Big In Japan: Abandoned – Gulliver’s Kingdom – Theme Park #online

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Gulliver s Kingdom Theme Park, built in the shadow of Japan s Mount Fuji with oodles of government stimulus money, was a sprawling white elephant that existed for only 10 years. Today there s little if any trace of the abandoned theme park. its ruins, or Gulliver himself but the eerie and unsettling images captured by a legion of intrepid “haikyo” explorers.

Time and Tied

(images via: Spechtrograph and Michael John Grist )

Gulliver s Kingdom was a failed theme park located near Kawaguchi-machi, Yamanashi prefecture, Japan. The park opened in 1997 and typified the “bridge to nowhere” construction projects Japan s government and banking sector championed in the 1990s.

(images via: UER and Kuroneko )

Though intended to boost the economy out of its post-bubble doldrums, white elephants like Gulliver s Kingdom created some short-term construction jobs but little permanent employment.

(image via: Spechtrograph )

Gulliver s Kingdom was backed financially by the Niigata Chuo Bank. which later collapsed into a sea of red ink and toxic, non-performing loans. As it morphed into a so-called Zombie Bank, the Niigata Chuo Bank was ordered to clear its books of unprofitable assets, of which Gulliver s Kingdom was one: they had lent the venture around $350 million. In October of 2001, the unpopular theme park shut its Brobdingnagian doors for the last time.

Cult of Poison-ality

(images via: Spechtrograph and Dreamin Trip Salad )

On the face of it, Gulliver s Kingdom had a few things going for it. Its location, for one thing – nestled in Kamikuishiki village at the foot of Mount Fuji. About 25 million tourists descend upon Mount Fuji s environs each year and as beautiful as it is, how long can one look at a dormant volcano?

(images via: K3N s Blog and Spechtrograph )

And about that location Mount Fuji has a dark side, most notably the Aokigahara area where seemingly oblivious project planners decided to build Gulliver s Kingdom. Ranked sixth by the website Cracked.com on their list of The 6 Creepiest Places on Earth. Aokigahara is Japan s “suicide forest” said to be the second most popular suicide location after San Francisco s Golden Gate Bridge. On the bright side, if the kids are driving you nuts after an afternoon spent at Gulliver s Kingdom well, perish that thought.

(image via: MutantMandias )

Bad enough Gulliver s Kingdom had a suicide forest as its neighbor, the park s other neighbors were much, much worse. Kamikuishiki village is notorious for being the location of the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult s headquarters and nerve gas production facility.

(image via: UER )

Remember Aum? They re the whack-jobs who carried out Sarin gas attacks that killed 19 people, including 12 on the Tokyo subway. On March 22nd, 1995, the cult s compound was stormed by over 1,000 police officers decked out in full-face gas masks.

(images via: Michael John Grist and UER )

Three years later (and one year after Gulliver s Kingdom opened), residents living nearby were still being reminded of Aum Shinrikyo s monstrous crimes. “I can still smell the chemicals sometimes when I take a walk in the morning,” said 69-year-old Norie Okamoto, who lives just 100 meters (330 ft) from one of the cult s former Sarin production facilities. Now Robert Duvall might love the smell of napalm in the morning, but you and your family out for some fun at Gulliver s Kingdom? Not *cough* so much.

Gulliver Unravels

(images via: Michael John Grist and K3N s Blog )

The exposure of Aum Shinrikyo was pretty much the straw that broke the back of Gulliver s Kingdom, though there was really so much wrong with the park on so many levels one might say it was clearly doomed from the start.

Gulliver s Kingdom wasn t actually a Six Flags style park, by the way. The closest things to the usual amusement park rides and rollercoasters were a bobsled track and a luge course – not exactly ideal for the kiddies.

(image via: UER )

We don t recall Gulliver s Kingdom as being a stop on the World Bobsled Tour (if there is such a thing), but maybe that whole nerve gas factory proximity thing put organizers off scheduling events there.

(image via: MutantMandias )

Let s not forget the immobile star of the show, a 45 meter (147.5 ft) long statue of Jonathan Swift s epic character. Even the name of the park was a misnomer. If it s Gulliver s Kingdom, what s the big guy doing securely pegged to the ground? No way to treat a king, now is it? Those are just some of the questions we ll never know the answers to and here s one more: what s inside the doors cut into Gulliver s body??

