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British Library

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British Library

From Hotel To British Library: Total travel time is about 35 mins. From Hotel walk to Hammersmith Station or take a bus. 10:58am - Take the Hammersmith & City Barking from Hammersmith Station to Kings Cross St. Pancras Underground Station: Total travel time is about 25 mins (13 stops). 11:13am - Take the Circle King's Cross from Hammersmith Station to Kings Cross St. Pancras Underground Station. Total travel time is about 25 mins (13 stops). No 10th stop - Baker Street Station Hyde Park , No 11th stop - Great Portland Street, No 12th stop - Euston Square, No 13th stop King's Cross St. Pancras Underground Station. Walk 7 mins, 0.3 miles to British Library. To See the free exhibition "treasures of the british library" at the British Library:

Treasures of the library includes:
- Works by other composers, such as Beethoven and Chopin, are also displayed here in the Sir John Ritblat Gallery.
- Other important handwritten pieces of literature can be seen here as well, like Beowulf, Jane Austen's Persuasion, selected works by Charles Dickens, and Shakespeare's First Folio.
- Sidenote: If you're looking for the oldest ever known printed book, that would be The Diamond Sutra, a book printed on a scroll in 868 in China, and it's also on display in the Sir John Ritblat Gallery.

Lonon - Victoria and Albert Museum
Photo taken in London at Victoria and Albert Museum
Lonon - Victoria and Albert Museum
Photo taken at Victoria and Albert Museum
Lonon - Victoria and Albert Museum
Photo taken at Victoria and Albert Museum
Victoria and Albert Museum
Photo taken at Victoria and Albert Museum
Victoria and Albert Museum
Photo taken at Victoria and Albert Museum
Natural History Museum
Photo taken at Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum
Photo taken for shell at Natural History Museum
Jasper geode at Natural History Museum
Photo taken for Jasper geode at Natural History Museum
Science Museum
Photo taken at Science Museumm
Science Museum
Photo taken at Science Museum
Science Museum
Photo taken at Science Museum
Science Museum
Photo taken at Science Museum

If we are hungry we can drop by MacDonald's at:
- 302-304 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross N1 9XD, UK (Open 24hrs)
- Belgrove House, London NW1 2RY, UK (Open 24Hrs)
3:00PM To 4:00PM

From British Library to McDonald's:
- Total travel time is about 3 mins.
- From British Library walk about 1 min, 430ft to British Library (Stop C) Bus Stop same side as the traffic flow to King's Cross St. Pancras (Stop E) Bus Stop.
- Take Bus 476 Northumberland Park
- Total travel time is about 1 min (non-stop)
From King's Cross St. Pancras (Stop E) Bus Stop Walk about 1 min, 148 ft to McDonald's.
- Destination will be on the Left
4:00PM To 5:00PM
From McDonald's to Camden Town Station:
- Total travel time is about 12 mins.
- walk about 4 mins, 0.1 miles to King's Cross St. Pancras Underground Station.
- Take the Northern Edgware
- Total travel time is about 4 mins (2 stops)

Note: "Camden Town: From Wednesday 30 May until late July 2018, there will be no down escalator at Camden Town. This is while we refurbish one escalator." - Effective from 30/5/18, 3:30 AM to 31/7/18, 1:29 AM

After filling our tummies, we will explore the Camden Town Area for some window shopping/shopping. We will visit the Camden Market (before 6:00PM), H&M, Select Fashion.
- Start: Camden Town Underground Station
- Finish: Camden Market Stables
- Duration: 2 Hours or more
We will visit the following for photo ops:
- Stop 1 - Electric Ballroom
- Stop 2 - Inverness Street/Old Market
- Stop 3 - Arlington House (One Housing Group)
- Stop 4 - Camden Lock
- Stop 5 - Regent's Canal
- Stop 6 - Canal Street Art
- Stop 7 - Primrose Hill
- Stop 8 - Chalk Farm
- Stop 9 - Roundhouse
- Stop 10 - Camden Market Stables and Bazaar. Can purchase some food to take away for dinner if it is cheap.
- Have Dinner at Poppies.
- Visit Statue of Amy Winehouse near Camden Market.

