3 days of London 6 till 8th of sept 2011, day one

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On the way to the airport Schiphol

Yes, finally it was time to go to London again! Last year my planned trip to London was cancelled of the vulcano in Iceland so I was very happy that we went back now. I had booked budget flights of Easyjet to Stansted Airport and I was glad everything went smooth and without delays. At 13.30pm we arrived at our hotel on Bedford Avenue at Tottenham Court Road near the Oxfordstreet " St. Gilles Hotel". I´ve stayed here ones before with my mother and sister in law a few years back and knew the location was perfect, so we chose this hotel because of that.

After checking in we first ate lunch at Pret a Manger at the Oxfordstreet. Then we began our walking tour.  At home I planned a walking tour in the Holborn and Covent Garden area.

On the way to the airport Schiphol
We saw some things before on other London trips but this one was more detailed. We walked via St. Gilles High Street to High Holborn, bought drinks on the way at Sainsbury´s supermarket and through small alleys we arrived at Lincolns Inn Fields were the lovely Sir John Soane´s Museum is located. This is a very nice museum and I can really recommend it.

Then we walked via the Old Curiosity Shop (17th century) to Lincolns Inn. This shop is a good example of a street before the big fire in 1666. Lincolns Inn of Court is such a beautiful place, it has some lovely end of the 15th century buildings and a Gothic Chapel of the beginning of the 17th century.

Then further to Staple Inn between Holborn and Chancery Lane. The facade (1586) at Holborn is the only surviving example of an Elizabethan timber frame in the centre of London.

fountain in the WTC
It has a peaceful courtyard were you can easily rest and enjoy the beautiful garden and buildings. Via The Public Records Office with his important documents such as the will of Shakespeare, The Domesday Book and a letter of George Washington to George III at Chancery Lane/Fetter Lane we arrived at Fleetstreet. Fleetstreet was the center of the Publishers. Shakespeare and Ben Jonson were patrons of the old  Mitre Tavern at Fleetstreet 37. The first newspaper, The Daily Courant was published in 1702 at Fleetstreet. Nowadays all publishers are gone in Fleetstreet.

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese pub is one of the oldest pubs (18th century, but some parts of it are dated from 1667) in London and is located on Fleetstreet. We decided to have a drink at the beautiful and nice pub " Ye Olde Cock Tavern" at the other side of the street, and rested a bit.

Schiphol airport
Then we went via Prince Henry´s Room to Middle Temple and Inner Temple (Inns of Court). The names are from the Knights Templar. A knighthood specializing in protecting pilgrims to the holy land. The knighthood was located here from 1185 to 1312 when she was banned by the Crown because of great power. We really wanted to see the Temple Church but it was closed till next week. We were disappointed, but I guess we can see it some other time.

Via Middle Temple Lane we came back in Fleetstreet in front of the Temple Bar Memorial. We strolled along the Royal Courts of Justice at the Strand and Lloyds Bank and another nice pub "The George". Then the St. Clements Danes church of the Royal Air Force (Wren 1679),The Gladstone Statue (1905) and the Australia House.

Schiphol airport
At Aldwych we looked at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and strolled through Wellington street to Covent Garden and explored the surroundings with his theatres, restaurants, markets, pubs, street performers etc. It´s one of my favourite neighbourhoods of London!!

Then we went back to our hotel for resting and freshing up a bit and went back to Leicester square to find a nice restaurant, and after that, enjoying Piccadilly Circus, Chinatown and Soho!! Tired but satisfied we fell asleep!!! 