(images via: MutantMandias )

All that s by the by, by the way, since Gulliver s Kingdom is no more and I mean literally. After a thorough demolition in 2007, all one can see are some exposed foundations and the odd tuft of asbestos insulation snagged on twisted rebar.

(image via: UER )

If not for these vivid and disturbing photographic images, few would be the wiser as to what came and went at the foot of Mount Fuji almost as fast as the 2010 movie Gulliver s Travels appeared and then vanished from your local marquee. Both, as it happens, were in 3D.

(image via: National Geographic )

Nothing remains of Gulliver s Kingdom today but a rough concrete scar, and even this basic foundation is gradually being subsumed by dirt, dust and windblown sand. Was it all a dream? Perhaps it was and if any lessons can be learned by Gulliver s Kingdom s rise, fall and disappearance it s that if one must dream, at least dream big.





23/12/2017

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What to Wear in London on your trip to the United

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What to Wear in London and other parts of England

British fashion is partly defined by the country’s infamous weather. It is unpredictable and changeable and when the weather man on the television tells you that it will be sunny all week, be prepared for rain. What to wear in London has everything to do with the weather.

No matter the time of year, always keep a travel-size umbrell a in your purse.

In Britain it’s easy for the traveler to stick out like a sore thumb – walking boots, convertible zip leg trousers . SLR camera, guidebook and a backpack in the middle of London can easily scream “tourist.” Sadly in some parts this can make you a bit of a target but it’s also easy to blend in with the locals. British fashion isn’t quite as chic as the French . isn’t always as slouchy as American or as zany as Australian. But then again, I’ve seen people dressed as pirates on the tube and no-one bats an eyelid.

Like anywhere, pack for the environment – are you spending your time café crawling in the cities or getting lost in Scottish wilderness?

Also remember that Britain is one of those places where if you forget anything, you’ll be able to pick it up when you get there (and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg.) So don’t be afraid of packing light. Try to stick to a small selection of colors to make it easier to mix and match your items.

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 What to Wear in London and the UK in Winter

December, January February

For city exploring don t be afraid to break the don’t take your jeans traveling rule . They aren’t appropriate for hiking but I can’t think of anything more ideal to wear walking round London on a frosty winter morning.

Winter is cold and 2013 has been predicted to be the coldest winter for 100 years (global warming etc.) The key is to wrap up warm – wear lots of layers, (especially if you don’t fancy bringing a heavy winter coat along) and drink plenty of tea.

When planning what to wear in London pack tights, leggings and knee-high socks for extra warmth. Don’t forget the essential winter woollies either –hat, scarf and gloves.

Wear leggings or tights under your jeans for extra warmth. These leggings are a popular choice with the TFG readers and are lined with fleece.

Footwear – I find a comfy pair of waterproof ankle boots perfect. Soggy feet aren’t fun, neither are blisters. Be prepared for the wet as well as the cold.

Ankle booties  are the perfect choice any time of year.

What to Wear in London and the UK in Spring

March, April May

In spring it rains a lot. I usually carry a compact umbrella with me at all times in the UK, so that I’m always prepared for spontaneous showers – not just in spring.

Spring is that transition period between winter and summer, so layers are still important when planning what to wear in London, but in the later months think about swapping that chunky coat for a regular jacket.

Transform a temperate outfit on a chilly day with a scarf, hat and tights. Skirts are fun but remember that it can get quite breezy so you ll have to wear double layers underneath.

If you’re in the countryside you’re bound to see waves of differing spring flowers and baby lambs, but remember to be prepared for the mud.

It s not uncommon to see people wearing these Hunter rain boots on very rainy days.

What to Pack for a Trip to London and the UK in Summer

June, July August

Summer can be warm but can also be very wet – be prepared for both. Check bbc.co.uk/weather/ before your trip to get the most accurate forecast. Don t be surprised if it s grey and gloomy in the summer!

If the forecast calls for sun, be bright and bold as you plan what to pack for London! Crack out the summer dresses, sunglasses and hats. Once again, be aware of the breezes so you might want to consider layering – sometimes jersey skirts and dresses hold their shape better than wispy skater styles.

