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London Transport Museum in Covent Garden Flower Market

Covent Garden Market - London

Covent Garden is home to many historic structures and little pieces of history are scattered across this patch of London.  Covent Garden is also home to the London Transport Museum, a museum celebrating and explaining the transport in Britain’s capital city.  Famous for double decker red buses and its underground network, the city of London’s history is intertwined with its transport.  Visit the London Transport Museum and stay in one of Travelodge’s hotels near Covent Garden, with many food, drink and entertainment options, it’s one of the best places to visit in central London.

The London Transport Museum is a favourite amongst history enthusiasts and those with a real and passionate interest in transportation and its history.  The Museum itself is the product of a collection started in the 1920s with just two horse buses and an early motorbus.  This collection was then moved between venues as it grew and is now split between the Covent Garden site and a depot in Acton.  The Covent Garden museum has now been a feature for 33 years and is still well visited and kept up to date.  Built of cast iron and glass, the building that now houses the London Transport Museum was designed as the central flower market of the district. 

London Transport Museum

 It’s not only train and bus mad historians that love London Transport Museum.  It seems there’s something inbuilt in little boys about trains and anything with wheels.  They love all things transport and for those with an inquisitive mind the museum offers the perfect source of new questions.  Not to leave out the little girls who of course may be more into trains than the boys – there is so much to see and discover at the transport museum that everyone will be enthralled.  Even as an adult it’s difficult to get your head around the fact that in just over 90 years transport has evolved from horse drawn carts to cars that can break the sound barrier.  Also discover how the underground was created and why, and imagine being one of the first to ride on it.  It must have been pretty scary trusting a train below the surface back then. 

Double Decker Bus London England

The future of London’s transportation networks is a topic of debate with sustainability being at its heart.  The 2012 London Olympic Games meant a huge overhaul of the transport networks in the city to cater for all the extra visitors, this meant big investment in the future of the city, breathing new life back into parts of the tube and a revamp of the bus system.  The mayor, Boris Johnston, has famously also installed pay-per-use bikes, or “Boris bikes” all over inner London as an alternative for those who would ordinarily turn to taxis, cars or public transport to get around the city.

London Transport Museum is at the heart of Covent Garden, and is a great place to discover a little segment of history.  Take your children for free and watch them be amazed by how far technology has come over time – and be a little bit amazed yourself!

The Best of the UK

The United Kingdom boasts a wealth of attractions for every member of the family. So many in fact, it’s hard to choose just a few to highlight. But if you’re debating how to spend your vacation dollars, you can’t go wrong with any of the following:

National Space Centre

For weekend breaks that don’t cost the earth, head into space. The National Space Centre that is. The word “space” doesn’t immediately spring to mind when you think of the UK, but the award-winning National Space Centre in Leicester is excellent choice if you’re looking for a quick weekend break. The UK’s attraction dedicated entirely to space, the National Space Centre offers hours of interactive fun and self-discovery. There’s even a nifty planetarium to keep you (and the kids) occupied for hours. 

The Royal Opera House Tea Dance

Royal Opera House London

Named by Lonely Planet as one of Best UK Attractions for 2013, the tea dances offer an unparalleled “back-in-time” experience where you can waltz, tango, cha cha cha and quickstep to the Royal Opera Dance Band at this London landmark. Check their website for dates and times throughout the year.

British Museum

British Museum Best of the UK

The most visited site in all the United Kingdom for 2012, London’s British Museum never fails to impress. From the inspired design of the building to the rotating exhibits, there is no doubt that every family member will find something that appeals to them here. And good news for the budget-conscious – admission is free.

National Football Museum

If you find yourself keen on cheap short breaks out of the city of London, head to Manchester where you can find no better attraction than the National Football Museum. The museum houses the world’s greatest football collection with over 140,000 items, and explores everything related to the “world’s greatest sport.” Five floors of interactive exhibits dedicated to football past and present are open to the public. And again, like the British Museum in London, admission if free.

The Coast

A visit to the UK would not be complete without a visit to the coast. Did you know that there’s a stellar beach only 43 miles from London? It’s in the town of Skegness — there’s even a Butlin’s resort here with a stellar waterpark if you’re hesitant to dip your toes in the sometimes chilly ocean.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Dominating the skyline of Edinburgh in Scotland, the massive Edinburgh Castle is not only one of the largest, it’s also the city’s oldest building. The Crown Jewels are on display here, including the Crown, Sceptre, and Sword of State which are the oldest Crown Jewels in the United Kingdom. Coveted by kings, the historical Stone of Destiny – built into a throne by King Edward I —  is also on view within the castle walls.

The Best of Britain’s Festivals

With a booming population and a thriving arts, music and cultural scene, Great Britain is a destination to be reckoned with. There’s no end to the attractions available in England, Scotland and Wales. And each year, especially in summer, it’s a festival lovers dream. It could very well be called “The Land of the Festival.”

