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Canaletto, The Grand Canal Set - Royal Collection Trust: copyright Her majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Cumberland Art Gallery opens at Hampton Court Palace

 

Canaletto. The Grand Canal Set, Royal Collection Trust: copyright Her majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Canaletto. The Grand Canal Set, Royal Collection Trust: copyright Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The Cumberland Art Gallery, a new gallery occupies the recently restored Georgian suite at the heart of the Baroque palace at Hampton Court Palace.

hampton court palace fountain court
Fountain Court – the Baroque Palace at Hampton Court Palace

On 20th November 2014, a stunning new art gallery opened at Hampton Court Palace, occupying the newly restored suite of rooms designed by William Kent for a Georgian prince. The Cumberland Suite – one of the earliest surviving examples of the Gothic Revival style – is situated at the heart of the palace, where Tudor meets Baroque, and will now house changing displays of artworks, principally from the Royal Collection, reflecting the palace’s long history as a destination for the work of renowned artists.

The rooms designed by William Kent for William Augustus, the Duke of Cumberland, the youngest son of King George II, were the last major royal commission undertaken at Hampton Court. They will become a fitting backdrop for a display of treasures from the other legacy of Hampton Court’s royal residents: the Royal Collection. This winter, to mark the opening of the gallery, visitors will discover a selection of the Collection’s finest paintings: masterpieces by Holbein, Van Dyck, Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Bassano and Gainsborough, and other artists who worked for, or were collected by, four centuries of royal patrons.

After two years of meticulous research, Kent’s Cumberland Suite has been returned as closely as possible to his original scheme. The great architect created a suite of rooms for a young prince which embraced the latest Palladian fashions, but also took inspiration from the palace’s Tudor past. One of the rooms, the Duke’s large light closet, will be opened to the public for the first time in 25 years, to display the 12 smaller ‘Grand Canal’ views of Venice painted by Canaletto at the zenith of his career.

Hampton Court Palace has a long history of displaying great works of art. Over the centuries, successive monarchs filled the state apartments with splendid works of art for the private enjoyment of the royal family, or as imposing statements of regal authority. Although the palace’s life as a royal residence came to an end in the eighteenth century, thousands of artworks, now part of the Royal Collection, are still in their original locations and form part of the story of the palace today.

Hampton Court Palace at night
Hampton Court Palace at night

The Cumberland Art Gallery is a new dedicated space for artworks from the Royal Collection, and will enable visitors to view and explore them in a gallery setting. The selection of paintings in our opening display broadly reflects the period of royal residency at Hampton Court, from the Tudor period to the middle years of the 1700s, when great royal collectors and connoisseurs, like King Charles I and Frederick Prince of Wales, assembled one of the largest and finest art collections of its kind in the world.
Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace, helping everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. They raise all their own funds and depend on the support of visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers. These palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and HRP manage them for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Registered charity number 1068852. For more information, visit hrp.org.uk

The Royal Collection is among the largest and most important art collections in the world, and one of the last great European royal collections to remain intact. It is held in trust by the Sovereign for her successors and the nation, and not owned by Her Majesty as a private individual. The administration, care and presentation of the Collection are undertaken by Royal Collection Trust, part of the Royal Household, without recourse to public funds.

The Royal Collection comprises almost all aspects of the fine and decorative arts, and is spread among some 13 royal residences and former residences across the UK, most of which are regularly open to the public. Around 15,500 works from the Collection are on long-term loan to over 150 institutions across the country. At The Queen’s Galleries in London and Edinburgh, aspects of the Collection are displayed in a programme of temporary exhibitions. Short-term loans are frequently made to exhibitions around the world as part of a commitment to public access and to show the Collection in new contexts. For more information, visit royalcollection.org.uk

The gallery is a permanent addition to the palace and will be a dedicated space for visitors who want to find out about the art on display in the State Apartments at Hampton Court in more depth.  The initial hang is a selection of master works from the Royal Collection, including pieces by Holbein, Van Dyck, Canaletto and Rembrandt.

All images used in this article are and remain copyright of “Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014”

Hampton Court Palace –

For all visiting details go to:http://www.hrp.org.uk/HamptonCourtPalace/VisitUs

Opening times: Monday to Sunday 10:00 – 16:30

Last Admission: 15:30

Last Entry to the maze: 15:45

Plan your journey: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/

Please note that all images and copy have been provided by HRP for use on this blog, and remain the copyright of HRP and “Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014” . Thank you.