A cardigan and a scarf are essentials layers to any summer outfit in case the sun decides to go in.

You can never go wrong with a light leather jacket for cooler summer days and nights.

A comfy pair of sandals are great for walking about town on warm days but ankle boots and ballet flats  are ideal the rest of the time.

A note on bags:  Personally I am a big fan of satchels for cities and rucksacks for countryside. I often feel that a satchel with a zip can be safer than many daypacks, which can also be unnecessary for city exploring.

Find out why cross-body purses  are the best travel shoulder bags for women.

What to Wear in London and the UK in Autumn

September, October November

Autumn is my favorite season in general and also to dress for. I love the crunchy leaves, the mild weather and the earthy colors.

As the transitional period between summer and winter, things start to get colder and milder in the autumn. When planning what to pack for London this time of year it’s time to think about a woolly hat and light waterproof jacket such as  this one .

If you’re a skirt and dress person rather than a trouser person, then leggings and opaque tights are essential to make outfits a little warmer.

Scarves are extremely useful and a warm knit option will help keep you warm during this transitional season. When it’s not quite cold enough for a coat, then a jumper or cardigan combined with a hat and a scarf will do. Remember, layering is key!

5 Important Packing Tips

  • Dress for the weather, activity environment – make sure you’re comfortable .
  • Always carry an umbrella with you.
  • Scarves are extremely versatile – in the winter a chunky knit will keep you snug whilst in the summer a lighter scarf can help protect you from the sun.
  • If you’re not used to colder climates. still plan for “winter” weather YEAR ROUND. Layers are key!
  • If in doubt, bring an empty suitcase and head to the nearest Primark to stock up on cheap clothing that is both weather appropriate and locals approved!

When you’re planning what to pack for a trip to London and the UK, follow these travel tips to keep you in line with the fussy weather. Thanks for this helpful post Lottie! Don’t forget to check out The Ambling Explorer .





24/11/2017

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Cheap Flights to London, United Kingdom (LON) #cheap #tickets #airline

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Cheap flights to London are available from Darwin International Airport and typically include a transfer in Singapore. Cheap flights exiting Adelaide and Perth on Emirates route through Dubai whilst other carriers may include a flight to either Singapore or Kuala Lumpur. Flights available from Sydney have carriers such as Air China stopping in Beijing, a Malaysia Airlines flight may route via Kuala Lumpur and Etihad transferring through Abu Dhabi. Departures from Brisbane generally route through Kuala Lumpur or Dubai, with cheap flights on Singapore Airlines transferring through Singapore. Ground transportation at Heathrow Airport is just as busy as London itself. A taxi rank is located outside each terminal but whilst convenient, this is a pricey option. The Heathrow Connect rail service travels to Paddington with tickets £9.50 stopping at all stations. The Heathrow Express is a bit more expensive but is the quickest and easiest way to get into the city.

Getting Around London

A little planning or patience will make navigating London simple. Purchase an Oyster card (similar to Melbourne’s Myki card) for the best price and easy transition between services. The London Underground, Docklands Light Rail (DLR) and Overground all use a zonally based fare system. For cheap travel, opt for the red buses which have a flat-fare of less than £2 as does the Tramlink system. London Black Cabs are somewhat expensive and largely unnecessary. Most attractions are within walking distance, are accessible on the extensive public transport network or en route with a guided tour. Barclays Cycle Hire is similar to Brisbane’s City Cycle scheme and is a great way to explore London at your own leisure.

London is much more than the British Museum, Tate Modern and National History Museum. Watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, ride the London Eye and then welcome greater London with open arms. See a human skeleton a little under eight foot tall at the Hunterian Museum, a jar of moles at Grant Museum of Zoology and the cringe-worthy tools at the Old Operating Theatre. Nostalgia is particularly romantic at the Charles Dickens Museum and Pollock’s Toy Museum – round this off with a quick photo at London’s first red telephone box at the Royal Academy entrance. Take a flying trapeze class at Hoxton’s Circus Space, a pottery workshop at Wheelhouse Pottery or an overhead walk through Kew Gardens on the Xstrata Treetop Walkway. The Lee Valley White Water Centre has white-water rafting on the 2012 Olympic course or laze by the huge pool that is Tooting Bec Lido for a cheap afternoon. Of course a trip to London wouldn’t be complete without a ride on an open-air bus tour. If this isn’t enough, join the Jack the Ripper tour for a tasteful, yet gruesome slice of London.

