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  • Rare ceremony to take place at the Tower of London – IanVisits
    Mar 2016 Apr 2016 May 2016 Jun 2016 Jul 2016 Aug 2016 Sep 2016 Oct 2016 Nov 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Mar S M T W T F S 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 15 More Blogs Brixton Blog Cabbie Blog Christopher Fowler City Metric Diamond Geezer Edith s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life If you are in the area on Monday 14th Sept then there will be a chance to see a fairly rare ceremony take place at the Tower of London Officers and sailors from the Dutch naval ship HNLMS Johan de Witt will take part in the Ceremony of the Constable s Dues and will present a barrel of wine to the General the Lord Dannatt the Constable of the Tower This event dates back to the 14th century when kings believed it was their right to extract tolls from vessels entering London The Constable of the Tower collected these Dues on the King s behalf before any ship could continue down the Thames Nowadays the tolls are ceremonially presented in the form of barrels of rum wine and even oysters cockles and mussels Captain René Luyckx will lead his crew from the ship s berth at Greenwich to the Tower s West Gate where they will be challenged for entry to the Tower of London by the Yeoman Gaoler armed with his infamous axe The captain and his shore party will then march through the Tower accompanied by Yeoman Warders Beefeaters in red and gold State Dress and a Corps of Drums

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/09/12/rare-ceremony-to-take-place-at-the-tower-of-london/ (2016-02-16)
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  • The UK’s smallest King George Field is in London – IanVisits
    1965 and the gardens are now managed by the National Playing Fields Association and local councils One of those gardens is within the City of London just around the corner from Tower Gateway DLR What is now known as Portsoken Street Garden was recently refurbished and is also the smallest King George s Field in the UK It s quite a charming little space carved out of land which today would probably be a bland office block and has been refurbished in a child friendly manner Not that this adult could resist playing with the musical instrument made from bellows and old railway sleepers Hoot Honk Hoot Honk Otherwise it s a pleasant little space with a small stone plaque to mark its regal association and a waterfall that didn t quite drown out the noise of the rugby match being watched in the pub opposite Adding to the effect though is that the next door hotel has also cleverly covered their facing wall with planting as well creating an illusion of a much larger and greener space than might otherwise exist This little plot of garden can be found here You might also notice a small plaque on one bench indicating that it was donated by the little known Metropolitan Public Gardens Association which has been improving public gardens since 1882 The King George Fields in London Eltham Little Eltham Common Tottenham Markfield Recreation Ground Islington Market Road Penge Betts Park City of London Vine Street East Barnet Hadley Manor Bermondsey All Saints Barnet Totteridge Barnet Lane Uxbridge Ickenham Copthall Road West East Southall Durdans Park Surbiton St Mary s Close Ealing Poor s Piece Morden Tudor Drive Hanworth Rectory Meadow Camberwell Addington Square Ham Street Walnut Tree Meadow Romford Mawney Park Dagenham Baddow Close Croydon Sydenham Road Mile

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/09/12/the-uks-smallest-king-george-field-is-in-london/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    Victoria line trains running under their homes Local Guardian Tube overcrowding delays which lines are the worst offenders ITV Crossrail Crossrail 2 is the only viable solution for congested train network says Kingston and Surbiton MP James Berry Local Guardian Crossrail EMU bodyshell on test Railway Gazette Mainline Overground HS2 proposes radical redesign for London Euston station Wired An investigation is under way after a train passenger was trapped in train doors and dragged along the platform in Hayes GetWestLondon VIDEO Meet Greenwich rail station s resident poet Local London Commuters using a London Midland train were evacuated at the peak of rush hour after a carriage caught on fire CityAM Miscellaneous Zac Goldsmith Pledging to cut travel fares would be a reckless gamble Evening Standard Bob the streetcat who befriended an Angel tube station busker inspires a major feelgood film Islington Tribune Peak time emissions from diesel trains at Paddington Station exceed the European recommendations for outdoor air quality and are higher than nearby roadsides on the majority of days Press Release London Underground tube trains could be used to sort Ricoh Arena station fiasco Coventry Telegraph Tube Drivers Take Four Times More Sick Days Than Average LBC A Plan to Replace London s Tube With Moving Walkways Wired Epping Ongar Railway fans mark 150th anniversary with Victorian weekend Brentwood Gazette A special Southeastern high speed poppy train will run an exclusive one off service ahead of Remembrance Sunday in November to raise money for the Royal British Legion UK RailTours A review of the new London Underground visitor centres Diamond Geezer And finally Mapped House prices by London s Tube stops 1m homes now reach Zone 6 Telegraph The image above is from Feb 2012 Green Park tube station to get groundwater cooling system Facebook 7 Google 0