Christmas in London

Ice Rinks in London 2014-2015

It’s winter in the Northern Hemisphere and London’s got her skates on!!!

Christmas in London
Winter in the Northern Hemisphere

Take a whirl or a twirl at one of the venues I’ve listed that may be of interest to you :) Many of these skating venues have lessons for beginners, equipment for kiddies and food outlets as well.

Christmas in London
get your skates on….

For your convenience I have hyper-linked each venue’s website so that you can check dates (many venues are closed on 25th & 26th December), times, prices and booking information. Some venues are already in full swing, some are still to open….check the dates.

Please note that 3 Days in London is not an affiliate for any of these venues and has no say in bookings or any other related issues, kindly consult the individual websites for further information.

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Alexandra Palace Ice Rink
1st December 2014 – 4 January 2015
Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY
enjoy a magical skate in the Victorian permanent Ice rink at Alexandra Palace
http://www.alexandrapalace.com/whats-on/winter-skating/

Broadgate Ice Rink
17 November 2014 to 26 February 2015
Broadgate Ice Rink, Exchange Square EC2A 2BQ
Skate in the heart of the City of London
http://www.broadgate.co.uk/ice

Canary Wharf
1st November 2014 till 28th February 2015. The ice rink will be open everyday with the exception of Christmas Day.
Canada Square Park E14 5AX
Skate in London’s Financial Heart
http://www.icerinkcanarywharf.co.uk/

Christmas in London
Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace
From 21 November 2014 to 4 January 2015
Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU
Skate in the grounds of Henry VIII’s fabulous Tudor Palace on the banks of the River Thames.
http://www.hrp.org.uk/HamptonCourtPalace/WhatsOn/hamptoncourtpalaceicerink

Jewish Cultural Centre
From 7 December 2014 to 11 January 2015
Jewish cultural centre JW3 this winter.
341-351 Finchley Road, London NW3 6ET
Skate on North West London’s winter ice rink, in the Piazza at JW3
https://www.jw3.org.uk/jw3-ice-2014

Christmas in London
Skate at the London Eye

Eye Skate at the London Eye
From 15 November 2014 to 4 January 2015
The London Eye SE1 7PB
Frostival at the London Eye on the world famous South Bank
http://www.londoneye.com/Frostival/

 

Christmas in London
Skate at the Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum
From 30 October 2014 to 4 January 2015
Natural History Museum Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 5BD
Skate around the Christmas tree next to one of London’s most beautiful museum.
http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/ice-rink/

 

Christmas in London
Skate at Somerset House

Somerset House
From 11 November 2014 to 11 January 2015
The Strand, London,WC2R 1LA
Take a whirl on your skates in the City of Westminster
http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/ice-rink

 

Strawberry Hill House
Saturday 6th December 2014 to Sunday 25th January 2015
Strawberry Hill, 268 Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, TW1 4ST
Skate in the magical atmosphere of Walpole’s Gothic Castle….”the prettiest bauble you ever saw”.
http://www.richmondrink.com/

Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens
From 21 November 2014 to 4 January 2015
Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens SE11 5HL
http://www.iceskatevauxhall.co.uk/attractions/ice-rink/
Originally a Victorian Pleasure Garden, now open for your pleasure.

Victoria Park
From 2 December 2014 to 1 January 2015
The town of Winterville is based in Victoria Park, East London, E3 5TB
http://winterville.co.uk/attractions/ice-rink/
Scenes of the east in one of London’s most historic areas.

Wembley Park
From 14 November 2014 to 4 January 2015
London Designer Outlet HA9 0PA
http://www.wembley.co.uk/ice-skating-at-wembley-park
Skate in this world famous arena

Westfield London Ice Rink
From 20 November 2014 to 4 January 2015
Westfield London W12 7GF
http://uk.westfield.com/london/news-and-events/ice-rink
Combine shopping and skating!!

