Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Usain Bolt — ‘I’m not in 9.5 shape but I’m working on it’

We will never see his like again”. How many sportsmen or women can we truly describe in these words?

Mohammad Ali, maybe. Pele, perhaps. Tiger Woods, who knows? Michael Jordan, probably.

Usain Bolt, almost certainly. Never has a sprinter been so much quicker than his peers. Never has a man been more perfectly designed to eat up the meters.

This week at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, the Jamaican will be going for a golden sprint treble for a third time. He did it first at the Beijing Olympics, leaving the Birds Nest stadium in shock after he smashed the 100-meter world record in 9.69 seconds. The 100-meter relay and 200-meter records followed. A year later at the Worlds in Berlin he cut his 100-meter time to 9.58. No one has got near it since.

Right now the 25-year-old is recovering from a long list of injuries and he’s trying to dampen expectations. “I am not in 9.5-second shape but I can run fast,” Bolt said on Thursday. “The world championship is the first step to becoming a legend. I am working on it. I am very focused to win.”

Bolt has been beaten in recent times by American Tyson Gay and is only the sixth-fastest in the 100-meter this year with 9.88 seconds, but you would be foolish to bet against him.

After all, the season’s fastest, Asafa Powell (9.78 sec) appears to be out of the worlds, and according to team-mate Michael Frater — Gay is injured, Michael Rodgers (US) and Steve Mullings (Jamaica) are suspended after failing doping tests, while the 2005 champion Justin Gatlin is in his return season from a four-year doping ban.

Bolt has been training hard in Daegu for over a week. There are some who say that he still needs to do a lot to eclipse the career record of the great Carl Lewis. The American won the 100 meters at 2 Olympics and 3 world championships in the 1980s and 1990s.

But crucially, Lewis could never do the double. The 200-meter was always a race too far.

If Bolt does the double in Daegu and again at the London Olympics he will be the greatest sprinter of all time.

Lamine Diack, president of the ruling body IAAF, has hailed Bolt as “arguably the most famous sports star of any sport in the world at the current time ... To have a star of that stature has enormous promotional benefits for athletics”.

So if you want to see the most exciting 9-point-something seconds in sport make sure you are somewhere near a TV on Sunday night for the men’s 100 meters final. Why? Because you may never see his like again.

One more important piece of news — for the first time at the championships, all starters will be blood tested and an additional 500 urine doping tests will be carried out on medalists, and others in the biggest IAAF measure to date to fight substance abuse.

Christy Simson, ESPN

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

UN chief starts clock to 2012 London Olympics

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon started a clock Wednesday (Thursday in Jakarta) that will count down the days, hours, minutes and seconds until the start of the Olympic games in London a year from now - on July 27, 2012.

The ceremony, attended by nine-time Olympic Gold-medalist Carl Lewis and three other U.S. Oympians, coincided with a ceremony in London's Trafalgar Square where International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge invited sportsmen and women from around the world to compete in next year's Olympic and Paralympic games.

Ban powered up the clock, emblazoned with the London Olympics logo - the nubers "2012" in four jagged figures with the five Olympic rings - before a crowd of U.N. ambassadors and staff in his temporary office building on the north lawn of U.N. headquarters at exactly 2:30 p.m. EDT, the equivalent of 7:30 p.m. in London when the games will begin a year from now.

"We've all hear of Big Ben," Ban said, referring to the famed clock in the tower above London's Houses of Parliament.

"Somebody suggested another possibility. Since it will be placed in the United Nations, we might perhaps name it 'Big Ban,"' the secretary-general said with a smile as the crowd burst into laughter.

Lewis, a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, said the 193-member U.N. General Assembly would adopt a resolution calling on all nations to observe a truce during the Olympics so all athletes can compete.


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Waterloo Station

Waterloo station closes shortly after the last train has departed. We do not provide the facilities for passengers to remain in the station overnight. The ticket office is open 24 hours a day.
Waterloo East station

Waterloo East serves south east London, Kent and East Sussex. It is operated by Southeastern trains. It can be reached from the main concourse by the stairs, escalator or the lift opposite platforms 11 and 12.

Car pick up and set down

Private cars can pick-up and set down outside the station reception on Cab Road, a continuation of Station Approach Road. This road is one-way and goes around the Station.

Station postcode: SE1 8SW


The taxi rank is just outside the station through the main arch (exit 3) on Cab Road.

Further information is available from traintaxi.


Buses depart from several points around the station.

For more information visit Transport for London.


For information about taking your bicycle on the train, please contact the train operator:

    * South West Trains – 0845 600 0650 

London Underground

The following lines serve Waterloo Underground station:

    * Bakerloo
    * Northern
    * Jubilee
    * Waterloo and City

There are several ways into the station:

    * Steps at the end of all platforms
    * Down the escalators near platforms 18 – 19
    * Steps in the centre of the concourse near platform 5
    * For the Jubilee line, the escalator opposite platforms 4 and 5

To request assisted travel call London Underground on 0845 330 9880.

For information about underground services in London visit Transport for London.

Car hire
Car hire is available, see Station facilities.

For information about train services to and from Waterloo go to National Rail Enquiries or call 08457 48 49 50.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Olympics: London 2012 Sells 3.5 Million Tickets

London. More than 3.5 million tickets have already been sold for next year’s London Olympics, a figure that is unprecedented according to one Games insider.

Sports-mad British fans who missed out in the first round of sales have bought over 750,000 tickets in the second round, according to figures released by the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

“Our goal is to get as many members of the British public to the Games as possible,” LOCOG commercial director Chris Townsend said. “We now have at least 150,000 more successful applicants -- and they and their friends and families are now going to the Games.”

According to LOCOG, more than 3.5 million tickets have been sold and there will be a further ‘second chance’ sale for the 700,000 applicants who were successful in all or part of their first round ticket applications.

This new opportunity to purchase tickets will last from July 8 at 6 a.m. local time to July 17 at 6 p.m.