Stop 1 - Electric Ballroom
We will begin our tour just outside Camden Town Underground Station. Upon exit of the station, turn RIGHT down Camden High Street until we see ELECTRIC BALLROOM.

Stop 2 - Inverness Street/Old Market
Continue down Camden High Street until you see the market sign above INVERNESS STREET on your LEFT.

Stop 3 - Arlington House (One Housing Group)
Continue down Inverness Street then turn RIGHT onto ARLINGTON ROAD. Stop outside number 220: ARLINGTON HOUSE.

Stop 4 - Camden Lock
Continue down Arlington Road and cross over Jamestown Road. Walk down the path between the buildings that is CAMDEN WHARF. Stop when we get to CAMDEN LOCK (by the pub: THE ICE HOUSE)

Stop 5 - Regent's Canal
Now cross the bridge over the water and follow along with the side of the canal. Walk until we begin to walk under a bridge and STOP here.

Stop 6 - Canal Street Art
Continue following the water, we will be on the opposite side of a large building labeled The Pirate Castle. Keep going until weget to another overhead bridge and spot the art on the edge of the canal.

Stop 7 - Primrose Hill
Head up and away from the canal, going up the pathway that leads past Melrose and Morgan. We will then come out onto GLOUCESTER AVENUE (across the street from The Engineer Pub) and STOP.

Stop 8 - Chalk Farm
Cross GLOUCESTER AVENUE and walk down PRINCESS ROAD. Walk until we hit REGENT'S PARK ROAD and turn RIGHT. This will take us to the entrance of a park - PRIMROSE HILL. Here we can enter the park and we will have the option of climbing the tallest hill for a view over London. Or keep on REGENT'S PARK ROAD until we get back to GLOUCESTER AVENUE. Here, take the pedestrian path onto the bridge and cross.

On the other side of the bridge take a RIGHT - we will be back on REGENT'S PARK ROAD. When we get to the junction with CHALK FARM ROAD then STOP.

Stop 9 - Roundhouse
Turn RIGHT onto CHALK FARM ROAD until we get to the large building on our right - THE ROUNDHOUSE.

Stop 10 - Camden Market Stables and Bazaar

Continue down CHALK FARM ROAD. When we get to the second street on our RIGHT (look for the entrance to CAMDEN MARKET) turn RIGHT and enter CAMDEN MARKET.
- Just don't forget to visit the Amy Winehouse statue before we leave! Dinner at Poppies Fish & Chips
- Walk following the traffic on
Items to order:
- Cod and Haddock with chips
Will be charged - 30 cents for each mayo, or tartar sauce you get
After Dinner, we will continue to explore Camden Town or proceed to King's Cross Station. After a day at Camden Town, we will return to King's Cross Station to explore the area and some photo ops. From Camden Town Station to King's Cross St. Pancras Underground Station:
- Total travel time is about 4 mins (2 stops)
- Take the Northern Morden
- walk about 4 mins, 0.2 miles to The Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9 3/4 for some photo ops. If hungry, we can purchase deli-style roasted-meat sandwiches at the Koisk or eat food bought from Camden Market. Stroll over to Fortnam and Mason to purchase tea for gifts.
- Walk about 5 mins, 03 miles from The Harry Potter Shop to Destination. Total travel time is about 5 mins.
Next, we will proceed to Piccadilly Circus to see the famous electric lights on its digital advertisements (the Piccadilly Lights, Soho, London W1D 7ET, UK) which are displayed on its buildings. From King's Cross St. Pancras Underground Station to Piccadilly Circus:
- Total travel time is about 10 mins.
- Take the Piccadilly Heathrow Terminal 4 to Piccadilly Circus Station
- Total travel time is about 7 mins (5 stops)
From Piccadilly Circus Station Walk about 1 min, 0.1 miles to Piccadilly Lights.

