London Journals

Our Weekend In London

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A travel journal to London by chrisandmark

Chez Gerard Photo, London, England More Photos
Quote: A selection of things to do, places to stay and where to eat in our capital city.

London Eye River Cruise

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Attraction | "Seeing London From The Water"

London Eye River Cruise Photo, London, England
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After our trip on the London Eye last weekend, we decided to have a relaxing cruise down the River Thames on one of their super duper new(ish) cruise boats. We bought our tickets for the 12.45pm 'voyage' and waited around the pier area until it was time to board. Both purchasing the tickets and boarding the boat were straight forward and uncomplicated – even the boarding was dead on time! The cruise lasts for 40 minutes and will take you in a circuit past such landmarks as The Houses of Parliament, HMS Belfast and St Paul's Cathedral. The 40 minutes passes very quickly as not only in the cruse extremely relaxing, but there's so much to see that you're constantly looking from le...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 4, 2011

London Eye River Cruise
Westminster Bridge Road
London, England

Borough Market

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Attraction | "This Little Piggy Went To Market!"

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Borough Market has been located in this area since the Romans first launched themselves onto the history of England and has occupied its present site for over 250 years now, remaining as popular as ever with London residents and tourists alike. Well, as soon as I walked into the market I was lost. The front of the area looks well signed and simply laid out and I thought it'd be a doddle to find my way around to the different shops and stalls, picking out little picnic treats as I went. Hmmm… how wrong I was… The entrance to the market is deceivingly spacious, but as soon as we turned the first corner that was it – we just had to go with the flow. The thing is the market has no real structu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 4, 2012

Borough Market
West of Borough High Street
London, England SE1

Bramah Tea & Coffee Museum

Attraction | "Anyone For a Cuppa?"

Bramah Tea & Coffee Museum Photo, London, England
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Tea and coffee were once big business for the country, and especially for our industrious capital city, the museum takes an in depth look at the tea and coffee trade and how it developed over the years. Walking towards the museum you'll see that it's basically a huge old warehouse which has been carefully, and somewhat cleverly, adapted inside to allow them to house separate tea and coffee exhibitions along with a very nice tearoom and small shop. We saw the 'Tea' displays first and at first I was disappointed that most of the exhibits seemed to be artwork and intricate looking maps, but I quickly realised that this was part of the informative nature of the place. The museum i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 5, 2012

Bramah Tea & Coffee Museum
Clove Building Maguire Street
Bermondsey, England SE1 2NQ

Memsaheb on Thames

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Restaurant | "Possibly The Best Curry House In London"

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You're ever wanting a bite to eat at London's Docklands, then look no further than Mem Saheb on Thames. Mem Saheb is an Indian restaurant located on Amsterdam Road. The colourful outside fits perfectly with the multi ethnic restaurants which are dotted around this area – although it's nice to see an Indian restaurant which actually LOOKS authentic. When you go in, do try to get a table near a window as from here you've got a fantastic view of the Thames and the ill fated (but very impressive) Millennium Dome. The seating arrangements are slightly cramped, but this is quite a small restaurant by London standards so I can see why they're making good use of space. Most...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 25, 2011

Memsaheb on Thames
65-67 Amsterdam Road
Docklands, London
020 7538 3008

The Harp

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Attraction | "If It's Good Enough For CAMRA..."

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Given the fact that when visiting London a visit to Trafalgar Square is a must, we did the tourist thing and then went off in search of a pub to quench our thirst in the May heat (it wasn't raining that day!). After a couple of false starts (boozers full of either winos or prostitutes) we came across a little gem in Covent Garden called The Harp. The atmosphere in The Harp is great, when we arrived at 3pm it was quiet and there was plenty of seating available both propping up the bar and with traditional pub tables and chairs. Customers seemed to be a good mix of the tourist variety (us!) and also older gentlemen who I think were there because of the CAMRA (Campaign for Real Al...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 27, 2011

The Harp
47 Chandos Place
Covent Garden, London
020 7836 0291

Chez Gerard

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Restaurant | "London Eating, The French Way!"