London is an impressive retail palace with equally impressive price tags. Snare a treasure at the Camden Market or Portobello Road Market. Harrods and Harvey Nichols offer high end department store shopping while the Dover Street Market houses multiples levels of boutique style fashion. Visit Lazy Oaf or the amazing emerging talent concept of Wolf & Badger. Liberty is a mall-style shopping dynasty, but if the budget can’t stretch, Bicester Village and The Galleria Outlet Centre should satisfy retail needs. For fine dining, sample the tasting (degustation) menu at Seven Park Place. Gilgamesh offers a group set menu or delight the carnivore within at Hawksmoor Guildhall with their imaginative beef tasting menu. Enjoy roast pheasant at Powder Keg Diplomacy or the Cantonese cuisine of Plum Valley. For a cheap eat visit Lantana, Princi and the Princi Pizzeria for delicious wood-fired pizza. Sip on cocktails at Beaufort Bar or head to the gorgeous jazz sound of Nightjar. Find your way to trendy Experimental Cocktail Club, laid-back Efes Pool Club or the breathtaking backdrop of Club Aquarium. Slow it down at Passing Clouds, party hard at Egg Nightclub or alongside thousands of clubbers at world-famous Ministry of Sound.





18/11/2017

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Singapore Airlines – Travel Agent Information United Kingdom #great #flight #deals

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Q) Can passengers enter Singapore during their transit at Changi Airport?

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Visit the Immigration Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website for further information on entry requirements into Singapore.

Q) Do passengers need to pay airport tax when they enter Singapore?

A) Yes, this is collected in passengers ticket at time of issue. To visit the Immigration Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website for further information on entry requirements into Singapore click here .

Q) Is there a place for passengers to leave their luggage whilst they walk around the Airport or in the city?

A) Yes, passenegers can leave their baggage at the Left Baggage counter located in all terminals. A charge applies and baggage should be secured with a lock.

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The minimum connection time out of Changi for a SQ-SQ or a SQ-MI connection is 50 minutes. Agents should always refer to their GDS.

A passenger transfers at Changi with a 5-hour transit before their next flight. They intend to use the Transit Hotel. Can they collect their baggage for their

Passengers are not allowed to retrieve their baggage during their transit. Hence, they should put all the items they would require for their stay at the transit hotel in their hand carry bags.

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08/11/2017

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02/10/2017

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20/09/2017

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United Kingdom #air #travel #booking

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United Kingdom

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the United Kingdom or the UK ) is a constitutional monarchy comprising much of the British Isles.

This Union is more than 300 years old and comprises four constituent nations: England. Scotland. Wales. and Northern Ireland. It occupies all of the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern portion of the island of Ireland and most of the remaining British Isles.

The UK today is a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures, possessing a fascinating history and dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential in the wider world. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, the UK is still an overwhelmingly popular destination for many travellers. Its capital and largest city of London is, along with New York. often reckoned to be one of only two cities of truly global importance but many come to see quaint villages and the beautiful and quickly changing countryside.

Understand Edit

It’s important to remember that the Republic of Ireland is a completely separate state from the United Kingdom, that seceded from the Union in 1922 and gained full independence in 1937.

Home nations Edit

The ‘Great’ in Great Britain (Britannia Major in Roman times; Grande-Bretagne in French) is to distinguish it from the other, smaller “Britain”: Brittany (Britannia Minor ; Bretagne ) in northwestern France.

However, for a geographer “Great Britain” (“GB”) refers just to the single largest island in the British Isles that has most of the land area of Scotland, England and Wales. In normal usage it is a collective term for all those three nations together. Great Britain became part of the United Kingdom when the Irish and British parliaments merged in 1801 to form the “United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland”. This was changed to “. and Northern Ireland” when all but the six Northern Irish counties seceded from the Union in 1922 after a treaty granting Irish home rule. “Britain” is simply another name for the United Kingdom, and does include Northern Ireland, despite common misconceptions otherwise.