But now the only tickets remaining are for football, volleyball and wrestling (freestyle), with no more availability for any other sports.

While recent ticket sales were on a first come, first served basis, the initial round was done on a lottery basis.

That led to widespread criticism from many British sports fans, who endured frustrating delays in their quest for tickets.

But Michael Payne, who worked for the International Olympic Committee for 21 years, said London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe and his team deserved praise for selling so many tickets a year before the Games.

“As a former director of the International Olympic Committee, I helped oversee the design and development of these Olympic ticket programs,” Payne told the insidethegames Web site. “The international sports community and international media looks on at the London Olympic ticketing program, with utter amazement and total disbelief.

“They have never before seen an Olympic Games sell out 23 out of 25 sports [excluding football], never mind achieve this, with one year to go to the Games.

“This does not even normally happen by the time of the Closing Ceremony.”

Payne, an Englishman who lives in Monaco and now works as an advisor to Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone, added: “Never before in the 115-year history of the Olympic Games has the world ever seen such a successful Olympic ticket programme -- validating I believe the IOC’s original decision to bring the 2012 Olympics to London to ensure full stadia packed with knowledgeable, passionate fans.”

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Agence France-Presse

Prince William, Kate undeterred by Quebec protests

Prince William and Kate thrilled hundreds of adoring fans with an unscheduled walkabout Sunday in a city that was the site of the key British victory in the conquest of the French - a historical event not forgotten by French-speaking separatists protesting nearby.
The newly weds were on the fourth day of a nine-day trip to Canada, part of their first official overseas trip since their April 29 wedding.
The visit hit a nerve among French-speaking separatists. Prince William and Kate had a private lunch at the Citadelle, a fortified residence where the British flag was raised at the end of the pivotal 1759 Battle of Quebec, when British forces defeated the French to seal the conquest of New France.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as they are officially known, encountered small but vocal protests for the second straight day during their visit to predominantly French-speaking Quebec, following protests in Montreal.
"What they've seen in Quebec, in Montreal the last two days is, for them, just part of the rich fabric of Canada and in no way detracts from how much they respect and admire the country," said the couple's spokesman, Miguel Head. He added that the couple have been impressed by the welcome they've received.
"They've very much fallen in love with the country," Miguel said.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Fabregas Farce

Going into the summer break, Arsenal fans were looking forward to plenty of activity in the transfer market as manager Arsene Wenger finally realized that the squad he had built just wasn’t good enough when it came to the big games.

Not for the first time a failure to win a crucial game saw a downward spiral that the team, and the manager, seemed impotent to halt.

Back in 2004, when that famous 49-game run came to an end courtesy of Manchester United kicking Arsenal off the pitch at Old Trafford, the team struggled to regain confidence for a while. The next game at home to Southampton was heading for defeat until Robin van Persie’s injury time winner.

Then there was that game at St Andrew’s against Birmingham City. Arsenal was on its way to the title but then Eduardo got his leg broken, Gael Clichy gave away a soft penalty and William Gallas spat the dummy. Arsenal struggled to find any form for the rest of the season and won nothing.

And, of course, last season. Defeat against Birmingham in the Carling Cup Final led to a real crisis of confidence among the players and yet another season imploded with Wenger looking on helpless.

Finally it appeared that Wenger had recognized there was something missing from his blueprint. Finally he, and the club, said it was time to splash the cash.

And what makes the headlines in North London and Europe? Cesc Fabregas moving to Barcelona!

It is normal to use the adjective “inspirational” these days when describing your club captain, but no-one in their right mind would describe the increasingly homesick Catalan as that.

Inspirational captains do not bottle the last few games of the season in the way Cesc did. Once he withdrew from the team to play against Manchester United, it was clear his Arsenal days were finally over.

And then to have your club captain miss the final game of the season, he was in Barcelona, says it all. The club had finally decided enough was enough. Despite the headlines, despite the prodigious talent, Fabregas was not the player to build a team around.

Perhaps Wenger had long known that. Certainly the signing of Aaron Ramsey was seen as insurance for the day Cesc finally returned to his home town. And the increased role of Jack Wilshire over the last season also suggests that when it comes to central midfield, Arsenal feels it has enough ability with the highly rated Emmanuel Frimpong waiting in the reserves.

The Fabregas years are finally drawing to a close and perhaps with it Wenger’s determination to sign teenagers, hoping to win trophies with youth. Fabregas is still perhaps two or three years short of his peak and it is likely Barcelona will receive the full benefit of his talent. Arsenal provided him with the schooling and the experience just like a good feeder club should.

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by Antony Sutton
The Jakarta Globe

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Picasso Paintings Sell for £42 M at London Sale

London. Three works by Pablo Picasso, each depicting a different one of the Spanish artist's lovers, sold at a London auction on Tuesday for a total of 42 million pounds, smashing pre--auction valuations.

A 1939 portrait of Dora Maar, who became Picasso's lover and inspiration after long--time muse Marie--Therese Walter, sold for £17,961,250 ($29 million, 20.2 million euros) at Christie's Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale.

"Femme assise, robe bleue", which was painted shortly after the outbreak of World War II, had been unseen since it was exhibited in Switzerland 1967 and had been expected to realize between £4 million and £8 million.

1935 work "Jeune fille endormie", an intimate portrait of the artist's former lover Marie--Therese, fetched £13.5 million, easily surpassing its £9 million valuation.

The 45--year--old Picasso met his mistress, who was 17 at the time, when she was leaving the Paris subway in 1927.

The painting shows Marie--Therese asleep and is celebrated for its use of bold, expressionist colors and brush strokes.

The painting was anonymously donated to the University of Sydney in 2010 and proceeds from the sale will be channelled into the institution's scientific research programs.

Giovanna Bertazzoni, Director and Head of Impressionist and Modern Art at Christie's London, said: "It is an absolute jewel of painting that has been unseen, hidden in a private collection, for over 60 years.

