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    Canary Wharf Cranes

    by Elodie_Caroline Updated May 7, 2007

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    Nope, I do not mean that there is some kind of wildlife park at Canary Wharf! Although the place is already massive, with all of its buildings and office blocks, they are building even more office blocks and big money apartments there. I'd love one of the apartments that will be looking straight onto Canary Wharf. I only hope that they won't ruin the ambiance and the beauty of the buildings that are already there though.

    Canary Wharf cranes 1 Canary Wharf cranes 2 Canary Wharf building work going on Canary Wharf cranes 3 Canary Wharf cranes 4
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    Solve a Mystery!

    by maluwa Written Apr 29, 2007

    There is a pub called Sherlock Holmes somewhere in downtown London. We just ran into it - didn't know it existed until then. Very English - warm ale, some food, small tables, locals. A nice break from the hustle and bustle. It's on a very narrow street.....that's all I can tell you!

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    Holland Park

    by leafmcgowan Written Apr 22, 2007

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    A beautiful green space in the heart of London that was rural until the 19th c. - a district and a public park in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in west central London. It was formerly the grounds of a Jacobean mansion called the Holland House. It's well known as one of the most romantic parks in London due to its abundant wildlife and secluded hideaways. This area of London, is reputed for it affluence and fashion and for its attractive terraces of large Victorian townhouses, high class shopping, and restaurants. The hotspots are High Street Kensington, Notting Hill, Holland Park Avenue, Clarendon Cross, Ledbury Road, Westbourne Grove. There are no real clear boundaries to the area - but in general its the Kensington High Street to the south, Holland Park Avenue to the North, Kensington Church street to the east, and Holland Road to the west. The north part of the park is semi-wild woodland surrounding the ruins of Holland House. Holland Park holds a famous Orangery, a cricket pitch, tennis courts, a youth Hostel, a Japanese garden, popular playgrounds, peacocks, chickens, and squirrels.

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    Freemason's Hall

    by grasshopper_6 Updated Mar 15, 2007

    Freemason's Hall is the home of the United Grand Lodge of England. ( Some might consider it the world headquarters of Freemasonry ).
    There is a museum downstairs and a library for scholars doing masonic research. There are many lodgerooms, some of which can be seen during tours which they give periodically. They're at 60 Great Queen Street near Holborn Station. Check their website for a great map as well as a schedule of what days and times they offer tours.

    Entrance to Freemason's Hall
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  • One of its kind - Insurance Market

    by explore57 Written Jan 22, 2007

    Visit the Lloyd's building, home of the insurance institution Lloyd's of London.

    The building stands out with a stainless steel staircases structure. Very innovative which designed all its staircase, lifts, electrical power conduits and water pipes on the outside, leaving a clean uncluttered space inside.

    And sure this design helps the busy people in the very active area. The Underwriting Room on the ground floor wit young people lining up to get to talk to an underwriter and with loads of paper everywhere. It is gripping atmosphere.

    I had the privilege of visiting inside coz I was on a business visit...I am not sure if it is open for all

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    Walking under the river

    by Tom_In_Madison Written Nov 4, 2006

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    The easiest way to get to Greenwich is by taking the Docklands light rail there. The funnest way is by walking under the River Thames in a tunnel.

    The tunnel goes from the London side, under/thru the water to the other side, to Greenwich.

    The walk under takes 10 minutes. Ther are elevators on either side if I recall taking you down to it and up again.

    You get there by taking the docklands railway, and getting off on the stop before it. Walk about 4 blocks toward the river, and you'll see it there.

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    A Walk in a National Trust Park

    by KittyLou Written Aug 25, 2006

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    Morden Hall Park was beautiful when I visited in late June. The River Wandie had birds; the deer park was nice and shady, while the rose garden was in glorious bloom. The Riverside Cafe provided a place for some mid morning refreshment.

    The tram to Phipps Bridge Station leaves you off right by the Park.