The flag of the United Kingdom is popularly known as the Union Jack or, more properly, Union Flag. It comprises the flags of St. George of England, St. Andrew of Scotland and the St. Patrick’s Cross of Ireland superimposed on each other. Within England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the flags of each nation are commonly used. The St. Patrick’s Cross flag is often seen on St. Patrick’s Day in Northern Ireland. Since the Republic of Ireland split from the UK though, St. Patrick’s Saltire is not used for Northern Ireland, as it represented the whole of the island of Ireland. A flag (known as the “Ulster Banner”) was designed for Northern Ireland in the 1920s, which was based on the flag of Ulster (similar in appearance to the Saint George’s Cross flag of England) and includes a Red Hand of Ulster and a crown. Although the flag’s official status ended with the dissolving of the province’s devolved government in the early 1970s, it can still be seen in Northern Ireland, particularly among the Loyalist community and on sporting occasions. As Wales was politically integrated into the English kingdom hundreds of years ago, its flag was not incorporated into the Union Jack. The Welsh flag features the Red Dragon of Cadwaladr, King of Gwynedd, superimposed on the Tudor colours of green and white.

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12/08/2017

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Big In Japan: Abandoned – Gulliver’s Kingdom – Theme Park #egypt

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Gulliver s Kingdom Theme Park, built in the shadow of Japan s Mount Fuji with oodles of government stimulus money, was a sprawling white elephant that existed for only 10 years. Today there s little if any trace of the abandoned theme park. its ruins, or Gulliver himself but the eerie and unsettling images captured by a legion of intrepid “haikyo” explorers.

Time and Tied

(images via: Spechtrograph and Michael John Grist )

Gulliver s Kingdom was a failed theme park located near Kawaguchi-machi, Yamanashi prefecture, Japan. The park opened in 1997 and typified the “bridge to nowhere” construction projects Japan s government and banking sector championed in the 1990s.

(images via: UER and Kuroneko )

Though intended to boost the economy out of its post-bubble doldrums, white elephants like Gulliver s Kingdom created some short-term construction jobs but little permanent employment.

(image via: Spechtrograph )

Gulliver s Kingdom was backed financially by the Niigata Chuo Bank. which later collapsed into a sea of red ink and toxic, non-performing loans. As it morphed into a so-called Zombie Bank, the Niigata Chuo Bank was ordered to clear its books of unprofitable assets, of which Gulliver s Kingdom was one: they had lent the venture around $350 million. In October of 2001, the unpopular theme park shut its Brobdingnagian doors for the last time.

Cult of Poison-ality

(images via: Spechtrograph and Dreamin Trip Salad )

On the face of it, Gulliver s Kingdom had a few things going for it. Its location, for one thing – nestled in Kamikuishiki village at the foot of Mount Fuji. About 25 million tourists descend upon Mount Fuji s environs each year and as beautiful as it is, how long can one look at a dormant volcano?

(images via: K3N s Blog and Spechtrograph )

And about that location Mount Fuji has a dark side, most notably the Aokigahara area where seemingly oblivious project planners decided to build Gulliver s Kingdom. Ranked sixth by the website Cracked.com on their list of The 6 Creepiest Places on Earth. Aokigahara is Japan s “suicide forest” said to be the second most popular suicide location after San Francisco s Golden Gate Bridge. On the bright side, if the kids are driving you nuts after an afternoon spent at Gulliver s Kingdom well, perish that thought.

(image via: MutantMandias )

Bad enough Gulliver s Kingdom had a suicide forest as its neighbor, the park s other neighbors were much, much worse. Kamikuishiki village is notorious for being the location of the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult s headquarters and nerve gas production facility.

(image via: UER )

Remember Aum? They re the whack-jobs who carried out Sarin gas attacks that killed 19 people, including 12 on the Tokyo subway. On March 22nd, 1995, the cult s compound was stormed by over 1,000 police officers decked out in full-face gas masks.