Christmas in London
Winter Wonderland Hyde Park

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park
From 21 November 2014 to 4 January 2015
Hyde Park W2 2UH
http://www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/attractions/ice-rink
Take a twirl in what was once the Royal hunting grounds of Hyde Park

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Have a great time! And happy skating.
Plan your journey:
http://www.tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/

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great british carnival

Great British Carnival

Great British Carnival, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford
July 27th, 2014 12:00pm – 21:30pm
A celebration of music, dancing and costumes, celebrating the 2nd anniversary of the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, a fantastic event of dance, infectious music, performance and costume that the whole family can enjoy.
Kicking off at 12pm and entertaining throughout the day until 9.30pm, the Carnival will feature a vibrant mix of international carnival artistes, homegrown performers and local carnivals from Newham, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest – and it’s completely free!

great british carnival
Great British Carnival – image from the QEOP site

In homage to Rio’s most famous cultural export, London and UK carnivals are keen to show off what Britain has to offer. The best of UK carnival arts will feature an exciting programme of pop-up parades, mask-making workshops, high-quality live music and performances from young musicians, rappers and poets.
The event will also host the world premiere of The Carnival of the Animals: a magical twilight crescendo of costumed performers, 300 dancers, giant carnivalesque creatures and extraordinary illumination.
In the run-up to the event, residents of the Park’s four surrounding boroughs can participate in free music, dance and choreography workshops, learning routines with a view to joining in the pop-up parades on the big day.

Keep checking back for more information and updates on this!
http://queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk/whats-on/events/2014/6/great-british-carnival-at-the-park

Getting there:
The nearest stations are Stratford station and Stratford International station and both provide step-free access from entrance to platform.
Stratford station is served by:
• Docklands Light Railway (DLR)
• Jubilee and Central line
• National Rail services operated by Greater Anglia and c2c
• London Overground services
Stratford International station is served by:
• Docklands Light Railway (DLR)
• Southeastern High Speed 1 services
You can also access the Park via Hackney Wick station which is on the London Overground.
More information is available at http://www.tfl.gov.uk/

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A note for overseas visitors: From July 6th 2014 buses on all London bus routes no longer accept cash.
http://www.tfl.gov.uk/modes/buses/cash-free-buses?intcmp=17374

Please check their website for details of how to buy a ‘Visitors’ Oyster (travel) card.
http://visitorshop.tfl.gov.uk/oystercard/product/oyster-card.html

Types of refund
Oyster cards no longer needed
If you no longer need your Oyster card they’ll refund any remaining pay as you go credit, the remaining value of any Travelcard or Bus & Tram Pass season ticket and the deposit, if you paid one.
To get a refund you can:
Take your Oyster card to a Tube station ticket office
Post them your Oyster card
Call Customer Services 0343 222 1234
08:00-20:00, Monday to Sunday including public holidays

city cruises lunch tour london

City Cruises Circular Tour; London

I finally got to do the City Cruises Circular Tour on the 31 May to be precise, which was just as wonderful. The weather on the day on which I had planned to go on the cruise was perfect! As always I had included as much onto my schedule for the day as possible. My first surprise of the day was the Thames21 10th anniversary beach party in the morning…..and so it went from there.

The Circular Tour, at just on 45 minutes is a great way to see the city, especially if the weather is good; you can sit outdoors on the open deck!  We pulled away from the dock at just after 1pm and headed upstream to Westminster Bridge. An eclectic mix of passengers including a slightly rowdy hen-party who somehow hadn’t got the message that it was a circular tour and therefore not stopping at any of the other piers….. :) It’s as much fun to people watch on the boat as it is to spot the attractions of the city.

You really do get to see such a lot from the boat and its always fun to wave at other boat parties that cross our bow-waves…so to speak. :) The commentator was fairly good, regaling us with historical information, amusing us with anecdotes, pointing out landmarks: 45 minutes; 45 Landmarks…with one or two erroneous observations that I’m sure no-one besides a pedantic Londoner would have noticed….anyway, in my experience, by the time you get off the boat, you’ve forgotten 90% of what they said. Or is that just me??

The City Cruises Circular Tour, at 45 minutes, is just the right length of time, you get to see loads of landmarks and it’s so much fun seeing visitors reactions when they realise what they’ve just seen…”Oh MY God!! Honey….that’s St Paul’s…..” in a delightful American accent….

city cruises lunch tour london
St Paul’s Cathedral….always a welcome sight! :) passing beneath Millenium Bridge

I’m passionate about London and I adore the River Thames, I can happily spend the whole day just cruising along and I am now a fan of City Cruises…happy cruising!

city cruises circular tour
such a gorgeous view…

Thanks again folks for the terrific opportunity and to Julia, who is just about the most awesome Digital Marketing Executive ever for being so understanding when I missed the deadline on my first voucher. You guys rock!! or is that cruise? :) and as himself said…”I’ll be back…”

You can read more about the City Cruises Lunch Tour at http://www.citycruises.com/city-cruises-experiences-riverdays-lunch-cruises.aspx

Read more about our Lunch Cruise experience.

and while you are there why not think about treating someone to a 45-minute Circular Tour: http://www.citycruises.com/city-cruises-sightseeing-thames-circular.aspx

These links are direct to their site and not affiliate links.