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    A bit of india in west london

    by kirmarsh Updated Aug 11, 2006

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    If you are ever around ealing it is worth taking the 207 bus up to southall. I feel it is a really special place, it has been the focus for the indian community in west london for over fifty years and about 75% of the population is indian. it is full of all things indian from jewlery, clothing, nick nacks and of course food. There are so many restaurants, of various types from kebab houses and cafes to quite posh restaurants. Two that are often talked about are The brilliant restaurant (in old southall) and Madhus (south road) both are very good and i think have won awards. I like deli wala on king street (sorry I think this is spelt wrong) it is a cafe style restaurants which is veggie, . the staff are so helpful and the food is fab and very resonable. in fact if you are veggie there are load of pure veggie places to eat. there is also a cinema with indian films showing. and temples and loads of stuff to see

    The down side of southall is there is a lot of poverty in the area, with all the problems that go with poverty, it does look very run down in parts. but dispite this i have always found it to be a friendly place and you do get to see a different side to london

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    Business District

    by gogeo Written Jan 31, 2006

    The City, which is the business district of London, is deserted at night and on the weekends. In my opinion, that is the best and safest time to explore it. There is no one around and even homeless people don't stay there. It is peaceful and a great place to contemplate life. You can get great night pictures of St. Paul's Cathedral or the Tower Bridge from the bridges that span the Thames. The walk that goes beside the river is also deserted...this might be the only time you can be alone at the water's edge.

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    Kew gardens

    by ismailb Written Nov 15, 2005

    The Que gardens are a really nice place to visit for the variety of botanical specimens that they have cultured. They have this nice toy train that you around the park. There is also englands only pagoda in the park. They have a nice place to buy all kinds of plant seeds , samplings , clearly a plant lovers paradise.

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    Tilbury Fort

    by Tom_Fields Written Nov 13, 2005

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    On the River Thames, east of London, is a historic site called Tilbury Fort. Originally built by King Henry VIII in the early 16th century, this fort served until 1950. It was here, in 1588, that Queen Elizabeth I reviewed her fleet as it left to do battle with the Spanish Armada. Most of the present structure was built under King Charles II in 1672. During the World Wars, it served as an administrative and supply base.

    This is the best existing military fort of its kind. If you like the Imperial War Museum, the National Army Museum, and the HMS Belfast, then it's worth the trip.

    The fort is an English Heritage property, free to members. Located ½ mile E of Tilbury off A126.

    Tilbury Fort Guns atop Tilbury Fort World War II-ear artillery pieces on display Inside the fort Heavily fortified gunpowder magazine
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    River Tow Paths 2

    by Kiwigirlie Written Feb 23, 2005

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    Another fantastic walk is from Hammersmith to Richmond along the Thames Path on the south side of the river. It's a fair distance but on a hot summers day it's quite nice. Plus once you get to Richmond there are plenty of pubs to wet your whistle after the three hour walk. Or you could cycle it which is just as nice.

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    Canals & River Tow Paths

    by Kiwigirlie Updated Feb 23, 2005

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    Take a look at a map of the canals and tow paths around central London, find a section to walk and you can experience a different view of London. One walk is from Regents Park, along the Grand Canal. Head west and you will eventually make it to Little Venice. See some of the bigger and more expensive houses in London and there are a couple of pubs along the way. The Crockers Folly is one in particular that has lovely roast lunches!
    If you head east you will end up in Camden. Make it a Saturday and you can finish your walk with a visit to Camden market.

    Map of Canals in London
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    Hippodrome Night Club

    by gusgom Written Oct 28, 2004

    Probably the first London Night Club I went. Very cool, between Leiscester Square and Covent Garden. Long ques, nice music etc.... just one problem, it closes at 5 am like most CLubs in London, so if you are too happy and you want to continue you will have to ask for an After Club there.

    Other Clubs next to Hippodrome are: Limelight, it is a Cathedral. Vision, Equinox......

    Hippodrome

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    Liberty's

    by gusgom Written Oct 28, 2004

    Another Shopping Center, like Harrods, very cool. In the ground floor there are areas which change every month and they sell for example all kind of products in orange. From orange soaps to shirts etc....

    Liberty's

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