95

From Harrods to Hotel:

  • Total travel time is about 22 mins.
  • From Harrods walk about 5 mins, 0.2 miles to Knightsbridge Station

Take the Piccadilly Heathrow Terminal 4 from Knightsbridge Station to Hammersmith Station

  • Total travel time is about 11 mins (5 stops)
    From Hammersmith Station Walk about 6 min , 0.3 miles to Hotel.

Option 2 – Visit Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens

Option 1: Walk to Royal Albert Hall
Option 2: Take Bus 360 from South Kensington Museums (Stop K) to Royal Albert Hall (Stop RC). 3 mins non stop
Walk AROUND the Royal Albert Hall to the back, where you will see a wonderful statue of Prince Albert himself.
Royal Albert Hall – Take pix of The figure of Albert and The inscription that runs around the top of the Hall.
It’s free to simply walk around the entirety of the outside.
Albert Memorial – photo op
Kensington Palace (Paid), Kensington Gardens (Free) – look for the partially hidden statue of Peter Pan which is here as a reminder to the Boy who never grew up
Serpentine Galleries, Princess Diana Memorial Fountain
The Serpentine
Speaker’s Corner
Marble Arch
Go for Dinner nearby, if still not tired may do some shopping in Oxford Street.
After a satisfying steak dinner and shopping, slowly walk back to hotel to rest and recharge for next day activities..

Victoria & Albert Museum[FREE]

Opening Hours:  Sat-Thu 10:00am – 5:45 pm, Fri 10:00am – 10:00pm

Address:  Cromwell Rd., South Kensington, London

Tel:  020 7942-2000

The V&A Museum holds the world’s largest collection of decorative arts and design objects! Some of the over 4.5million pieces include music instruments or statues, relating to fashion or history, as well as a rotating collection of fantastic exhibitions. Our personal favourite, the “Britain” gallery with artefacts relating to the history of Britain includes an entire Jacobean room that has been rebuilt inside the Museum.

Science Museum [FREE]

Opening Hours:  10:00am – 6:00pm

Address:  Exhibition Rd., South Kensington, London

Tel:  0870 870-4868

A family favourite, this museum offers a lot of hands-on exhibitions, creating an awesome interactive experience. From the world’s oldest steam locomotive, the first jet engine, and even an IMAX theatre showing science and nature documentaries, there is a lot to see here.

Natural History Museum [FREE]

Opening Hours:  10:00am – 5:50pm

Address:  Cromwell Rd., SW7, Southwest London

Tel:  020/7942-5000

The Natural History Museum is filled with fascinating pieces collected from all over the world: extinct animals, and even better a T-Rex dinosaur that moves while you stand in the shadow of the skeleton, a cutting of one of the largest trees in the world, and collections of spiders and butterflies. You can take a walk through the solar system or take a close look at the gemstone collection that rivals the Queen’s!

Royal Albert Hall

One of the most famous concert venues in Europe, the Royal Albert Hall opened to the public in 1871, and quickly became one of the most high-profile musical venues in the country, hosting more than 350 events every year. The Hall is named after its’ founder, Prince Albert (husband to Queen Victoria) who never lived to see the completion of the Hall, having died in 1861. Today the Hall holds various events including concerts, Cirque du Soleil performances, film premieres and the BRIT awards. It is possible to tour the Hall with a paid-for-guided-tour but it’s free to simply walk around the entirety of the outside. The inscription that runs around the top of the Hall is a dedication that reads: This hall was erected for the advancement of the arts and sciences and works of industry of all nations in fulfilment with the intention of Albert Prince Consort. The site was purchased with the proceeds of the Great Exhibition of the year MDCCCLI. The first stone of the Hall was laid by Her Majesty Queen Victoria on the twentieth day of May MDCCCLXVII and it was opened by Her Majesty the Twenty Ninth of March in the year MDCCCLXXI. Thine O Lord is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty. For all that is in the heaven and in the earth is Thine. The wise and their works are in the hand of God. Glory by to God on high and on earth peace. …whew!

Walk AROUND the Royal Albert Hall to the back, where you will see a wonderful statue of Prince Albert himself. With the statue and the Hall behind you, go down the steps. Turn left onto PRINCE CONSORT RODE. Walk until you come onto EXHIBITION ROAD and turn RIGHT. This road will take you straight to the SCIENCE MUSEUM, THE V&A MUSEUM and THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM.

Albert Memorial

Commissioned by Queen Victoria as a tribute to her late husband, Prince Albert, the Albert Memorial was opened in 1872 by the Queen herself. The Memorial is 176 ft tall (54 m) and was built at a cost of £120,000 – which is the same as over £10 million today! It took ten years to complete the structure, which depicts a seated golden Prince Albert, under a canopy and surrounded by statues that represent the areas of the globe (Asia, Africa, America and Europe) as well as arts and sciences (agriculture, commerce, engineering, and manufacture). To provide a base for the gigantic statue, the gardens here were dug up and filled in with a series of stone and brick arches to support the Memorial, which was then covered up and relayed with grass, leaving no trace of the huge work that was undertaken here.

The figure of Albert is facing your next stop.

Kensington Palace (Paid)

Opening Hours:  Nov-Feb 10:00am – 4:00pm, March-Oct 10:00am – 6:00pm
Address: The Broad Walk, Kensington Gardens, Kensington, London
Tel:  0844/482-7799

Admission: £19
Tube: Queensway, High Street Kensington

Web: www.hrp.org.uk

The side of the Palace facing the pond features a marble statue of Queen Victoria (actually carved by one of her daughters) who was born here on the 29th of May 1819. The Palace was built by King William III and his wife Queen Mary II in the 1680’s and much of the work seen today was completed by noted architect Sir Christopher Wren (who also designed St. Paul’s Cathedral).

In the 1990’s, Kensington Palace became home to Diana, Princess of Wales and her sons on her divorce from Prince Charles and it was here that Diana was living when she was killed in Paris on the 31st of August 1997. Many people will recognise the golden front gates of the Palace as the location for millions of flowers and tributes (reaching over 5ft deep) that were placed here shortly after her death.

