Monday, 8 February 2016

Marquis of Granby

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Thursday 28th January 2016

We visited the Marquis of Granby pub near Streetgate after visiting the nearby Washingwell Woods where I am part of a project to study the history of the area. It is just down the road from where I live so we have been a number of times before. The visit was for food. Reasonable prices, good service and food and not crowded.

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Sunday, 7 February 2016

Bay Horse, Whickham

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Wednesday 27th January 2016

It has been some time since I last visited the Bay Horse pub in Whickham. SInce then it has undergone a major renovation. The separate bar and lounge have gone.

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We stopped here for lunch. Good service and competitively priced food.

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Friday, 5 February 2016

Memorial to the Airmen

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Sunday 24th January 2016

We crossed the road from the Park Lane Hotel to make one last visit of the day, this time to the Memorial to the Airmen on the corner of Green Park. It was dark when we got there so we may well return at some point in the future in day time to get a better view. The memorial is to the tens of thousands of Allied airmen who were lost in combat in the Second World War, though it was unveiled only in 2012.

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Smith and Whistle

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Sunday 24th January 2016

As we walked past the Park Lane Hotel, we decided to call into the Smith and Whistle pub. Though the cost of the drinks was a bit of a shock to the system, we then realised on one of the bottled beers we bought they were doing a two-for-one offer. Be careful when going to the toilet. The return journey is done only by getting staff help to guide you through a maze of corridors and barely noticeable doors.

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An evening walk through Hyde Park

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Sunday 24th January 2015

From the Natural History Museum we decided to walk back to Victoria Station, via Hyde Park. It was beginning to get dark when we got to the Serpentine, the long lake in the park. Nevertheless, there were plenty of people there feeding the swans, geese and ducks.

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Natural History Museum

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Sunday 24th January 2016

After lunch at the Brompton Food Market we headed to the Natural History Museum, one of a number of nationally acclaimed establishments in South Kensington.

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It's a busy place and we joined a long queue to enter. Fortunately, the queue moved quickly. We saw only a small part of the museum but I was especially interested in the sections dealing with prehistoric animals, though we saw other sections as well.

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Brompton Food Market

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Sunday 24th January 2016

We decided to go to the Natural History Museum and after an irritatingly long rail and tube journey, we arrived in South Kensington. We decided to have lunch first and found the Brompton Food Market on Thurloe Place. Don't get carried away into thinking it is a big food market. It isn't. It is a cafe and food shop. We sat at a table on the patio out the back. Food was reasonable but not only were London prices applicable, so too were Kensington prices.

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