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London blue sky cold wind

March 5, 2015 by David Herd

The Shipwrights Arms

 photo IMG_7043.jpg London blue sky cold wind & lots of great pubs. I arrived March 1st 2015 the same date I arrived in 2014, at least unlike last year there was no rain, just icy cold wind. At least there are hundreds of great pubs to visit and escape from the wind.

The Hereford Arms

London blue skyabout 300 meters from Gloucester Road underground, a delightful little pub with a nice atmosphere and good food.

Hereford Arms

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About a 8 minute walk from my hotel the Villa Kensington, I had dinner here on 3 occasions.

The Villa Kensington 10-11 Ashburn Gardens SW7

 photo Villa Kensington Hotel 1.jpgThis excellent budget hotel is in a great location, only 2 blocks from Gloucester Road underground and surrounded by dozens of good restaurants. I booked through Agoda as usual and stayed in a newly renovated room for only 50 Quid or $98 usd including breakfast.

London blue sky

   photo IMG_7060.jpgLondon blue sky and sunshine, but as I said before, the wind was icy. 🙂  

 Enoteca da Luca

London blue skyI stumbled this delightful Italian restaurant at 21 Wattling St which is very close to St Pauls Cathredral.

Enoteca da Luca

  Enoteca da LucaThe Terrine was excellent as was the red wine. I found the wine a little expensive however sadly I think that is just the norm in London.  

Here is Julia at Enoteca da Luca

Julia at Enoteca da Luca photo Enoteca da Luca Julia 2.jpg

An excellent wine selection at Enoteca da luca, apparently there are a couple of other branches of this restaurant as well.

Jamie Oliver Barbecoa

  Jamie Olivers Barbecoa ButcheryAlso is Wattling Street is this fabulous Jamie Oliver butchery.  

St Pauls Cathredal

  St Pauls Cathredal   It’s so cold even the statues are hugging.

The Walkie Talkie and The Gherkin

  London blue skyThere are some incredible glass skyscrapers being built in London.   Check out my post of these exciting new buildings.

The Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge London

The Tower bridge is still one of London’s best places to visit and photograph.

Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market

Quite a beautiful old building.

The Bloomsbury Tavern 236 Shaftsbury Avenue

 The Bloomsbury Tavern

Typical London architecture.

The Princess Louise

London blue skyPrincess Louise 208 High Holborn is a traditional English pub that is very popular at lunch time. I enjoyed a nice sandwich and a couple of bloody Mary’s.

The Princess Louise

Princess Louise Holborn

One of the great joys of visiting London are the unique pubs.

Little Venice near Paddington station

Little Venice London

My first visit to this area triggered by a crime novel I recently read. 🙂

Nice cafe in Little Venice

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Coffee and cake at this delightful cafe.

Newton Abbott in Devon

Newton AbbottI an find only two reasons anybody would want to visit Newton Abbott in Devon. First I understand it is quite famous for horse racing, secondly, and this was my reason, there is a low security prison where I paid a very good friend a visit. This is the 4th English prison I have been to in the last 8 years. Last year it was Stafford, before that Dovegate and finally Dorchester.

London Underground

London blue skyIf you are spending a few days in London make sure you buy an Oyster Card for the underground as well as the London busses. Only 30 Quid for unlimited travel, a terrific saving.

Holiday Inn Kensington

  London blue sky This is also a terrific location, in fact it is opposite my budget hotel the Villa Kensington. There is a huge price difference, 300 Quid for the Holiday inn  and 65 for Villa Kensington.  

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