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Welltravbrit's London Sojourn - An Ongoing Trip Report

Welltravbrit's London Sojourn - An Ongoing Trip Report

Old Aug 8th, 2015, 09:37 PM
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WTB,

Thanks so much for the connection to your blog on FENTON HOUSE. Looks so interesting and "doable."

CAROLYN, I hope I can cover as much on foot as you did with your daughter. Hampstead is a beautiful place....
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Old Aug 10th, 2015, 11:06 PM
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Meanwhile, WTB, here's what you've missed:
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2...bomb-discovery
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Old Aug 11th, 2015, 12:27 PM
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OMG Patrick!
I can't believe it - the glamour never stops in Bethnal Green! Our flat looked right over the street where they found the (WWII) bomb! I'm not sure I would have fancied what the Guardian described as the "Bethnal Green academy where Tower Hamlets council set up a rest centre" - we would have had to hot foot it over to yours!
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Old Aug 11th, 2015, 12:37 PM
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Here's a review of the Duck and Waffle which is on the 40th floor of the Heron building at Liverpool Street. I recommend it for breakfast or mid afternoon drinks when it isn't too crowded. This is the place that shares an entrance with Sushisamba and the views are fabulous.

Pictures and more details on my blog....

http://www.somuchmoretosee.com/2015/...with-view.html

Enjoy!
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Old Aug 23rd, 2015, 10:44 AM
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I'm still posting on London (despite spending the week in NYC and Arizona) but I did particularly want to give you a heads up on this post which is all about the National Trust property 575 Wandsworth Rd. Particularly Mme Perdu who mentioned that this was one her list for London.

This is what I loved about having a longer stay in London, we were able to seek out some of the more obscure house museums and so far this is the most unusual one we've visited. The NT books tours several months in advance and they only allow 6-8 people at a time.

It's a fascinating property which has been completely covered in hand done fret work by the owner who was an artist turned civil servant originally from Kenya. The whole place is lovely and beautifully done, the owner clearly had a fabulous "eye" for interiors. Anyway lots of photos and more details here...

http://www.somuchmoretosee.com/2015/...sterpiece.html

A great spot for those of you who like to seek out the unlikely, the off beat or the unusual, we loved it!
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That's me, offbeat & unlikely. He and I even have the same pillows, your picture #1. It's the treatment of the walls that have interested me especially in other photos I've seen, that you show so clearly in yours. Thanks so much for this. I'll be returning to your presentation of it a number of times, I have no doubt, before the real thing.
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Old Aug 23rd, 2015, 11:22 AM
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So glad you saw this!
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Old Aug 30th, 2015, 12:59 PM
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I'm still blogging away about London, finally getting around to the museums, day trips and exhibitions mentioned above. Here's a blog post about Greenwich where I went for several successful days out.Greenwich is one of those places people tell you you should go, but somehow you never get around to it. Anyway, i was glad I finally took the much given advice to check it out, it really does make a charming day out from London and despite three trips there's still lots more for me to see there.

It's an interesting place with strong naval, scientific, architectural interest. There are a number of small museums, free sites and great views from the park. You can also do quirky things like walk the foot tunnel under the Thames or go mudlarking on the foreshore for clay pipes from the 17-19th centuries.

So for those who are interested...

http://www.somuchmoretosee.com/2015/...l-day-out.html

I've still got quite a few London posts to go, covering walks, the Horniman Museum and the National Theatre among other topics. I'm hoping to finish them up and squeeze in my Berlin and Helsinki posts before we leave for New York in November.
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>>You can also do quirky things like .... go mudlarking on the foreshore for clay pipes from the 17-19th centuries. <<

This needs a bit of care, both about personal safety (watch those tides!) and the legal position on exactly what you may and may not do in the way of taking away things you find.

http://www.pla.co.uk/Environment/Met...ames-Foreshore
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Old Aug 30th, 2015, 11:32 PM
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Thanks Patrick, as I understood it you are free to take anything you find on the ground, but not items you have to dig for, but I'm interested to see what the link suggests.
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Hi again WTB,

Thanks for continuing your blog. You have encouraged me to do a return visit to Greenwich. Love that photo of the circular staircase in particular.

I am hoping to do a short (8 day) visit to London next June - so little time, so many more places to see.

Please continue describing your explorations of London....
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>>you are free to take anything you find on the ground, but not items you have to dig for<<

Provided it's not "of archaelogical interest", nor covered by the export rules for antiquities. I don't suppose the relevant authorities would be much bothered by yet another clay pipe - but what if it's a unique type or can be proved to have belonged to Samuel Pepys or someone of historical importance? But it all comes down to the individual's judgement, I suppose.
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Old Aug 31st, 2015, 10:51 AM
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Patrick your point is well taken should someone find a highly decorated piece.

I think most of us are finding the most mundane of objects which are nonetheless exciting to the amateur!
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Thanks for the encouragement lateday and glad you liked the post. The staircase is on your right as you enter the chapel at Greenwich.
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After a slight detour to chat about our upcoming plans for Colombia I'm back to blogging about London.

Here are my thoughts on The Horniman a delightful museum in Forest Hills in south London and I discussed it in some detail when I visited above. great ethnographic collections, a wonderful hall of taxidermy including a walrus and a dodo, an aquarium and an amazing musical collection plus a fab park with views over central London.

Very much worth the detour and a great option for kids. Photos and more details on the blog.


http://www.somuchmoretosee.com/2015/...ll-london.html
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Hi WTB,

Thank you for yet another interesting venue in London. I am loving these blogs. So much to do and see in London...
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Glad you saw this one Lateday.

I have to say the Horniman is worth seeking out, I love the combination of stuff, you really get a sense for collecting in the Victorian age even though it's now displayed in a modern way. I was very glad to have sought it out.
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Old Sep 11th, 2015, 11:19 PM
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Theatre was a big part of our trip to London and we spent quite a bit of time at the National which I'm raving about on the blog.

Did you know they now have an ONLINE Friday Rush?

If you have an Amex card you can buy tickets before the public and get a free backstage tour. Details of all below!

http://www.somuchmoretosee.com/2015/...re-london.html
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Here's a post on Two Temple Plaec, a wonderful small museum space in a gorgeous Neo-Gothic mansion on the embankment. their exhibitions run in the first quarter so it's worth checking out if you're heading to London in early 2016.

The Upcoming show will be "The Appearance of Beauty: Style and Adornment in Ancient Egypt" .
http://www.somuchmoretosee.com/2015/...ce-london.html
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Old Sep 16th, 2015, 11:05 AM
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Sorry that's "Two Temple Place"
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