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  • futtock21
    London, UK11,344 contributions
    A fascinating exhibition this revealing the unexpected connections between the magical Walt Disney cartoons and the magical Rococo art of the French eighteenth century. A room is dedicated to studies of Loire valley chateaux for the castle in Beauty and the Beast; another to how Fragonard’s The Swing inspired scenes in Tangled and Frozen as well. An exhilarating lesson in how some of Disney’s most memorable scenes such as the individual frames from Cinderella being transformed into the dress of a princess amidst some of the treasures from the Wallace Collection itself including Sevres porcelain and an anthropomorphic sofa.
    Written 11 September 2022
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  • Jason L
    2 contributions
    The cemetery is quite beautiful and the tour is one of the most memorable experiences I have had while traveling to another country. However, having John Waite as a tour guide is what made it the highlight of my recent holiday. He was generous with his time and entertained my interest in music with some stories about his illustrious career at the BBC. I am still baffled how I was so lucky to end up on a tour with someone of such distinction. He made the experience for me and while I would go back to visit regardless, this visit will remain in my heart.
    Written 24 September 2022
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  • eboy2112
    London, UK13 contributions
    Peaceful place. Scenic every season. Great for morning walks. Lots of dog walkers but the dogs are generally friendly.
    Written 23 September 2022
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  • AutonomousJoy
    5 contributions
    We had a guided tour of the Mandir by Bhati, it was informative and the temple itself was absolutely beautiful! The carvings are intricate, the stonework incredible and the overall experience enlightening.
    Written 18 September 2022
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  • AmbridgeGirl
    London, UK543 contributions
    First time visiting this park. So much to see and do. We started with the Kyoto Garden which was great then wondered around the other areas. Could not believe what the park had to offer. Spent several hours there.
    Written 26 August 2022
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  • Harry
    Bristol, UK22 contributions
    Probably the best view of the London skyline that you will get for free. Make sure to check the weather though, otherwise you could be disappointed.
    Written 18 August 2022
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  • Pat W
    4 contributions
    This is absolutely a hidden gem that you will thank yourself for visiting! It is a beautifully designed museum exploring the history of the docklands and is engaging, well-presented, informative, interesting and full of a variety of multi-media presentation methods that will appeal to everyone. The staff was incredibly welcoming and helpful and the exhibits were super easy to navigate. Add some extra fun by taking the Uber Thames Clipper to Canary Wharf and then walking around the area either before or after visiting the museum. You will be so thankful you made this trip because this museum is a delight. And it's free!
    Written 17 September 2022
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  • Neil M
    North Yorkshire, UK4 contributions
    This museum is well worth a visit if you are interested in the mechanics of how the post travelled around London before Email arrived on the scene.
    We booked tickets online which was very easily done.It's not the easiest place to find as currently there is a lot of building work occurring and the area it is in looks more like a building site than a museum but we soon located the entrance and were met by most helpful staff who explained the best way to see all the exhibits and importantly the mailrail ride itself.
    The queue for the ride was slightly disorganised and booked times went out the window slightly but the helpful staff had no problems organising the trip on the train and while waiting there are exhibits to see in the hall the mailrail train is located in.
    The train ride is definitely the highlight of the visit!It looks tiny but there is plenty of room in each carriage.The trip and the information presented is excellent and the ride was definitely over too soon!
    After the ride you are directed over the road to the museum where they have a large collection of post related exhibits so you can trace how it all works from stagecoach times to the present day.It was all very absorbing with some interactive exhibits as well.
    The gift shop is well stocked and reasonably priced.I cannot comment on the cafe as we didn't try it but the area at the front of the museum is set out with tables and chairs to enjoy your food on a sunny day.
    To sum up,definitely a worthwhile visit.Not overpriced for what you get in my opinion.Helpful staff on hand and I certainly learnt things about the postal service that I didn't know previously.I would certainly recommend a visit.
    Written 29 August 2022
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  • Brian T
    London, UK6,333 contributions
    For aficionados of Charles Dickens, this is a fabulous museum to visit.

    Whilst this renowned novelist only lived in this beautiful Georgian terraced house from 1837 to 1839, it was in this house at 48 Doughty Street that he wrote what is regarded as his his masterpiece, ‘Oliver Twist’. He also wrote ‘Nicholas Nickleby ‘ here. It’s the only remaining London home of Charles Dickens, but it was an important place in the writer’s life. Within these walls his eldest two daughters were born, and his sister-in-law Mary died aged 17. With the publishing of ‘Oliver Twist’, it was therefore in this house that he achieved lasting celebrity and universal recognition as one of the world’s greatest storytellers.

    As a museum, it holds the world’s most important collection relating to Dickens, who was not only a great novelist but also a tireless social campaigner. The collection includes letters, pictures, first editions, furniture, and memorabilia, all set out in lovingly restored rooms.