(images via: Michael John Grist and UER )

Three years later (and one year after Gulliver s Kingdom opened), residents living nearby were still being reminded of Aum Shinrikyo s monstrous crimes. “I can still smell the chemicals sometimes when I take a walk in the morning,” said 69-year-old Norie Okamoto, who lives just 100 meters (330 ft) from one of the cult s former Sarin production facilities. Now Robert Duvall might love the smell of napalm in the morning, but you and your family out for some fun at Gulliver s Kingdom? Not *cough* so much.

Gulliver Unravels

(images via: Michael John Grist and K3N s Blog )

The exposure of Aum Shinrikyo was pretty much the straw that broke the back of Gulliver s Kingdom, though there was really so much wrong with the park on so many levels one might say it was clearly doomed from the start.

Gulliver s Kingdom wasn t actually a Six Flags style park, by the way. The closest things to the usual amusement park rides and rollercoasters were a bobsled track and a luge course – not exactly ideal for the kiddies.

(image via: UER )

We don t recall Gulliver s Kingdom as being a stop on the World Bobsled Tour (if there is such a thing), but maybe that whole nerve gas factory proximity thing put organizers off scheduling events there.

(image via: MutantMandias )

Let s not forget the immobile star of the show, a 45 meter (147.5 ft) long statue of Jonathan Swift s epic character. Even the name of the park was a misnomer. If it s Gulliver s Kingdom, what s the big guy doing securely pegged to the ground? No way to treat a king, now is it? Those are just some of the questions we ll never know the answers to and here s one more: what s inside the doors cut into Gulliver s body??

(images via: MutantMandias )

All that s by the by, by the way, since Gulliver s Kingdom is no more and I mean literally. After a thorough demolition in 2007, all one can see are some exposed foundations and the odd tuft of asbestos insulation snagged on twisted rebar.

(image via: UER )

If not for these vivid and disturbing photographic images, few would be the wiser as to what came and went at the foot of Mount Fuji almost as fast as the 2010 movie Gulliver s Travels appeared and then vanished from your local marquee. Both, as it happens, were in 3D.

(image via: National Geographic )

Nothing remains of Gulliver s Kingdom today but a rough concrete scar, and even this basic foundation is gradually being subsumed by dirt, dust and windblown sand. Was it all a dream? Perhaps it was and if any lessons can be learned by Gulliver s Kingdom s rise, fall and disappearance it s that if one must dream, at least dream big.





31/05/2017

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What to Wear in London on your trip to the United

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What to Wear in London and other parts of England

British fashion is partly defined by the country’s infamous weather. It is unpredictable and changeable and when the weather man on the television tells you that it will be sunny all week, be prepared for rain. What to wear in London has everything to do with the weather.

No matter the time of year, always keep a travel-size umbrell a in your purse.

In Britain it’s easy for the traveler to stick out like a sore thumb – walking boots, convertible zip leg trousers . SLR camera, guidebook and a backpack in the middle of London can easily scream “tourist.” Sadly in some parts this can make you a bit of a target but it’s also easy to blend in with the locals. British fashion isn’t quite as chic as the French . isn’t always as slouchy as American or as zany as Australian. But then again, I’ve seen people dressed as pirates on the tube and no-one bats an eyelid.

Like anywhere, pack for the environment – are you spending your time café crawling in the cities or getting lost in Scottish wilderness?

Also remember that Britain is one of those places where if you forget anything, you’ll be able to pick it up when you get there (and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg.) So don’t be afraid of packing light. Try to stick to a small selection of colors to make it easier to mix and match your items.

Need help downsizing your travel clothing? Read TFG s Capsule Wardrobe Essentials eBook !

 What to Wear in London and the UK in Winter

December, January February

For city exploring don t be afraid to break the don’t take your jeans traveling rule . They aren’t appropriate for hiking but I can’t think of anything more ideal to wear walking round London on a frosty winter morning.

Winter is cold and 2013 has been predicted to be the coldest winter for 100 years (global warming etc.) The key is to wrap up warm – wear lots of layers, (especially if you don’t fancy bringing a heavy winter coat along) and drink plenty of tea.

When planning what to wear in London pack tights, leggings and knee-high socks for extra warmth. Don’t forget the essential winter woollies either –hat, scarf and gloves.

Wear leggings or tights under your jeans for extra warmth. These leggings are a popular choice with the TFG readers and are lined with fleece.