On a happier note, it is here at Kensington Palace that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, live with their son, George (and soon-to-be baby number 2, as of writing). The palace is open to the public, but the quarters of the royal-couple are completely off-limits.

Once you have explored the grounds – or indeed the palace itself – position yourself with your back to the marble statue of Queen Victoria. Turn RIGHT and walk down the path you are standing on (THE BROAD WALK) until you get to the edge of the park. Turn LEFT and walk until you reach the ALBERT MEMORIAL and ROYAL ALBERT HALL.

Kensington Gardens (Free)
Visit Duration: 1 hour, 30 mins

Opening Hours:  6:00am – -dusk
Address:  Kensington, London

Tube: High Street Kensington, Lancaster Gate, Queensway, South Kensington Web:

Phone Number: 030 0061-2000

www.royalparks.gov.uk

1.2 KM, 15 minutes walking from Hyde Park

The lovely Kensington Gardens which border with the Hyde Park well deserves a spot in any trip itinerary to London. Like the Hyde Park, the Kensington Gardens was also a royal garden and was later opened for the public. The Garden is somewhat more quiet than Hyde Park and less crowded. This piece of greenery is a perfect location for a stroll or picnic under the shades of the lovely trees.

Kensington Gardens’ most noteworthy view is the Kensington Palace which was the birthplace of the Queen Victoria and was the former residence of the Late Princess Diana.

While in the park, look for the partially hidden statue of Peter Pan which is here as a reminder to the Boy who never grew up. It was also the garden which was where the shooting of the film “Finding Neverland” featuring Johnny Depp as the famous J.M. Barrie had taken place. The park has been the location for many other films such as  Bridget Jones Diary, Edge of Reason, Wimbledon and many others.

Apart from being a film favorite location, Kensington Gardens is a nature lover’s perfect park. You will find swans swimming in the lakes and the beautiful Italian fountain garden in the midst of the garden. Kensington Garden is considered to be more formal than the Hyde Park as it is only open during the day. This garden is an excellent place for joggers, morning walkers and cyclists. On a fine day, you will even find many sunbathing or enjoying a picnic.

Serpentine Galleries

Here are two contemporary art galleries, located a short walk from one another. Both museums are free and have a constantly-changing schedule of various pieces and exhibitions, both inside and outside their buildings. The original Serpentine Gallery was established in 1970 and has held works by people like Andy Warhol, Gustav Metzger, Jeff Koons, Man Ray, etc.  Read our post on free London museums and galleries.

The second gallery was opened in 2013 and is located inside a former gunpowder store from 1805.

Continue walking through the park in a north western direction. You will soon come to the Round Bond, and just beyond this pond is KENSINGTON PALACE.

The Serpentine

Created by Queen Caroline of Ansbach, wife to King George II in 1730, this beautiful recreational lake has a surface area of 16.2 hectares and marks the boundary between Hyde Park and Kensington Garden. The Serpentine today is visited by the public who come here to feed birds, take pleasure boats along the water, or even swim in the summer months. During the London Olympics, the Serpentine was the venue for the men and women’s triathlon and marathon swimming events. Think about grabbing a drink at the cafe here and enjoy your walk along the water!

Keep heading west along the water until you get to CARRIAGE DRIVE, which will allow you to cross the water. Turn LEFT onto the bridge, then make a RIGHT when you see the SERPENTINE GALLERIES.

Speaker’s Corner

This north-easy point of Hyde Park has been a popular place for public speaking since the 1800’s. Any member of the public can speak here, however, police can intervene if the speech is said to be “unlawful” or “profane.” Today, most speakers here are preaching on religious and political matters, both topics having actually caused riots to break out here in decades gone past. Notable Speaker’s Corner orators include Vladmir Lenin, George Orwell, and Karl Marx, just to name a few.

Follow one of the paths through Hyde Park – keeping an eye on posted maps as you go to keep you in a southwest direction. Soon you will come to THE SERPENTINE.

Marble Arch

Built in 1827 by esteemed architect Sir John Nash (who also laid out Regent’s Street), the Marble Arch was originally supposed to be an entrance to Buckingham Palace, and it was first placed outside the Palace when it was constructed – where the famous balcony at the East Front of the Palace is today. In 1851, Buckingham Palace was expanded and the arch was moved to its current location. Traditionally, only members of the Royal Family and the Royal Horse Artillery are allowed to pass under the Arch!

Leave the Marble Arch Roundabout and into the park. Cross over CUMBERLAND GATE and come to the corner of HYDE PARK. As soon as you enter, you will be standing at SPEAKERS CORNER.

 Hawksmoor Knightsbridge

3 Yeoman’s Row, Chelsea, London SW3 2AL, UK

Harrods

87-135 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL, UK

Some photographs taken for this trip.

Pool of London

Breakfast options:

  • Food purchased the night before
  • Macdonalds
  • Sushi from Wasabi
  • Doorstep

From Hotel to Monument Station:

  • Total travel time is about 37 mins.
  • From Hotel walk about 3 mins, 0.2 miles to Hammersmith Broadway
  • Take the District Barking to Monument Station
  • Total travel time is about 30 mins (15 stops)
  • 12th Stop: Blackfriars, 13th Stop: Mansion House, 14th Stop: Cannon Street Underground Station

Alight at Monument Station

We may take RV1 single decker bus for this route.

The best seat for this single decker is on the right-hand side, at the front of the highest level seats.

