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Wandering London, New Year 2005

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A January 2005 trip to London by tvordj

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Quote: A couple of days' break in London in early January 2005

Wandering London, Day 1 (2005)

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Waldorf Hilton, Aldwych Photo, London, England
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During a New Year's trip to Manchester, we took a few days out and traveled to London. It was early January and while the weather wasn't sunny, we really didn't get rain either so you can't ask for better than that at that time of year. I had been to London many times but this is Graham's first visit since he was in school so he wanted to do some touristy things. We took the Megabus service to London which was great and checked into the Paddington Hotel on Gloucester Street. (see reviews for both in this trip journal). The first night was spent in a pub with a group of friends. The first full day was clear with some cloud cover, temps in the single digits (celcius) so fairly comfortable fo...Read More

Wandering London, Day 2 (2005)

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What time is it? Photo, London, England
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I've been battling a cold all week, starting with a heavy head and now progressing to a chest cough. I haven't felt really ill with it but the coughing is keeping me awake and really annoying me. The bed in the hotel is a bit firm for me so between one thing and another, I'm not sleeping that well so I feel a bit rough in the mornings. Once I get going though, I'm not too bad but I still find I get tired sooner. We just made it to breakfast this morning. Had a look at the maps and it looked like there was a Toy and Model museum around the corner so we tried to find it. We didn't but looking it up on the web, it's supposed to still be there. I wonder if we didn't walk past it, thinking it w...Read More
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There is a great, and very cheap bus service that has quite a few routes around the UK, it's Megabus. This is a very good service, with bright, clean double decker busses with on board toilet. They do express services between various UK cities for dirt cheap, as cheap as a pound for a one way fare, sometimes rising up to as much as 3 pounds closer to the departure date, depending on availability. You can book them online and by telephone and there's a 50p booking fee. Take the email or a text message on your phone to show the driver the booking number. We booked two tickets down to London and one back for a grand total of £7.50. National Express is now matching some of these deals but I don't know how...Read More

Wallace Collection

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Attraction | "Not So Overwhelming"

Wallace Collection Photo, London, England
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The Wallace Collection is one of the lesser known museums in London but it's actually one of the better ones. The beauty of it is that it isn't as enormous as the British Museum, Victoria and Albert or the Natural History Museum. It's probably most like the V&A in that much of it's collections consist of art, decorative arts, paintings, jewellry, curios, furniture stemming from collections of the first four Marquesses of Hertford as well as the illegitimate son of the fourth Marquess, a man named Wallace for whom the museum is named. A lot of the items are from the 18th and 19th centuries, Baroque through Victorian but there are also Rennaisance and...Read More

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Wallace Collection
Hertford House
London, England W1M 6BN
+44 20 7563 9500

Sir John Soane's Museum

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Attraction | "Off the Beaten Track, Sir John Soane's Museum"

Sir John Soane's Museum Photo, London, England
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The Sir John Soane museum is a small museum in a house on the north side of Lincoln's Inn Fields. This was the home of Soane, a renowned architect, for awhile in the mid 18th century. He was quite a collector and this house is filled with all kinds of interesting things, artefacts, artwork, antiques, and antiquities. There is a picture gallery but it was closed when we visited in 2005 due to some renovations elsewhere. There is a sculpture gallery as well with a high domed skylight. You aren't allowed to take photos in the house but sneaked one of the dome!There is also a crypt where more of the antiquities are including a sarcophagus that was absolutely astonishing. I've been to the Egyp...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 12, 2009

Sir John Soane's Museum
13 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London, England WC2A 3BP
+44 20 7405 2107

The Paddington Hotel

Hotel | "Large Room, No Lift"

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I booked the Paddington Hotel through Londonnights.com which is a pretty good hotel booking service, by the way. The hotel is very convenient for transportation and is located on Gloucester Terrace, only a block from the Lancaster Gate tube and a couple of blocks from Paddington Station. Hyde Park is only a block away and there are busses that run along Bayswater road. You check in at the Royal Court Apartments across the street and are given a key. There is no lift in the Paddington Court so keep that in mind if you don't climb stairs very well. The breakfast is included though continental only. You can get a cooked breakfast if you pay extra. Cereal, toast, tea/coffee, it's enough to get you started...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 12, 2009

The Paddington Hotel
28 GLOUCESTER TERRACE
London, England
+44 207 4025077