Solar Powered Trash Bin & Compactor
Favorite thing: While walking around the streets of london, I happen to see several trash bins, which they call Big Belly Solar Bin which is a Trash Bin and a trash compactor all in one where the compactor squeezes the trash to 1/8 it's size using solar power. I head that each solar trash bin also has a wireless capability wherein each solar trash bin sends messages to the company to pick up the trash when the bins are full. The trash bins also has a separate cigarette butt container where you can throw away cigarette butts as well. This is my first time to see a Solar Powered Trash Bin and have to write about it. They say that it only takes 8 hours of sunlight to power up the 12 volt battery of the compactor for 1 month, such high tech and green stuff.
Fondest memory: The New Green and Mean Solar Trash & Compactor called Big Belly Solar Bin is such a nice ode to the environment.Related to:
- Road Trip
- Hiking and Walking
Local Beers and Ales
Favorite thing: Besides the London Pride Ale made by the Fullers Brewery, there are many kinds of beers available in London Brewed locally and from other areas of the United Kingdom in that if you are a Beer and Ale lover, you would not be wanting in choices as there are many kinds of beers both pale and dark lagers and ales with varying alcohol contents as well and craft beers galore. So if you are in a Traditonal British Pub or in A Bar, try to savor some of the Beer Goodness here in London and they are available as draft beers and ales or via aluminum cans and even tradtional bottles with various sizes ranging from 250 ml glass to a 330 ml aluminum can to a pint and even a large 1 liter glass. Prices vary from 2 GBP to 5 GBP, depending on the size and if is regular commercial brewery made or IPA Craft Made.
Fondest memory: Beer Tasting is a must in LondonRelated to:
- Beer Tasting
- Food and Dining
London Pride Ale
Favorite thing: The best Selling Beer/Ale in London is London Pride Beer, made by the Fuller's Brewery since 1959 of which they have a large brewery near the Thames River. This Iconic London Ale is available both in bottled and draft beer form at many of the traditonal British Pubs and Bars all around London and they even sell the Bottled Ones at supermarkets and convenience stores. It is a pale Ale with a sligh bitter taste and with a 4.1 % alcohol volume (draft beer) and 4.7 % Alcohol Volume bottled and it cost 1.50 GBP a bottle and 3 GBP for a large Pint in the various Pubs and bars around london.
website: . www.fullers.co.uk/beer/explore-our-beers/london-pride
Fondest memory: London Pride Beer is a must when visiting LondonRelated to:
- Beer Tasting
- Food and Dining
Tour Operators Desks in Hotels
Favorite thing: Most Hotel lobbies in London have a separate tour desk service wherein it is manned by the hotel's tour liason officers to the myriad tour companies that offer various kinds of tours in and around london such as city tours, night tours, shopping tours, bug bus tours, hop on hop off tours, pub crawl tours and so on. Your friendly hotel tour desk people also has a large rack filled with various free brochures of the various tour companies and they types of tour that they operate and even old styl pull up maps with the attractions highlighted and they can arranged for you a tour that you want and you can then pay the tour company representative that picks you up at the hotel.
Fondest memory: In this age of Apps and the Internet, most people except the millenials still do the traditional tour and book them via tour operators.Related to:
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Bottled Water and Mineral Water Prices
Favorite thing: London is an expensive city so don't be surprised if you order bottled of PET Bottle mineral water at restaurants will cost you 3 GBP (500 ml) and even up to 5 GBP a Bottle if eating at Harrods. So the best deal is to find the convenience stores near your hotel or hypermarkets such as Tesco and even the Mark's and Spencer Supermarket Section in whatever place you are staying in london to buy some cheap bottle water as it only cost about 0.50 to 0.70 Pence for a 500 ml of Mineral water in PET Bottles and 1..10 to 1.50 GBP for a 2 liter PET Bottle of Mineral water at those establishments which are way cheaper than at the Restaurants or Hotels.
