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A Warm Weekend in London -The Igougo 2005 Get-Together

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A September 2005 trip to London by GB from Devizes

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Quote: Well, it was finally here: the long awaited 2005 get-together. Three days of fun and sightseeing, plus the chance for us all to meet and get to know each other. I used the spare time to do some exploring for myself and the entire three days are chronicled here.

A Warm Weekend in London -The Igougo 2005 Get-Together

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Overview

London Town Photo, London, England
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All parts of the three days were highlights in their own way, none bigger though than meeting everyone at the Cross Keys, at 6.30pm Thursday evening. This was an informal gathering to break the ice and really see how much we all looked like (or not) our passport pictures. Friday featured a ride on the London Eye, which affords stunning views in all directions of central London. Having completed our ride, we retired to the late summer delights of St James’ Park and spent two enjoyable hours sat on the grass under the very warm sunshine. With entertainment supplied free-of-charge by the legendary "Tomato", we relaxed with drinks and ice creams, sandwiched between the bustling Pall Mall and Whiteh...Read More

The London Generator

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Hotel

The London Generator Photo, London, England
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The London Generator is situated in Compton Place, via an archway at 37 Tavistock Place, Bloomsbury. It is just a five-minute walk from Russell Square tube station and was to be my base for three nights. Having checked in, I arrived at room 219 and entered via the magnetic strip key card. I had opted for a single room, rather than share a dormitory with anything up to a dozen other people. For this, I paid £35 per night, an absolute bargain for this or any other area of central London. The room was certainly spartan with a double bunk, a wash-basin, two plastic chairs, and a small table, plus a large window with an uninspiring view of the fire escape. But I suppose you get what you pay...Read More

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The London Generator
37 Tavistock Place
London, England
020 7388 7666

Golden Dragon

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Restaurant | "Chinatown and The Golden Dragon Restaurant"

Golden Dragon Photo, London, England
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Between seeing Dennis Severs’ House and meeting at the Science Museum, five of us decided that Chinatown would be a good place to while away a couple of hours, not least of all as we had Tony with us. Chinatown is a small area to the south of Soho, very near to the Pillars where we’d met the previous night. Needless to say, all the shops here sell Chinese food and goods, and of course, the only problem we had was which restaurant we should choose to have lunch. We perused a few menus until Tony’s nose began to twitch outside of the Golden Dragon restaurant at 28-29 Gerrard St. As it appeared to be full of "locals", this was a good sign, so in we went: Tony, Steven, Chris, Joanne, and myself....Read More

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Golden Dragon
28-29 Gerrard St.
London, England
020 7734 2763

The Cross Keys

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Attraction

The Cross Keys Photo, London, England
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The Cross Keys is a charming building tucked away on Lawrence St in the very heart of fashionable Chelsea, close to the Thames. It dates from 1765 and derives its name from a common sign in Christian heraldry that symbolises the keys which Jesus gave to St Peter in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. It is one of those very few places anywhere in London that is a reasonable distance from the tube, so I met with Tracey at South Kensington station and shared a cab with her to Lawrence St. Its current owner and designer is Rudy Weller who has also designed the facades and interior decors of two other famed public houses, namely the Horses of Helios and the Three Graces, both in Piccadil...Read More

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The Cross Keys
1 Lawrence St.
London, England SW3 5NB
+44 207 349 9111

Whitehall Walking Tour

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Attraction | "An Early Morning Wander in Whitehall"

Whitehall Walking Tour Photo, London, England
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Although a resident of these fair isles, I’d never really explored this part of London. So, having set the alarm for 6:45am, I catch the tube to Embankment and begin my relatively early sortie into the depths of Whitehall. Stopping briefly to take a picture of Boadicea in her chariot, I then walk into Parliament Square as Big Ben strikes 8am. The roads are, of course, already heaving, but the pavements are relatively quiet, making progress rather easier than anticipated. St Margaret’s Church is now ahead of me, sitting as she does in the shadow of Westminster Abbey. St Margaret’s is unusual in that she has a sundial on her spire rather than a conventional clock. With Big Ben so close by, I gues...Read More