Pool of London
Circular Walk
Leisure walker: 2 hours
Power walker: 45 minutes

START: Monument Underground: Northern, District and Circle Lines

Monument → London Bridge → Southwark Catherdral → Borough Market → Clink Prison → Golden Hinde → London Bridge Experance → Hay’s Galleria → Britain at War → London Dungeon → H.M.S. Belfast → City Hall → Shad Thames → Design Museum→ Butler Wharf → Tower Bridge → St Katherin’s Dock → Tower of London → Monument (Great Fire of London)

FINISH: Monument Underground: Northern, District and Circle Lines

Stop 1 – Monument, London Bridge, Southwark Catherdral

Our Pool of London STARTS at Monument Underground Station. Exit the station at the Cannon Street EXIT and turn sharp left. Walk down the west (right hand) side of KING WILLIAM STREET EC4 onto LONDON BRIDGE. Continue over the right-hand side of LONDON BRIDGE to Glaziers Hall. Take the narrow flight of steps behind Glaziers Hall down onto MONTAGUE CLOSE SE1 (Thames Path) and turn right at the bottom. Follow Montague Close around to the left, walking behind Southwark Cathedral.

Stop 2 – Borough Market, Clink Prison

  • We may have our lunch at Borough Market and pack extra for when we are in Museum of London.

Turn right onto WINCHESTER WALK SE1 then left through Jubilee Market into Borough Market. After walking around the markets exit left back onto Winchester Walk. At the end turn right into STONEY STREET SE1 then left into CLINK STREET SE1 for the Clink Prison Museum.

Stop 3 – Golden Hinde

Re-trace your steps back along Clink Street into PICKFORD’S WHARF SE1. Passing the 12th century ruins of Winchester Palace walk up to the Golden Hinde.

Stop 4 – London Bridge Experience, Hay’s Galleria, Britain at War, London Dungeon, H.M.S. Belfast, City Hall

Walk around the front of the Golden Hinde onto CATHEDRAL STREET SE1, and then turning sharp left back into MONTAGUE CLOSE SE1. Follow the road under LONDON BRIDGE to the London Bridge Experience.

From the London Bridge Experience continue under LONDON BRIDGE into TOOLEY STREET SE1. Turn left down the narrow passage way just before Saint Clave House, turning right at the end onto the Thames Path (The Queen’s Walk). Walk along the riverside path to Hay’s Galleria.

For the Britain at War and London Dungeon attractions walk through Hay’s Galleria back onto Tooley Street, turn right and cross the road. Walk back through Hay’s Galleria to re-join the walk.

Continue along the riverside path pass Hay’s Galleria to H.M.S. Belfast.

Continue along the riverside path from H.M.S. Belfast to City Hall.

Continue along the riverside path from City Hall to Tower Bridge.

Stop 5 – Shad Thames, Design Museum, Butler Wharf

Walk under Tower Bridge and along the narrow SHAD THAMES SE1 road to the Design Museum.

From the Design Museum walk back to Tower Bridge along the riverside path, in front of Butler’s Wharf restaurants and shops, to the passage way at the end that leads back through to SHAD THAMES SE1. Turn right and continue back to TOWER BRIDGE.

Walk up the west (left hand) flight of steps onto TOWER BRIDGE and walk across to the first flight of steps on the other side. Walk down the steps on to ST KATHERINE’S WAY E1. St Katharine’s Way.

Stop 6 – Tower Bridge, St Katherin’s Dock, Tower of London, Monument (Great Fire of London)

After walking round St Katherine’s dock take the footpath leading to the front of the Tower Thistle Hotel and continue back to TOWER BRIDGE. Walk under Tower Bridge along the cobbled road to the Tower of London and Traitors Gate. Continue along the river front path past, Three Quays, Sugar Quays, Customs House and Old Billingsgate Market to LONDON BRIDGE.

Walk under the first part of LONDON BRIDGE, turn right and take the steps up onto LONDON BRIDGE. Turn right at the top of the steps on to KING WILLIAM STREET EC4. Continue a short distance and turn right into MONUMENT STREET EC4for the Monument column.
To Bank Of England Museum

Take Bus 133 Bishopsgate from Monument (Stop Q)
2 stops
Alight Bank Station Threadneedle St (Stop C)

  • Bank Of England Museum
  • Museum Of London
  • Roman Fort Ruins, just a wall

Museum Of London

Find the entrance
The museum’s entrance is located on a pedestrian high walk which can be reached by stairs, escalators or lifts from Aldersgate Street; London Wall or St Martin’s-le-Grand.
Free WiFi
Connect your mobile or tablet in the museum free of charge

Opening Times:
Museum is open 10:00am to 6:00pm daily (last admission 5:30pm)

After dinner, slowly walk back to hotel to rest and recharge for next day activities.

Museum of London
Address: 150 London Wall, London, EC2Y 5HN
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7001 9844
Website : http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk
Public transport:
Tube: St Pauls / Barbican / Moorgate. Barbican/Moorgate: Follow signs to the Museum along the High Walk.
Tube
Barbican (5 minutes walk) St Paul’s (5 minutes walk)
Bus
4, 8, 25, 56, 100, 172, 242, 521

The Bank of England Museum [FREE] – This museum details the history of the Bank of England, beginning back in 1694. Some of the oldest bank notes in existence are on display here, as well as forgeries from over the centuries, historical artefacts, and a genuine solid gold bar – which you can even try to pick up yourself!

