How to See London on the Cheaper Side! - Lucy Williams Global

London is an expensive city and most of the tourist attractions have a nice price tag too! But how can you see London on the cheaper side?

Easy – use the lovely London buses, not the hop on hop off tour bus, but the big red buses run by Transport for London (TfL).

They are a great way to see the city, just try not to use them during peak time when Londoners are getting to and from work. This is usually between 6 am – 10 am and 4 pm – 7 pm.

How to See London on the Cheaper Side?

You can travel on the bus for as little as £1.50! So, top up your Oyster Card or use your contactless debit or credit card and you are well away.

You not going to have commentary of the sights in London, but the next stop is always announced when it’s approaching and when you’re there.

Just remember to press the button if you would like to get off and get near to the exit door as London bus drivers don’t hang around!

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West London

Whilst I was in London, I stayed in the Kensal area which is in West London. While in West London you must see Knightsbridge, Kensington, Belgravia, Chelsea and Notting Hill.

I was there in March and it should have been the start of Spring, but of course, it snowed! It was freezing between the wind and the snow.

As it was snowing, travelling by bus was the best way to see the sights. We managed to get a seat on the top deck at the front of the bus, so we had a great view.

Bus Route

We saw Kensington Palace (residence of Prince William and Kate Middleton, as well as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle).

Kensington Gardens, the Royal Albert Hall, Harvey Nichols, Sloane Square, up to Chelsea Bridge and then went back on ourselves on the same route and stopped on the Portobello Road in Notting Hill.

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Portobello Road in Notting Hill

We walked down Portobello Road to see the market, colourful buildings and the quirky shops.

The snow got pretty crazy, so we stopped for a coffee to warm us up! Portobello Market is known for its antiques and vintage finds.

Whilst in Notting Hill, we went to see the famous ‘Blue Door’ from the film Notting Hill.

No Huge Grant though, just a blue door! Although even in the snow, the infamous door was surrounded by tourists.

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Pie & Mash

On the top of the Portobello Road, we went to a traditional Pie and Mash Shop, called Cockney’s. This is one of the oldest types of food in London and the most traditional.

What is a Pie and Mash Shop? It is a café that sells meat pies, mashed potatoes with liquor or gravy.

Historically, pie and mash shops were everywhere in London, being a cheap meal to eat and the eels were caught straight from the River Thames. The liquor was originally made from eels; today it is a green sauce made from parsley.

Sunday Roast

As I was in London on a Sunday we went to the Parlour in Kensal Green. It is a great place to have a traditional Sunday roast dinner but also specialises in quintessential British food using local and seasonal produce.

It is also listed in the top 50 gastropubs in the UK. They are also famous for their soda bread and a dessert list to die for, including the classic artic roll! This place gives British food a good name!

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Essential Info

Bus Route: 452 Kensal Rise to Vauxhall – vice versa back.

Bus route – started in Kensal Green, down Ladbroke Grove, through Notting Hill, Kensington Church Street, Kensington High Street, past Kensington Palace and Kensington Gardens, Royal Albert Hall, through Knightsbridge (Harrods & Harvey Nichols), down Sloane Avenue (all the designer shops), around Sloane Square which is Chelsea, Chelsea bridge and by the river in Battersea and then back the same route and wandered around the Portobello Road in Notting Hill.

Weather: Winter: 0* – 8*C / Spring 8* – 15*C / Summer 16* – 22*

Currency: Pound Sterling

Language: English

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What to See in Arundel in West Sussex England - Lucy Williams Global

 

Arundel is a beautiful old town just outside Chichester in West Sussex. It is famous for Arundel Castle and Arundel Cathedral.

These are both very statuses buildings and give a lovely view coming into Arundel or driving past.

Arundel is a quaint little town beside the River Arun with beautiful scenery, independent shops and lovely cafes and restaurants.

What is there to see in Arundel?

Arundel Castle

Arundel Castle is the main feature of Arundel. The original castle dates back to 1067 and belonged to Earl of Arundel. It was built to protect the mouth of the River Arun and to protect Sussex from attack.

Between 1870 and 1890 the castle was almost completely rebuilt. Apart from the gatehouse, barbican and the lower part of the Bevis Tower.

What to See in Arundel West Sussex England

This is how it can be seen today, all the features from when it was rebuilt. It has a grand Victorian gothic style. Today the castle belongs to the Duke of Norfolk.

The castle can be viewed from the end of March through to the end of October. It is closed to the public between November to the end of March.

There are car parks in Arundel, but they are not huge, so bear that in mind if driving and arrive early to get a parking place. Especially at weekends and school holidays.

What to See in Arundel in West Sussex England - Lucy Williams Global

There are different tickets to see different rooms in the castle. If you have not been there before I recommend buying a ticket to see all the rooms that are viewable by the pubic as the castle is very grand inside and is fascinating to see.