Fondest memory: Better buy lots of mineral water PET Bottles at Convenience Stores or Tesco or Mark's and Spencer Supermarket Section to save money.Related to:
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- Budget Travel
- Road Trip
Buy Prepaid SIM Cards instead of Phone Roaming
Favorite thing: If you are staying in London and other areas of the United Kingdom for more than 4 days, I strongly suggest you just buy the Prepaid SIM cards of the Local United Kingdom Mobile Phone Companies such as EE or Vodaphone or 3 or O2 rather than using your local mobile operator with international roaming agreements at the United Kingdom as Mobile Roaming Calling Rates here are expensive at 2 GBP per minute when calling and 1.50 GBP while receiving calls per minute (the roaming rates for internet surfing are more atrocious!)
You can buy the Prepaid Sim Cards of these 4 UK Mobile Phone Companies at Heathrow Airport (all terminals), Gatwick Airport, Many local Shops and Convenience Stores and the Tube and a Prepaid SIM card cost from 10 to 40 GBP and includes from 150 minutes to unlimited local calls (UK Only) plus unlimited local texts and from 500 MB to 6 Gigabytes of Free internet Data and are valid for 6 months (you can also buy prepaid cards to top up your mobile prepaid credits as well).
Fondest memory: Buy A Prepaid SIm Card if staying for more than 3 days in london.Related to:
- Budget Travel
- Business Travel
Free Wifi At Hotels
Favorite thing: Many of the Hotels in the London Metropolitan Area Offer Free Wifi Service for hotel guests of which there usually two choices, the daily unlimited buy slow speed FREE public wifi (only up to 10 MBPS in Download Speed) or the paid High Speed WIFI (up to 30 MBPS in Download Speed) for about 8 GBP per day. The Public Free Wifi is either available only at the Hotel Lobby for the Public and Guests or it can be accessed per rooms too. Our Hotel in London, the Hilton London Metropole has both the free public wifi in the lobby and the Paid High Speed Wifi for Guests in the Rooms.
Fondest memory: Free Public Wifi in Most Hotels, the Internet speed is not fast thoughRelated to:
- Business Travel
- Budget Travel
LONDON BUSES ARE NOW ADVERTISING PALAWAN
Favorite thing: NOt really a tip but I was surprised to see Palawan advertised on the side of a London double decker bus. Palawan was voted number one island in the world by a certain organization and I can confirm its beautiful nature as I have lived there for twenty years, so it is worth checking out the buses, maybe your hometown will be advertised one day.
Views from the Gherkin
Favorite thing: Two years ago on the Open House London weekend as it was a nice sunny day I have decided to visit the Gherkin. That it was a big mistake as I went at 8.30 in the morning and the queue it was already long but decided to stay anyway not knowing that they only let in a very small group in the building. It was almost four hours afterwards that i got to in and by that time the weather has changed from sunny to cloudy and miserable and we were only allowed to stay on the top for 10 minutes.
At the beginning we had to go through a security screening like what you get in the airports and after that we always had an escort with us directing us in and out of the lifts and on the top floor as soon as they see the next group coming out of the lift they are on your back to tell you that you need to leave.
The other option is to go for a meal at the Searcy's restaurant on the 38th floor which their private restaurant opened for the first time this year after 10 years being for a private hire only. Looking at their restaurant menu is not a cheap option to go for a meal there but now I know the restaurant is opened I will book a table.Related to:
Unusual items in the tube.
Favorite thing: When you travel in the tube around London do look out for unusual items around the platforms, ticket halls or escalators. Since London of Transport have been renovating a lot of the stations with these small fixtures will be lost for ever.
The first photo is an old way out sign with dark blue colours on the surround metal frame at Manor House
The third photo is a metal ornamental grid at Manor House Station
The fourth photo is a hot air balloon mosaic in Finsbury Park Station.Related to:
Aboard HMS Defender
Favorite thing: HMS Defender it's the fifth of the Navy's six state of art Type 45 destroyer and it's 152 metres long and are part of the backbone of the Royal Navy and their mission it's to shield the fleet from any air attack using Sea Viper missile which it can hit targets up to seventy miles away.
After we had been dropped by boat on the platform for the tour of HMS Defender we had to climb a ladder made of rope a bit wobbly but safe enough. Once we were aboard the vessel we had been greeted by the crew before we started the tour. We had started the tour by going past their sleeping quarters and then through to the control room before we had been taken back out on the deck to explore the rest of the ship. HMS Defender it was three times bigger that HMS Middleton and much more equipment and larger radars. The biggest radar it's called Sampson and It has also has got a helipad.