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/09/10/weekly-round-up-of-londons-railway-transport-news-114/ (2016-02-16)
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  • A “tube map” for housing developments – IanVisits
    in Mar 2016 Things to do in London in Apr 2016 London Calendar Jan Feb 2016 Mar 2016 Apr 2016 May 2016 Jun 2016 Jul 2016 Aug 2016 Sep 2016 Oct 2016 Nov 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Mar S M T W T F S 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 15 More Blogs Brixton Blog Cabbie Blog Christopher Fowler City Metric Diamond Geezer Edith s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life Not far from Camden is a tube map on the wall of a housing development showing not trains but a timeline Phase one of the Plender Street development is due to be completed in November 2015 but while the hoardings have been up they ve decorated the outside with an information board about what is going on And done so in the form of a simple tube line map You could look at it as a cute way of providing information or a clever use of

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/09/06/a-tube-map-for-housing-developments/ (2016-02-16)
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  • TfL’s Wooden Underground Station – IanVisits
    Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Mar S M T W T F S 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 15 More Blogs Brixton Blog Cabbie Blog Christopher Fowler City Metric Diamond Geezer Edith s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life Later this month there will be a tube station made from wood and a restaurant named after Frank Pick founder of TfL s design ethos The Restaurant will serve classic British dishes and the East London Liquor Company will be launching a new limited edition rum Meanwhile artist Camilla Barnard will be building a monumental Underground station made entirely from wood and hand painted to reflect a typical station design The wooden tube station will be open 24th 27th September at The College 12 Southampton Row WC1B 5BP Thu 11am 9pm Fri Sat 11am 7pm Sun 11am 4pm You need tickets to go inside though bookable as part of the Design Festival here Both the restaurant and tube station will showcase classic TfL design collections and new collections from Alice Made This Blue Marmalade Lindsey Lang Mini Moderns and textiles by Michelle Mason for Swoon Editions Alice Made This has designed stainless steel and brass men s cufflinks and a enamel desk top valet Blue Marmalade has created a classic Coolicon pendant shade from the London Underground made to a 1933 design with the original 1933 Harry Beck map printed on the surface Lindsey Lang has delved into the TfL archives to create a capsule collection of products inspired by Harold Stabler s Roundel tile design and Enid Marx s

