London Journals

My Favourite Area of London

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A travel journal to London by eilidhcatriona

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Quote: This is a journal about the area and attractions around Westminster and the Victoria Embankment in London, an area I never get tired of visiting!

Victoria Embankment

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Attraction | "A Stroll through the Sights"

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My favourite part of London is the Embankment, or to be precise, the Victoria Embankment. This runs from Blackfriars Bridge to Westminster Bridge, but my favourite section is from Waterloo Bridge to Westminster. It is a wide tree lined street which runs right alongside the Thames, and is the ideal place for a stroll, to see some sights and to have a drink and something to eat.You can travel here on the Underground, and there are a number of stations you can use – Westminster, Embankment, Temple, Charing Cross, Covent Garden and Waterloo are all within walking distance. I usually use Embankment, but that is because in addition to enjoying a walk along the Embankment itself, I like to strol...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 22, 2009

Victoria Embankment
Villiers Street
London, England

The London Eye

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Attraction | "Another View of a Beautiful City"

The London Eye Photo, London, England
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The London Eye is one attraction in London that’s hard to miss. It dominates the skyline, and on a clear day there are even points in Acton from which it can be seen. When you’re near it you can’t help but find your eyes drawn to it – although you have to watch very closely to see it moving, as it goes so slowly.I first saw the London Eye 10 years ago, when it was under construction. It was laid out across the river, and it really was quite a sight. However, the first time I saw it after I moved to London in 2006, it was at night and it was all lit up. It was stunning. It really does look fantastic at night.I’ve now been on the Eye twice, and I loved both times. A standard "fli...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 21, 2009

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

Westminster Abbey

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Attraction | "A Heady Day Out in the Company of Monarchs"

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For many years, ever since I became interested in royal history, and particularly Mary Queens of Scots, I was keen to visit Westminster Abbey, where so many British monarchs are buried. Following my move to London, I finally got my chance and visited with my mum, who is even more interested in royal history than I am, and is always useful to have around when visiting places like this – she’s a walking encyclopaedia of Scottish and subsequently British monarchs.Adult entry to the Abbey is currently £15, £12 for over 60s, age 11-18 is £6 and free for under 11. There are also family tickets available. The Abbey is open Monday to Saturday, but Sundays are for worship only and so tourists canno...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 25, 2009

Westminster Abbey
20 Dean's Yard
London, England SW1P 3PA
+44 (20) 7222 5152

The Queen Mary

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Restaurant | "The Queen Mary Floats My Boat"

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One day a couple of years ago, I discovered that some of the boats moored along the Victoria Embankment in London were not, in fact, simply decorative. Some of them are pubs. What a brilliant idea I thought. All the fun of a boat trip without actually going anywhere!The first of these pubs which I visited was the Queen Mary. Since discovering it I have been back numerous times, and it remains one of my favourites. Access, however, may not be ideal for the disabled or those with mobility problems. My parents and I chose not to visit, as there are stairs up from the pavement to the gangway onto the boat, and at that time the tide was out – so although it would have been downwards slope into...Read More

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The Tattershall Castle

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Restaurant | "A Castle on the Thames"

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The Tattershall Castle is one of the "boat-pubs" moored on the Thames along the Victoria Embankment. It is an attractive navy and white boat, and has an enviable spot on the Westminster side of the Hungerford Bridge.You can reach the Tattershall Castle from a number of tube stations. It is right beside Embankment station, but is also very close to Westminster, Charing Cross and Temple, and can be easily reached from Covent Garden as well.The Tattershall Castle has indoor and outdoor areas, with a very large deck area. There are plenty of tables with benches here, some with parasols for those hot summer days. There are also higher tables which you can stand at with a drink, and ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 28, 2009

The Tattershall Castle
Victoria Embankment
London, England