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Attractions in London

Discussion in 'Travel Stories' started by Richard Brown, Jul 17, 2013.

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    I am starting this thread so that members can talk about little known ceremonies and attractions in London.

    OK, there is a place here for the well known places such as the Science Museum in S. Kensington .....

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    These places are great and do deserve a place on this thread, but lets put the emphasis on the lesser known stuff....

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    London continues with lots of ceremonies which are not too well attended. The ceremonies give a fascinating glimpse of London's history and page try.

    This morning I took my nephew to the Guildhall to witness the annual Cart Marking ceremony by the Worshipful Company of Carmen. Here are some photos from the morning.......

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    The main ceremony began once the dignitaries were seated......

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    We could have done with some of that in the heat and sunshine.

    More photos to follow.....

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    There were all types of vehicle. Petrol and diesel driven,coal fired, human powered and horse drawn.....



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    More to follow .......

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    The third batch of photos.......
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    "Love that OB bus Richard!
    "Andrew"

    The white and maroon coach is an OB coach by Bedford.

    The red double decker bus is a London Routemaster..........

    The little removals van had to be push started. In the heat petrol was vapour using before it could reach the spark plugs!

    A couple of vehicles should represent a familiar place of work for at least one of the forum members! ;)

    The last 2 photos show the ceremonial licence plate. The marks for 2013 were applied with a branding iron. Trades vehicles in the City of London have to be licensed to operate there. Taxi cabs and their drivers are licences to operate.

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    Great photos, Richard. Keep them coming. Your excellent photos will certainly be of help when I visit London next year.
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    Excellent, as usual! :)
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    Thanks Johanna. We slept well last night. We didn't realise how tiring the heat could be.

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    Thanks Scifan. I will try.
    The next event in our sights is on the last day of the London Arts Festival which is running from 23rd June to 26th July.
    It will be a celebration by "Brass Volcanoes" known as London's funkiest New Orleans style jazz band. It will take place in Canada Square Park at Canary Wharf.

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    I know I've posted about this before (in the food thread if I recall) but if you happen to be. In the Holborn area at all Richard and you and your nephew are feeling peckish then there is a hidden gem on the South side of Holborn Circus called Eatsies......



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    It's opposite St Andrews Church which itself is a bit of a hidden gem.

    You could do worse than grab a burrito or a pulled pork roll and a slice of pecan pie and watch the world go by (seriously, the pulled pork looks and is delicious but try the burrito, it's the best!) but remember, they are only open Monday to Friday.

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    Richard, those photos of your are just great. I love those Clydesdale horses (am I right with that name?) the beautiful gentle giants that you don't see in everyday life anymore.
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    Ooh yes. Thanks for the reminder Gabe. In fact, we walked back to the City Thameslink station via Old Bailey & Holborn Viaduct approach. We will be up that way another day. :)

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    Yesterday we went to London Bridge to enjoy the Borough Market, followed by an easy walk past Tower Bridge into Shad Thames as far a a community of houseboats.
    We then returned via the Design Museum and Tower Bridge to St Katherine's Dock.
    From there we skirted the edge of the Tower of London - avoiding the crowds of tourists - and finished at Tower Hill underground station.


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    The whole walk was about 4 miles and very pleasant.


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    We left the wonderful vibrant market and headed towards the Thameside walk by Southwalk Cathedral.

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    These cycling machines look fun. A hen party was occupying these and the music drinking etc started up as we passed by...


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    We will be off to Greenwich on one of those tomorrow :)

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    Our walk back to Tower Bridge



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    A view into Shad Thames...


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    St Katherine's Dock....


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    The view Cross the river from the Tower of London..

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    That's it. Another wee visit and walk completed. :)

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    Keep up the good work, Richard. By the time I get to London next year, I'll have experienced a complete virtual tour.:)
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    Great photos Richard. Brings back memories. Thanks!
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    Interesting to see this day's posts, Richard.
    I'll be there with my daughter in August, in a hotel near Tower Bridge. Good to see what's possible there.
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    And there will still be loads to see and enjoy, Scifan ;)

    BTW. Apologies for the rather shaky sketched red lines on the screen shot of the Pool of London. It was my first attempt at using the Sketch Pad App.

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    There is a reasonably priced place to eat near the Dickens Inn in St Katherine's Dock. It's situated in the brick warehouse by the Medieval Banqueting hall.

    Then, do visit the Design Museum. Which is in Shad Thames close to the Eco houseboats. They have good taste at the DM. ;)

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    There's so so much to enjoy.

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    Thanks Andrew.

    I expect a few more photos will appear. ;)

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