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    Chittys Grand Odyssey to the capital of the world..

    The devil's in the detail!

    Planning, planning and planning!

    Bucket list of thing to see and do...

    Blind beggar pub for a pint to see were Frankie got offed by the Krays.

    Big Ben

    Buckingham Palace

    Tower Bridge

    Tower of London

    Hyde Park red squirrel hunting

    Canary wharf

    Millennium Dome

    Tottenham Court Road

    100 club

    Harrows

    Savoy for tea and tiffin

    10 downing Street

    Houses of Parliament

    Nelson column

    British museum

    Camden Market for some culinary delights


    All doeable in three days?


    But fook me the price of accommodation seems a bit steep..

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    Me and me minions in the smoke for afew days, long overdue is this trip.

    What do you think??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe 90 View Post
    What do you think??
    Have fun with the kids and forget about TD for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe 90 View Post
    Savoy for tea and tiffin
    Breakfast at The Savoy, tea at The Ritz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe 90 View Post
    The devil's in the detail!
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    Blind beggar pub for a pint to see were Frankie got offed by the Krays.
    Might wanna brush up on some details. It was George Cornell.

    ...and it's Harrods, unless you're going to the posh kids' school.

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    A few pics to wet your whistle..


    Good call by Nammers with the uber Clipper!

    Tower of London on the left , Tower Bridge at 12oClock and HMS Belfast to the right..

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    Westminster Bridge, Big Ben, houses of Parliament from the pier..

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    So much to see and do!

    Cheers for the heads up with the Trafalgar Tavern Hal, mushy peas and mint works...

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    A damn fine sunset to end the day..
    The shard is that spike dead centre.

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    Joe, you can easily see Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and Nelson's Column in one morning's stroll. Also, take in the Palace of Westminster, Whitehall and The Mall enroute to the palace from the Houses of Parliament.

    I can recommend the open top bus tours that started from the south end of Westminster Bridge (if you don't get killed by the b@stard cyclists first, while waiting). I think they were called Toots Tours (no relation, to my knowledge).

    From my few days in London last year, I wish that I'd spent a half day visiting the Tower of London (we only saw it from the bus) and also I wouldn't bother with the Science Museum again... it was so packed that there was no enjoyment.

    If you enjoy train spotting, I can highly recommend the Travelodge at the south end of Vauxhall Bridge. You can get rooms so close to Vauxhall Station that you can feel the vibrations through the bed and you'd be able to smell the exhaust fumes if only the rooms had opening windows!
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    Good luck Joe and co. I would probably not enjoy the capital at the height of school holidays, competing with tourists and urchins of various shapes, size and motivations!

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    How about Brick Lane for a curry? Lots of Bangladeshi places to choose from. Being moslem, some don't sell alcohol, so check first.

    Also famous for its graffiti.

    Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral are high on my list of historic buildings after the Tower of London. Too much for 3 days.

    I have only ever seen grey squirrels in Hyde Park. For me, London's parks are great if you live or work in London. I wouldn't go there as a tourist, too much else to do.

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    Tower of London is a good call. Not sure if stay in any of Mendy’s accommodation recommendations.

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    British Museum is a must do; and what mendy said even with kids.

    if its a weekend speakers corner in Hyde Park is fantastic.

    then its summerhouse to score some crack, simpsons on the strand, and a selfie at nelson Mandela towers

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    Cheers all for the suggestions !

    Full day of sightseeing planned today with some lunch in Camden Market.

    The view this morning from our hotel rooms..

    Canary Wharf..

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    The Millennium Dome..

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    Breakfast included in the room rate ..
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    25oC and not a cloud in the sky.

    Off out, may catch a few Pokemon as well.

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    have you got an itinerary? or are you just randomly bimbling around

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    I did a Smooci search for you. Not sure if you prefer in call or out. Smooci - The Future London Escort Directory

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    Quote Originally Posted by reinvented View Post
    then its summerhouse to score some crack
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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    have you got an itinerary? or are you just randomly bimbling around
    Smashed the itinerary, now randomly bimbling around.

    The best way to explore tbf.


    Wouldn't have found this walkway under the Thames and hog lost in Millwill otherwise

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    Quote Originally Posted by Molle View Post
    Breakfast at The Savoy, tea at The Ritz.
    Lunch at ‘Harrows’?

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    I will miss you lot when this place goes down.

