Hatfield House, Hertfordshire
A fanastic excursion, just 21 miles north of London, and easily reached by train -- 25 minutes out of Kings Cross, Hatfield Station is directly opposite the entrance to Hatfield Park.
Hatfield House is still home to the celebrated Salisbury line. Built by the First Earl, Robert Cecil, who was given the old Royal Palace of Hatfield in a "house exchange" with James the First.
Guided tours of the house give you a chance to enjoy the rich collection of historic mementos acquired by this political family and to admire the stateliness of the building's Jocobean arcitechure.
There are lovely gardens to explore, a gift shop and restaurant & tea room.
The old hall is not open to the public during the day (they want you to book one of their evening Elizabethan banquets) but you can walk right up to it despite barriers and get photos while you image it as the nursery of the young off spring of Henry VIII.Related to:
- Historical Travel
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Crossing Abbey Road
Everyone's a Beatles fan - even just a little. For the curious, nostalgic and die-hard Beatlemaniacs, crossing Abbey Road is a must. (Actually, it didn't take a lot of ingenuity on their part; they just crossed the street in front of Abbey Road studios...on Abbey Road...for the cover of...you guessed it...Abbey Road.)
How to get there? It's as simple as fixing a hole:
Jubillee Line to St. John's Wood (1 stop past Baker Street). Cross Wellington (the busy street) and walk along Garden Ends Road (almost positive that's the name). You'll pass a synagogue on the right and a hospital on the left (across the street). The next corner is Abbey Road...THE Abbey Road. Make a sharp right and you're there.
There'll probably be some people sitting at a table or stand, selling Beatles trinkets and offering to take your picture for a "donation." Just remember when crossing the street for your own album cover - Abbey Road isn't a country lane. It's a busy street in London.Related to:
Most people head straight for the British Museum, Tate, V&A... when in london. They are all fantastic, but the Sir John Soanes Museum in Holborn is a completely wacky little museum, perfect if you dont feel like getting lost in the vast halls of the big museums. Sir John was a victorian (i think!?) architect and a total packrat, the house is preserved in the condition he left it, stuffed full of random knickknacks from all over the place, egyptian sarcophagi, bits of greek temples, paintings...Staffed by friendly guides and guards this is the coziest museum ive ever been to and has lots to see. It also provides a food for thought regarding victorian attitudes and the ethics of private collection material culture. Get off at Holborn tube and look out for little sign posts leading the way.Related to:
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Okay, so Stonehenge is actually a place itself. It's just outside of Salisbury, England. I'm putting it under London because the only attraction there is the stone circle. It's the most complete stone circle in England. We were given headsets to explain all about the history of the circle. Unfortunately you are no longer allowed to touch the stones due to grafitti problems. They are roped off, but you are able to walk a path around the stones. We took way too many pictures here.
We took a bus tour that took us from London to Windsor to Stonehenge to Bath and back to London all in one day. It was very tiring, but totally worth it. It allowed us to see many things in southern England and travel from the comfort of our bus. It was quite nice. The only thing that sucked about it is that we had to get up extremely early to go, so we didn't get to eat breakfast at our hotel. We were hoping we'd get something on the tour, but we didn't get anything until lunch. Not everyone had the same problem as us. We just happened to be the first stop for the bus to pick us up. Touring Windsor Castle was really nice. We were there when the Queen was there. We knew this because her flag was flying over Windsor Castle to signify her presence. We never got to see her, though.
Travelling by canal boat
It's slow going-- runners, bikers, and even fast walkers pass on the path that runs along side the canal, but you are relaxing and enjoying the view. No worries, you'll get there eventually...
Time to get from Little Venice to Camden Lock: about 50 min.
average miles per hour: 4Related to:
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Dancing Street Musicians
We saw some fun musicians at Covent Garden. While playing classical music they danced around. Very original; very fun!Related to:
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Birthplace of Modern Freemasonry
Former site of the G & G tavern near St Pauls Churchyard. Plaque reads "Near this site the Grand Lodge of English Freemasons first met in 1717.Related to:
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Watch Airplanes Take Off Over Your Head!
Interested of aircraft and got an hour or two to spare at Heathrow then head up to the observation deck where you can watch planes coming & going.
Tower Records ( music, videos...). From here you can walk to Soho, Covent Garden, Oxford Circus, West End. Chinatown.Related to:
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Candem Town Market
Much bigger than Portobello Market but shops no as classical as there. Cyber shops, drug stores, piercings....Do not miss the cyber store in the black devils area
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