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The V&A Museum of Childhood is located in Bethnal Green in east London, quite a way from the main V&A Museum in South Kensington. As I was staying at the Travelodge London Bethnal Green, a five-minute walk from the Museum of Childhood, it was easy to fit in a visit. The Museum is open seven days a week from 10.00-17.45 and you don’t have to pay to visit..
The exterior of the Museum of Childhood London
Foyer of the Museum of Childhood London
Ground floor & cafe at the Museum of Childhood London
The Afro Supa Hero exhibition runs until 9 February 2013.
Afro Supa Hero Exhibition at the Museum of Childhood London
Afro Supa Hero Exhibition at the Museum of Childhood London
A few of the exhibits took me back to my youth. The Batman TV series starring Adam West was one of my favourite shows.
Batman costumeat the Museum of Childhood London
Chopper bicycles were very popular in the 1970s.
Chopper bicycleat the Museum of Childhood London
However, I’m sure that I didn’t have such a grand bed as a baby.
A very grand baby crib
Puppet Theatre at the Museum of Childhood in London
Olympics cycling gameat the Museum of Childhood London
Sensory podat the Museum of Childhood London
Robot at the Museum of Childhood London
Toy pedal cars at the Museum of Childhood London
String puppets at the Museum of Childhood London
Traditional rocking horsesat the Museum of Childhood London
I thought that the ‘Royal Charger’ commemorating the Royal Wedding of 1981, when Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer, was hilarious.
Royal Wedding Rockerat the Museum of Childhood London
Toy lawn mowersat the Museum of Childhood London
A visit to the Museum of Childhood in London is fun for all ages.
If you take the Central Line one stop east from Bethnal Green to Mile End, it’s a 20 minute walk to the Ragged School Museum. But be aware that it’s only open on Wednesday and Thursday from 10am to 5pm and on the first Sunday of the month from 2pm – 5pm.
I stayed in a standard City Marque Albany studio apartment in London’s Bloomsbury for one night in November 2103 on a complimentary basis. It took me around ten minutes to walk to the apartment from King’s Cross station. There was a convenience store very close to the apartment and lots of cafes, bars and restaurants within a five-minute walk.
I have to admit that I was a little nervous about gaining entry to my apartment, as it’s all done with electronic codes. I hit the first obstacle when I tried to get in the front door of the building. I entered the code a couple of times, assuming that either a ‘door now open’ message would appear on the screen or there would be an audible buzz indicating that the door was unlocked. But nothing.
I entered as a courier was leaving. I saw that there was an office in the ground floor. I understood it to be the concierge office for the whole block, which I think is a mix of residential and short-term lets. I thought I’d better go into the office and ask for help to sort out the front door issue, as I was going out later that day. The lady in the office confirmed that I had entered the code correctly, but just needed to pull the door open. I felt quite stupid but any entry phone system which I’ve used has always buzzed when the door is unlocked.
Now on my ‘Welcome Information’ email there was also a code for the apartment door. I thought this meant there would be a keypad on the apartment door. However it turned out that code was to open a safe on the ground floor which contained a key for the apartment door and a fob to swipe at the front door. This should have been made much clearer in the ‘Welcome Information’.
I was glad that I arrived at my apartment when there was a member of staff in the concierge office to offer assistance.
As soon as I entered the apartment I was aware of traffic noise from the adjacent crossroads. The apartment had double glazing but it didn’t seem that effective If I’d been staying in lodgings with a dedicated reception, I would’ve gone straight back down to reception to request a quieter room/apartment at the back of the building. However, with the electronic check-in, this isn’t an option.
The apartment was really clean. I liked the bathroom which had a large shower. I found the white tiled flooring, the white blinds and plain white walls throughout the apartment made it feel quite cold. Personally, I’d rather have a carpet, or at least a rug, in the apartment, but I can see the practicality of tiles in an apartment.
I thought that I’d pull out the sofa bed to take some photos. I ended up with a broken nail and a twinge in my back after pulling forward the back of the sofa. Although it’s good to have a sofa during the day, I didn’t find the sofa bed to be that comfortable; the new Dreamer beds in Travelodges are more comfortable. Overall, I prefer a decent standard bed as I’m mainly in my accommodation to sleep.