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    Fantastic trip!
    Quality over quantity.
    Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it.
    I've got about a hundred pics to put up but it looks highly unlikely with the forum speed.

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    So when are ya traveling to New York?

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    ^Debatable


    I must say out of all the Cities I've visited around the globe, London has to be the best for architecture, history and convenient transport links.

    Day one.

    It was pissing down all day as we made our way down from oop North, this didn't bode well for a few days sightseeing around the capital of the world.

    As we hit the M25 the weather brightened up with clear blue sky's and a pleasant 25oC.

    Arriving at London Victoria we made our way on foot to Westminster to catch the River Thames Uber Clipper Westminster to Greenwich.

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    The first sight was the London fire brigade extinguishing a fire in a crack head encampment.
    Ruddy hell it's just like Manchester I thought..

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    Passed and visited some well known building en-route to our boat ride.

    See if you can name them!

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    Arrived at Westminster pier for our ride down the River Thames, 30 for the four of us and no sea sickness involved.
    Time was getting on and we had a dinner reservation at the Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich at 7.30pm.

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    So how many iconic buildings have you guessed correctly thus far?

    Big shout to Nammers for the boat ride info, Hal for the Trafalgar Tavern recommendation and Kitty for the inspiration to finish this thread.

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    We set sale on the Typhoon Clipper down the River Thames sailing under Tower Bridge and past many famous buildings..

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    HMS Belfast dead ahead and the Tower of London on the left.


    The Shard

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    Disembarked at Greenwich after a leisurely 45minute cruise for our dinner at the Trafalgar Tavern, this old skool historic boozer had a perfect setting..
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    Very nice and reasonably priced for the location..

    Btw mint in mushy pies works!
    The fish was Halibut from Billingsgate fish market across the water according to the attractive waitress which I unusually tipped a ten pound note.
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    Pub was like a smaller version of the maritime museum..

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    A view of the financial capital of the world, part of the reason we were visiting.
    I wanted to show my eldest where his work placement would be as part of his financial/banking university degree course which he recently hit accepted for ( proud parent! He's got the golden ticket)

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    An amazing sunset to end an amazing day..

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    Cheers..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe 90 View Post

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    Don't encourage me!

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    Woke early to some damn fine views from the hotel room window!

    Canary wharf..
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    Millenium Dome..

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    I'd booked the Holiday Inn, 100 per night per room with breakfast included.

    The car park was full of European registered cars.

    The full English Breakfast was bring rapidly consumed by all.

    Every language on the planet could be heard saying " more bacon".

    Our hotel..
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    Time to explore ...
    Bought an all day tube/bus pass for us all for 45.
    Not a fan of the tube or bus but the kids wanted the experience, ended up at the Shard first..
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    My lovely City Blue Rolls Royce Convertible parked outside..
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    The only people that travel in cars nowadays in London City are super wealthy .

    Mostly it's electric taxis due to some recent law that's been introduced.
    There must be loads of second hand cars for sale somewhere in Essex now.

    Sadiq Khan’s popularity languishing in outer London a week before Ulez expansion | Evening Standard

    A giant hot potato of a subject down sarff!

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    Liquid refreshment beckoned as the temperature rocketed and dehydration was kicking in, didn't want to have a "Lulu episode ", so the appropriately named Barrowboy and Banker it was..

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    No it wasn't a Spoooons before you ask Hal..

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    Onwards...these sights won't see themselves..
    Monument..
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    That queue of Americans, Chinese etc!!!
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    Tower Bridge ..
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    Was rammed..
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    Got the bus back over the bridge and then the tube to Buckingham Palace, were we conquered the Pokemon gym!!

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    Escaping the tourist hordes up the unusually quite Mall..
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    Some random tiktokers in front of Nelsons Column..
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    A lot of work going on so no dancing in the fountains today.

    Off to number 10..

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    It was about this time that I clocked Laura Kuensberg the BBC politics journalist with her camera crew and remarked that I enjoyed watching her quivering lip on the BBC news at 10oClock, she just kept staring into the horizon.

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    Plenty of protesters about..
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    Anyhow, bollocks to all these Whitehall cronies in their bubble!

    "Enough of this madness we need an alternative type of madness !C'mon gang let's go north to Camden Town and explore my old stomping ground!"



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    The Cenotaph above.
    I assume that cheating Charlie was at home coz the flag was up?
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