"It has been hugely exciting to exhibit this painting to the public in Hong Kong and London over recent months, where it has attracted great praise, and to see it attract such strong interest from collectors at this evening's auction."

Michael Spence, Vice--Chancellor of the University of Sydney said the sale would "change the lives of many people.

"We are grateful for their extraordinary generosity and delighted with the outcome of the auction," he added.

Thirdly, "Buste de Francoise", a portrait of Francoise Gilot, eventually sold for £10,681,250.

The 1946 piece depicts the woman who became Picasso's lover in the 1940s and bore two of his children.

However, the piece which held highest expectations going into Tuesday's auction failed to sell.

Claude Monet's "Ninfeas" was expected to fetch around £24 million but failed to reach its reserve price, the auction house revealed.

Despite the high--profile no--sale, the auction raised £140 million.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Thames Cruise to Historic Greenwich and Dinner at Covent Garden Grill - from £31.00 with City Cruises

This tour of a Thames Cruise to Historic Greenwich and Dinner at Covent Garden Grill runs every day of the year.
  • Thames Cruise depart from Westminster Pier at 12noon;
  • Arrive Greenwich at 1.15pm;
  • Depart Greenwich at 5.20pm;
  • Arrive Westminster Pier at 6.30pm;
  • Dinner Reservations at 7.30pm.
As the River Thames winds its way through London from Westminster Pier to Greenwich, there is history on every corner and the best way to see the sights and splendor of the deck is one of City Cruises luxury Riverliners. Cruise in style in our fleet, open on top and spacious with comfortable rooms.

The trip to Greenwich which is a World Heritage site takes a little more than an hour. Visiting Greenwich is the perfect day, you can learn about the maritime history of Britain's National Maritime Museum (free) Find the home of Greenwich Mean Time, visit the famous tea clipper Cutty Sark and explore the ancient shops and collectibles market (Thursday to Sunday) there are numerous restaurants along the river where you can enjoy a cheap lunch.

Departure at 17:20 (5.20 pm) you can enjoy the famous rush hour in London, the Thames, which flows freely. This is a good idea to sit on the same side of the boat as it is in their journey to ensure that you will not miss any of the attractions and endless photo opportunities.

Its captain will dock at Westminster Pier about 6:30 pm. Then you can go to the Whitehall passing the Cenotaph, № 10 Downing Street, Horseguards Parade and Trafalgar Square Banqueting House in Covent Garden and for a little less energy you can take on a bus in London on The Strand. Buses are every 2-5 minutes and the fare is £ 1. Walking will take about 20 minutes.

Reservations for dinner at Covent Garden Grill at 7:30 pm, leaving enough time to see some well qualified buskers in the square of Covent Garden Plaza, get some shopping or enjoy a cocktail before dinner at Covent Garden Grill.

Covent Garden Grill (as the name suggests) is in Covent Garden in London and is intimate yet light, the grill is very popular among locals and tourists alike, without vast complete. The ground floor is divided into booths upholstered in sumptuous leather while the lower atmosphere is a little quieter, with lots of space and sense of exclusivity. Aside from the tempting menu has an excellent wine list (good prices), clearly chosen by someone with knowledge. The list of beers and ales is equally interesting; there are about two dozen to choose from.

Children under 5 are free.

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Monday, June 20, 2011

London RIB Voyages

Until recently, if you want to explore the city by boat, you can expect a very peaceful experience. Charlie Matheson spot RIB (rigid inflatable boat) operation has changed all that. You can book by phone or online or upload Waterloo Millennium Pier in the specifications.

Arrive 20 minutes before would be equipped with a waterproof jacket (which is unlikely to get wet unless it rains a lot, but you can be happy with the heat) and a lifejacket. Specially adapted with handrails measures mean that the visit is very easy, making the trip for all ages. The experience begins calmly enough; with a Thames Waterman offer a comment on bridges and buildings in central London.

So when you are past Tower Bridge, Captain Zodiac, the 12-seat open the engine and the heads of Greenwich, and see how exciting can be a time along the Thames, about 30 knots, leaving the traditional river cruises awkward back

Last week I was
on the trip to London RIB River and a great experience it was! Raincoats and jackets instead of protective security had been published were on board the London Eye pier for the ride of your life.

As they were taken at a leisurely pace past the Houses of Parliament and the Tower Bridge in London, gave us a talk on the history of the Thames for an informative and entertaining.

After passing the police station in the river, get a speed of 30 knots until we're moving to Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs, where we turn on the way back.

As they sped past the Tower Bridge, the Bond theme kicks, which made the experience even better, as it accelerated along the Thames.

The staff was great and certainly knew their stuff, and I would recommend anyone Travel London RIB.What a great way to see London!

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

1.2m of 1.9m people miss out on Olympics tickets

Olympic organizers say most of the people who applied for tickets for the 2012 London Games missed out in the first round of sales.

Of the 1.9 million people who applied, 1.2 millionended up with nothing, while 700,000 split 3 million tickets between them.

But the 1.2 million people who missed out on tickets will be given the first opportunity to buy them when a further 2.3 million go on sale on June 24.

But 1.7 million of these are for football matches.

Organizing committee chairman Sebastian Coe says "we recognize that a lot of people who have as yet been unsuccessful in that application are clearly disappointed."

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Wembley to Host 2013 Champions League Final

The Champions League final will take place at London's Wembley Stadium in 2013, for the second time in three years, UEFA president Michel Platini announced on Thursday.

Having hosted European football's showpiece event last season, when Barcelona beat Manchester United, Wembley will again play host to the final due to "the "exceptional circumstances" of the Football Association's 150th anniversary, Platini told a press conference.

"There are always many candidates for the Champions League final and the (UEFA) Congress but this is to mark the special year of the English FA," Platini said.

"Some will be surprised that we're going back there two years later, but it was important to mark the FA's 150th year.

"The UEFA executive committee approved this decision unanimously. They're the oldest federation. If we forget the past, we have no future."

It will be the seventh time that Wembley has organised the final of Europe's premier cup competition, more than any other venue.