Royal London Tour

Royal London Tour, River Thames Walk
Breakfast options: Food purchased the night beforeMacdonaldsSushi from WasabiDoorstepHome-made sandwiches, muffins, dougnuts  
Note: Starting this tour around 10:00 will result in being near St. James’s Palace during the Changing of the Guard. Start: Green Park Underground Station Finish: Parliament Square for Westminster Underground Station Duration: 2 – 3 hours depending on watching the Ceremony
After breakfast, we shall commence our Royal London Tour. From Hotel to Green Park Underground Station: Total travel time is about 21 mins. From Hotel  walk about 3 mins, 0.2 miles to Hammersmith Broadway Take the  Piccadilly Arnos Grove to Green Park Underground StationTotal travel time is about 14 mins (7 stops) 4th Stop:  South Kensington, 5th Stop:  Knightsbridge, 6th Stop:  Hyde Park Corner Underground Station Take the exit for BUCKINGHAM PALACE.   Walk towards the black marble DIANA FOUNTAIN. This is our Start Point  
We will be making the following places for photo ops:   Plan Route: Stop 1 – Green ParkStop 2 – Buckingham PalaceStop 3 – Clarence HouseStop 4  – St. James’s PalaceStop 5 – Nell Gwynne’s HouseStop 6 – Trafalgar SquareStop 7 – Admiralty ArchStop 8 – St. James’s ParkStop 9 – Horse Guards ParadeStop 10 – 10 Downing StreetStop 11 – Red Phone Boxes and Big BenStop 12 – Westminster Abbey (Paid) – Westminster Abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage Site Open Monday -Saturday (Sundays are for worship only) the public is free to wander around at their leisure.  
Stop 1 – Green Park: Take the path that directs us towards BUCKINGHAM PALACE and follow it to the end of the park.
Stop 2 – Buckingham Palace: We now want to walk AWAY from Buckingham Palace. Look at the VICTORIA MEMORIAL and notice that her back is to the Palace and she is facing down a long red road known as THE MALL. Walk down the MALL and stop when we see large black gates on the left side of the road.  
Stop 3 – Clarence House: Continue down the Mall and take the first LEFT onto MARLBOROUGH ROAD. Walk to the end of the road and make a LEFT onto the main road, PALL MALL.
Stop 4 – St. James’s Palace: Now go back on ourself, staying on PALL MALL, cross over MARLBOROUGH ROAD and continue going straight. Stop at 80 PALL MALL.
Stop 5 – Nell Gwynne’s House: Now continue down PALL MALL until we walk to TRAFALGAR SQUARE.
Stop 6 – Trafalgar Square Leave Trafalgar Square by crossing PALL MALL toward The Admiralty pub. Take the small road to the right of The Admiralty, SPRING GARDENS. This road will bring us back to the red road of THE MALL.
Stop 7 – Admiralty Arch: Walk to the first set of traffic lights between us and the Palace. Here, carefully cross the road and, where it is safe to stop in the middle, we can see the entire length of the road toward Buckingham Palace. Cross to the other side of THE MALL. Continue walking straight ahead from the traffic lights down a small path with the concrete bunker (covered in ivy) on our right. At the bottom of this path is HORSE GUARDS PARADE.
Stop 8 – St. James’s Park  
Stop 9 – Horse Guards Parade Now walk toward the huge white building and walk through the CENTRE ARCH. As we go through the courtyard here we may see some of the Household Cavalry who are stationed here. Between 11:00am and 10:00pm there are usually two, mounted on horses, at the front of the courtyard here. Walk straight ahead onto the main road of WHITEHALL. Turn RIGHT and walk down until we get to the large black gates on our right side.
Stop 10 – No. 10 Downing Street Continue down WHITEHALL until we get to the huge traffic junction with BIG BEN on the opposite corner. Turn RIGHT onto PARLIAMENT STREET, where we will see Parliament Square opposite and red phone boxes on our side of the road.  
Stop 11 – Red Phone Boxes and Big Ben Here we also have a brilliant view of Big Ben.The small bells ring what we call ‘The Westminster Chimes’ every 15 minutes, and Ben rings at the top of the hour only Continue down PARLIAMENT STREET with Parliament Square on our left. When we get to the traffic lights, cross over and walk down PARLIAMENT SQUARE – with the square still on our left, and the statues of George Canning and Abraham Lincoln on our right. When we get to the corner, cross AGAIN into the courtyard of Westminster Abbey.
Stop 12 – Westminster Abbey Now cross BACK over the road into PARLIAMENT SQUARE
Stop 13 – Parliament Square  
Stop 14 – The Jewel Tower  
Lunch at: Flat Iron https://flatironsteak.co.uk/ The Laughing Halibut http://thelaughinghalibut.com/contact/
River Thames Walk Boasting some of the most picturesque views in London, this River Thames Walk will take us along the River Thames, taking in historic sights and beautiful skyscapes. This walk can be done both at night and in the day time. Estimated Time to Spend:  3 hours
START: Westminster Underground Station Take the EXIT for the River Thames and Westminster Pier. As soon as we exit the station we will see Statue of Boudica
Plan Route: Stop 1 – Statue of BoudicaStop 2 – London County HallStop 3 – The London EyeStop 4 – Cleopatra’s NeedleStop 5 – Somerset HouseStop 6 – Isembard Kingdom Brunel StatueStop 7 – Temple GardensStop 8 – OXO TowerStop 9 – Millennium BridgeStop 10– Tate Modern MuseumStop 11 – Shakespeare’s Globe TheatreStop 12 – The Clink PrisonStop 13 – Winchester PalaceStop 14 – GOLDEN HINDStop 15 – Southwark CathedralStop 16a – London Bridge Stop 16b – Borough Market  
STOP 1 – Statue of Boudica With the river to your RIGHT, walk away from the statue. Stop opposite the long building with the green tower in the centre.
Stop 2 – London County Hall CONTINUE in the same direction for around a minute before standing directly opposite the LONDON EYE.
Stop 3 – The London Eye Continue in the same direction. Go under the bridge until we reach CLEOPATRA’S NEEDLE on the edge of the river (our RIGHT).
Stop 4 – Cleopatra’s Needle Continue in the same direction, under another bridge. On our LEFT will be SOMERSET HOUSE.
Stop 5 – Somerset House Continue until we reach the traffic lights. The statue on our left is of ISEMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL.
Stop 6 – Isembard Kingdom Brunel Statue Stay along the river and continue walking until we see MIDDLE TEMPLE LANE on our LEFT.
Stop 7 – Temple Gardens We may wish to explore Temple Gardens. When we are done, return to the river and take note of the tall tower on the opposite side.
Stop 8 – OXO Tower Continue on until we reach Blackfriars Bridge. Continue along the river path UNDERNEATH the bridge. Stay on this path until we hit the MILLENNIUM BRIDGE. Walk across the Bridge, pausing in the middle for some good photo opportunities.
Stop 9 – Millennium Bridge At the Southern side of the Bridge is the TATE MODERN MUSEUM.
Stop 10 – Tate Modern Museum   Open today 10.00am–6.00pm   Get off the Bridge in front of the Tate Modern. As we step off the Bridge onto the Southbank, the Thames will be in FRONT of us and the Tate will be BEHIND us. Head to our RIGHT to visit SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE THEATRE.
Stop 11 – Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Keep the Thames on our LEFT and continue walking. We will cross under SOUTHWARK BRIDGE. Continue on until we walk past THE ANCHOR pub. The River path will then veer to the RIGHT. Follow it and we will be led underneath another Bridge toward THE CLINK.
Stop 12 – The Clink Prison Keeping the Clink on our RIGHT, continue down the cobbled path-way until we can see the ruins on our RIGHT.
Stop 13 – Winchester Palace Just AHEAD of us is a Ship. Walk to it, our next stop.
Stop 14 – GOLDEN HIND With the Golden Hind on our LEFT, walk down the road and then we will be facing SOUTHWARK CATHEDRAL.
Stop 15 – Southwark Cathedral With the Cathedral IN FRONT of us, go to the LEFT and head down the path. On our LEFT side we will come to a set of stairs. CLIMB THE STAIRS. This puts us on top of LONDON BRIDGE
Stop 16a – London Bridge? The Tube and Rail Station are to our RIGHT and if we walk to the middle of the Bridge we can get stunning views of the City, as well as Tower Bridge.
Stop 16b – Borough Market With the Cathedral IN FRONT of us, go to the RIGHT and head down the street. This will bring us into BOROUGH MARKET. The wholesale market opens every morning from 2 a.m. but the retail market is Wednesday – Saturday 10am to 5pm.
Photographs of sightseeing below:

Explore Hammersmith Area

Explore Hammersmith Area, Camden Town, Baker Street and Kings Cross Station
Breakfast options:

  • Food purchased the night before
  • Macdonalds
  • Sushi from Wasabi
  • Doorstep

From Hotel to Kings Mall Shopping Center:

  • Total travel time is about 5 mins.
  • From Hotel walk about 5 mins, 0.3 miles to Kings Mall Shopping Center

To walk (5 minutes) – Follow the traffic direction using A315 route until before La Petite Bretagne pancake house to cut through (Lyric Square) to A315 route and follow the traffic direction using A315 until Wasabi Sushi Bento (right hand side will be the shopping mall).
From Hotel to Doorstep, 44 Glenthorne Rd, Hammersmith, London W6 0LS, UK

  • Total travel time is about 3 mins.
  • From Hotel walk about 3 mins, 0.2 miles to Doorstep
  • Follow the direction of the traffic and walk on Glenthorne Rd/A315 towards St Therton Rd.
  • Turn right onto Hammersmith Grove

We will have our breakfast first, before doing some grocery shopping at Sainsbury.
After breakfast and grocery shopping, we proceed to:

  • British Library (1-3 hours)
  • Camden Town (2 hours)
  • Piccadilly Circus (1-2 hours)

After breakfast and grocery shopping, we will proceed to the British Library. There is free Wifi here. Library closes at 5:00PM.

  • Estimated time to spend here is about 1 to 3 hours or more.

From Hotel To British Library:

  • Total travel time is about 35 mins.
  • From Hotel walk to Hammersmith Station or take a bus.
  • 10:58am – Take the Hammersmith & City Barking from Hammersmith Station to Kings Cross St. Pancras Underground Station
  • Total travel time is about 25 mins (13 stops)
  • 11:13am – Take the Circle King’s Cross from Hammersmith Station to Kings Cross St. Pancras Underground Station
  • Total travel time is about 25 mins (13 stops)
  • No 10th stop – Baker Street Station Hyde Park , No 11th stop – Great Portland Street, No 12th stop – Euston Square, No 13th stop King’s Cross St. Pancras Underground Station
  • Walk 7 mins, 0.3 miles to British Library

To See the free exhibition “treasures of the british library” at the British Library:
Treasures of the library includes:

  • MOZART’S MUSICAL DIARY
  • Works by other composers, such as Beethoven and Chopin, are also displayed here in the Sir John Ritblat Gallery.
  • LEWIS CARROLL’S ALICE’S ADVENTURES UNDER GROUND
  • Other important handwritten pieces of literature can be seen here as well, like Beowulf, Jane Austen’s Persuasion, selected works by Charles Dickens, and Shakespeare’s First Folio.
  • THE GUTENBERG BIBLE
  • Sidenote: If you’re looking for the oldest ever known printed book, that would be The Diamond Sutra, a book printed on a scroll in 868 in China, and it’s also on display in the Sir John Ritblat Gallery.
  • THE MAGNA CARTA
  • THE BEATLES’ HANDWRITTEN SONG LYRICS

If we are hungry we can drop by MacDonald’s at:

  • 302-304 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross N1 9XD, UK (Open 24hrs)
  • Belgrove House, London NW1 2RY, UK (Open 24Hrs)

From British Library to McDonald’s:

  • Total travel time is about 3 mins.
  • From British Library walk about 1 min, 430ft to British Library (Stop C) Bus Stop same side as the traffic flow to King’s Cross St. Pancras (Stop E) Bus Stop.
  • Take Bus 476 Northumberland Park
  • Total travel time is about 1 min (non-stop)

From King’s Cross St. Pancras (Stop E) Bus Stop Walk about 1 min, 148 ft to McDonald’s.

  • Destination will be on the Left

From McDonald’s to Camden Town Station:

  • Total travel time is about 12 mins.
  • walk about 4 mins, 0.1 miles to King’s Cross St. Pancras Underground Station.
  • Take the Northern Edgware
  • Total travel time is about 4 mins (2 stops)

Note: “Camden Town: From Wednesday 30 May until late July 2018, there will be no down escalator at Camden Town. This is while we refurbish one escalator.” – tfl.gov.uk
Effective from 30/5/18, 3:30 AM to 31/7/18, 1:29 AM

After filling our tummies, we will explore the Camden Town Area for some window shopping/shopping. We will visit the Camden Market (before 6:00PM), H&M, Select Fashion.