Footwear – I find a comfy pair of waterproof ankle boots perfect. Soggy feet aren’t fun, neither are blisters. Be prepared for the wet as well as the cold.

Ankle booties  are the perfect choice any time of year.

What to Wear in London and the UK in Spring

March, April May

In spring it rains a lot. I usually carry a compact umbrella with me at all times in the UK, so that I’m always prepared for spontaneous showers – not just in spring.

Spring is that transition period between winter and summer, so layers are still important when planning what to wear in London, but in the later months think about swapping that chunky coat for a regular jacket.

Transform a temperate outfit on a chilly day with a scarf, hat and tights. Skirts are fun but remember that it can get quite breezy so you ll have to wear double layers underneath.

If you’re in the countryside you’re bound to see waves of differing spring flowers and baby lambs, but remember to be prepared for the mud.

It s not uncommon to see people wearing these Hunter rain boots on very rainy days.

What to Pack for a Trip to London and the UK in Summer

June, July August

Summer can be warm but can also be very wet – be prepared for both. Check bbc.co.uk/weather/ before your trip to get the most accurate forecast. Don t be surprised if it s grey and gloomy in the summer!

If the forecast calls for sun, be bright and bold as you plan what to pack for London! Crack out the summer dresses, sunglasses and hats. Once again, be aware of the breezes so you might want to consider layering – sometimes jersey skirts and dresses hold their shape better than wispy skater styles.

A cardigan and a scarf are essentials layers to any summer outfit in case the sun decides to go in.

You can never go wrong with a light leather jacket for cooler summer days and nights.

A comfy pair of sandals are great for walking about town on warm days but ankle boots and ballet flats  are ideal the rest of the time.

A note on bags:  Personally I am a big fan of satchels for cities and rucksacks for countryside. I often feel that a satchel with a zip can be safer than many daypacks, which can also be unnecessary for city exploring.

Find out why cross-body purses  are the best travel shoulder bags for women.

What to Wear in London and the UK in Autumn

September, October November

Autumn is my favorite season in general and also to dress for. I love the crunchy leaves, the mild weather and the earthy colors.

As the transitional period between summer and winter, things start to get colder and milder in the autumn. When planning what to pack for London this time of year it’s time to think about a woolly hat and light waterproof jacket such as  this one .

If you’re a skirt and dress person rather than a trouser person, then leggings and opaque tights are essential to make outfits a little warmer.

Scarves are extremely useful and a warm knit option will help keep you warm during this transitional season. When it’s not quite cold enough for a coat, then a jumper or cardigan combined with a hat and a scarf will do. Remember, layering is key!

5 Important Packing Tips

  • Dress for the weather, activity environment – make sure you’re comfortable .
  • Always carry an umbrella with you.
  • Scarves are extremely versatile – in the winter a chunky knit will keep you snug whilst in the summer a lighter scarf can help protect you from the sun.
  • If you’re not used to colder climates. still plan for “winter” weather YEAR ROUND. Layers are key!
  • If in doubt, bring an empty suitcase and head to the nearest Primark to stock up on cheap clothing that is both weather appropriate and locals approved!

When you’re planning what to pack for a trip to London and the UK, follow these travel tips to keep you in line with the fussy weather. Thanks for this helpful post Lottie! Don’t forget to check out The Ambling Explorer .





20/05/2017

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Travelodge Covent Garden Hotel Reviews – London, United Kingdom – Holiday

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Never Again!

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Jun 2012, BArnham

The picture above is as opposite to the real room we suffered than you could imagine. Barren, characterless and grotty.

When we arrived, Reception gave us our room key card. It didn’t work. We went back to Reception and a staff used her master to let us in our room stating Maintenance would fix it while we were out and on our return, all would be right. Wrong! We returned and nothing had been done. Several other guests had the same issue. To sum up, we had to be let into our room our entire stay. We had no control over what could happen to our property whilst we were out sightseeing.

A bar of soap half the size of a credit card, one face towel and one so-called bath towel between two people.

Breakfast not included, for £100 this was a complete rip-off.

NEVER AGAIN! If this is indicative of Travelodge corporate standards, I’m investing my next £100 in a tent.