Platini also announced that Toulouse and Saint-Etienne would host matches at the 2016 European Championship in France, having initially been placed on the reserve list.

It swells the list of host cities for the tournament, which will be the first to feature 24 teams, from nine to 11.

Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nancy, Nice, Paris (Parc des Princes) and Saint-Denis (Stade de France) had already been selected.

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Monday, June 13, 2011

British Museum has been crowned as "Museum of the Year" 2011

Congratulations to the British Museum! The institution has just been crowned as the "Museum of the Year" Award by the Art Fund 2011, and took a prize of £ 100,000.

The Art Fund awards £ 100,000 a year for a single museum or gallery in a project that excites the judges through their excellence, originality and imagination.

The British Museum has won the prize for the pioneering history of the world in a series of 100 objects.

The judges praised the way the history of the world was far beyond the walls of the Museum of London, and his pioneering use of digital resources to generate huge public commitment.

In the center of A History of the World was a series of 100 pieces on BBC Radio have completed a narrative history through objects from the British Museum two million years until today. The British Museum, the BBC and more than 550 museums around the country gathered in an ambitious partnership that captured the imagination of millions of people around the world.

I am very proud that one of the largest institutions of London won the first prize, and was a big fan of Radio 4 shows.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

London Olympic 2012 Torch

Three is a magic number for the newly unveiled Olympic torch in 2012.

Its design was inspired by three triangular behind the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Among them:

      * Three Olympic values ​​of excellence, respect and friendship
      * United Kingdom hosted the Olympics three times
      * Vision for the Olympic Games in London in 2012 combine three areas of activity - education, sport and culture

The burner was designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby and designed and built by British company Premier Group and Tecosim.

It is 80 cm high, made ​​of aluminum and weighs only 800 grams, which is one of the lightest in the history of the Olympic movement. Burner to 8000 gold is perforated small cut circles, representing 8000 different Torchbearers and personal success.

Round holes running along the torch, people will think it's good to see the heart of the building - and they are very practical and helps keep the burner cool.

70 days of the Olympic torch relay will have a majority in the UK before the games next year.

The relay starts at Lands End on 19th
maybe going 8000 miles before arriving at the Olympic Stadium on July 27 for firing the opening ceremony.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Olympics: One Million Bid to See 2012 100m Final

More than a million people have applied to watch the men's 100 meters final at the 2012 London Olympics, organizers said Friday, meaning that hundreds of thousands will be disappointed.

The Olympic Stadium has a capacity of 80,000 but only about half of these places are available to the public for the sought-after sprint on August 5, with the rest taken up by sponsors, VIPs and the media, officials said.

"We have more than one million requests for the 100-meter final," a spokeswoman for the London 2012 Organizing Committee told AFP.

The 100m final is likely to feature reigning Olympic champion and world record holder Usain Bolt.

During a six-week application window that closed last month, about 1.8 million people submitted more than 20 million requests to watch Olympic events, with a total of 6.6 million tickets available.

Oversubscribed events will be allocated by ballot, and applicants will be notified by June 24 at the latest whether they have been successful -- although the money will be taken out of their bank accounts this month.

The Jakarta Globe

Friday, May 20, 2011

No World Tour for 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

The torch relay before the 2012 London Olympics will start in Land's End and travel as far as the outer reaches of Scotland on a 12,875-kilometer journey, organizers said on Wednesday.

The Olympic flame will arrive from Greece on May 18, 2012 and the relay will get under way on the westerly point of mainland Britain and continue for 70 days until the opening ceremony of the Games on July 27, 2012.

There will be no international relay after the chaos caused by human rights protesters demonstrating against China's hosting of the 2008 Games, although the relay may incorporate a stop in Dublin according to reports.

London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe said: "The Olympic flame will shine a light right across every nation and region of the UK and showcase the very best of who we are and where we live.

"The first locations on the route confirmed today give a flavour of the reach the Olympic torch relay will have around the UK and how extensive the opportunity for starting to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games will be."

The relay aims to go within an hour's travel time of 95 percent of the British population.

There will be visits to six islands -- to the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey and the Scottish islands of Shetland, Orkney and the Isle of Lewis.

The first 74 locations have been confirmed by organizers and will take in famous sports venues, historic sites and places of outstanding natural beauty.

On most days of the relay, the Olympic flame will travel for 12 hours a day ending in an evening celebration event.

The Jakarta Globe

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Grand Royale London Hyde Park Hotel

The Grand Royale London Hyde Park Hotel offers a great location, just 2 minutes walk from Queensway and Bayswater underground station. The underground station of Paddington and Lancaster Gate station subway is also nearby and provides a quick and easy access across London and beyond. Its strategic location near major transport links providing easy access to Heathrow Airport, making it an attractive option for frequent travelers and business travelers.

The Grand Royal London Hyde Park Hotel is a growing success of the Shaftesbury hotel chain and part of the complex collection Shaftesbury Hyde Park - Bayswater. To relax after a day of work or a long day, enjoy a drink at the elegant hotel bar. It has an intimate feeling of comfort and snacks, a fine selection of wines, international beers, whiskeys and a variety of cocktails in a relaxed and friendly.

Grand Royale Hyde Park London is totally smoke-free, and offers contemporary compact and midsize businesses. In addition, all rooms, this elegant 4-star hotel are spacious and tastefully decorated and include a wide range of high quality services to ensure guests a pleasant and memorable.

You can book starting from 90 poundsterling








  • Laundry Service
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Doctor on Call
  • Dry Cleaning/Laundry Service
  • Wake-up Calls
  • Ironing Service
  • Concierge
  • Front Desk - Fax Service
  • Safe at Front Desk
  • Room Service - Limited Hour
  • Tourist Information


Wi-Fi Internet free of charge in the rooms only
Wired Internet at additional cost in the rooms only 


Paid parking is possible near the hotel.
Charges are from £35.00 for 24 hrs. 

