Trip to London

Another trip to London tomorrow on a minibus for a tour around the Houses of Parliament. Hopefully we will have secured tickets to sit in Parliament and hear the debate. It is a Lib Dem Opposition Day debate, so will be of particular interest. Our itinerary looks good. In addition to the tour, we also have three meetings scheduled along with photo-ops with both leadership candidates and Paul Holmes MP.

Last Tuesday I went down by rail to a conference about housing and building new houses in the future, which was an excellent event… but the real highlight of the day for me was a chance to wander around the new St Pancras station, now fully open. I snapped happily with my phone camera, but I really must go back and take some piccies with a real camera. I was excited enough last year when they opened the new ticket hall, so you can imagine the thrill of seeing the completed station.
Champagne bar along the side of the Eurostar trains

And the full majesty of the restored canopy above the platforms.

Champagne bar

Space age thingies holding up the Eurostar wires

Rail buffers

World’s largest advent calendar


Heyoooooge statue

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I am itching for an excuse to hop on the Eurostar to either Brussels or Paris – particularly since I probably have enough Nectar points to get a ticket for free. It was highly tempting to try and cash in my Nottingham return ticket. Cost of Nottingham peak ticket: £117.50. Cost of return to Paris (if booked in advance, admittedly): from £21.

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