Excellent base for exploring London, Clean, Cosy & Friendly Hotel

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  • Tour Operator: Booked Independently

May 2012, Ian P

Returned today after a 3 day break staying at the Covent Garden Travelodge, my first visit to London. The hotel was spotless, room was very clean and warm, lovely shower and we barely heard any noise at all from the moment we arrived to the time we left.

I booked us both breakfast mainly because for £6 ‘all you could eat’ seemed to good to turn down. The food was lovely, good selection of cereals and hot drinks, three fruit juices to choose from and hot grilled food for a hearty breakfast to set you up for the day.

Great base for exploring London, Covent Garden itself is approx 5 minutes walk, tube stations are easily reached by foot, fantastic selection of restaurants,cafe bars and bistros serving food from all corners of the globe.

Would recommend with not a moments hesitation. I’ll certainly be returning within the next couple of months as it turned out to be the best short break i’ve had.





05/04/2017

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Travel in Style with Sugama Travels Women – s Kingdom #international

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Travel in Style with Sugama Travels

Tourists and locals alike prefer to ride with Sugama Travels when they want to go on a comfortable bus journey. Its professional staff members are known for their high quality services. It operates in south India and covers major destinations in Karnataka and the nearby states. It has more than 53 luxury buses with 20 routes each day. Some of its popular routes include Sirsi to Bangalore, Bangalore to Mangalore, Bangalore to Kumta, Gokarna to Bangalore, and Sonda to Bangalore.

See More: HOW TO BRAID HAIRSTYLES?

Most of the popular routes of Sugama Travels are long distance ones. It allows people to see the real India and meet the locals. Here are some tips on how to travel by bus in India. These are applicable whether you opt to go with Sugama Travels or any other bus company.

The first thing to keep in mind is to book directly with Sugama Travels. It will be cheaper because you don’t need to pay a travel agent’s commission. It also allows you to inspect the type of buses available for the trip.

When going on an overnight trip on air conditioned sleeper buses, bring a blanket and pillow. These items are not provided by Sugama Travels, and sleeper compartments are usually two reclining seats inside a private box.

When you opt for a non-air conditioned bus, you should bring a respirator mask. The buses will be very hot, especially during the summer months and opening the window will expose you to dust and air pollution. This is why it is recommended to take an air conditioned bus, especially for long distance travels.….READ MORE ON THE NEXT PAGE





03/04/2017

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Best Southall, United Kingdom Tips, Things to Do and Travel Guide

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Southall Things to Do

If you are intrested in oriental stuffs and if you are a fan of bollywood, definitely Southall indian area is the right choice for you. It is very colorful and there are a lot of people from Asia, especially from India. And one other advantage is you can bargain the items price. I mean when you want to buy a saree and the price is like 300 pounds, you can negotiate with the shop staff or owner and bring down the price up to 150 pounds. You know, when we compare it with Switzerland prices, it is very very really very cheap. And also there you can buy lovely bangles and necklaces for 10 pounds only. So all the bollywood lovers you must see this.

Southall Restaurants

The Best Authentic Indian Food in London

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I know it’s strange to be recommending Indian food for visitors to London, but Chicken Tikka Masala is one of the most popular dishes ordered in Britain. So if you fancy some GENUINE Indian food try and get yourself to a town called Southall in Middlesex.

It is in West London and only about 20 mins direct local train ride from Paddington Station, or a No.105 bus ride from Heathrow. Or take the Underground to Ealing Broadway and then a No. 207 bus to Southall.

Just try one of the MANY Indian cafes, most of which serve food and at very reasonable prices. The cooks/chefs are local Indian people who, at the end of the day, go home and cook for their own families. You’re not going to get much more authentic than that. (Not outside India anyway. LOL). Apart from the food, Southall in itself is a tourist attraction. You can buy almost anything there from costume jewellery, fine silks (much cheaper than anywhere else in London I’d say), any kind of spices, fruit/veg or just window shop the numerous shops selling 22 carat gold jewellery.

It has been called Little India due to many of the residents originally coming from the Indian sub-continent. It is a totally unique experience, I know, I’ve lived here for over 40 years! Enjoy.

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14/03/2017

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