Shuttle Service

Paid Shuttle Service is available from 07:00:00 hours to 18:00:00 hours.
For more information please ask at the Reception Desk.

2012 Olympic Torch Route

London 2012 Olympic Flame will travel through six municipalities in London next year before the Olympic Stadium.

Relay will be at:
  1. Waltham Forest (21 July)
  2. Bexley (22 July)
  3. Wandsworth (23 July)
  4. Ealing (24 July)
  5. Haringey (25 July)
  6. Westminster (26 July)
The flame arrives at the Olympic Stadium on July 27 at a ceremony lighting the boiler starts the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The route begins in the Land End in Cornwall on the morning of May 19, 2012 and lasts for 70 days to travel 8000 miles in the UK.
At that time, torchbearers carried the flame through the year 8000, such as athletes, celebrities and citizens.
The relay will travel 12 hours a day, which ended the ceremony in the evening when they come in any order.

The Captain Kidd Story on The Museum of London, Dockland

Avast ye landlubbers, there are pirates in town! Hot on the heels of the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean, the Museum of Docklands in London opens its new exhibition on pirates this week.

Pirates: Captain Kidd story is an exhibition that tells the story of the famous Captain Kidd, who was hanged for murder and piracy in 1701. The program also explores the influence of Kidd about the common perception of hackers.

The exhibition is invited to decide whether Kidd was guilty of crimes such as murder of a member of your team, unlawfully attack and two ships instead of colluding with the capture of other pirates.

Highlights of the exhibition include a Jolly Roger flag in 1789, beautiful old maps used by real pirates to sail the unknown seas, and a terrible example of a hanging cage that hung from the decomposing body of Kidd Tilbury point by more than two years.

Pirates takes us to the present, showing how the legend of buried treasure Kidd (who tried to use as a bargaining tool to change your life), inspired most of the fiction of pirate story, including Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. In addition, there are displays of pirate popular culture, including a doll of Jack Sparrow, a poster and even Muppet Treasure Island pirate erotic novels!

At the end of exposure, you can give your verdict on whether Kidd was guilty or not by placing things of a plastic chips in one of two boxes.

Exhibition of Chris Kenny in London 2012

A few days ago, enthusiasts friends, family and art together in England & Co Gallery in Westbourne Grove to the private screening of the recent work of my father Chris Kenny. It's always intriguing to watch the artist's work in progress, and displays the show, Kenny underway, perhaps more than ever.

Chris Kenny began his creative career as a painter, with a token interest in the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, trees, and the patterns and symmetry of natural things. His work began to move toward a more museum space, and soon he was carefully selected and organized the construction of boxes of things accurately. It seems random artifacts, accompanied by Kenny labels associations your imagination.

House dazzling pure white box in swarms, and crop photos of faces, expressions, or books, or parts of maps - are stripped of their family environment and a new thing. Every time you look at the work of Kenny, you may discover something new, visual or intellectual. And that point, you can take it, what you want, a new perspective, a funny joke, a quote is full of wisdom, or simply the pleasure of watching something so quiet and beautiful.

Interestingly, Kenny began to go back to his days painting a new work, cut the colored paper, which will be cut and they continue to be carefully considered, but has a more painterly quality, an impressive balance of color and design. Statements read "danger" or "you're awake," they are stylish and colorful refreshing.

Kenny with a single piece becomes more and more are shipped internationally will be displayed, is a rare opportunity to see their latest collection of all his glory. Expression, which is the truth and shout.

Central Park Hotel London

Located near Bayswater, Central Park Hotel London is a great place to stay if you want to visit all that London has to offer. While Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park are within walking distance, guests can take public transportation to visit most of the attractions of London. For those visiting London on business options, transportation, many in the vicinity of the hotel will help make the trip much less stressful.

The Central Park Hotel London offers a 24-hour reception, a lift and a safe at reception. Other services include modern conference facilities can accommodate 600-200 people in two conference rooms. Book this hotel meeting room in central London to ensure that your company meets all requirements and is easily accessible by various transport stops in London near the hotel.

The 294 rooms at the Park Central Hotel in London, was decorated with luxurious style. Non-smoking rooms are offered to guests every comfort and luxury during your stay. In addition to private bathroom, telephone and television, the rooms are equipped with tea and coffee.
Important Information and Conditions:

There is no baggage storage facility on the site.
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  • Concierge
  • Wake-up Calls
  • Dry Cleaning/Laundry Service
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Room Service - Limited Hour
  • Laundry Service


Wi-Fi Internet at additional cost in all rooms and general areas (lobby/reception etc.)
Costs: GBP 5.00 for 1 hour. 

Pet Policy

Pets are not allowed 
The restaurant in the hotel will now only be open for breakfast and not lunch and dinner. Instead, guests will be able to order bar and lounge food from 10.00am to 9.00pm from the bar.

Whether you want to relax or discuss business, the hotel bar is the ideal setting for your lunch in central London. You can enjoy a light meal in the relaxing atmosphere of the bar and lounge area.

The Master Continental Breakfast is available from GBP 5.00 and includes cereals, croissants, rolls and toast, mixed preserves, marmalade, ham and cheese, yogurt, orange juice and tea and coffee.

Alternatively, a Traditional English Breakfast is available for GBP 7.50, and includes bacon, eggs (either scrambled or fried), sausages, tomatoes, baked beans, fried bread and croissants.

The hotel can also provide an Early Continental Breakfast from 4:30am (must be pre-arranged).

The Kensington Town House London

With a prime location in the southwest of downtown, Kensington House London is a short walk through the Museum of Natural History, Cromwell Road. This popular tourist destination in South Kensington is the Albertopolis port, south of the fascinating area of Hyde Park, which houses the Science Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal Geographical Society.

A three star hotel, Kensington Town House is an elegant historic building has been restored to offer modern amenities. The hotel has conference rooms equipped with features that include a computer with free broadband access, an electronic display and projectors. Breakfast is served in the restaurant and the property has a policy of complete non-smoking.