The manicured gardens that surround the castle are beautiful to walk around, as there are different themes. There are special events that take place at the castle so always check online before you plan your trip there to see if there is a special event when you go.

What to See in Arundel in West Sussex England - Lucy Williams Global

Arundel Cathedral

Arundel Cathedral is a Roman Catholic Cathedral and has dramatic gothic architecture. It is on top on the hill and towers over the town along with the castle.

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Arundel Museum

The Arundel Museum is by the carpark and has lots of history about Arundel. Their friendly staff are on hand to give you a wealth of local knowledge about Arundel and the surrounding areas.

Arun River

The Arun River runs through the town and is nice to walk along on or take boat trip down. There are pubs and restaurants on the water to have a relaxing drink or meal.

What to See in Arundel in West Sussex England - Lucy Williams Global

Arundel Town Centre

The town centre of Arundel is a pretty area to walk around. Look at all the old buildings, have a stroll around the shops and stop for coffee or lunch.

What to See in Arundel in West Sussex England - Lucy Williams Global

Where to Eat in Arundel

There are lots of great cafes and restaurants. My favourite café/restaurant is Pappardelle. It is an Italian café/restaurant; downstairs is a café perfect for coffee or light lunch and upstairs is the restaurant with amazing Italian food perfect for lunch or dinner.

What to See in Arundel in West Sussex England - Lucy Williams Global

Where to Shop in Arundel

All the shops are lovely in Arundel as they are all independents. It is a great place to find something different.

My favourite shop in Arundel is Gray’s of Tarrant Street. It is a shoe and accessories shop with a beautiful selection of seasonal shoes and accessories and it is very different from anything you would find on the high street.

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How to Get to Arundel

To get to Arundel from London you can take the train from London Victoria to Arundel. From the train station it is a ten minute walk into the town centre. If you are driving, it is on the A27 between Portsmouth and Brighton.

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Essential Info

  • Weather: Winter: 3 – 11*C Spring: 6 – 10*C  Summer: 16* – 21*C
  • Wear comfortable shoes as it is mainly walking up hill.
  • Arrive early if driving to get a parking space.
  • Public toilets cost 20p to use by the carpark
  • Language: English
  • Currency: Pound Sterling

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Step Back in Time at the Weald & Downland Museum in West Sussex England - Lucy Williams Global

 

Ever wondered what it was like over the last 1000 years in West Sussex in England? Step back in time at the Weald and Downland Living Museum.

The open-air museum is in the beautiful South Downs in Singleton in West Sussex on the South Coast of England.

You can get there by car or bus. If you are coming from London take the train to Chichester and then the bus from Chichester to Singleton.

What to See

On the 40-acre site discover rescued rural buildings from the past and how people lived and worked in them.

There are more than 50 buildings to explore and see demonstrations from cooking in Tudor times to wheat being ground to make flour at the watermill.

This museum is perfect for all ages and you can even bring the dog! I have been visiting this museum since I was a child and have seen the museum grow and get more interesting over the years.

I went on Mothering Sunday in March with my mum and we had a great day walking around each beautiful rescued building from the past. It is fascinating how Sussex was over the years and how buildings have modernised.

The buildings date as far back as 950 AD to the 19th Century and they are from areas in Sussex and have been rescued from being destroyed.

The buildings are carefully dismantled and then rebuilt on site at the Weald and Downland Museum.

There are live demonstrations of how people dressed and worked, that make you feel like you are really back in that era.

The Buildings

There are so many buildings to visit on site some are clustered together around the ‘town centre’ and others are spread over the grounds.

There are barns, farmhouses, a carpenter’s shop, a joinery shop, a plumber’s workshop, a school, a church, stables, a kitchen, shops, sheds, cattle sheds, houses and a watermill.

All from different eras and you can go inside and see how the furniture was at that time. In some of the older homes, the mattresses of the beds were made of straw and the ceilings were very low.

A some of my favourite buildings are; the Granary this building is from 1731 and inside there is a fire pit inside.

In the town centre are the medieval shops from the 15th century and the upper hall that would have been where meetings would have taken place.

The watermill is from the early 17th century and was in use until 1935. It is very interesting to see how wheat was ground and milled to make flour. It is still working today and they sell the flour in the gift shop.

Popular Cottage is a beautiful thatched roof cottage and inside they are normally cooking demonstrations and you can walk around the house and the garden.

The school is a tiny building with small desks, individual chalkboards on each desk. It shows how far schools have come along!

All of the buildings are very interesting to see from the outside and to explore inside. How the architecture has come along over the centuries and how objects have modernised.

Dining

At the museum, there is a café to have refreshments, a snack or lunch. The café opens before the museum opens so you can have your morning coffee beforehand. We had cappuccinos and cake and they were very nice.