Britain’s diverse offerings when it comes to festivals mean a wide-range of activities, and no matter what your tastes, there’s sure to be something to suit every member of the family.

 

Here are our picks for our Best of Britain’s Festivals

Glastonbury Music Festival

Glastonbury music festival

It’s hard to believe this music festival has been around for more than 40 years — it started the day after Jimi Hendrix died in 1970. Hosting top acts from around the globe, thousands of music devotees congregate at Worthy Farm outside Pilton, Somerset, England for a wild (and sometimes wet and muddy) weekend of camping and music.

Buddhafield 

Buddhafield

Heading into its 20th year in 2013, the Buddhafield Festival in Somerset is designed to advance the teachings of Buddhism and Buddhist meditation. If you’re into clean living and seeking only natural highs, then this is the festival for you. Musical performances are complimented by morning meditation and yoga classes, and alcohol and drinks are strictly verboten.

LolliBop

Lollibop

With a tagline of “The Big Bash for Little People,” this new-ish festival (it’s only been around for 4 years) is aimed squarely at kids. And with activities such as face painting, “wacky races,” stilt-people and an enchanted forest, kids 10 and under would get the most value out of it.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

Fireworks at Hogmanay Edinburgh Scotland

Billing itself as the world’s best New Year’s celebration, Hogmanay is the 4-day event ringing in the new year with a bang, Scottish style. Events include a torchlight procession, a candlelight concert, and plenty of signing and dancing. Plus we think there might be alcohol. 

Merlin Festival

Merlin Festival Wales

Held in Carmarthen, Wales each August, the Merlin Festival celebrates the Welsh roots of the world’s most famous magician. Again this one is more for the kids, but it’s a great day out if you in the neighbourhood. Some would even say it’s magical.


World’s Most Luxurious Airline Lounges

The most luxurious airline lounges allow rich and important folks to kick back with people who are equally important and rich to enjoy the creature comforts that those of that stature have earned and require.

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, London

The Grey Goose Loft perched atop the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse in London offers visitors the finest drinks to quaff made by the best mixologists that London has to offer. The upper class visitors who fly Virgin Atlantic Airways are invited to the 12,000 square foot clubhouse to imbibe their favorite cocktails, savor a plate of foie gras and knock the balls around a tad in the club’s billiards room. Tired travelers can ask for a spa at the salon or watch a first-run movie on the giant screen.

Etihad Diamond First Class Lounge, Abu Dhabi

When in the Middle East, important frequent fliers can enjoy a great Cuban cigar and a spot of cognac in fine crystal snifters at the Etihad Diamond Lounge in Abu Dhabi. Provided there’s no Arab spring full attack, the sophisticated lady can lay back for a wonderful massage at the full-service spa.

Qantas First Lounge, Sydney

Qantas First Lounge, Sydney

The Qantas First Lounge at the Sydney International Airport offers exceptional respites from the boredom of flying first class. A day spa is recommended for weary bones, followed by an exceptional Blackmore Australian wagyu steak in the restaurant. Private wi-fi work suites and a library are offered to follow any investment around the Earth.

Lufthansa First-Class Lounge, Frankfurt

When flying to London to nail down that billion dollar deal, a stop at Lufthansa First-Class Lounge in Frankfurt is well-worth the time. The facilities are five-star. A quick stop for a shower will freshen up the most weary traveller before sitting down to sample one of 80 different whiskeys at the club. After proper lubrication of the necessary working parts, the visitor can walk himself to the lounge to enjoy delectable European muesli and milks. This is followed by exquisite pastries and breads and then onto the cutting station for the best of old European cold cuts and an a-la-carte menu selection. Leather day beds are available for a quick cat nap before catching the next flight.

Finnair Lounge, Helsinki

Old World health and wellness are featured at the Finnair Lounge in Helsinki. Visitors can choose from four different saunas to melt their problems away. A dip in the swimming pool perks travelers up for a visit to the outstanding buffet and Via Bar.

British Airways Terminal 5 Lounges, London

British Airways Terminal 5 Lounges, London Heathrow

Terminal 5 in London features a smorgasbord of five different lounges for well-heeled travellers. Known as the Galleries, British Airways has spent about $92 million to make visitors not feel at home. Who wants to feel at home when there’s hydrating facials and massages to enjoy in Terminal 5? The Gold Bar features genuine gold leaf where customers help themselves to their favorite drink. The bars are dedicated to fine wines and champagnes. The staff will press a suit while the guest relaxes in a lounge.

Written by Misha Treays.

Misha has been a travel writer for three years. Prior to her wordsmith’s life she worked as a travel agent. She recommends her clients to use a corporate travel specialist such as http://www.corporatetraveller.com.au to look for the best deals which means big savings for their businesses. Misha also loves yoga and teaches part-time in a local studio.