There was excellent free WiFi in the apartment. I had to enter a password and was able to connect two devices simultaneously.
I saw on the booking confirmation that my night in the City Marque Albany standard studio apartment cost £105 for night. That is very good value for money for Bloomsbury. I arranged to have an early check-in, for which there is an additional charge. Standard check-in time is 3pm.
In summary, between the issues of access, the traffic noise and the none too comfortable sofa bed, I wasn’t that impressed with my apartment. I didn’t use the cooking facilities as I’d bought some salad for lunch and I was going out for dinner.The location is really convenient for King’s Cross and St Pancras rail stations and attractions such as the British Museum and the Wellcome Collection.
I attended the Lord Mayor’s Show in London for the first time in November 2013. It’s an annual parade, dating back to the 16th century. which celebrates the inauguration of the Lord Mayor of the City of London. It’s a hybrid of traditional British ceremony and a global themed carnival.
Unfortunately, heavy rain was forecast from 11am that day, the time that the parade through the City of London was due to begin. I arrived prepared wearing my waterproof jacket and trousers. I managed to find a spot at the edge of the pavement in Cheapside between Bank Station and St Paul’s Cathedral. Despite the wet conditions everyone was in good spirits. I did get a bit fed up avoiding the points of umbrella spokes, but that’s a hazard of being in pole position for taking photos, plus being tall.
Do try to attend the Lord Mayor’s Show in London and cross your fingers for a dry, sunny day.
I’m sick of irresponsible dog owners. Look at the big dog turd that was on Spittal Prom this morning. It’s a disgrace and a health hazard. These dog owners don’t care who steps in their dog’s dirt.
It’s ridiculous that you can’t fully enjoy the views at Spittal Prom as you have to keep looking down to prevent stepping in dog’s dirt.
Dog fouling isn’t the only nuisance to those walking in Spittal. Recently a bouncy beaded collie with muddy paws, not on a lead, jumped up on me. The owner attempted to call back the dog as it ran towards me. The dog paid no heed to its owner. The owner said nothing to me and ignored me when I suggested that her dog should be on a lead so it couldn’t bother other people.
I’m not sure of the best way to force dog owners to act responsiblity. Anytime I’ve said anything to owners, I’m either ignored or get verbal abuse although I am polite with my requests.
I was in position on London’s Waterloo Bridge on Sunday 10 November 2013 to take photos of the Lord Mayor’s Flotilla which was due to pass soon after 8.30am. I thought that the bridge would be mobbed with spectators, but there were only about ten of us.
The Lord Mayor’s Flotilla approaches with Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in the background
I assumed that I’d have loads of time to take photos and videos as all the vessels in the Lord Mayor’s Flotilla were being powered by oars. However, due to the outgoing tide and the muscle power of the oarspersons, the Flotilla passed all too quickly.
I paid my first ever visit to Islington in north London today. I came upon Canonbury Square, described as the most beautiful square in London by the Evening Standard in the 1950s. The Square has been home to several well-known writers including George Orwell, author of ‘Animal Farm’ and ‘Nineteen Eighty Four’ and Evelyn Waugh, author of ‘Brideshead Revisited’.
However, Canonbury Square had fallen from its former glory into a rather dilapidated condition.until the Loire Valley Wines Legacy Garden was established in 2006, courtesy of funding from the Loire Valley Wine Collective, sponsors of the Open Garden Squares Weekend that year.
The other half of the square could also be said to have a Gallic touch; the palms wouldn’t look out of place in the French Riviera.
There was plenty of squirrel foreplay going on in the trees above, involving some chases along the branches, before consummation took place.
It took me around ten minutes to walk to Canonbury Square from Highbury and Islington Station via Upper Street.
As I was walking down Cambridge Heath Road on my way back to my humble lodgings at the Travelodge London Bethnal Green, I spotted some street art.depicting a couple; both had two triangles and one circle as facial features.