The Kensington Town House London offers comfortable, well lit and tastefully decorated to create a relaxing atmosphere. The rooms have bathroom with bathrobes on request and also have all the modern amenities including flat screen TV phone with direct connection and hairdryer.

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  • Laundry Service
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • 24-hour Security
  • Car Rental Desk
  • Doctor on Call
  • Dry Cleaning/Laundry Service
  • Wake-up Calls
  • Ironing Service
  • Concierge
  • Front Desk - Fax Service
  • Safe at Front Desk
  • Room Service - Limited Hour
  • Tourist Information


Wi-Fi Internet free of charge in the rooms only 

Pet Policy

Pets are not allowed 

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The National Gallery

The National Gallery is one of the finest collections in the world of Western European paintings from 1260 to 1920.

It has a large collection of over 2300 paintings (all paintings are shown, except for loans or repair) in 68 galleries and more than 4 million visitors are coming to see.

This is long time ago from the gallery was founded in 1824, since the Parliament gave £ 57,000 to purchase the first 38 paintings.

William Wilkins built the building in neoclassical style in 1838. The main addition to the Gallery is the Sainsbury Wing, built in 1985 and named after their benefactors Sainsbury family. The Dulwich Picture Gallery influenced the design, which was the first National Gallery of England.

Some of the most famous works from the collection are: The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne and Saint John the Baptist by Leonardo da Vinci, The Hay Wain by Constable, The Lily Pond by Monet and Van Gogh's Sunflowers.

The Gallery offers free guided tours, lectures and afternoon shows regular films and audiovisual artists and paintings planned.

There is also a self-service cafeteria, a restaurant and a shop full of features.

Access for disabled
The gallery has wheelchair access to the Sainsbury wing and Orange Street entrance and wheelchairs can be provided upon request.

There are costs for certain special exhibitions.
Opening Times
Thursday - Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 21:00
Address: Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DN
Tel: +44 (0)20 7747 2885
Nearest Underground (Tube) Station: Charing Cross/Leicester Square

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Victoria Tower Garden - London Attraction

A small park at the end of Victoria Tower Houses of Parliament, offers peaceful change from the noisy crowd outside Parliament, and the noisier crowd within. In the park there is a bronze sculpture made by Rodin in 1895, Los Burghers of Calais (Calais residents, France surrendered to Edward III in 1347 during the Hundred Years War between England and France).

There is also a statue of Emmeline Pankhurst (1858-1928), British suffragette, whose efforts eventually won women the right to vote.

Looking across the river from here you can see Lambeth Palace and the Museum of the garden.
The TV companies are often used as a park and grassy area across the road near the Jewel Tower, where politicians interview. The lawns is also known as College Green, Abingdon Green and St Stephens Green. No official name seems to exist.

Address: Millbank, London, SW1P 3JA
Nearest Underground (Tube) Station: Westminster

Travelling on the Air

London consists of three major airports, and finding more room for expansion never ends. In 1946, Heathrow, now the busiest international airport in the world, was a tent village in post-war economy of Britain suffered from nearly 9,000 flights per year.

Now, more than 60 million passengers a year are using Heathrow. It's not just people traveling to the fact that is now considered the world center of aviation. Heathrow is the second busiest cargo manager. For many years, a good transport network is established between Heathrow and central London, as well as flight links with many regional airports in the UK.

Because of the pressure rapidly expanding London's Heathrow Airport Terminal One was installed at Gatwick to the south in 1958. It now refers to the section charter market as well as provides a base for new airlines until the end, such as Heathrow. Heathrow currently handles more than 15 million passengers and growth continues apace.

Since 1986, after the proposals were rejected by a completely new airport at Maplin Sands on the coast of Essex, British Airport Authority has invested more than 500 million pounds in the state of contemporary art from Stansted Airport to the north-west London. So quickly grew Stansted is already making operating profits, the management of 8 million passengers per year and  167.943 tons of cargo.

Security at all airports is under constant review in light of international developments. Time to time, the armed forces cooperate with security forces to organize the exercise at Heathrow, introducing the possibility of Procedure, the date above, and there, and at other airports.

Three airports provide good road and rail links to central London and major British cities. Heathrow, for example, is only 15 minutes by fast rail link to Paddington.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Travelling on Underground

In the London Underground system is not only the oldest and largest metro in the world, it is also one of the most modern and comfortable, works for 20 hours every day. Each subway line has a different name and color. This makes it easy for you to follow the route maps that are available. Upon his arrival at a station, look for signs of color code, which will direct you to the line you need.

Metro system is divided into 6 fare zones. The center of the city is located in zone 1. The ticket price depends on how many zones you travel through. You can buy a ticket on a machine or ticket office at any Underground station. You can buy a single ticket or return, travel valid on the date indicated on the ticket. Travelcards offer the best value.

If you know what you want, why not use the ticket machines - which can save you time. Just follow the instructions. Usually it gives change, but please try to use the correct money if you can. Help keep change for customers who really need it. Many stations, especially in central London, have ticket gates. It must pass through them to enter and exit the system.

To pass through the gates simply insert the ticket (face upwards) into the slot on the front of the machine. Your ticket will pass through the machine and appear from a slot on top. Take your ticket from the slot and open doors to through. If you have completed your journey (and the ticket is used) the doors will open, but the machine will retain your ticket.

Remember that you must buy a ticket to the right destination before your trip, or you will be fined a fee of 10 €. Try to avoid the busiest times between 08.00 and 09.30 am and 5.00 to 6.30 pm, Monday to Friday. If you have a buggy, wheelchair or heavy luggage, special door is provided, please ask a staff member for assistance.

On escalators take extra care with children, strollers or wheelchairs. Where possible, fold the stroller, but still adhere to the children. Be careful when you walk in and out of an escalator, especially when carrying luggage. Stand on the right and hold on the railing. Avoid standing near the edge of the stairs.