  • Start: Camden Town Underground Station
  • Finish: Camden Market Stables
  • Duration: 2 Hours or more

We will visit the following for photo ops:

  • Stop 1 – Electric Ballroom
  • Stop 2 – Inverness Street/Old Market
  • Stop 3 – Arlington House (One Housing Group)
  • Stop 4 – Camden Lock
  • Stop 5 – Regent’s Canal
  • Stop 6 – Canal Street Art
  • Stop 7 – Primrose Hill
  • Stop 8 – Chalk Farm
  • Stop 9 – Roundhouse
  • Stop 10 – Camden Market Stables and Bazaar. Can purchase some food to take away for dinner if it is cheap.
  • Have Dinner at Poppies.
  • Visit Statue of Amy Winehouse near Camden Market.

Stop 1 – Electric Ballroom
We will begin our tour just outside Camden Town Underground Station. Upon exit of the station, turn RIGHT down Camden High Street until we see ELECTRIC BALLROOM.

Stop 2 – Inverness Street/Old Market
Continue down Camden High Street until you see the market sign above INVERNESS STREET on your LEFT.

Stop 3 – Arlington House (One Housing Group)
Continue down Inverness Street then turn RIGHT onto ARLINGTON ROAD. Stop outside number 220: ARLINGTON HOUSE.

Stop 4 – Camden Lock
Continue down Arlington Road and cross over Jamestown Road. Walk down the path between the buildings that is CAMDEN WHARF. Stop when we get to CAMDEN LOCK (by the pub: THE ICE HOUSE)

Stop 5 – Regent’s Canal
Now cross the bridge over the water and follow along with the side of the canal. Walk until we begin to walk under a bridge and STOP here.

Stop 6 – Canal Street Art
Continue following the water, we will be on the opposite side of a large building labeled The Pirate Castle. Keep going until weget to another overhead bridge and spot the art on the edge of the canal.

Stop 7 – Primrose Hill
Head up and away from the canal, going up the pathway that leads past Melrose and Morgan. We will then come out onto GLOUCESTER AVENUE (across the street from The Engineer Pub) and STOP.

Stop 8 – Chalk Farm
Cross GLOUCESTER AVENUE and walk down PRINCESS ROAD. Walk until we hit REGENT’S PARK ROAD and turn RIGHT. This will take us to the entrance of a park – PRIMROSE HILL. Here we can enter the park and we will have the option of climbing the tallest hill for a view over London. Or keep on REGENT’S PARK ROAD until we get back to GLOUCESTER AVENUE. Here, take the pedestrian path onto the bridge and cross.

On the other side of the bridge take a RIGHT – we will be back on REGENT’S PARK ROAD. When we get to the junction with CHALK FARM ROAD then STOP.

Stop 9 – Roundhouse
Turn RIGHT onto CHALK FARM ROAD until we get to the large building on our right – THE ROUNDHOUSE.

Stop 10 – Camden Market Stables and Bazaar
Continue down CHALK FARM ROAD. When we get to the second street on our RIGHT (look for the entrance to CAMDEN MARKET) turn RIGHT and enter CAMDEN MARKET.

  • Just don’t forget to visit the Amy Winehouse statue before we leave!

Dinner at Poppies Fish & Chips

Items to order:

  • Cod and Haddock with chips
    Will be charged – 30 cents for each mayo, or tartar sauce you get

After Dinner, we will continue to explore Camden Town or proceed to King’s Cross Station.
After a day at Camden Town, we will return to King’s Cross Station to explore the area and some photo ops.

From Camden Town Station to King’s Cross St. Pancras Underground Station:

  • Total travel time is about 4 mins (2 stops)
  • Take the Northern Morden
  • walk about 4 mins, 0.2 miles to The Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9 ¾ for some photo ops.

If hungry, we can purchase deli-style roasted-meat sandwiches at the Koisk or eat food bought from Camden Market.
Stroll over to Fortnam and Mason to purchase tea for gifts.

  • Walk about 5 mins, 03 miles from The Harry Potter Shop to Destination.
    Total travel time is about 5 mins.
    Next, we will proceed to Piccadilly Circus to see the famous electric lights on its digital advertisements (the Piccadilly Lights, Soho, London W1D 7ET, UK) which are displayed on its buildings.

From King’s Cross St. Pancras Underground Station to Piccadilly Circus:

  • Total travel time is about 10 mins.
  • Take the Piccadilly Heathrow Terminal 4 to Piccadilly Circus Station
  • Total travel time is about 7 mins (5 stops)

From Piccadilly Circus Station Walk about 1 min, 0.1 miles to Piccadilly Lights.
Piccadilly Circus Highlights:

  • But the ultimate must-do for any first-time visitor to Piccadilly Circus would be to pose for a photo underneath the Piccadilly Lights; (which normally have pictures of hats or balloons so you can place your hand and/or head underneath them accordingly).
  • The Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain is located at the center of Piccadilly Circus, and was built in 1893 to commemorate the famous philanthropist Lord Shaftesbury. The statue at the top of the fountain depicts the Angel of Christian Charity, however, it was later renamed Eros (after the Greek god of love and beauty).
  • The London Pavilion is another notable attraction in Piccadilly Circus, (which is located on the corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Coventry Street), as well as the Criterion theatre (to the south) and the world-famous Lilywhites department store (to the south of Ripleys).

From Piccadilly Circus Station, head back to hotel to rest for the day.
From Piccadilly Circus Station to Hotel:

  • Total travel time is about 22 mins.
  • Take the Piccadilly Heathrow Terminal 4 to Hammersmith Station
  • 5th Stop: Gloucester Road, 6th Stop: Earl’s Court, 7th Stop: Barons Court Station
  • Total travel time is about 15 mins (8 stops)

From Hammersmith Station Walk about 5 min, 0.3 miles to Hotel.