The City Cruises Circular Tour leaves from Tower Pier which is next door to the Tower of London and NOT St Katherine’s Pier!! :)

city cruises lunch tour london
the majestic Tower of London

The nearest tube station is Tower Hill – District & Circle lines or Tower Gateway on the DLR.
Loads of buses service the area too and if you’re coming from the south bank More London Riverside area, the nearest tube and mainline station is London Bridge.

Plan your journey: http://www.tfl.gov.uk

What you can see in the area (of Tower Pier)
The Tower of London
Tower Bridge
All Hallows-by-the-Tower Church
Trinity Square Gardens
St Katherine Docks

and across on the south bank
More London Riverside
Potter’s Fields Park
Butler’s Wharf
The Design Museum
Hay’s Galleria
HMS Belfast

remember to download your FREE #3DIL App today for Android Apps http://bit.ly/1049ZSl
remember to download your FREE #3DIL App today http://bit.ly/17y86CO iPhone, iPod, iPad

Use the App for information on London Events, Exhibitions, Embassies, Locations, recommended places for afternoon tea & much more,

A note for overseas visitors: From July 6th buses on all London routes will no longer accept cash.
http://www.tfl.gov.uk/modes/buses/cash-free-buses?intcmp=17374

Please check their website for details of how to buy a ‘Visitors’ Oyster (travel) card.
http://visitorshop.tfl.gov.uk/oystercard/product/oyster-card.html

Types of refund
Oyster cards no longer needed
If you no longer need your Oyster card they’ll refund any remaining pay as you go credit, the remaining value of any Travelcard or Bus & Tram Pass season ticket and the deposit, if you paid one.
To get a refund you can:
Take your Oyster card to a Tube station ticket office
Post us your Oyster card
Call Customer Services 0343 222 1234
08:00-20:00, Monday to Sunday including public holidays
Please note this does not apply to Travel Cards, one day or otherwise. It is only for Pay as you go Oyster Cards.

Please note that I am not an agent for TfL, this above information is provided simply as a heads up.  If you have any enquiries please head on over to their website.  Thanks and have a great stay in London.

 

City Cruises Lunch Tour; London

city cruises circular tour
everything stops for tea….

So there I was, a few of months ago (where does the time go?) early morning, just lazing in bed, chilling, drinking tea (as you do!) and scrolling through my twitter feed…..just checking to see what everyone was up to! I noticed a tweet from @CityCruises announcing their new Thames Circular Cruise and an opportunity to win a ticket for a cruise.

@CityCruises : “Today is the start of our new Thames Circular #cruise – tweet us 3 of #London landmarks along the #thames & win a #free ticket for today!”

Never expecting to actually win the ticket…I answered and RT’d the message, really to give my followers a chance to answer and possibly win!!  So you can imagine my delight when I received a message to say I had won and could I send them my email address so they could forward the voucher!  Uhmmm….yes!!! :)

 

 

 

 

city cruises circular tour
our twitter conversation :)

I immediately sent my address and a short while later received a voucher for 2 Adults for their new Thames Circular Cruise launching that day.  As with all vouchers there was a deadline for the the prize!! ……..Like as in today; 4th April! Yikes!!! LOL….I jumped out of bed, printed the voucher and contacted my good friend Nika of myLondonwalks and asked if she would like to go with me…she did! :) Yay!

We agreed to meet at Tower Pier at 4.45pm for the 5pm tour, I quickly dressed and in due course headed off to the station with what should have been plenty of time to spare….except I didn’t bargain (silly me) on SouthWest Trains having a signalling problem and the train I wanted to get being cancelled, which put all the other trains behind!!  Fortunately the District Line also runs from my station so I ran like mad to get the next tube out and missed it by seconds!! When they close the doors, they close the doors! It’s a rare driver that would open them again….fair enough!

transport for london
to the trains

 

So I had to be patient and wait for the next tube out which was in 10 minutes time and by now I was late! I quickly phoned Nika to say the train had been cancelled and that I was on the next tube out with an eta of 16:55…to say that was cutting it fine would be an understatement. The last cruise for the day was at due to leave at 5pm! And I would still have to run from Tower Hill Station all the way to Tower Pier. I quickly tweeted @CityCruises and said “hold on…I’m on my way” LOL…. As if that would make any difference to their schedule!! No harm in trying.

