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.