British Library
https://www.bl.uk/
Address: 96 Euston Road, London,NW1 2DB
Opening Times: Mon – Thu 09:30am – 20:00pm; Fri 09:30am – 18:00pm; Sat 09:30am – 17:00pm; and Sun – 11:00am – 17:00pm.
Telephone: +44 (0)1937 546060

Poppies Fish & Chips
http://poppiesfishandchips.co.uk/reservations/
Sustainably caught fish and chips in a nostalgic setting with quirky 1940s memorabilia on the walls.
Address: 30 Hawley Crescent, Camden Town, London NW1 8NP, UK
Hours: Opening hours: Mon-Sat, 10:00am-12:30pm; Sun, 11:00am 11:00pm)
Phone: +44 20 7267 0440

Select Fashion
https://www.selectfashion.co.uk/
Fashion chain retailer offering youthful styles for women, including sportswear and shoes.
Address: 162 Camden High St, Camden Town, London NW1 0NE, UK
Hours: Mon – Sat: 10:00am – 7:00pm, Sun: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Stop 1 – Electric Ballroom

Camden has had a vibrant music scene for decades and nowhere illustrates this better than Electric Ballroom.
Walk down this street and stop somewhere in the middle. Operating here for over 70 years, Electric Ballroom has held performances by top artists like Sid Vicious, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and the Clash.

Attempts to demolish the Electric Ballroom in order to make space to redevelop Camden Town Underground Station were put forward in 2004 but quickly struck down. Another proposal was made to demolish not just the Electric Ballroom but the original Dr. Martens store and part of Camden Market as well in 2005 – but was struck down by the Prime Minister himself! The venue still stands in defiance of Transport for London, perhaps making it extra beloved by London locals who appreciate it for its’ history.

Stop 2 – Inverness Street/Old Market

Inverness Street Market was previously the fruit and vegetable market for Camden locals – dating back decades. Originally, it carried fresh produce only, in comparison to the rest of the Market which sold goods and antiques. By 2012, however, Camden was home to numerous chain grocery stores, which eventually sounded the death-knell of the fruit and vegetable stalls here. By 2012, only two produce vendors were operating here and by 2013 they were gone completely…replaced by the snacks, souvenirs, baggage, and clothing stalls that still stand today.

Stop 3 – Arlington House (One Housing Group)

Dating back to 1905, Arlington House is a hostel for homeless youth. Today Arlington House is run by One Housing Group who maintain Arlington House as a shelter for the homeless with emphasis on training, rehabilitation and helping integrate their visitors back into modern society. Not a simple shelter these days, Arlington House has sub-market-rent flats as well as training space, hostel accommodation, business units, and artist studios.

In its’ history, Arlington House has been utilised by notable names such as George Orwell – who wrote about his experience in Down and Out in Paris and London, poet Brendan Behan, and is mentioned in the song One Better Day by The Madness – who, too, stayed here before making it big.

Stop 4 – Camden Lock

Now you are standing near Regent’s Canal, facing Camden Lock. These locks have stood here since the early 19th century and are considered ‘listed’ – which means they are of particular historical and architectural significance and cannot be removed. In Victorian times, most goods being shipped into London from around the United Kingdom came to the capital via Regent’s Canal in the stretch that you are now facing. These locks would have been working nearly 24 hours a day to keep all the goods coming to London moving quickly along.
Today, with road, rail, and air the common method of trade and travel, the locks are quiet and are typically only used for Regent’s Canal tours. Guests can take riverboats to travel through London along the water.

Stop 5 – Regent’s Canal

Regent’s Canal runs around the north of London, connecting Paddington in the west to Limehouse in the east. A total of 13.8km (8.6miles) long, the Canal travels through London Zoo, through Little Venice, past Kings Cross and out into the Thames in the eastern part of town. Once the Canal travels outside of London, it actually connects out through Birmingham into the rest of the United Kingdom. Only one part of a huge network of water canals, this stretch today is used by locals to relax alongside in the summer, stroll through Camden, travel on longboats, or cycling to and from work.

Stop 6 – Canal Street Art

The path along Regent’s Canal is a popular place for street artists to practice their trade. Street Art in London is ephemeral and changes constantly, so always keep an eye out as you travel along the path. The pieces we are highlighting here date from 2014 and are here at the time of writing. By London artist Icarus, the two pieces here depict George Bush and Tony Blair being welcomed into the water by The Devil as well as Camden’s most famous resident, Amy Winehouse, facing St. Peter. Her face is undecided and up to the viewer – is she being carried into Heaven or is she being sent to Hell?

Stop 7 – Primrose Hill

Here, your surroundings have changed dramatically. From the back-roads of Camden, you are now looking onto one of the most luxurious neighbourhoods in London. Locally known as Primrose Hill (after the hill of the same name in nearby Regent’s Park), this locale is home to celebrities like Jude Law, Helena Bonham-Carter, and Cameron Diaz just to name a few. The streets are wide, lined with trees, and the houses – surrounded by gates and monitored by security cameras – are gargantuan by London standards.
This neighbourhood tends to be quiet so enjoy a break from the buzz of nearby Camden, and as you walk along the streets, enjoy the Georgian architecture and the beautiful local pubs, including The Engineer – pictured here. The directions here will lead you along the main streets of this posh neighbourhood. As you stroll, notice that you will not see any chain companies (McDonald’s, Starbucks, etc.) as this neighborhood is fiercely loyal to local haunts and rejects the intrusion of popular companies. You will now also have the option of visiting the top of Primrose Hill itself.

Stop 8 – Chalk Farm

You are now back in the hustle and bustle (having literally crossed the tracks) of the Camden neighbourhood. There is no chalk to be found here, despite the name, which derives from a centuries-old village that used to stand here known as Chalcot. Chalk Town used to hold central London’s bus depot and was previously quite a rural location – but today it is just as busy as can be, filled with bars, restaurants, and clubs.

Stop 9 – Roundhouse

Here you have another listed building – Roundhouse. Originally built in 1847 as a railway engine shed and turntable, the Roundhouse is living a second life as a performing arts venue. Like the earlier Electric Ballroom, this building has seen gigs by names recognised the world over: The Doors (their only UK appearance), Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, The Ramones…and the list goes on!