 

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On the way to the airport Schiphol
On the way to the airport Schiphol
On the way to the airport Schiphol
On the way to the airport Schiphol
fountain in the WTC
fountain in the WTC
Schiphol airport
Schiphol airport
Schiphol airport
Schiphol airport
Selfridges in Oxfordstreet
Selfridges in Oxfordstreet
Oxfordstreet
Oxfordstreet
Selfridges in Oxfordstreet
Selfridges in Oxfordstreet
the new buses
the new buses
Oxford circus
Oxford circus
Oxford circus
Oxford circus
Oxfordstreet
Oxfordstreet
Theatre at Tottenham Court Road
Theatre at Tottenham Court Road
View of our room in the St Gilles …
View of our room in the St Gilles…
Pret a Manger
Pret a Manger
Having a late lunch at Pret a Mang…
Having a late lunch at Pret a Man…
Having a late lunch at Pret a Mang…
Having a late lunch at Pret a Man…
late lunch at Pret a Manger
late lunch at Pret a Manger
a little church in st Gilles High …
a little church in st Gilles High…
another theatre on High Holborn
another theatre on High Holborn
nice pub on High Holborn
nice pub on High Holborn
Tavern sign
Tavern sign
small alley
small alley
the Old Curiosity shop in Portsmou…
the Old Curiosity shop in Portsmo…
Lincoln´s Inn Fields
Lincoln´s Inn Fields
Lincoln´s Inn Fields
Lincoln´s Inn Fields
Lincoln´s Inn
Lincoln´s Inn
Lincoln´s Inn
Lincoln´s Inn
Lincoln´s Inn
Lincoln´s Inn
Lincoln´s Inn
Lincoln´s Inn
Lincoln´s Inn
Lincoln´s Inn
Lincoln´s Inn
Lincoln´s Inn
Lincoln´s Inn
Lincoln´s Inn
Lincoln´s Inn
Lincoln´s Inn
Lincoln´s Inn
Lincoln´s Inn
Staple Inn
Staple Inn
Holborn
Holborn
Holborn
Holborn
Staple Inn
Staple Inn
Staple Inn
Staple Inn
resting at Staple Inn
resting at Staple Inn
Staple Inn
Staple Inn
Staple Inn
Staple Inn
Nice building at Holborn
Nice building at Holborn
nice pub in Furnival street
nice pub in Furnival street
Public Record Office
Public Record Office
Public Record Office
Public Record Office
say cheese!
say cheese!
Fleetstreet
Fleetstreet
Fleetstreet
Fleetstreet
Fleetstreet with view on St Paul´…
Fleetstreet with view on St Paul…
one of the oldest pubs in the cent…
one of the oldest pubs in the cen…
one of the oldest pubs in the cent…
one of the oldest pubs in the cen…
Fleetstreet
Fleetstreet
Fleetstreet
Fleetstreet
the nice pub  Ye Olde Cock Tavern
the nice pub " Ye Olde Cock Tavern"
the nice pub  Ye Olde Cock Tavern
the nice pub " Ye Olde Cock Tavern"
the nice pub  Ye Olde Cock Tavern
the nice pub " Ye Olde Cock Tavern"
the nice pub  Ye Olde Cock Tavern
the nice pub " Ye Olde Cock Tavern"
the nice pub  Ye Olde Cock Tavern
the nice pub " Ye Olde Cock Tavern"
the nice pub  Ye Olde Cock Tavern
the nice pub " Ye Olde Cock Tavern"
sign at the Prince Henry´s Room
sign at the Prince Henry´s Room
Temple inns of court
Temple inns of court
Temple Church
Temple Church
The Temple Church
The Temple Church
The Temple Church which was closed
The Temple Church which was closed
The Temple Church
The Temple Church
Temple inns of court
Temple inns of court
Temple inns of court
Temple inns of court
Temple Church
Temple Church
Temple Church with statue of Tempe…
Temple Church with statue of Temp…
statue of Tempeliers
statue of Tempeliers
Temple inns of court
Temple inns of court
Temple inns of court
Temple inns of court
Temple inns of court
Temple inns of court
middle Temple lane
middle Temple lane
Fleetstreet
Fleetstreet
Temple Bar Memorial
Temple Bar Memorial
Royal Courts of Justice
Royal Courts of Justice
Royal Courts of Justice