Piccadilly Circus Highlights:
- But the ultimate must-do for any first-time visitor to Piccadilly Circus would be to pose for a photo underneath the Piccadilly Lights; (which normally have pictures of hats or balloons so you can place your hand and/or head underneath them accordingly).
- The Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain is located at the center of Piccadilly Circus, and was built in 1893 to commemorate the famous philanthropist Lord Shaftesbury. The statue at the top of the fountain depicts the Angel of Christian Charity, however, it was later renamed Eros (after the Greek god of love and beauty).
- The London Pavilion is another notable attraction in Piccadilly Circus, (which is located on the corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Coventry Street), as well as the Criterion theatre (to the south) and the world-famous Lilywhites department store (to the south of Ripleys). From Piccadilly Circus Station, head back to hotel to rest for the day. From Piccadilly Circus Station to Hotel:
- Total travel time is about 22 mins.
- Take the Piccadilly Heathrow Terminal 4 to Hammersmith Station
- 5th Stop: Gloucester Road, 6th Stop: Earl's Court, 7th Stop: Barons Court Station
- Total travel time is about 15 mins (8 stops)

From Hammersmith Station Walk about 5 min, 0.3 miles to Hotel.

British Library
Address: 96 Euston Road, London,NW1 2DB
Opening Times: Mon - Thu 09:30am - 20:00pm; Fri 09:30am - 18:00pm; Sat 09:30am - 17:00pm; and Sun - 11:00am - 17:00pm.
Telephone: +44 (0)1937 546060

Poppies Fish & Chips
Sustainably caught fish and chips in a nostalgic setting with quirky 1940s memorabilia on the walls.
Address: 30 Hawley Crescent, Camden Town, London NW1 8NP, UK
Hours: Opening hours: Mon-Sat, 10:00am-12:30pm; Sun, 11:00am 11:00pm)
Phone: +44 20 7267 0440

Select Fashion
Fashion chain retailer offering youthful styles for women, including sportswear and shoes.
Address: 162 Camden High St, Camden Town, London NW1 0NE, UK
Hours: Mon - Sat: 10:00am - 7:00pm, Sun: 11:00am - 5:00pm

Stop 1 - Electric Ballroom

Camden has had a vibrant music scene for decades and nowhere illustrates this better than Electric Ballroom. Walk down this street and stop somewhere in the middle. Operating here for over 70 years, Electric Ballroom has held performances by top artists like Sid Vicious, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and the Clash. Attempts to demolish the Electric Ballroom in order to make space to redevelop Camden Town Underground Station were put forward in 2004 but quickly struck down. Another proposal was made to demolish not just the Electric Ballroom but the original Dr. Martens store and part of Camden Market as well in 2005 - but was struck down by the Prime Minister himself! The venue still stands in defiance of Transport for London, perhaps making it extra beloved by London locals who appreciate it for its' history.

Stop 2 - Inverness Street/Old Market

Inverness Street Market was previously the fruit and vegetable market for Camden locals - dating back decades. Originally, it carried fresh produce only, in comparison to the rest of the Market which sold goods and antiques. By 2012, however, Camden was home to numerous chain grocery stores, which eventually sounded the death-knell of the fruit and vegetable stalls here. By 2012, only two produce vendors were operating here and by 2013 they were gone completely replaced by the snacks, souvenirs, baggage, and clothing stalls that still stand today.

Stop 3 - Arlington House (One Housing Group)

Dating back to 1905, Arlington House is a hostel for homeless youth. Today Arlington House is run by One Housing Group who maintain Arlington House as a shelter for the homeless with emphasis on training, rehabilitation and helping integrate their visitors back into modern society. Not a simple shelter these days, Arlington House has sub-market-rent flats as well as training space, hostel accommodation, business units, and artist studios. In its' history, Arlington House has been utilised by notable names such as George Orwell - who wrote about his experience in Down and Out in Paris and London, poet Brendan Behan, and is mentioned in the song One Better Day by The Madness - who, too, stayed here before making it big.

Stop 4 - Camden Lock

Now you are standing near Regent's Canal, facing Camden Lock. These locks have stood here since the early 19th century and are considered 'listed' - which means they are of particular historical and architectural significance and cannot be removed. In Victorian times, most goods being shipped into London from around the United Kingdom came to the capital via Regent's Canal in the stretch that you are now facing. These locks would have been working nearly 24 hours a day to keep all the goods coming to London moving quickly along. Today, with road, rail, and air the common method of trade and travel, the locks are quiet and are typically only used for Regent's Canal tours. Guests can take riverboats to travel through London along the water.