Stop 10 – Camden Market Stables and Bazaar.

You’re now entering Camden Market from the north side. This part of the market has been modeled after Moroccan style bazaars and is decorated to reflect this. Here, you will also make your way to the Stables Market. Originally, many of the boats traveling through Camden Lock along the Canal were often pulled along by horses, who walked along the canal, tugging the craft. This was previously the stables where those horses were kept (keep an eye out for the life sized horse statues dotting the Market here), but is now a large, vibrant warren of shops, stalls, crafts, and food. It’s easy to get yourself lost in the Stables at Camden Market, but there are few better places to find yourself!
Kiosk

https://kingscrosskiosk.com/

Independent takeaway kiosk offering deli-style roasted-meat sandwiches, plus iced teas and coffees.
Located in: King’s Cross
Address: King’s Cross, Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London N1C 4TB, UK
Hours: Mon – Fri: 6:30am – 11:00pm, Sat: 8:00am – 11:00pm, Sun: 10:00am – 7:00pm

The Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9 ¾
Located in: King’s Cross
Address: Kings Cross Station, Kings Cross, London N1 9AP, UK
Hours: Mon – Sat: 800am – 10:00pm, Sun: 900am – 9:00pm
Phone: +44 20 3196 7375

Fortnam and Mason
https://www.fortnumandmason.com/

Some of the photographs taken in London

Shopping in Taipei

Let’s go to do some window shopping or shopping at the atas area in the morning.

We walk to Shin Kong Mitsukoshi or take MRT.

  • Take MRT from Taipei Main Station to Zhongshan Station.
  • Total travel time is about 2 mins, 1 MRT station away.
  • It is about 600m (8 mins walk) from MRT Taipei Station.

After Shin Kong Mitsukoshi, we can take a walk around the area. If you like pineapple tarts, there is a stall which we always buy from. It is about 500m (7 to 8 mins walk).

李制餅家

Besides 李制餅家, there is a nice local store nearby selling dumplings & other braised products. We tried once and find it not bad. Can give it a try.

老虎醬溫州大餛飩
From there, we proceed to Taipei 101 or Xinyi Shopping District.

  • Take MRT from Zhongshan Station to Taipei 101 / World Trade Station.
  • Total travel time is about 16 mins.
  • Entrance Fee is NT500 (to decide whether to go in Observatory area).

There is also Shin Kong Mitsukoshi in the Xinyi Shopping District. We take a quick visit or skip them. The Shin Kong Mitsukoshi is this district is much bigger than the one in Zhongshan area. We decide later which to go.

If you enjoy reading, Eslite bookstore is a popular bookstore in Taiwan. It is about 900m (12 mins walk) from Taipei 101.

Thereafter, let’s proceed to Wufenpu for shopping.

  • Take MRT from Taipei City Hall Station to Songshan Station.
  • Total travel time is about 23 mins.

After shopping in Wufenpu, let’s walk down to Raohe Night Market.

  • About 600m (8mins walk).

Depending on the time, we either go back to hotel or go another place for makan / shopping.

  • Take MRT from Songshan Station to Taipei Main Station
  • Total travel time is about 15 mins.

Rest for the day!

Shin Kong Mitsukoshi 新光三越

Shin Kong Mitsukoshi is Taiwan’s most fashionable and popular departmental store with 22 stores in 7 cities. This is the place to find fashionable brands in boutique goods, cosmetics, accessories, etc. from around the world. The unique pleasures of a visit to Shin Kong Mitsukoshi make it the premier shopping destination, attracting many visitors.

http://www.skm.com.tw/Foreigner/en/Foreign/Index

Lee Zhi Bing Jia 李制餅家
Nearest MRT: Zhongshan Station

Besides selling the Taiwan Pineapple Cakes, they also sell other types of traditional Taiwanese pastry. Based on our observations, many Japanese buy from this shop.

http://www.taiwan-taipei.com/index.php?com=site&temp=32&lang_id=2&command=site&x=0

https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g293913-d1817814-Reviews-Li_zhi_Bing_Jia-Taipei.html

老虎醬溫州大餛飩

Nearest MRT: Zhongshan Station
http://gourmetwonton.com/
http://beernskittles9.pixnet.net/blog/post/90107952-%E5%8F%B0%E5%8C%97%E2%80%A7%E8%80%81%E8%99%8E%E9%86%AC%E6%BA%AB%E5%B7%9E%E5%A4%A7%E9%A4%9B%E9%A3%A9
http://blog.yam.com/yingfen0613/article/71272594

Taipei 101 台北 101
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 22:00
Website: http://www.taipei-101.com.tw/en/index.aspx
Nearest MRT: Taipei 101 / World Trade Centre Station

Taipei 101 is located at the southern end of the Xinyi Shopping District, the newest area of urban Taipei and home to ATT4fun, the flagship Eslite bookstore, Neo19, etc.
It is the tallest building in the world. Besides the tower, the base of the building houses multi-level shopping mall, food court, etc.

Eslite Bookstore 誠品
Website: http://www.eslitecorp.com/index.aspx?a=tw&l=b
Nearest MRT: Taipei City Hall Station (For Eslite Xinyi Branch)

Wufenpu 五分埔
This is the best place for crazy bargain of apparels, accessory shopping, etc. A maze of lanes and alleys full of racks of clothings, Wufenpu is a gigantic outlet that carries literally everything.

The area is still the largest garment district in Taipei City, now specializing in outlet-style shops. You will be able to get a good price (wholesale price) if you are buying a lot from the same shop. It is like Bangkok’s Chatuchak.

The shops are generally open after noon and till around 10pm or midnight.

Raohe Night Market 饒河街觀光夜市
Nearest MRT: Songshan Station

One of the oldest night markets in Taipei, it is a must visit destination. The epitome of a traditional Taiwanese night market, this 600m path along Raohe Street in Songshan District is packed with fun and interesting night food, snacks, quaint shops and stalls, carnival games, etc.