 

 

trinity square gardens
Trinity Square Gardens

I finally get to Tower Hill, run like mad, helter skelter through Trinity Square Gardens, across the plaza in front of the Tower of London and find Nika patiently waiting at the head of the pier.  We run down the board-walk, now with only seconds to spare, and ask one of the City Cruises staff members which boat we’re meant to be on?   Only to be told we were at the wrong place and the Circular Cruises left from St Katherine’s Pier.  Now that should have rung alarm bells, but because I was already stressed, I didn’t think twice and Nika and I ran like demons to St Katherine’s Pier…..only to get there and be told that they were a different cruise line and we should go back to Tower Pier!!! Whatttt??? you have to be kidding me!!  By now, and bearing in mind that normally …I don’t ‘do’ running!! It’s quite simply not on my list of things to do! I was like, to heck with this and we walked back, spoke to one of the staff members at Tower Pier again who said they knew nothing about a Circular Tour and I must have the wrong information? Uhmmm, no! I showed her the voucher which still didn’t convince her, but….

As it turned out the last cruise had in fact already left……at 4pm!! I immediately emailed their offices to briefly explain what had happened and that we had missed the boat!!

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Nika at Tower of London
tower of london drawbridge
me at Tower of London

After that Nika and I gave up and went for a catch up coffee at Costa’s instead. What a disappointment :(     But all was not lost, we decided to view the new drawbridge at the Tower of London…and may I say wow, it’s great.  We both took a walk across to the gate and back…..Personally, I’d like to watch it lifting :)  wish they could fill the moat with water, that would be super cool.

A few days went by and after no reply from City Cruises I emailed once again and got a lovely letter of apology and without further ado they offered me a voucher for a Lunch Cruise and a Circular Tour.  Poor Nika was so upset at the last effort that at the time she declined to take up any more cruises with me (sorry pet!) as well as which her dates didn’t coincide with mine.

So, since it was my birthday coming up soon (April), I decided to invite my daughter on the lunch cruise instead as a birthday treat for us both! Wow…..and on that note, I can say City Cruises came up trumps!!

city cruises lunch tour london
City Cruises River Days!

What a terrific afternoon. We were welcomed aboard their ship and shown to our table, perfectly situated in the corner (I love to sit in corners) and the boat set off. What an experience! I love to see the city from the river, it gives you a whole new perspective.

The dining area is well appointed with beautifully laid out tables; napkins and side plates, proper cutlery (not plastic) and flowers. Perfect! The dining area wasn’t jam-packed and conversation flowed quietly around us. We raised our glasses to City Cruises and said thank you…and then came the meal….. Oh My Gosh!!! it was wonderful, 2 courses of beautifully presented food and beyond delicious. My daughter had the chicken dish which she said was lip-smacking good and I had the vegetarian dish which was a beautifully baked pastry weave basket chock a block with mushrooms, oozing a yummy gravy and accompanied by fresh vegetables. I could so have ordered another one right there and then it was so good. The desert was a delicious mouth-watering chocolate slice with rich raspberry sauce….heaven on a plate.

city cruises lunch tour london
my daughter :) taking photos! what’s new?

We chatted and ate (when we could sit still long enough) and took hundreds of photos, dashing from this side of the boat to that taking in the views and capturing the moments; memories are made of this!!!

The boat left from Tower Pier on what was to be a leisurely 2-hour journey; heading upstream to Westminster Bridge along the way cruising past many of London’s most iconic buildings,

city cruises lunch tour london
Tate Modern & Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Bankside

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

we saw the Tower of London (twice :) ), More London Riverside, HMS Belfast, The Shard, Southwark Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Tate Modern and many more London attractions

city cruises lunch tour london
the majestic Tower of London
city cruises lunch tour london
St Paul’s Cathedral….always a welcome sight! :) passing beneath Millenium Bridge

cruised beneath historic bridges

city cruises lunch tour london
London’s most historic bridge; London Bridge

and marvelled at Big Ben

city cruises lunch tour london
Hello Big Ben!! :)

and the London Eye…no matter from which angle you see it, it’s always amazing.

city cruises lunch tour london
I spy the London Eye

We did an about turn at Westminster Bridge and set off back downstream….fully expecting the boat to pull in at Tower Pier…but no!!!