    When you enter the museum you will step back in time and walk the halls in the footsteps of Charles Dickens. You will see where he wrote, where he dined and where he entertained his many guests with lively readings and performances.  You will be able to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and scents of his family home. The rare books, paintings, photographs and personal objects on display here give a unique insight into his life and work.

    Whilst you can book tickets on line, I just showed up and there was no issue with entry. My concession ticket cost £10.50; an adult ticket is £12.50. The museum is laid out over 5 floors. A lift is available for those requiring mobility assistance for four floors. Unfortunately the top attic floor containing the nursery and a bedroom for servants is accessible by stairs only.

    The museum is nicely set up, and information boards convey a lot of useful information to make your visit more meaningful. There’s also guides in various rooms who will answer questions and provide information. A couple were a bit officious, not liking the fact that I dared to diverge from the set path to the top, but I wanted to revisit things I’d seen during my visit so just ignored that.

    I enjoyed the museum. It will take you a good hour to explore fully, and to appreciate all the things that it contains. There’s a cafe, and bathroom facilities, though I used neither. The nearest underground stations are King’s Cross St Pancras, and Chancery Lane. I used the 63 bus, alighting at the Crowne Plaza hotel and walking the short distance to Doughty Street.
    Written 24 September 2022
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  • Sophie P
    3 contributions
    Going up to London to meet a friend I hadn’t seen for ages, we decided to meet at Brick Lane as we’d never been.

    It’s full of arty shops, jewellery, graffiti and of course the famous Indian restaurants. When we got hungry we just walked into the nearest one. The food was delicious.

    Probably the most interesting part of London I’ve been to and would love to go again. Maybe for some one off Christmas presents.
    I recommend a visit.
    Written 1 September 2022
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  • Brian T
    London, UK6,333 contributions
    This is a popular and historic tourist attraction in London. The column, designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Dr Robert Hooke, was built to commemorate the Great Fire of 1666 and stands on the small cobbled piazza between Fish Street Hill and Monument Street, and very close to Pudding Lane which is widely known as the location of Thomas Farriner's bakery, where the Great Fire of London started in 1666. It was built between 1671 and 1677 not online to commemorate the devastating fire but to celebrate the rebuilding of the City. It’s been attracting visitors since it opened in 1677.

    It comprises a circular Doric column built of Portland stone, and is topped by a gilded urn to represent fire. The Monument is 202 feet tall, apparently the same distance from the spot where the Great Fire is said to have started.

    It’s certainly worth a visit, especially for the views from the observation deck at the top, as there are some great 360 degree views across London.

    Here’s some practicalities to keep in mind when planning your visit:

    1. The Monument is usually only open on weekends, and during school holiday periods. On the days that it is open, it is closed between 13:00 and 14:00.
    2. There are 311 steps up a spiral staircase to the observation deck at the top. It’s quite narrow, but not an arduous climb by any means.
    3. There is no lift, hence no access to those using mechanical mobility assistance.
    4. There is a bag search before you start the climb. Large bags and cases are not permitted.
    5. The observation deck at the top is completely fenced; the wire fencing may hinder your photography.
    6. An adult ticket costs £5.80; a ticket for a senior with ID is £4.40. You’re given a certificate after your visit. Tickets can be bought at the entrance, though visitors on the deck are limited to maintain safety, so you may have to wait a bit for your turn to climb the stairs.
    7. It’s easily reached by public transport. It is right beside Monument Station for the Circle and District lines, and a short walk across London Bridge from London Bridge mainline station..

    Enjoy your visit; it should be included on the itinerary of all visitors to London.
    Written 23 September 2022
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  • Chris D
    New Westminster, Canada3,025 contributions
    This small area is not only a great example of urban renewal, but a blending of new uses with old technology. My research indicates that, when first constructed about two hundred years ago, these moorings were already obsolete, as they were unable to properly handle the larger ships of the day. However, today it is used for pleasure craft, and appears to be in high demand. Great to see the old lock in operation.
    Written 7 September 2022
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  • Nick M
    Frenchs Forest, Australia723 contributions
    This is a gem of a museum to find. The charm starts with the climb up the spiral staircase.
    Once into the museum it’s full of easy to digest information.
    There was plenty of information about the old medical profession, how did we all survive!!
    Well worth a visit!!
    Written 10 September 2022
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  • Leigh C
    2 contributions
    Excellent place for a day out. We had a wonderful guided tour led by Sarah, from whom we learned so much! The garden is very beautiful and peaceful - it's hard to believe that you are in Zone 1 while wandering the paths and reading about all the different ways plants are used.
    Written 23 September 2022
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  • BackPacker800547
    Bilston, UK823 contributions
    Peaceful little oasis in the city, this is a really nice place to visit with some great curves in the ruins and lovely planting. It doesn't take long to look around and is a great little extra to visiting the general area.
    Written 5 August 2022
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