Chez Gerard Photo, London, England
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While looking for somewhere to eat one Tuesday night in London, we came across a lovely French restaurant in the Southbank area. Chez Gerard is very stylishly designed around 1930’s Paris, it has a trendy and almost formal feel to it – even the staff are dressed up in very old fashioned uniforms. As we arrived, we were quickly seated at a cosy table for two and given menus to look at. As Chez Gerard is renowned for ‘The Best Steak Frites This Side of Paris’, our minds were kinda made up before we even opened the menu. Steak Frites is basically a well cooked steak with a pile of crispy chips – and it was divine. Imagine a thick rump steak; cooked just long enough to take the pin...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 29, 2011

Chez Gerard
9 Belvedere Road
South Bank, London SE1 8YL
020-7202-8470

Highgate Cemetery

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Attraction | "If Visiting Graves Is Your Thing...!"

Highgate Cemetery Photo, London, England
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I love wandering round cemeteries, sounds morbid I know but there’s something peaceful about these places which appeals. Highgate Cemetery in North London definitely appeals. After hearing that the West Cemetery was the inspiration behind much of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, I decided to set aside a couple of hours to visit. The cemetery is split into two sections (the old West and newer East cemeteries) and while you’re not allowed to wander around the West cemetery, the Friends of Highgate Cemetery lay on very good tours through the day. A tour of the West cemetery costs just £7, which is brilliant value when you take into account the knowledgeable tour guide who is ready to answer any questio...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 30, 2011

Highgate Cemetery
Swain's Lane
London, England N6
+44 20 8340 1834

The London Eye

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Attraction | "Soaring Above The London Landscape"

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During a stay in London, we decided to take a trip on the London Eye and see what all the fuss is about. The receptionist at our hotel advised us to arrive fifteen minutes before the ticket office opened at 9.30am to avoid the worst of the queues. Apparently, the London Eye gets busier as the day goes on so I’d definitely recommend visiting as early in the morning as possible – particularly if you have small children as sometimes the queues to get into a capsule can last for over an hour after you’ve bought your ticket. We arrived at County Hall, the building next to the London Eye, at 9am and actually managed to be fourth in the queue which meant we’d be on one of the very first capsules ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 1, 2011

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

Park Plaza Riverbank

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Hotel | "A Fabulous Base From Which To See London"

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Riverbank Park Plaza was only built in 2005 so is pretty much brand spanking new, very imposing looking from the outside despite the fact that it's no bigger than it's surrounding buildings, it's a stunning building and absolutely gorgeous when lit up at night. As soon as I walked into the hotel I saw how modern and classy the place looked. The reception area is the first place you'll see; the décor is in neutral browns and creams with fabulous marble touches and beautiful lighting, using natural light in the daytime and warmly lit at night. We paid on arrival and check-in was a piece of cake; there was a problem with the room we'd originally booked but this was fully explained on arrival ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 1, 2011

Park Plaza Riverbank
18 Albert Embankment
Lambeth, London
866-539-8117

Big Bus Tours-London Sightseeing Tour

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Attraction | "Seeing London The Big Bus Way!"

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The very helpful receptionist in our London hotel was what prompted me to buy tickets for the Big Bus tour around London; we were having a long weekend in the Capital to celebrate my birthday but being eight months pregnant at the time I was finding using the tube (and all the walking that entails) really tiring. I wanted to see as many of the sights as possible and was generally moaning to her about the time it was taking to plan routes and then travel those routes to each place when she suggested buying a 24 hour ticket for the Big Bus as we could not only sit on the bus and listen to the tour, but get on and off the bus at will at the various attractions we wanted to visit. For those of...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 2, 2011

Big Bus Tours-London Sightseeing Tour
48 Buckingham Palace Road
London, England
+44 (20) 7233 9533