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/09/06/tfls-wooden-underground-station/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Unbuilt London: The King’s Cross Airport – IanVisits
    an airport built on top of many smaller if still sizeable buildings The architect in question was Charles Glover and as he wrote in 1931 the newish airport at Croydon was inconveniently located for most Londoners and with the growth of private flying a central London airport was now needed He said that city men would be encouraged to fly between meetings and a central London location would shave 40 minutes travel time off journeys which currently had to start in Croydon And the architect concluded that an airport situated over the sidings at King s Cross was the only suitable site for the development The development being a 5 million airport based on a hub and spoke design that would sit on a new set of huge warehouses to be built behind the railway station to cope with its cargo services The warehouses for cargo would offer 75 acres of floorspace at a time when cargo by train was still a major source of railway traffic and it was also suggested that Covent Garden s market could move to King s Cross In addition the airport would have included a 150 capacity bus station for passengers to get around London and naturally a link to the railway and tube stations A slightly darker side to the airport though considering the treatment given by the railway companies when building their terminus s was the planned clearance of slum housing In addition to the warehouses needed to support the airport a new road Aerial Way would have been pushed through the former slum housing to link up with Pentonville Road Residents would be rehoused in tower blocks many of which would have likely been underneath the airport runways albeit on the edges The runways themselves were expected to be about half a mile long and 200 feet wide which Mr Glover noted was more than ample for the largest aeroplane and also provides for a longer run which might be necessary for some types of multi engined aeroplanes that might be constructed in the future View image gettyimages com Of course it wasn t built but likely more due to the cost than to the by our standards totally crazy idea After all an airport with direct links to the railway and within a short commute of the city centre is actually a very good idea It was however also dealt a blow by a report just a few months later from the Aerodromes Committee at RIBA which advocated state ownership of airports instead of private investors as Glover had proposed And it s not as if Charles Glover gave up Thirty years later he again proposed moving Covent Garden to King s Cross and building massive warehouses but this time with a heliport on top But if it had been built as originally planned then the development of larger planes within a decade would have rendered the airport function obsolete and within 20 years the decline of rail cargo would

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/09/06/unbuilt-london-the-kings-cross-airport/ (2016-02-16)
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  • See the Bloodhound “supersonic car” at Canary Wharf – IanVisits
    do in London during Feb 2016 Things to do in London in Mar 2016 Things to do in London in Apr 2016 London Calendar Jan Feb 2016 Mar 2016 Apr 2016 May 2016 Jun 2016 Jul 2016 Aug 2016 Sep 2016 Oct 2016 Nov 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Mar S M T W T F S 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 15 More Blogs Brixton Blog Cabbie Blog Christopher Fowler City Metric Diamond Geezer Edith s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life Something for anyone excited by British engineering as the Bloodhound Supersonic Car will be going on public display in London later this month for just two days The 135 000 thrust hp land speed racer will be presented in record attempt configuration but without the carbon fibre bodywork on one side in order to show the car s inner workings Visitors will see that 98 of the car is here including the Rolls Royce EJ200 jet engine in place as it will be when Bloodhound SSC targets 800mph in 2016 as well as the supercharged Jaguar V8 engine used to pump oxidiser into the rocket The carbon fibre steel and alloy chassis will be exposed along with the complex internal skeleton of Bloodhound s huge tail fin The public will also be able to view the completed cockpit Andy Green s supersonic office and see the first pictures from the car s on board cameras Team support vehicles including the custom built Jaguar Rapid Response Vehicles the fully kitted F Type and XJ will also

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/09/04/see-the-bloodhound-supersonic-car-at-canary-wharf/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Lots of searchlights in Central London – IanVisits
    Nov 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Mar S M T W T F S 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 15 More Blogs Brixton Blog Cabbie Blog Christopher Fowler City Metric Diamond Geezer Edith s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life A cluster of air traffic warnings to be aware of search lights in Central London next week Sadly no idea why but on the evening of Wednesday 9th September there will be seven searchlights pointing up into the night sky in various locations around the center of London The air traffic alert says to be aware of the searchlights from 4 30pm to midnight The locations appear to be The Oxo Tower Southbank Centre Covent Garden Trafalgar Square St James Church Picadilly Berkley Square Marble Arch If anyone knows why they are there let us know in the comments Facebook 14 Google 2 Linkedin 0 Reddit 12 Twitter 0 0 28 10 thoughts on Lots of searchlights in Central London Katy Moon says September 4 2015 at 7 55 pm The Queen becomes our longest reigning monarch on this day so it could be that Reply colm says September 4 2015 at 8 57 pm Maybe something to do with Apple Reply Ian Visits says September 5 2015 at 7 44 am That would be really depressing Reply colm says September 6 2015 at 3 22 pm There s nothing similar for New York or San Francisco so probably not Apple George G says September 4 2015 at 9 08 pm 75th anniversary of the start of the

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