Stop 5 - Regent's Canal

Regent's Canal runs around the north of London, connecting Paddington in the west to Limehouse in the east. A total of 13.8km (8.6miles) long, the Canal travels through London Zoo, through Little Venice, past Kings Cross and out into the Thames in the eastern part of town. Once the Canal travels outside of London, it actually connects out through Birmingham into the rest of the United Kingdom. Only one part of a huge network of water canals, this stretch today is used by locals to relax alongside in the summer, stroll through Camden, travel on longboats, or cycling to and from work.

Stop 6 - Canal Street Art

The path along Regent's Canal is a popular place for street artists to practice their trade. Street Art in London is ephemeral and changes constantly, so always keep an eye out as you travel along the path. The pieces we are highlighting here date from 2014 and are here at the time of writing. By London artist Icarus, the two pieces here depict George Bush and Tony Blair being welcomed into the water by The Devil as well as Camden's most famous resident, Amy Winehouse, facing St. Peter. Her face is undecided and up to the viewer - is she being carried into Heaven or is she being sent to Hell?

Stop 7 - Primrose Hill

Here, your surroundings have changed dramatically. From the back-roads of Camden, you are now looking onto one of the most luxurious neighbourhoods in London. Locally known as Primrose Hill (after the hill of the same name in nearby Regent's Park), this locale is home to celebrities like Jude Law, Helena Bonham-Carter, and Cameron Diaz just to name a few. The streets are wide, lined with trees, and the houses - surrounded by gates and monitored by security cameras - are gargantuan by London standards. This neighbourhood tends to be quiet so enjoy a break from the buzz of nearby Camden, and as you walk along the streets, enjoy the Georgian architecture and the beautiful local pubs, including The Engineer - pictured here. The directions here will lead you along the main streets of this posh neighbourhood. As you stroll, notice that you will not see any chain companies (McDonald's, Starbucks, etc.) as this neighborhood is fiercely loyal to local haunts and rejects the intrusion of popular companies. You will now also have the option of visiting the top of Primrose Hill itself.

Stop 8 - Chalk Farm

You are now back in the hustle and bustle (having literally crossed the tracks) of the Camden neighbourhood. There is no chalk to be found here, despite the name, which derives from a centuries-old village that used to stand here known as Chalcot. Chalk Town used to hold central London's bus depot and was previously quite a rural location - but today it is just as busy as can be, filled with bars, restaurants, and clubs.

Stop 9 - Roundhouse

Here you have another listed building - Roundhouse. Originally built in 1847 as a railway engine shed and turntable, the Roundhouse is living a second life as a performing arts venue. Like the earlier Electric Ballroom, this building has seen gigs by names recognised the world over: The Doors (their only UK appearance), Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, The Ramones and the list goes on!

Stop 10 - Camden Market Stables and Bazaar.

You're now entering Camden Market from the north side. This part of the market has been modeled after Moroccan style bazaars and is decorated to reflect this. Here, you will also make your way to the Stables Market. Originally, many of the boats traveling through Camden Lock along the Canal were often pulled along by horses, who walked along the canal, tugging the craft. This was previously the stables where those horses were kept (keep an eye out for the life sized horse statues dotting the Market here), but is now a large, vibrant warren of shops, stalls, crafts, and food. It's easy to get yourself lost in the Stables at Camden Market, but there are few better places to find yourself!
Independent takeaway kiosk offering deli-style roasted-meat sandwiches, plus iced teas and coffees.
Located in: King's Cross
Address: King's Cross, Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London N1C 4TB, UK
Hours: Mon - Fri: 6:30am - 11:00pm, Sat: 8:00am - 11:00pm, Sun: 10:00am - 7:00pm

The Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9 3/4
Located in: King's Cross
Address: Kings Cross Station, Kings Cross, London N1 9AP, UK
Hours: Mon - Sat: 800am - 10:00pm, Sun: 900am - 9:00pm
Phone: +44 20 3196 7375

Fortnam and Mason