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from Stansted to Heatrow

by Irina_Blyumina

Hello.
Could somebody explane me if there is direct coach from Stansted to Heatrow or I should first go to Victoria bus station and then to Heatrow.
Thanks a lot
Irina

Re: from Stansted to Heatrow

by leics

Yes there is, but you should allow plenty of time for the transfer; roads can be congested. At least 5 hours between flights, preferably more.

Look here:

http://www.londontoolkit.com/travel/heathrow_stansted_bus_transfer.htm

for info and links and here:

http://www.londontoolkit.com/travel/heathrow_stansted_transfer.htm

for the other options.

Re: from Stansted to Heatrow

by mccalpin

The National Express website shows many direct buses daily from Stansted to Heathrow - see http://www.nationalexpress.com/home.aspx

Bill

Travel Tips for London

Summertime in London

by GuyRoy

i enjoy spending summers in London, great atmosphere, shopping discounts, most of the big departments stores run their summer discounts then.

hotels do tend be expensive all over london during summer. but i love the city.

Westminster Hall

by alucas

This magnificent hall was originally built in 1097, but extensively rebuilt at the end of the 14th century in the reign of Richard II. The roof dates from this period.

Built as a banqueting hall, it has been used for many purposes over the years, including law courts. A number of important state trials were held here, including that of Charles II. A plaque on the floor marks the event, and it’s inscription reads: -

“This Tablet marks the spot where Charles Stuart King of England stood before the Court which sat pursuant to the ordinance for erecting a high Court of Justice for his trial which was read the first second & third time & passed by Parliament on the 4th January 1649-9.

The Court met on Saturday the 20th Monday the 22nd, Tuesday the 23rd, & on Saturday the 27th January 1649 when the sentence of Death was pronounced upon the King.”

The hall is now used for major public ceremonies, and also for the lying in state of monarchs and very distinguished statesmen. Most recently, several hundred thousand people queued to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in 2002

Entry to Westminster Hall during Open House Weekend was free. Normally you can only visit as part of a tour of the Houses of Parliament during the summer recess (generally August and September) – tickets are £ 12 for adults – for details see the website. UK residents can also arrange a free tour through their MP.

Website

http://www.parliament.uk/about/visiting/summer_opening.cfm

take a look at Speaker's...

by yellowstar

take a look at Speaker's Corner (Marble Arch - Hyde Park) I have just been to London and passed by Speakers Corner - as every time when I visit London. It's very interesting what the people say and who is listening to whom.
This time, however, I saw again a lot of speakers, but around one speaker there stood a huge crowd of people. I was wondering what he was talking about...

Of course, he analysed the current political situation and was very critical with the American policy abroad. He spoke of 'we are living in a world ruled by Americans' and so on. It was quite interesting to see how the audience gathered and became more and more involved. I heard them discussing and also agreeing what he said.
Somehow it was interesting to compare that the opinions you hear in Germany are absolutely the same as in the UK...

When I went to Speakers corner in July last year, they were only speaking about credits not being granted by banks or about christianity or sects, etc. What a change has taken place!

Writer's wisdom at Leicester Square

by irisbe

There is no darkness but ignorance.
William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

This noble saying decorates the statue of the famous writer in the middle of Leicester Square. Dolphins surround the author, but I wonder about the symbolic behind it. Maybe the dolphins mediate the exploration of the boundaries of what it means to be human or non-human, they might represent knowledge and wisdom.
Further down it is encrypted that Albert Crant has purchased and made public forever on, this little enclosure that is now named Leicester Square.



Leicester Square is built on the Leicester Fields that belonged to the Earl of Leicester.
When Crant purchased it, it must have been from Thomas Coke.

Blue plaques

by toonsarah

Walking around London you are certain to notice many of these blue plaques on the walls of the buildings – some quite ordinary looking, others obviously grand and historical. These indicate that someone of note once lived in the building, or in another building on the same site. This could be somebody really famous, or simply a person notable in their field, so don’t expect always to have heard of them. But it’s fun to look out for the names and dates, and visualise what the building and its surroundings would have been like in their day, and it’s exciting when you do come across someone really famous, perhaps even one of your own heroes.

The scheme was started in 1867 by the Royal Society of Arts. By 1901 they had erected thirty-six plaques, the oldest of which now surviving are those commemorating Napoleon III and the poet John Dryden, both erected in 1875. Responsibility for the plaques was then passed to the London County Council in 1901, and to the Greater London Council in 1965. In 1986 it was taken over by English Heritage was erected in 1986, who still administer the scheme. There are about 700 official plaques altogether, most of which are blue with white lettering.

However there are also several other authorities, and occasionally private individuals, who choose to put up plaques, e.g. the rectangular blue glazed plaques of the Corporation of London (in the City) and the green plaques set up by Westminster City Council.

The unveiling of a new plaque is often marked by a small ceremony, where a cord is pulled open curtains to reveal the plaque for the first time. The occasion is usually marked by speeches about the person or event commemorated and often attended by relatives, descendants or associates of the person. I went to such a ceremony while working for the City of Westminster, when a plaque commemorating Olaudah Equiano, a Nigerian slave who became a world famous slave abolitionist, was unveiled at 73 Riding House Street as part of the city’s programme of events for Black History month.

The Blue Plaques website has a searchable database, so if you’d like to find buildings associated with a specific person, you can. Some of the most popular are:
Charles Dickens – his home at 48 Doughty Street is now a museum (note that most of these Blue Plaque properties are not open to the public in this way)
Karl Marx – he lived at 28 Dean Street in Soho for six years while in exile in London
Sherlock Holmes – ironically not a real person at all, but a fictional detective, who was said to live at 221b Baker Street (like the Dickens House, this is also a museum)
J F Kennedy – he lived as a child at 14 Princes Gate, which was the official residence of the US Ambassador in those days, a post held by his father
William Shakespeare – there are no buildings left in London that are associated with him, but a plaque at 86-8 Curtain Road (in Hackney) marks the site of the first ever theatre to be built in Great Britain, where he would have acted in his early days in the city (the theatre was later moved to Bankside and renamed the Globe)

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