Underground will continue until around 0:30. After this period you can use an extensive network of night buses. Most buses pass through Trafalgar Square at night and serve as theaters, cinemas and entertainment areas.

Some key points
1. No smoking anywhere in the Underground.
2. Flash photography is not allowed.
3. Please keep stations and trains clean. Take your garbage and place it in a container to exit the system.
4. You have to handbags and luggage with you at all times. This helps prevent delays and security alerts.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Travelling in London by Train

Travel to and from London by train is always busy with one of the well-established main-line stations as part of the heritage.

As spokes from a hub, the tracks reach all parts of the country. Carry out traffic to the north is Kings Cross St. Pancras and Euston is, Euston busy all the time.

The West is available from Paddington and Marylebone
To the south is in Waterloo, Victoria, Charing Cross and Cannon Street, while to and from the east will face Liverpool Street and Fenchurch Street.

Everyone has their own taste. St Pancras is known, a Victorian Gothic pile, and Liverpool Street, although not quite the same heroic scale. Victoria has strong associations romance of rail, trains boats, classic trans-continental railway and the occasional smell of steam as a "special", perhaps the Cathedrals Express, which leaves its platform.

Queen Boudicca a historical note, the scourge of the Roman occupation and plundering of London, which is generally believed to have taken poison, along with his three daughters when he finally defeated by the Romans, is said to be buried beneath the platform 10 of Kings Cruz.
Today St Pancras brings traffic on the Channel.

All stations are well served by subways, buses and, of course, taxis. However, in some cases it is fairly easy to travel to London without changing trains.

Stansted, Luton and Gatwick all have good rail connections. Heathrow ground and rely on the quick link 15 minutes ranging from Paddington station every 15 minutes. Conventional tube takes longer, but is cheaper and more accessible.

Many good deals are often available and always worth asking when making travel plans.
For train departures and a more general (and very effective) number of information services to call is 0845 7484950.

Safety Station is in the capable hands of the British Transport Police. They also take care of the London Underground, Docklands Light Railway and Croydon Tramlink. About 2,000 employees ensure the safety and welfare of approximately five million people travel every day. You're in good hands, for sure.

Almost indistinguishable from regular police forces in uniform and appearance, will call for them and other emergency services if necessary

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Travelling on London by Bus

London transport buses are well known in London. Enjoying the view of the sights of London, London buses will take you across the capital. Most London buses are still red, but some of them are painted in different colors.

You know, the bus is part of the London Transport network, where you can see the sign on the front of the bus. With 17,000 bus stops in London, which are no more than 5 minutes away from each other. When boarding a bus, take a seat, if available, or hold on tight.

The bus network is divided into two zones of the tariff. Central London tickets £ 4 and tickets outside London is £ fifth you pay the bus driver (or driver) or to show your journey. You must have a valid ticket for travel or you will be liable for penalties equal to 50 pounds.

If you want to get the bus ring the bell once, and with sufficient time to the driver. If someone has already phoned the call is not necessary. Buses offer a friendly, personal service and safe, and security for many of our cameras on board buses. All buses have two-way radio.

Smoking is not allowed on any bus.

Some buses open and no doors. NEVER try to get on or off a bus in an open platform, excepting on  the bus stop or wait for a bus stop. Please be careful crossing the street. Buses sometimes travel in special lanes of the road traffic.

Traveling by night
Most buses pass through Trafalgar Square at night and serves as theaters, cinemas and entertainment centers. Night buses are trying all the stops, how to stop the inquiry. This means that you should always ring the bell to get a night bus at any bus stop.

Handy times the size of credit cards and brochures night buses available for travel information centers, selected newsagents and major subway stations. Prices are slightly higher than on buses a day. You may not use any day of the ticket or travel for family night buses and children must pay adult after 22.00 on all buses.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Buckingham Palace - London

Demand for tickets to Buckingham Palace can be high. The box office, located across the street from the Palace, opens at 09:45. Buckingham Palace is the London residence of the Queen and Prince Philip. Queen Victoria was the first monarch to take up residence here by the architect John Nash Buckingham House was transformed into a palace.

In 1845 Queen Victoria ordered the Palace to be extended to give more space for her growing family of four children. As part of the changes, Marble Arch, which originally was the entrance to the palace, was moved to a new location on the corner of Hyde Park.

The palace is also the administrative headquarters of the monarchy. The Queen receives heads of state to visit the palace and it is here that the Queen has garden parties and bestows knighthoods and other honors.

Home Guards Infantry Division, in its distinctive red tunics and black bearskin, can be seen on guard outside the palace every day. Changing the Guard ceremony is now held every two days in winter, but every day in the summer months.

After a serious fire damaged Windsor Castle in 1993, the Queen allowed the state rooms of the Palace to be opened to the public for the first time, to help paying the bill for repairs to Windsor Castle. When not away, The Queen and Prince Philip spend most weekends at Windsor Castle where you can enjoy horseback riding.

It's worth a visit to London, place that is often called "Buck House", but can be very stressful. Do not wish to see the queen's private pool or garden apartments, and certainly not to meet with Her Majesty. The palace is only open to the public during the summer months, while the Queen was at Balmoral, Castle in Scotland.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7766 7300
Opening Times 

23 July - 03 October 9:45 - 18:30

Adult £17.50
Under 17 £10.00
Under 5 Free
Family £46 (2 adults and 3 under 17s)
Senior/Students (with valid ID) £16.00
Address: Buckingham Palace Road, Westminster, London, SW1A 1AA

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

London Cinemas List

Odeon West End 40 Leicester Square
London WC2H 7LP
tel: 0870 50 50 007

Prince Charles Cinema
7 Leicester Place
London WC2H 7BY
tel: 020 7494 3654

Screen on Baker Street96-98 Baker Street
London W1U 6TJ
tel: 020 7935 2772

The Empire Cinema
Leicester Square
Covent Garden
London WC2H 7NA
tel:020 7 7348222   

The OTHER Cinema 11 Rupert Street
London W1D 7PR
tel: 020 7437 0757

UGC Shaftesbury Avenue at The Trocadero 13 Coventry Street
London W1D 7DH
tel: 0870 907 0716

UCI Empire Leicester Square
5-6 Leicester Square
London WC2H 7NA
tel: 0870 010 2030

UGC Haymarket63-65 Haymarket
London SW1Y 4RQ
tel: 0870 907 0712

West End Vue
3 Cranbourn Street
London WC2H 7AL
tel: 0871 224 0240

Monday, March 21, 2011

London Club List

SeOne London
41-43 St Thomas St
Tel: 0871 332 5024
Nearest Tube: London Bridge
London's largest licenced club with a capacity of 3000, the five dance floors offer a mixture of dance music. A VIP area is available. Dissable access through out.

