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London Under High Alert 2001

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A September 2001 trip to London by tvordj

Hampton Court from the river Photo, Surrey, England More Photos
Quote: I hade a trip to London scheduled in September 2001. I flew out 10 days after the WT attacks and London was on a high security alert. Unnerving but I ended up having a really nice week!

Wandering the City of London

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Victorian ironwork Photo, London, England
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Today is my last day in London before going off to other parts.After my morning tea I decided to walk down through the City of London, also known as the Square Mile, and gawp at the architecture and search out the remains of the Wren churches hiding among the newer office towers. The weather is sunny but not too hot, perfect for walking. I walked all around Threadneedle street, Leadenhall Market, Cornhill, King William Street, passed by Lloyd's, the newish building with all the words on the outside, heating pipes, elevators etc. Leadenhall market is a covered Victorian arcade with some nice shops and cafes though I had thought it would be a stall type market. The iron work is superb, thou...Read More

Flying the Eye

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Fly the London Eye Photo, London, England
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After I saw pretty much everything at the Globe (see review), I left and walked West along the Bankside, stopping along the way as I felt like. The day was overcast but not threatening and there was a coolish breeze blowing off the Thames. I sat daydreaming at one point trying to decide what else I *should* do and ended up scolding myself. I didn't *have* to do anything if I didn't want to! No law says I have to go, go, go. Eventually I found myself down by the London Eye wheel. I bought a bottle of water and muffin at a keyosk and looked up at the wheel. I have been of two minds all week whether to "fly the Eye", but there was no lineup today whatsoever and that made my mind up for me. I was able to ...Read More

Shakespeare's Globe

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Attraction | "Shakespeare's Globe and Theatre Museum"

Shakespeare's Globe Photo, London, England
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On the Thursday of my 2001 trip to London i decided to go to the Globe and after arriving at Liverpool Street station in the morning with Nikki, and after my usual cuppa tea first thing, I made my way to the Southbank area. I got to the new Globe theatre by about 10. There was a tour of the theatre at 10:30 so I spent a half hour looking at the first bit ofthe exhibition in the adjoining building. This part of the museum went into the history of the rebuilding of the Globe, a project spearheaded by American actor Sam Wanamaker who worked tirelessly raising money for 20 years. The original Globe was one street away from the present location but that property was not available. Around ...Read More

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Lost in Pimlico, the Tate and the Temple

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Side of Tate Britain Photo, London, England
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September 25, 2001I checked out of the hotel this morning and took a cab to Liverpool Station where I stored my bags in Left Luggage for the day. Pricey but convenient. Stashing them at the hotel would mean either schlepping them around on the tube or risking being late taking a taxi in rush hour traffic. Now my bags are here and ready to go when I am. I’m meeting a friend when she gets off work and spending the rest of the week with her and her partner out in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex. Freed of my burdens, I caught the tube to Victoria Station, hoping to locate the post office. My tourist map had a little envelope symbol in the vicinity but I never did find it. Probably walked rig...Read More
Richmond alleyway Photo, Richmond, England
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September 24, 2001Today I decided to take the full day tour of Richmond and Hampton Court through the Original London Walks. This is an excellent company with top notch guides. You meet them at various tube stations, though this one was in the Waterloo Train station as we were taking a train out to Richmond for the start. We are a group of about two dozen, which was a pleasant surprise to our guide, a short, perky woman named Hillary. Seems last week she only had 3 or 4 on her tour and in the wake of the Sept. 11 events, thought it might take a few more weeks for the numbers to rebound. The cost for the full day tour is £25 which includes £10 for the all day tour (normally £5 f...Read More
Original Walks guide, Hilary, in Richmond Photo, London, England
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September 24, 2001We are on the banks of the Thames at the boat launch, ready to go upriver to Hampton Court. The boat ride takes about an hour and a half from Richmond, about half the length the journey will take if you leave from Westminster pier in London. We had our sandwiches and a drink and watched the lovely scenery as we passed by. The weather is variable, with a bit of sun and blue sky showing now and then. There are lots of parks, businesses and a number of prestigious looking houses and apartment blocks which probably wouldn't come cheap. This follows the traditional approach to Hampton Court which was always by Royal Barge along the river. The first part of the pala...Read More

Mass Appeal

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Westminster Cathedral Photo, London, England
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September 23The sky is dark, gray and cool today. I am meeting a group of friends for after lunch but had to decide how to fill the morning. I had breakfast and went to Euston station to get a newspaper and a large tea to bring back to my room for a relaxing start to my Sunday. I thought I would go and have a look at Westminster Cathedral. The pub where I'm meeting everyone is on Trafalgar Square at the top of Whitehall so it's within walking distance of the Cathedral if it doesn't rain. I took the tube to Victoria station and started walking in the general direction of the cathedral according to my map. I ended up approaching it from the back, past a lot of old Victorian build...Read More

There's Always Something to Do in London

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Barbican Photo, London, England
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The breakfast room in the basement of the main hotel building is very pretty, lots of china plates on a shelf that circles three sides of the room, windows on the front and back walls with plants on the sills and more china, plates and jugs. Some old cabinets. The wooden tables are covered in pink and blue with standard issue crockery. Breakfast was a bit on the meager side with one egg, one rasher of bacon, one sausage,toast, and a half of a small tomato, warmed (and fresh not canned thankfully). There was juice and tea and cereal available as well which I didn't have. I decided I would go to the Museum of London at the Barbican for a couple of hours this morning. I had been there o...Read More

London on High Alert

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Finsbury Square Photo, London, England
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Sept. 20 - 21On the road again, or, in the sky again, late as it happened. It’s only been 10 days since the World Trade Centre attacks and the Air Canada flight was delayed nearly an hour waiting for the plane to arrive from Toronto. Because of heightened security, I already arrived over 3 hours early for a 9:15 p.m. flight. Frustrating but it can't be helped. I switched seats with a man behind me as he and his wife were not given seats together. That sorted, I settled in. I didn’t really sleep and I watched the sun rise over the wing but the cloud cover obliterated the land below. There was a 25 minute wait through the customs "corral" and then I found the Airbus, (which, at that time, ...Read More

Cottage Hotel

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Hotel | "Take It with a Grain of Salt"

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A friend of mine had stayed at this budget hotel and since he was supposed to meet me, I decided to book a room here for us to stay over a weekend. The hotel is a small one, over two buildings with 40 rooms and a breakfast room. Back in 2001, the price was about £50 for a single and £65 for a double. A bit of googling shows that the cost has gone up to about £75 for a double and the review from the person that had stayed there was not good. I didn't have a problem with it so you might want to take it with a grain of salt. There is no lift, and the stairways were quite narrow. Luckily, I had left my luggage at the desk because I was too early to get into a room and when I returned, they had...Read More

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