I must have spend around two hours on the vessel as it had so much to see.Related to:
- Historical Travel
Visiting HMS Defender
Favorite thing: On the same day as I have visited HMS Middleton I have visited HMS Defender in the afternoon.
HMS Defender it was further in from the shore which we had to get there by boat. Security it was very high similar to the airports, The bags had to be scanned and the people had to go through a detector, When I applied for tickets I had to give my passport details and both passport and ticket had to produce before entry to the ship.
We had to get the boat from Greenwich Pier and we had a separate section from the others to get us to the ship but as it was only one boat going backwards and forwards ferrying people that made us one hour late stepping on board of HMS Defender but it was worth it.
That day the boat carried two thousand people on board of HMS Defender and it was going to be the same on Sunday.Related to:
Aboard HMS Middleton
Favorite thing: Last month when it was the anniversary of the Gallipoli part of the celebrations in London two MOD war ships came to London HMS Middleton and HMS Defender and I had applied for free tickets and managed to get entry to both of them. I have visited HMS Middleton in the morning which it was moored at HMS President building by Tower Bridge.
HMS Middleton is a mine sweeper destroyer.which detects, investigates and destroys sea bed threads. On board they were a lot of different diving equipment and they had shown us the procedure in case of a fire aboard the vessel. They have also spoken about the procedure for acclimation and showed us the chamber that they have on board. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour which it had lasted around one hour on board of HMS Middleton.
Fondest memory: Been able to tour and see this war vessel.Related to:
- Historical Travel
A visit to Europe's Largest Infrastructure
Favorite thing: For the last three years I’m was applying to visit Crossrail through London Open weekend without success,But last week I have seen Crossrail were having tours for a day on Saturday and issuing free tickets which I have applied and I got lucky on my third location.
My first and second locations being Whitechapel and Liverpool Street which are nearer to me were fully booked but I managed to get a ticket for Canning Town in East London.
Crossrail its the new railway for London & the South East connecting Shenfield/ Abbeywood in the South area to Reading through Central London. Ten of these stations are newly built but the other thirty are already in existence.The new London stations are Paddington, Tottenham Court Road, Bond Street, Oxford Street, Farrington, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel , Canary Wharf, Custom House and Woolwich. It will take around twentyeight minutes with a direct train from Heathrow T123 to Tottenham Court Road which it will be the fastest transport when it does open in 2018.Twentyfour trains will run every hour and it will be the fastest rail connecting North and South of London.
We have met at the entrance of Bow Creek which it’s located by the ticket hall of Canning Station. After we all gather and issued with our badges we were escorted on the site by Crossrail employees. We always had two to three escorts one who was leading and one or two at the back to make sure we were all together for our safety.On every zebra crossing or just to cross a road we had extra staff to stop the traffic and for us to go through.
We had begun the tour by learning a bit of the history of Crossrail and we had our personal protective equipment issued. There were hard hats, goggles, gloves and a visible orange vest.
We had started the tour by going down the lift into the underground shaft which it’s forty metres deep. We had five minute talk about the tunnel and how exactly the drilling of the tunnel and how the segments go on as soon the drilling gets done. Most of the spoil and the segments that go in to protect the tunnels are transported by barges from Charlton.
After we have walked from Limmo Pesinsula to Victoria Dock we have been transported back by the Loco train which it was four small carriages and each carriage it has their own First Aid Kit and earplugs as the train makes a lot of noise going through the tunnels.
I really enjoyed my tour and if I get the chance I will do it again.The tour it has taken just over one hour.
40 Stations 10 of them new ones
6million spoil has been removed and recycle to create golf courses and a new island will be created in Essex.
Stepney Green Crossrail it will be were the tunnels split two lines one running North and the other South of the river.
Fondest memory: Able to visit Europe's Largest InfrastructureRelated to:
- Arts and Culture
Crocuses@ Wapping Woods
Favorite thing: These beautiful crocus are located in my local woods and it the scene I came across from returning from the Crossrail Tour
Wapping woods it’s located between Wapping and Shadwell and connects Tobacco Dock and Shadwell Basin.Wapping canal runs halfway through the park.
It’s very popular with joggers, dog walkers and families having a day out.
The crocuses are a beautiful colour of purple which they have looked amazing under the shades of the trees.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
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