Royal Courts of Justice
Royal Courts of Justice
Royal Courts of Justice
Lloyds Bank
Lloyds Bank
Lloyds Bank
Lloyds Bank
Lloyds Bank
Lloyds Bank
Royal Courts of Justice
Royal Courts of Justice
Royal Courts of Justice
Royal Courts of Justice
Teashop Twinings from 1706
Teashop Twinings from 1706
Royal Courts of Justice and nice l…
Royal Courts of Justice and nice …
Nice pub
Nice pub
nice pub
nice pub
a taxi
a taxi
Royal Courts of Justice
Royal Courts of Justice
statue of air chief marshall Lord …
statue of air chief marshall Lord…
Australia House
Australia House
St Clement Danes church and Gladst…
St Clement Danes church and Glads…
Australia House
Australia House
Waldorf Astoria at Aldwych
Waldorf Astoria at Aldwych
another theatre at Aldwych
another theatre at Aldwych
nice pub at Wellingtonstreet
nice pub at Wellingtonstreet
Theatre of the Musical The Lion K…
Theatre of the Musical "The Lion …
Charles Dickens Coffee House
Charles Dickens Coffee House
pubs at Wellingtonstreet
pubs at Wellingtonstreet
Boswells coffeeshop
Boswells coffeeshop
Piazza and Central Market at Coven…
Piazza and Central Market at Cove…
Piazza and Central Market at Coven…
Piazza and Central Market at Cove…
London Transport Museum
London Transport Museum
Piazza and Central Market at Coven…
Piazza and Central Market at Cove…
Piazza and Central Market at Coven…
Piazza and Central Market at Cove…
Piazza and Central Market at Coven…
Piazza and Central Market at Cove…
Piazza and Central Market at Coven…
Piazza and Central Market at Cove…
Piazza and Central Market at Coven…
Piazza and Central Market at Cove…
Piazza and Central Market at Coven…
Piazza and Central Market at Cove…
Opera singer
Opera singer
Piazza and Central Market at Coven…
Piazza and Central Market at Cove…
Piazza and Central Market at Coven…
Piazza and Central Market at Cove…
Piazza and Central Market at Coven…
Piazza and Central Market at Cove…
Jubilee Market
Jubilee Market
Jubilee Market
Jubilee Market
Jubilee Market
Jubilee Market
Jubilee Market
Jubilee Market
Jubilee Market
Jubilee Market
Jubilee Market
Jubilee Market
Piazza and Central Market at Coven…
Piazza and Central Market at Cove…
Piazza and Central Market at Coven…
Piazza and Central Market at Cove…
Piazza and Central Market at Coven…
Piazza and Central Market at Cove…
St Paul´s Church on Covent Garden
St Paul´s Church on Covent Garden
New! Mac Book from Apple
New! Mac Book from Apple
buying something at a kiosk
buying something at a kiosk
waiting till the rain stopped
waiting till the rain stopped
Stanfords of 1880, the world´s la…
Stanfords of 1880, the world´s l…
Stanfords of 1880, the world´s la…
Stanfords of 1880, the world´s l…
Stanfords of 1880, the world´s la…
Stanfords of 1880, the world´s l…
Palace Theatre at Charing Cross Ro…
Palace Theatre at Charing Cross R…
Charing Cross Road
Charing Cross Road
At night at the M&M store on Leice…
At night at the M&M store on Leic…
At night at the M&M store on Leice…
At night at the M&M store on Leic…
At night at the M&M store on Leice…
At night at the M&M store on Leic…
Lots of M&M´s
Lots of M&M´s
M&M´s London style
M&M´s London style
Cool!!
Cool!!
M&M´s London style (Beatles)
M&M´s London style (Beatles)
Always wanted to do this hihi
Always wanted to do this hihi
Chinatown on Gerrard street
Chinatown on Gerrard street
Chinatown on Gerrard street
Chinatown on Gerrard street
Chinatown at Gerrard Place
Chinatown at Gerrard Place
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