The Café sits beside the mill pond that gives a lovely view if you are sitting by the window or outside. Also, there are picnic benches around the site, so you can bring own lunch or snacks.

Year round there are seasonal events going on so always check on the Weald and Downland website before you go to see what’s on.

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 Why to Visit Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth England - Lucy Williams Global

 

Gunwharf Quays is in Portsmouth on the South Coast of England is a great place to spend the day.

It is easy to get to by train from London or other towns and cities. The station is Portsmouth Harbour and it is a 2-minute walk from the station to Gunwharf Quays.

Visit the statuses 170 meters (560ft) tall Emirates Spinnaker Tower. Take the elevator up to the observation deck for spectacular views of Portsmouth and the surrounding areas on a clear day.

 

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It was opened in 2005 and has become a fantastic tourist attraction. There are three observation decks; the very top – the Sky Deck that has a mesh roof and is open to the elements so be prepared for your hair to be blown in the wind!

On the first viewing deck, dare to walk over the glass floor and look down 100 metres above sea level!

It was built to celebrate the Millennium, but the work did not start until 2001 and was completed in 2005 and opened to the public. It originally was going to be called the Millennium Tower, but because it was not built in time it was named the Spinnaker Tower as it looks like a spinnaker sail.

The tower can be seen from Selsey Bill on a clear day.

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Gunwharf Quays is set on the harbour, so you can see the ferries, yachts and boats sailing by all day long. The lovely waterfront has lots of restaurants and bars to watch everything go by.

Shop till you drop as it is also a premium outlet mall with all the top brands from Cath Kidston to Michael Kors.

It is an open-air mall; some parts are partly covered. It is a great place to spend the day all times of the year, but on a sunny day, it is glorious.

Need more entertainment?  Watch a movie at the cinema on site or stay all night at the bars and nightclubs.

If you are driving there is a large underground carpark, but it does get full quickly on the weekends and school holidays. So bear that in mind before you go and set off early if going at these times.

Close to Gunwharf Quays are the historic dockyards to visit the HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860 and the Mary Rose. They are worth a visit too and I will tell you more about those in another blog post in the future.

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Beautiful Country & Seaside Walks on the South Coast of England - Lucy Williams Global

 

There is one thing I love to do when I am back in West Sussex, on the south coast of England is to go for a walk in the countryside. Country and seaside walks in West Sussex are beautiful and in the areas of Selsey, Pagham Harbour and Church Norton are fantastic.

The reason is that you get the seaside and the muddy fields perfect for putting those welly boots to use!

I love this part of the UK because I grew up here, so maybe I am a little biased! There are many lovely places to go for country walks all over the UK. These parts are special to me and that is why I am sharing here.

 

Beautiful Country & Seaside Walks on the South Coast of England

 

How To Get To These Parts of West Sussex

If you are coming from London, you can take the train to Chichester. From Chichester, you can take the number 51 bus to Selsey, Pagham Harbour or Church Norton.

The train is 1 ½ hours from London to Chichester. The bus from Chichester to Selsey is 45 minutes, Pagham Harbour 30 minutes, Church Norton 35 minutes (approx.).

 

Beautiful Country & Seaside Walks on the South Coast of England - Lucy Williams Global

Selsey

Selsey is surrounded by the sea and has a shingle beach with a little sand. You can walk from Selsey Bill all the way around to East Beach.

Perfect for walking the dog or just getting some fresh air. In East Beach there is the lifeboat station, to see the new Lifeboat and a little shop. Walk further and pick up some crab, cockles and mussels in the fish shops.

This is a lovely walk along the seafront and you will get a good dose of vitamin sea!

 

Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve

Pagham Harbour is beautiful and peaceful. Lovely country lanes to walk along with a tiny little harbour. Here you get the water and the green countryside.

It is a sheltered inlet where you can see ducks, geese and lots of other birds flying through or stopping by during migration in the winter months.

This is a bird watching stop and there is the RSPB Nature Reserve information area with events going on through the year and where you can stop and have a cup of tea and buy bird books.

The Crab and Lobster Pub is close to the harbour, so you could even pop in for a quick drink or sit outside if the sun is shining!

Church Norton

Church Norton is again by the water and this is where the Chapel of St. Wilfrid’s is. The chapel dates to the 13th century. The original church that was there was St. Peter’s Church, but in 1864 it was moved stone by stone and rebuilt in Selsey.

After the removal, the remaining chancel was closed and used as a mortuary chapel. The Chapel of St. Wilfrid’s was granted its chapel status in 1917.

The walk here is beautiful peaceful countryside/seaside so the best of both worlds and a great place to get away from it all. There is a lot of nature here too, so perfect for bird watching.

There are lovely views of Chichester Cathedral and the South Downs from Church Norton by the seaside.

Now you know where to go on your next walk when in West Sussex to see some wildlife and breath in some real fresh air.

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