Turnmills London
63b Clarkenwell Road
Tel: 0871 075 1740
Nearest Tube: Farringdon
Turnmills with its 15 year history has long been one of the key nightclubs in London. Turnmills with its variety of music and two dance floors suits most clubbing needs. Turnmills is dramatically decorated, there is disabled access throught out, and food is also available. With a capacity of 1000, there is a VIP area for those who wish to treat themselves.

Heaven London
The Arches
Villers Street
Tel: 0871 332 3352
Nearest Tube: Charing Cross or Embankment
Most famous gay club in the world with a capacity around 1500, offering various types of dance music, such as some classic house and garage. Heaven has four different dance floors, a VIP area, food is also available.

Kabarets Prophecy
16-18 Beak Street
London W1
Nearest Tube: Regents Street
Very Exclusive, chic and trendy, well decorated interior, with all the walls made of LED lights, the bar of Swarovski crystals.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Football Focus: New York’s 2012 Olympic Games loss is Big Apple’s gain

In the summer of 2004, I stood at the window of a friend’s swanky new 1st Avenue apartment in Manhattan. The view, facing east towards Queens, didn’t provide quite the aura of wonder and opportunity that a west-facing glance of the city always does.

We were almost exactly 12 months away from the exhaustive ballot that would choose a host city for the 2012 Olympics. Madrid, London, Moscow, Paris and New York were in contention.

If New York were to win, the view we gazed at through the ceiling-to-floor windows were scheduled change dramatically.

The boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn would become transformed by waterfront and marina developments in our immediate view, with indoor arenas and parks just a quick subway ride into the distance.

You might recall that the ballot took place in Singapore. London won and the view from my friend’s apartment, though fascinating, remains less than grandiose.

But New York’s loss has in part caused a sizeable gain and very much in the way New Yorkers might have chosen, if you’d given a ballot paper to them.

The aquatics, equestrian and archery venues that would have been spawned, have over time given way to the sports that New Yorkers really care about: Baseball, basketball and the NFL (National Football League - no, not soccer). If you like American sports, it all means that New York has become an even better place to take your vacation.

The planned Barclays Center, which was going to be the home of Olympic gymnastics and basketball went ahead and will soon house the currently New Jersey-based Nets basketball franchise in Brooklyn — the first time the borough has hosted a major league franchise since baseball’s Brooklyn Dodgers left for Los Angeles in 1957.

Rapper Jay Zee and the even (in fact, considerably) wealthier Russian Mikhail Prokhorov are ensuring a sterling future for the Nets. Having lost out in the trade for four-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony, the shrewd move of signing Deron Williams looks certain to revitalise what, less than a year ago, was the worst team in the sport.

Anthony, ironically from Brooklyn, chose the Manhattan-based New York Knicks over the Nets, when he left the Denver Nuggets. Added to a team that was already looking like a solid bet for the playoffs, they now threatens to ruffle the feathers of all but the best in the East, with even stronger prospects next season.

Ongoing renovations to the historic 20,000-seat Madison Square Garden will also help take Knicks fans from years of mediocrity to the exciting nights they remember from the early ‘70s and early ‘90s.

Baseball has seen a similar renaissance in New York. In December
I toured the new Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, two seasons after it’s unveiling from the original venue just across the road.

It has all the magnificence of the old Yankee Stadium, except everything’s better. More spectators are immediately adjacent to the field, concession stands are plentiful, various and in clear view of the action and its subtle change in orientation seems to favour more home runs — although nobody quite seems to understand why.

In Queens, also in April 2009, the New York Mets moved to a new ballpark Citi Field, in Flushing Meadows, a stone’s throw from their previous stadium.

I haven’t been yet but non-partisan New Yorkers tell me that the 41,800 capacity venue is even more luxurious than the 50,000-seat Yankee home across the East River.

A zippy drive or transit ride underneath the Hudson River will take you from Manhattan to East Rutherford, New Jersey where the dated but impressive Giants Stadium has made way for the 82,566 capacity New Meadowlands Stadium — a 50:50 venture between NFL franchises the New York Jets and the New York Giants.

Despite the fact that it’s likely to be buried under several feet of snow, it’s regarded highly enough to host the 2014 Superbowl, the first time ever that the event will be hosted in the New York metropolitan area.

With New York Rangers ice hockey at Madison Square Garden, the New York Red Bulls playing soccer in Harrison, New Jersey and New York Cosmos soccer set to re-invent itself, if you’re looking for a vacation with a spectator-sport feel, try munching on the Big Apple.
by Steve Dawson, ESPN

The Jakarta Post

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

London Olympic 2012 Tickets Went for Sale

Tickets for the London Olympics in 2012 went on sale in the morning, 500 days before the event.

tickets are available on the website in 2012. You can apply for tickets for six weeks: no benefit from being there in the first place, as all applications will be treated equally.

Yes, you have 42 days to think about what you see and how much you want to pay.

Prices range from £ 20 to £ 2,012 for the most popular events, with discounts for seniors and youth. There will be vote for the oversubscribed events.

You can read this helpful post by London blogger Diamond Geezer: 10 Tips ticket. This gives an enormous amount of accurate information on ticket application process.

More than two million tickets sold for the Paralympic Games on September 9.