We sailed right on past…and under Tower Bridge…marvel of marvels, we were headed downstream……

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looking back….Tower Bridge & City of London

To our absolute delight the Lunch Cruise travels all the way to the Isle of Dogs and Canary Wharf. Wow, what an amazing adventure. We took hundreds of photos between us!!  There are some of the most quirky little houses and buildings along the East End banks of the Thames, located in historic areas like St Katherine’s, Wapping and Limehouse on the north bank, and Rotherhithe on the south bank, with quite a few historic pubs scattered along the way; The Prospect of Whitby for one and The Mayflower for another….both centuries old and a must visit. Seeing the buildings on the banks of the river from the boat is charming, you would never see the exteriors of some except from the river. And there were some seriously quirky places!!

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quirky buildings in the East End

Arriving at Canary Wharf at any time is amazing, but approaching it from along the river is just fabulous….seeing those towering buildings glinting in the sun as you approach is wonderful and you get such a marvellous view from an angle you would not otherwise see. The boat then turned just before the bend that would take you to the O2 and headed back upstream. Bliss!

city cruises lunch tour london
Canary Wharf

We ran back and forth across the boat enjoying the vistas that opened up before our eyes and after a leisurely journey we were headed back into the Pool of London…sailing right beneath Tower Bridge once again. Only my favourite bridge, so to sail beneath it twice in one day….what more could I have asked for.

city cruises lunch tour london
Cruising beneath Tower Bridge

We left the boat, satiated, thrilled to bits with all we had seen and waved goodbye off the ship by their wonderful staff.

The weather was perfect too (thanks City Cruises), I for one will certainly be back……

….and so I was..on the 31 May to be precise. I finally got to do the Circular Tour which was just as wonderful.

I’m passionate about London and I adore the River Thames, I can happily spend the whole day just cruising along and I am now a fan of City Cruises…happy cruising!

city cruises circular tour
such a gorgeous view…

Thanks again folks for the terrific opportunity and to Julia, who is just about the most awesome Digital Marketing Executive ever for being so understanding when I missed the deadline on my first voucher. You guys rock!! or is that cruise? :) and as himself said…”I’ll be back…”

You can read more about the City Cruises Lunch Tour at http://www.citycruises.com/city-cruises-experiences-riverdays-lunch-cruises.aspx

and while you are there why not think about treating someone to a 45-minute Circular Tour: http://www.citycruises.com/city-cruises-sightseeing-thames-circular.aspx

These links are direct to their site and not affiliate links.

The City Cruises Circular Tour leaves from Tower Pier which is next door to the Tower of London and NOT St Katherine’s Pier!! :)

The nearest tube station is Tower Hill – District & Circle lines or Tower Gateway on the DLR.
Loads of buses service the area too and if your’e coming from the south bank More London Riverside area, the nearest tube and mainline station is London Bridge.

Plan your journey: http://www.tfl.gov.uk

What you can see in the area (of Tower Pier)
The Tower of London
Tower Bridge
All Hallows-by-the-Tower Church
Trinity Square Gardens
St Katherine Docks
and across on the south bank
More London Riverside
Potter’s Fields Park
Butler’s Wharf
The Design Museum
Hay’s Galleria
HMS Belfast

remember to download your FREE #3DIL App today for Android Apps http://bit.ly/1049ZSl
remember to download your FREE #3DIL App today http://bit.ly/17y86CO iPhone, iPod, iPad

Use the App for information on London Events, Exhibitions, Embassies, Locations, recommended places for afternoon tea & much more,

A note for overseas visitors: From July 6th buses on all London routes will no longer accept cash.
http://www.tfl.gov.uk/modes/buses/cash-free-buses?intcmp=17374

Please check their website for details of how to buy a ‘Visitors’ Oyster (travel) card.
http://visitorshop.tfl.gov.uk/oystercard/product/oyster-card.html

Types of refund
Oyster cards no longer needed
If you no longer need your Oyster card they’ll refund any remaining pay as you go credit, the remaining value of any Travelcard or Bus & Tram Pass season ticket and the deposit, if you paid one.
To get a refund you can:
Take your Oyster card to a Tube station ticket office
Post us your Oyster card
Call Customer Services 0343 222 1234
08:00-20:00, Monday to Sunday including public holidays
Please note this does not apply to Travel Cards, one day or otherwise. It is only for Pay as you go Oyster Cards.

Please note that I am not an agent for TfL, this above information is provided simply as a heads up.  If you have any enquiries please head on over to their website.  Thanks and have a great stay in London.