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Whitehall Walking Tour
Self-guided
London, England

The London Eye

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Attraction

The London Eye Photo, London, England
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This remarkable piece of engineering was built on behalf of British Airways as their contribution to the Millennium celebrations in London. At almost 150m tall, it is the largest ferris wheel in the world and offers unrivalled views of central London and the river from its highest point. It is situated on the south bank of the river, close to the Aquarium and almost opposite Big Ben. Nearest tube stations are Charing Cross, Embankment and Westminster from where you may cross the Thames via the Millennium footbridge or Westminster Bridge. There are 32 cars, each capable of holding around 15 persons. The cars all feature reinforced glass windows that stretch from floor to ceiling. Th...Read More

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The London Eye
South Bank of the River Thames
London, England SE1 9TA
+44 (870) 500 0600

The Pillars of Hercules

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Attraction

The Pillars of Hercules Photo, London, England
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After the exertions of walking around London encumbered with backpacks in 80 degree heat for several hours, it was decided to congregate at The Pillars of Hercules pub in Greek St, Soho, a favourite stamping ground for some of our London guides. Rendezvous time was set for around 7pm. I was the first on the scene as I had a relatively short hop on the tube to get to Tottenham Court Road station, from where it’s a 5-minute stroll down Charing Cross Road to the Pillars. Within a few minutes, other guides appeared along with Cameron and Cia who occupied a space outside the pub, pints clutched in hand. I was pleased to find a wide range of real ales on offer along with several lagers, including one ...Read More

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The Pillars of Hercules
Greek St
London, England

Spitalfields Photo, London, England
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Again, I felt that I’d like to make the most of my time in London so arose early again and made my way to Spitalfields in E1 to explore prior to meeting the guys. First port of call was the old Spitalfields Market, dating from 1893, positioned between Lamb St and Brushwell St. This was London’s principal wholesale fruit and vegetable market until 1991. Much of the original market is undergoing massive redevelopment but the essence of the place is still there with every type of ethnic food stall imaginable, although I was there a good hour prior to them setting up shop. The original gates are still in situ as is the vaulted roof. The amount of building work taking place does detract from t...Read More

Dennis Severs' House

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Story/Tip

Dennis Severs' House Photo, London, England
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This amazing living piece of artwork is to be found at 18 Folgate St, Spitalfields. We all met at 10:45am for the "experience", which is the only fitting word for what we saw. The house was owned by Dennis Severs, an artist who died as recently as 1999. He used the house as his canvas, recreating the lives of an 18th-century family of Huguenot silk weavers, the Jervises. To enter the house is to enter one of his paintings. The house has a cellar and four floors, with every room decorated in an 18th century style that is authentic right down to the last detail. It is as if you are interrupting the lives of these people; the beds have recently been vacated with indentations still visible...Read More
Hitchhikers Guide Exhibition Photo, London, England
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I have to admit that when this programme hit the TV screens many years ago, I never really paid that much attention to it. I caught a few fleeting scenes from a couple of episodes and wondered what was going on. So I decided to give it a go here at the Science Museum to see if it would rekindle any interest in this ground breaking series. The Exhibition takes the story in chronological order from Arthur’s first inkling that this particular Thursday is going to be even worse than any other; his girlfriend has dumped him and the developers are queuing up to demolish his house. Arthur doesn’t "do" Thursdays.We enter through Arthur’s kitchen only to see a huge hole in the wall with an excavat...Read More
The Science Museum Photo, London, England
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I remember as a small boy being taken by my parents to this enormous building in the centre of London and being totally amazed at it’s size. With exhibits covering seven floors, it details the history of just about anything that ends in "ology" or "ography" along with every conceivable type of machine, device or tool that mankind has invented. I also recall as a small boy how much my feet hurt after spending all day here with my folks and still not having seen all that was on display despite having walked for what seemed like miles. So, being here today in September 2005 with the Igo crew and guides, some thirty-five years older than I was last time, I was looking forward no end for a ...Read More